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Vieques, Puerto Rico, home to the world's greatest bioluminescent bay

08.16.2011
Topic Adventure Travel,Snowbirds Travel

Vieques, Puerto Rico, home to the world's greatest bioluminescent bay - Image

Among small Caribbean destinations, Vieques is one of the most unusual. The island was returned to the people of Puerto Rico in 2003 by the U.S. Navy and has since exploded as one of the region's premiere winter escapes. Those interested in adventure travel will be glad to find plenty of interesting activities in Vieques. 

The most unique of these endeavours is the tour of the biolumenescent bay in Vieques. This bay is host to trillions of microscopic organisms in a rare ecological zone that, when excited, will glow in the water. Captain Sharon Grasso of Vieques compares a swim in the bay to "floating through stardust." 

The location is remote and can be accessed by either a guided sea kayak tour or a party barge. The kayak tours will be more difficult for some, as it necessitates some ability to navigate in the dark but can be a more rewarding experience, as many guides now include fleets of translucent kayaks. The barges are less hands-on but more group oriented, require little physical exertion and will not necessitate immersion into the water.