Gilligan's Island

Gilligan's Island, Playa de Guanica: Address, Phone Number, Gilligan's Island Reviews: 4.5/5

Gilligan's Island
4.5
Islands • Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Gilligan’s Island (the official name is Cayo Aurora) is a tiny island that is part of the Biosphere Reserve of Guánica. It is popular with locals for swimming, snorkeling, beach-time, and kayaking.
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Bernadette R
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Gilligan's Island - A memory of a lifetime
Aug 2021
If you come to Puerto Rico and don't see Gilligan's Island then you are missing out on this little oasis. We stayed at Copamarina and rented Kayaks and paddled over for a couple of hours. We took our time and just soaked up the sun and gorgeous ocean views only the way (we brought some water and plenty of sunblock along). We knew we had arrived because the water went from ocean blue to crystal blue/green and you can see all the way down which is about 4' to 5' in some areas. Paddling through the canals (which were a bit deeper) really made me feel as though we were in a remote part of the world that was untouched. We paddled up one canal and went around the island and came out the other end. I was able to park the kayak and swim and walk around for a while. There is a current that pushes you toward the direction of the shore but still easy to navigate through. Next time we plan to go by private boat and bring a picnic along since people are not allowed on the Island indefinitely due to erosion.
Written 18 August 2021
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Sophia Q
16 contributions
Beautiful snorkel spot
Mar 2021
The man made stuff on this island has been destroyed but it’s still a great place!!! We had fun kayaking out to the island, swimming, exploring, and snorkeling. There are so many mangroves with fish all around them!!
Written 13 March 2021
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spaully
Detroit10 contributions
Interesting spot, coral in bad shape and ferry not running
Feb 2020
We tried to take the ferry but it is out of commission due to the Jan. 2020 earthquake. The road from Guanica had been repaired but the ferry was up out of the water for repairs. We were able to find a local to take us to the island (Rafael at Gilligan's Island View) on his boat for $10 round trip. His family vacation guest house was destroyed by the earthquake and he gave us a tour of the damaged house.
The island is mostly mangrove with some sand and picnic tables. We tried to snorkel to the reef on the west end of the island but the current was too strong and the coral severly damaged from the 2017 Hurricane Maria. We saw more fish snorkeling in the mangroves within the island where the current was not as strong. After coming back from the island, we took the road 333 east where it ends at Tamarindo Beach which is deserted and beautiful. We were hoping to hike the trails into the dry forest but they are currently closed.They are using netting to stabilize the crumbling rock faces from the recent earthquake.
Written 5 March 2020
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toriadori
Boqueron, Puerto Rico104 contributions
ONCE IN A LIFETIME...no, 3 times and adding more soon!
Nov 2019
I'm so looking forward to going back in the spring, now that there are boat rides again (from Gilligan's view apartments?).
This "island" is a tree-shaded cove next to a bay, between several islands. Gilligan/Guilligan/Caya Aurora is the main island, where the Dock and the Latrines are located.
The water is WARM, shallow, crystal clear, calm, and beautiful. Perfect for anyone nervous about getting into the Ocean. Perfect for learning how to Snorkel.
There are garbage cans, bar-b-q pits and scant tables. BYOB & chairs. No vendors except the Ferry/Restaurant delivers food orders. there's no running water or electricity. You (and I) are encouraged to take our garbage with us as much as possible. Don't feed the Iguanas.
The ferry charges for coolers because they do take up space on the small boat.
There are plenty of people who come here by motor-boat or kayak. on my last visit i saw a group arrive on SUPs. Some groups get rowdy and drink a lot, but we havent run into anyone too obnoxious. Last visit someone was catching fish by hand and helping others who wanted to try it.
Didn't notice the fish while swimming.
Written 12 February 2020
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dicryan
Austin, TX170 contributions
Gilligan’s Island is back in operation after the Earthquake
Feb 2020 • Friends
$10 rt Boat over to Gilligan’s Island is operational after the Earthquake only from Gilligan’s View Apartments. The Ferry is non-operational for some weeks to come. We had a nice laid back day there. My favorite was to walk to far east end, then dive into the water and float down back to the pier.
Written 11 February 2020
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Carl
Brooklyn, NY27 contributions
Tried in vain to swim around the island, had a great time none the less!
Dec 2019
We came with Coqui Day Tours in Mid December on a Monday. For the first 30 minutes we had the island to ourselves which was amazing. After a while around 12 other people showed up.The water is clear and mostly shallow. I saw plenty of fish hiding out around the mangrove roots. It was great exercise to swim against the current, however the minute I stopped to catch a breath I quickly floated back to my starting point near the dock. But since this was a vacation we spent plenty of time chilling out in the water floating around and sitting in beach chairs.
I could see how this place would not be nearly as much fun if there were hundreds of people. But luckily on the day we came we had it almost all to ourselves.
Had a great time and I would definitely recommend it.
Written 23 December 2019
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Lola
Bronx, NY17 contributions
Total waste
Oct 2019 • Friends
This place is rundown and full of jellyfish. The customer service is horrible. The ferry that’s supposed to bring your food leaves with your food if they are in a hurry regardless if you paid ahead of time. The island is full of mangroves and crowded. The bathroom has no running water and the “toilet” is a latrine surrounded by a wooden colorful building that is 2 storms away from crashing down. There are a lot more nicer things to visit in Puerto Rico and this isn’t one of them. PS: this is not the television Gilligan’s Island.
Written 13 October 2019
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Melinda G
Tampa, FL19 contributions
My Favorite Place in PR
Sep 2019
I live Guilligans Island! I’ve been here so many times. The water is calm and clear it is great for adults as well as kids. The small fish swim around you. I once saw a seahorse. The trip there is about $10 round trip and if you order food from the Jacinto Restaurant they take it to the dock at the time you tell them. Food is affordable. Also there is an amazing resort near by Copamarina beach Resort that if you stay there they also have a boat that takes you to the island. I love going during the week since it’s not a big crowd. Do keep in mind that Monday it’s not open. Definitely recommend it.
Written 9 September 2019
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Herme G
Cape Coral, FL15 contributions
Beautiful waters
Dec 2018
We were able to kayak to this little island, enjoyed so much this adventure with the crystal waters. Love the place!
Written 3 September 2019
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judgekonnan
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One of PR must places.
Mar 2019
I've been to the island a couple of times (also called Cayo Aurora). Do not recommend it on weekends specially during summer since it's a small place. There is little coastline since most of the island is underwater and you have to hustle for shade if you didn't bring a beach umbrella or something to cover up. With that said, this an enchanting place. On Tuesday and Wednesday it is especially comfortable. It's a bit over an hour from San Juan. Try to be there before 8 to get a good spot, especially recommend the cover of the trees next to shore so you can seat with your feet dipped in the water. The water is clear and serene so there is little threat of your stuff washing away. Bring a small bag per person and try to only bring one cooler for the entire group as they charge extra for those. For $8 to $12 you can buy pretty good food at the docks which they bring right up to the island for lunch. I highly recommend you get a plate for everybody. The island's restroom to my experience are always well kept. There are also BBQ pits available if you want to go for that. Bring plenty of sun lotion, bug repellent, a beach chair, something to create shade, a full cooler, sit back and enjoy a bit of paradise.
Written 3 September 2019
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