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A Boat Trip into La Parguera Biobay

September 28th, 2009

…uito Bay in Vieques, Laguna Grande in the north-east in Fajardo, and La Parguera in the south-west in Lajas. The biobay experience is pretty neat to see — the water glows when the microorganisms in it are agitated. It is said that the Vieques biobay is the healthiest & brightest (with the most dynoflagellates per gallon). The Fajardo biobay is the second brightest — it actually almost as bright as the Vieques biobay. Finally, ther…

BioBay Photos – Capturing the Glow

May 1st, 2011

…e been one of those people on more than one occasion. Recently, I have gotten some half-way decent photos of the biobay, and I want to share with you want I did to get them. These photos are not great, but I can tell you that they are real. How To Get Photos Like on "Biobay Tour" Web Sites We’ve all seen the photos posted on the various biobay tour web sites … A smiling model in the water. Perfectly illuminated. Perfectly…

Experience Mosquito Bay in a Kayak

March 30th, 2014

8/2/14 Great news- the biobay on Vieques has made a great recovery! They have lifted the restrictions, so the bay is now open 7 days a week and permitted tour companies are running tours at their full size. Enjoy! There are only a few bio-luminescent bays left in the world, and Puerto Rico is fortunate enough to have three of them. The biobays in Puerto Rico are Laguana Grande in Fajardo, Mosquito Bay in Vieques, and La Parguera in Lajas &md…

La Parguera at Sunset – Magical Snorkel and BioBay

December 4th, 2011

…mdash; clear blue water, green mangrove islands, colorful sunsets, and later, after dark, the sparkling Parguera Biobay lagoon water and thousands of stars above. We recently did a sunset snorkel and biobay tour with Paradise Scuba & Snorkeling and it was an enjoyable end to a great day. La Parguera is located on the southwest coast of Puerto Rico, in the town of Lajas. It is a nature and ocean lover’s paradise, and offers opportunities…

Visit the Vieques Biobay Without Staying the Night

April 2nd, 2008

February 2015 – Currently this tour is not available. They are awaiting paperwork, so this could change at any minute. Call and double check for your dates! And let me know if they start again please! August 18, 2011 – Tour operators are not allowed to have guests swim in Mosquito Bay on Vieques….

Laguna Grande: Fajardo’s Bio Bay Revisited

August 13th, 2008

…low in the dark when disturbed). These are fragile environments that can easily be ruined and lost forever. The biobay in Lajas has had so much boat traffic and pollution over the years and it isn’t healthy now as it once was. It hardly glows anymore. Reducing Man’s Impact The last time we were in Laguna Grande in Fajardo was back in 2003. Over the years, the health (brightness) of the biobay was diminishing due to the impact of hu…

Visit the Fajardo BioBay in an Electric Boat

December 13th, 2009

Puerto Rico is blessed with a natural phenomenon that is found in only a few other places on earth — it has 3 year-round bioluminescent bays (or BioBays). There is La Parguera in Lajas in the south-west of Puerto Rico, Mosquito Bay on Vieques and, the most visited one, Laguna Grande in Fajardo in the north-east of Puerto Rico. I am so happy to say that there is now an eco-friendly way to visit Laguna Grande without having to kayak or walk…

40 Things to do in Northeast Puerto Rico

August 17th, 2009

…d — hire a local boat to take you to Icacos for the day Go hang gliding on the south side of El Yunque. A Biobay is a must-do at Night If you’re heading to the northeast, one thing that I really like above all others is a trip to a biobay. You need to take the moon into consideration (we have this handy biobay/moon calendar that shows the best nights) because a bright moon washes out the glow of the biobay. If the moon is favorable,…

Best Night to Do the Biobay Depends on the Moon

March 18th, 2008

…e sure to have an experience that you will never forget. In case you want to try to capture some memories of the biobay in pictures, we’ve written a primer for taking photos in the biobay. Note that you’ll need a camera with lots of manual settings — you’ll need to be able to control the length of exposure, the aperture setting (f-stop), and the ISO/ASA film speed setting. The health of the biobays is measured by the numbe…

Bio-Bay in Fajardo by Kayak – A Sparkling Experience

April 7th, 2007

There are three bioluminescent bays (bio-bays) in Puerto Rico. One in the SouthWest – "La Parguera", one on Vieques – "Mosquito Bay", and the one in Fajardo – "La Laguna Grande". Out of all three, Mosquito Bay is the brightest, and La Parguera is the least bright. La Laguna Grande in Fajardo is very bright, and it is convenient to do from San Juan and the main island. What Is It? A bio bay is…

Visit the Bio Bay on Foot at Las Cabezas Nature Reserve

February 8th, 2009

The bioluminescent lagoons in Puerto Rico are natural wonders that I think everyone who visits the island should see. There are 3 lagoons that have bioluminescent properties all year ’round – the one in La Parguera in Lajas, Mosquito Bay on Vieques and Laguna Grande in Fajardo. Until recently, the only way to access any of these biobays was either kayak into them or go aboard a boat. But now there is another alternative! The Fidei…

Kayak & Snorkel with your group along the Northeast Coast

May 18th, 2008

…at the dock, we all talked about the trip. It was a really enjoyable half day. We all talked about the Fajardo biobay kayak tours that they offer. I am happy to say that since the start of the "No-Swimming" policy in the Fajardo biobay, they report that the biobay is recovering well and is really glowing brightly. I highly recommend one of the BioBay tours for everyone visiting Puerto Rico as a must do. Don’t Forget Sunscr…

Rent a Boat and Visit Mangrove Cays in La Parguera

March 11th, 2012

To make the most of the Parguera area, you need to get out on the water and visit the mangrove islands and/or the biobay. In order to do this, you obviously need to have access to a kayak or a boat of some kind. One option is to rent a little skiff (or yola, as they are sometimes called here). It is a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to get around to see the mangrove cays and maybe do a little snorkeling. The Area La Parguera is a region in the t…

The Opening of the Route 66 Extension

October 1st, 2012

Traveling from the San Juan area to Rio Grande, Luquillo, and Fajardo just got a whole lot easier and faster! The second phase of Route 66 opened to traffic on 01 October 2012, and it extends Route 66 from Canovanas to Rio Grande. While the expressway itself is not much of a day trip, it will sure reduce the driving time for trips to El Yunque National Forest, beaches in Luquillo, the biobay in Fajardo, snorkel trips in Fajardo, and other easter…

Enjoy Yourself Without Breaking the Bank

March 7th, 2010

Puerto Rico has many great "selling points" to attractive visitors to our shores — beaches, forests, adventure, history, food, music and friendly locals. Being an inexpensive vacation destination is not one of the island’s strong points. However, don’t be discouraged. With some careful planning, you can have a fun-filled vacation and still remain within your budget. Lodging After airfare, lodging is usually the large…


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