La Parguera Glowing Bioluminescent Bay Tour From San Juan

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    02:30 PM Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Complimentary pick up in designated areas of San Juan: Old San Juan, Condado, Isla Verde, Miramar,Ocean Park and Calle Loiza.
    Exact pick up time will be provided the d.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

La Parguera, a small fishing village in Lajas that has reborn in recent years. Due to its geographical location it offers one of the best preserved coral reef systems and mangrove forests in the Caribbean. Various restaurants and bars add to the local attractions. We will drive for about 2 hrs (bathroom stops offered), as you enjoy the panoramic and lush views of the Central area that then changes to a semi-desert landscape. Upon arrival downtown we will stop for appetizers (additional food and beverage costs not included).
Watch the sunset as we head out for a 25 minute ride thru the mangrove channels. You will have the opportunity to swim at one of it's cays, before we head out to the area where the bioluminescence happens. Your guide will explain everything you need to know about these microscopic dinoflagelates that give off heat in the form of light when disturbed. Once we reach the bay you will have the opportunity to swim (optional) and experience this phenomenon first hand.

Highlights

Small group ensures personal service

Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Instant Confirmation

Likely to Sell Out

Know More about this tour

La Parguera, a small fishing village in Lajas (southwestern area of Puerto Rico) has reborn as a local and international destination.  Because of its geographical location, La Parguera offers one of the best preserved coral reef systems and mangrove forests in the Caribbean. Various restaurants and bars add to the local attractions.

Begin with pickup from your San Juan hotel, we will then drive for about 2-hours (bathroom stops offered along the way). Enjoy the panoramic and lush green views of the Central area of the Island, and passing by the renown PONCE letters, we will continue our drive to the Southwestern side.  We will stop for some appetizers before heading out in the boat ride.

The magic begins with the beautiful sunset view while we head out for a 25 minute ride through the mangrove channels.  Here you will have the opportunity to swim before it gets dark and we head out to the area where the bioluminescence happens.  Your guide will explain everything you need to know about these microscopic dinoflagelates that give off heat in the form of light when disturbed.  Once we reach the bay you will have the opportunity to swim (optional) and experience this phenomenon first hand. We will spend some time here so everyone may take in the magic, before we head back to shore.  Activity concludes with the drive back and drop off in San Juan.

Please note:
- In order to preserve the life of the dinoflagellates if you plan to swim on the bay abstain from using perfume, her gel/spray and mosquito repellent (use only organic ones).
- You must be able to climb back to the boat thru a small ladder.

Inclusions

Complimentary pickup and drop-off in selected areas of San Juan (Old San Juan, Condado and Isla Verde locations and touristic zones)

Certified Guide

Appetizers at La Parguera (vegetarian option available, please notify)

Bottles of water and local beer at the boat

Entry/Admission - La Parguera

Exclusions

Additional food and drinks

Gratuity

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

May be operated by a multilingual guide

Minimum numbers apply. Cancellation after confirmation is possible if there are not enough guests to meet requirements. If this occurs you can choose between an alternative tour date or full refund.

It is an approximately 2:20 hour drive from San Juan to La Parguera each way, depending on the time of day and traffic.

Complimentary car seats or booster seats available upon request (subject to availability).

If planning to swim: follow preservation instructions, wear bathing suit, bring a towel and a change of clothes. Rash guard is also recommended as we may encounter jellyfish.

Total activity duration of 8 hours include driving time and stop for appetizers.

Not wheelchair accessible

Service animals allowed

Children must weight 50 lbs or more in order to participate on tour, and must be notified with anticipation in order to assign a car seat.

Minimum amount of participants is required in order to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after receiving instant confirmation if the minimum is not met. IN the event of this happening you will be offered an alternate date or full refund.

You are more than welcome to bring your own snorkeling equipment.

Most travelers can participate

Bespoke LM Reserves the Right of Admission - If a person appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, not following instructions or causing disruptions the Guide has the right to Cancel their reservation at any moment, and No Refunds will be issued due to this.

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Traveler Reviews

  • 01-Jul-2022

    The bio bay trip was a bucket list item for me for a while. The tour was my family (2 adults, 2 kids), and one other couple. I was happy with the small tour size. The bioluminescence was the neatest thing to experience. We took snorkel masks, and I’m glad we did — it looks even more vivid underwater. George and Hector were kind and entertaining. This tour was the highlight of our PR trip.

