Best Night to Do the Biobay Depends on the Moon

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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.

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     New Moon

     Best

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     Fair

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     Full Moon

     Best Early, Good Later

     Good Early, Fair Later

     Fair Early, Bad Later

Updated 06-Jul-2015 12:28pm AST.

 

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We're considering going on Dec 21 when the moon is full, but there is supposed to be a total lunar eclipse. Will this be a good day because of the eclipse or not?

Comment by Jean on 23 Oct 2010

Dec 21, 2010 is the night of the full moon. In general, this would be a bad night. Depending on the time and duration of the lunar eclipse, it may or may not be a good night to go to the biobay.

Comment by Ray on 24 Oct 2010

while I have heard that also, the night I went was a cloudless full moon night and our excursion leader @ fajardo said he had never seen the biobay so bright, and it was stunning!

Comment by Rebeca on 26 Jun 2011

http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/biobay-and-moon/#mooncalendar Why does this lunar calendar look so different from this lundar calendar http://www.moonconnection.com/moon_phases_calendar.phtml Is July 26 2013 a good night to do bioluminescent kayak tours or not?

Comment by Jeff Robinson on 23 Jul 2013

The difference is ours is a baybay viewing calendar and the other is a moon phase calendar. We take into account the time of the moon rise and how much light there is and how it will affect viewing. The 26th will be great night for the biobay. Yes there is a large moon, but it only rises at 10pm. So it won't be very bright during biobay trip times, especially not for the first trip out.

Comment by Gwenn on 24 Jul 2013

we are planning to stay a few nights in PR before our cruise departs from the island: oct 18-20, 2013. this is a full moon, and the aftermath of a full moon. would you advise to go friday (18th), saturday (19th), or will it really not be optimal viewing this time? we have waited two years to do this, and are disappointed it's during a full moon. thank you!

Comment by laura on 29 Sep 2013

Well, it is a full moon, but if you really want to do it, I would go on the first tour of the night on Saturday the 19th. The full moon rises at 6:30pm, so it will not be overhead then and maybe the trees will block some of the light. You can always hope for clouds!

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Oct 2013

thank you very much for your detailed info! it will definitely help us plan our trip. with the government shutdown, it now seems we will have more time since many things could be closed. all of this will be good to know. many thanks again!

Comment by laura on 09 Oct 2013

We're planning to the go to the trip on Dec 20. It shows "Best Early, Good Later". So when is the best time for it? As early as like 6:30?

Comment by Sylvia on 08 Nov 2013

Yes, go on the first tour of the evening, which is usually around 6:30pm.

Comment by Gwenn on 09 Nov 2013

Is Feb 7th 2014 still shaping up to be a Fair evening - our trip seems to be happening right during the poor viewing time. I didn't know how often you updated the calendars or if it is fixed. Thanks!

Comment by Susan on 13 Dec 2013

Yes, unfortunately, it will only be fair. The moon rises early in the day, so it will be directly overhead at 7:15pm. But I think they try to go toward the edges, where branches may block some moonlight. And you can always hope for a cloudy night!

Comment by Gwenn on 14 Dec 2013

Hi we are going to Vieques from the 14-17 Feb which all seem to be full moon nights. Will you guys be having bio bay tours in any of those nights? Also is the tour only offered by kayak or a small group boat - I dont know how to swim so am a bit scared of kayaking myself in the dark.

Comment by sana on 13 Jan 2014

Sana- you will have to contact the tour company to check if they go during full moons. We don't run the tours, we just report on our experience and give our opinions. Depending on the bio bay you want to visit, there are tours via kayak, electric boat (small ones in Fajardo, a larger one for Vieques), and there is even a walking tour at La Cabezas to see the bay on foot. In Parguera they still use motor boats and have them in small and large sizes.

Comment by Gwenn on 14 Jan 2014

Our trip is Feb 9-15 which is a bad time for the moon. As this seems like an incredible experience I'd like to go one night and hope for clouds! Would you recommend a certain night or time of night to go during this week? Maybe the early tour the first night Feb 9th? Or 10th? I found a tour company that uses a tent, is that effective?

Comment by Lauren on 22 Jan 2014

Yes, bad timing. Go on the 9th, it would be your best hope and/or try the company with the tarp...it has to help!

Comment by Gwenn on 23 Jan 2014

We are in the planning stages of a week long trip to Vieques in May. Our anniversary falls on the 7th, which only gives us the 5th and 6th as possible days. I would consider foregoing the actual date of our anniversary in order to get to experience the best bay viewing, but if we come later in the month, won't we be increasing our chances of rainy season ruining our trip?

Comment by Maureen on 25 Jan 2014

I was planning on going March 17, 2014... Is this a bad day to go?

Comment by Elsie on 25 Jan 2014

There will be lots of moonlight. Some companies don't go at all, some go but use tarps to block the light.

Comment by Gwenn on 28 Jan 2014

We plan a trip for March 27 2015. Can you give me any idea if the bio luminous kayak experience will be poor because of the half moon phase?

