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Kayaking in Bio Bay

The illuminated water brings kayaking in Puerto Rico to the next level.


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Kayaking during the daylight is a usual practice. But the lagoons of Puerto Rico offer a much more special option—night kayaking. Tiny bits of plankton are there to illuminate the water and create mesmerizing scenery. Bioluminescence is only clearly visible in the dark, so with the onset of darkness, you get into a kayak and go deep into the lagoon.

Although Bioluminescence kayaking is available year-round, plankton brightness can be affected by the moon, so if you want to enjoy it to the fullest, choose a moonless night.

Companies that organize tours to lagoons concentrate in Las Croabas, an hour's drive from San Juan. Other famous destinations for Bioluminescence kayaking are Mosquito Bay in Vieques and La Parguera in Lajas. Companies usually inevitably provide transparent kayaks, in which you can see the glow in the water even better. They also offer a package full-day trip with kayaking and rainforest walks.

On average, kayaking lasts up to two hours. The prices start from $48 for an adult.

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