LOCATION: Fajardo, Puerto Rico
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.
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.
We took kayaks into a very small channel with over hanging tress.
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.
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