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Swim at La Parguera Bio Bay Boat and Hot Springs Tour from San Juan

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San Juan, Caribbean
Swim at La Parguera Bio Bay Boat and Hot Springs Tour from San Juan

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Enjoy a sunset cruise followed by an exploration of one of Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bays during this full-day excursion from San Juan. Experience the glowing rays of the sun as they fade into the ocean. Then see a different type of glowing as you explore and swim in the bioluminescent waters near the town La Parguera.
  • Enjoy a combination sunset cruise and bioluminescent bay boat tour
  • Watch the last rays of light melt into the ocean
  • Explore the amazing glowing waters of a bioluminescent bay near La Parguera
  • Discover two of Puerto Rico's most scenic coastal sights on a single trip
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Certified local guide
Bottled water and soda on the boat
2 hour + boat cruise
Dinner: Veggie, chicken or fresh fish soft tacos (3 tacos pp)
With your dinner your choice of beverage (1 drink per person): water or any soft drink
Noodle to float
Air-conditioned vehicle
Certified captain and boat
Life vest
Certified Luxury SUV and vans
1 Hour Approx. at the Hot Springs
Hard liquor, international or artesanal beers

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2:00 PM

After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

This activity will end right where it started.Other Pickup: Old San Juan, Condado area, Isla Verde area, Las Catalinas Mall (Caguas), Ponce downtown (Plaza de Ponce) PONCE PICKUP: Ponce is a city in the south of Puerto Rico, if you pickup location is in San Juan or Carolina please choose San Juan pickup. Thanks!
Receive an afternoon pickup from your San Juan hotel and head south to the coastal town of La Parguera, about 2-hours away. As you drive you’ll enjoy the views of the Puerto Rican countryside.

When you arrive in this seaside city, board a boat for your evening experience on the water. Motor out to one of the scenic ‘cays’ (islands) located just offshore to watch the sun slip into the ocean.

As the sky grows dark, continue to a nearby bioluminescent bay, watching in wonder as the water emits an eerie blue-like glow. It’s a sight that can only be seen in a handful of locations around the world. Then, slip into the glowing waters for a swim before you return to port for the drive back to San Juan and a drop-off at your hotel.
Stop At:  
Borikua Tours
Pickup and drop-off
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Monumento al Jibaro Puertorriqueno
As we drive trough the Central Mountains of Puerto Rico you will get to see the view of the Sierra of Cayey.
Stop At:  
La Parguera
Enjoy your dinner at Isla Cueva Restaurant, then walk around in La Parguera village and then get in the boat and in a clear night you will able to see the starts as we go to the Bio Bay.
Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
La Parguera
Swim in this unique and magical spot, the Bio Bay.
Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you bring a bathing suit and or swimsuit, towel and change of clothes
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • You will be immersed in the Caribbean sea and will be a guest of the marine life of the sea
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travel time is included in the 11 hour duration of the tour
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Borikua Tours
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.

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What is the social distancing policy during Swim at La Parguera Bio Bay Boat and Hot Springs Tour from San Juan?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "The first stop was a beautiful mangrove Island that we got to run around and explore (they had some OFF for us to use on request since we hadn’t thought to bring any, but bring some!" See review
  • "Hotel pick up on time with a comfortable Mercedes shuttle." See review
  • "There is a stop at a gas station/coffee shop for a bathroom break about halfway through." See review


