Bioluminescent Bay Puerto Rico| 3 Brightest Spots to See (2022) (2022)

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One of the most stunning natural wonders of the Caribbean, when it comes to seeing bioluminescence, Puerto Rico has some of the best spots anywhere in the world for seeing this natural phenomenon.

You may well have seen pictures of the bioluminescent bay, Puerto Rico, which glows at night and looks magical, thanks to rare and unique ecosystem conditions that cause the sparkling blue underwater light. In fact, there are 3 different spots where you can see the Puerto Rico glowing water around the island – each with their own pros and cons which I’ll cover in this guide.

If you’re looking for the best and brightest bio bay in Puerto Rico, Mosquito Bay on Vieques is the top pick. It’s recognized as the brightest in the world, so it’s definitely worth the extra trip over to Vieques. Not to mention, Vieques is an amazing island that you really should spend some time exploring!

If you’re hoping to see one of the bio bay, Puerto Rico locations during your trip here, keep reading – as I’ll take you through everything you need to know to choose which bioluminescent beach Puerto Rico is right for you and what you need to know before you go there.

In This Post:

  • Where to Find Bioluminescent Water in Puerto Rico?
  • What is a Bio Bay?
  • When is the best time to see Bioluminescence in Puerto Rico?
  • How to See Puerto Rico’s Bio Bays
    • Bioluminescent Bay Tours
    • Bio Bay Kayaking
    • Can I Go on My Own?
    • Can I Swim?
    • Vieques Bio Bay Tours
    • Fajardo Bio Bay Tours
    • La Parguera Bio Bay Tours
  • What to Expect
    • Hurricanes
    • Photography
    • Mosquitos
    • Eco System

In this post I share my tips for choosing the best bioluminescent bay Puerto Rico tours as well as how to choose the best bioluminescent bay. Best time to go depends on many factors as well, which I’ll talk about below, too.

WHERE IS BIOLUMINESCENT WATER, PUERTO RICO?

Considering there are only 5 spots in the world where you can see bioluminescence year round, and Puerto Rico has 3 of them – there are fewer better places to take advantage of this beautiful phenomenon and plan a trip to see one of the bioluminescent bay PR sites.

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There are 3 different places where you can see the bioluminescence phenomenon in Puerto Rico. These are:

  • Vieques (Mosquito Bay)
  • Laguna Grande, Fajardo
  • Lajas (La Parguera)

Which is the best phosphorescent bay Puerto Rico will depend on a few factors, such as where you’re based, how much time you have, how you want to see the Puerto Rico illuminating water and more.

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If you’re looking for the bioluminescent bay San Juan, there isn’t bioluminescent water in the city itself, but Laguna Grande, Fajardo is only a short distance away and is therefore one of the most visited spots. It’s sometimes referred to as the “Puerto Rico glowing lake” thanks to its lagoon-like shape. Bio bay Fajardo is a popular day trip from San Juan.

If you want to visit the very best bioluminescent bay Puerto Rico has, then I suggest planning to visit Mosquito Bay, which has the brightest bioluminescence of the 3 and is a more tranquil spot, perfect for nature lovers. Located on the island of Vieques, the Vieques bioluminescent bay is located to the south east of the main island of Puerto Rico. Vieques island is a paradise for those who are looking for eco adventures, as you’re on the edge of the Vieques national park which covers over half of the island. Mosquito bay is the glowing beach Puerto Rico you may well have seen photographed.

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La Parguera bioluminescent bay is located in Lajas at the southwestern end of Puerto Rico is the least visited fluorescent water Puerto Rico spot, and it’s also the least bright. It’s the only spot where motor boats are allowed, so if you’re looking for a tour that doesn’t involve kayaking, this might be the best bet for you.

WHAT IS A BIO BAY?

If you haven’t come across a bio bay before, the scientific phenomenon that creates the “glow in the dark” beach Puerto Rico and all of the best bioluminescent bay Puerto Rico places is pretty fascinating!

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The bioluminescence (also sometimes just called luminescence) is created thanks to the presence of Pyrodinium Bahamense in the water, which is a single-celled organism. It’s a type of dinoflagellate and phytoplankton, which, when agitated, produces bioluminescence which looks like blue light.

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Bioluminescence is simply defined as the production and emission of light by a living organism. It occurs when there are enough dinoflagellates present in one concentrated area, and the organisms are disturbed by movement (such as paddling). Interestingly, the number of dinoflagellates – which are rarely found in a high enough concentration to create bioluminescence in other parts of the world – has actually increased since hurricane Maria in some places.

The bioluminescence at Mosquito Bay, Vieques, has also received an unintentional helping hand along the way! The story goes that the Spanish colonists, who settled in this part of the Caribbean, thought that the bioluminescence was the ‘work of the devil’. In attempting to prevent the bioluminescence from spreading inland via rivers, the stones that they put around the bay have helped to maintain the number of dinoflagellates in the bay, the result being the most beautiful fluorescent bay Puerto Rico has.

THE BEST TIME TO SEE BIOLUMINESCENCE IN PUERTO RICO

The best time to see the Puerto Rico glow in the dark water depends on a couple of different factors.

