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Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour from San Juan

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San Juan, Caribbean

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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
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
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Join a nighttime adventure into the waters of Laguna Grande as you visit the area’s amazing bioluminescent bay during this half-day excursion. Hop aboard a clear-bottomed kayak as you paddle through the dense mangrove forests, heading to the area where the microscopic plankton puts on its surreal aquatic light show when you glide through the water. Your professional guide also tells you more about this fragile ecosystem and how visitors can help protect it.
  • Nighttime kayaking excursion to bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico
  • Paddle your way through the waters in a glass-bottom kayak
  • Marvel at the glowing plankton in the water
  • Learn about this fragile and unique eco-system from the guide
  • Get picked up and dropped off at your hotel (in the San Juan area)
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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). Locations outside of San Juan are subject to additional pick up fee.
Bottom glass kayaks (for participants weighting 190 lbs (86kg) or less)
Participants weighting up to 250 pounds must notify it at the moment of booking as special arrangements for a regular kayaks needs to be made, these kayaks are very limited.
Quality kayaking gear and equipment (small size for children)
Kayaking orientation and instructions
Commentary of the surrounding area and its flora and fauna
Light Snacks and bottles of water
Gratuities
Additional pick up fee will apply if staying in towns like Dorado, Rio Grande, Fajardo and Humacao. Meeting point option also available.

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Complimentary pick up in selected areas of San Juan: Old San Juan, Condado, Isla Verde, Miramar and Ocean Park and Calle Loiza. Meeting point available by PR-3 in Rio Grade, Luquillo and Fajardo.
Exact pick up time will be provided the day prior to the tour.

Ports

  • Panamerican Pier


  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: contact phone number or email, ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time. No refunds will be authorized due to failure to communicate correct information.
  • Participants cannot be afraid of the dark as you will be kayaking thru pitch black areas.
  • Not suitable for pregnant women past their third month, persons with recent surgeries, past injuries or back problems, heart complaints or other serious medical conditions.
  • Each participant must be capable of paddling on their own on a 2 person kayak, and be able to sit on the same position for about 2 hours.
  • You will get wet, it is recommended that you wear bathing suit underneath, bring a towel and extra clothes for after the tour.
  • Maximum weight is 185-190 lbs (86 kg). Due to the strict weight restriction all participants are subject to be weighted prior to beginning the tour. No cancellations or refunds will be issued if a person neglects to inform correct weight, and is not able to participate of the tour.
  • Participants weighting from 190 to 260 lbs must notify upon booking in order to reserve a regular kayak, these kayaks are very limited.
  • This is a 2-person kayak tour. Single travelers that require regular kayak have a possibility of cancellation if there isn't another person to be paired with. As an alternative you can hire an additional employee for a fee of $100.00 to assist during the tour.
  • Estimate duration time of tour includes one hour and 15 minutes approx. driving, each way.
  • This tour does not includes a stop to eat.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • The bio bay is an unpredictable natural phenomenon that may be influenced by multiple factors. Bioluminoscity level can vary from very visible to minimum or none without any previous notice. Full Moon phase may also affect the visibility. In the event of this happening alternate methods such as the use of a tarp will be incorporated in order to appreciate it.
  • GLASS BOTTOM KAYAKS ARE NOT AVAILABLE ON TUESDAYS due to maintenance, instead tour will be conducted on Regular Kayaks. No refunds will be issued due to this.
  • Please travel light and only bring the necessary to the tour. Leave behind electronic devices, any important documentation like passport, large sums of cash or credit cards. Cell phones require waterproof case. Bespoke Lifestyle Management will not be responsible for lost or stolen belongings. No luggage allowed on the buses.
  • Reservations made for the 6pm tour (second run) have a probability of being rescheduled to the first run if minimum is not met, or first run still has spaces available.
  • Minimum age to participate is 7 years.
  • Please be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby 10 minutes prior to your scheduled pick up time. Bus will only wait 5 minutes per pick up stop.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 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.

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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 Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak 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 Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour from San Juan.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak 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 Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour from San Juan.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak 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 Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour from San Juan.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak 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 Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour from San Juan.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour from San Juan?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour from San Juan.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Total duration from door to door is approx 5.5 hours." See review
  • "Great Tour Guide, recommend doing this and it was really pretty in the bay and great weather." See review

