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Eastern Region, Puerto Rico

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Our most recommended Eastern Region, Puerto Rico Canoe & Kayak Tours

San Juan: Bioluminescent Glass-Bottom Kayak Tour by Night

1. San Juan: Bioluminescent Glass-Bottom Kayak Tour by Night

Embark on a nighttime adventure into the waters of the Laguna Grande and see millions of glowing plankton. Paddle in a two-person glass-bottom kayak (except on Tuesdays, when regular kayaks are used) for approximately 30-minutes through the mystical mangrove channels leading to the natural reserve of the Laguna Grande. See the microscopic plankton capable of producing natural light at the touch of your hand. Explore these amazing organisms up close as your professional guide takes you on a journey to discover all their secrets. Learn how this fragile and unique ecosystem maintains a perfect balance of life, and what you can do to protect such a special place. Paddle in this safe and closed environment, and watch as the water comes alive with millions of glowing plankton. Be aware that the bio bay is an unpredictable natural phenomenon that may be influenced by multiple factors. Bioluminosity levels can vary from very visible to minimal or none without any prior notice. The full moon phase may also affect the visibility of the bioluminescence. In the event of this happening, alternate methods such as the use of a tarp will be incorporated in order to appreciate it.

Fajardo: Bio Bay Kayak Tour

2. Fajardo: Bio Bay Kayak Tour

Begin the tour at Kayak Village in the area of Las Croabas, Fajardo. First, learn the basics of kayaking, safety, and the rules of the nature reserve. Paddle towards the entrance of the Fajardo Bio Bay, a red mangrove channel. Along the way, see its beautiful protected flora and fauna. Proceed into Laguna Grande and into the sunset, where the night will fall and stars will follow in the sky and water. At every stroke of your paddle, sparkles will appear in the water, while the kayaks will create a swirl of light. Enjoy the constellations while sitting in your kayak at Laguna Grande. Cruise back through the mangrove channel, led by your guides. At this time, night has set. The kayak’s navigation lights will guide your way as you hear the wonderful nighttime sounds of nature.

San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest & Bio Bay Kayak Combo Tour

3. San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest & Bio Bay Kayak Combo Tour

Join your expert tour guide for an all-day excursion to the El Yunque Rainforest, then kayak with glowing planktons at a bio-luminescent bay. Start your adventure with a visit to the lesser-known zone of El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the United States. Hike and explore this off-the-beaten-track habitat. Take a dip in a waterfall or natural pool, or try out the waterslides. Hear fascinating stories from your guide about natural and local history. Spot native flora and fauna, many of which are not found anywhere else on the planet. After the hike, take a break with some lunch at a local restaurant. Then it's time for a kayak adventure through mangrove channels leading to the Laguna Grande. Meet the glowing microscopic planktons capable of producing natural light at the touch of your hand. Paddle in this remarkable yet safe environment. Explore these amazing creatures up close. Watch how every stroke of your paddle leaves behind a glowing swirl of blue light that resembles fireflies. Learn how this fragile and unique ecosystem maintains a perfect balance of life. Please read the entire Know Before You Go section to make sure you meet our Safety Requirements and Limitations in order to participate.

San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour

4. San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour

Join a day trip to El Yunque Rainforest and the bay of Laguna Grande, two of Puerto Rico's natural gems, on a day trip from San Juan. Follow your guide through nature trails, kayak in Fajardo Bio Bay, and observe bioluminescence at night. Enjoy return hotel transfers, snacks, and all entrance fees. Following a morning pickup at your accommodation, embark in direction of your bio bay and rainforest adventure. Enjoy the beautiful views along the scenic route through the north side of the island and learn some facts about the areas from your guide. Make a stop in the town of Luquillo and enjoy some fresh local fruits before continuing the journey to Puerto Rico's majestic rainforest. El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest, and the most studied forest in the United States National Forest System. Admire its biological diversity with its plants and animals – some of which are found only in Puerto Rico. Hike through trails lined with beautiful flora and fauna, and some river wading. Arrive at a hidden gem located in the heart of the rainforest. Enjoy the breathtaking segment of the 29,000-acre forest and swim in natural pools and waterfalls, slide down a waterslide, rope swing into the river, jump from different rock formations, and enjoy fresh local fruit with a view. After working up an appetite with an exciting first half of the day, make a stop for dinner at a local restaurant and savor Puerto Rican cuisine (at your expense). Relax a bit until it’s time for the second part of your combo tour – the Bioluminescent Lagoon, one of planet earth's best-kept secrets. Begin your Fajardo Bio Bay kayak tour at Las Croabas. After receiving a safety briefing on kayaking, head toward the Red Mangrove Forest with an amazing view of the sunset. Enjoy kayaking for approximately 30 minutes, and admire the forest's beautiful protected flora and fauna. Upon arrival in Laguna Grande, let the magic unfold. Tiny organisms called dinoflagellates make the water glow at night. Watch how sparkles appear in the water at every stroke of your paddle, follow the swirl of lights created by the kayaks, and admire the glowing fish in the darkness of the water.

Night Kayaking at the Bioluminescent Bay of Laguna Grande

5. Night Kayaking at the Bioluminescent Bay of Laguna Grande

Enjoy a night kayaking tour in the Bio Bay of Laguna Grande Reserve in Fajardo. An adaptive paddling program provides ample opportunity for creativity and many unique opportunities for anyone who would like to try kayaking for the first time.  The Bio Bay has microscopic organisms called dinoflagellates that produce a glowing effect when they are stirred by your paddles. Paddle your way through the mangrove forest for 2 hours, in the bioluminescent glow of the water.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 36 reviews

While a bit more physically challenging than I has anticipated, this experience is absolutely worth it! From the rainforest scenery to the water slide, rock jumping/swinging, and the fresh fruit this was my son’s and my favorite activity during our adventure to PR. Highly recommend!! Our guides (Luis, Paola, and Donu so?) we fabulous! They struck a perfect balance between safety and fun/excitement and we’re helpful and patient during some of the more difficult climbing areas. I left this experience feeling proud about stretching myself beyond my typical comfort zone to really embrace this dynamic activity. Thank you!

The guides were really friendly and funny, the sunsets and bioluminescent plankton were stunning. What a fun little adventure! If you're worried about covid, know that to make sure it's as dark as possible for the bioluminescence to be visible, there's a single tarp that's used to cover all of the kayaks' occupants at one time. Bring a mask - still worth seeing. Would definitely do this one again!

Fantastic experience! The rainforest is beautiful and the hike was fun. Loved the bio bay kayaking as well - so cool. It was a long day but so worth it!

Wonderful and unique experience. All of our hosts were very knowledgeable and entertaining. My whole family had a great time!

It was a one of a kind experience. Tour guides were very kind and we felt taken care of. I would 10/10 recommend