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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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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.
  • Pregnant women, persons with recent surgeries, past injuries or back problems, heart complaints or other serious medical conditions cannot participate on this tour.
  • 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
  • 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 correct weight or 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 due to this.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Persons with the previously listed health restrictions cannot participate on the tour. No refunds will be authorized if a person neglects to read complete description and does not meet the safety requirements and limitations on the day of the tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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

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star-4
Beautiful Experience, but plan ahead!
Lara_C
, Aug 2022
It is a long drive from San Juan, pack your dinner to go! Expect to get wet to the waist so bringing a change of clothes for the ride home will keep you more comfortable, also water shoes are recommended. There is a bathroom when you get to the launch point so you can change (bring your own tp). It’s not really possible for kids, the channel through the mangroves is narrow and it’s pitch black, you need to be able to kayak. The guides were awesome and it was a beautiful experience I will never forget!
star-1
Do not book-not worrh it
Kristine_B
, Aug 2022
This was a complete waste of money. First off, you are traveling via van and kayaking for the whole excursion. You soend 5mins seeing the bioluminescent plankton…5mins! The whole point of the excursion was to experience it. I would have been better of spending $45 for a 2.5hr kayak ride instead. Then it says that the tour is from 6:15-11pm, which I thought was a good amount of time especially for $100. No…they cal you the day of to let you know that you have to be ready by 3:45pm. That’s pretty much a half day excursion and it should be noted in the details portion. I would have never booked it if I knew this. I asked for a partial refund and they denied it. Do not waste your time with this unless you are satisfied with paying $100 for a 5min experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Don’t expect much!
Suzzy_R
, Aug 2022
The booking company is very misleading. They offer the tour for one price and then when you are ready to finalize the payment it’s a different charge. The tour was fun because of the people on it. The rest was way below expectations! It should be night kayak tour!!
star-2
Great experience, wrong tour company.
Alan_N
, Jul 2022
I highly recommend the experience but not the tour company. The tour guides were great, but you are only going to spend about 5 minutes in the lagoon because they have to get to the next group coming through. It was several hours of waiting for 5 minutes of the bioluminescent experience. Other tour groups were able to spend a lot more time in the lagoon. I wish I had booked the experience through one of the other companies.
star-5
Fun guides. Good trip....
Barbara_M
, Jul 2022
Fun guides. Good trip. Plankton were glowing and fun to see. The way back was against the current so I got a work out
star-5
Great guides!
Felix_W
, Jul 2022
It was a great tour. Just be aware that there are going to be mosquitos! Also, eat before the trip since there is no time for dinner. The guides were super friendly and knowledgeable.
star-3
They're serious about the...
Casey_H
, Jul 2022
They're serious about the weight thing, and not serious at all about covid precautions. As soon as we got on the shuttle we were the only folks wearing masks even though we chose this experience because it said it was required. When I asked the driver / guide about it he said some people don't want to. Guess we have a different definition of required. They wasted our time by not checking weight until we got there which is ridiculous. My friend who went though loved seeing the glow, I hung out by the bus. Go If you're skinny and want covid.
star-4
Wow!!
Arshia_K
, Jul 2022
Our first time kayaking and it was really fun. The tour guides were extremely helpful and with you the whole time, which was very reassuring. Only took away one star was because we returned with a lot of mosquito bites which we wished was mentioned during planning…I guess we should have realized that the bay does that. The tour itself was great. An experience to remember and definitely recommend.
star-5
Great experience!
Agustin_C
, Jun 2022
It was beautiful and our tour guide was excellent. You do get quite wet, but the water was warmer than we expected so it wasn't uncomfortable. We will never forget this experience.
star-1
Not recommend!
Angelica_D
, May 2022
Tour start was delayed almost 40minutes. We were aware of the pitch black areas but it was very dangerous with no lights at all (not even on us). Very disappointing experience- it was a waste of money. Bioluminescence was visible only if you were moving the water with your hands.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
My friends and I had a...
Simon_C
, May 2022
My friends and I had a great experience with the kayak tour! We would highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t seen the bioluminescent bay yet.
star-3
Traveled too far for an average experience
Amanda_R
, May 2022
The experience was average. Not worth the 1.5 hours to get there and then get home. Would not recommend unless you are staying close to Fajardo.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Lovely kayaking experience!
Tomini_F
, May 2022
Really lovely ocean kayaking and then heading through the mangroves to the bay. The kayaking was lovely and the instructors were great! The bioluminescence isn't as significant as I thought it would be however.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great!!!!
zdkqvwtq67
, May 2022
This was an amazing experience that we would definitely do again! The tour guides were the best - very helpful and entertaining
star-2
Go in with low expectations and still be disappointed
Adele_C
, May 2022
The driver and 2 out of 3 guides were pleasant and personable. Be aware that it is an hour drive from the last pickup to the location (our entire process was 1.5 hours) Once you get there they direct you to public bathrooms and then sign the waver. We were then told we needed to wait 45 min. Quick instructions and you are on your way. 30 min paddle is with the current and manageable for beginners. You get to the open water where the bio is supposed to be and it is down here hill from here. It is absolutely nothing like the photos. You put your hand in the water mix it around and see a couple sparkles. That’s it! Then you paddle another 30 back in the pitch dark against the current crashing into trees. Then you have a 1.5 hour trip to your hotel. The entire van had nothing positive to say. Many pulled up the picture on their phones and declared a bait and switch. It was fairly dark so the moon was not an issue. Go if you have tandem kayaking experience and want to go kayaking. Don’t go if you want an extraordinary ecological experience and/or if you have little to no kayaking experience. It is an expensive excursion that takes up 6 hours you’ll never get back. Gave 2 stars for the driver and 2 of the 3 guides.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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.
3 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
1 traveler found this review helpful
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!

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