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La Parguera Glowing Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour from San Juan

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Swim and snorkel in the bioluminescent bay at La Parguera during this 8-hour tour from San Juan. Learn about this natural phenomenon through your guide's informative commentary during a short boat trip through the mangrove forests on the way to the bay. Slip on the provided snorkel equipment and dive into the water after dark, surrounded by tiny, harmless dinoflagellates that light up with the disturbance of the water. A light pre-swim dinner at a local restaurant is included, as well as round-trip transportation from your San Juan hotel. 
  • 8-hour swim and snorkel tour to the La Parguera bioluminescent bay from San Juan
  • Swim and snorkel in a secluded bay lit up by microscopic organisms
  • Learn about dinoflagellates, the tiny, harmless creatures that cause this natural phenomenon
  • Light dinner of empanadillas included
  • Pickup and drop-off from most San Juan hotels included
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Complimentary pickup and drop-off in selected areas of San Juan (Old San Juan, Condado and Isla Verde locations and touristic zones)
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Appetizers at La Parguera (vegetarian option available, please notify)
Bottles of water and local beer at the boat
Additional food and drinks
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Complimentary pick up in designated areas of San Juan: Old San Juan, Condado, Isla Verde, Miramar,Ocean Park and Calle Loiza.

Exact pick up time will be provided the day prior to the tour.

Departure Time

2:30 PM
Begin your evening excursion with pickup at your San Juan hotel. Board a tour vehicle with your small group of fellow adventurers and travel to La Parguera, a small fishing village in southwestern Puerto Rico. The bioluminescent bay located there is the only one in Puerto Rico that allows swimming and snorkeling. 

Arrive in La Parguera and listen to a short introduction to the natural phenomenon by your local guide. Eat a light meal of homemade empanadillas, soda and beer while you learn. After the sun sets, board a boat for the 25-minute ride through the mangrove swamps to the bioluminescent bay. Once you reach the bay, sip on the provided snorkel gear and dive in. Your swimming and snorkeling disturbs the glowing dinoflagellates, microscopic creatures that give off a glowing light, creating an otherworldly effect. Spend 30 to 45 minutes marveling at this strange, lovely light show before heading back to the tour center. 

Board your transportation back to San Juan for hotel drop-off. 
Itinerary
Stop At:  
La Parguera
La Parguera, a small fishing village in Lajas has reborn as a local and international destination. Because of its geographical location it offers one of the best preserved coral reef systems and mangrove forests in the Caribbean. Various restaurants and bars add to the local attractions. We will drive for about 2 hrs (bathroom stops offered along the way), as you enjoy the panoramic and lush views of the Central area that then changes to a semi-desert landscape. Upon arrival downtown we will stop for appetizers. Watch the sunset as we head out for a 25 minute ride thru the mangrove channels. You will have the opportunity to swim at one of it's cays, before we head out to the area where the bioluminescence happens. Your guide will explain everything you need to know about these microscopic dinoflagelates that give off heat in the form of light when disturbed. Once we reach the bay you will have the opportunity to swim (optional) and experience this phenomenon first hand.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide
  • Minimum numbers apply. Cancellation after confirmation is possible if there are not enough guests to meet requirements. If this occurs you can choose between an alternative tour date or full refund.
  • It is an approximately 2:20 hour drive from San Juan to La Parguera each way, depending on the time of day and traffic.
  • Complimentary car seats or booster seats available upon request (subject to availability).
  • If planning to swim: follow preservation instructions, wear bathing suit, bring a towel and a change of clothes. Rash guard is also recommended as we may encounter jellyfish.
  • Total activity duration of 8 hours include driving time and stop for appetizers.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Children must weight 50 lbs or more in order to participate on tour, and must be notified with anticipation in order to assign a car seat.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bespoke Lifestyle Management

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during La Parguera Glowing Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour from San Juan?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by La Parguera Glowing Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour from San Juan.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during La Parguera Glowing Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour from San Juan?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by La Parguera Glowing Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour from San Juan.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during La Parguera Glowing Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour from San Juan?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by La Parguera Glowing Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour from San Juan.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during La Parguera Glowing Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour from San Juan?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by La Parguera Glowing Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour from San Juan.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during La Parguera Glowing Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour from San Juan?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by La Parguera Glowing Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour from San Juan.