Firstly, you’ll want to check the lunar cycle. At any of the bio luminous bay Puerto Rico options, you’ll see more bioluminescence the darker the sky is. So for that reason you’ll get best results around the new moon – when there’s less light in the sky – and be able to see less around the full moon. Try to avoid visiting around the full moon if you can, however if skies are cloudy, it matters a little less than if they are clear. If you’re not sure what phase the moon is in, there are plenty of websites you can check the current lunar cycle on.

Secondly, it’s better to visit when the waters are calm, especially for some of the glowing bay Puerto Rico options. La Parguera bio bay is much more exposed than the others and can get more rough in higher winds, such as during the hurricane season, making it unsuitable for kayaking.

Also do call ahead before your trip to any of the luminous bay Puerto Rico sites to check on the condition of the dinoflagellates, which are monitored. 30% is around the minimum level where they are visible in the water, but for a more impressive experience you’ll want higher. If you’re going with any of the Puerto Rico bio bay tours, chances are they won’t take you out if conditions are bad, but I still recommend phoning ahead to check.

HOW TO SEE PUERTO RICO’S BIO BAYS

If you’re wondering what the best way to see the luminescent water, Puerto Rico is, there are a few different options to consider.

The most common way to explore the bio bays is to take one of the bioluminescent tour Puerto Rico options – and there are many companies offering different or similar tours.

Bioluminescent Bay Puerto Rico Tours

Taking a tour is the most common way to see the bio bays, and there are several different options depending on whether you’re looking for bioluminescent bay Puerto Rico boat tours, a San Juan bioluminescent bay tour, or a night kayaking Puerto Rico tour.

You can either reach the bay by yourself and then find a tour operator in the location of your bio bay to take you out by kayaking, or you can choose one of the San Juan bioluminescent tour options which includes transport to the bio bay.

Almost all tours are by kayak, which allows you to paddle out from the starting point to explore the bio bay, and there are also some tour options which include transport to/from San Juan and other parts of Puerto Rico to your chosen bio bay area.

Whichever option you decide to go for, do read reviews for your chosen operator ahead of time. Prices vary depending on the operator and what’s included.

Bioluminescent Kayaking Puerto Rico

Regardless of which type of tour you choose, you’ll likely end up on a Puerto Rico kayak bioluminescent tour when it comes to exploring the bio bays themselves, but there are a few electric powered boat tour options is you prefer that.

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Kayaking tour packages either depart around sunset – which has the advantage of being able to watch the sun go down as you kayak out to the bay, or if you want total darkness to enjoy the bioluminescence at its best, I recommend taking the second tour timing option which leaves at around 7.30 or 8.00 in the evening.

Whether you’re looking for a Fajardo bio bay kayak tour, a tour with Vieques kayaks bio bay, or want to go La Parguera bio bay kayaking there are plenty of options to choose from.

Can I go on my own?

Although it is possible to go on your own to any of the bio bays in Puerto Rico, it’s not logistically very practical to visit the luminescent water Puerto Rico has by yourself – unless you have your own kayak and transportation for your kayak.

If you are a local and have your own kayak, then it’s possible to kayak out to any of the bio bays, but you need to know what you’re doing in the dark and be confident in the waters – so I don’t recommend it unless you are an advanced kayaker and know the waters around Puerto Rico well.

For this reason, almost all visitors to Puerto Rico take a tour to see the bioluminescent lagoon Puerto Rico or any of the other bio bay sites.

Can I swim?

Another common question I hear is – is it possible to swim in bioluminescent bay Puerto Rico? The answer is no – swimming is not allowed, and the main reason is to protect the dinoflagellates from damage.

The dinoflagellates are sensitive and are killed off by the chemicals found in bug spray and sunscreen, which is why the no-swimming rule. Technically speaking, swimming itself does not cause harm, but the chemicals found in lotions and creams on human skin do.

One exception to this is if you visit La Parguera bioluminescent bay, where swimming is allowed as this is open water rather than a bay or lagoon, strictly speaking. This spot is also less popular and well known, partly as the brightness of the bioluminescence is less here.

Vieques Bio Bay Tours

The bio bay in Vieques is our favorite in Puerto Rico. Vieques is one of our favorite islands in the entire Caribbean because of it’s incredible and secluded beaches, good snorkeling, and laid back vibe. Plan time into your trip for Vieques and you won’t regret it! We love it so much, it’s where we spent our honeymoon.

If you want to take a Vieques bio bay tour, there aren’t many Mosquito bay tours from San Juan, so you’ll need to travel to Vieques independently and take one of the Vieques kayaks tour options from Mosquito bay.

Several of the tour options on Vieques offer pickup from either the ferry port or the airport, but they will require an overnight on Vieques. Spending the night on Vieques is really the only way to take in a night bio bay kayak tour from Vieques.

If you’re short on time, fly directly from San Juan to Vieques for the Vieques bio bay tour. We’ve flown and taken the ferry both and would definitely recommend flying. The flight is less stress and offers beautiful views along the way. However, if you find you have more time and don’t want to spend the money on a flight, the ferry is another good option to get from Ceiba to Vieques and then start your Vieques bioluminescent bay tour.