Comment by Bobbi Young on 24 Feb 2014

We believe it will be a fair night (not good or great) because of the time the moon rises. The moon will be about 60% bright and directly overhead at 7pm. :-(

Comment by Gwenn on 24 Feb 2014

May has always been one of PR's rainiest months. But you never know. Vieques gets less rain than other places in PR, so there is no telling if rain will be a problem. Pick you travel dates and hope for the best.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Mar 2014

We will be staying near Fagardo on April 7th, 8th and 9th - all bad nights as per the calendar. Would hate to not try it so when and where would you suggest? Thanks

Comment by Bernie on 23 Mar 2014

I would try the 7th in Fajardo (currently the Vieques BioBay is not sparkling well). Ask if the company uses a tarp or something to block the moon light.

Comment by Gwenn on 23 Mar 2014

We're here now. The only days available for us to take the bio bay trip are the 10th and 11th. Any advise for our best opportunity to see the bay? Thanks, Mike

Comment by Mike on 07 Apr 2014

Ouch. Well, the moon will be directly overhead at 9:16pm on the 10th. It will be 82% bright. The 11th, it will be overhead at about 10pm, but 90% bright. I guess I would say go to the 1st trip on the 10th or the 11th. You could ask if the operator uses a tarp to block some of the moonlight.

Comment by Gwenn on 07 Apr 2014

We want to do a Bio Bay tour on April 19, 2014. Will this be a good night and what company do you recommend? Thank you

Comment by Erin on 07 Apr 2014

According to the calendar, yes, the 19th is a great night to see the biobay. We have used Kayaking Puerto Rico and liked them very much.

Comment by Gwenn on 07 Apr 2014

we will arrive San Juan on 4/11 night and leave 4/19 early morning and we come to see the biobay. could you give us a recommendation on the night , the bay and the company that we should go for? we will plan the rest of our trip around this. Thank you!

Comment by june on 08 Apr 2014

The 17 or the 18th would be the best. Who you go with depends on how you want to experience it and which bay you want to go see. There is the bay in Fajardo, which can be done on a kayak, electric boat or walking, or Vieques Biobay, which has to be done with East Island Excursion (unless you want to stay on Vieques overnight). This article should help you: http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/fajardo-bio-bay/

Comment by Gwenn on 09 Apr 2014

thanks a lot. I will go on 18th. I would like to know which bio bay is brighter right now. Mosquito Bay in Vieques or Laguna Grande in Fajardo? or they are about the same after what happened to Mosquito bay.

Comment by june on 09 Apr 2014

I have heard they are about the same right now, but Mosquito Bay should continue to improve, making it brighter every day.

Comment by Gwenn on 10 Apr 2014

Our trip is May 10 - 14 which is a bad time for the moon. As this seems like an incredible experience I’d like to go one night and hope for clouds! Would you recommend a certain night or time of night to go during those 5 days? Do you recommend early tour or late tour? Thanks in advance

Comment by Joe on 30 Apr 2014

While they are all not good, if you go on the earliest tour on the 10th, the moon will be least bright. Or the earliest tour on the 13th, the moon will be lower in the sky (though brighter).

Comment by Gwenn on 01 May 2014

We are planning to go to the Biobay in Vieques Island on May 11 and stay there that night. I was told that they are currently experiencing some problems with the bay and it is about 60-75%. Is it still worth going? We want to take the Kayak tour. Thanks

Comment by Claire on 01 May 2014

Even at 60%, the Vieques biobay is the brightest around. Well worth going. However, if you mean May 11 of 2014, the moon will be really bad for viewing. I am not sure anyone goes out on bad nights, but you can call and ask. I am not sure going to any biobay when the moon is that bright and overhead is worth it.

Comment by Gwenn on 02 May 2014

We are planning to visit Puerto Rico from May 12th to May 17th and planning to go to Fajardo bio bay on May 15th, did not want to go on May 16th since it was close to the end of our trip. Do you think it is worth going to the bay on the 15th at 6pm or should we go later in the evening?

Comment by Dimple on 05 May 2014

Well...the almost fill moon will rise at about 8pm, so the first tour would be the best that night. The sky may still be very bright before it comes up, but it will probably be ok.

Comment by Gwenn on 05 May 2014

Thanks Gwenn, would you think it makes more sense to go on Friday?

Comment by Dimple on 06 May 2014

The first tour Friday would be better viewing since the moon comes up later, after the tour.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 May 2014

Thank you for posting this! I was hoping you could help us too: we are going June 8-14 (worst time for Bio Bay!) but for June 13th, this link says that moonrise is at 9:37: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/astronomy.html?n=234&month=6&year=2014&obj=moon&afl=-11&day=1. If we go on the earlier tour, will we be able to see the bay light up, since the moon rises later?

Comment by Katerina on 20 May 2014

You need to change the location to San Juan for the moonrise chart. So on June 13th, the full moon will rise 7:39pm. The fist tour would be pretty good that night since the moon will be lower in the sky.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 May 2014

Hi Gwenn, thanks for posting this. We are planning to go to Vieques on July 5th or 6th. Is that a bad time?

Comment by Steven on 27 May 2014

It is not the best for viewing- call ahead to make sure they are going out those nights (some don't go if the moon isn't right). The 5th is better than the 6th.

Comment by Gwenn on 27 May 2014

Hi, I want to book a tour for the 6/7 or 6/9 this coming week. The calendar says that those days are bad for viewing, but out of those two dates which one is the better day to do it?

Comment by Sarah on 03 Jun 2014

Go on the first (early- around 6:30-7pm)) trip on the 7th.

