The La Parguera Bioluminescent Bay is one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced underwater. And we’ve spent a lot of time underwater.
There are about twenty season or intermittent bioluminescent bays in the world, but some lists put the number at five year-round.
Of the five year-round bays, Puerto Rico has three of them – Vieques, Laguna Grande and La Parguera.
While Mosquito Bay on the island of Vieques is sometimes up to eight times brighter, La Parguera is the only one that you can swim in.
And the swimming is the experience here!
Colette sorted through the few companies that offers tours out to the bay, and Hook’d on Adventure Parguera won out due to their small boats, personalized experience and excellent reviews.
The reviews are spot on – they were wonderful and Captain Nicole did an amazing job the entire evening.
We recommend the sunset and bay combo, you head out just before sunset and anchor off of Isla Mata la Gata to watch the ball drop to the West.
As night falls you head into the bay, and if you’re the adventurous sort you hop into the water to experience the real deal.
While you see the blue light from the dinoflagellates light up the water around the boat or swimmers, there is nothing like the view through a dive mask.
Every movement causes the dinoflagellates to agitate, and it looks like sparks or fireballs shooting off of your hands.
So. Amazing.
The entire spectacle is extremely hard to photograph, even with high ISO and a wide lens. Maybe someday we’ll return with a dive camera to try to capture the underwater view, but for now the one photo here is enough to help relive the memory.
La Parguera itself is a happening little area with plenty of restaurants, bars, and tourist trinkets. It looks like a lot of Puerto Ricans frequent the area, not just the tourists.
We rate this an absolute MUST-DO in Puerto Rico!

Heading Out

Heading Out
It’s a beautiful scene just sitting at the Hook’d on Adventure Parguera boat dock!


Shanty Shack

Shanty Shack
It must be nice to have one of these old houses on pilings in the channel leading out of La Parguera.


Rabo De La Gata

Rabo De La Gata
This reminds me of so many places in the Keys!


La Parguera Sunset

La Parguera Sunset
This sunset is amazing


Blue Angel

Blue Angel
Our boat captain got this shot of me in the water with the dinoflagellates lighting me up.


La Parguera


La Parguera itself is a happening little area



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