In order to find the best bio bay tour Vieques has, I recommend shopping around and comparing a few prices, options and reviews first. In addition to the regular kayaks, the Vieques bio bay tour clear kayak option makes for an extra special experience and is worth a try.

Read tour reviews on Trip Advisor HERE.

Check out tour options through Viator HERE and Get Your Guide HERE.

Fajardo Bio Bay Tours

The most popular spot for seeing bioluminescence, PR, thanks to its location closer to San Juan, is the bioluminescent bay Fajardo.

Located on the east coast of Puerto Rico outside the town of Fajardo, Laguna Grande Fajardo is the only bio-bay that’s not actually a bay. Instead it’s a lake or lagoon, that can easily be explored by kayak at night to see the beautiful bioluminescence. Although it’s not quite as bright as the bioluminescence Vieques has here, this bioluminescent lake, Puerto Rico, is still a great experience.

If you take a San Juan bioluminescence tour, chances are you’ll come here to see the bioluminescent Fajardo has. There are plenty of different minivan tours from San Juan that will take you to Fajardo in time for your evening kayak Fajardo tour, and there are other Fajardo bio bay tour companies that offer free pick up from many parts of San Juan.

One of our top picks for Fajardo bioluminescent tour options is one that combines el Yunque rainforest trekking in the day time with kayaking the bio bay at night.

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Read tour reviews on Trip Advisor HERE.

Check out tour options through Viator HERE and Get Your Guide HERE.

La Parguera Tours

Last but not least, La Parguera Puerto Rico bioluminescent bay is a good spot for those who want to avoid any crowds and have a more ‘local’ Puerto Rico light up water experience.

Located in Lajas, on the south-western corner of Puerto Rico, La Parguera is a beautiful nature reserve that holds plenty of opportunities for underwater exploration, boat trips to different cays, snorkeling and diving.

If you choose a La Parguera bio bay tour over one of the other bio bays, the advantage is you may be able to swim here (check with your operator and avoid wearing any chemical sunscreen or bug repellant).

There are La Parguera bioluminescent bay tour options from San Juan, but with a longer drive than to Fajardo. Expect it to be around 2 hours each way from Lajas to San Juan if you just come to this part of the island for a bio bay tour. Mini vans will organise pick up from SJ or other parts of the island and transport your shared or private group before heading out to the Lajas bioluminescent bay.

Here you can often choose between heading out on a motor boat and then swimming, or choosing a regular or clear bottom kayak tour.

Read tour reviews on Trip Advisor HERE.

Check out tour options through Viator HERE and Get Your Guide HERE.

WHAT TO EXPECT ON A BIO BAY TOUR

Before heading out on any of the bio bay tours Puerto Rico has, here are a few handy things to know before you go.

Bio Bay PR: Know before you go

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Hurricanes

Unfortunately hurricanes can have a devastating effect not just on the people living in Puerto Rico and the rest of the caribbean, but they can also significantly damage and alter onland and underwater ecosystems as well.

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico especially hard in 2018, and caused much damage. Some of the mangroves surrounding the bio bays were damaged, especially the bioluminescent Mosquito Bay, Puerto Rico, where on the other hand the bio bay Parguera saw hardly any impact.

Since then, the ecosystems are recovering, and hurricanes can also have a positive influence on the number of dinoflagellates in the water. If you’re concerned about hurricane damage and impact on the bio bays before your trip, the best thing to do is ask local people for up to date info once you’re in Puerto Rico.

Photography

Unfortunately, beautiful as the photos you’ll see online when you google things like “Puerto Rico light up beach” or “Puerto Rico beach that glows at night” are, do know that your experience will not really look like that and that those pictures are all heavily edited.

It’s practically impossible to capture the actual conditions and experience of the luminescence as it’s not the actual water that glows blue, but rather the flagellates in it when disturbed by movement. Nearly all of the pictures you’ll see online have been photoshopped to promote the experience. When you first see the water at night, you might not notice anything – but once you start paddling through it, you’ll start to see the blue, depending on the conditions of the water.

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Most of the bio bay tour companies recommend leaving your camera in your hotel to avoid any risk of it getting wet.

Mosquitos

Mosquito bay on Vieques is not named after everyone’s least-favorite buzzing friend for nothing! If you’re heading out kayaking to any of the bio bays – and especially on one of the sunset tours – make sure you prepare to avoid them by covering up your arms and legs and wearing mosquito repellant.

Since mosquito repellant damages the dinoflagellates, wear natural repellant wherever you can, even if you’re not swimming. Small amounts of chemicals from hands in the water can still cause a problem.

Help Maintain the Eco System

The bio bays are a delicate ecosystem and a world-treasure, and travelers can help keep them that way.