Comment by Gwenn on 03 Jun 2014

Hi, I wanted to book for June18th or 19th on the electric boat since I am not an experienced kayaker. What time would be best and how far are you from the airport?

Comment by Seema on 12 Jun 2014

I hope you were able to call them directly and get a reservations. They sell out quickly.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Jun 2014

We are coming to Puerto Rico on July 7 - July 12. I have looked at the moon calendar and it is showing bad for viewing. I'm so disappointed, any suggestions? Thanks!

Comment by Julie on 22 Jun 2014

We kayaked Fajardo in 2008 and loved it so much we want to take my motherinlaw. We will be cruising so our dates are limited to Saturday. 7/12 or Sunday 7/20. Wanted to walk into Laguna grande but it appears they are closed Sunday. Mom is 78 so we considered electric boat, but they are not offering July tours on website. Emailed captain Suarez but no response. Any suggestions? We really want to do it Sunday so we can show mom osj Sunday morning and stick to osj befor cruise departs. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

Comment by Sharon on 23 Jun 2014

For the electric boats, it is best to call them. Emails are not their thing. I believe Suarez goes out on Sunday nights. But try calling a few times if you can't get through to a person (messages are not always answered)....they are sometimes hard to get in touch with!

Comment by Gwenn on 24 Jun 2014

Try to get the first trip on the 7th, or maybe the 8th. After that the moon is brighter each night. And pray for a cloudy night!

Comment by Gwenn on 24 Jun 2014

Hi we are planning to visit PR to see the bio bay on either the second week 10-15 or third week 17-21 of November 2014. The second week is just after the full moon . Would the third week be better? Will there be a lot of rain in November? Thanks!

Comment by JoJo on 02 Aug 2014

Either week is great for viewing the bays. Rain-from my experience, we usually we get more rain starting later in Novemeber. But you can never tell with the weather! November still has a possibility of hurricanes, but it is not too likely. Choose whichever week works best for your schedule. We have a holiday in either week (Veteran's Day and then Discovery Day).

Comment by Gwenn on 02 Aug 2014

we are going to pr and staying in san juan. want to see the biolum bay but of course...full moon. we are there august 8,9,10 as our full days. which would be best or is it not even worth going to see ..(would prefer to go 9th or 10th as our first full day is 8th)? thanks

Comment by ira on 06 Aug 2014

Out of those days, the 8th is the best, and go the 1st tour possible. Moon rises at 5pm, but it is bright. But it will be closer to the horizon during the first tour.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Aug 2014

Hi! We will be in Vieques 28th of December to the 3rd of January. Other then wishing for a cloudy night (no rain of course) what would be our best bet for the bio bay? Gracias!

Comment by Stef on 07 Aug 2014

The 28th or 29th are the least bright days while you are there (28th being the better night).

Comment by Gwenn on 09 Aug 2014

Hi I will be in PR from oct 4-6,2014. Which night should is my best option? Should I take the early or late trip? Thanks in advance!

Comment by Ray on 01 Sep 2014

Hi I will be in PR from oct 4-6,2014. Which night should is my best option? Should I take the early or late trip? Thanks in advance!

Comment by Ray on 07 Sep 2014

Wow- none are going to be great. If you can get it- the first tour on the 4th would be the best. If that is not available, the first tour of those nights would be better than the later tour. Also check that the company you will use does something to block the light- maybe a tarp or something.

Comment by Gwenn on 08 Sep 2014

We are planning a trip to Fajardo, PR from Dec. 30, 2014-Jan. 6, 2015. Unfortunately, the moon will be full most of those nights. In your opinion, which date and time would be best to take a bio-bay tour?

Comment by dawn stear on 10 Sep 2014

Well, they all are not great. The first tours on the 30th or 31st or the 1st. Ask if they use tarps or something to help block the sunlight.

Comment by Gwenn on 12 Sep 2014

Best option (though they all are not good) would be 1st trip on the 4th. First trip on the 5th would be second choice.

Comment by Gwenn on 12 Sep 2014

Hi, We are visiting Nov15-22 2014. Looks like these are all great nights to see the biobay. I am wondering if there is still ant difference between these nights. Is it the later the better? We may be able to visit Vieques during our first couple nights but not sure if we should wait till later in the week.

Comment by Shenna on 13 Sep 2014

All great nights means no real difference in viewing since the moon is out during that time. Go when it is convenient for you. I would try to go to the Vieques biobay while you are there.

Comment by Gwenn on 13 Sep 2014

Hi, We are visiting pr next week september 19th. Can you tell me what times do the tours start for bio bay?

Comment by on 14 Sep 2014

You have to visit the biobay after dark. This time of year (September), it gets dark around 6:30pm ... so I imagine the first biobay tours would start out around 6pm.

Comment by Ray on 20 Sep 2014

Hi Gwenn and Ray, How are the biobays recovering this year? We are going between Nov 15-22nd. All are great nights. But we are trying to decide between taking a electric boat to Mosquito biobay or kayak at Fajardo biobay. Is the Mosquito bay much brighter than Fajardo bay this year? Thanks!

Comment by Shenna on 10 Oct 2014

The bays are back to normal. All recovered! So as long as there are no setbacks, Vieques bay is brighter than Fajardo.

