Laguna Grande

Laguna Grande, Fajardo: Address, Laguna Grande Reviews: 4/5

Laguna Grande
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One of the three bioluminescent bays in PR - others are in Vieques and in SW of Island.
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Tracey G
Portland, OR2 contributions
Friends
A group of 9 of is all booked the bio bay tour on a Friday night. Angel was our lead guide as well as his team, George, Gustavo, Adriel and a couple others whose names escape me. Angel was incredibly knowledgeable and forthright from the beginning. He was honest about the experience we were to expect and told us about how the bioluminescent was only at about 45% but his overall performance throughout the tour more than made up for the lack of shiny particles that photoshopped falsely led to expect.
A friend of ours stayed behind due to a fear of water that she just wasn't ready to face and the company actually reimbursed us for her trip, which was kind and more than we had expected. One of the co-owners hung back with her and made her dry land experience just as memorable as our groups water one. Even the sudden downpour while in the Laguna didn't dampen our experience.
I'm sure the other companies that offer the tour are great even if some of them didn't seem to provide the right lighting or guidance that Angel and his crew offered but for my money, time and expectations this was the best guided journey and I would only go back again with them.
Written February 6, 2020
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Sonal S
Bridgewater, NJ2 contributions
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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Ariella Loren
3 contributions
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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einhornresearch
Cambridge, MA16 contributions
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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Leigh-Traveler2015
Birmingham, AL1,093 contributions
Couples
I wouldn’t recommend this activity unless it’s very very close by. We rented a car and drove an hour. The bay does not glow as suggested. If you put your hand in and shake it around there is a slight glow about your hand. There are WAY too many kayaks coming and going through the mangrove canal- a shame, really. The desire to make money off tourists has over-ridden the protection of this bay and this unusually place. If you go, you will get wet. No water bottles allowed. No bathroom available. Very noisy and crowded. A huge disappointment for us and others we encountered. Guides said it was a “good night” for the glow. I would hate to see a bad night!
Written February 18, 2020
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Matt M
2 contributions
Family
Holy cow this was dumb. Take all of the images you have in your mind of what a bioluminescent bay will look like and kiss them goodbye. This is water with 4-6 sparkles that appear when you wave your hand back and forth. You have to put a tarp over your head and look straight down at where your hand is moving the water. Hardly a wondrous nature experience. It’s so dumb it’s honestly awkward at the end and nobody really says anything, especially to the poor folks waiting at the kiosk to go on the next tour. We all just donate our money and move along.
Written April 1, 2022
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Chloe L
1 contribution
Couples
Do not do this! Hear the newer reviews out because you will be wasting your money like we did. Literally had to hang a tarp to “try to see” the bioluminescence. It felt super rushed - the tour guides just kept telling on to paddle faster and catch up even tho we were going fine (normal speed). The water is highly polluted and the mangroves have been cut down significantly so you won’t be able to see anything.
Written November 13, 2021
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Chris D
2 contributions
Family
If I could give zero stars I would. It was super crowded, they did not tell us that you’re gonna have to wade out into waist deep water for the kayaks. And then we got the bay and the guys were asking us to completely put a tarp over the entire tour so you could see the light up. We tarped up and saw nothing… this was completely disorganized. Oh and they insisted on wearing masks (OUTSIDE ON A KAYAK)… why? Because they of course sell masks. This entire operation is a scam. They are gripping on to the old days when this was a real attraction.

The water is so polluted, it’s no wonder the microorganisms are gone.

Enough of this, now time to get my tetanus shot.

Save your money. Ripoff
Written July 24, 2021
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W W
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I visited this place 9 years ago in 2012. The kayaking tour was amazing back in the day. The bioluminescent glowing was strong even in a full moon night. Revisited Laguna Grande this month (May 2021) with my wife and the bioluminescence kayaking tour was horrible.
First, it is an undeniable fact that the bioluminescence effect is varnishing. The paddle used to light up all the way from the canal. Now the tour guides will have to use a tarp in the middle of the lagoon so you can use your imagination to see a tiny bit of light. The light pollution excuse from the tour guide is a lie. Even the bioluminescence under that tarp is unnoticeable.
Second, the lagoon smells like fecal matter, a.k.a. poops, or sh*t. In fact if you enter any nearby public restroom you will realize that the strong smell actually comes from the lagoon's water because it actually smells weaker in the restroom. The water is so polluted and the mosquitos are biting and killing everyone.
Third, the mosquitos are wild and poisonous. Both of us took enough precautions but we are still suffering from the severe mosquito bites and consequently allergies. Hygiene perspective, this is not a place that is suitable for a visit at all.
Lastly, none of the above mentioned experience was even a thing when I first visited. I later read through hundreds similar reviews on nearby locations and I believe that I am not alone. The local guides all perfectly know know that this lagoon is pretty much dead and is no longer suitable for a visit at all. But they are doing the tours anyways, and they are even increasing the tour to twice a day.
I don't really care if the locals just want to kill this goose that lays the golden eggs, but I do care about my wife. If you care about the health of your loved ones, including yourself, DON'T GO!
Written May 12, 2021
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SRArbet
3 contributions
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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