Best Night to Do the Biobay Depends on the Moon

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CURRENT MOON

When you visit Puerto Rico, one of the must-do things is a trip to one of our bioluminescent bays (or bio-bays). Whether you go to Laguna Grande in Fajardo in a kayak, Laguna Grande in an electric boat, Laguna Grande on a walking tour, Mosquito Bay in Vieques, or La Parguera in Lajas, you’re 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 number of dinoflagellates per unit of water. That measure translates into how "bright" the bay will be. Mosquito Bay is the most healthy. La Parguera is the least healthy. The Department of Natural Resources has taken steps to maintain and improve the health of Laguna Grande.

In any case, the biobay is best experienced on a cloudy or moonless night. While we can’t predict if there will be clouds, we can do a pretty good job of predicting the phase of the moon and the time the moon rises and is overhead. Those are the main factors that come into play. In general, it’s best to avoid the 5 to 8 nights prior to the full moon and a day or two after.

The better bio-bay tour operators will be able to tell you in advance if the night you’ve chosen will be a good night, with regard to the phase of the moon and moonrise. Many operators will not even conduct tours on less-than-optimal nights. Others will bring a tarp to use to block out the moonlight.

To help you with your planning, we’re providing the calendar below which indicates the new and full moons, and our opinion of which nights will be better or than others.

     New Moon

     Best

     Good

     Fair

     Bad

     Full Moon

     Best Early, Good Later

     Good Early, Fair Later

     Fair Early, Bad Later

APR 2015
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MAY 2015
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31
JUN 2015
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JUL 2015
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12 13 14 15 16 17 18
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AUG 2015
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30 31
SEP 2015
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OCT 2015
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NOV 2015
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DEC 2015
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JAN 2016
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FEB 2016
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MAR 2016
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     New Moon

     Best

     Good

     Fair

     Bad

     Full Moon

     Best Early, Good Later

     Good Early, Fair Later

     Fair Early, Bad Later

Updated 28-Apr-2015 06:28am AST.

 

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