Comment by Gwenn on 11 Oct 2014

Our family will have a cruise vacation and will stay in San Juan at Nov. 28, 29 and Dec 7. Unfortunately, they are not perfect days for bio bay tour but that's the best we could do. Our flight will arrive SJU at 3PM. The ferry to Vieques is on 4:30PM and 8:00PM. Is it possible for us to catch the Vieques bio bay tour on Nov 28 (the only good day)? If not, do you suggest the tour in Fajardo on Nov 28 (good day) or the tour in Vieques on Nov 29 (fair day)? The moon calendar on http://www.biobay.com/ says Dec 7 is a good day, which will be perfect for our travel plan if it is true. Do you have any suggestion on it? Thanks a lot for the help.

Comment by BIKE on 13 Oct 2014

Well, if it were me, I would do Fajardo biobay on the 28th. It is not possible to do the Vieques biobay on your own on the 28th- too rushed for time. You could check with East Island Excursions if they could get you there that night (but I think no). The 7th seems too bright to me- The moon rises at 7pm and it is 99% full brightness.

Comment by Gwenn on 14 Oct 2014

Hi Gwenn, Thanks a lot for the suggestions and we will go Fajardo biobay on Nov 28th. Is it better to have a late night tour or early night tour on that day?

Comment by BIKE on 14 Oct 2014

Early tour if you can do it, but later will be ok too.

Comment by Gwenn on 14 Oct 2014

The only time I could get off to travel was the 5th to the 8th of December. I was looking forward to the bio bay trip and now that I stumpled upon this site and the moon calendar I'm kind of bummed. Any suggestions?

Comment by Joshua on 24 Oct 2014

We will be in PR from Feb 2-5, 2015. According to your chart, the early tour on the 5th may be our best chance (albeit not great). We were thinking Fajardo. Any suggestions?

Comment by Sally on 29 Oct 2014

Have a week in PR 2/18-24, 2015. Which is the best couple of dates to see bio bay for family of 4 (2 kids 9, 11). What would you recommend for adventurous water girls? Thank you!

Comment by Bamboo on 04 Nov 2014

I will be visiting PR 12/7-12/10. I wanted to visit one of the Biobays... I was planning on going the 9th as it seems it will be a good day to go. Which bay do you feel is the best to visit? Also, I am staying in San Juan so if you could share the distance to the bay you suggest, it would be helpful. Thanks, Nicole

Comment by Nicole on 18 Nov 2014

Most people go to the Fajardo biobay- it is closer/easier and cheaper than getting to the Vieques biobay. The drive to Fajardo will take about 1-1.5 hrs, depending on traffic. You can drive yourselves, or many of the tour companies can provide transportation. If you want to go to the Vieques biobay, you need to go with East Island excursions. They are the only ones that can do it in one evening.

Comment by Gwenn on 19 Nov 2014

The only time I could get off to travel was the 5th to the 8th of December. I was looking forward to the bio bay trip and now that I stumpled upon this site and the moon calendar I’m kind of bummed. Any suggestions?

Comment by Joshua on 20 Nov 2014

The first trip out on the 7th would be your best bet. Ask the if company uses tarps or something to help block some moonlight.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Nov 2014

I am planning on going out to the biobay on Dec 17th. Would the earlier tour be better (6pm) or the later tour (8:30pm), or will they be the same? I'm looking to do the electric boat tour. I'm a little worried that the earlier tour will be too early.

Comment by Kitty on 28 Nov 2014

Either tour will be great. It is dark by the early tour, no worries. I would see what they have available...the electric boat is very limited, so they fill up fast.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Dec 2014

Any of those nights would be great biobay viewing. I would try to go during the week as on weekends (Fri and Sat) more locals go, so it is more crowded. For the water sports- PR is a tropical island- we have water everywhere! Take a snorkel boat trip- Go one a boat with a water slide and the girls will love all of it. Or maybe try surfing lessons or paddle boarding. We did Fly boarding, now that was water fun! But there is also sailing or even the natural water slide (weather permitting) or just playing in the rivers or beaches. Hiking to and then playing the a waterfall in El Yunque.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Dec 2014

Yes, the 5th would be the best chance. If it is too bright, many of the tour companies use tarps to block the light. You can ask if the company you want to use has them. Doing the Fajardo biobay is easier and cheaper for people staying on the main island of PR.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Dec 2014

Well, the 7th or 8th would be better bets, but still not great. I would ask the tour company if they do anything to block the moonlight (tarps etc).

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Dec 2014

we are going to vieques jan 3 to jan 9, 2015. would Thursday jan.8, 2015 be the best night to take a bio-bay tour?

Comment by claire on 07 Dec 2014

Yup! Go on the 8th.

Comment by Gwenn on 07 Dec 2014

Is there transportation from San Juan to the ferry? If so, is it included or should I contact a different company for this? If I should contact a different company to drive us to the ferry, can you recommend someone? Do you know if it is possible to make reservations at East Island? Thank you.

Comment by Misty on 10 Dec 2014

You can always get a taxi to the ferry (about $80 each way). The ferry is different from excursion boats. I will assume you want to do East Island biobay tour. EI offers transportation (for a small fee) to their excursions (not the ferry). But right now they aren't running the biobay trip due to pending permitting paperwork.

