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How to Visit a Bioluminescent Bay in Puerto Rico

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There are only a couple places in the world you can… get lit.

By Vanita Salisbury

Updated on 4/19/2022 at 5:34 PM

The water is jet-black, but under the surface, there’s evidence of magic. Run your fingers through it and it comes alive, shimmering like blue-green stars. Lift your hand up and it glitters: They say humans are made of stardust and here it could be true. Above, the moon hides behind clouds, but it’s better this way: a bright beam from above would only ruin the luminous effect. 

This is what it’s like to glide through a bioluminescent bay: rare ecosystems that occur when microscopic organisms called dinoflagellates converge in the thousands per gallon. When agitated they glow in the dark, turning a tropical night into something out of a science fiction movie.

They say humans are made of stardust and here it could be true.

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These sparkling ecosystems only occur in a handful of sites around the world, usually in warm water with narrow access to the open seas. One is the famous emerald waters of Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, designated a UNESCO World heritage site in 1994. Another is Luminous Lagoon, in the marshlands of Jamaica.

And there are three—count ‘em, three!—bioluminescent bays located in Puerto Rico. Which means that with a mere 2.5-hour flight from Miami you can experience this natural nighttime phenomenon in person.

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Where to find bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico 

The first of the three bioluminescent bays is Mosquito Bay located on Vieques, a tiny island seven miles off the southeast coast of the main island. This is the most sought-after bioluminescent bay experience as it’s traditionally the brightest of the bunch (declared so by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2006). Visiting the waters of Vieques usually requires an overnight stay, as the ferry stops running early evenings. 

Near the town of Fajardo on the northeast tip of the main island, a visit to Laguna Grande lets you traverse through mangroves, partially protected by the Cabezas de San Juan reserve’s coral reef. And finally, there’s La Parguera in the southwestern town of Lajas, a little over a two-hour drive from San Juan. The region has yet to be tapped by the tourism throngs, which means its quiet natural wonders and abundant wildlife are largely undisturbed.

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And then there’s La Parguera: the only bioluminescent bay where it’s legal to swim in the country (but not the world; apparently you can jump right on into Jamaica’s lagoon).  

Why can you swim here and not the others? “La Parguera is the most open to the ocean,” says Percy Rier of Kayaking Puerto Rico, which guides tours out to the Laguna Grande Bio Bay. “Therefore it has a more complete exchange of water.” That helps keep this shallow bay clean by flushing out harmful chemicals like insect repellent, sunblock, perfumes, and oils. It also filters out the sediment kicked up by hundreds of nightly guests, which would otherwise affect the microorganisms’ glow power.

Dinoflagellates need clear waters to do their thing. “Because of the slower exchange of water in Vieques and Laguna Grande,” Percy explains, “the sedimentation will stay in the same place for longer periods of time.” Which is why tourist activity in Mosquito Bay and Laguna Grande is limited to boat or kayak excursions, including clear-bottomed options.

Dinoflagellate count is fragile: In all three of Puerto Rico’s bays, it dipped dramatically after Hurricane Maria in late 2017. Laguna Grande is still lagging in numbers but Mosquito Bay and La Parguera have fully recovered, with locals reporting the bays even brighter than before.

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What to know before swimming in La Parguera 

A number of local tour groups like Rincon Vacations and Alelí Tours will take you out to kayak, swim, or even snorkel in the bay, or you can rent your own kayak and go at it solo. Before you go, skip the sunscreen, lotion, perfume, and anything else chemically that could harm the dinoflagellate ecosystem. If you use bug spray, opt for DEET-free.

The timing of your tour is also crucial: You want it as dark as possible. Try to snag the latest available time slot, and avoid visiting during a full or near-full moon (they recommend the New Moon phase).  

Overcome the mental hurdle of jumping into opaque black water, and dive in. Splash as much as possible to activate the enchanting blue-green sparks. Most importantly, take mental pictures—after tonight, this bucket list experience only resides in your memory. Bioluminescent bays are very much unphotographable—most of the photos you see online are photoshopped.

