From San Juan or Ponce: Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour

4.8 / 5

22 reviews

From San Juan or Ponce: Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour

From $195 per person

Discover the wonders of one of Puerto Rico’s famous bioluminescent bays on this fun-filled boat tour from San Juan or Ponce. Spend the day admiring and learning about this unique phenomenon, swim and play in the water, and enjoy a delicious local lunch.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 9 hours
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Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation. Please be ready and waiting 15-minutes prior to your scheduled pickup time. Drivers will wait no longer than 5-minutes after the scheduled pickup time.
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • Admire the different landscapes of Puerto Rico on a road trip from San Juan or Ponce
  • Explore the traditional fishing village of La Parguera at your own leisure
  • Soak up the sunshine at an idyllic sandbar and watch the sunset across the sea
  • Dine on a delicious dinner of fresh fish, chicken, or vegetable tacos
  • Discover the wonders of the bioluminescent bay and swim around in the glowing water
Full description
The tour begins with pickup from your accommodation in either San Juan or Ponce and travels to the traditional fishing village of La Parguera. Spend some free time exploring La Parguera, shop for souvenirs, and mingle with the locals going about their day. After your free time, head down to the dock where your friendly captain, and the day’s adventure, awaits. Climb aboard one of the most exclusive boats in the harbor and set sail towards a nearby sandbar. As you sail, make the most of the boat's onboard open bar and sip a refreshing drink while admiring the scenic view. Upon arrival, chill out on the beach and soak up the glorious Puerto Rican sunshine then take a stroll along the picturesque boardwalk. As evening draws near, watch the sunset across the ocean before dining a delicious dinner of fresh fish, chicken, or vegetable tacos at a local restaurant. After dinner, and once night has fallen, cruise to the bioluminescent bay where you will be amazed by the glowing landscape that awaits. At the bay, jump in the water to really experience this unique phenomenon, which is a true feast for the eyes. Enjoy some free time to swim and play in the water and admire the striking glow of the microorganisms that surround you. At the end of an unforgettable day, dry off on the boat then sit back and relax on the journey to your accommodation.
  • Round-trip transportation to and from your hotel in Isla Verde, San Juan, Caguas, Ponce, or nearby location
  • Certified tour guide, driver, and captain
  • Dinner
  • Beach time
  • Swimming time at the bioluminescent bay
  • Visit to La Parguera village
  • Bottled water and soft drinks
  • Water noodles
  • Life vest
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel

Know before you go

  • Please select the correct pickup location for your hotel, either San Juan or Ponce
  • This tour operates rain or shine, except in extreme weather events such as hurricanes
  • Children must be accompanied by a paying adult
  • Guests must be over 18-years-old and present a valid photo ID in order to consume alcohol
  • Guests must be able to swim on their own if they want to get into the water
  • A minimum of 2 people are required for the tour to take place
  • Travel time is included in the 9-hour duration of this activity
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 22 reviews

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This was a last minute idea and I’m so glad there was room for us. Really great experience with the friendliest people who truly love their job. Our driver was Sally and she was very communicative in advance of the pickup and exactly on time, too! We picked up another couple at another hotel about 15 minutes away and 2 other people met us in La Parguera where we had dinner before heading to the boat. There was a total of 6 of us + Sally and the Captain (who was awesome but I can’t remember his name!). A great time was had by all. Total darkness except for the bioluminescent organisms, warm Caribbean water, beautiful clear night with so many stars above us. Good food, good beer, good company… good times.

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June 1, 2021

It was a pleasant experience. Our tour guide Sealy was very kind, fun, knowledgeable. The food and snacks were great! The boat ride and the Captain was amazing and he is knowledgeable about the area as well. To the future guests who are thinking about this adventure- should definitely give this a try.

May 20, 2021

The tour guide (Steven) was very knowledgeable about the island and gave a great explanation along the way of the different parts of Puerto Rico. The dinner was great as well! The village is wonderful and you’ll see the patrol rooster that guards the restaurant. After dinner you’ll meet captain Frank and you’ll take his boat to Mata la Gata for a swim or just hang out in the beautiful mangroves at the sandbar. After that we visited the bioluminescence bay where we waited until it was dark and took a swim in the bay with the dinoflagellates! Steven and Capt. Frank kept a close eye on us the entire to time to ensure our safety. The tour was lovely! The tour guides made us feel at home but also kept it professional at the same time. It was an amazing experience that I would definitely recommend!

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May 13, 2021

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