Bio Bay Kayak Tour - Kayaking Puerto Rico (2022)

FAJARDO BIO BAY TOUR DETAILS

What's included?

FAJARDO BIO BAY KAYAK TOUR

Our tour of the Bioluminescent Bay Puerto Rico includes:

  • Kayak and paddles*.
  • US Coast Guard approved life jacket.
  • Low-intensity night time navigation lights.
  • Training and safety instruction prior to the tour.
  • Eco-friendly bug spray.
  • Snacks: Water, fruit and cookies.
  • KPR’s eco-interpretive guide.
  • First aid and kayak towing equipment.

*Two persons sit-on-top kayaks available. All kayaks, paddles, and equipment are beginner-friendly.

FAJARDO BIO BAY KAYAK TOUR

LAUNCH SITE

Kayak Village at Las Croabas, Fajardo

(Video) BIOLUMINESCENT BAY KAYAK TOUR - PUERTO RICO PART 2
SCHEDULE
  • The Fajardo Bio Bay Tour is available from Monday to Saturday. All year long.
  • The Fajardo Bio Bay Tour is an evening adventure! The time schedule changes according to the seasons.
  • You will receive an instant email confirmation with your schedule. You must be at Las Croabas at your scheduled check-in time.
  • Please arrive 20 min prior to check-in time for parking and arriving to the correct place.
CHECK-IN TIMES
Season1st Run2nd Run
Winter: October to February5:45 PM8:00 PM
Spring: March – April6:15 PM8:30 PM
Summer: May to July6:30 PM8:45 PM
Fall: August – September6:15 PM8:30 PM

FAJARDO BIO BAY KAYAK TOUR

Check-in period: 15 minutes
Tour duration: 2 hours (Includes: Pre-ride instructions)

GET READY!

Our Fajardo Bio Bay Kayak Tour begins at Las Croabas. First, our team will show you the basics of kayaking and safety. We will explain the rules of the nature reserve and board our kayaks. The ramp is accessible. The water is shallow. At this time on a regular day, the sunset looks great!

ENTERING THE BIOLUMINESCENT BAY

The entrance of the Fajardo Bio Bay is a red mangrove channel. The mangrove forest is inside Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve. Along the way, you see its protected flora and fauna. It’s beautiful! Our eco guide will lead the way and explain the ecology of the place.

THE FAJARDO BIO BAY

The mangrove channel opens into the big lagoon: Laguna Grande. The sunset is on. The night will fall and stars will follow. In the sky… and in the water too.

BIOLUMINESCENCE

At every stroke of your paddle, lots of sparkles will appear in the water. All kayaks will create a swirl of light. The fish will glow in the darkness of the water. The place will turn magical!

The intensity of the glow will depend on the phase of the moon. Little moonlight, brightest glow. But no matter how bright, it glows every day.

(Video) Bio Bay Kayaking Adventure | KAYAKING PUERTO RICO
SPEAKING OF STARS

The Fajardo Bio Bay is perfect for watching the stars too. We will show you the constellations in our sky. It’s like being inside a vault of lights.

A NEW GREAT STORY TO TELL!

We will cruise back through the mangrove channel. At this time, night has set. Our eco-guide leads the expedition back. The kayak’s navigation lights show the way. In the darkness, the sounds of nature are exotic. The air is fresh. Snacks are ready at the tent. Let’s go on this adventure with Kayaking Puerto Rico!

FAJARDO BIO BAY KAYAK TOUR

WHAT TO BRING
  • Mask (will get wet – we recommend cloth or bringing an extra)
  • Cell phone (in the event that we need to contact you or you need to contact us prior to the excursion)
  • Comfortable clothes that can get wet (we recommend a bathing suit or active wear)
  • Shoes that can get wet (flip flops are fine)
  • Towel and change of clothes for after the excursion
  • DO NOT BRING ANY VALUABLES OR ITEMS THAT CANNOT GET WET – lost items are very hard to find in the water at night, and anything you take with you will get wet!
(Video) Kayaking Bio Bay, Puerto Rico
MINIMUM PARTICIPATION

This excursion requires a minimum of at least six guests requesting in order to provide the tour. In the event this minimum is not met, we will call one or two days prior to the excursion to go over alternative options (i.e. reschedule for a different date or time that has the minimum requirement, payment options for a private excursion, or cancel without penalty).

