Laguna Grande

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Laguna Grande
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A seasonally phosphorescent lagoon in the Cabezas Nature Reserve.
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wilwilwil
West Lafayette, IN27 contributions
Oct 2021
I'm glad I can leave a review on this without penalizing our tour operator. They did a great job and it was a lot of fun only because I knew the deal going in - the deal being the whole BioBay in Fajardo is a hoax nowadays. It hasn't glowed much in probably a decade.

You can see a little twinkling if you do just the right things and use the tarps they provide, but you are not going to see any glowing in the water. Even if it were possible, we had a moonless night and the amount of light coming from the lagoon shore makes it feel like a full moon. It was ridiculous.

You will have to wade into the water to access your kayak. And your tour operator will likely not operate any sort of "lockers" for your valuables. They will provide a box to throw your car keys into and tell you to leave phones and wallets in your car. In a deserted park. In a Puerto Rican town. So maybe bring a ziploc and put your phone and wallet in your underwear like I did.

The canal to the lagoon can be tight and if people in your group do not have any kayaking experience it will at first be hilarious...and then it will get pretty annoying when they keep spinning in circles blocking the whole path for everyone. And then the other tour trying to *leave* the lagoon will crash into them and it will be chaos.

Our tour lasted about an hour and change. That was a good amount of time. In total you kayak maybe four miles, which is not as much as it sounds.

Reviews online suggested the later tour was better because it would be darker. I disagree. Since there is no actual glowing in the lagoon, it would have been nice to be able to see more than the glowing light hanging behind the kayak in front of us on the way through that canal - there are mangrove roots hanging down over the canal and you can easily take one in the face. With the earlier tour it would be dusk going in, dark coming out which would have been better than dark in, dark out.

All told, I really liked the nighttime kayaking experience itself and this was a very memorable thing to do. Just don't expect a bioluminescent show.
Written October 12, 2021
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Amanda Gonzalez
3 contributions
May 2021 • Family
The ride in was beautiful and the mangroves are amazing but sadly many were destroyed by Maria. The bio bay was interesting but very disappointing. We saw almost no color at all. It was very peaceful and beautiful but I definitely didn't feel like it was worth what we paid to see it.
Written May 28, 2021
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colonial
County Galway, Ireland160 contributions
Sep 2019
I ran my hands through the bucket filled with the bio-luminescent algae. They are so spectacular! It is so amazing to see these creatures sparkling beneath the water. A very spiritual experience knowing Nature has such love for us as demonstrated by little surprises like these.
Written August 9, 2020
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America Beach Man
24 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
Booked thru "KayakingTours" for 65 bucks a person. Guide was late. But... Peter was great. Was just me and a buddy. No one else in the lagoon. The plankton were not very luminescent until the paddles dipped into the water. Flat out magical. I think this was a once in a lifetime tour. Five stars all the way.
Written March 8, 2020
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Krishna Sreenivasan
New York City, NY204 contributions
Dec 2019
Seeing the bioluminescent bay at Laguna Grande in Fajardo was simultaneously a little disappointing and also one of the coolest, most unique experiences of my life. The plankton in the water aren't always at full glow (they were at ~50% when I went), but I've still never seen anything like that. The only problem was that the photos online make it look like you have dozens of LED lights coming off of your hands in the water. It's not that cool, but it's still unlike anything you've seen, I assume. The kayaking can get slightly tiring without good teamwork, but it's very fun and soothing to kayak in the kiddle of the night. Your guide should also take good care of you, so there's nothing to fear in that sense. Going to one of the 3 bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico is an absolute must if on the island.
Written December 15, 2019
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Andrea B
Massillon, OH2,029 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
My friends and I used Kayaking Puerto Rico to see bio bay. It was absolutely amazing. I truly don't understand the negative reviews. No, it doesn't look like it does in pictures. But the sparkle is brilliant when the water is disturbed by your hand or paddle. Even the fish light up! We were there on the perfect night and didn't require a tarp. My husband was not interested in going, and he loved the experience! I would do this again in a heartbeat! I personally found kayaking thru the mangroves to be challenging at times, but the bioluminscence made it all worth it!!!
Written February 6, 2019
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Joe W
Muscat, Oman92 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
Returned here for the first time in about 15 years. Not as great as I recall from before. The illumination was not nearly as bright as I remembered and you're no longer permitted to swim in the bay (for good reason). It's still a very cool phenomenon to witness. For me, the kayaking in the dark through the mangroves was the most enjoyable part. Be ready for lots of kayak collisions and shenanigans as there are multiple tour groups and inexperienced paddlers in the narrow passage. Would not recommend taking the electric boat tours as you will lose the paddling fun and only have the underwhelming bio experience.
Written December 9, 2018
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Gesine B
1 contribution
Dec 2017 • Couples
We joined the night tour with Yokahu Kayak Trips. It was an amazing experience! The luminescence light glowed brightly when we moved our hands in the water. To enhance the experience, the operators brought a black plastic sheet to cover the group so that we could observe the lights in the dark without the additional light from the stars.
So, the bay is in good condition after the hurricanes and several tour operators are operating. We were very satisfied with our friendly, well organized, and very knowledgeable, English speaking guides. We would definitely do this magical tour again.
Written December 21, 2017
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Chris C
Mankato, MN279 contributions
Mar 2017 • Family
To be honest the Bioluminescent plankton were pretty underwhelming. It was nothing like in the photos. Still pretty cool though. The really fun part for me was paddling through the mangrove trees in the dark and the amazing night sky. Great family outing. We went with eco tours. I wouldn't recommend them. They use a part of the beach that requires you walk through the most disgusting smelling seaweed I've ever seen. It literally smelled like raw sewage.
Written April 5, 2017
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Marjorie H
2 contributions
Mar 2017
Spooky and fun. The stars were beautiful and the guides were so nice and helpful. They even towed one pf our novice kayakers that was struggling a little.
Written March 18, 2017
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