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El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour

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El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour
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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Spend an adventurous day exploring two of Puerto’s most incredible natural wonders on this full-day excursion to hike in the El Yunque Rainforest and kayak at the island’s famed Bioluminescent Bay. Start your morning with a hike in the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest system, enjoying incredible mountain views and an optional waterfall swim to cool off. Then continue with a nighttime kayaking trip to the magical Bioluminescent Bay, which features a unique variety of plankton that glow when the water is touched or moved. Your Puerto Rico outdoor adventure also includes round-trip hotel transport, professional guide, and national park fees.
  • Spend the day exploring two natural wonders of Puerto Rico
  • Hike through the El Yunque Rainforest and swim at a waterfalls
  • Enjoy a nighttime kayak through the illuminated Bioluminescent Bay
  • Tour is suitable for those who are in good physical condition
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Certified Tour Guide
Bottled Water and light snacks
First aid equipment
USCG certified lifejackets
Gratuity for your tour guide is not included, but greatly appreciated.
Lunch
Additional fee for pick ups outside of San Juan will apply (Dorado, Bayamon, Rio Grande, Fajardo, Humacao)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Complimentary pick up in selected areas of San Juan: Old San Juan, Condado, Isla Verde, Miramar and Ocean Park and Calle Loiza. Meeting point available by PR-3 in Rio Grade, Luquillo and Fajardo.

Exact pick up time will be provided the day prior to the tour.

Ports

  • Panamerican Pier


Departure Time

9:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This is a moderate to strenuous activity. Please dress appropriately: Wear hiking shoes (tennis with a good grip also works). Can also bring water shoes for when you go into the river . Please note: shoes will get wet and very muddy
  • Participants must be physically capable of walking thru rocky, uneven and muddy surfaces without assisatance.
  • Participants must be capable of paddling a two person kayak in a coordinated matter and be able to sit on the same position for about 2 hours.
  • Maximum weight for Glass Bottom kayaks is 185-190 lbs (84-86 kg). Participants weighting up to 260 lbs need to notify at moment of booking in order to have assigned a regular kayak. Failure to notify correctly may result in person(s) not being able to participate on bio bay tour, no refunds will be issued due to this.
  • Not suitable for pregnant women past their first trimester or for persons with back or knee problems, heart complaints, recent surgeries or injuries or other serious medical conditions.
  • Children must be 7 years or older to participate.
  • You must have a good breakfast before departing on this tour
  • Due to the strict weight restriction all participants are subject to be weighted prior to arriving to the tour site. No cancellations or refunds will be issued if a person neglects to inform correct weight, and is not able to participate of the tour.
  • Participants cannot be afraid of the dark as you will be kayaking thru pitch black areas during the Bio Bay portion of the tour.
  • Rainforest portion is subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Due to safety reasons participants must be able to understand English or Spanish. Legally blind or deaf persons are not able to participate due to the same. An alternative for persons with certain limitations is to book a Private Rainforest tour. Please contact us prior to booking for more information.
  • Use of lifejacket is mandatory once participating on the water related activities.
  • Once you begin the Rainforest tour, you must finish it all the way up to the second stop and return back with the group.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Transportation available for those staying outside of San Juan for an additional fee; please call the local tour operator for a quote.
  • Estimated tour duration of 12 hours includes driving and lunch time.
  • The bio bay is an unpredictable natural phenomenon that may be influenced by multiple factors. Bioluminoscity level can vary from very visible to minimum or none without any previous notice. Full Moon phase may also affect the visibility of the bioluminescence. In the event of this happening alternate methods such as the use of a tarp will be incorporated in order to appreciate it.
  • Please travel light and only bring the necessary to the tour. Leave behind electronic devices, any important documentation like passport, large sums of cash or credit cards. Cell phones require waterproof case.
  • GLASS BOTTOM KAYAKS ARE NOT AVAILABLE ON TUESDAYS due to maintenance, instead tour will be conducted on Regular Kayaks, no refunds will be issued due to this.
  • Failure to provide hotel/lodging or cruise information upon booking may result in bus not being able to pick you at your location or close to it. No refunds will be issued if you miss your pick up.
  • Bus will only wait 5 minutes after arriving to your pick up location, we will not be responsible if you miss to arrive on time.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Bio Bay portion of tour operates under rain and other weather conditions. Guide will determine to call it off when thunderstorms or other serious conditions happens.
  • Bespoke LM Reserves the Right of Admission - If a person appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, not following COVID19 protocols or not dressed appropriately (due safety) the Guide has the right to Cancel their reservation at any moment, and No Refunds will be issued due to this.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bespoke Lifestyle Management