HEALTH & AGE RESTRICTIONS
  • Maximum Weight Limit: Maximum Weight Limit: 425 lbs aboard two person kayak | No participant over 250lbs
  • Minimum Age: 6 years old | Participants Ages 6-13 must be accompanied by an adult on the same kayak | Participants Ages 14-17 must have an adult participating on the tour.
  • The following guests cannot participate:
    • Pregnant women
    • Guests with recent surgeries
    • Guests with neck, back, arm or leg problems or casts
    • Guests who have epilepsy, heart conditions and/or dizziness
  • Other important notes:
    • We cannot accommodate 3 participants in one kayak.
    • All guests must be able to communicate in English or Spanish.
    • Guests that show signs of intoxication by Drugs or Alcohol will not be allowed to participate.
    • You are responsible for sharing the information throughout this email with the rest of your group and for notifying us ahead of time with any concerns about your health or physical condition for the excursion.

More info? Check our Frequently Asked Questions.

Kayaking Lesson

First time kayaking? No problem!

Check out this video for a coupleof tips before joining us on your Bio Bay Kayak Tour.

FAJARDO BIO BAY KAYAK TOUR

BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR CAMERA

Bioluminescence is almost impossible to capture with regular cameras. Plus, everything in your kayak will get wet. We strongly recommend you be careful with your camera.

(Video) Night Kayaking in the Condado Lagoon

If you still want to bring a camera, make sure that it is waterproof. We also recommend that you use a leash to attach it to your life vest. Do not expose expensive and SRL cameras to futile risks. The place will be completely dark. Diving in the lagoon is prohibited. If anything falls in the water, it will be impossible to recover.

Kayaking Puerto Rico Guides will take pictures throughout your Bio Bay excursion. We will upload your photos and send you separate link via email so you will be able to download your favorites. These photos are free to you as a way to thank you for choosing us as your operators while in Puerto Rico. That said, if something out of the ordinary were to happen and there are no photos of your excursion, please note that there will be no reimbursements as it is a free service.

Notes: Please allow 5-7 days for the link to be sent to you via email. If you would rather not have your photo taken no problem, please just notify your guides at the beginning of each excursion.

Transportation

FAJARDO BIO BAY KAYAK TOUR

Recommendations we have for you to arrive to Las Croabas Park, Fajardo

SELF DRIVE/RENTAL CAR

If you have a rental car, drive to our location using the link below (also provided in your confirmation email). Take your time to enjoy the drive and explore more of Puerto Rico! Ask the crew for recommendations of places to eat and things to do after the tour.

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/P5mWTa5EuBzFsxXT9

UBER OR TAXI SERVICES

Great option for those not interested in renting a car.

Download the Uber App or visit www.uber.com
*If you decide to take a Taxi or an Uber, we suggest making arrangements roundtrip. Keep in mind these services are Not Available to book on the spot after the tour.

Contact the providers below for rates and availability:

  • Lets Go Puerto Rico – (787) 639-5831
  • Anthony Reyes – (787) 478-0806
  • Luis Taxi Services – (787) 448-7967

THE FAJARDO BIO BAY

Concentrations of Bioluminescence as found in Laguna Grande, are difficult to find in the planet. Puerto Rico has the main bioluminescent bays in the world. If you haven’t done a bioluminescence kayak tour, the Fajardo Bio Bay is your best option.

It is the brightest bioluminescent bay in the main island. Its bioluminescence is among the best in the world. The Fajardo Bio Bay is inside a natural reserve. Its entrance is a beautiful mangrove forest. You will see a great natural scenery in your way to the main show.

The driving distance from the San Juan Metro Area is one hour. Great local-food restaurants and kiosks are along the route. Many of Puerto Rico’s best things to do are in the same area too. El Yunque National Forest is minutes away! You can have a great full-day trip to the east coast of Puerto Rico.

See what our Fajardo Bio Bay Kayak Tour includes!

FAQs

What is the best bio bay in Puerto Rico? ›

Mosquito Bay is located on the island of Vieques, east of the coast of Puerto Rico. Mosquito Bay is the brightest and best-known bioluminescent bay in the world. Recognized in 2006 by the Guinness World Records as the brightest bio bay in the world.

