#331: Kayak a Bioluminescent Bay

See the sparkling glow around my hand?

See the sparkling glow around my hand?

LOCATION: Fajardo, Puerto Rico

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BioluminescentBay is interesting because it glows. There are only five bays or lagoons in the world, and three of them are in Puerto Rico. The glow is caused when the water is disturbed and is from a micro organism called dinoflagellate.

This is created from a number of factors which are represented in the Caribbean; Red mangroves surround the water, a lack of development is around the bay, the water is cool and deep, and a small channel keeps the organisms in the bay.

Near Bioluminescent Bay

Near Bioluminescent Bay

The particular lagoon we kayaked is the largest in Puerto Rico. Pictures showed a bright blue whenever touched so I was excited to see it.

What advertisements make the glow look like. Very deceiving!

What advertisements make the glow look like. Very deceiving!

We took kayaks into a very small channel with over hanging tress.

Looking at the entrance to Bioluminescent Bay

Looking at the entrance to Bioluminescent Bay

Considering this is easier to see at night, we kayaked completely blind in the darkness, only seeing small lights on each kayak in front of us. Once we made it to the channel, the fun began. While I couldn’t capture the glow on the camera, it did glow, however not a bright blue like the advertisements led you to believe. The glow looked more like sparklers in the water when it was disturbed. The guide placed a tarp over a group of us so we could see the light even better.

Bad picture, but the tarp so we could see the glow better

Bad picture, but the tarp so we could see the glow better

Small glow around my hand

Small glow around my hand

We were able to splash around in the “sparklers” and even splash some into the boat. I had hoped for a massive glow like in professional pictures, but it was still amazing to see. The best was seeing the oars glow in the water while kayaking around. Hopefully mankind can keep such a treasure preserved for a truly magical experience.

*Thanks Becky for accompanying me on this adventure.

WOULD I DO IT AGAIN? Absolutely! This was great!

HOW TO DO THIS: There are several companies, however I did a snorkel/bio bay combo tour for $106 through www.ecoadventurespr.com

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One thought on “#331: Kayak a Bioluminescent Bay

  1. Pingback: #328: Go to Puerto Rico | Girl vs The Bucket List

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