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Traveler Tips


  • "You can't use a flash as it will kill the organism in the water, so work with the guide to take some amazing pictures." See review
  • "Its impossible to capture it with mobile phones or regular lenses, so don't bother trying to take a picture and just enjoy the experience." See review
  • "It does take a bit longer to get there than the bay at Fajardo and it does cost a bit more, but it's worth it."

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star-5
Star gazing
Mandy_K
, Feb 2020
An experience of a lifetime! Looking at the stars and swimming in warm water was just amazing. The water does glow however have your expectations at a realistic level. You’ll have a blast!
star-5
Worth it
amc5555
, Dec 2019
We had a great time on this tour. The provided transportation was a very nice bus. Our guide was very personable. We had a older person with some limited mobility but she was able to enjoy this tour and see the bioluminescence from the boat and the captain was very helpful and personable as well. Highly recommended
star-5
Awesome Experience, totally Worth the Travel!!
Sherpa599348
, Oct 2019
We were very skeptical taking this trip considering the length of travel but after doing the tour, all we can say is it is totally worth it. Tour started of with a prompt pick up from our hotel at 2 pm, we hit traffic on the way and with a brief 15 minute restroom break, it took us about 3 hours to reach La Parguera. We were then provided with some fresh tacos for an early dinner and then set off to our boat. It was a small group of 7 people including our 5 year old daughter and 2 crew members and a captain. The experience of bio-luminescence is truly mind blowing, we were initially watching it from the boat due to our kid being young but the crew convinced and helped us to swim in the water with a floater and we felt so glad we stepped into the water. The bio-luminescence is amazing once you swim in the water compared to seeing it from the boat. Its impossible to capture it with mobile phones or regular lenses, so don't bother trying to take a picture and just enjoy the experience. The ride back was about 2 hours long and we reached back to the hotel around 11 PM. Overall, swimming in the bio bay sets this tour apart from the rest of the bio-bay tours and would definitely recommend this tour & the company.
star-5
Worth the money
llmacklin
, Jul 2019
Julian and Hector were fantastic. The town is very quaint. It was a once in a life time experience. Would definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
Amazing experience!
Tour61131617547
, Jun 2019
The tour guide was pretty energetic and knowledgeable about Puerto Rico. We had a wonderful experience with the bioluminescent bay.
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Very disappointed
Rhonda M
, Apr 2019
Note to look at availability around the time you book. We saw it unavailable for a week and quickly booked. It was unavailable because of the moon. So, when we out we could barely see the fish. Dark water didn’t bother us. The “snack” of fish tacos was fine. It should be noted you need to bring your own towels - at least 2 pp. Also, our boat I felt was overbooked. There were 10 extra people outside of our tour and there were not seats in the boats for everyone (and probably insufficient life vests). The drive is LONG - closer to 2.5 hours each way. The operator should have not used our van. The headlights didn’t work and the nice guide had to use the high beams the entire ride home. He had also been working since 7 am and I was concerned about his driving (as I was sitting in the front row). The van also had another service light on. We’ve done Viator for years all over the world; they’ve always been excellent. I did not like this one and would not recommend for the high price to see a few sparkles in the water.
star-5
OMG!
FarAway47411133709
, Dec 2018
A magical once in a lifetime experience! Excellent guides made this an adventure I'll never forget. The drive across the interior from San Juan was fun: our tour guide talked about the island, it's history, and anything we wanted to know. Then they fed us excellent tacos & we also enjoyed a Modella (local beer). The boat ride during sunset was so lovely. We stopped at a mangrove for the experience (spoiler: watch for hermit crabs everywhere you walk) And then the biobay. OMG - SPECTACULAR! We jumped overboard and the water lit up like crazy around our bodies! When we moved quickly it got brighter. When we moved slowly, it sparkled like bright glitter. We got to enjoy swimming in the warm water, under the stars, with magic all around, for over half an hour. I will never forget this! Notes: Many interior roads are still under repair so the ride can be bumpy. I suggest Dramamine if this concerns you. Lifejackets and noodles were available if wanted. (you will be treading water for at least 30 minutes) There is a bathroom for drying and changing. Bring wet wipes if you need to "wash off" the salt water (honestly we didn't care, we sat on our towels during the drive back and showered after). Our meal consisted of two tacos (a couple choices of filling) and that was surprisingly too much! And I'm a taco connoisseur :) Re: kids... I suggest NO. Take them on one of the kayak biobay tours. The drive across the island to this bay is long & kind of uncomfortable, the boat ride can be as well, it gets pitch black out, the water is deep and you can't touch the bottom, there are fish etc swimming around in that "black" water which could frighten them if they touch (it startled me), guides cannot watch them for you nor should they be distracted by kids, and the trip back is long especially after all the fun (we returned at 11:30pm). And honestly, although I'm a parent and love kids, this is an adult experience and having children there could ruin it for others. (I personally am very glad there were no children to distract the hosts and other guests, or get tired and cranky on our excursion.) PS... This is pretty romantic! It's a night you'll never forget!
