Laguna Grande
Laguna Grande
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One of the three bioluminescent bays in PR - others are in Vieques and in SW of Island.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Ariella Loren
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
Honestly it was a lot of effort for not much glow at all. I don’t know if it was the time that we went, however the glow is very very underwhelming and minimal. It was a fun experience to do the kayak part at night, other than that would not recommend. Also be prepared because you get soaking wet and you have to hold a tarp across the whole group to see a little spark in the water. Make sure to go when the moon is dark.
Written February 22, 2021
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wilwilwil
West Lafayette, IN30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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SRArbet
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This was such a fun activity. We did the early kayak. I would highly recommend the earlier trip where you get to see the mangroves and wildlife going into the bay. It was also awesome to kayak in the dark, but get to see so much more with the light, The bioluminescence itself was cool. Our tour guide Sandra was awesome and made the experience so worthwhile.
Written February 23, 2020
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Lisa D
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
This is one of my favorite experiences ever. Apparently conditions can vary but when we went (mid-October) it was exceptional. Have to wonder whether these conditions will persist indefinitely given climate change, but for now, this is blissful. There are several companies, encountered others—EcoAction seemed very tightly organized in in comparison, and did a good though quick orientation, so our group was able to manage better than some other groups seemed to. It’s 1.2 miles each way—kayaking neophytes should be prepared that it’s more than zero work, though the way back, with the current, is almost like a lazy river when not encountering other groups going the other way. Despite other groups and tree snags, it is incredibly peaceful and lovely. Things I’m glad we knew ahead: wear reef shoes or shoes that can be immersed, and shorts or swim gear—you wade up to your thighs to the kayak and back. Put phone and wallet in waterproof pouch or leave behind. Things I wish we’d known ahead: Person who reserved must bring ID. There are pointed tree snags along the way and it’s easy to run into them since it’s dark—have awareness and go slow if you’re not super skilled so you can adjust. If you book the early tour (6:45), it may be hard to find a place to eat after—plan to grab food before or nearby right after. Altogether—fantastic experience, could have stayed out there forever!
Written October 16, 2022
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einhornresearch
Cambridge, MA21 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
Far too crowded. Too many tour operators. Too large groups. Too much noise. Too much light pollution. (And, given that the tour guides complain about the light pollution, how about starting to do something about it with their own gathering area—Kayak Village—with its glare bomb wall packs!) Covering boats with tarps to darken the area was sad.

Puerto Rico and the Fajardo area needs to do much more to protect its resources. Limiting use in some areas is a necessity.

Totally misrepresented. Very underwhelming. Just advertise it as a night kayak trip.
Written February 27, 2022
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Rebecca B
21 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This was a horrible experience. Kayaking through the channel would have been nice but one of the guides kept yelling at people to "watch with your eyes" in the dark and then she hit the shore with her own kayak and had to back out. There were about 100 people coming and going. Idiots ramming into others. Very bright cell phones on and off. Light pollution from the shore. Then when reached the bay we just sat there for half an hour attempting to observe the underwhelming glow while other groups at least got to paddle into the bay. That was $100 down the rat hole, for the two of us as my husband would say..
Written March 2, 2020
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bmcsue
Boston, MA119 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We had a lot of fun on this tour. We booked randomly with this tour group and they did a great job. We went out on a later tour and i wished we had gone at 5:30 to see some of the area surrounding the bay. Just be warned, it is dark, wet and you need to actually paddle for quite some time in the dark before reaching your destination. There are lot of other groups out at the same time. The glowing water took some effort to see, but it was still cool. The staff is professional and accommodating, some folks with group needed to be towed and the staff was very attentive to the different levels of expertise with kayaking. Recommend Puerto Rico Access tours. Nice beach and dining options where the tour begins and ends.
Written March 28, 2020
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,936 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Whilst we enjoyed the experience of kayaking in the dark, which we've not done before, the bioluminesce was pretty disappointing. Could hardly see it and we went on a night after a new moon when it's meant to be at its best.

Was a bit worried about the number of kayakers as there are quite a few tour operators but its actually well organised with staggered start times so there was no congestion, although our group was a bit large at around 15 kayaks.

Also as someone who kayaks about once a year I found the trip quite hard work as its probably a couple miles each way.
Written February 25, 2020
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Sonal S
Bridgewater, NJ2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Breathtaking to kayak between the mangroves on both sides . It’s a must tour to take in Puerto Rico. The company provided great service and were very helpful for inexperienced kayakers. Pablo , Gabriel and Angel are just amazing and they entertained us throughout the tour . Highly recommended 👍
Written April 15, 2022
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Pam B
Rushville, MO49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Friends
I loved this trip. I was a little worried about the boat ride because I get motion sick but there were no waves. It was calm all the way. Such a relaxing trip. The water is magical. The more you move yourself in the water the more you glow. I would strongly recommend this to all if you’re visiting Puerto Rico
Written November 13, 2020
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