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour.
Q:
How strenuous is the El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour?
A:
Participants must be physically capable of walking thru steep, rocky, muddy trails, and have the balance to walk by uneven surfaces. Must be able to paddle on a two-person kayak, on a coordinated matter, and not be afraid of the dark.
Feb 2021
Q:
Can pregnant women participate in the El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour?
A:
Due to safety concerns, Pregnant ladies past their first trimester are not permitted to participate.
Feb 2021
Q:
Can I bring my children on the El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour?
A:
Children must be 7 years or older to participate.
Feb 2021
Q:
What should I wear for the El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour?
A:
Wear a bathing suit and comfortable clothes. Bring a towel and an extra pair of clothing. Hiking and water shoes are strongly recommended, tennis with a good grip also work.
Feb 2021
Q:
What should I bring to the El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour?
A:
Please travel light and only bring what is necessary for the tour. Leave behind electronic devices, any important documentation like a passport, large sums of cash, or credit cards. Cell phones require a waterproof case.
Feb 2021
Q:
Should I eat before the El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour?
A:
Yes, be sure to have a good breakfast before we depart as we will be having a late lunch stop.
Feb 2021
Q:
Do you provide life jackets on the El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour?
A:
Yes, and the use of lifejackets is mandatory during water-related activities.
Feb 2021
Q:
What causes the bioluminescence that we see on the El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path & Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour?
A:
The luminescence is caused by our glowing friends, the Pyrodinium Bahamense, microscopic planktons capable of producing natural light at the touch of your hand!
Feb 2021

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Traveler Tips


  • "Water shoes aren’t sufficient for the hike - but shoes that can get wet and have traction are the best bet." See review
  • "It’s muddy and fun and exciting; make sure to wear old clothes!" See review
  • "Be prepared to get a bit muddy and bring water shoes or shoes you don’t really care about." See review

