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Glowing Bay Adventure

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Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Glowing Bay Adventure
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

Live this adventure paddling with us through an enchanted mangrove forest that leads to Laguna Grande where you will witness the unique natural phenomenon called Bioluminescence, a light produced by a living organism, specifically a microscopic plankton named Pyrodinium bahamense which is responsible for the Glowing Bay Adventure. Please remember that bioluminescence is a natural phenomenon and the intensity (brightness) is unpredictable and may vary from one day to another. On days when light pollution is high, we use a tarp to eliminate and/or block the illumination of the moon, allowing us to better appreciate bioluminescence. IMPORTANT NOTICE. ALL ODD-NUMBERED GROUPS OR SOLO KAYAKERS WILL BE PAIRED UP DURING THE TOUR.
  • Experience the bioluminescent waters of Puerto Rico
  • No prior kayaking experience is necessary
  • Enjoy an evening or nighttime paddle
  • A small group means more attention from your guide
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Double kayaks with backrest, paddles and lifejackets.
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Kayak Village , 987 Street, Fajardo, 00738, Puerto Rico

We are located inside The Kayak Village, Las Croabas Puerto Rico. Look for the yellow tent. Check-in time starts 30 minutes before departure time.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not allowed for child's under 6 years old.
  • Not allowed for pregnant travelers.
  • Maximum weight limit per person is 240lbs.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not allowed for travelers with back problems.
  • Not allowed for travelers with heart problems or other serious medical conditions.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Island Kayaking Adventure
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 face masks and attendee health during Glowing Bay Adventure?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Glowing Bay Adventure.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Glowing Bay Adventure?
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 Glowing Bay Adventure.
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What is the social distancing policy during Glowing Bay Adventure?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Glowing Bay Adventure.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Glowing Bay Adventure?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Glowing Bay Adventure.

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  • "Be prepared to be in gross water with the smell of sulfur when you get in and out of your kayaks." See review

