Don’t know what to do in Puerto Rico? Tired of strolling Old San Juan and being a beach bum all day? Try something different this time. Thanks to Yokahú Kayak Trips, my friend Katie and I experienced the night kayaking in Puerto Rico’s Bioluminescent Bay Laguna Grande in Fajardo – perhaps one of the greatest things we have ever done. Kayaking in the dark, through a tiny canal and mangrove trees is so thrilling, the emotions are hard to describe. You just got to do it once in Puerto Rico. Period.
It was our first time kaykaing and we were kind of worried about paddling in the complete darkness. Pitch-black surroundings seemed a little creepy yet really adventurous. Don’t panic yet! All kayaks had blinking lights, just enough to see your fellow kayakers without any interference to sighting the glowing waters. Just follow the lights of the kayaks in front of you. Our guide Tony – the coolest kid who knows a lot about bio bay, its structure and luminescent inhabitants. You can rest assured, the professional tour guides do their best to make you feel comfortable and enjoy the natural reserve of bioluminescence.
It took us about half an hour to paddle though the canal before we got to the bio bay – Laguna Grande. Once you’re in the canal leading to the bay, full of the glowing micro-organisms Dinoflagellates, look out for the fisherman bats jumping from mangrove trees into the water and leaving sparkly neon circles and trails. Look down the water for fish trails lighting up in streaks. Dip your hands in the water’s glitters. And even the moon was a little bit bright that night we still were able to see the luminescence.
The cost of the night kayaking in Puerto Rico’s bio bay Laguna Grande is $45 per person + $25 for transportation from and back to San Juan. All operators offer the same price. What we liked about Yokahu is that they take pictures before leaving to the bay. You don’t have to worry about bringing your camera or other expensive electronics (trust me, it will get wet!). Instead just join their Facebook page to get access to the photos. It’s once in a lifetime, five star experience – one of the best things to do in Puerto Rico.