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

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San Juan, Caribbean

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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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.
  • 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.
  • Hiking shoes or tennis with a good grip are required. Bring also water shoes as they will be useful during portions of the tour.
  • 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 recommended 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.
  • We strongly suggest to have a good breakfast before departing on this tour (next opportunity to eat will be around 3:00pm)
  • 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.
  • You will get wet, it is recommended that you wear bathing suit underneath, bring a towel and extra clothes for after the tour.
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 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
See all safety measures taken by El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour.
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 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour.

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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
  • "You should also not bring anything that can get wet so consider a waterproof pouch or case for your camera if you want to bring it." See review

Reviews

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Thank you Hector and Mitch! We will never forget such an amazing adventure.
Halley_S
, Jan 2021
The tour guides were fantastic! Hector was extremely knowledgable on all of the different wildlife in the forest and took us crazy adventures! They picked us up from our hotel and it was a short ride to El Yunque. Once we arrived we started on our hike through the forest. Every sight we saw was unbelievable and there were so many opportunities to jump off cliffs and slide down the river. Super fun! Hector and Mitch were the life of the tour and ensured our safety throughout the entire day. We were then brought to a lunch spot and picked up for the Bio Bay tour. This was later at night because it must be dark. I thought the Kayak trip was beautiful and it was so cool to see the water glow at night. Definitely bring bug spray! Also, wear shoes that are old or water shoes. I brought old sneakers and they worked great.
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My electric rainforest tour with viator!
Carlos_A
, Jan 2021
I dont even know where to begin! But the tour through the rainforest was amazing! The path we walked with all the knowledgeable info our guide game was great, I learned so much! Our tour guide & bus driver were very friendly, helpful, thoughtful, and really seemed to care. Honestly my best experience ever with a tour guide & driver. They seemed very genuine in enjoying their job while helping others. The natural water slide was amazing & we had tons of fun jumping off natural rock formations into the natural pool, the water felt great. Climbing through the trails made me feel like a kid again with a very exciting path with fun little obstacles. This really was a treat! I'd recommend this tour to anyone 😁🤙🏾
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star-5
Once-in-a-lifetime experience
Benjamin_G
, Jan 2021
A big, thankful shoutout to our tour guide, Hector! Kansas loves you! The rainforest itself was beautiful, but our tour guide, Hector, made this tour the unforgettable experience that it truly was. He had such high energy and fun humor that made you want to take new risks that make this tour worth the money! Hector and Mitch worked together to ensure the safety of all of our group. They tell you where to step while climbing the rocks and always offer their hand for help. They are great models to show you how to swing over the waters, do the waterfall slides, and cliff jump into the water. You don’t have to be a great swimmer to do these activities; life jackets are provided. The Bio Bay was a beautiful experience as well. There is a tarp that you have over you in the mean time that it gets dark, so you can see the plankton light up as you touch or move the water. However, it eventually gets dark and the tarp is removed. The tour guides shined a green laser to guide people on which direction to kayak in the dark mangrove tunnel during the night. They were also funny and knowledgeable. I definitely recommend this tour to everyone visiting Puerto Rico! It’s a day filled with fun, adventure, and new friends! - Jessica and Ben from Kansas
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Awesome experience!!
divya_r
, Dec 2020
Loved the experience. I am glad we chose this tour. The guides were friendly and really helpful. Would recommend this to anyone who wants to explore the rainforest.
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star-4
A fun day. You do need to be in good shape for both activities in one day. It’s definitely a unique experience!
Staci_H
, Dec 2020
Amazing views and educational. I can’t stress enough to wear high traction footwear. Everything is super slick and you will need sure footing on the slippery rocks!
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Loved it
Delilah_E
, Dec 2020
Rock climbing, jumping cliffs & eating the authentic food. Our tour gave us an awesome history of the landscape & was courteous & thoughtful!
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star-5
Best Day Ever
Clarisa_L
, Nov 2020
The best experience ever. All the guides were top notch and worked together to create the safest and funniest experience ever. The sights were to die for. Had a smile on my face the entire time. There are rock Waterslides and points where you can cliff jump about 20-30 ft into the water. The water is refreshing and clean. Vegetation has come back tremendously since hurricane Maria. Definitely do not wear flat surface sneakers. There were a few people with us who did and it caused them to slip and fall in the mud and on rocks. There are times you are bear crawling on wet rocks and rock climbing so good traction shoes are a must. Water shoes are not sufficient either. Look into water hiking shoes or heavy duty hiking shoes, it’s what my husband and I used. Wear comfortable bathing suits and clothing. This is no time to look cute because you are guaranteed to get muddy and sweaty and are literally climbing over trees that have fallen in a line of people so who ever is behind you will have a full view to your backside. Literally the only thing you need to take with you up the trail is a waterproof case for your phone and water which should be kept in a tiny backpack or even a Fanny pack. The guides have extra water and a first aid kit just in case. You are constantly moving with a few break points for jumps and slides where you are posted up on river rocks 🪨 or boulders. Everyone is just in such amazement of the sights and action we forgot to eat along the way. You should pack a change of clothes, towels and water and light snacks ( trail mix , granola bars, crackers) in a separate bag and leave that in the transport van that you arrive in for when you get back. I absolutely loved this experience and will definitely be back! Thanks to all the guides who lead the way and helped us feel safe and secured along the way. You guys are the dream team of El Yunque!
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A++
Kendra
, Nov 2020
Frankie was an amazing tour host! Great energy and very knowledgeable! Mitchell (aka “Tarzan”) kept everyone safe, while showing how much fun you can have in the water. Be prepared to walk in mud and DEFINITELY prepare for adventure!
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One of a kind hike
Sonia_J
, Oct 2020
Our guide, Frankie, was absolutely amazing!! This tour was a workout, be ready to crawl, get muddy, and be drenched from head to toe.
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Best company 8ve ever booked with
Dylan_M
, Oct 2020
These people are absolutely the best at what they do. We had to reschedule twice because of unforseen circumstances. But they were so accommodating, they were able to split my tour between two days and I ended up going straight from the rainforest to the airport via a personal shuttle they called just so I would make it on time for my flight. Felix and Hector were both very fun and happy people. They were very knowledgeable and very happy to help with anything you need. Hector was able to spot tiny creatures high in the treetops that we would have walked right past. His knowledge of plants, animals and puerto rico itself were very informative. The trail itself was INCREDIBLE!!! I had a huge smile on my face the entire time. I even got to eat a fresh passion fruit from the jungle. This is an experience I will never forget. Please respect the forest and trails if you go, the amount of trash there was disheartening. The bio bay was also an incredible experience with funny, knowledgeable guides. You get to kayak through a mangrove canal! If I could rate this journey higher I would. Everyone speaks English very well.
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