Comment by Gwenn on 10 Dec 2014

We will be in San Juan for cruise and will have only one night (2/28/15) before and one night after (3/8/2015) staying in San Juan. According to your calendar, 2/28 would be a bad night. 3/8 (Sunday) would be a good night. However, it seems no body offer tour on Sunday. Do you know if any one conduct tour on Sunday? Or should we just take chance and go on Feb 28 and hope for a cloudless night. I called Bioisland and they told me that they go out every night (except Sunday) regardless moon phase. They told me that you can never predict which night is good or bad. Please help!

Comment by Ying on 12 Dec 2014

IO PR Eco-Tours/The Kayak Rental — They go 6 days a week, including Sundays! 787-616-9594 or (787) 613- 3928 or email them at ioprecotour@gmail.com They can arrange transportation. I would go on a Sunday with them (unless you don't want to kayak). The darker the night the better, though sometimes the companies that go out on nights with the bright moon usually bring tarps or something to try to block the light. Sunday will be less busy also- fewer kayaks bumping to you.

Comment by Gwenn on 13 Dec 2014

Thanks for having up to date info! We did this in Jamaica, but seems PR is even better! 1. Our best /only date: Feb. 6: it says good early/fair later = what time span is early? 2. Best/good tour with boat not kayak? 3. We are staying in condado area, not renting a car. How to get there and back? Taxi? Tour guide? How much should we pay for that part of the transportation, and would they hang around, or come back and get us? Thanks!,,,,,!

Comment by Kimberly on 19 Dec 2014

There are 2 kayak tours per night. The early tour would be the first tour out- about 6-6:30pm. The late tour is the second tour (usually about 8:30pm). There are only 2 electric boats for Fajardo. They have 6 spots each trip. They fill up FAST! But neither have transportation available. You would have to hire a driver (not cheap) to bring you there and back....probably about $80 each way plus waiting time. Do a search on Google or Trip Advisor for drivers. It would be much cheaper to rent a car.

Comment by Gwenn on 19 Dec 2014

Hello! We will only be able to visit bioluminescent bay on either March 29 or 30, 2015. I see that they are both listed as "Bad". Do you have a recommendation on which might be better? Also, what time of night? Is one bio bay better than the other? We're staying in San Juan, but I think I've heard Mosquito Bay may be better? Also, do you know if there are any companies that do trips from San Juan, or will we need to find our way to the east side of the island? Thank you!

Comment by Kimequa on 23 Dec 2014

I guess the 28th on the early trip would be best. Moon will be almost overhead, but only 66% brightness. All the kayak companies offer transportation from SJ to the biobay for an additional fee. There is one company that did trips from PR to Vieques for Mosquito Bay. But they are currently not doing the trip due to permit issues. You can wait and see if they can work it out and restart the trip. They also will have transport from SJ.

Comment by Gwenn on 23 Dec 2014

Would the Bio bay be appropriate for children? The six year old would think it was coll, not sure that the 2 year old will even notice!!

Comment by Rachel on 06 Jan 2015

If you go in an electric boat, it would be ok. The baby is not allowed in a kayak. But I doubt the 2 yo would care about the bay.

Comment by Gwenn on 07 Jan 2015

This post is so helpful! We will be on the island next weekend, just before the new moon (!), and I am having a hard time finding which companies are open on Sunday nights...can you help at all? We're hoping to combine El Yunque, Luquillo and BioBay on Sunday.

Comment by Kiri on 10 Jan 2015

The only kayak company I know that goes out on Sunday is The Kayak Rental. They have glass bottom kayaks, so that is cool! But book ASAP as they are the only ones that go that night. Info here: http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/fajardo-bio-bay/ The electric boat Baby Bay Cruisers also goes on Sunday.

Comment by Gwenn on 10 Jan 2015

Hi, we'll be in PR on 27 Feb-3 Mar but based on the calendar, those nights are not ideal. We do want to experience it as I dont think we'll be back in PR anytime soon. Would it still be ideal to go and if so, which night? This is so we can plan around our dates to suit the day we'll do the biobay trip. Many thanks!

Comment by Cat on 13 Jan 2015

I would say the better dates might be the first tour on March 1st. The moon is directly overhead at about 10pm. And ask the companies if they use tarps to block the moonlight (that might help).

Comment by Gwenn on 14 Jan 2015

we will be in PR March 29th thru april 6th.. is there a day that would be better than another.. just like the previous inquiry we won't be back to PR anytime soon but don't want to miss out.

Comment by Tina on 14 Jan 2015

I would say, try for (in this order) the first tour on the 29 or 30th, or 31st. Moon gets brighter and fuller every night after the 29th. But it will not be directly overhead during the first tours.

Comment by Gwenn on 14 Jan 2015

Hi, I will be in Puerto Rico from March 1st to the 6th which all look like bad days!! However I still really want to see the Bio Bay - would a 7:15 tour on the 6th be worthwhile? We are doing one on a boat so it should not take us too long to get to the actual bay and we would hopefully see it before the moon rises too high. If not, what other night would you recommend? Thank you!!!

Comment by Catherine on 18 Jan 2015

We will be in PR March 4-9, 2015. Looking at the calendar above, it appears the best night for the bio bay would be earlier on March 8. Is that correct? Thanks!

Comment by Shawna on 18 Jan 2015

That would probably be the best night to see it. If you can get the earlier tour, it might be better. Moon is very full and bright, but only rises at 7:20 that night, so it will be low in the sky (not over head).

Comment by Gwenn on 19 Jan 2015

Yes, that night is the best.