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What to do near La Parguera

The bay is enchanting for sure, but there’s more to see in this Southwest region. Far away from the resorts and touristy San Juan, here you can get a taste of what living on the island is really like.

So make a trip of it: Miles of coastline offer gorgeous secluded beaches, while the pink salt flats of the Cabo Rojo wildlife refuge are not only visually stunning, but an important stop over for migratory birds in the Eastern Caribbean. The town of La Parguera is a fishing village turned nightlife destination, with a waterfront boardwalk lined with food, games, tropical cocktails, local artisans, and a much-used outdoor stage. And caffeine fiends can explore the thriving coffee industry of Yauco, known as El Pueblo del Café (Coffee Town), as well as a really cool mural project Yaucromatic that celebrates the community and Puerto Rican history.

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An Ultimate Guide to Puerto Rico’s Bioluminescent Bays

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Table of Content

About Bioluminescent Bays

Which PR Bio Bay to Visit?

What Is It Like to See the Bay?

Should You Swim in the Bay?

Tips for Booking a Trip

How to Photograph the Bay

Bioluminescent Bay FAQs

People visit Puerto Rico for many reasons, its beautiful silver beaches, breathtaking underwater world, delightful Caribbean cuisines, and the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world — Mosquito Bay, located on the southern shore of Vieques.

In this post, we will share everything you need to know about this bucket list destination and tips on how to capture it with your own camera(s)!

The water glows at Vieques’s Bay, Puerto Rico. Photo by Isabella Miller

Facts About Bioluminescent Bays

  • 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.

  • You might be wondering, what causes the waters to light up? It is the hundreds of thousands of single-celled microorganisms called dinoflagellates, which will glow briefly, usually in a neon blue color, whenever they are disturbed.

  • You can find bioluminescent dinoflagellates in the ocean as well. But it’s so rare for them to be present in concentrations high enough for them to be noticeable. Also, the surroundings need to be free of light pollutions.

    On average, there are about 700,000 of Pyrodinium bahamense per gallon of water in Vieques’s bay. The brightest areas are often the waters surrounded by groves of red mangrove trees, as their leaves provide the perfect nutrient-rich habitat for these plankton to grow.

  • Despite the name “Mosquito Bay”, this famous Puerto Rico attraction isn’t named after the bloodsuckers but El Mosquito, a small ship owned by pirate Roberto Cofresí. So next time when you visit, you don’t need to douse yourself in insect repellent, which can harm the dinoflagellates.

  • Unfortunately, capturing these bioluminescent waters is extremely difficult, but that hasn’t stopped many seasoned photographers from trying. With the right gears that are waterproof as well as performing well in low-light conditions, it is possible to go home with fantastic imagery.

  • To no one’s surprise, the best time to visit any bioluminescent bays is at night, especially when there’s little or no moonlight shining down.

Which Bio Bay in Puerto Rico is the Best to Visit?

There are three bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico: Mosquito Bay, Laguna Grande, and La Parguera. Each has its own unique vibe and always take a grin of salt to what you read online. From what I tell, the articles are often by tourism boards and tour companies trying to bring more business to the area.

We went to Vieques’s bay, which claims to be the brightest, and yes, it is stunning, but I have heard from people who went to La Parguera, supposedly the darkest of the bays due to over boating, experienced a spectacular light show and zero boats.

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. But like mentioned above, swimming in bio bays can harm the organism that light up the waters, so to minimize the impact, be sure to wash off any lotions, sunscreen, perfume, insect repellent, shampoo and other chemicals that coat your bodies.

Another factor to consider is distance. Though the Puerto Rico island isn’t big, it will take you a few hours to get to one side from the other. If you want to have the best viewing experience, we recommend heading to the east of the main island, Farjado the day before and go to Vieques.

What Is It Like to See the Bioluminescent Bay?

You’d never want to leave Vieques without visiting the Bioluminescent Bay. It will be a magical, priceless memory to have for a lifetime.

