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“Weekend getaway”
Review of Nomad Puerto Rico

Nomad Puerto Rico
Ranked #5 of 7 things to do in Lajas
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Reviewed 2 November 2013 via mobile

I must say that the tour is awesome. Cristobal Rivera founder of Nomad inc. went out of his way to acomodate us and give us a great experience. An easy and wonderfull paddle off shore to mangroves full of life and sea creatures. Not to mention that once it darkens you get to enjoy the star filled sky floating on a mirror that has stars of its own. By far one of my best trips so far. Recomend it to all that are looking for adventure or even the chance to float away with your significant other and give them the stars you always promissed. :)

1  Thank Ivan G
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

We had a great time kayaking in the warm waters of the Caribbean and swimming in the sparkling waters of the bio bay. Kudos to Cris, our guide, for providing a well rounded experience. From initial contact, Cris was courteous, professional, and prompt in responding to our calls and answering our questions. Cris followed up via email and text with confirmations, directions, and additional information prior to the tour. He is very easy going and will make you feel safe in the water.
Our group consisted of people varying in ages from 5 yrs. old to 71yrs old. How do you manage such a diverse group at night in the dark on kayaks? My mom (71 yrs old) was in a kayak with our daughter (7 yrs old) and they were 'pulled' by Cris who was in another kayak. They could row, but really didn't have to since Cris was great at just taking them along. On another kayak, my husband, our 5 yr. old daughter, and myself followed.
Before starting Cris gave basic instructions on how to row and some safety rules to follow. We proceeded on kayaking out to the canals while dusk fell. The view was great. Along the way Cris would answer any questions and would comment on what we were seeing. Once you pass a tunnel of mangroves, you arrive in the lagoon. Cris gave a very educational and fun talk about the organisms that make the bio bay glow, other fish in the area, geography, and much more. He even brings along an ipad to show pictures of various fish. All this under a star lit sky. Oh, and Cris even showed us many constellations with a super cool pointer light he has.
I have to be honest, the main reason for me for taking the tour was to swim in the bio lagoon. I grew up in Puerto Rico and had visited La Parguera many times, but always in a boat were they drag water in a bucket for you to see. But I just had to swim in the water. Well, once we were in the lagoon, I got a little scared. Did I really want to jump in there? It was dark. When Cris said we could jump in, my 7 yr old just said "I want to!" and jumped right in. I had to follow her, you know, to 'protect' her. It was great! The water is warm and the more you move around the water the more 'spark' you see. Both my husband and 5 yr. old also swam. To my surprise, my very adventurous mom did not join us in the water. She later regretted this and still regrets not doing so...
Something fun is to wear goggles. You stick you head in the water, move your arms around and the glow looks different, brighter. We were lucky to go on a night with no moon. So there we were, under the stars, in the warm water, with our arms and legs glowing. It's not a huge glow, but its there when you move.
Suggestions for your tour:
1. Bring long sleeves, like a rash guard kind of shirt. Mosquitos are abundant and crazy, but don't let this deter you from this great experience.
2.Bring mosquito repellent. Cris had some for us to use, but we used a lot.
3. Bring water shoes. We didn't have any, but when you return from the tour, the ramp is muddy and so is the parking lot.
4.Arrive early, before the meeting time. This way you have more time to chat with the guide and enjoy the sunset. We had some police roadblocks on the way there due to an event had to detour. Cris was great on the phone guiding us on an alternate route. La Parguera is a poplar hang out place that gets full, specially on the weekends, so roads just near the various boat launching areas get crowded.
We encountered some boaters in the area but Cris signaled to them and they went by.
No need to bring a camera on the kayak. Included on the tour price are pictures taken by the guide! And they have healthy snacks and water waiting for you once you arrive back.
We will repeat this tour again with Nomad and Cris. And of course, we've already told our friends about it.

2  Thank Monica G
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

This was one of the most magical places I have visited so far!!! Absolutely loved it!!! The guide was fun, as well as professional. I recommend it to anyone who is traveling to Puerto Rico and want to experience one of the world's wonders. My favorite part was to swim among the water stars!!!!

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Reviewed 11 March 2013

Boy what a great surprise we had with every aspect of our trip. This was a surprise for my fiance, and I have to say that was a really unforgettable one. The only thing tricky would be getting there but if you follow the GPS coordinates you'll get there, no problem.

They were very professional and courteous over the phone, and even more once you got there. Our group was a 6 people party (3 couples). Most of em with experience but is not like you need it. We started from a small local ramp and went into a small mangrove island near it where we took pictures (provided by the company for free, sweet!), and had a little chat about the area, the fauna and flora. Then we kept paddling into the actual bay, one of 5 in Puerto Rico of the total of 7 that exist in the Caribbean. Once in the spot the guide started talking about the organism we where to see in the waters, and when it was time, we looked down...

Simply mind blowing! Especially when while seeing that a dolphin came and took air probably like 10 feet away from our kayak.

At all times this guide was keeping a great sense of where we where and he was very funny, so he made that a plus a a very nice way of keeping us all amped. We then started the paddle back to a wind protected area where we were allowed to swim... (He told us that at this time Parguera is the only place where swimming has not been banned); so of course we did!

Its very difficult to explain the experience other that how they describe it... you are swimming among stars..

I would recommend this provider any time. Was very professional, knowledgeable, funny, aware and safe. The fee was reasonable considering the fact that pics where included and they had snacks for us as well.

My fiance and I will be repeating customers for sure... We will re live our nomad experience!

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