One of the most unique and memorable tours you can take in Puerto Rico is to visit one of the islands three bioluminesent bays. Closest to Rincon is the the bioluminescent bay off of the coast of La Parguera. La Parguera is a small fishing village on the Southwest corner of Puerto Rico and is part of the town of Lajas. If you are staying in San Juan, the most convenient bay to visit is the Laguna Grande in Fajardo. The luminescent effect in the bay is the result of a permanent population of tiny micro-organisms called Dinoflagellates. These animals produce a chemical spark of light when disturbed in the water. They can produce striking effects of green and white sparkles that can only be seen at night….and no, don’t worry – it’s not radioactive!
One of the ‘must-do’ experiences in Puerto Rico is a trip to the bioluminescent bay. The bioluminescent bay tour at La Parguera is closest to the West and South Coasts of Puerto Rico (about 1.5 hour drive from Rincon). You’ll start off the trip with an introduction to the bay by your guides who will explain the natural phenomenon of the bioluminescence while you enjoy a light dinner of homemade empanadillas, soda and beer. Just after the sun goes down you’ll head out on a comfortable dive boat for a 20 minute boat ride through the mangrove channels, as you head to the bioluminescent bay. Once you reach the bay you’ll have 30 – 45 minutes to swim and snorkel before you return to shore. All snorkel gear and dinner is included.
One of the ‘must-do’ experiences in Puerto Rico is a trip to the bioluminescent bay, this time with a kayak. The bioluminescent bay tour at La Parguera is closest to the West and South Coasts of Puerto Rico (about 1.5 hour drive from Rincon). You’ll start off the trip with an introduction to the bay by your guides who will explain the natural phenomenon of the bioluminescence. Just after the sun goes down you’ll head out on a comfortable boat for a 20 minute boat ride through the mangrove channels with the kayaks towed behind, as you head to the bioluminescent bay. Once you reach the bay you’ll spend time on a kayak to view the luminescence close up, with a chance to swim with the dinoflagellates, while you enjoy local fresh fruit and water provided before you return to shore. Gear and snack is included.
This two hour kayak tour leaves from the Las Croabas launch in Fajardo Puerto Rico, about 45 minutes South of the San Juan metro area. You’ll start paddling just before sunset, heading through a thin mangrove channel that leads into the warm bio-lagoon. An informative guide will give you details about the ecology and preservation of this delicate eco-system. If you take the earlier kayak tour, iguanas and sea birds will guide your way into the lagoon. Paddle around the bioluminescent bay under the stars and the moon and watch as each stroke of your paddle lights up the microscopic plankton below.
*Please note: No swimming is allowed in the Laguna Grande bioluminescent bay.*
This trip includes a sunset snorkel and bio bay tour with a boat ride with time to snorkel picturesque reef in the clear blue water for a couple hours before sunset. You’ll enjoy great snorkeling where the shallow waters will hide sea cucumbers, sea fans, starfish and tons of reef fish. Take a short break and relax on the boat as you watch the sunset and eat homemade empanadillas, dip in the water and down a tasty Medalla beer or soda. After the sun goes down, you’ll then head out on a 20 minute boat ride to the bioluminescent bay when you can experience the luminescence for about 30 – 45 minutes while on the boat or in the water. It’s sure to be a one-of-a-kind experience and one you’ll not soon forget!
Transportation is not included in tour cost. Please give yourself at least 1.5 hours driving time to La Parguera if coming from Rincon. Shuttles can be arranged for an additional fee. Best viewing is when the moon is at it’s lowest point. We recommend checking the lunar phase calendar before booking. Minimum 4 persons are required, booking is not confirmed until minimums are met. Mask and snorkel rental are included. 100% non-refundable if cancelled within 7 days. ALL applicable taxes and processing fees ARE included. Rates subject to change at any time.