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star-5
Amazing Rainforest!
Mariela
, Jul 2021
The trip was awesome! Beautiful rainforest, so much fun! best tour guides. Thanks Felix Love you Familia
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star-5
Exactly what we needed
Robin_O
, Jul 2021
Our guides, Felix and Luis were superb. The terrain was treacherous in parts but their guidance and specific instructions on foot and hand placement made everyone successful. I was accompanied by my 8yo and 18yo sons. The little one was a jungle beast 😂. You have to jump off the rocks and rope swing. Wear tennis shoes and plan to be muddy.
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star-5
Great excursion
Aco
, Jul 2021
Felix was an incredible tour guide. He made the rainforest hike fun and was informative along the way! For the kayak trip, I highly recommend bringing bug spray. The mosquitos show no mercy. We did expect a little more during the kayak trip. We kayaked a mile and a half out into the bay and then we all went under a tarp to be able to see the bioluminescent plankton. We only were under the tarp for about 5 minutes or less, then kayaked back to shore. But overall an amazing experience, we would do the rainforest hike all over again! Thank you!!
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star-5
Great experience, recommend it to anybody
Nabor_T
, Jul 2021
Joe and Jonathan We’re awesome tour guides. They were experience and well mannered. I will definitely come back again and do it again.
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Pros and Cons
Angela_W
, Jul 2021
The morning started late, as we were scheduled to be picked up at 8:25, and didn't get picked up until 9:15. No problem, they communicated the issue. El Yunque was fun. The hike is pretty dangerous though, the rocks were slippery and we trekked through slick, wet mud. The rainforest was packed and we had to squeeze down narrow paths with limited footing. The waterslides and cliff jumps were cool but you could only do them one time each and you had to wear a life jacket even if you're a swimmer. Some people had issue with this. Last time I came to PR, I rented a car and drove to El Yunque to explore at my leisure. I would suggest this route. If you book the tour, bring a change of shoes. Sitting on the bus all day in wet, muddy tennis shoes and socks sucks. Shout out to Julian, Big John and Mitchell. Our tour guides were incredible. Also they throw in free videos and pictures. Download the Whatsapp app for the guide to send them to you. They are blurry over text. Afterwards we were dropped off at Luqillo Beach with food kiosks. By this point we were starving because our 8:00 a.m. breakfast was long gone after that strenuous hike. Bring your sandals. The next driver was supposed to get us at 5:00 p.m., but didn't arrive until 5:30 p.m. The biolumineecent bay started off pretty good. Kayaking in the huge ocean was amazing and beautiful, but the mangrove channel was kind of a nightmare with the bugs. I was covered face to heels in mosquitoe bites. Bring your bug spray!! STRONG bug spray. Another tour group was out on the water with us and they brought bug spray for their customers but wouldn't give us any because we weren't on their tour. It wasn't dark enough to see anything glow, so we had to get under a tarp and stick our hand under water and that was underwhelming. After the tarp thing, we had to kayak back through mosquito hell in the pitch black darkness with no order. Two different tour groups were trying to squeeze through a narrow channel and it was like bumper boats. There were kayaks crashing in to the woods and in to each other. The guides were barking out orders and customers were screaming at each other. It was mass chaos because it was completely dark. Also, the water smelled like sewage and there was seaweed all at the base of the water when you get in and get out of the kayak. After all drop offs, we got back to our room at 10:30 p.m. and all food places near us were closed or closing. In summary, keep these tips in mind: - make sure you are physically fit enough for a strenuous hike and several miles of paddling. If you have knee or back issues, don't do it to yourself. Also if you have weak upper body strength, I wouldn't do it. - bring a change of shoes. Preferably one pair to hike in and one pair of sandals. -water shoes are not great for the hike. They have almost no grip. - bring snacks for the van ride. You get one meal for the whole 13-14 hour excursion. - bring tons of strong bug repellent. It's not needed for El Yunque, but you'll def need it in the bay. - book the tours on two separate days if possible, or don't make reservations on the day you do this tour
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star-5
Must do!
Cynthia_S
, Jul 2021
Our guides for the hike were incredible from beginning to end. I am so glad that we listened to every piece of advice they gave us throughout the day as they were always right and saved us from a few bad choices. This was the highlight of the trip for us.
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Canceled and no refund
Karisa_M
, Jul 2021
Bio bay was cancelled and we have not received a refund. The rainforest was cool but busy and seemed very rushed.
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star-5
Yes yes a thousand times yes!!
Amy_R
, Jul 2021
If you don't do this tour, you are missing out! LIFE CHANGING!! Our guide was Felix, Michael (I think), and I honestly can't remember their names. Our flight home has been stressful lol but they were AMAZING! My husband lost his glasses in a 20-30 foot deep crystal pool and they said "relax we will find them." Sure enough they did! They comforted anyone who was scared, including people who weren't in our group. They were helpful and protective of their family, which is what they called us. And they definitely made us feel like one. Rainforest is beautiful. Do this tour!
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star-5
Best hiking ever
Lydia_R
, Jul 2021
The lobby area with all the ropes and big rocks that people were jumping off of. Our tour guide was so nice and knowledgeable. We loved it. Met so many good people.
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star-5
10/10 Recommend
Taylour_P
, Jul 2021
This tour will be one of the best memories of my life, it was so challenging but fun! Felix and Luis were amazing and I can tell they really love what they do!!
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