Some of the most important things you can do to help protect this beautiful phenomenon include:

  • Go with a licenced tour company – not only will you be going someone who knows all about the luminescence and can keep you safe, but you’ll also be supporting the local economy
  • Do not swim in the bio bays (unless you are told you are allowed to at bio bay Parguera). Do not get in the water anywhere if you are wearing any lotions or repellant on your skin.
  • Choose quieter bays to visit to avoid overcrowding, or visit at less busy times of the year outside peak season
  • Avoid use of single-use plastic while on these tours as waste facilities can be lacking and plastic often ends up in the water.
  • If you happen to be in PR during a full moon, some companies offer full moon tours to take in the beautiful moonlit mangroves instead, when it’s much less busy too!

WHICH IS THE BEST BIO BAY IN PUERTO RICO?

Still not quite sure which is the best phosphorus bay Puerto Rico has for you? For most people it comes down to time and distance from where you plan to spend the rest of your Puerto Rico vacation.

Bahia bioluminescent Puerto Rico (Mosquito Bay on Vieques) is the best in terms of the brightness of bioluminescence but it is the furthest away San Juan – you’ll need a bit of time to get here so it’s best if you want to combine it with other things to do on Vieques. It can also get busy here, but if you do come here, you won’t be disappointed.

If you want to stay on the main island of Puerto Rico, then you have the choice of either a Fajardo bio bay boat tour on the Laguna Grande, or visiting Lajas bioluminescent bay. Fajardo wins for convenience, ease, a shorter drive and brighter bioluminescence however do expect more crowds here.

La Parguera glowing bioluminescent bay is much less popular, and for that reason may be the perfect option for some travelers. Although the bioluminescence is less bright here and it’s a longer drive from San Juan, the area here is stunning and you may have the chance to swim in the water with the bioluminescence – which can be a truly incredible experience.

Whichever option you go for, most people love this experience in Puerto Rico.

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Bioluminescent Bay Puerto Rico| 3 Brightest Spots to See (2022)? ›

Located on the island of Vieques, the Vieques bioluminescent bay is located to the south east of the main island of Puerto Rico.
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WHERE IS BIOLUMINESCENT WATER, PUERTO RICO?
  • Vieques (Mosquito Bay)
  • Laguna Grande, Fajardo.
  • Lajas (La Parguera)
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What are the 3 bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico? ›

There are just five bioluminescent bays in the world and Puerto Rico is home to three—Vieques, Laguna Grande and La Parguera.

Where is the best bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico? ›

Mosquito Bay is located on the island of Vieques, east of the coast of Puerto Rico. Mosquito Bay is the brightest and best-known bioluminescent bay in the world. Recognized in 2006 by the Guinness World Records as the brightest bio bay in the world.

Where is the brightest bioluminescent? ›

This dazzling, trippy travel wonder is Mosquito Bay, the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world. It's on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, seven miles off the southeast coast of Puerto Rico's main island.

What is the worlds brightest bioluminescent bay? ›

Recognized in 2006 by the Guinness World Records as the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world, Mosquito Bay in Vieques captivates with its beauty and pristine setting.

What is the best time to see bioluminescence? ›

While we typically see the bioluminescence nightly throughout the year, the optimal time for viewing is around new moons when there will be no moonlight reflecting on the water. In the summer months, during these darkened nights, the bioluminescent plankton give off a neon blue glow!

Can you see the bio bay without a tour? ›

Until recently, the only way to access any of these biobays was either kayak into them or go aboard a boat. But now there is another alternative! The Fideicomiso de Conservación de Puerto Rico (Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico) now offers night-time walking tours of Las Cabezas Nature Reserve and Laguna Grande.

Where are the 5 bioluminescent bays? ›

There are five bioluminescent bays in the world: Luminous Lagoon in Jamaica, Halong Bay in Vietnam, and Puerto Rico's Laguna Grande, La Parguera, and Mosquito Bay. Mosquito Bay is currently the brightest.

What time of year does bioluminescence occur in Puerto Rico? ›

While the bio bays have some bioluminescence year-round, the best time of the year to visit them is during the dry season, from December to mid-April. Heavy rainfall can cloud the water and make it harder to see the glow from the dinoflagellates.

Can you go to Mosquito Bay without a tour? ›

Though you can visit Mosquito Bay unaccompanied, visitors suggest you spring for a guided tour of the area. Tours operate nightly and cost approximately $60 per person, depending on the company you book.

Where is the best place to see bioluminescent waves? ›

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Can you see bioluminescence from the shore Puerto Rico? ›

The most popular spot for seeing bioluminescence, PR, thanks to its location closer to San Juan, is the bioluminescent bay Fajardo. Located on the east coast of Puerto Rico outside the town of Fajardo, Laguna Grande Fajardo is the only bio-bay that's not actually a bay.

Can you see the bioluminescence in Puerto Rico from the beach? ›

You'll see shapes of fish turning blue as they swim alongside your kayak, your kayak paddles will turn the water into magical blue. Again, bioluminescence is best experienced on a moonless night. There are no “beaches that glow” in Puerto Rico, there are lagoons and protected mangrove bays.

