Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Adventure Tour From San Juan

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This is one adventure not to be missed while in Puerto Rico! Join this fully-guided nighttime BioBay kayak adventure into one of the most amazing excursions of your life. Paddle your way through the mystical mangrove channels leading to Laguna Grande with the amazing tour guides. There you will meet our glowing friends, the Pyrodinium Bahamense, microscopic plankton capable of producing natural light at the touch of your hand! Explore these amazing organisms up close as our professional eco-guide takes you to discover all its secrets. Learn how this fragile and unique ecosystem maintains a perfect balance of life and learn what you can do to protect such a special place.

Highlights

  • Family friendly
  • Popular choice with kids
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Snacks and Beverages included
  • Excellent value for money

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This is one adventure not to be missed while in Puerto Rico! Join this fully-guided nighttime BioBay kayak adventure into one of the most amazing excursions of your life. Paddle your way through the mystical mangrove channels leading to “Laguna Grande” in 2-seaters kayaks!

After kayaking for 30 minutes you will arrive to the lagoon where you will meet our glowing friends, the Pyrodinium Bahamense, microscopic plankton capable of producing natural light at the touch of your hand! Explore these amazing organisms up close as your professional eco-guide takes you to discover all its secrets. Learn how this fragile and unique ecosystem maintains a perfect balance of life and learn what you can do to protect such a special place. The water comes alive with millions of glowing plankton creating a firefly effect that must be seen to be believed!

On this amazing BioBay kayak experience, you’ll get to learn interesting interpretations about the reserve’s fragile ecology while paddling in a safe and closed environment. Explore these amazing plankton up close and watch how every stroke of your paddle leaves behind a glowing swirl of blue light.

Please Note: During the months of November, December and January, bioluminescence may be poor due to cooler temperatures. During these months the tour will be more focused on the ecology and not the glow. You will see sparkles of light during the months of November and December.  Full Moon phase may also affect the visibility of the bioluminescence.

Inclusions for Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Adventure Tour From San Juan

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (within the San Juan area)
  • Entrance Fees and National Park Fees
  • 2-seater kayaks and equipment
  • Kayaking orientation and instructions
  • Commentary of the surrounding area and its Flora and Fauna.
  • Light Snacks 
  • Ice cold bottled water

Exclusions for Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Adventure Tour From San Juan

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Additional transfer fee to towns outside of San Juan/Metro area such as Rio Grande, Luquillo, Fajardo and Dorado will apply; please contact us for more information.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Additional transfer fee to towns outside of San Juan/Metro area such as Rio Grande, Luquillo, Fajardo and Dorado will apply; please contact us for more information.

Maximum weight is 190 pounds (86 kg).

Special arrangements can be made for persons weighting up to 250 pounds.  This must be notified at the moment of booking as regular kayaks are limited.

This is a 2-person kayak tour.

Minimum age is 6 years.

Participants cannot be afraid of the dark as you will be kayaking thru pitch black areas.

Not recommended for pregnant women past their third trimester, persons with recent surgeries, past injuries or back problems.  Bear in mind each participant must be capable of paddling on their own and will be sitting on the same position for about 2 hours.

You will get wet, it is recommended that you wear bathing suit underneath, bring a towel and extra clothes for after the tour.

Each Bio Bay tour is guided by a certified interpretive Marine Biologist trained in First Aid & CPR

Meeting time: Times might change depending the season and your hotel location. If so we will contact you in advance.

Please Note: During the months of November, December and January, bioluminescence may be poor due to cooler temperatures. 

This natural phenomenon is unpredictable, bioluminoscity level will vary from day to day.  Full Moon phase may also affect the visibility of the bioluminescence. 

Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.
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  • I don't recommend the company that operated the tour. They were very rude,insulting by making unnecessary commitments and showed lack of patients towards first timers, which made our experience very bad. I found sort of dangerous because we ended up bumping into another group on the way out

  • The tour was very cool. From the driver that brought us to and from the event to the guides that took us out on the water and back. They were all funny and knowledgeable.
    Well worth the money.

  • Had a great time!! Our driver was great and fun. The tour itself was an awesome experience--need to work on my kayak skills! The tour guides were very knowledgeable and I would go again!

  • Having visited Puerto Rico only once before for one evening, to catch a cruise the following day, I learned of the bioluminescent experience and I wanted to avail myself of it the next time I was in PR. Fast forward five or six years and another cruise departing from PR was on my itinerary. Thus, I made it a point to enjoy 48 hours prior to our voyage and book this tour through Viator, because I used them last summer in Europe and adored the professionalism and the experience.
    There are two departures, one near sunset and one after sunset. I think the earlier trip is more desirable, in spite of the incessant mosquitoes. My daughter and I took the earlier departure and were blessed to see all of the landscape as we paddled on our way to the bay, as well as the sunset. Paddling back in the darkness was fun, but the folks that were paddling out at the hour weren't able to see the lush scenery that we did.
    Viator, to its credit, had copious amounts of insect repellent available for use. I forgot such areas as the back of my neck under my hair, arm pits, elbows, back of hands, and of course, that's where the mosquitos were able to drink and dine! Water socks are a plus, use the insect repellent, and enjoy! I don't have any photos as I didn't dare take any technology with me on the water.

