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“Viewing one of natures most amazing spectacles!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bio Bay Kayaking

Bio Bay Kayaking
Tampa, Florida
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Viewing one of natures most amazing spectacles!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2012 via mobile

I recently went on a bioluminescent tour in fajardo. It was a very cool experience. First when you get there they kind of brief you on how its all gonna go down. You then get into the nice warm water and climb into your kayak. You proceed to follow all of these little lights from all the other kayaks through a really dark mangrove corridor that then leads you to one of the coolest sights here in puerto rico. When you first see the bioluminescence in the water, it is amazing! I heard the one in vieques is also very nice, but if you are short on time and can't get to that secluded island, the tour here in fajardo is just as good. Def put it on your to do list!

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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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“Some trips might be wonderful, but only part of our was.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2012

We booked Bio Bay kayak tour reservations through, and at the recommendation of, the concierge at our San Juan hotel. Instead of buying a package that included van transportation, we opted to rent a car and do a bit of sightseeing on our way to Fajardo. If you decide to do so as well, be sure you'll be ahead of San Juan's early-starting outbound rush hour traffic.

We didn't realize when we made tour reservations that there would be eight or ten van-and-trailer-based kayak liveries at the launch site offering guided tours of Bio Bay. We weren't unhappy with our arrangements, but those arriving without reservations might be able to negotiate a lower rate. (Of course, they might also find themselves standing on the beach, waving goodbye to those who held reservations for fully-booked tours.)

Bioluminescence is a very interesting phenomenon, paddling tandem kayaks for 45 minutes at twilight is an enjoyable way of getting to Bio Bay, and we found the friendly guides to be skilled at both leading a group of kayakers as well as "illuminating" visitors about bioluminescence. My wife and I are confident most folks will view these things in a similarly favorable light, and for this reason we're comfortable giving this attraction a 4-Dot rating. But...

There were a couple of issues during our September trip that greatly diminished our experience, but which may or may not affect yours. We've never experienced mosquito swarms as we did during our return trip from Bio Bay to the launch site (causing us to wonder what similar tours on "Mosquito Bay" must be like!). Thankfully, the tour company had provided insect repellant prior to launch and we'd replenished this with our own (100% DEET) periodically during the trip. While we therefore received relatively few actual bites, we did find ourselves under constant attack--and in a bit of distress--for the last 45 minutes of the trip.

Next, the trip to/from Bio Bay is through a narrow waterway that has dense vegetation along both banks and frequently overhead as well. As experienced Florida paddlers, my wife and I were comfortable with and competent in these conditions. Before departure, the guides asked if everyone knew how to paddle a kayak, and then held a brief in-water training/refresher session before we headed to the Bay. Once underway, the guides quickly identified the two or three kayaks (out of perhaps 12 in our group) that were not being effectively handled, and worked diligently to provide guidance and other needed assistance to keep these craft on track and with the group.

This worked well enough while paddling towards- and on the Bay's open water. However, this effectiveness was greatly reduced by the total darkness of our return trip, at which point it became essential to focus on and follow closely the stern light of the kayak immediately ahead. As the bow light of each forward kayak would align to the left or right of its stern light, the paddlers in the following craft were able to tell if it was turning left or right, respectively. Unfortunately, since no one could see (quite literally) anything of our surroundings, paddlers couldn't tell if the kayak ahead was turning correctly to follow the waterway--and, so, to be followed--or unintentionally turning into overhanging vegetation or the jungle bank. More than a little chaos, as well as occasional epithets, resulted among our group of no-longer-merry kayakers until we reached our destination.

For us, the painful "cost" of this return trip greatly undid the pleasurable kayaking and bioluminescence "benefits" that preceded it. We wish you the best of luck in finding only favorable circumstances when you visit Bio Bay.

Visited September 2011
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Basalt, Colorado
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Waaaaaaay to many people”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2012

I sooooo looked forward to this excursion and was soooooo disappointed. The sheer volume of people going into and coming out of the bay made the experience anything but magical. There were 18 kayaks in our group and surely that many in at least 3 other groups going in and that doesn't include the groups coming out of the narrow tunnel like access channel. It was mayhem as we dodged mangrove trees in the dark, yelling directions back and forth from one kayak to the next, crashing and bumbing into boats from both our own tour and other groups. Throw the larger electric boats into the mix and at times it went from mearly frustrating to dangerous.

That said, once in, the actual bay is lovely at night and the dinoflagellates (the glowing bio organizisms) don't dissappoint.

Oh, and the "bath house"... a couple of disgusting!!! bathrooms so no place to change after the trip and yes, you will be soaking wet.

Visited April 2012
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Indianapolis, Indiana
1 review
“Awesome adventure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2012

Our family,ages ranging from 78 to 13, LOVED this adventure!!!!
The company that did our trip was Pure Adventure and they were fabulous!!! Informative,kind,funny and out to make sure that your adventure is top notch!
My teenage kids loved this as did my 78 year old mother.
Do not miss Pure Adventures Bio Bay trip!!!!

Visited March 2012
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bedford, ma
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51 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Fun Kayaking Adventure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2012

We went on the early biobay tour with Yokahu Tours. The guides were easy to understand, gave reasonable instruction, and were fun to spend a few hours with. The whole adventure only takes two hours -- land lesson and getting everyone in the kayaks, kayaking through the mangroves to the bay, paddling around in the bay, back through the mangroves, out of the kayaks and enjoy a quick snack. Then they were busy gearing up for the second tour of the night. The kayaking was easy, but it was very dark and you have to keep your eye on the tail light of the kayak ahead of you so you don't stray off course. The luminescence in the water was really cool. Overall, a fun evening, and not overpriced.

Visited December 2011
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