Comment by Gwenn on 19 Jan 2015

Will be doing the tour feb. 8th 2015 will it be better to do the early or later tour? Thank you very much!!

Comment by Cody on 19 Jan 2015

Either time will be great viewing...like the calendar says. It depends on what works into your schedule better.

Comment by Gwenn on 19 Jan 2015

Hi there. I'm thinking of visiting one of the bays from Feb 13-16. According to your calendar those appear to be good days. But which bay should I visit? I read that Vieques used to be the brightest but mysteriously got dimmer in December 2014. Are there updates on that? Thanks in advance for your assistance!

Comment by Ray on 20 Jan 2015

Vieques is back to it's usual glory as far as I know. If you are staying on Vieques, visit that one. If you are only staying on the main island of PR, then go to Fajardo biobay.

Comment by Gwenn on 20 Jan 2015

We are interested in a kayak trip to the bio bay on March 7th or 8th, 2015. What do you recommend? Thanks.

Comment by Alex M on 26 Jan 2015

The calendar says the 8th will be excellent- that is the night I would go! Unless you are staying the night on Vieques, your only option is Fajardo bio bay. http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/fajardo-bio-bay/

Comment by Gwenn on 26 Jan 2015

We want to do this before our cruise on feb 7th but we fly in at 11:30pm on the 6th. Are there any early morning excursion option or are they all in the early evening? Thanks!

Comment by Lindsay on 28 Jan 2015

It is only at night (the organisms glow in the dark). Occasionally at Las Cabezas nature Reserve tour they have some in bags inside, and they turn off the lights and you can see them. But you would have to call to find out if they have the organisms and then make a reservation for the tour.

Comment by Gwenn on 28 Jan 2015

We will be in Vieques Feb. 3, 4, & 5th - unfortunately all of the days seem to be poor for viewing. It looks like the 5th is fair early. What time do you mean by early? Do you think it's worth taking a tour at all on a "fair early" only day? I don't know if we'll ever make it back to Vieques so I'd like to try. Thanks for your help!

Comment by Lilly on 30 Jan 2015

That would be the first tour they offer. Usually about 6:30 or so.

Comment by Gwenn on 30 Jan 2015

First of all, I am impressed by your dedication on maintaining this site!! It seems you have helped a multitude of people!! My husband and I are celebrating our 30th anniversary this year and decided to visit Puerto Rico for the first time. Our itinerary is arriving on Feb. 26 and anticipated leaving on March 5th or 6th. And wouldn't you know it...bad timing it seems per your calendar. We most likely will not be back to PR anytime soon so your advice will be greatly appreciated on which date or dates you believe to be the best of the "Bad" days and I will work our plans around that. Many thanks in advance for your wisdom!! :)

Comment by Arlena on 04 Feb 2015

I guess the 28th on the first tour or the 1st on the first tour of the night. For the 1st, it is a Sunday, so your choice is very limited as only 1 kayak company (The Kayak Rental) goes out in Fajardo (one electric boat goes also). That is good news for less experienced kayakers because it means fewer people in the channel to avoid!

Comment by Gwenn on 04 Feb 2015

Thank you for your advice!! We had thought of staying in Vieques for a couple of days so we'll have to rethink that if we decide to go on the 1st unless there is a company on Vieques that will go out on Sundays. Right now our schedule is flexible....planning everything around the bio bay...does one night look better than the other?? Your time is very appreciated!

Comment by Arlena on 04 Feb 2015

I would probably choose the 28th first tour as my first choice. The Vieques bay is brighter , so that helps too. But if you go on the 1st, I think the companies on Vieques can go out on Sunday. But I don't know that for certain. You would have to call and ask them.

Comment by Gwenn on 04 Feb 2015

Wonderful! We will initially plan on the 28th and have the 1st as a back up just in case. Thank you!

Comment by Arlena on 04 Feb 2015

Hi there! We are coming next week Feb 9-13 and will be staying at Rio Mar... we are wanting to come either Tuesday or Weds night but there is a chance of rain and I have seen two different posts one saying its a good time to see the bio bay and another saying its not! What should we do? Its such a short trip what happens if it rains and we cannot reschedule? Any companies that are better to rebook or refund if you cannot go before you leave? Thanks so much!

Comment by Carlie on 05 Feb 2015

The companies go out in the rain, unless there is severe lightning. Rain doesn't affect the glow unless it has been raining a lot (it dilutes the water). There is a chance of rain every day but it usually is just passing showers. And that area is normally very dry. Go and don't worry. Worst that will happen is you might get wet. Bring a change of clothes or towel just in case.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Feb 2015

Hi There, I have been trying not to ask you any questions because you're so thorough and help so many, I didn't want to plague you with yet another question! However, I am stumped and despite reading everything here and everything I can find elsewhere on the internet, I am having a hard time making up my mind about something. I'm bringing my son to Puerto Rico. We arrive at late 3/27 (a fair day) and based on the tour schedules will miss all tour opportunities that day. The first day we could go is 3/28 (a bad day for the bio bay by your calendar, but really 'the first bad day'). We so desperately want to see the bio-bay... I have emailed all the tour operators, but can't seem to get an answer if they will run a tour 3/28 or not. So, a couple questions - does anyone run private tours? so that if we got to Fajardo on 3/27 by 9pm, that someone could take us out then? If not, the next question is - Do you know if they run tours on 'the first bad day' of the moon cycle? And if so, based on a 'bad day' (3/28), if any of the tours are running, do you think it will be worth our extra expense to go to Vieques for a tour there, or just go from Fajardo? You have said in general that Mosquito Bay is brighter, but then I read in your comments above that for awhile Fajardo was brighter, I wasn't sure if that's still the case. Thank you so much for all you do, Alexis