Are there sharks in bio bay Puerto Rico? ›

The bay attracts hundreds of visitors mesmerized by its glowing waters that are activated when microscopic organisms are disturbed. But its murky waters also serve as a nursery for several species, including tiger, nurse, reef and hammerhead sharks.

Can you swim in the bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico? ›

The bioluminescent bay in La Parguera is the only bay in Puerto Rico where swimming is allowed and it adds to the true magical experience of the bay tour. On our bio-lagoon trips you will be provided with snorkel gear so you can dive under the water and swim amongst the glittering organisms.

Does bioluminescence last all night? ›

Each night-time bioluminescence tour lasts approximately two hours and is suitable for both small and large groups. However, the greater the amount of water disturbance, the greater the amount of bioluminescence visible in the water.

Can you predict bioluminescence? ›

Even the experts can't accurately forecast bioluminescence. “We can't predict when they are going to occur or long they will last,” research biologist Michael Latz told the Los Angeles Times last year. “We know that they have been going on for a while.

Can you see bioluminescence during a full moon? ›

When there is a full moon, what we notice is an intense reflection of the moon on the surface of the water, while the water glows back at you when it's agitated, making the viewing of the bioluminescence to our sight barely noticeable.

What should I wear to bio bay tour? ›

What should I wear? Clothing that you don't mind getting wet. Bathing suit and shorts, with a loose fitting top or rashguard.

Is the bioluminescent bay in Fajardo worth it? ›

Since you're likely flying into San Juan, the Laguna Grande bioluminescent bay in Fajardo is an excellent option for those who want to stay near the metro area. Just a short drive from the city, Laguna Grande is the brightest bio bay on the mainland.

How do I get to the mosquito in bioluminescent bay? ›

Once you are on Vieques Island, take a taxi from the airport to Experanza ( one of the small town on the Island). In town you can go anywhere easily on foot, you will see the signs to the Bio Bay tours. The tour itself start at the evening, so you might want to spend 2-3 days at least on the Island.

Where are the 4 luminous lagoons located? ›

Where are the Luminous Lagoons of the world located? The known bioluminescent bays globally are located in Indonesia, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and of course Jamaica.

Can you swim in bioluminescent water? ›

What is this? Things like bioluminescent algae that twinkle along the seascape can poison sea life from fish to sea turtles and can make humans very sick if they come into contact with it, so swimming is not advised.

Where is the beach that glows at night? ›

Do you know there's a beach in Mudhdhoo Island (also known as Vaadhoo Island) of Maldives that glows at night? Yes, you read that right! This glow-in-dark is basically a natural phenomenon called 'Bioluminescence' wherein light is emitted or created by a living organism.

Where are bioluminescent beaches Puerto Rico? ›

There are only five bioluminescent bays in the world, and Puerto Rico, United States is blessed with three of them. The brightest is in Vieques. The second is Laguna Grande in Fajardo, and the least bright is in La Parguera in the town of Lajas due to overexploitation and poor conservation.

How much is the ferry to Mosquito Bay? ›

The cheapest way to get from San Juan to Mosquito Bay Beach is to drive and car ferry which costs $11 - $35 and takes 2h 24m.

Are there mosquitoes in Mosquito Bay? ›

Beware the mosquitos. As the name suggests, this place is full of mosquitos, particularly if you go at night (which you obviously would in order to see the glowing plankton).

Is it worth it to go to Vieques? ›

Vieques adventure well worth it! Vieques is a great experience for those that don't mind a little adventure. There are many beautiful activities to enjoy here to access nature and the outdoors including bio bay kayaking, yoga, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and horseback riding.

Where can I see bioluminescent waves 2022? ›

The best bioluminescence kayaking season for 2022 will be in the warm summer months. During the peak summer season, bioluminescent dinoflagellates and other organisms light up the water in the Indian River Lagoon, near Cocoa Beach, Florida.

What time can you see bioluminescent waves? ›

Summer months are usually the best time of the year to watch the glowing plankton. For best experience, you should consider going anytime between mid-May and early-October. Also, try to schedule your night kayaking excursion about 5 days after a full moon.

Where can you find sea sparkles? ›

Sea sparkle blooms occur most often in quiet waters in the German Bight. The emission of light produced by sea sparkle is called bioluminescence. This relatively large one-celled plankton is not the only North Sea organism which exhibits bioluminescence.

How deep is the bioluminescent bay? ›

The bay is supposed to be about 5 feet deep, but you will have a life preserver on in any case. The kayaks are very stable. But the boat may be a better option for you.

Why is it called Mosquito Bay? ›

Mosquito Bay is named after "El Mosquito," a small ship owned by Roberto Cofresí, a pirate who was a Robin Hood-type character. Cofresí often hid El Mosquito in the bioluminescent bay, which was connected to the ocean by a small, easily defensible inlet.

Which beach in Puerto Rico has the clearest water? ›

Where is the clearest water in Puerto Rico? The beaches with the clearest waters in Puerto Rico include Tortuga Beach in Culebrita, Playa Pelícano in Caja de Muerto, Playa Caracas in Vieques, Cayo Aurora, Icacos Beach, and Gilligan's Island.

