San Juan

Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Adventure Tour from San Juan

San Juan, Caribbean
Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Adventure Tour from San Juan

From $99.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 6 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Kayak through the waters of Laguna Grande, a stunning bioluminescent lagoon, during this half-day tour from San Juan. Watch the glowing organisms in the water light up as your kayak slides through the water. Paddle through stands of mangrove trees and watch small fish dart through the water underneath your boat like shooting stars. Stop for a break with snacks and refreshments before heading back to your starting point. Use of all kayaking equipment and round-trip hotel transfers are included.
  • Kayak through the waters of Laguna Grande—a bioluminescent lagoon
  • Watch the glowing organisms in the water light up as your kayak slices through the water
  • Paddle through stands of mangrove trees and watch small fish dart through the water underneath your boat like shooting stars
  • Stop for a break with snacks and refreshments before heading back to your starting point

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (within the San Juan area)
  • 2-seater kayaks and equipment
  • Kayaking orientation and instructions
  • Commentary of the surrounding area and its Flora and Fauna.
  • Light Snacks
  • Ice cold bottled water
  • Gratuities
  • Additional transfer fee to towns outside of San Juan/Metro area such as Rio Grande, Luquillo, Fajardo and Dorado will apply; please contact us for more information.

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

03:30 PM

Pickup details

Complimentary pick up only in selected areas of San Juan: Old San Juan, Condado, Isla Verde, Miramar and Ocean Park. Meeting point available in Luquillo and Fajardo. Exact pick up time will be provided the day prior to the tour.

What To Expect

Laguna Grande

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Maximum weight to participate is 250 pounds (113 kg) per person.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Pregnant women, persons with recent surgeries, past injuries or back problems cannot participate on this tour. Bear in mind each participant must be capable of paddling on their own and will be sitting on the same position for about 2 hours.
  • Minimum age to participate is 7 years. Participants cannot be afraid of the dark as you will be kayaking thru pitch black areas.
  • You will get wet, it is recommended that you wear bathing suit underneath, bring a towel and extra clothes for after the tour.
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: contact phone number or email, ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time. No refunds will be authorized due to failure to communicate correct information.
  • Meeting time: Times might change depending the season and your hotel location. If so we will contact you in advance.
  • Please Note: During the months of November, December and January, bioluminescence may be poor due to cooler temperatures.
  • 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 of the bioluminescence. In the event of this happening alternate methods such as the use of a tarp will be incorporated in order to appreciate it.
  • This tour does not includes a stop to eat.
  • 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.
  • Published starting time is only an estimate. Exact pick up time will be provided the DAY PRIOR to your tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Bus will wait only 5 minutes after your assigned pick up time. No refunds will be issued if you miss your pick up.
  • Failure to provide correct weight or hotel/lodging/cruise information 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.
  • Tours will NOT be cancelled if it’s raining. It is still safe and the water will still glow under the rain. If the tour needs to be cancelled for severe weather conditions the Company will contact the client.
  • Bespoke LM Reserves the Right of Admission - If a person appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, not following COVID19 protocols or not dressed appropriately (due safety) 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.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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Featured review
Kayaking through the mangrove forest, viewing the plankton and seeing the illumination was absolutely gorgeous. . Tour guides were friendly, courteous and patient and entertaining. We definitely recommend Bespoke