The best way to see the glowing water is to book a tour and during the new moon or half-moon phase. We highly recommend this one from Kayaking Puerto Rico, which runs twice per night, at 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM. The pickup location is Trade Winds Guest House, which is on the way to Black Sand Beach.

Upon arriving, the tour guide separated us into small groups, handed out life jackets and paddles, and helped us get on the kayak by the shore. Then, off you go! When you sail to the middle of the bay, play with the water and see millions of “stars” (microscopic organisms that release heat when agitated) in a stunning blue-white glow, running through your fingers and scattering with every splash you make.

Nobody can resist the temptation not to grab the camera and capture this beautiful moment, which, however, is extremely difficult and requires professional photography skills.

What Is It Like to Swim in the Glowing Waters of a Bio Bay?

When still, the water at the Vieques’s Bay was pitch dark with barely any light. But, as we sailed away from the shore, the wake behind our kayak started to sparkle. We laughed and plunged our hands into the water as we sped along, the spray throwing up sparks that danced in the darkness.

Upon sailing to the middle of the bay, we put on our goggles and jumped into the water. And instantly, our fears of the nighttime ocean were forgotten — the water glowed with every movement we made. It almost felt like we were swimming through a galaxy of twinkling stars with a whole universe of stars above us.

We raised our arms out of the water and watched the glowing stars as they dripped from our skin. It was a paradise unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, and I only hope that someday I’m lucky enough to experience it again.

If you plunge your head into the water, it will remind you of the few seconds as you dash through the Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom.

Should You Swim in a Bio Bay?

Yes, you should, and I did. It is one of the most magical and beautiful moments in my life. However, there are some ethical and environmental concerns to consider when swimming at the bioluminescent bay. You probably will get some side-eye if you share the story of swimming in the bio bay with your environment-conscious friends.

Actually, to protect the bays, laws have been passed to ban swimming in the bay, though you’re still allowed to dip your hands and feet in the water from your boat.

In recent years, marine scientists and puerto ricans have noticed that the overall brightness of the bays in Puerto Rico has dimmed, which is believed to have something to do with the unprecedented influx of visitors. The oils of human skin and hair, along with all the lotions, sunscreen, perfume, insect repellent, shampoo, and other chemicals seem to have detrimental effect on the organism that light up the waters.

However, many other structural factors can cause the brightness of the bay to vary from years to years, months to months, and even days to days. These glowing organisms are also present in the ocean, but it’s rare for them to concentrate to be noticeable.

But, it is a different story in the more confined bio bays, where unique ecological conditions can trap the organism inside the bay. Over time, the concentration increases, and bioluminescent bay forms.

Therefore, the ecological conditions are more critical and need to be present for the microorganisms to get stuck there in the first place. For instance, if the giant ring of mangrove trees in Vieques’s Bay, which keeps the sand bars protecting the bay in place, are ripped out in a storm, the bio bay will be lost as well.

That said, don’t feel guilty if you plan to swim at the bioluminescent bay, and as long as you wash off any chemicals that coat your body before you take the plunge and be mindful of the ecological conditions, you will be very fine.

Tips for Booking a Trip to the Bioluminescent Bay

  • Check out if the moon is in its lunar cycle. 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.

  • Call ahead to see how bright the bio bay has been. Besides external factors like the darkness of the night, the visibility and brightness of the bay depend on the concentration of dinoflagellates in the water, which fluctuate greatly due to storms, tides, season, temperature, etc. So call ahead and get a better sense of how the bay has been lately and when will be the best time to go.

  • Request the latest available time slot, or ask if you can go at a time when the bay is likely to be empty. This is important if you want to swim in the bay, which is more peaceful and magical, with nothing around, but your boat captain and your friends.

  • Shop around. Don’t rush to book the first tour you see on TripAdvisor. Not all bioluminescent bay tours are created equal. Some are shorter, and some are longer. Some take you out on a boat, while others are kayaking tours. Some also cost more or less than others. You can find prices anything from $120 to $49 or more per person.

