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

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

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From US$ 165 per person

Likely to sell out

Experience two of the main attractions of Puerto Rico during this all-day adventure tour from San Juan. Visit the Yunque National Forest and explore the water on board a kayak.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 12 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 it's 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. Please read the entire Know Before You Go section to make sure you meet our Safety Requirements and Limitations in order to participate.

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 260 lbs (118 kg)
  • People with recent surgeries
  • Hearing-impaired people
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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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 maximum weight per person on glass-bottom kayak is 185 pounds (only available for reservations made prior to November 21) or 260 pounds for a regular kayak (subject to availability). Participants must notify their exact weight at the time of booking.
  • The rainforest portion is subject to weather conditions. If canceled, you'll be offered an alternative date or refund
  • Participants must be capable of hiking through difficult terrain
  • Participants must understand English or Spanish. Deaf and legally blind persons need to book a private tour
  • On Saturdays the hike is longer and more challenging
  • No refunds will be authorized if participant neglects to read description and comply with safety requirements and limitations
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 32 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5

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I went with my 7-year old daughter and she was able to do everything the other adults did. For the El Yunque portion, our guides Jason and Luis were super accommodating, which I greatly appreciated. I really liked safety precautions on the El Yunque hike such that everyone was required to wear a helmet and a life vest. For water activities in the El Yunque forest, our tour group also provided an additional lifeguard, which I didn't see available for other groups that we came across. The Bio bay portion was good, but because it was a clear day, the moonlight made it hard to see the planktons. We only ended up seeing a few "sparkles". The kayaking was pretty doable by myself with some help from my daughter for the most part, but it was hard the last few minutes paddling in the ocean in the dark with fairly steady wind at the end of a long day.

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May 11, 2022

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

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