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Luminous One: Bio Bay Boat Ride With Swimming, Dinner, and Round Trip Transport

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San Juan, Caribbean
Luminous One: Bio Bay Boat Ride With Swimming, Dinner, and Round Trip Transport

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icon7 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience the glowing waters of Puerto Rico's Bio Bay on a nighttime kayak tour. Join a small group and paddle through Laguna Grande to witness billions of bioluminescent plankton light up the water. Learn about the natural phenomenon from your guide as well as the other wildlife that call the area home.
  • See birds, iguanas, and even starfish on your tour
  • All kayaking equipment and instruction is provided
  • Hassle-free transfers from your hotel are included
  • A small group means more attention from your guide
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Air-conditioned vehicle
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6:30 PM
**Pick-Ups Begin at 3:00 pm in the San Juan Area with a return time of approximately 10:30 pm** - Transportation from San Juan to La Parguera is approximately 2 hours by bus. - The trip can be longer depending on traffic - Guests staying in the Isla Verde, Carolina, and Rio Grande areas can expect an earlier pick up time. After the trip is confirmed, guests will receive a message verifying the phone number, email address, pick up location, and pick up time.
  • 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**
  • **Upon booking the tour we will reach out to you via text message on the listed number to confirm pick up location, email address, and dinner selection**
  • **Dinner options will be Puerto Rican themed with a Pork, Chicken, Fish, and Vegetarian option**
  • **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**
  • Most travelers can participate
  • **Visibility of the bioluminescence will fluctuate with weather, currents, and the moon cycle.**
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 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 face masks and attendee health during Luminous One: Bio Bay Boat Ride With Swimming, Dinner, and Round Trip Transport?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Luminous One: Bio Bay Boat Ride With Swimming, Dinner, and Round Trip Transport.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Luminous One: Bio Bay Boat Ride With Swimming, Dinner, and Round Trip Transport?
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 Luminous One: Bio Bay Boat Ride With Swimming, Dinner, and Round Trip Transport.
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What is the social distancing policy during Luminous One: Bio Bay Boat Ride With Swimming, Dinner, and Round Trip Transport?
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 Luminous One: Bio Bay Boat Ride With Swimming, Dinner, and Round Trip Transport.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Luminous One: Bio Bay Boat Ride With Swimming, Dinner, and Round Trip Transport?
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, Dinner, and Round Trip Transport.

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111 Reviews

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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.
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.
1 traveler 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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