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Native Stingless Bees Tour

San miguel de Cozumel, MexicoPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

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Animal experience hosted by Netanel Moshe

60 mins
Includes drinks
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

The experience starts with a short walking tour in our biodynamic garden to learn a little bit about the local flora and choose the herbs for your hot or cold tea.

Next, we will head to our Meliponario - House of Stingless Bees.
We will learn about their ancient relationship and importance to the Maya civilization, observe natural hives, to then move to the human-made hives. A plastic screen will allow us, without interfering with the bees' activities, to open 4 hives of 4 different species, and observe the differences in their shape, size, behavior, and unique architecture.

Next, we will taste this precious honey, and learn about its nutritional and health properties - you will be amazed!

Lastly, we will serve you your tea and take some souvenir pictures. You can take pictures throughout the whole tour.

This activity is for all ages! It's an opportunity to interact with bees without fear, from neither side.
Other things to note
You will not be wearing a mask of any kind (unless we're in COVID-19 circumstances). These bees not only are stingless but also domesticated. They have seen hundreds of people and know that we are here to protect them.
The experience starts with a short walking tour in our biodynamic garden to learn a little bit about the local flora and choose the herbs for your hot or cold tea.

Next, we will head to our Meliponario - House of Stingless Bees.
We will learn about their ancient relationship and importance to the Maya civilization, observe natural hives, to then move to the human-made hives. A plastic screen will allow us, without interfering with…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Freshly harvested cold or hot tea of your choice from our garden
From £11
/ person
Thu, 26 Nov
15:30 - 16:30
£11 per person
£11 per person
Fri, 27 Nov
15:30 - 16:30
£11 per person
£11 per person
Sat, 28 Nov
15:30 - 16:30
£11 per person
£11 per person

Meet your host, Netanel Moshe

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 22 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I met stingless bees during my first visit to the Yucatan Penisula 6 years ago, it was love at first sight! After following a local master stingless beekeeper for two years, I started my rescue mission from deforestation sites in Cozumel Island, and for the past 4 years, I have been taking care of 26 hives of 6 different species and giving tours to our guests and visitors.
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Where you'll be

The Melipnario, or the House of Stingless Bees, is located at Holistic Tikun, Cozumel Retreat & Eco Center. Since its opening, the rescue of stingless bees from deforestation sites has been a priority. The garden is full of greens for food and specific flowers to support native bees.

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 22 reviews.

Liliana
November 2020
Amazing bee tour! Neti taught us about flora and fauna — his rescue bees and plants — while we tried some superfood teas and honey. He’s knowledgeable and incredibly kind. Looking forward to future activities with Neti!
Heather
March 2020
Netanel was welcoming and very knowledgeable about native stingless bees. We enjoyed our tea as well as the honey. Also, the plants were beautiful and the bonus was the dog friends we meet. Thank you!
Brian
March 2020
We were looking for something different, unique, and educational on our trip to Cozumel and we certainly found it with Netanel’s experience. Not only did we learn all about native bees, but we learned about plants and and we had brewed from some of the plants in his garden. Netanel’s perspective was refreshing and he is a great educator. He is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about these subjects. I would highly recommend this experience! 🐝
We were looking for something different, unique, and educational on our trip to Cozumel and we certainly found it with Netanel’s experience. Not only did we learn all about native…
Vivian
March 2020
A great experience if you are interested in bees and the local flora. Fascinating presentation , with a very knowledgeable host who is very passionate about the subject. Netanel was very flexible when I had to change the time of our tour. He was very understanding and I appreciated that. It is a taxi ride away from the main cruise port ($8 to 10 ) And make sure you have your google map in case your driver gets lost like mine. When we left he was gracious and called a taxi to come pick us up. Overall worth the time and money.
A great experience if you are interested in bees and the local flora. Fascinating presentation , with a very knowledgeable host who is very passionate about the subject. Netanel w…
Nikki
February 2020
Was a great experience to learn in a non-commercial environment which seems rare especially in Cozumel. Netanels passion translated into his hospitality and education about the stingless bees and their part in the ecosystem
Fernanda
February 2020
La experiencia con Natanel es única, partiendo de que él es una muestra viviente de la mezcla de culturas. Ha mantenido la escencia de sus raíces y adoptado la cultura local. Es un apasionado de la naturaleza y del cuidado medioambiental. Su espacio es natural, ameno y confortable. Una gran experiencia conocer sobre las abejas nativas, compartir un té de hierbas medicinales recién cosechadas y un batido exquisito. Compartir historias y conocimientos siempre será una buena experiencia. Un abrazo desde Chile Natanel
La experiencia con Natanel es única, partiendo de que él es una muestra viviente de la mezcla de culturas. Ha mantenido la escencia de sus raíces y adoptado la cultura local. Es un…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.