Can you go to bio bay without a tour? ›

Can you go to Puerto Rico's bio bay without a tour? Not, you can't go to the bio bay unless you have permits (please note that motorboats aren't allowed here).

Where can I kayak in bioluminescence Puerto Rico? ›

Puerto Rico has the main bioluminescent bays in the world. If you haven't done a bioluminescence kayak tour, the Fajardo Bio Bay is your best option. It is the brightest bioluminescent bay in the main island. Its bioluminescence is among the best in the world.

Is bioluminescent bay worth it Puerto Rico? ›

If you're looking for the best and brightest bio bay in Puerto Rico, Mosquito Bay on Vieques is the top pick. It's recognized as the brightest in the world, so it's definitely worth the extra trip over to Vieques.

Where is the glowing water in Puerto Rico? ›

The bioluminescent bay at La Parguera, located in Lajas at the southwestern corner of Puerto Rico, is the only one where motorboats can come in and out. Some guided tours provide you with equipment so that you can dive in and swim after dark.

Can you swim in the bio bay? ›

The bioluminescent bay in La Parguera is the only bay in Puerto Rico where swimming is allowed and it adds to the true magical experience of the bay tour. On our bio-lagoon trips you will be provided with snorkel gear so you can dive under the water and swim amongst the glittering organisms.

What is the best time to see bioluminescence in Puerto Rico? ›

In Puerto Rico, you can enjoy bioluminescence all year round. But many travelers say that the best months to visit bioluminescent bay is from December to May because the water is more clear that makes it easier to see the light. Also, pay attention to a few points: The less light, the better the experience.

Are there mosquitoes in Mosquito Bay Puerto Rico? ›

It's a tropical paradise, but what you won't find there are mosquitoes. Mosquitoes don't live on this island because it's too far from any other land mass and the surrounding waters are too deep to sustain them. But when these mosquitos do come, they're not just annoying – they can be dangerous.

Can I go to Mosquito Bay without a tour? ›

Though you can visit Mosquito Bay unaccompanied, visitors suggest you spring for a guided tour of the area. Tours operate nightly and cost approximately $60 per person, depending on the company you book.

Is the bioluminescence still happening 2022? ›

We actually see bioluminescence all year long. In summer time, we see bioluminescence produced by dinoflagellate organisms. In winter, we see bioluminescence produced by comb jellies. Both provide a glowing affect that lights up the water!

What do you wear to a bio bay kayak? ›

The licensed operators listed here each offer you a magical experience on the Biobay. Their expertise is invaluable. What should I wear? Clothing that you don't mind getting wet.

Where are the 5 bioluminescent bays? ›

There are five bioluminescent bays in the world: Luminous Lagoon in Jamaica, Halong Bay in Vietnam, and Puerto Rico's Laguna Grande, La Parguera, and Mosquito Bay.

What time of night can you see bioluminescence? ›

Bioluminescent displays are viewed best from a dark beach at least two hours after sunset, though visibility is not guaranteed.

Can you see bioluminescence during a full moon? ›

Even when the moon is in the sky, we are able to still appreciate bioluminescence. Following the full moon, we will notice the moon rising an hour after each night.

What time do bioluminescent waves occur? ›

The best time at night to observe the bioluminescent display in San Diego is when it gets completely dark, 1 or 2 hours after sunset, so around 10 - 11 PM.

Are there sharks in Puerto Rico? ›

One of the most common sharks in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean Reef shark can be difficult to distinguish from other requiem and reef shark species. Measuring between 6 and 10 feet long, it looks similar to the Dusky, Blacktip, and Silky sharks that also frequent the Puerto Rican coast.

Where is the brightest bioluminescent bay? ›

This dazzling, trippy travel wonder is Mosquito Bay, the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world. It's on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, seven miles off the southeast coast of Puerto Rico's main island.

How do I get to the mosquito in bioluminescent bay? ›

Once you are on Vieques Island, take a taxi from the airport to Experanza ( one of the small town on the Island). In town you can go anywhere easily on foot, you will see the signs to the Bio Bay tours. The tour itself start at the evening, so you might want to spend 2-3 days at least on the Island.

Is it safe to swim in bioluminescence? ›

Looking at bioluminescence can be the most beautiful experience. However, it may be a warning sign because many bioluminescent dinoflagellate species are toxic. They can be poisonous to fish that swim around them. If you come in contact with such bioluminescent algae, they can be harmful to you too.