    Also, not all boat tours allow you to swim in the bay. So, if this is what interests you the most, be sure to double-check if swimming is involved in the tour before clicking the “Check Out” button!

How to Photograph the Bioluminescent Bay

Though it is challenging to capture these beautiful glowing waters, with the right gears and photography tricks, it is still possible to leave with fantastic imageries.

Like what you would do to capture the northern lights, tips for long exposure and low light photography apply here. That means you need to open the aperture up as much as possible and use a high ISO and expose for 10 seconds or more.

You can start with a relatively quick long-exposure of about 5 seconds and then balance exposure time and ISO to ensure the final result is clean and colorful. You’ll also want to shoot in RAW so you can get all the image information captured by the camera’s sensor, along with all the metadata. Also, this image file allows you to make many different edits without any loss in quality.

To summarize and a few tips to bear in mind!

  1. Test with different long exposure times and use a high ISO setting and a wide aperture of f/2.8 (or as low as you can go) to allow as much light to come through and hit the sensor. For instance, we varied our ISO and aperture settings between f/5.6 at ISO 6400 and f/3. 5 at ISO 2500.

  2. In terms of white balance, you can easily handle it in Lightroom or other editing softwares and don’t worry about getting it right on the spot.

  3. Use manual focus as autofocus will struggle to find the subject in the darkness of the night.

  4. Use a tripod, and allow it time to settle if you’re on soft sand.

  5. It’s also useful to have a shutter release cable to prevent jarring the camera at the beginning of the exposure. You can also achieve it by using a delayed shutter release or locking up the mirror before the exposure if you’re using an SLR camera.

  6. Video is much less demanding of individual frame quality than still pictures are. Therefore, you can shoot at higher sensitivity, and even handhold your camera while filming.

  7. Be creative with your photo compositions! Try shooting from very low angles, instead of head height or include the starry sky if you want more varieties in your photos.

FAQs About Puerto Rico’s Bioluminescent Bays

  • Not, you can’t go to the bio bay unless you have permits (please note that motorboats aren’t allowed here). Also, every person going to the bay has to pay a $ 3 fee for the Natural Resource Department. However, we do recommend going with an experienced tour guide who will ensure your safety and point you to the brightest spots.

  • Clothing that you don’t mind getting wet. You can wear a bathing suit and shorts, with a loose-fitting top or rash guard. Water shoes or flip flops are also recommended. If you don’t want to go home with a ton of mosquito bites, also bring the bug spray!

  • 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. However, to protect the Pyrodinium bahamense that light up the waters, be sure to wash off any lotions, sunscreen, perfume, insect repellent, shampoo, and other chemicals before you take the plunge.

  • The best time to see the bioluminescent is when the night is the darkest, which usually falls in five days after the full moon in warm summer months, from mid-May through early October.

  • Yes, both hurricanes just made some trees and branches fall down.

  • After the hurricane María and days of rain, the brightness of these bays was reduced to 1 — 5 out of 10. We went to see the bay in 2019, a year after the hurricane, and the visibility is perfect. Our tour guide told us that this disaster actually brought in more organisms, and the bays have never been brighter.

  • The hurricanes didn’t do much damage to the area except for taking out a few branches and mangroves, which are now back on track and healthy.

Alright, this is pretty much everything you need to know about Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bays. We hope you’ve enjoyed this post and know which to visit and how to capture that beautiful moment with your camera(s).

Whether this is your first time or not, sailing out on a kayak under a starry sky and seeing the millions of sparkles as they swim through your fingers is a must here.

If you’re looking for other fun things to do in Puerto Rico, check out this guide, which details great sites like Old San Juan, rainforests, beautiful beaches along the coast of Puerto Rico, and more!

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Bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico shorted

One of the bioluminescent reservoirs in Puerto Rico «brimmed», it went out and lit up again.

