If you’re the type of person who prefers to glide silently through the water while wondering at the natural sights around you then a kayaking tour in Puerto Rico may be what you’re looking for. Kayaking is a popular past time in Puerto Rico so if you’re the type that really hates paying to have someone lead them around on an orchestrated tour and you have the proper experience, perhaps renting a kayak and going on a self-guided tour is the way to go. If you do decide to go without a guide make sure you have the skills necessary to enjoy this activity safely.
Basically when it comes to kayaking in Puerto Rico there are three types of organized tours which vary only by the purpose of the tour. The most popular is the Bio Bay Tour (Laguna Grande), followed by coastal tours and finally, river/mangrove tours.
Bio Bay Tour
Kayaking tours of this area occur exclusively at night. Kayak tours are so popular that there is no shortage of tour operators willing to escort you there. Guides will escort you to an area of the Laguna Grande that is home to bioluminescent plankton, scientifically referred to as Pyrodinium Bahamense. Anything that disturbs the plankton, the kayaks, paddles or hands etc. will create a bioluminescent reaction that is a delight to the eye and a wonder to the mind. Typically priced around fifty dollars, these tours are well worth the money.
Coastal Kayak Tours
Go where the other tourists can’t. Take your kayak along the more remote coastlines and be treated to unspoiled coral reefs teeming with an endless variety of fish and colorful corals. Go for a swim or snorkel at your leisure. Get up close to sea turtles and elegant rays as they glide through the water. Have lunch on a remote beach. Enjoy Puerto Rico as it was meant to be enjoyed, away from the hustle and bustle of busy resorts and the standard tourist traps. It’s easy to see why kayaking in Puerto Rico is so popular. Guides are very respectful of their natural heritage and will guide you on the least intrusive ways to enjoy these beautiful locations.
Mangrove and River Kayak Tours
Take your kayak down the Rio Espiritu Santos River, through the Rio Grande Nature reserve (home to some of the oldest mangroves in Puerto Rico) eventually reaching the ocean at Bahia Beach. Your expert guides will be happy to explain the importance of various aspects of the eco system as well as point out various forms of wildlife that you may encounter along the way. Typical tour length is about four hours.
No matter if you take the guided tour or you just rent the kayak and paddle around, you are sure to enjoy kayaking in Puerto Rico. The sea kayaks are easy to handle and offer you a perspective of the Puerto Rican waterways that you can’t get any other way. Not to mention that Kayaking in Puerto Rico is just plain fun.