Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Tour, Las Cabezas, Las Croabas
Reserva Natural Las Cabezas de San Juan, Las Croabas 00738
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Thought kayaking was fun? Wait until you experience it at night on this spectacular ecological reserve surrounded by ... More
Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Tour, Las Cabezas
Thought kayaking was fun? Wait until you experience it at night on this spectacular ecological reserve surrounded by mangroves, coral reefs and most importantly, a breathtaking glittering bay. Certified operators gather at Las Croabas, a fishing area near Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature reserve in the municipality of Fajardo, where kayaks, lifesavers and the safety instructions are supplied. Once you enter the water, several guides spread throughout the group and what follows is a memorable adventure under the stars. Important not to forget to bring insect repellent!
the bay itself was nice and it was very informative. however, we had too many participants and not enough guides. we got to the bay alright, then on the return trip we got left in the middle of the meandering river in the dark without a guide to bring us in. the lead guide just kept going, never stopping to insure all were with him, i don't know where the end guide was, i was left with one other boat of participants for nearly 30 minutes, maybe 45 minutes to find my own way back. it was frightening and i am grateful that we didn't tip the boat over and run into any trouble during that time as noone was available to assist us. then as we were enroute to the carnival victory, someone threw a rock through a window on the bus we were on. it made us feel as though we were in a very backward country and i didn't feel safe on this excursion at all.
We went in at 10PM Sunday on a warm January night paddling 2 ocean kayaks. The dark mangrove "tunnels" we started at were very spooky and full of curves. About half way in we started seeing light come from our paddle strokes and bow wake. When the water temperature was just right, light would explode from any distubance in the water. Even drops of water caused by splashing glowed. Once your eyes are dark-adapted you will be amazed at all the fish that are causing luminescent trails under the water. This is a safe, easy way to experience a truly unique nature adventure.
Spectacular! After rowing for about 20 minutes through a mangrove swamp, we arrived at the bioluminescent lagoon. The water was warm and less than 6' deep. Everyone got out of their kayaks and swam. This was easy. I am 70 years old and my wife is 68 yet we both enjoyed the experience. I took out my contacts before going and I am glad I did. The effect over eyeglasses was psychedelic with fingers of intense green glowing water passing over my glasses. Swimming was fantastic! A truly unique experience.
The lagoon is higher in salt content than the ocean (making you float easily) since water evaporates from the bay but the tide does not bring in rapidly moving sea water so the more dense lagoon water does not mix completely with the sea water.
Don't miss this experience! This lagoon is easier to get to than the bay at Vieques and is more intense than the one near La Parguera (south west part of island). It helps if you have a bit of a nutty guide - which we did - who can give an understandable explanation of bioluminescence.
I don't think that even a professional photographer could capture the beauty and the mystery of the bioluminescent lagoon at night.
This is a must do for anyone going to Puerto Rico.
The only thing that I would strongly recommend is try to get with a smaller group. We had a total of 7 people (including 2 kids) in our tour group and it was great. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable, and with such a small group was able to take his time and answer everyones questions. Some of the groups I saw had 30 - 50 people in them.
Taking this ride was one of the best experience of my life, I have never seen anything like this. There are no words to discribe the feel of seeing the wonderful things in life. Just siting in total darkness contemplating the bioluminicent lagoon and a sky full of stars just make you think how lucky you are to be there.
This tour was more than i could ask for! kayaking through the bay into the canal, seeing all the mangroves and lizards/wildlife. Our tour guide was very informative on the ecosystem of the area. Very Interesting! The canal opened up to an absolutely BEAUTIFUL lagoon.
We patiently waited til the sun went down and it was truely amazing to see the bioluminescent organisms! We got to get in the water and have it glow with each movement. Definately something you have to experience for yourself. Once in a lifetime thing! Too bad pictures didn't turn out!!
A must see!
This tour starts out paddling in the ocean near the shore and goes down a river surrounded by mangrove trees with sleeping iguanas. Soon, everytime your paddle hits the water, there is a burst of sparkly light. When you get to the bay, you can go swimming in the water--like liquid fireworks! I planned not to swim, but in the end said what the heck, stripped off my clothes and jumped in. The paddle back is with the current, much easier than going in. They even have drinks and snacks waiting for you when you get back. It was the experience of a lifetime; a great value for the money ($45pp). Too bad there is no good way to take photos. You just have to experience it yourself.
This was the best excursion I ever had in San Juan. We signed up for the tour from our the travel desk in our hotel.
The experience was out of this world. I've never been kayaking before, but our tour group consisted mostly of beginners. Our tour guide was patient with us, as my friend and I tried to get the hang of kayaking. As we were kayaking, I would see fish with bioluminescence swimming by. We were also able to swim in the lagoon. Imagine treading in bioluminescent water...
The only downside was that we could not bring cameras. You basically get wet. My waterproof camera did not have a flash. Regardless, I love telling this story to my friends.
We Kayaked down a short canal to a lagoon; the bioluminescence starts showing up as you're approaching the lagoon. Imagine glowing trails coming from your hands as you move them through the water. If you hold your arms still, the plankton look like sparkling little stars due to water moving around the hairs on your arms.
Our tour guide, Robert, gave us quite a lot of information on the area and the science behind the phenomenon. He was very well informed and a joy to be around.
The most fun is jumping off the kayak into the lagoon and having the glowing and sparking all over as you move through the water.
Time goes by quickly (though you've really spent more time than you think....) and you kayak back to the dock where WATER (you're really thirsty due to the salt water..) and refreshments await.