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“great luminescent bio bay experience”

Las Tortugas Adventures
Ranked #4 of 9 things to do in Canovanas
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Reading, Pennsylvania
1 review
“great luminescent bio bay experience”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

Our daughter had done this before and liked it so much she wanted to do it one more time. We booked through the hotel for the 6:15 tour.Their shuttle took us directly to the Tortugas waterside check in. Our guides were very safety conscious and the equipment was in top condition. Our lead guide majored in biology in college. He was very good at explaining the biology of the bio bay. We had a string of kayaks in our group but the communications instructions we were given at the beginning worked very well as we passed other tour groups in the mangrove channel. Everything went off without a hitch. Just be advised that you do have to be in good enough shape to paddle a kayak for a while.The kayaks are the ones you sit in higher up, with back supports, and don't sit down in them with your legs stretched out in front of you. With the condition of my back I could never have done it in the stretched out version. All in all, a wonderful experience. We would certainly do it again!

Visited October 2013
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“A very cool experience!”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

We were told that we needed to book our reservation through the hotel so I'm not sure we got the best price but I thought it was worth it for this unique experience. The guides took us (we were all in double kayaks) through a mangrove tunnel to a bay. Our tour was at 6:15 and I would recommend the earlier tour because you can see the mangroves to start out and slowly as you paddle through the tunnel and the light lessens, the bio luminescence can be seen. They swirl around your paddle and if you cup water in your hand and let it roll down your elbow the water seems to sparkle notches way down. A very cool, worthwhile experience.

Visited September 2013
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“Natural wonder!”
Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

We booked through our hotel since all companies were sold out for direct reservations so unfortunately, the resort inflated the price. But what a cool experience! The guides were very good, the equipment was good, we had 4 guides & I felt safe with their guidance. The bio bay was amazing! We had ideal weather conditions for bioluminescence. Glad we did the early tour! Just have realistic expectations...it will be dark, you will get wet, you do have to paddle, there are other groups & you can't control nature! Regardless of your company, the bio bay is not to be missed!

Visited July 2013
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Layton, Utah
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“Tour company needs to be more aware of dangers.”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

We just did this kayak adventure on July 5th, 2013. It was fun but can be a little sketchy. At the beginning of the tour they have you get into the kayaks and line up one behind the next. There were four in our family, my husband, myself and our kids, a 22 yr. old and 20 yr. old. They were in the kayak in front of us and we followed behind. We were the last of about 25 kayaks. They place a guide at the beginning, the middle and the end of the group. However just as we were heading out I felt a plastic line run along my arm towards my face and as I took ahold of it I realized it was also snagged on our kids kayak. Turns out it was from some guys fishing off the dock that they had us paddle past. The fishing hook had actually ran along our kids kayak and scraped over our sons hand until it embedded in the rubber on the paddle. Fortunately he wasn't hurt, but he said the hook was pretty large and it could have been bad. The tour guide hadn't warned anyone of this and of course it is dark so we couldn't tell the line was there. The tour guides weren't very friendly, no apologies about the fishing line either. The tour guide at the front of the group was good and once we got through the channel and could hear him he was informative. We did see a lot of bioluminescence and that was awesome. They have a few companies running kayaks at the same location and you are trying to maneuver along a narrow channel with mangrove trees that overhang the channel so that no moonlight peaks through leaving it completely dark other than the glow stick rings at the front and back of each kayak. It was fun and we are glad we did it but it is almost $100 per person so a little disappointing for the cost. there were 11 people vacationing with us and we all thought it could have been better. Too many companies made it very crowded and once we got back on the bus we found roaches in our bags and towels that they had us leave on the bus. Ugh!

Visited July 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Bio Bay”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

This was amazing!
Go for the earlier trip so you can appreciate the views of the bay and the mangrove channels. Picture yourself kayaking in a bayou like setting.
If you take the late trip, picture yourself kayaking with your eyes closed.

There are food vendors at the starting & end point (same place) - make sure you get yourself some quesitos... delicious!

Visited June 2013
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