of the most amazing natural phenomena in our world's oceans is the presence
of what is known as bioluminescence. Caused by small micro-organisms, known
as Dinoflagellates, the water glows blue, green or white when disturbed. The
result is a supernatural experience, a one-of-a-kind treat for the visitor.
Although bioluminescence in and of itself is not incredibly rare, the affect
is often transient, coming and going at certain times of year or times of
the night in areas which cannot be pinpointed. Some fish or small ocean
organisms such as squid emit a type of luminescence. Often, sailors report
seeing bioluminescence in the wake of a boat or the peak of an ocean wave at
world has seven, known, year-round bioluminescent bays, three of which are
located in Puerto Rico. These three, amazing bioluminescent bays are located
across the island in Fajardo, Vieques and La Parguera. Each of these bays
has a high concentration of dinoflagellates in a unique marine environment
which allows for viewing year-round.
bioluminescent bay at La Parguera is located on the Southwest corner of the
island of Puerto Rico. The bay at La Parguera is the closest bioluminescent
bay to the West Coast cities of Aguadilla, Rincon, Mayaguez and Ponce. La
Parguera is a small, quaint fishing village surrounded with calm waters and
buffered from the ocean with a bay created by mangrove islands. Easily
accessed from the major tourist destination of Rincon, a visit to La
Parguera is a great day trip for guests looking to explore more of the West
Coast of Puerto Rico.
Tours of the bioluminescent bay depart from the marina in La Parguera. The
bay is approximately a 20 minute boat ride from the main marina. Many tour
operators offer a snorkeling experience which is unique to many
bioluminescent bays. Snorkel underwater at night to experience the glowing
organisms for a truly unforgettable experience.
Puerto Rico is known as the jewel of the Caribbean travel experience and
with three bioluminescent bays, as well as hundreds of miles of white sand
beaches, warm ocean waters and blue skies with ideal weather, it is little
wonder why. Puerto Rico is located just East of the islands of Cuba, Haiti
and the Dominican Republic, and is reachable via many international flight.
Visitors from the United States do not need a passport to visit Puerto Rico,
as the island is a US territory. Peak tourist season on the island is from
mid-December through April.