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star-5
Great excursion
JoseD_A
, Aug 2022
What an experience this was….We loved everything about this excursion, the guides who are very knowledgeable made it easier and fun. We recommend it for everyone looking for a WOW factor.
star-4
Beautiful
Tanya_W
, Jul 2022
This was a great family trip. We had a lot of fun. The hardest part was getting back around the inexperienced kayakers that couldn’t paddle against the current. Take a headlight with you. Awesome experience. So beautiful.
star-5
Wedding Trip
Linnette_S
, Jul 2022
All the staff was helpful and friendly. The equipment was in excellent condition. We had a great time and experience. Special shout-out to Thalia!
star-5
Beautiful! Definitely worth it.
Whitney_J
, Jul 2022
We enjoyed this so much. They kayaking out to the bay was very peaceful and enjoyable. The bay was beautiful. With the stars above and the bioluminescence in the water, it was amazing. The only thing I would change is to spend more time in the bay. I would have loved to kayak around the bay and really experience the bioluminescence longer. We would definitely recommend adding this to your trip!
star-1
Do not recommend
Dana_K
, Jun 2022
Would NOT recommend. I had done the bio-trip before and this was nothing like it. Be prepared for an awful stench as you arrive at the location. And I do not mean the smell of sea and fish I mean stench. Be prepared for life jackets that smell moldy and have just been returned from the prior participants and you were given the exact same equipment within 5 minutes no sanitation nothing they smell moldy. Be prepared for guides that barely instruct you. Be prepared to walk out into the middle of the lake or whatever that is 4 ft deep in normal clothing just to board the Kayak. Be prepared for never being sure who is in charge of the adventure. Be prepared to finally get on to the bioluminescent bay, and waste 10 minutes while the guides string up 30 kayaks and proceed to give you a nasty dripping smelly tarp and expect you to get under it, four kayaks together, under a smelly drippy just generally disgusting tarp , to actually View the algae at work. I found the tour generally to be unprofessional, smelly, and completely devoid of any hygiene, leadership, or enjoyment. Mind you I have done this trip before and this was my mistake booking with this company, of which, I would never recommend to anyone.
star-5
Worth the money
Anthony_C
, Jun 2022
Had a great time and guides were excellent. It’s about a 3 mile paddle back and forth, sounds like you’re kayaking in Avatar.
star-5
Amazing Nighttime Adventure
Matthew_N
, Jun 2022
We had a great time on this kayak tour. I wish I was better with names, but the guides were awesome and made the experience a lot of fun. Highly recommend!!!
star-5
Magical experience
Joanna_S
, Jun 2022
This was a magical experience start to finish. (Ok, maybe wading through the shallow water to the kayaks at the start was not so magical, but everything else about the adventure was.) The team was super well organized, and our guides Talia, Kenny, Benin, Selix and Pedro were friendly, informative, clear, and funny. Paddling in the dark was fun for our entire group of relatively inexperienced kayakers. In fact, it was a highlight that almost matched the awe-inspiring magic of the bioluminescence. We were concerned about mosquitoes in the mangroves. We did not encounter a single mosquito. Another advantage of going well after sundown. I had read reviews that complained about navigating through the channel, but I can’t understand how it could be possible to have a hard time as there is only one path and It’s easy enough for a beginner. Even though we went after dark, we followed the lights of the kayaks ahead of us, and the guides were available when people got “stuck”. I would love to do this again. It was amazing. PS bring a change of clothes, and don’t forget dry underwear!!
star-5
Great value, awesome guides
Shivam_S
, Jun 2022
The guides were very friendly and nice, well coordinated tour. It gave me a good value for money paid.
star-5
Awesome ride through the mangroves
Anthony_A
, May 2022
My wife and I had a great time. The kayak ride through the mangroves was awesome! It would have been nice if there was a little more light to see our soundings, but the tour guides were awesome and very funny. That made the experience more enjoyable.
star-5
Great Adventure!!!
Syeda_N
, May 2022
It was really cool and a great experience! I would recommend going on a day the moon isn’t out but if not you will still see the bioluminescence under the tarp.
star-5
Awesome family adventure
Shandra_J
, May 2022
Booking was very easy and communication was really good - emails to remind me of the reservation, when charges would apply, etc.
star-4
Fun experience, but water doesn’t actually glow
Lori_L
, May 2022
The tour was fun, but keep in mind that it’s not quite as described. The bioluminescent isn’t much, but the kayaking experience through the mangrove trees was beautiful, and once we were out in the open waters after dark, was gorgeous. Overall, it was a fun experience, but the we saw “sparks” in the water vs. glowing.
star-5
Great
David_W
, Apr 2022
We had a 6:45 tour and guides gave an overview before. They were very helpful and informative. We were in a group of about 15. Other tour companies had groups of like 30 which is way too many. The kayaking was fun going thru the mangroves and then out to the bay. The bioluminescent was very visible when we went
star-5
This was a great time....
joe_b
, Apr 2022
This was a great time. The guides were extremely helpful (Kenny, Jenny, Gary, and two others). They help you get out there give you a tarp to put over you in the lake so you can see the bioluminescence even on a bright night. Save some strength for the trip back as you’re going against the current. The canal out to the lake can get a bit crowded and might be tricky if you haven’t kayaked before but the guides will help.
star-4
Cool Experience
Ingrid_B
, Apr 2022
It was cool kayaking in the dark but that's about it. The stars in the bay were nice but the "glowing" part of the experience was not that exciting.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Really dark 1.5 mile...
Robert_G
, Apr 2022
Really dark 1.5 mile paddle out to the bay and then 1.5 mile return was certainly memorable (mostly in a good way). Seeing the glowing micro organisms in the dark of night was outstanding!
star-4
Very busy but still a neat adventure
Amy_S
, Apr 2022
The staff on the tour were great, the kayaking was a fun adventure in the dark and it was really neat to see the bioluminescent bay even if it wasn’t that vibrant (lots of light pollution, they had to use the tarp which we didn’t mind but something for potential visitors to be aware of). The only critique we have is just that it felt like the group was too big. There were just so many kayaks to wrangle, mix that with the fact that there are many other companies doing the same tours at the same time resulting in a lot of water traffic and it becomes less of a fun kayak in the dark and more of a mission to just make it to the bay and back. Overall would still recommend but we wish we’d have known it would be so busy.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Bucket list - check!
Pam_B
, Apr 2022
Such a fun night - the kayak in was easy and peaceful. The way back was against the wind so not as restful but still great. You will def get wet so dress accordingly! One more thing crossed off my bucket list!
star-5
Our tour guys were...
Adriana_G
, Apr 2022
Our tour guys were excellent, very attentive and patient. Nice experience. Despite using bug spray you’ll get bitten, but it’s worth it
1 traveler found this review helpful

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