Water activity

Cartagena: Bioluminescent Plankton Tour

3.1 / 5

18 reviews

Activity provider: Afronautica Cartagena

Cartagena: Bioluminescent Plankton Tour

Activity provider: Afronautica Cartagena

From US$ 60.56 per person

Witness an enchanting and rare natural phenomenon that can only be seen in a few spots in the world. Swim with bioluminescent plankton and watch as they light up like a starry sky.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Duration 6.5 hours
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Host or greeter
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Your hotel in the Bocagrande Neighborhood. If your hotel is not in this area, the meeting point is the Juan Valdez Cafe at Centro de Convenciones or close to the Ibis Marbella.
Private group


  • Marvel at a magical and rare natural phenomenon
  • Dive into the sea with hundreds of bioluminescent phytoplankton
  • Be amazed as the water comes alive with bright blue colors
  • Leave a trail of sparkles in the water with every movement you make
Full description
Admire an extraordinary natural phenomenon which only occurs in a few parts of the world– the bioluminescent plankton. Begin your tour during the afternoon, as the sun begins to set. Gain an understanding of these unique creatures from your knowledgable guide. Hop aboard your boat and sail for 10 minutes to the cove of Puerto Naito. Dive into sea and swim in the warm water which is full of bioluminescent plankton. With every movement you make, the plankton will generate light, creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Choose to meet at the meeting point or choose the option including roundtrip transportation. If you choose the option with transportation, you’ll also have some free time to explore Playa Blanca.
  • Roundtrip boat transfer from Baru to Puerto Naito
  • Lifejacket
  • Hotel pick-up and dropoff from Playa Blanca or Cartagena (if the option is selected)
  • Foods and drinks
  • Photographs
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for pregnant women and people with limited mobility.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.1 /5

based on 18 reviews

Review summary

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  • Transportation
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The trip Cartagena -Baru round trip must have been by boat that takes 40 or 45 min leaving the wharf the bodeguita or another dock because by land we take 1 hour and 30 minutes and from that time without 30 min on the trail with the possibility of getting stuck the small taxi-type car that I took us because there are puddles in that stretch with sand. We arrived in Baru very tired from the trip by land. It is not advisable to do that stretch by land. Everything else very good.

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October 15, 2021

We were never picked up. Get Your Guide charged us for a fake tour. Don't use this company.

December 31, 2021

An absolute tourist trap. The experience is nothing as advertised in the picture. The “bioluminescence” is just faint bits of glitter if you vigorously move your hands underwater. The boat was overcrowded and followed zero COVID guidelines. We were told we need to only wait 30 min for our taxi back to Cartagena, but instead had to wait over 2 hours in a dark parking lot for it to arrive. Our contact, Rodrigo, refused to answer his phone this entire time as we had no idea of any transport was coming for us. Terrible experience, terrible organization, terrible everything. But the stars were nice.

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December 26, 2021

Product ID: 280262