Do great white sharks live in Puerto Rico? ›

There are dangerous sharks in Puerto Rico, and there have even been some sightings of Great White Sharks in Puerto Rico – however those are extremely rare here. Yet, there are many other dangerous species in the waters of Puerto Rico that you should be aware of.

Is bioluminescent algae harmful? ›

Bioluminescent algae can have severe effects on human health and should not be touched. Do not swim in waters containing algal blooms, no matter how beautiful they are. Direct contact could lead to skin infections or even death. Dogs should be kept away from this toxic algae, too.

Where are bioluminescent beaches in Puerto Rico? ›

The Brightest Bioluminescent Bay in the World. Puerto Mosquito (Mosquito Bay) is located on the southern shore of the island of Vieques, one of the islands of Puerto Rico. This bay is often referred to as “magical”, those blessed with the opportunity to experience it always agree.

Where are the 5 bioluminescent bays in the world? ›

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There are five bioluminescent bays in the world: Luminous Lagoon in Jamaica, Halong Bay in Vietnam, and Puerto Rico's Laguna Grande, La Parguera, and Mosquito Bay. Mosquito Bay is currently the brightest.

Can you swim in Vieques bioluminescent bay? ›

Our bioluminescent bay tours are a boat tour combined with snorkeling. The bioluminescent bay in La Parguera is the only bay in Puerto Rico where swimming is allowed and it adds to the true magical experience of the bay tour.

Can you go to Mosquito Bay without a tour? ›

Though you can visit Mosquito Bay unaccompanied, visitors suggest you spring for a guided tour of the area. Tours operate nightly and cost approximately $60 per person, depending on the company you book.

In this post, we will share everything you need to know about Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bays and tips on how to capture it!

The water glows at Vieques’s Bay, Puerto Rico.. Also, La Parguera is the only bio bay in Puerto Rico that you can swim in, which is an experience that we would recommend to absolutely everyone.. The best way to enjoy these glowing waters is via a local tour, and we recommend this one from Kayaking Puerto Rico.. Nobody can resist the temptation not to grab the camera and capture this beautiful moment, but only to find that all the photos are pitch black.. You can enjoy a bio bay at any time, but the best time to visit is during a New Moon phase when the night is pitch dark, and the glow is more visible.. Also, not all boat tours allow you to swim in the bay.. The bioluminescent bay in La Parguera is the only bay in Puerto Rico where swimming is allowed, and it adds to the magical experience of the kayak tour.

Imagine swimming or kayaking through inky black water that lights up in a million sparks every time you touch it. Visiting a bioluminescent bay - Puerto Rico is a one-of-a-kind experience and has been on our bucket list for a long time. You can see bioluminescence in many places around the world on moonless nights, but there are only 5 permanent bio bays in the world that have enough bioluminescence to light up at every touch, and 3 of them are in Puerto Rico.

You can see bioluminescence in many places around the world on moonless nights, but there are only 5 permanent bio bays in the world that have enough bioluminescence to light up at every touch, and 3 of them are in Puerto Rico.. Read below for everything you need to know about visiting a bio bay in Puerto Rico, and even more details on swimming in the La Parguera Bioluminescent Bay.. You can find information on the bio bay in Fajardo, the best Vieques bio bay tour, when is the best time to visit a bio bay, and what we think is the best bioluminescent bay -Puerto Rico.. There are 5 recognized bioluminescent bays in the world and you can find 3 of the best bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico.. This is why a Puerto Rico bioluminescent bay tour should be at the top of your list on your visit to this beautiful island.. The 5 bioluminescent bays are Luminous Lagoon in Jamaica, Halong Bay in Vietnam, and in Puerto Rica, Laguna Grande (Fajardo), La Parguera, and Mosquito Bay (Vieques).. The best time to visit a bioluminescent bay for a bio bay kayak or other tour is when it is dark.. There are 2 considerations when you are choosing the best bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico to visit: how easy is it to get there and what is the experience like in the bay itself.. This is the easiest bio bay to get to from San Juan and many of the other popular parts of Puerto Rico, making it the best Bio Bay in Puerto Rico for someone without a lot of time, or without a car.. The best Fajardo bio bay tour operators will also give you general information about the bay and the bioluminescence.. If you want to go bioluminescent kayaking with the brightest light, Mosquito Bay is the best bio bay in Puerto Rico for you.. It’s important to note that the bioluminescent bay tours in Vieques are for kayaking, you can not swim in this bay.. La Parguera Bio Bay is the only bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico where you can swim, making it the best bio bay if you want to get in the water and be surrounded by glowing phosphorescence.. Many of the bioluminescent bay tours in La Parguera go out early to see the sunset and finish with the tour in La Parguera bioluminescent bay.

We'll show you the 17 best places to visit in Puerto Rico, why we love each one, a few things to consider before going, and much more.

Our first destination is full of history, food, and cultural celebrations — Old San Juan .. It’s another one of the beautiful beaches near the main island of PR.. Guanica State Forest is the best place to visit if you love and appreciate nature.. Here are a few points to consider before traveling to the island of Puerto Rico:. Puerto Rico is a beautiful Caribbean island you’ll love when you arrive, so have a safe trip and enjoy!