Comment by Alexis on 13 Feb 2015

hi im coming mar 2-6 and sadly it looks like the whole week is marked as bad. is it not recommended to go, or is it still possible to see the organisms light up? what are your recommendations please? thank you

Comment by sophie on 15 Feb 2015

Well, you can hope for clouds... You are coming right at the full moon, so it is bright. But it is rising just as the first tours are going out. So it will be lower in the sky. If the company can block the light (with a tarp or something), you will still be able to see the glow.

Comment by Gwenn on 15 Feb 2015

Currently, the only way to see the Vieques biobay is to stay overnight. Probably not worth the effort. Both bays are about the same lately. Yes, the tours will go out on the "bad" days. This calender is only my opinion, I don't think the tour companies worry too much about it. I doubt anyone will hold the last tour for you,and there are no private tours, so don't try to rush there...too much stress! I would probably opt for the 1st tour out on the 28th, 29th or 30th. Moon will be overhead, the earlier nights, but less bright. So the 30th, there will be more ambient light, but it won't be overhead during your trip. It all messes up viewing, but you can hope for clouds (or a tarp!). Many of the companies do something to help make viewing better, and at very least, you will see the sparkles in the mangrove tunnel you go through.

Comment by Gwenn on 15 Feb 2015

We are arriving Feb. 28, leaving Mar 5. Is a bio bay trip still worth it? If so, what are the optimum time and place? Thanks!!

Comment by Nan on 15 Feb 2015

I would opt for the first tour out on Feb 28th or March 1st. 3rd choice would be first tour March 2nd.

Comment by Gwenn on 15 Feb 2015

Hi, we are looking at going on a biobay tour on Vieques on March 9th. The calendar shows as excellent. Should we go on an earlier or later tour or does it matter for that night? Also, which is the best tour operator to use? I was thinking JAK because of their clear kayaks. Thank you! Jeff

Comment by Jeff on 23 Feb 2015

Either time is great viewing, so whichever one works best with your dinner plans. The clear kayaks do sound cool...they are a new company, but have gotten good reviews so far. We used Blackbeard's, they were real good (and only 10 guests per tour). Have fun!

Comment by Gwenn on 23 Feb 2015

Hi will be there mar 5-10 and wanted to go on Sunday becuz less crowded we heard - what is best night for viewing and crowds in your opinion. then we will work around those options - tks!

Comment by beth on 28 Feb 2015

The 8th will be least crowded because only The Kayak Rental runs tour that night. But then the 9th or 10th are you next best bets.

Comment by Gwenn on 28 Feb 2015

What are the best days to go if we are only available to go on March 31, April 3, april 4, april 5 ...what time

Comment by Pershin on 01 Mar 2015

Well, none of those days are going to be great. But 1st choice, I would try for the first tour on April 5, or then 1st tour April 4.

Comment by Gwenn on 02 Mar 2015

I'm planning on visiting the Biobay on June 5 which is a "best" night. Should I go early or later, or is any time the same?

Comment by Kathy on 16 Mar 2015

Either time will be great. Choose whichever works better with your plans (dinner/driving etc).

Comment by Gwenn on 17 Mar 2015

Hello! Have you ever done this full moon tour? http://ecotourspuertorico.com/full-moon-eco-kayak/

Comment by Becca on 19 Mar 2015

We have never done it, but it looks great and it seems like a great idea (since seeing the luminescent organisms during a full moon is not great). They offer lots of education about the area. Check it out!

Comment by Gwenn on 19 Mar 2015

We will be visiting from March 28th through April 3rd. None of those nights look great according to the calender but is there a night you would suggest?

Comment by Rachel Lam on 22 Mar 2015

Bobbi Young, I will be in PR this coming weekend as well. Any luck with planning a bio bay tour? It's not looking good, according to this calendar...

Comment by LauraPB on 25 Mar 2015

We will be there April 10, 11, and 12. Any thoughts on which night would be best and the early or late trip? Thanks!

Comment by Janet on 28 Mar 2015

They are all great viewing nights. Pick which ever night or tour works best for your schedule.

Comment by Gwenn on 28 Mar 2015

This weekend isn't good, but it will still be busy because the holidays have started! But if you can get the first trip out on Sunday, it would be better than Saturday.

Comment by Gwenn on 28 Mar 2015

In order of best to worst....I would try for the first tour out on Sunday or Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Comment by Gwenn on 28 Mar 2015

We will be in San Juan a few days before a cruise ...I think moon will not be "good". Sept. 29-leave the 3rd. We were thinking about staying over a few days to get the bio experience!!! Those dates Oct 10, 11, 12. All 2015 !! What days would you suggest?? I checked the "regular" moon phase info, etc. please give info for Sept 30, Oct. 1,2, 10, 11,12. Many thanks!!

Comment by Joann on 29 Mar 2015

You are talking about Sept/Oct 2015? These dates are on this calendar and all except the 30th are great viewing nights. It is more than just moon phase that is important...when the moon is in the sky is almost more important.

