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  • Bioluminescent BayPro 2014
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    This is a must-see in Vieques! It's the best bio bay in the world (so they say) and while it's not as bright as depicted on the Internet, it's still an amazing sight to see. I got to see a sting ray glow in the water and many glowing fish as well. It felt like a scene out of "Life of Pi" except instead of a humpback whale it was a stingray and instead of jumping out of the open sea it was swimming in the bay. I went on a kayaking tour with Abe's Snorkeling & Bay Tours, which is not even close to a 5 star experience, but that's another review altogether. Highly recommend the Bio Bay and worth taking the ferry to Vieques!

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  • Bioluminescent BayPro 2014
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    We went with East Island Excursions for this adventure. Love them.

    If you ever go to Puerto Rico, you can't miss the Bio Bay. I'm here to tell you that photos don't do it justice. It was one of the most amazing things I've ever experienced in my life. I learned so much and every single person in our family that went (11 people) loved it. I would do it again in a heartbeat. And again and again.

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    There are only a handful of places in the world that has this nature phenomenon where microscopic planktons in warm water illuminates when agitated. So kayaking in one of these amazing bodies of water comes into play and is a must do when in Puerto Rico.

    What an incredible experience in kayak in almost darkness but with each stroke of the paddle, the waters around you sparkles. An occasional fish would swim by and you can see a trail of sparklies in the water.

    No real kayaking skill is necessary, just a sense of adventure. The bay is shallow and the water is warm but the experience is memorable and just plain amazing. I have a feeling the glowing forest in the movie Avatar took cues from these amazing glow in the dark micro organisms.

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  • Bioluminescent BayPro 2014
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    The Bioluminescent Bay in Vieques is one of the most amazing things nature has ever created. The dinoflagellates glow with every disturbance - whitecaps, fish, hands, boats - everything. The whole bay is alight with tiny sparkling lights. Going in a clear kayak is the best, but a bigger boat or non - clear kayak is also an incredible experience. Just be sure not to swim - all the oil and product from human skin can hurt the bay. Definitely a don't miss on the Puerto Rico (or any!) bucket list.

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    The "Bio-Bay" is unique in the world for its brightness and beautiful qualities. Your evenings become magical with a tour, kayak, or swim here.

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    Not to be missed! Ranked as the best Bio-bay in the world! View it on a tour that either takes you on a pontoon boat or be more adventurous and take a kayak tour.

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    Vieques has one of the best bioluminescent bays in the world. Travelers come from all over the world to see this awesome display of nature.

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    Only a handful of these bioluminescent bays in the whole country. Definitely put this on your list!

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    It's as amazing as everyone says it is. A certain kind of plankton are more concentrated in the bay than anywhere else in the world. When disturbed, they glow creating an effect that almost seems out of this world. I would recommend the Kayak tour- way better than the boat tour because you can actually touch the water. They do not allow people to swim in the bay anymore but it's still unbelievably amazing.

    Fun fact: When the Spanish first landed in the Bio Bay- they were convinced the glowing was the work of the devil so they dropped boulders at the opening to try to keep people out, which only created more planton in the waters and increased it's effect.

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    Bio-luminescent Bay is an absolutely amazing site to behold on dark nights. The glowing phenomena here is caused when tiny micro-organisms are disturbed, leaving a blue tint to the water. Kayak tours of this area proceed regularly, and there are several hotels around the bay if you'd like to center your vacation around here. In fact, as far as bays with noticeable populations of glowing microorganisms go, Bioluminescent Bay may be the brightest. This is thanks to a variety of natural factors, but also large part to the early Spanish explorers, who upon witnessing this spectacle, attempted to block the bay off from the ocean so to stop this "work of the devil." They only succeeded in making the area even better for their feared producers of light to continue to put on an amazing natural show.

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    Unique adventure

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    Right after Culebra this nighttime nature kayak experience is a MUST>

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    This tour is great! at night in Fajardo on Kayas

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    Just a 10 minute boat ride away, nightly trips available from La Parguera Town center

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    Experience of a life time. Definitely recommend it.

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Hidden along the Caribbean coast is one of the most spectacular Bioluminescent Bays in the world. The mysterious blue-green light is created by micro-organisms which thrive in an environment uniquely suited to their needs.

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