  • 01-Jun-2022

    La Parguera Glowing Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour from San Juan This was an 8 hour excursion that included a 2.5 hour ride each way to a small fishing town where we had a delicious dinner in the midst of an outdoor day party. Then we took a boat ride to a spot where we joined dozens of other boats that were anchored in 4-5 ft deep water. Music was playing from every boat and people partying and dancing on the boats and in the water. So we jumped in too! I've never experienced anything like it. Finally as it got dark we moved on to the bioluminescent bay and several jumped in to disturb the waters so we could see the sparkles. We also got an astronomical show using the skyview app on our cell phones. Julian and Hector were fantastic and the excursion was a highlight of our vacation! Well worth the money.

  • 23-May-2022

    Our guide Julian was great. He seemed to really enjoy his job and was very informative. Everything was timely and the van we rode in was very nice - unlike some other tours I did. We stopped for "snacks" along the way there, but it was more like dinner in terms of the amount of food. The tacos we had for dinner were more like the snack - and they were very good. The village itself was really cool, and I would have loved to have been able to spend more time there. The bioluminescent glow was more like sparkles and a ghostly glow, which were pretty awesome. They told us the glow only looks blue in pictures. It was definitely a unique experience...fascinating, relaxing, and fun. As I told the boat captain, it was amazingly fun not to have involved rum or pirates!

  • 05-May-2022

    George is a fantastic guide and we had a blast. He gave fun facts about the island throughout the ride to La Paguera/Lajas. Captain Hector was a riot and provided us with top notch treatment. The sparkle and glow of the water in the bay is otherworldly.

  • 03-May-2022

    I was really excited for this tour! However, I’m being a little generous with the 4 stars. I would give it 3.5/5 stars. Our scheduled pickup time was 2:15 & the driver arrived at like 2:45-3 p.m which was 30-45 mins after. I called like 2 or 3 times because I had no idea when the driver would come. Travelers should be made aware because it’s inconsiderate of our time. When we got to la paraguera we had 2 small tacos & a soda which were alright. The boat ride was nice however the bay did not glow that much. It looked more sparkly. Not blue at all like in the photos but it was still nice & I understand that’s not 100% controllable but it’s a bit misleading. Other than that it was a decent experience. When we got back there was music & dancing by the restaurant we ate at which was nice. May or may not do it again. Mercedes Sprinter that were picked up in was nice! Hope that helps!

  • 02-May-2022

    Had some reservations about going with 2 toddlers, as it's a long drive each way. In the end, it was fine. There was no bathroom stops, that was difficult, as I thought my bladder might rupture for the last hour. When we arrived, I really wanted to spend a minute exploring the little area, but that didn't happen either... BUT... The experience was so amazing, it was all completely worth it. It was like swimming in moving glitter. It is hard to explain, but a MUST SEE at least once in this lifetime. Definitely go when there is no moon, it made it so much brighter. Hector, the captain, is funny, and has a plethora of knowledge. I say... GO!

  • 25-Apr-2022

    Although the ride was a long one from San Juan, it was absolutely worth it. We had good food when we arrived and then headed out on the boat. We watched the sunset from in the water on a rather raucous sandbar (there were about a dozen boats there doing the same and playing music) before heading to the bay. Puerto Rico has 3 out of the 5 bays in the world with enough dinoflagellates to be classified as a bioluminescent bay and this is the only one in Puerto Rico in which you can swim. The experience was absolutely magnificent - a true once in a lifetime experience! I was glad to have read in another review that the bioluminescence didn’t look like the picture shown in the ad for the tour so I knew what to expect - it is like green glowing glitter in the water. That description does not adequately capture the experience…it really is extraordinary. I wish I had thought to bring a pair of goggles to look at the bioluminescence more clearly underwater, but that is all. This was a great excursion with a teenager.

  • 25-Mar-2022

    They never showed up to pick us up, and then blamed me for booking it “last minute” —but had no issue with taking my money and sending confirmation. Then I looked at all the other reviews and no-shows seem to be the norm for this tour. Stay away from this one!

  • 10-Mar-2022

    Unfortunately this tour cancelled and it shifted (completely ruined) our trip because we could not book anything else as everything is all booked. Very stressful consequence

  • 09-Mar-2022

    This tour was amazing. This is the only bioluminescent bay in the world that you can swim in. Julian was awesome. He provided interesting facts and information about the region and the bay. The captain of the boat was very skilled and super patient with those that were not following safety rules. Their humor, skill and professionalism was unparalleled. In fact we requested Julian to be our guide again on the El Yunque Off The Beaten Path tour and we were so glad.