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Mark Martin Brass was a child when he first saw the famous bioluminescent bay of Puerto Rico.. Bras, now 51, has made a career studying Puerto Rico’s Bioluminescent Bay and is currently working as a field researcher and community relations director for the Vex Conservation and Historical Trust (VCHT), a nonprofit that specializes in environmental, protection and , Preserve the archeological and cultural resources, ”an island of 52-square miles off the east coast of Puerto Rico.. Although marine bioluminescence is not specific to Puerto Rico, as there are many species of marine animals that can burn (examples include certain types of jellyfish and even some sharks), the bays of Puerto Rico are often considered the best in the world.. In fact, the Guinness Book of World Records recognizes the Bay of Mosquitoes (also known as the Puerto Mosquito) on the south shore of the island, as the “brightest bioluminescent bay” in the world, estimating that, in 2006, 700,000 microscopic organisms occurred in each.. Gallon of water The other two Puerto Rican bays are known for their bioluminescence, at Lagunda Grande on the east end of the main island and La Parguerা on its southwest.. Unfortunately, this perfect habitat took a major hit in 2017 when Hurricane Maria hit the island, leaving many people, including Brass, worried that the bioluminescent bays would regain their former glory.. The VCHT has played an integral role in bringing the mosquito bay back to its original state through the formation of a science-based reforestation initiative called the Mangrove Project, which created the VK Nursery to grow four different species of mangroves to help replace lost trees. .. One of the best ways to feel the bioluminescent bays of Puerto Rico is to see them from the surface of the water.. Kayaking offers numerous kayak and boat tours from Puerto Rico to the Puerto Rico Bay Tour, as well as numerous costume mosquito bays, as well as the Laguna Grande and La Parguer.

Puerto Rico's green waters, captivating art scene, and profound cultural legacy make the island deserving of praise and a visit, any time of year.

From historical sites to the lovely seas of San Juan Bay, Old San Juan is one of the most stunning cities in the United States.. The Castillo Serralles Museum is one of the must-see attractions in town, especially for visitors interested in Spanish Revival architecture.. The beautiful mountainous sanctuary of El Yunque National Forest, for example, is one of Puerto Rico's natural wonders.. There are many beaches in Puerto Rico that give wildlife spotting opportunities to every visitor.. The archipelago of Puerto Rico is known for having some of the world's most beautiful beaches.. The western region of Puerto Rico, which is Rincon, is a paradise for surfers and is also regarded as one of the world's best places for big waves.

Vieques Island hold one of Puerto Rico's hidden gems; the brightest bio bay in the world! Here's everything you need to know about taking the ferry there.

Aside from amazing beaches, and wild horses, Vieques also holds the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world!. Deep within Mosquito Bay are billions of micro organisms that shine a bright blue light when agitated.. You can buy an airline ticket and fly there directly from the airport, or the more take the more economic ferry departing from Ceiba.. We rented a car in San Juan and drove to the Ceiba ferry Terminal which was about an hour and a half.. Depending on when your Ferry leaves, give some extra time to account for traffic and parking.. We left on an afternoon ferry and cut if very close to our tour time and nearly missed it!. Road Trip Of course if your’e going to see the bioluminescent bay plan to stay over night.. We booked our Tour with Abe’s Snorkeling & Bio Bay Tours and had an amazing time.. We called them and reserved our spots on the tour just a few hours before, but we recommend getting them at least a few days in advance.. Kayaking through the glowing waters of Mosquito Bay is one of the greatest experiences of my life.. Kayaking in Vieques’ bioluminescent bay is an experience of a life time.. Out of the 5 biobays in the world, Puerto Rico contains 3 of them with Mosquito Bay being the brightest.. Check out the biobay in Fajardo to experience the radiant waters without leaving the mainland.. Here’s our travel vlog for everything you’ll need to know before taking the ferry to Vieques!

Bioluminescence: Only five proper bioluminescent bays in the world where the concentration of dinoflagellates is high enough & 3 of them are in Puerto Rico.

There are only five proper bioluminescent bays in the world where the concentration of dinoflagellates is high enough, and a whopping three of them are found in Puerto Rico (the other two are in Jamaica and Vietnam), each offering different worthwhile experiences.. Here’s everything you need to know about the bio bays in advance to make the most of your experience.. While that could seem like a drawback as it means more noise disturbance, the motorboats allow you to get really far from the docks very quickly and deep into the bay.. Photo: Discover Puerto Rico. The water only glows when the microorganisms are disturbed by movement.

Puerto Rico serves as a tropical destination for tourists from all over the world. Puerto Rico has warm weather year-round and has some of the most breathtaking beaches in the Caribbean.

