Mask Requirement (updated 18 Apr 2022)
😷 Masks are not required, neither indoors (with some execptions) nor outdoors. Masks are recommended in indoor situations where you cannot be certain of the vaccination status of other people
😷 Masks are required inside airports, per Federal/CDC mandates
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
😷 Masks are required indoors in places like hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes, medical offices, health centers, clinics, labs, pharmacies, and on public transportation (including taxis and buses). The Department of Health may make masks mandetory in other situations where their use is deemed necessary.
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks.
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 The requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result has been eliminated
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 2022)
⛵ Tour operators may require proof of vaccination or negative test results to participate. Check with the operator to make sure you have what they require.
Events, Stadiums & Theaters (updated 18 Apr 2022)
👪 The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirement to wear a mask (if less than 1000 people are gathered)
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
🏟️ All attendees at group activities of 1000 or more people at facilities that encourage crowding — indoor or outdoor — must show proof of vaccination with booster (if eligible), OR negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at the event. Facilities include theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, conference and activity centers, and any other place where events are held. Effective 10 Mar 2022, per executive order EO-2022-019 and administrative order OA-2022-533
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 08 Mar 2022)
🚢 All cruise ship passengers and crew who wish to disembark in Puerto Rico must be fully vaccinated, OR must have a negative molecular or antigen COVID test performed within 48 hours before disembarking in PR. All passengers and crew who test positive, or have been in close contact to someone who has tested positive, will not be permitted to disembark in Puerto Rico, regarless of vaccination status.
Air Travelers Arriving in Puerto Rico (updated 08 Mar 2022)
📄 The requirement to complete the travel declaration has been eliminated for ALL travelers arriving in Puerto Rico
✈️ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 10 Mar 2022, per EO-2022-019)
• The requirement to present a vaccination card or negative test results has been eliminated for DOMESTIC travelers
✈️ INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS (effective 06 Dec 2021, per CDC)
• All INTERNATIONAL air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show (before boarding flight to the US) a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the US. This applies to all travelers, 2 years old and up, flying from INTERNATIONAL (outside of the US) destinations. Flights between Puerto Rico and the States are domestic flights, so this does not apply to travelers arriving in Puerto Rico from the States.

Visit the Vieques Biobay by Electric Boat

3/22 Currently, EL Viequense sea tours is the only boat that goes into the biobay. We went with Island Adventure, but their electric boat was damaged in the hurricanes. There was a new company Vieques Sea Tours that takes an electric boat out into the Vieques BioBay.

Perhaps you have about the “glowing waters” here in Puerto Rico. In a couple different places around the island, we have bays that contain tiny, single-cell organisms called dinoflagellates (specifically the species Pyrodinium bahamense) that are bioluminescent. Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organizm. Each one makes a sparkle when agitated. When you have a bay full of them, the water practically glows when moved. Locally, these bays are called bio bays.

The one in Vieques, Bahía de Puerto Mosquito (Mosquito Bay), is located on the southern shore of the island. Of all the bio bays in Puerto Rico, Mosquito Bay is the brightest and most protected. It is worth planning on spending at least one night on Vieques to see it.

It used to be that you could get to Vieques and see the bio bay without spending the night. But that is no longer true. Now, you need to stay overnight. But that is not a bad thing … Vieques has loads of beautiful beaches, and some other interesting things to do to keep you busy. And once night falls, you head to the biobay. There are two ways to see this bay … either by kayak, or by electric pontoon boat with Island Adventures Vieques Sea Tours.

An electric bio bay boat tour is fun, easy, and educational. It is great for people with disabilities, or kids too young to kayak.

Vieques Biobay Mosquito Bay

At The Bio Bay

This bay area has very few houses around it, so there is not much light pollution. The bay is also usually calm, so no waves to worry about getting seasick. They use electric motors, so it eco-friendly, and extremely quiet.

You can notice the glow around the boat immediately. The dinoflagellates glow when they are disturbed, so the wake of the boat glows. It looks almost fake, like there must be light on under the boat. Another cool thing is when the fish in the bay are frightened by the boat, they swim off and leave a glowing trail behind them. Really neat!

They stop the boat in a nice dark section of the bay, and the crew tells you about the bay, mangroves and the dinoflagellates (those are the organisms that make the bay glow). The guys on the boat are knowledgeable, interesting, and entertaining. They bring up buckets of water so you can play in it and make it glow. Have it run down your arm — it is like sparkly glitter — really cool. They also let you stand on back of boat ladder and kick feet in water to make splashes.

Vieques Biobay Mosquito Bay

We tried getting photos, and even through the glow is very bright, it is difficult to get any useful shots. If you want to try, you should set your camera to ISO 1200 or higher, turn the flash off, and set it for a long (4 or more seconds) exposure. But because the boat is moving, any picture you get will probably be blurred anyway. The wake of the motor will probably be the best photo opportunity.

After everyone is done making the water sparkle, check out the different constellations. It was nice and dark in the bay area, so you should be able to see tons of stars. Beautiful. The stars where almost as beautiful as the sparkles in the water.

Details

call them for details.

If you're happy, let them know it — Don't forget to tip your your bartender, tour guide or trip operator if you enjoyed yourself. Gratuities are appreciated and typically aren't included in the price they charge you.

They offer 2 tours every night, except for nights around the full moon. Check our bio bay calendar for the best viewing nights.

If you want to wear insect repellent, make sure it is eco-friendly, so as to not harm the bio bay.

You can call 939-208-1072 or 787-435-3661 for more information or to make a reservation.

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