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Luminous One: Bio Bay Boat Ride With Swimming

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La Parguera, Puerto Rico
Luminous One: Bio Bay Boat Ride With Swimming

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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Experience the sparkling waters of Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bay on this boat ride from La Parguera. Make your way to the dock and join a small group aboard your vessel for a ride across the sparkling waters. Then take a dip in the waters and see the microscopic organisms glimmering all around you before heading back to shore.
  • Learn about the natural phenomenon from your guide
  • Explore the village of La Parguera before your boat ride
  • Choose from two tour times to suit your schedule
  • A small group means more attention from your skipper
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Gina’s Johnny's Boats , Carretera 304, La Parguera, Lajas 00667, Puerto Rico

- As of 6/1/2022, transportation and dinner are not provided. **We do recommend guests arriving early to enjoy the village at La Parguera, dinner, and the sunset over the ocean!** - This activity takes place in La Parguera which is about a 2 hour drive from the San Juan Area

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • **SWIMMING IS NOT MANDATORY! while it is an option that we highly advise you to take advantage of, no guest is required to swim if they are not comfortable to do so**
  • **THIS IS NOT A KAYAK TOUR. Guests will be transported via motor boat through the protected waters to the best location to see and swim in the bioluminescence**
  • **Total time on the water is 45 minutes - 1 hour. Guests will be able to swim for 20 minutes**
  • **Visibility of the bioluminescence will fluctuate with weather, currents, and the moon cycle.**
  • **Transportation and dinner are not included**
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Caribbean Breeze Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Luminous One: Bio Bay Boat Ride With Swimming?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Luminous One: Bio Bay Boat Ride With Swimming.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Luminous One: Bio Bay Boat Ride With Swimming?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Luminous One: Bio Bay Boat Ride With Swimming.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Luminous One: Bio Bay Boat Ride With Swimming?
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 Luminous One: Bio Bay Boat Ride With Swimming.