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An amazing experience
, Nov 2021
What a great experience! Our host, Johmara was very attentive and informative and did well to cater for all the groups needs. Although a 2 hour drive from San Juan, it went quickly (nice van - a Mercedes’ sprinter) and we stopped after an hour for a comfort break. First stop was the natural springs, which were essentially 2 outdoor spas (90 and 110 F). There were changing facilities and a shop to get drinks. After an hour we then headed to La parguera for dinner (6pm) for Tacos (I recommend the fish) which was more than enough. Here there was somewhere to get changed before we walked 5 or so minutes to meet Frank our Captain. The boat was 22ft and it took 10 Minutes to the quiet bay - there was one other boat there. Once in the water and when the cloud came over and in the shadow of the boat the bioluminescence was easy to see! It sparkled like tiny aqua fireflies - a bit like Timkerbell’s fairy dust. Quite amazing to see and I think this is the only bay where you can swim - it would’ve been disappointing in a kayak. After what seemed like a minute (it was over an hour) we headed back to the van for the trip back to our hotel. Got back late but buzzing from a great time! I Thoroughly recommend spending the extra to get into the water.
Had Fun
, Aug 2021
Friendly guide and the captain of the boat was very nice and very informative. Enjoyed the swim in the Caribbean sea and the Bio Bay. Worth the money.
Great experience
, Jul 2021
Good staff & communication. Hotel pick up on time with a comfortable Mercedes shuttle. Captain Frank is humous and friendly. We swam in the bay and had a great experience of the bioluminescence.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Beautiful experience! Worth it
, Jul 2021
What a great experience swimming in the sea with bio luminous creatures!! Everything about the tour is 100%.. Robert is a friendly and great host. Picked us up in a very comfortable luxury van, the ride was beautiful and then we headed to the boat. Dinner and drinks was a plus. Loved the whole experience.. will definitely recommend it to everyone. Thanks Robert!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great customer service
, Jun 2021
Robert (your guide) was awesome. He was on time, had an awesome bus. They took us to a beautiful place in La Parguera where we could swim in the ocean, had an amazing view of the terrain and the stars. The only downside with the trip was that bioluminescence wasn’t as you see in the pictures. You’d have to jump in water and splash around to experience it.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Magical experience!
, Jun 2021
I am so glad we went on this tour! Robert, the driver and primary guide, picked us up from our hotel in a nice air conditioned van/bus. He had good communication that morning about the pickup. The drive is about 2 hours south and west of San Juan through the mountains and countryside. There is a stop at a gas station/coffee shop for a bathroom break about halfway through. You get a few choices for lunch at a local restaurant in La Parguera: breaded fish tacos, chicken tacos, or veggie tacos. Be aware that they are flour shell tacos if you have any allergies - I had a salad instead because I am gluten free. This is also your last chance for a bathroom break until after the bio bay tour. You will go out on Captain Frank's small but nice boat to a small cay for the sunset, then he will take you into the bay for the actual experience. Robert explained about the organisms that create the bioluminescence effect and showed us the best places to swim around the boat to see the effect. It was magical! There are life vests and noodles available to use. The water was perfectly warm and they provided a great and encouraging environment for everyone to swim. Captain Frank is very friendly and knowledgeable as well. Once the swimming experience is over, you will head back to the town to change into dry clothes and then board the bus for the ride back to San Juan and be dropped off back at your hotel. Overall it was a great experience! Definitely bring towels and dry clothes.
, Jun 2021
Great experience! Restaurant was excellent. Loved that we got to swim at a sandbar during sunset in addition to the swimming at Bio Bay later on. Never felt rushed. Guides seemed very knowledgeable.
Loved it!
, May 2021
I love this trip! This is mainly a boat trip with 2 stops to swim. Bring comfortable clothes to change into afterwards, a towel, & wear a bathing suit 👙 & something over top cause the boat is windy. There is plenty of sun! So SOAK up the rays or take something for shade like a hat, & for rain hoodie/poncho. Kid friendly, disability friendly & the bio bay is to die for.
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Oct 2020
I cant even describe how amazing this tour was! It was three of us total , my partner, cousin in law and me. From beginning when Steven (the tour guide/driver) picked us up till the end it was an unbelievable experience. We drove through the center of the Island where the view of the mountains were unbelievable. Kept driving to the southwest of the island were we hit las palgeras. OMG! We ate Fish tacos (they also had chicken and veggie tacos). It was really good! Then after join the captain for the bio tour. I always wanted to do the Bioluminescent, but never imagined it would look the way it did! It is one of the best things I’ve done in life! Scared at first and then the magic happens. It was unbelievable. Steven was amazing, friendly, patient, and funny! Captain was awesome and very knowledgeable. If I could give this tour 10 stars I would! Thank you Borikua tours for this experience!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Swimming through Space
, Mar 2020
Amazing. As my husband put it "this is a bucket list item I didn't even know I had." The safe is very knowledgeable about Puerto Rico and bio bay. Included tacos were incredible. The experience was like swimming through stars!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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