Nighttime Kayaking in the Bay that Glows
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Experience the radiant, mangrove-lined waters of Laguna Grande, one of only five year-round bioluminescent lagoons in the world! This tour will take you through an unforgettable kayaking adventure with tons of colorful critters.
- Nighttime guided kayak experience at sunset
- See Laguna Grande sparkle at night
- Tour through a beautiful green environment
What’s included in the tour
- Expert guide
- Safety equipment
- Two experienced guides
About this San Juan tour
Your tour will start at sunset in the small fishing village of Las Croabas, where you’ll meet your friendly guide. They’ll be ready for you with all the necessary gear needed on this kayaking tour and offer you brief safety regulations, disclaimers, and an orientation of the activity. Then, the guide will give each group a complete kayak “101 Safety” training, which will cover all aspects of the tour and the operation of the kayaks, before supplying everyone with illuminating equipment.
Begin your experience across a small fisherman’s harbor to the entrance of Las Cabezas de San Juan Reserve. You’ll paddle through a mystical channel that leads to a peaceful place where the mangroves create natural tunnels amid some of the best wildlife and scenery. After a 25 to 30 minute paddle through the channel, your guide will make a brief stop and offer commentary on the mangroves, surrounding wildlife, the Bioluminescence organisms that make the lagoon glow, and other information regarding nearby ecosystems.
Then, its times to enter Laguna Grande, or Large Lagoon, where you’ll paddle along the edge of the mangrove forest as you watch the stroke of each paddle light up a bioluminescent blue-green/white-green. Witness a natural light show as fish turn into shooting stars when they swim through a thick concentration of Dinoflagellate or marine plankton. This experience is sure to be one of the top best things you’ll ever see!
After the lightshow spectacle aboard your kayak, you’ll reach a resting point where beautiful views of the rainforest and the Fajardo Lighthouse will complement the evening. Your tour will then continue to Bird Island. Here, view a variety of birds that call this area their home, before paddling back to the departure site.
Please proceed to the Laguna Grande - Bioluminescent Lagoon, End of Road 987 Las Croabas, Fajardo Puerto Rico 00738.
There is a minimum of 8 persons overall needed to operate the tour. Please note that departure times and locations may vary slightly.
Guests are required to complete a release of responsibility and health ID form. Lifejackets are mandatory for all participants to wear.
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, especially during full moon cycles 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.
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).
Transportation at an extra cost can be arranged, if desired, 48 hours prior to tour departure. Full details will be on your confirmation voucher on how to arrange this.
This is a kayak tour, participants need upper body mobility and strength.
Adventure, Family Friendly, Scenic, Water Sports
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Travelers must be a minimum of 6 years of age to participate in this tour.
Combined weight on the kayak cannot exceed 450 lbs.
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.
No smoking or fire of any kind is permitted. No alcohol or consumption of alcohol during said activity.
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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