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star-1
Don’t do it
Dawn_R
, Aug 2022
This was not as expected, pictured or warrants the costs. I dont recommend. The boat guide explained nothing at all. Said nothing at all after giving safety instructions and a “get in water here” direction when we reached out dark, non luminescent, destination. There was not a language barrier. The instructions that were given we all in English. If it wasn’t for a fellow passenger we would have had no idea why we were not seeing anything but dark water. I understand they can’t help the moon shades but dont offer a tour if you can’t at least hope for guests to have the experience they paid for.
star-1
Go to fajardo if you really want to experience a biobay tour!
jessica_g
, Aug 2022
The shortest tour ever. The ‘tour guide’ literally said nothing during our 25 minute tour, explained nothing. We took a 5 minute boat ride out to the lagoon. We were then advised we had 15 minutes to swim. 15 minutes later we were on our way back! Total rip off!!!! Stay away! You have been warned.
star-4
Good experience!
Clarissa_C
, Aug 2022
Definitely a must do! Wish there was more time in the water. Make sure to ask where the public parking is, unless you are staying in the area.
star-3
It was fun to night swim but could been more fun.
eboni_c
, Jul 2022
It was not as bright colors as advertised. Also the tour guide did not explain how the experince work.
star-2
Underwhelmed
Richard_S
, Jul 2022
Very difficult to see the bioluminescence (it’s possible the moon was too bright). After a bit, we THOUGHT we saw it but still … a bit underwhelming. Swimmers got to stay in the water for about 15 minutes and had to stay very close to the boat. Whole thing was over in about 45 minutes. Nice boat ride, tho.
star-5
Once in a lifetime experience
Leah_G
, Jul 2022
It was a once and a lifetime experience. To be in the water at night and to see everything light up was beautiful. I just wish we had more time in the water. Other than that it was perfect
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Johnny’s is awesome!
Jennifer_C
, Jun 2022
Johnny’s was awesome! We planned last minute and they were able to accommodate all 11 of us within hours…
star-3
Not pictures or video allowed
Manuel_R
, Jun 2022
The town is beautiful but the experience is not what I was expecting. The boat ride was about 15 min to get to the spot where we are supposed to see the plankton, we are not allowed to take video or use our phones because the boat driver gets bothered by the phone light. Upon arrival we are instructed to jump in the water to move it around and see the light and we have a time limit of 20 minutes. Time is running since we arrived so we jump in the water for about 15 min or less. We can see the lights but not as advertised but like little dots when moving the water. The experience is worth living but it didn’t feel like something I’ll ever do again at least not pay for it. We tried to take a video or pictures and once again instructed not to. We are on a vacation and that’s what tourist do. We take pictures of everything. Overall I’m happy I went and see the plankton but wish it was a more tourist friendly atmosphere.
star-1
Find a different way to the Bio Bay
Judy_G
, May 2022
This was a very disappointing trip. Over 5 hours in a van which was in deplorable condition. The side pane in the first row was mostly detached. The sur vent was missing, things were held together with tape and there was trash all around. The check engine and oil change light was on (and had been for awhile according to the driver). The shock absorbers were awful as well. We did not feel safe in a vehicle so poorly serviced. After 3+ hours we were served a nearly inedible meal, dried out chicken and pork chop. Most of the stores in the village are closed during the week so there was no shopping. All this for a 15 minute swim. Definitely not worth the money!
star-4
Luis was great. Went...
Steven_P
, May 2022
Luis was great. Went above to help us out. The dinner was delicious. Short time in water but worth it.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Buyer beware
Deep_M
, Apr 2022
Bad, poorly maintained car with bad smell. Rash driver who didn’t communicate clearly. It was late, and we didn’t see anything in the bay. No redeeming quality at all.
star-2
Not worth it!
Ingrid_L
, Apr 2022
The driver drove like crazy, It was really scary it tooks us 2 hrs to get to the Purguera, then when we get to the bioluminescent place they let us swim for maybe around 10min or 15min the most. The brightness of the moon did not help either. Talk to other Excursion places and they told us that when the night is to bright they put a tarp/tent for people to see the bioluminescent better. Then ride back another 2 hrs. So is not worth it
star-5
Amazing!
vbshah
, Apr 2022
Long drive to La Parguera All well worth it.Beautiful starry night enjoyed the boat ride in warm waters and impressive bioluminescence.Definitely a must do trip.
star-3
2.5 hour van ride to swim 15 minutes
Dolly_P
, Mar 2022
It was an experience to swim and sparkle under water. But for 5 hours in a van and to only spend 15 minutes in the water was hugely disappointing. I expected the water to be luminous but unless you get in the water, the luminosity doesn’t appear.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-2
Not worth the cost and long drive
Susan_V
, Mar 2022
Too long of a drive both going and coming back 4 hours to be out on the boat for 45 minutes and the water was really not very illuminating.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Disappointing
Courtney_P
, Mar 2022
The driver was personable, the food was decent, and the town was cute. The most important part was the water excursion to see the color. Originally when booked it showed a hand with bright blue colors around it. When we went you barley saw a white sparkle when swimming. If you didn't swim you didn't see a thing. Not worth the time to get there and back from San Juan or the money spent. 20 minutes to see what wasn't even visible before back to the van.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Disappointed tour
Kannan_S
, Mar 2022
This tour was not what ot described. There was no bioluminicent experience or anything. There was nothing in the water. There was no interaction from the driver/guide during the drive. Disappointed.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Would not recommend unless improvements are made
Sarah_G
, Mar 2022
Our experience overall was not that great and there are many things that could be improved on this tour. It takes about 2+ hours to get there and the driver stopped about 40 minutes out from the destination for us to eat deli sandwiches. They were good, but the biggest thing that could be improved is to skip the deli and spend that time in La Paguera, the village where the tour is. It was beautiful, vibrant, and full of culture. Unfortunately, we only had 20 minutes before and after the bioluminescent tour to enjoy it. It was consensus among everyone on the tour with us that we wished we had more time to explore in the village, especially again, because it took over 2 hours to get there. We did enjoy seeing the bioluminescent phenomenon. That part was exciting. We even had an opportunity to move our hand in the water to experience it for ourselves. Overall, I’d say if the tour made some improvements it would be worth it and I’d recommend, but I cannot recommend this experience based on how it went for our group. I hope this tour gets better for those who decide to try it in the future.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Do not book
pambrown11
, Feb 2022
1. This trip is not as advertised and the reviews are either fake or come from a different tour. Many positive reviews mention kayaking. There is no kayaking. You’re on a large party-vibe boat and you only see mangroves/nature from afar. This is not a nature-centric tour. 2. There is no knowledgeable tour guide. There is a 90-second prerecorded spiel on the boat, but we had to use our phones to look up the science behind the bioluminescence. 3. It is NOT covid-safe as advertised. The guide did not wear a mask for the entirety of our 5 hours in the van. There was no social distancing- the van was packed tight and one member of my party had to sit up front with the mask-less driver. The boat was also clearly over 30 people (the advertised cap) because we were literally out of places to sit by the time we boarded. 4. The highlight of the trip was watching a local student jump in the water to activate the bioluminescence. This lasted about 10 min. However, we felt this was an unethical practice because they announced the student was unpaid and relied entirely on tips. The tour would be pointless without the student and yet they aren’t paying him. 5. The “sandwiches from a local bakery” was a stop at a strip mall. The sandwiches were fine but definitely oversold in the description. Even without these complaints, know that you’re going to be in a van for about 2-3 hours each way, for about 45 min on a boat, with 10 min actually experiencing the bioluminescence from afar. I have been taking Viator trips for 6+ years at this point and this is the first time I’ve ever felt the need to write a negative review. The rest of my trip in PR has been excellent outside of this particular tour experience.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-1
The whole experience was...
Angelica_C
, Feb 2022
The whole experience was a mistake the driver was late it was 3 hours to get from San Juan to destination, then the pictures are nothing like the website it is a very dark tour and u can see a little of the water glow and u are not able to get in the water.
3 travelers found this review helpful

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