The bio bays in Puerto Rico are Mosquito Bay, Laguna Grande, and La Parguera.. Old San Juan is a popular area to visit in Puerto Rico.. Old San Juan is famous for its fantastic architecture and food, with Old San Juan food tours and walking tours being popular attractions among visitors.. Popular beaches to visit in Puerto Rico are Flamenco Beach, Isla Verde Beach, Condado Beach, and Seven Seas Beach.. Flamenco Beach is one of the most popular public beaches in Puerto Rico, known for its clear and calm water and crisp white sand.. Similarly, islands in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico included, are well known for their rum.. There are many rum distilleries in Puerto Rico to visit, with one of the most popular ones being Casa Bacardí, the world’s largest premium rum distillery.. When planning things to do in Puerto Rico, check for available times the haciendas are open for tours because many continue to be operational and can only accommodate tours on certain days.. If you have visited Bourbon Street in New Orleans or Beale Street in Memphis and enjoyed it, you must visit La Placita de Santurce in Puerto Rico.. El Yunque is a tropical rainforest in Puerto Rico.. Cayo Aurora, nicknamed ‘Gilligan’s Island’ after the popular TV show, is an island a mile southwest of the coast of Puerto Rico, near Guanica.. While this list is only a small inventory of Puerto Rico’s great attractions, it emphasizes the fun and unique gems to discovering Puerto Rico and all it offers.

<b>Puerto</b> <b>Rico's</b> Mosquito Bay was even recognized by Guinness World Records as being the brightest <b>bioluminescent</b> bay in the world. For the adventure seekers. Certainly, a lush rainforest is not something most Americans have experienced before. El Yunque National Rainforest is one of the top destinations to visit in <b>Puerto</b> <b>Rico</b>. 1. Brightest <strong>Bioluminescent</strong> Bay: Mosquito Bay, <strong>Puerto Rico</strong>. Source: pinterest.com. Also known as the Vieques Bio Bay, or <strong>Bioluminescent</strong> Bay, <strong>Puerto</strong> Mosquito (Mosquito Bay) on Vieques Island, <strong>Puerto Rico</strong>, has become one of the premier locations to witness bioluminescence. "/>. This summer, the <strong>Puerto Rico</strong> local manager explained that after Hurricane María in September 2017, a series of sargassum waves have harmed the <strong>bioluminescent</strong> bays and other protected areas; a notable difference is that now these protected areas do not receive funding for their management activities. Laguna Grande bay in Fajardo, <strong>Puerto Rico</strong>.

Nestled between the Dominican Republic and the British Virgin Islands, the archipelago of PuertoRico is a premier paddling destination for many.. For a more quiet alternative on the island, you can head to the pebbly shores of Playa Punta Soldado, a secluded spot with beautiful clear waters and dramatic rocky shores.. Just off mainland Puerto Rico is Cayo Icacos, a. Feb 16, 2022 · Bioluminescent Waves 2022 San Diego.. This has occurred in october 2011, september 2013, may of 2018, and may of 2020.. Surfers were seen catching glowing bioluminescent waves off san clemente and san diego coasts.. When conditions are right (or wrong) the algae off the coast blooms.. Vieques is home to Mosquito Bay, the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world.. During the day, Vieques Beach is your stereotypical Caribbean hideout — but at night the waters and sky emit a blue glow from the half-animal, half-plant microorganisms that live in every gallon of the bay water.

Like diving into fairy dust.

Reggaeton music blasts, vendors sell keychains and light-up jewelry, and posters tout the dazzling magic of the neon blue bioluminescent bay — yours to discover through dozens of tour guides and boat rentals.. Silhouettes of fish appear briefly as they swim by the boat, and leave arcs of light if they hop out of the water.. When the boat comes to a stop in the middle of the bay, it’s dead silent — the water is large enough that other boats need not disturb their neighbors.. Any movement, be it the tail of a fish, the stroke of a paddle, or — most spectacularly — a swimming body, will make the water appear as if it’s glowing.. There are only five proper bioluminescent bays in the world where the concentration of dinoflagellates is high enough, and a whopping three of them are found in Puerto Rico (the other two are in Jamaica and Vietnam), each offering different worthwhile experiences.. Whether you can extend your San Juan trip with a nearby night excursion or are able to journey all the way across the island, visiting a bioluminescent bay is something you shouldn’t leave Puerto Rico without doing.. Located in the southwest corner of Puerto Rico near Cabo Rojo, La Parguera is the only bay that allows motorboats.. La Parguera is also the only bay that allows swimming, which is something you simply cannot pass up no matter your fears about diving into pitch-black water and thousands of microorganisms.. If your trip to Puerto Rico is based around San Juan, you can still squeeze in a visit to bioluminescent waters at Laguna Grande, located about an hour outside of the capital city.. It’s absolutely worth it, though, as Mosquito Bay has the honor of being the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world, according to a 2006 Guinness World Record.. Mosquito Bay also has the least light pollution, thanks to its remote location, so you’ll enjoy spectacular stargazing in addition to glowing water.. Like Laguna Grande, Mosquito Bay doesn’t allow motorboats or swimming, so kayaking is your best option.. And don’t worry about the unpleasant name — Mosquito Bay has no more flying pests than any other body of water in Puerto Rico.. Despite what the photos advertising the bays would have you believe, the entire bay is not filled with radioactive neon blue water at all times.

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