*** The bay is NOT destroyed, and you CAN see the glow ****
We reached out to Abe's when we initially planned the trip in January 2014 - the online calendar showed that 7/14 would be ideal to a good viewing. However, we were informed that in efforts to conserve the Bio Bay, the government in Vieques no longer allows trips during the week in addition to other strict measures. The weather on Monday 7/14 was conducive to a great viewing and the government set up a lottery system to decide which company was allowed to take a tour into the bay - Abe's was apparently chosen.
We found out that Abe's was taking a tour to the bay on 7/14, when on 7/12 we called them in "one last attempt" - and were in LUCK! The crew was great - all cordial, fun and educated. The water wasn't too rough and we kayaked out about 45 minutes to the center of the bay. 2 people are allowed per Kayak. As you move nearer to the center of the bay, away from the lights, you see your oars glow + a glow lining other people's kayak's!
We were surrounded by millions of stars, an educated guide, and the glow of fishes!! There were no mosquitoes (or didn't realize there were many). Swimming is not allowed (I don't know if I would have even if it were allowed since its PITCH BLACK) - you are allowed to put your hand in the water - and as the water leaves your palm, you can see bits of sparkle left (it's AMAZING).
My advice would be - Abe's is great for your first time out into the bay, however, call them a couple of times, since the regulations keep changing - the bay definitely has a glow and it's worth it!
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