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Top Nature Sites In Puerto Rico – Phosphorescent Bay Vieques

Imagine being surrounded by hundreds of thousands of glimmering, sparkling dots…in the water! Shake your hands, move your body, lift your arms: the glitter and sparkle will intensify.

Few natural wonders in the world can match the exhilaration provoked by a nighttime visit to the Phosphorescent Bay in Vieques. The microscopic life form that makes the water glow in the dark like an inverted sky is a unicellar organism with two flagella that allow it to move through the water.

The bioluminescence created is in fact a natural defense system. When the organisms are being attacked, the movement in the water results in a chemical reaction that produces light. This light then attracts bigger predators that feed on the smaller creatures that eat the microscopic organism.

But the experience of witnessing, and indeed being surrounded by, this light is far more remarkable than any scientific explanation. You have to see it to believe it. It’s nothing less than magic and pure wonder.

Top Nature Sites In Puerto Rico   Phosphorescent Bay Vieques

Top Nature Sites In Puerto Rico   Phosphorescent Bay Vieques

Top Nature Sites In Puerto Rico   Phosphorescent Bay Vieques

How to Get There

From the International Airport take Road 26 and exit on Road 3 to Fajardo. Turn left on Road 194 and go Southeast for 2.1 miles. Turn left on Road 195, then bear left on Fajardo Dock. Take the ferry to Vieques. You may also take a 45 minutes flight from San Juan or a 15 minutes flight from Fajardo. Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (Isla Grande) from Old San Juan take Road 26 towards Carolina and take exit to Road 1, right after the Marina (Club Naútico de San Juan) make a right at Lindbergh St.. Diego Jimenez Torres Airport (Fajardo), from San Juan take Road 26 and exit in Road 3 to Fajardo. Once in Fajardo take exit Road 976 and follow the signs.