Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay

Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay, Isla de Vieques: Hours, Address, Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay Reviews: 4.5/5

Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay

Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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sbruther
Howell, NJ7 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
We loved every minute of our time in Vieques but the Bio Bay was, without hesitation, the absolute best part of the trip. The sky above the bay has almost no light pollution at all and between the wonder of the light show going on in the water and stars in the sky, you literally don't know what to look at first. Pictures and videos do not do this experience justice. If you are blessed enough to have the opportunity to experience this natural wonder in your lifetime, it is a must-see!!

We toured with Blackbeard Sports and our guides were engaging, informative, and fun. They explained all about the history of the Bay, what causes bioluminescence, and gave a mini-astrology lesson. Our kayaks had clear bottoms which truly enhanced the experience.

There are many compainies running tours there all at the same time but they all did an excellent job of staying out of each other's way so that noise from one tour did not distract from the others and you never got mixed up about what group you're supposed to be with even though it is really dark out there. Every company was getting their people into and out of kayaks at about the same time and yet the launching area and process never felt chaotic or disorganized.

Quick story about the kinds of people we encountered in Vieques: my husband lost his wallet somewhere on the grounds around Mosquito Bay. One of the guides from a different tour company found it and somehow managed to track down which company we were there with, get ahold of them to let them know what they found, and the two tour companies coordinated a place for our tour bus to meet theirs on the way out so he could get it back. They did all this in the time we were on the Bay and hadn't even realized it was missing yet! He had a decent amount of cash in the wallet and not one cent was missing. Even more importantly, his ID was in it! We would have had to spend the rest of our trip trying to figure out how to get him a replacement ID so we could get home. The kindness and honesty of the tour guides literally saved our vacation. We felt that sense of community throughout our stay on this lovely and special island. JJ from BlackBeard Tours, Rega from Aqua Sunset, and Regina if you happen to read this, we can never thank you enough!!!
Written January 14, 2022
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MinksyMeep
Humacao, Puerto Rico5 contributions
Jun 2021
If you're anywhere near Puerto Rico, you have to go tour the bio bay on Vieques. It's the brightest in the world and we had such a magical experience. I HIGHLY recommend touring with Aqua Sunset tours, as their guides are phenomenal and they use totally clear kayaks. We felt like we were floating on a sky full of stars.
Written June 18, 2021
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Gloria L
Austin, TX2,309 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
The last time I came, my brother brought us. Now, only licensed commercial entities are able to bring people. The visit is worth it. Experiencing the lighting up of dinoflagellates is extraordinary and exciting. This has been one of my most fun and truly awesome experience.
Written March 13, 2020
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Sara F
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Couples
This tour was cancelled at the last minute. This last minute cancelation cost us over 180$ in taxi fees, 70$ in an unused hotel room, and hours of travel time for nothing. While we are getting our tour cost refunded, we incurred costs more then the tour because of the company canceling at the last minute, with no explanation for the cancelation. Thankfully we decided to not continue our trip to Vieques because it would have cost us even more un transportation fees (we had to make snap decisions while already waiting for the island ferry.
Written August 24, 2021
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Adam W
Puerto Rico8 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
There is nothing like experiencing the bioluminescent bay. I highly recommend going with Taino with their completely clear canoes. When we went they were the only ones that offered completely transparent canoes. The others offered glass bottom which we tried last year and were still great but the completely clear canoes took it up a notch.
Written January 27, 2020
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Madavi S
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Couples
My boyfriend and I did this tour in vieques and had a good time. It rained a lot and was windy but we were able to see the glow of our paddles hitting the water. When we saw the lake, it was not as bright blue as the pictures but that is to be expected. Definitely a must do if you are in Puerto Rico because the vieques bio bay is the best in the world! Our tour guide Rahul (might be spelling it wrong) was energetic and completely loved his job which was a pleasure to see. Felt very safe - the water isn’t very deep there and life jackets are provided.
Written February 22, 2020
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RVAEXPLORER
Richmond, VA50 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
Abe's bio bay tour was an awesome experience tour guide Caesar was very knowledgeable and made the tour very fun. The bay itself has an amazing backdrop of the rolling hills and skyline, and overall peaceful energy. The glow is brighter than in the recent past, def recommend for anyone visiting the island. - Salud!
Written April 8, 2021
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Emily M
9 contributions
Mar 2022
We did a clear-bottom kayak tour with Fun Bros and it was so awesome. Worth every penny. We've done a bio trip in Belize and this was much more vibrant. I also love that they are pretty protective of nature and don't allow power boats. It was a really cool trip -- my 4 and 6 year old kids loved it too.
Written March 28, 2022
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ChristopherG
Wake Forest, NC7 contributions
Dec 2019
All of the kayak tour companies have standard ocean style or modified clear bottom (insert) style boats. We went with the "Taino Aqua Adventure Bio Bay Tour" company.
The have completely clear hull kayaks!!! Yes, the entire boat, less the seat pad and backrest is clear lexan type material.
Very strong and stable. My wife and I total about 480lbs and we had no problem balancing and paddling around the huge bay.
The tour guides and van driver are awesome and make sure you have the best time regardless of weather and conditions. Just remember - NO DEET bug repellents - please! It kills the dinoflagelates (the glowy thingys)
Capturing images of the activity and what is going on in the bay is impossible without specialized, professional equipment. Sad really.
But your memories of the event will be something truly special!
Written January 4, 2020
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CARebekah
Thousand Oaks, CA318 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
We went with Aqua Sunset Tours, and they are great. We were picked up right on time in the public parking lot in front of El Blok. A bumpy ride to the bay with a very enthusiastic and entertaining driver ends with a short walk to the kayaks. This company has completely clear kayaks, and that makes a BIG difference, as you will literally see. Our guides were competent and professional. We were in very good hands.
We went on a new moon, which is highly recommended. The bay is completely dark, until you put your hand or oar into the water. Then it lights up with what I can only describe as sparkles. I am in my 60s, and got giggly with this like a 4 year old. So awesome! Along with kayaking in the sparkling bay, the guides treat you to the science and history of the bay.
One guide also pointed out the constellations in the dark sky above.
If you are lucky enough to be in Vieques, DO book this tour! It is an experience you will enjoy and never forget.
Written January 2, 2020
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