Does two-hour snorkeling excursions to Cayo Afuera via kayak for $30 per person. Children are welcome.
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Lonely Planet review
Locals claim that this bay, a designated wildlife preserve about 2 miles east of Esperanza, has the highest concentration of phosphorescent dynoflagellates not only in Puerto Rico, but in the world. Indeed, it’s also known as Bioluminescent Bay – and it’s magnificent.
A trip through the lagoon is nothing short of psychedelic, with hundreds of fish whipping up bright-green sparkles below the surface as your kayak or electric boat passes by (no gas-powered boats are permitted – the engine pollution kills the organisms that create phosphorescence). But the best part is when you stop to swim: it’s like bathing in the stars.
You can just drive east on the rough Sun Bay road (you’d better have a 4WD, though, because the road’s a mess) and jump in for a swim at any point that’s glowing. However, an organized trip will give you far more opportunity to really take in the spread of phosphorescence without getting stuck in a huge pothole along the way.
There’s another inlet to the east, Barracuda Bay, that’s also filled with dynoflagellates, but tour operators don’t venture out that far.
Reservations are highly recommended for boat tours and kayak rentals in high season.