Which beach has the best bioluminescence? ›

1. Puerto Mosquito, Vieques, Puerto Rico. Have the most amazing experience at the brightest and best-known bioluminescent bay in the world. It's like rowing on a tapestry of stars.

Where is the glow in the dark beach? ›

Vaadhoo Island is a part of the Raa Atoll in the Maldives. It's small in population, but thanks to the glorious glow of its now-famous beach, it has become a popular tourist destination within the island chain.

Where are the 5 bioluminescent bays? ›

There are five bioluminescent bays in the world: Luminous Lagoon in Jamaica, Halong Bay in Vietnam, and Puerto Rico's Laguna Grande, La Parguera, and Mosquito Bay.

When can you see bioluminescence in Puerto Rico? ›

In Puerto Rico, you can enjoy bioluminescence all year round. But many travelers say that the best months to visit bioluminescent bay is from December to May because the water is more clear that makes it easier to see the light. Also, pay attention to a few points: The less light, the better the experience.

Does Mosquito Bay have mosquitoes? ›

As the name suggests, this place is full of mosquitos, particularly if you go at night (which you obviously would in order to see the glowing plankton).

What do you wear to Bio Bay Puerto Rico? ›

Clothing that you don't mind getting wet. Bathing suit and shorts, with a loose fitting top or rashguard.

Where is the brightest bioluminescent bay? ›

This dazzling, trippy travel wonder is Mosquito Bay, the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world. It's on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, seven miles off the southeast coast of Puerto Rico's main island.

How do I get to bioluminescent bay? ›

Once you are on Vieques Island, take a taxi from the airport to Experanza ( one of the small town on the Island). In town you can go anywhere easily on foot, you will see the signs to the Bio Bay tours. The tour itself start at the evening, so you might want to spend 2-3 days at least on the Island. over a year ago.

Is the bioluminescence still happening 2022? ›

We actually see bioluminescence all year long. In summer time, we see bioluminescence produced by dinoflagellate organisms. In winter, we see bioluminescence produced by comb jellies. Both provide a glowing affect that lights up the water!

What time of year is best for bioluminescence? ›

While we typically see the bioluminescence nightly throughout the year, the optimal time for viewing is around new moons when there will be no moonlight reflecting on the water. In the summer months, during these darkened nights, the bioluminescent plankton give off a neon blue glow!

What time of night can you see bioluminescence? ›

Bioluminescent displays are viewed best from a dark beach at least two hours after sunset, though visibility is not guaranteed.

Is it okay to swim in bioluminescent water? ›

Is It Safe to Swim in Bioluminescent Water? Some bioluminescent algae produce toxins that are harmful to marine wildlife, humans, and anything that comes in contact with them, so it may not be safe to touch the algae or swim in bioluminescent water.

How many bioluminescent bays are there in Puerto Rico? ›

There are just five bioluminescent bays in the world and Puerto Rico is home to three—Vieques, Laguna Grande and La Parguera. The other two are Jamaica's Luminous Lagoon and Halong Bay in Vietnam.

Where can I see bioluminescent waves 2022? ›

Southern California Spring 2022 Red Tide Event
  • Stearns Wharf - April 27, 2022. An Akashiwo sanguinea bloom is also occurring at the Santa Barbara station alongside another mucus-producing species, Cochlodinium polykrikoides. ...
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  • La Jolla Scripps Pier - April 27, 2022.

What is special about Mosquito Bay? ›

Mosquito Bay, also known as Bahía Bioluminiscente, contains an astonishing number—roughly 700,000 per gallon of water. Although they're microscopic, the effective size of the light they give off is a hundred times larger than their own bodies, and in great numbers they light up like an underwater aurora borealis.

Why do they call it Mosquito Bay? ›

Mosquito Bay is named after "El Mosquito," a small ship owned by Roberto Cofresí, a pirate who was a Robin Hood-type character. Cofresí often hid El Mosquito in the bioluminescent bay, which was connected to the ocean by a small, easily defensible inlet.

Is Mosquito Bay a wonder of the World? ›

Vieques's Mosquito Bay is famous for the world's brightest bioluminescence effect and is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The Bio Bay officially received an award from the Guinness World Records in 2006 and is one of Condé Nast Traveler's 2020 Seven Wonders of the World.

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