• Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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The sun is down, but your adventure is just beginning as you paddle through the glowing waters near San Juan on this 4-hour bioluminescent bay kayak tour. Explore this legendary natural phenomenon by boat, observing as the water beneath you glows and sparkles, thanks to simple movements of your hand or paddle. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that’s not to be missed. Your tour includes round-trip transportation from your San Juan hotel, plus a guide.

Highlights

  • Kayak adventure on the bioluminescent bay
  • Enjoy spectacular sunset and nighttime views of the Fajardo area
  • Swim in the waters as they glisten around you
  • Hotel pickup and drop off included

What You Can Expect

Bioluminescent Kayak Adventure from San Juan

Bioluminescent Kayak Adventure from San Juan

Explore the eerie glowing waters of one of the world’s only bioluminescent bays on this magical 4-hour nighttime kayak trip. Few experiences compare to a boat ride on this sublime body of water, where you can simultaneously admire the surreal glow of tiny plankton below and a dramatic sky blanketed with stars above.
Start your evening with a pickup at your hotel in San Juan between 4 and 6pm for the quick ride to the bay. Once you arrive, your kayaking adventure begins at sunset, the historic lighthouse of Fajardo visible in the distance. Soon you reach the Las Cabezas de San Juan Reserve, site of this amazing natural light show and one of only five such sites in the world. Gaze in wonder as your paddle and hand movements stir the water, setting off the glowing displays of tiny plankton that cause the phenomenon. 
At the end of your boat trip, you return to your transportation for the ride back to your San Juan hotel, still exhilarated from your fun nocturnal adventure.
Important note: Unfortunately due to natural causes the bioluminescence is glowing very inconsistent at this time. Natural debris carried by the current may affect visibility.  When there is a Full Moon the glow effect is also affected. In order to improve the visibility, guides may use black tarps to cover the kayaks and riders; this promotes darkness and provides a greater appreciation of the microorganisms. Guests will still be able to enjoy the rest of the experience including the paddling lesson, kayaking through the mangrove channel and the observation at Laguna Grande, which is a wonderful experience, but expectations need to be clear as the glow may be very low and we want to avoid any claims. This is a natural reserve and some conditions caused by nature can’t be controlled

Customer Reviews

Teresa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

What a beautiful site and a fun adventure.

bhunt003

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This tour was amazing!

Margie Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

The plankton are on low glow right now, but it was still a fantastic experience. Nestor was an excellent guide, and kayaking to the lagoon through a mangrove forest was a unique, wonderful experience. Highly recommended.

Chad P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

The kayak adventure was awesome! My wife, 13 year old daughter and 15 year old son all joined me for this trip. We all loved it. There were people of all kayak skill levels from 'never been on a kayak' to those of us who have a lot of experience. If you want an adventure, are not scared of the dark or the water then I would say do not miss this one! Our guides were awesome and made everyone feel comfortable and safe!

Chad P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

The kayak adventure was awesome! My wife, 13 year old daughter and 15 year old son all joined me for this trip. We all loved it. There were people of all kayak skill levels from 'never been on a kayak' to those of us who have a lot of experience. If you want an adventure, are not scared of the dark or the water then I would say do not miss this one! Our guides were awesome and made everyone feel comfortable and safe!

laurie.rembaugh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

This is a must do excursion!!! It was so unique and fun - highly recommend this tour!

Michael R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

This is such a neat experience. So GLAD we did it. There were mixed reviews about it but we took a chance on it and thought it was so worth it!! Definitely pay attention to the moon phases, we went a week and a half passed the full moon and it was great. Also we went on the earlier tour not sure how to book the later one that left after 8pm but if you can do the later tour I think it would be even better and you will see the plankton in the mangroves on your way to and from the the lake as well. It was awesome and would recommend it to anyone. Also if you have a gopro or something and can record it that would be great, but keep in mind that your hands are busy with the kayaking, so maybe do a helmet mount or chest mount. You will just want to capture the water not the people so much as the phenomenon of the glow is amazing so you don't need to worry about it too dark to see people.

AAJ

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

mesmerizing and a must do. I would recommend you practice kayaking at least once prior to this. the tour guides were great!

michelle c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was great! The guides were funny and helpful. We were brand new kayakers and they were very patient with us.

BARBARA D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was an amazing kayak experience that is beyond words to describe. We did very well overall even though we lacked the experience of kayaking. The guide gave very good kayak instructions for us. The bioluminescent bay is phenomenal. The best way I can describe it is when you paddled or put your hand in the water and moved it about it made the organism spark. It looked like the sparkles a fireworks sparkler makes to me. It was a bucket list trip and a must see.

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