Bioluminescent Bay in La Parguera
The bioluminescent bay (sometimes called ‘phosphorescent bay’ or bio-lagoon) in La Parguera is one of the highlights of any trip to Western or South Puerto Rico. Located just off the coast near the town of Lajas and the area of Guanica, is the bioluminescent bay at La Parguera. The lagoon is about a 20 minute boat ride from the docks at La Parguera, accessible by boat only. The bio-bay at La Parguera is one of the three natural bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico and one of only seven in the entire world.
Although bioluminescence in the ocean is nothing new, the thing that makes the three bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico special is the fact that they have luminescence every day, year-round. In most areas of the world the luminescent effect is something that occurs only during special seasons or special circumstances.
You’ll find that the bio-bays and bio-lagoons in Puerto Rico are a great experience for the entire family. The warm, shallow waters in the bay make for a calm and surreal experience, as you swim amongst the glowing dinoflagellates. The family at Paradise Scuba and Snorkel Center will take you on a fantastic snorkeling and bioluminesncent bay experience, complete with homemade empanadillas, beer, soda and snorkel gear.
Trip 1: Bio-Bay Parguera with Sunset Snorkel
This snorkeling tour in La Parguera get you the best of both worlds. The tour starts at 3:00 PM and you’ll first head out to snorkel some of the best shallow reef in Parguera. This is a safe and calm Puerto Rico snorkeling experience that is lead by our PADI Professionals. You’ll snorkel two sites and have a breif boat ride until 6:30 PM. At 6:30 PM Noemi will prepare some delicious chicken “empanadas” for your group and you’ll get cold beverages including local beer and soda.
After this you’ll head out for the second part of your tour: a trip to the famous bioluminescent bay in South Puerto Rico. The phosphorescent Bay swim will surely be a fantastic experience for your group. You’ll be able to swim in the waters of the bay for about 30 – 45 minutes and see the luminscence all around. The tour ends back at shore around 8:30 for a full day of snorkeling in Puerto Rico that simply can’t be beat.
Bio-Bay Sunset Snorkel Tour Times:
Nightly 4:00PM – 8:30PM
Cost for Snorkeling & Bio-Bay Trip in Parguera:
$60.00 per person
* Snorkel gear, mask and fins included. Snacks and beverages included.
Trip 2: Parguera Bioluminescent Bay Tour
This trip will give you the once in a lifetime opportunity to experience one of Puerto Rico’s three bioluminescent bays. The bay at La Parguera is the only bio-lagoon that allows swimming and snorkeling, so that you can actually put on a mask and swim as the dinoflagellates light up around you. Your trip starts at the shop with a light dinner of fresh empanadillas and soda or beer, with an introduction by Don Luis to the natural phenomenon around the bioluminescent bay. You’ll then head out on one of our comfortable dive boats for a 20 minute trip through the mangrove canals to the actual bay. At the bay you’ll be able to snorkel and swim for about 30 – 45 minutes before you head back to shore. The total trip is about 2 hours.
Bioluminescent Bay Tour Schedule:
Nightly from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Pricing for Bio-Bay Tours in Parguera:
$30 per person
* Minimum four persons required. Snorkel gear, mask and fins included. Snacks and beverages included.