Nighttime Kayaking in the Bay that Glows
San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Laguna Grande: Watch in awe as every stroke of your paddle lights up the water with sparkles of fluorescent green while you explore one of the only five year-round bioluminescent bays in the world.
- Evening kayaking: Watch the sun set from the water and get the opportunity to check out "Bird Island" where birds roast at night.
- Fully guided tour: Enjoy insider information from our natural experts with commentary on the area's complex ecosystem – and what it is that really makes the water glow.
- Navigate the mangroves: Explore the natural labyrinth-like mangrove system of the bay.
- Fajardo Lighthouse: Take a break for a snack with views of the rainforest and the second-oldest lighthouse on the island of Puerto Rico.
- Limited availability: Given the sensitive nature of the bay and the microorganisms, only a few kayaks per day can go into the bay. Book early to be assured a spot, as this tour routinely sells out well in advance.
About this San Juan tour
Sunset in the Caribbean. Chirping birds and gently lapping waves herald the arrival of the evening's stars, glimmering to life in the sky and shimmering on the water. But stars twinkle below the surface, as well – sparks stirred by the stroke of your paddle. For this is Laguna Grande: the bay that glows.
Your tour begins in the small fishing village of Las Croabas, where you'll meet your guides and get your gear. Cross the cove to the entrance of Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve. Navigate the natural mangrove tunnels while your guides tell you about the plants and animals that thrive there. Then you enter Laguna Grande, one of only five year-round bioluminescent lagoons in the entire world.
Your guides will tell you exactly what kind of marine organisms become shooting stars at night there. Understanding the how only adds to the wow.
Take a power stroke and just glide. Hear the water whoosh beneath you, the oohs and aahs of the other kayakers. Then dip your paddle back in, and watch the sparks fly. Look up and see the beautiful night sky over the El Yunque skyline.
Fireflies are the most well-known bioluminescent organism, but certain fungi, bacteria, and fish can also glow. Besides illumination, bioluminescence has a variety of uses in nature, including camouflage, self-defense, communication, warning, mimicry, and even attraction of mates. Want some action? Glow for it.
Please proceed to the Laguna Grande - Bioluminescent Lagoon, End of Road 987 Las Croabas, Fajardo Puerto Rico 00738 to meet our GoBe Rep.
Remember to add, during tour check-out, the lead travelers name, email address and contact telephone number during your stay in San Juan, incase we need to contact you about your tour nearer the time
Important; All travelers must call the tour operator on 1-787-888-2887 no later than 48 hours prior to tour departure date to confirm the status of their tour. You will receive a reminder closer to departure.
There is a minimum of 8 persons needed to operate the tour. Please note that departure times and locations may vary slightly.
As this tour is an outdoor activity, safe operation is subject to weather conditions. Any unsafe forecast, such as 50% chance of rain, potential lightning, high-surf or winds exceeding 20 knot, will result in a reschedule or cancellation. Weather cancellations will receive a full refund.
It is important to remember that this tour is focused on the ecology of the natural reserve and its seven ecosystem, and not only the bioluminescence, as the visibility can be very unstable and fluctuates from 40% to no visibility.
Combined weight on the kayak cannot exceed 450 lbs. Guests are required to complete a release of responsibility and health ID form.
Things to not bring on the trip: Jewelry, watches, bracelets, wallets and/or anything you do not want to loose. No radios, walk-man's, noise - makers (anything that may disturb the surrounding environment).
No smoking or fire of any kind is permitted. No alcohol or consumption of alcohol during said activity.
Tour includes kayaks, lifejackets, safety briefing, orientation briefing, refreshments and two guides. Lifejackets are mandatory for all participants to wear.
This is a kayak tour, participants need upper body mobility and strength.
Adventure, Family Friendly, Scenic, Water Sports
Travelers must be a minimum of 6 years of age to participate in this tour.
Special Medical Restriction
This experience is not suitable for travelers with a fear of water/the dark. Travelers should consider their physical health before participating in this tour. This experience is not suitable for pregnant women who are in their third trimester.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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