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Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour from San Juan

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    Stop At: Laguna Grande, Cabezas Nature Reserve Northeastern Coast Puerto Rico

    Join this fully-guided nighttime bioluminescent bay kayak adventure, one of the most memorable experiences in Puerto Rico.

    Experience the Pyrodinium Bahamense, a microscopic plankton capable of producing natural light at the touch of your hand (like fireflies)! 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.

    You will paddle your way for 30 minutes each way in a two person glass-bottom kayak, through the mystical mangrove channels leading to the Natural Reserve at Laguna Grande (please read complete description for weight and other restrictions). Once you arrive to the area of the lagoon where the bioluminescence can be best experienced, our guides will explain how this entire ecosystem works and will allow you to play with the water to see this effect (swimming not allowed).

    Once tour has concluded light snacks will be available for participants to regain their energy, before heading back to San Juan.

    Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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    Departure Point
    Departs from most San Juan hotels
    Duration
    5h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Complimentary pickup and drop-off in selected areas of San Juan (Old San Juan, Condado and Isla Verde locations and touristic zones). Locations outside of San Juan are subject to additional pick up fee.
    • Bottom glass kayaks (for participants weighting 190 lbs (86kg) or less)
    • Participants weighting up to 250 pounds must notify it at the moment of booking as special arrangements for a regular kayaks needs to be made, these kayaks are very limited.
    • Quality kayaking gear and equipment (small size for children)
    • Kayaking orientation and instructions
    • Commentary of the surrounding area and its flora and fauna
    • Light Snacks and bottles of water
    • Entry/Admission - Laguna Grande
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Additional pick up fee will apply if staying in towns like Dorado, Rio Grande, Fajardo and Humacao. Meeting point option also available.
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is to participate is 7 years
    • Participants cannot be afraid of the dark as you will be kayaking thru pitch black areas.
    • Not suitable for pregnant women past their third month, persons with recent surgeries, past injuries or back problems, heart complaints or other serious medical conditions.
    • Each participant must be capable of paddling on their own on a 2 person kayak, and be able to sit on the same position for about 2 hours.
    • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if a minimum of 5 passengers is not met. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative date or full refund.
    • You will get wet, it is recommended that you wear bathing suit underneath, bring a towel and extra clothes for after the tour.
    • Maximum weight is 185-190 lbs (86 kg). Due to the strict weight restriction all participants are subject to be weighted prior to beginning the tour. No cancellations or refunds will be issued if a person neglects to inform correct weight, and is not able to participate of the tour.
    • Participants weighting from 190 to 260 lbs must notify upon booking in order to reserve a regular kayak, these kayaks are very limited.
    • Reservations made for the 6pm tour (second run) have a probability of being rescheduled to the first run if minimum is not met, or first run still has spaces available.
    • Estimate duration time of tour includes one hour and 15 minutes approx. driving, each way.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • This tour does not includes a stop to eat.
    • The bio bay is an unpredictable natural phenomenon that may be influenced by multiple factors. Bioluminoscity level can vary from very visible to minimum or none without any previous notice. Full Moon phase may also affect the visibility. In the event of this happening alternate methods such as the use of a tarp will be incorporated in order to appreciate it.
    • GLASS BOTTOM KAYAKS ARE NOT AVAILABLE ON TUESDAYS due to maintenance, instead tour will be conducted on Regular Kayaks. No refunds will be issued due to this.
    • Please travel light and only bring the necessary to the tour. Leave behind electronic devices, any important documentation like passport, large sums of cash or credit cards. Cell phones require waterproof case.
    • Most travelers can participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 15 February 2019

    We had already done a swim in Parqueras in a bioluminescent bay. We had some trouble finding the place and got there just when they were suiting up. Two of our group "opted out" when we arrived, scared by the introductory instructions! The paddle through...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
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    Reviewed 8 February 2019

    We did this trip two weeks ago when it wasn't warm enough yet for a lot of luminescence, but we saw some luminescent fish through the glass bottom of the boat and a little "blue glow" and "sparks" when we swished our hands in the...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    2  Thank Adele20191
    Reviewed 7 February 2019

    This was an amazing experience! And this company made it so over the top. These guys are witty, knowledgeable, personable, and professional. Theyobviously love their job and they love people. They are adept at making you feel totally comfortable in kayaking. And the biobay was...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    7  Thank beulah64
    Reviewed 3 February 2019 via mobile

    We had a great trip to the Bio Bay. Our driver was Cedric and he was awesome! When we arrived, the three guides had us signed in, and ready to go. Glad we went on the earlier tour so we could see the mangroves on...More

    2  Thank 44JonW
    Reviewed 24 January 2019

    Although we didn’t really see the Bioluminesence, every other aspect was fine. The guides were great! Were extremely helpful kayaking through the Laguna. For me, kayaking with my partner through the mangroves, working together to stay on path, and finally the moonlight on the bay...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
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    4 August 2019|
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    We were picked up at around 4pm from San Juan near condado beach for the first tour - 6sh.
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    Response from Sandi M | Reviewed this property |
    You need to be on the water and actually disturb the water. As the guides explained, the plankton glow as a defense mechanism when they think they're going to be eaten. This illuminates their predator to become pray for... More
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    Response from Sandi M | Reviewed this property |
    I took the evening tour and would recommend that. The guides are exceptional and you won't have any troubles. It's not pitch black so that you can't see anything.
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