There are three bioluminescent bodies of water in Puerto Rico: Mosquito Bay (Bahia de Mosquito) in the southeast, La Parguera (La Parguera) in the southwest and Laguna Grande (Laguna Grande) in the northeast of the country. At night, their water emits a blue and green glow. This happens due to the presence in the water of millions of unicellular organisms — dinoflagellates capable of photosynthesis.

In general, bioluminescence is not a rare phenomenon for warm seas, but in the waters of Puerto Rico the concentration of microorganisms is especially high. And if in other places the glow can be seen (or not seen), then in this Latin American country, Mosquito Bay, La Parguera and Laguna Grande glow almost always, and sometimes so brightly that you can even read a book next to the water.

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Unfortunately, these natural attractions suffer from the violation of the ecological balance and the results of human activity. From time to time, bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico become noticeably dimmer or go out completely. Local authorities are trying to take some measures to save them, but since the reasons for the extinction are not exactly known, measures are also taken “by touch”.

From time immemorial, the local population has worshiped luminous water, believing that this is a good sign from the deities. And the Europeans learned about the bioluminescent bays of Puerto Rico in the 17th century: the Spanish missionaries, who discovered Laguna Grande on their way, described it as a “meeting with the devil” — they could not explain the glow of the water in any other way. A small channel was built that cut off the lagoon from the ocean, which, in turn, only increased the luminescent properties of the reservoir.

Now there are thousands of tourists here, and, first of all, it is they who cause significant damage to the lagoon. Previously, the use of motor boats was limited here, since the fuel kills microorganisms that live in the water. But dinoflagellates are very sensitive to any chemicals, including deodorants and sunscreens on the skin of swimmers. There are other factors that can extinguish the luminous reservoir: deforestation of mangroves, heavy rains, and so on.

This autumn, Laguna Grande suddenly and completely went out. The main culprit was considered to be a water treatment plant under construction nearby (ironically, it was its construction that was conceived in order to protect the Laguna Grande ecosystem).

The last time Laguna Grande went out ten years ago, and then it took her several months to recover. Now the situation is a little better: the reservoir lit up again a few weeks later, and again did it on its own: the authorities did not manage to take any specific environmental measures to save it.

Scientists continue to investigate the reasons for this behavior of microorganisms, continuing to recommend that local authorities seriously take up the protection of Laguna Grande.

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Having read about the luminous biobay on Vieques Island, we decided to see this beauty before the cruise from San Juan. The night was dark, the lights were a little distracted from the houses set up near the bay. . Under the bottom of the boat and when you move the water with your hand, then just large beads flashed. And we were in the Philippines a month ago and saw the same thing when we sailed to the Firefly Show. The cost of the tour is $ 50, if in cash, and if by card, then $56

Vieques

July 2016

Vacationers on the island of Vieques are advised to take an excursion to Mosquito Bay, canoeing with luminous fish. This night entertainment may seem quite extreme. But coming here from the main island of Puerto Rico just for the sake of this excursion is definitely not worth it.

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Lydia V

Naryan-Mar, Russia18 publications

Disappointed.

Jan. 2018 • For two

After reading about the luminous biobay on the island of Vieques, we decided to see this beauty before the cruise from San Juan. The night was dark, the lights were a little distracted from the houses set up near the bay. we didn’t see. Under the bottom of the boat and when you move the water with your hand, then just large beads flashed. And we were in the Philippines a month ago and saw the same thing when we sailed to the Firefly Show. The cost of the tour is $ 50, if in cash, and if by card, then $56

Published February 11, 2018

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Tatyana G

Russia341 Publication

Vieques

July 2016 • For two

Vacationers on the island of Vieques are advised to visit the excursion to Mosquito Bay, canoeing with glowing fish. This night entertainment may seem quite extreme. But coming here from the main island of Puerto Rico just for the sake of this excursion is definitely not worth it.