Comment by Gwenn on 29 Mar 2015

We will be in San Juan 4/25 through 5/2 which all appear to be bad days to experience Bio Bay. Sunday is fair but is not an option for us. Which day would be the best to visit? Thank you!!

Comment by Kristy on 17 Apr 2015

I would try first for the first tour on the 27th, then the first tour on the 28th. If no other option, first tour on the 29th.

Comment by Gwenn on 18 Apr 2015

We will be staying in San Juan for two weeks with rental car and will be available to take a bio tour the weekends of may 30 - june 6. Which weekend would be better to see bio bay and which one is better. Also read Sundays are better days. Concerned about doing tour with too many kayaks out there Are there any companies that limit number tourists out in kayaks each time to make experience more enjoyable

Comment by Sherry Jenkins on 19 Apr 2015

Yes, only 1 kayak company goes out into the Fajardo biobay on Sundays, so that is nice. But, the only Sunday in your date range is May 31, which would not be great viewing. It will be bright, so viewing won't be the best, but the first tour that night would be better than the second.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Apr 2015

We will be in San Juan night of March 25, 2016 staying one night prior to our cruise. The calendar shows this night as being "bad". the next day is "good early". How accurate is the calendar? Would it still be worthwhile to go out on the Bio Bay excursion on the 25th? Thank you.

Comment by Jung Lee on 16 May 2015

The calendar is our opinion on viewing....we think it is accurate. Is it worthwhile going?....again an opinion and depends on how badly you want to see it. But maybe the tour company will do something to block the moonlight, so you will see something under the tarp. Some people enjoy the experience and "see" tons, some people don't see anything and hate it.

Comment by Gwenn on 16 May 2015

Which time do you recommend for June 8,2015 tour, The 6:30pm or the 9pm ? The calendar shows it is the best viewing day. Or does it matter.

Comment by Mary Anne on 23 May 2015

Won't matter. Both will be moonless.

Comment by Ray on 23 May 2015

Could you please tell me if there will be too much light to really enjoy the bay during the early boat cruise on June 24?

Comment by Sarah Ciancarelli on 06 Jun 2015

It will be fair viewing. The moon rises early, so it will be directly overhead during tour times. But it is only a 50% moon, so not crazy bright.

Comment by Gwenn on 07 Jun 2015

Could you please tell if tour will go on 29th and 30th June? As per calender it will be full moon so not the best timing but those are the only two days available during the trip.

Comment by pranav bhatt on 14 Jun 2015

Well, either day will be bright, but pick the first tour of either day so the moon is not as overhead (which happens close to 10:30-11pm)

Comment by Gwenn on 15 Jun 2015

Hi. This post is so very long that I only read of few posts n didn't see the answer I'm looking for. My husband and I are going on our 40th anniversary cruise on 5/8/16. We arrive in SJ the evening of 5/4/16 for a 3 day stay in SJ prior to the cruise. We definitely want to do the bio bay excursion sometime during those 3 days. My brother and SIL will be with us and he is somewhat handicapped. Which tour company would you recommend for us including the most reasonably priced !! Thank you for the post and answering soooo many questions ! ????

Comment by Elaine Gee on 22 Jun 2015

Depending on his handicap....If he can kayak, then you should be able to find a tour for $45. He would need to step into the kayak, so stand on one leg for a couple seconds. The guides will help. If he can't kayak, you can use one of the electric boat companies. Bio Island is easiest since they have on-line reservations. The electric boats run about $5-10 more than kayaks. Or, you can do the walking tour, which is only a little walking. That is at the Las Cabezas Nature Reserve. That is the cheapest at about $20 pp. You can read about each of these trips by click on the links in the first paragraph of this article...check the links for Laguna Grande

Comment by Gwenn on 23 Jun 2015

Thanks for your useful comments. We are planning to go to Vieques on July 19th. According to the calendar, it is a good day to see the bioluminescence. I called the tour company and they have 7.30PM tour and if that gets filled, they will have 10.00 PMtour which runs till midnight. Do you have any recommendations on when to book the tour to see the bioluminescence best. We will have a 8 year old kid with us.

Comment by Dipannita Dutta on 26 Jun 2015

Either tour will be fine that night.

Comment by Ray on 26 Jun 2015

Your moon calendar is very helpful. We are in San Juan the night of February 27, 2016 which is noted as Best for a trip to one of the bioluminescent bays (or bio-bays). We are both in excellent health. If you could only go on one tour, which tour and bay would you choose for that night? Would you take an earlier or later trip or will it matter? Looking forward to your additional insights. Thank you :)

Comment by Pamela Lovegren on 27 Jun 2015

Well, unless you want to spend the night over on Vieques, visiting Laguna Grande in Fajardo is your only real choice. That can be done from SJ one evening. Either time for the trip will be great...just depends when you want to eat dinner or other plans you have that day or what time you want to get home. The 27th is a Saturday....so expect some weekend traffic.

Comment by Gwenn on 28 Jun 2015

Hello-- we are wondering if the June 28th or June 29th would be best-- both say they are not good on the moon calendar but we leave on the 30th so those are our only options! Thanks

Comment by Ann on 28 Jun 2015

Of those dates, the first tour on the 28th would be better.

Comment by Gwenn on 28 Jun 2015

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