Day trip

San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest & Bio Bay Kayak Combo Tour

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San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest & Bio Bay Kayak Combo Tour

From $165 per person

Discover two essentials of Puerto Rico on this inclusive day trip.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
The exact pickup time will be provided one to two days prior to the tour. Transportation included from selected San Juan areas: Old San Juan, Miramar, Condado. Calle Loiza and Isla Verde. Driver will wait only 5 minutes after the confirmed pickup time.

Experience

Highlights
  • Go off the beaten path to hike and explore El Yunque Rainforest
  • Take a dip in a waterfall, natural pool, and waterslides
  • Kayak in a bio-luminescent bay and see glowing planktons
  • Enjoy inclusive transportation to and from San Juan
Full description
Join your expert tour guide for an all-day excursion to the El Yunque Rainforest, then kayak with glowing planktons at a bio-luminescent bay. Start your adventure with a visit to the lesser-known zone of El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the United States. Hike and explore this off-the-beaten-track habitat. Take a dip in a waterfall or natural pool, or try out the waterslides. Hear fascinating stories from your guide about natural and local history. Spot native flora and fauna, many of which are not found anywhere else on the planet. After the hike, take a break with some lunch at a local restaurant. Then its time for a kayak adventure through mangrove channels leading to the Laguna Grande. Meet the glowing microscopic planktons capable of producing natural light at the touch of your hand. Paddle in this remarkable yet safe environment. Explore these amazing creatures up close. Watch how every stroke of your paddle leaves behind a glowing swirl of blue light that resembles fireflies. Learn how this fragile and unique ecosystem maintains a perfect balance of life.
Includes
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Certified tour guide
  • Bottled water and light snacks
  • First aid equipment
  • US Coast Guard-certified life jackets
  • Roundtrip transportation from selected hotels and areas in San Juan
  • Extra food or drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 7 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People afraid of heights
  • People over 264 lbs (120 kg)
  • People with recent surgeries
  • Hearing Impaired
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Hiking shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Valuables
  • Open-toed shoes

Know before you go

  • The Rainforest portion of the tour is subject to weather and river conditions and may have same-day cancellations. If canceled, you'll be offered an alternative date or a full refund
  • For safety reasons participants must be able to understand the English or Spanish
  • Including transportation from San Juan, allow up to 12 hours for the entire tour
  • This a moderate to strenuous activity. Participants must be capable of walking through steep, rocky, muddy trails, and balancing when walking on uneven surfaces
  • The use of protective equipment is mandatory
  • The maximum weight for Glass Bottom kayaks is 185-190 lbs
  • Participants weighing up to 260 lbs need to notify at the time of booking. Failure to notify may result in the person(s) not being able to participate in the bio bay tour, no refunds will be issued
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 9 reviews

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The hiking trip to the waterfall/river was so much fun and the tour guides were awesome. Very involved and made sure everyone was enjoying themselves. Breathtaking views and the water felt amazing cause it was so hot!! Bio Bay Kayaking was an absolute waste of time and money. For starters, the water smelled like we were kayaking in a cess pool. The water was black and smelled like rotten eggs. Didn't seem very sanitary or safe for anyone to be in. Then we were lined up in our kayaks and covered with a tarp full of sand in order to see the plankton light up (which they didn't) they clearly stated this wasn't guaranteed but according to other reviews it seems like it doesn't happen any time of the year. So we literally just got covered in sand from head to toe for no reason. I really do not recommend this activity to anyone.

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September 13, 2021

I think people should knows this hike is NOT easy. We were exhausted after the hike and ended up skipping the kayak experience because of this. With that being said the hike was amazing. Our tour guide Felix was great and everyone made it back in tact. I highly recommend.

August 28, 2021

For the first portion of the excursion (El Yunque Rainforest), Felix and JC were absolutely incredible and are the only reason why I would rate this 5 stars. They were very knowledgeable, friendly, encouraging, and fostered a familial environment. I would recommend them 10 times out of 10! They also provided unlimited bottles of water and snacks. I would not, however, recommend the Bio Bay Kayaking. I can't even remember our tour guides' names because they did not engage at all. Outside of providing instructions on how to kayak and what path we should follow, they did not talk to us. They mostly only spoke with each other on the walkie talkies and did not teach or show us much about the wildlife we had paid to see. The bioluminescence in Laguna Grande is not impressive - I would recommend 0 out of 10 times. If this is truly an experience you want to partake in, go to the islands of Vieques or Culebra.

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August 11, 2021

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