Published August 3, 2016

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tatiana b

Elektrostal, Russia254 publications

magic

dec. 2015 • Family vacation

We took an excursion to this mysterious place and did not regret it at all, we learned a lot of interesting things, imbued with the spirit of scientific research, nature, riddles. It is impossible to come on your own, it is a protected object of science, you cannot take pictures. The tour was on a large boat, we did not experience any difficulties. The guide was a young American with a deep love for the island. He told about interesting phenomena, about constellations, answered all questions. We could not even imagine that all the island horses, and there are quite a lot of them ownerless and wild, live for their horse pleasure. I recommend it, mysterious, interesting and beautiful!

Published December 26, 2015

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Korean-House

Moscow, Russia62 publications

Unusual

Jan. 2015 • For two

We read a lot about the satellite islands of Puerto Rico before going on a Caribbean cruise. As a result, Vieques was chosen for a day trip. There was a small risk of not guessing with time and not having time to return to Puerto for a 7-day cruise 🙂 but we took the risk. The fact is that there was little accurate information on the Internet on ferry schedules, holidays, departure times, etc. More precisely, it was, but not on English-language sites, and given the attitude of Puerto Ricans to time and accuracy, there was not much confidence. no less let us return to the description of Mosquito Bay itself: a lot depends on the moon. If it is absent, then the effect is practically invisible. The best time is the half of the full moon. $100 per person. Organization of the event — like a lot in Puerto Rico 🙂 You will be stuffed like a herring in a barrel — in a couple of ancient jeeps like the Nissan Patrol of the last century with others — specifically, 8 people rode in ours)) They will bring you in complete darkness along a dirt-clay path with cleaner bumps Russians to the shore of the lake, they will briefly instruct in a mixture of Spanish-English, you will walk barefoot on marshy soil to 3 local kayaks, while you will be warned that it is better to leave everything of value on the shore in the car in case you roll over) and in complete darkness . except for half the moon, you will swim to the middle of the lake. But it’s worth it. At first you won’t see anything. Then your eyes will gradually get used to, and if you look at the oars in the water, you will see that they glow with neon when rowing. Lower and pull your hand out of the water — thousands blue sparks will flow from the hand. And for the sake of this, everything described above is forgotten.
Taking pictures is not possible if you are not a professional photographer with expensive photographic equipment. Our $1500 Sony soapbox didn’t make it this far

Published June 30, 2015

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oks177

Moscow, Russia 2015 • Family Vacation

Tours start at 7pm and 9pm. You need to choose days when there is no moon. A very interesting glowing effect comes from contact with water due to the high concentration of certain microorganisms in it. The fish swimming in the bay also glows!

Published January 27, 2015

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Serhei

Moscow, Russia829 publications

The main attraction of Vieques!

Jan. 2014 • With friends

Enthusiastic impressions! Starting from the road to the bay, we drove a truck up to the wheels in slurry. We were late — almost at night, the sky was completely moonless and the glow effect was noticeable — however — in different places in different ways. And I was also struck by the incredible number of stars in the sky.
Tip: check the lunar calendar before planning an excursion. A completely moonless night is desirable. The camera turned out to be almost useless — it was dark, it was impossible to capture the glow, and the flash only spoiled everything. But the kayak tour itself is a great adventure! I highly recommend.

Published April 15, 2014

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Traci E

New York, NY3 publications

Great experience!!!

July 2017 • With friends

A beautiful place! I managed to see Jupiter, Little Dyer and get into the Bioluminescent Bay and burn with it

Translation: PROMT

Published August 5, 2017

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Melanie

Warrenton, Missouri, United States96 posts

Moon was too bright

Aug. 2017 • Family vacation

We went with Abe and it was a great kayaking trip, but half of the moon was too bright to appreciate the bioluminescence

Published August 3, 2017

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ace2649

San Francisco, CA35 publications

Amazing!

July 2017

We arrived at night with no moon and we could see fish and stinger beams snorkeling under our kayak. It was truly amazing.

Published July 31, 2017

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cistimadama

North Carolina124 publications 2017 • For two

fantastic experience. magical open-air bay. went there with interesting brothers. one of the best I’ve tried in PR

Published July 31, 2017

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