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Viator's poor communication.
Charles_N, Aug 2023
We were unable to go due to Viator confirming pickup at 3:30 pm. Then the tour operator notifying us that morning of a 6:00 pm pickup.
Javier_R, Aug 2023
Excellent tourist and local experience in a full moon night. You can see El Yunque and the Sunsets. .
Very well worth it!
Chris_P, Jul 2023
Kayaking through the mangrove forest, viewing the plankton and seeing the illumination was absolutely gorgeous. . Tour guides were friendly, courteous and patient and entertaining. We definitely recommend Bespoke
Playing in the stars
Vanessa_B, Jul 2023
Great time, The bio bays are a fascinating phenomena! This tour was well put together. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable.
Unique experience but can be organized better!
YiuWa_T, Jul 2023
The tour bus can be a little bit cleaner. The seatbelt smells. The kayak part is very unique experience cannot find anywhere else, but chaotic with other groups coming and getting back in total darkness.
DO NOT recommend
Christina_D, Jul 2023
I have done an excursion like this in Fajardo and had a wonderful experience, but this tour was the worst. Started out with a super early pick up when this tour is meant to be done when it is dark. Pick up was 3:40pm. We were taken to another bus to continue to pick up other guests as well, which made no sense. The second bus smelled and had wet seats from the previous tour. Once we arrived, we had to wait around until 630pm (sun still hadn't set) to actually start the briefing for the tour. We paddled out to the lagoon through very narrow mangroves. Once at the lagoon, we were told to kayak and have fun while the tour guides hung around by themselves. We were told they would call out to us when to return to where they were. WTH? When the sun finally set, they instructed us to paddle up to them, they tied all our kayaks together and asked to put a tarp over us to see the bioluminescence. Seriously? They blamed light pollution and storms for the inability to see without the tarp. Sorry but no. There was still light from the setting sun. This tour was too early for the type of experience. After the whole tarp thing, they told us to paddle back through strong currents. People were getting stuck left and right and there were no guides around to help you back after you got halfway through the mangroves. That is not ok. What made matters even worse was that we arrived back to their briefing point to see one of OUR guides giving another group instructions for their tour. He should have been out there helping us to get back. This tour is NOT worth $99 per person. I would not recommend. If you do this type of tour, wear long sleeves, pants and bug spray. I saw so many with horrible bug bites when we returned.
Check it off your list
Terri_R, Jul 2023
If you've never been kayaking Hopefully you're coordinated. It's requires that at the least. Or a good partner. Was fun. And the kayak path was need. It was interesting kayaking back in the door. But Def an experience. Don't ruin the experience and try and take pics at night. The flash is too bright. And you probably won't capture much anyways. The guides were great. Very nice and helpful!!
Garbage tour!
Jeffrey_A, Jul 2023
No stars! This is a scam. They weigh you and if a pound over they take your money and don’t allow you on the tour. A great way to rob you of your money legally. The tour is also only 2 hours not 6 hours as advertised. They are rude and very unprofessional with very poor customer support and service. Hate this company!
Hard work, fun, could be better
Fazlul_Z, Jul 2023
It was a fun activity, however two things could have made it better. 1. Lamps/lights for each kayak so you can see where you are going and dodge tree branches. 2. It would have been cool if the your guides have some sort of remote control mini sub or water agitators to trigger the bioluminescence. Both those things would make the journey to the lagoon and back better/safer and allow us to experience the phenomenon more.
The trip through the...
Sheila_W, May 2023
The trip through the mangroves was spectacular at night and being in the bay under the stars was an amazing experience.
Starry skies
Maria_K, May 2023
It was fun to kayak at night, seeing the stars and constellations and experiencing a bioluminescent bay for the first time
ChrisKaine, Apr 2023
The Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Adventure Tour was terrific. The guides were amazing and very helpful with such a big group. I would recommend this excursion to anyone looking for something fun to do
Such a cool experience
Kelly_S, Feb 2023
Truly enjoyed this trip. From the cool calmness of the mangrove kayaking to the awesomeness of this natural phenomena in the bay. My only cautionary comment, my phone did not update to the local time so I almost missed my pick up.
Goo kayaking, long trip
Daniel_M, Feb 2023
Kayak was a mile each way. Was very congested with groups coming opposite direction through mangroves. 80 minute Kayak was fun. With traffic and logistics trip was 6 hours from condado. Bioluminescent is more faint than had thought and need water motion to see.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for your fair review Daniel. As we try to explain on the description, this natural phenomenon can vary drastically without any previous notice. Being such popular attraction, it can get congested since there is only one way in,and one way out.
Great experience!
Kathy_T, Feb 2023
I'm 73 and my sister is 65 so I was a little hesitant to do this tour but I wanted to see the Bioluminescent phenomenon. I'm so glad we did! Our driver picked us up promptly at our hotel (AC Marriott) and bus ride was a little long but interesting. Once there, the staff helped everyone with life jackets and got us all into Kayaks. We did fine with the paddling but fell behind and there was another group following us. So they tied our kayak along with another one and pulled us thru the Mangrove river. The bioluminescence was apparent with the tarp over us and was so cool. I'm so glad we went!
Don’t Do This Tour Through Viator
P_W, Jan 2023
When I booked this tour I called and had them put notes on my account that we were coming in on a cruise and I did not know if I would have cell phone service. Sure enough, no service. When we arrived in San Juan we promptly got off the ship and searched for these clowns for almost 45 minutes. After that I called VIATOR asking where they were. I was told they made multiple attempts to contact me and they came 15 minutes early. We weren’t there so they marked us as no shows and refused us a refund. Went back through my credit card company for paid services not rendered. I wonder how many other people they’ve tried to rip off in this fashion. Just don’t do it!!! Book local and bypass this Company. You will be much better off. If I could give zero stars I would.
Good, not great.
Ronald_G, Jan 2023
Kayaking and stargazing was the best part. The bioluminescent water was barely visible - not at all what we expected. The organizers need to allow time to get food afterward. There are restaurants at the location but no time to eat. Or at an least stop for fast food.
Well organized and...
Judith_G, Jan 2023
Well organized and knowledgeable guides. Felt safe and no experience necessary. Snack was a bag of chips at the end.
The guides were great and...
Matthew_D, Jan 2023
The guides were great and the transportation was very prompt and swift. I definitely would recommend
Awesome experience!
Ashima_M, Dec 2022
Very friendly staff. The bay wasn’t that bioluminescent but the kayaking experience was fun! Staff really helped though and was very funny. Assured safety for everyone!

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