Reviews

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Average
Eric_S
, Jan 2021
Fairly average tour. Somewhat of a tourist trap. Not much English spoken. Poor lighting for return trip. Fairly rushed once we arrived at the bay
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star-3
Less than amazing
Chris H
, Jan 2020
The best part of the excursion was kayaking in the dark (which is not saying much) The tour was disorganized and they don’t ensure everyone is accounted for. Our group was confused where to go and the kayak trip there and back was chaos. It was 90 minutes with about 20 min at the spot where they plankton light up. Total duration from door to door is approx 5.5 hours. Unless you really love plankton then I would suggest skipping this tour and using your time to do something else.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Chris, We are sorry to learn the tour fell short on expectations and did not had its usual dynamic. Sometimes when we have many unexperienced kayakers the way to and back from the bay can turn challenging. We have experience conducting this tour for many years now, and understand this was an isolated case. We are saddened to know it happened during your tour that day.
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star-4
Good but could be better
Aidan C
, Dec 2019
Great evening event and well worth seeing. Organisation was a Little chaotic though. Importantly we should have been advised to bring a towel and change of clothes.
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star-5
Sparkly Water - A Must Experience
ekennedy229
, Dec 2019
I had originally booked the combo tour of hiking in Yunque and then the kayak, but the hike was cancelled due to weather conditions. I was rebooked for the kayak tour the morning of. The communication from the team was great and the rescheduling was great. I was picked up on time and we traveled about an hour by bus to the spot. The guides were great to accommodate and get every situated. I was a solo traveler and was paired up with a guide for the glass bottom boat. I wasn’t given a paddle, which at first was a bit disappointing, but ended up being great in the end. Not having to paddle allowed me to really experience the bioluminescent glow. Manage your expectations - pictures online are prominent in colors and light due to the cameras. So if you go expecting that, you may be disappointed. The glass bottom looked like a million shooting stars. Once in the bay, they covered our kayaks with tarps to show the effects in true darkness. This was great and allowed the phenomenon to really shine (literally). The last thing I would say is to understand your cost. You’re getting picked up from your hotel, on a bus for two hours round trip, and on the water for almost 2 hours in a private park. The price is spot on for what you get. I wish the hike would have happened, but was thankful I got to experience this at a minimum. Highly recommend if you’re going to see it once in your life.
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Great Tour Guide
t0nyf76
, Oct 2019
Great Tour Guide, recommend doing this and it was really pretty in the bay and great weather. Not quite what I expected but happy I did it.
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star-5
Great Experience!
aliherring
, Aug 2019
This tour was fantastic! It is not in San Juan, however. They bus you out to Fajardo so the time of your tour is actually when you start kayaking. You need to be ready at least 2-3 hours before because they are going to pick you up in San Juan (if you're located there) and drive you to Fajardo. We did not expect that, but it wasn't a problem because our driver Daniel was phenomenal! The tour itself is great. There were parts of the tour that were hard to kayak through if you're not an experience kayaker but nothing too strenuous. Our guides did an awesome job showing us around the area and keeping us entertained. The dinoflagellates are a must see! It was a great experience and I can't wait to come back and do it again!
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BIOLUMINESCENT
Cecille A
, Aug 2019
Quick and easy purchase process. Reliable website. Amazing experience!!! Tour guides were awesome and very reliable.
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UNDERWHELMING
Discover14089366317
, Aug 2019
This tour had all the potential in the world and unfortunately it fell completely flat. I wasn't worth the price tag of $110 at all, for a bunch of reasons. Firstly, we were told that we weren't eligible to use the glass bottom kayak (that was advertised) at the last minute because my boyfriend exceeded the weight limit (which isn't true.) The trek through the mangroves in our kayak was nice but poorly organized. It felt like you were being shouted at and corralled, not an enjoyable experience. Once we reached the bay, we did get a pretty nice short lived view of the sunset, and waited with our kayaks tied together for nightfall. We were given tarps to place over our heads to be surrounded by complete darkness and then told to splash our hand quickly through the water for a few minutes MAX. Once again, completely underwhelming. Understandably, the plankton that create this natural phenomenon can be unreliable but I also didn't think we were afforded much of an sufficient opportunity to view them., After a few awkward minutes of splashing our hands through the bay, and people asking each other "do you see anything?" we headed back. By now it is completely dark outside, and we must, single file, navigate the narrow mangroves in our kayaks, without light. The only light source being a glow stick tied to the tip of the kayak in front of you. Needless to say, it was less than organized. Definitely do your research when choosing what company to book this tour with and go in with lower expectations, seeing as many of the pictures of the bio bay have been digitally enhanced.
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False Advertisements
411jomil
, Jul 2019
It definitely wasn't anything close to what we were expecting. They lied about how long of a ride it was to get there and continued to lie in route to the location. Advertised glowing fluorescent water viewed through glass bottom boats/kayaks , when in actuality it was regular 2 person kayaks and the water definitely didn't glow. When you reach the destination after rowing over a mile to get it's such a let down it's angering. The glowing water they advertised is nothing more than flecks in the water that you have to splash to see. Definitely a WASTE OF MONEY! I had to sincerely apologize to my friends who I convinced to come along thinking we would sharing an amazing experience, instead we left with disappointment
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star-5
Once in a lifetime experience
jbhchick
, Jul 2019
This was a physically challenging trip but the staff was fantastic and really helped us learn how to kayak and get through the trip. My husband and I kayaked with kids and remarked this was like a jungle cruise. So cool and special. Worth the trip!
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