  • The four tour guides were very informative and did the best they could with the size and inexperience of our group in pitch darkness navigating through the mangroves to the bay. They were upbeat even when we were second guessing our excursion! Paddling back against the current was difficult at times for most kayaks. We ended up having an adventurous time, and ALL laughed and complained about our experiences on the ride back!

  • The main problem was, we started VERY late and we were not given hardly any information. If we had known that there were 2 tours, and that they had put us on the LATE one, we wouldn't have gone. They didn't give us a choice, nor even tell us when we asked multiple times when we were supposed to be picked up, until the very last minute. I called them about 6 times beforehand trying to get information and everything we were told was either an outright lie, or very vague. If we had known that we were going to be out until 2AM we wouldn't have done it. We were also told there would be lockers in which to store our stuff - there were not. They said we could lock out things in the van we came in, but it turned out the van driver stayed with the car the whole time we were gone. They didn't even tell us he would be with the van. We were told we would get a little wet - we got soaked. And we had no idea how far we would be kayaking. I did GREATLY appreciate that our guides saw us struggling and basically then towed us the rest of the way, but everyone on our bus was very disappointed by the whole experience. The bay and especially the inlet through the mangrove forest was extremely overcrowded. At one point there was a 50 kayak pileup where everyone was jammed together. This is no surprise, given that most participants had no experience, we were given almost no instruction, and of course no information before we left. Everyone else in our group was probably under 40 years old, and most were in their 20's, so they were fine with staying up so late, and working so hard to get there and back 3 miles kayaking, half of which is against a very strong current. But we are in our 50's and had I known that we could go see the same thing on a motor boat, where we would stay dry and get drinks, etc. we definitely would've done that instead. We were not allowed to bring ANYTHING - they said to leave cameras, cell phones, shoes behind. Then we had to wade out into the open ocean to climb in our kayaks. And the worst part is that in the mangrove forest, we had to traverse a very long, narrow waterway, with a current pushing us around, in the PITCH black darkness. It's a miracle no one lost an eye when we all went ploughing into trees and giant hanging roots multiple times. I think every one of our kayaks ran into trees and each other many times. And the other kayakers with no experience were flailing their paddles around in everyone's face when they got near other kayaks, which happened a LOT because no one could see, the guides were all yelling contradictory instructions the whole time, and there was no way to know who they were yelling at in the pitch dark. It was basically a giant cluster-fluck almost the whole way. All of that being said, it was a beautiful night, the water was extremely warm, and it was a once-in-a-lifetime, very memorable end to our vacation. The whole thing just could've been handled so much better. It's really a miracle we all made it out unscathed.

  • A serene kayak trip. Those that have kayak experience it was simple, those who didn and #39;t had difficulty steering straight, which would have them turned sideways which would cause pile usp. But as long as everyone is in good humor it is a good time. Crew of Peniel Access tour was great.

  • Terrible! The guides were more concerned with making jokes and telling everyone they were the best guides for leading tours on the bay than in helping the participants. At one point, we had to ask a guide three times for assistance - and yes, the guide did hear us, it was just more fun to keep asking if we really wanted help - three times, before offering assistance. Just awful. As for what you will see - it's nothing like the photos you see online. You'll see some light in the the water from the organisms, but it's really equivalent to a pin prick - not glowing and not over a large amount of space. Do yourself a favor and don't book this tour. I've never left a review this bad before, and I wouldn't if it wasn't such a lousy experience.

  • This has to be one of the coolest experiences of my life. Our driver and tour guide Jeysika pick us up in a nice and clean black van. She explain the instructions and a clear orientation about everything while driving to the BioBay in Fajardo. When we arrive we sign a waiver and applied the bug repellent that was supply by Bespoke Tours, the tour company. After kayaking for about 30 mins against the current, you finally arrive to this large lagoon. It was a decent workout, especially if you have a partner like me who was too busy looking at the scenery rather than paddling

    Inside the lagoon, I was put my hand in the water and was disappointed that it didn't do anything. Our kayak leader Michael got us into a group and started to explain the phenomena and why it glowed. During his little talk the sun was finally completely gone and he told us to dip our hand in the water, make a fist and then open it. It made a tiny spark.

    As the sun went completely out, the glow got brighter and brighter. One of the coolest things was to just coast in the kayak and put your hand in the water letting it drag. The glows made it look like sparks were flying from my hand. By far, one of the coolest things I've ever seen. If you're ever in Puerto Rico, you have to try this experience. It's definitely mindblowing.

  • Overall I enjoyed the experience. Kayaking through the mangroves on the way to bioluminescent bay was with the current and wasn't challenging. Kayaking back is against the current and in the dark and was quite difficult. In order to see the bioluminescence well you have to pull a tarp over your kayak

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