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Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour from San Juan

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San Juan, Caribbean
Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour from San Juan
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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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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 185 lbs (83kg) or less)
Participants weighting 186-260 lbs must notify it upon booking to arrange for a regular kayak
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.

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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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Maximum weight to participate on Glass Bottom Kayak: 185pounds (83 kg) per person
  • Maximum weight to participate on Regular Kayak: 260 pounds (113 kg) per person
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This tour does not includes a stop to eat.
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • 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.
  • Participants cannot be afraid of the dark as you will be kayaking thru pitch black areas.
  • Failure to provide hotel/lodging/cruise information upon booking may result in bus not being able to pick you at your location or close to it. No refunds will be issued if you miss your pick up.
  • Bus will wait only 5 minutes after your assigned pick up time. No refunds will be issued if you miss your pick up.
  • This tour operates under rain and other weather conditions. Guide will determine to call it off when thunderstorms or other serious conditions happens.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Bespoke LM Reserves the Right of Admission - If a person appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, not following instructions or being disruptive the Guide has the right to Cancel their reservation at any moment, and No Refunds will be issued due to this.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bespoke Lifestyle Management
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 causes the bioluminescence that we see during the Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour from San Juan?
A:The luminescence is caused by our glowing friends, the Pyrodinium Bahamense, microscopic planktons capable of producing natural light at the touch of your hand!
Feb 2021
Q:
Is there a weight limit to use the kayak during the Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour from San Juan?
A:The weight limit for glass-bottom kayaks is 185-190 lbs (84-86 kg) per person. Height will also influence, even if not reaching the weight limit. If any guests weigh 190-260 lbs, please let us know in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Feb 2021
Q:
Do you provide life jackets on the Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour from San Juan?
A:Yes, and the use of lifejackets is mandatory during water-related activities.
Feb 2021
Q:
Can pregnant women participate in the Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour from San Juan?
A:Due to safety concerns, Pregnant ladies past their first trimester are not permitted to ride.
Feb 2021
Q:
Can I bring my children on the Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour from San Juan?
A:Children must be 7 years or older to participate.
Feb 2021
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.

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  • "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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star-3
Not worth the money but fine if you have nothing else to do
Sarah_P
, May 2022
The 30 minute kayak through the river was beautiful. It was pretty buggy but lovely. Might be a better experience at a different time of year. A lot of people recommended Mosquito Bay but takes more planning. This trip was overall not worth the money. It was fine. If you have a positive attitude it is good. But do not expect ground breaking glowing. This was very much a tourist trap
star-3
Pitch black
Jamal_P
, May 2022
For us to have kids it would have been nice to know that it was going to be pitch black so parents beware my teenager liked it tho and the dinoflag bioluminescence only worked when we had a tarp over our heads to see them other than that Omar was the best helping us through the struggle of paddling with my 7yr old and Gabriel was funny that made it enjoyable
star-1
1st timers
claudia_c
, May 2022
It too dark, and if its your first time kayaking, dont do it at night. Do it during the day. I would recommend.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-1
Would NOT recommend
Brent_A
, May 2022
The kayaks did not have glass bottoms. They made you put a tarp over top of you to view the bioluminescence. There was barely any bioluminescence at all. The bugs were awful. Would not recommend
star-5
Magic in the mangroves
Lisa_J
, Apr 2022
The experience of kayaking through the peaceful mangrove canal and emerging into the expansive bay was magical! I loved paddling around the cove as the sun set and then re-learning the constellations. Our guides were funny and informative about the nature reserve and the cool glowing phytoplankton. It wasn’t like Avatar—much more subtle but still a pretty wonder. I highly recommend the early evening tour so your can see the bay at sunset!
star-5
Chill Times
Jeremiah_M
, Apr 2022
This was a relaxing and unique kayaking experience, made better by the jokes and educational material provided by the guides. We went on the night of a new moon and were able to see the bioluminescence without tarps after the sun set. The glow is different than the pictures I had seen, but still really cool and unlike anywhere else. We also really just enjoyed kayaking around through the mangroves and on the lake. Overall it was a great time, but more for a combination of reasons (the kayaking, the guides, and the glow) as opposed to just the bioluminescence. As a heads up, there is a lot of waiting around. I understand the traffic concerns coming from Old San Juan, but we got picked up three hours before our trip, which is a lot. The ride and picking everyone up took an hour and a half or so and then we waited around in a parking lot until our time.
star-2
Tarp
Robert_E
, Apr 2022
Paid for a glass bottom kayak and was placed in regular one. Unfortunately the moon was too bright and we had to pull a tarp over our heads to see the glow. I would have liked to know that bit of information before booking. It would have changed our plans
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great time
JACQUELINE_B
, Mar 2022
It was a fun experience! We had great tour guides! The added bonus of the constellations was very cool! Seeing the bioluminescents under us as we were kayaking through the canal was cool!
star-3
The moon was bright and the dinoflagellates were hiding
Mitchelle_S
, Mar 2022
The outfitter was great. The guys funny and helpful. The reason for my three stars? The moon! We shouldn’t have booked this with a full moon. We got under a sweaty tarp with a bunch of other tourists and we saw the dinoflagellates. But it was odd that we had to wear our mask to prevent Covid while filling out our waiver (out of doors), but then we got under a big tarp with two dozen people and breathed their air for 10-15 mins. I’m vaxxed and boosted, but the whole thing was odd. Nice kayak journey but meh on the luminescence. Save your $$ if the moon is full. Light pollution kinda mangles the experience.
star-3
Bioluminous water kayak
amruthamadhuri_m
, Feb 2022
Good clear night sky . Bioluminous is very minimum . No need to book glass bottom kayak . Regular is good enough

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