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This was certainly a once in a...
Joshua W
, Jun 2018
This was certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity. I took with me my entire family on this trip and every person in my family loved it. You take a 2 hour drive from your hotel, they showed up promptly when they said they would arrive, there was 13 overall in the group we were with and were seated in a very comfortable bus as we drove to La Paguera and took in the sites that you see as your drove down. We stopped at a local place to grab some drinks and a bite to eat. The food at this place is not top of the line, but the 2 taco's provided may not be filling enough, so I would recommend grabbing something more while you are there. You do have the ability to change to a suit here, but I would recommend if your suit is dry to have it on prior to arriving and bring dry clothes to change into after the boat ride. After we snacked we boarded the boat and rode to one of the cays. It is only about 4 feet deep at the deepest point and was very warm water and had a great time playing in the water until the sunset was over. We gathered back up in the boat and took about a 10 minute boat ride over to the bio bay. My initial impressions were wow, I spent my money on this as I was expecting the bay to be glowing. However, my kid jumped into the water which was warmer than the cay saltier too and as he jumped in, then you could see the bay glowing as they swamp around. We grabbed some cool pictures - as there is very little light you need to be able to have a camera that can have a high ISO setting and a wide aperature. The Samsung S8/S9 or a professional camera have this capability. It would take about 12 seconds to take a picture and the guide would flash some light as we were taking the picture to allow to get the pictures showing the glowing water. You can't use a flash as it will kill the organism in the water, so work with the guide to take some amazing pictures. This was by far one of the best things that we have done and we debated doing the kayak tour or this one and I am glad that I exceeded the 190 lbs so I couldn't do the kayak tour, because actually being able to swim in the biobay and watch as you brought your arm out of the water and it just glowing as the water runs off your arm and the bay was absolutely incredible. After we spent time in the bay for a while we rode back to shore and dried up and changed clothes so we weren't wet for the 2 hour drive back. There is not a place to shower, so if you have baby wipes to wipe off your body afterwards - this can help with any itchiness from the salt, but it wasn't that bad. the drive back to San Juan was silent as most everybody was sleeping and they dropped us off directly back at our hotel. My kids were talking non-stop about this for the next few days after this trip and said that was the coolest thing they have ever done! So if a group of technology based teenagers can say that it is the coolest thing, then you really need to try out this excursion. This is not something that is advertised well as there is very limited spots to do this.
star-5
WOW!!!! what an amazing experience...
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, May 2017
WOW!!!! what an amazing experience! If there is anything that you think that you might not get around to on your Puerto Rico vacation, make sure this isn't it. The bay is absolutely incredible. Pictures don't really capture the glow of the water adequately unless you have the new Sony a7sii. This is something that you have to see for yourself. My favorite part is how you can see fish darting away underwater in a bright blue-greenish light as they push through the plankton. They look like small underwater lightning bolts. Also saw the outline of sting rays which was very cool. My friends and I took the Boat Tour To the Bio Bay in La Parguera with Bespoke Tours. Our driver and tour guide Krystal, was awesome! She gave us a bunch of information on the drive there and back about the island history, culture and politics. So glad that we did this BioBay tour because it turned out to be a much better value than the kayak tour in Vieques and Fajardo. The boat takes you all the way to the other side of the mangrove forest. Also don't forget to bring your swimsuits and towels you won't want to miss swimming! This is a must do while in Puerto Rico since this is one of only 5 bays in the world. We want to see Krystal next time we go to Puerto Rico :. Thank you so much Viator and their partners for a unforgettable experience.
star-5
I love this tour .amazing guide and...
eviberlingo
, Mar 2017
I love this tour .amazing guide and beatiful tour in tha boat

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