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

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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)

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9:00 AM

Please arrive 45 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This is a moderate to strenuous activity. Please dress appropriately: Must wear hiking shoes or tennis with a good grip (closed toe). 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 lbs (84 kg). Maximum weight for Regular kayaks is 260 lbs.
  • 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.
  • Priority use of regular kayaks is for persons weighting 186-260, there is a possibility couples may be divided in order to accommodate on the suitable kayak.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Complimentary transportation available only in San Juan, persons staying in Rio Grande, Luquillo or Fajardo must arrive to meeting point.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Participants cannot be afraid of the dark as you will be kayaking thru pitch black areas during the Bio Bay portion of the tour.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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:
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
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.
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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.

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  • "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-3
Fun water adventure overcome by a storm
Jacob_H
, Oct 2021
The El Yunque experience was excellent. It's primarily an water activity rather than a rainforest tour, but the guide did show us some of the local fauna. After a short walk and arriving at a local swimming area ("lobby"), we climbed up a short rocky path and returned via 2 slides and a large (30ft) jump. The guide was very encouraging for the less adventurous ones of us, and all of us eventually worked up the courage to partake in all three main events, although there are some optional extra jumps for those inclined. For those less interested, you can just stay in the lobby or skip specific parts. I'd advise bringing a pair of shoes with good grip that can get soaked (you will be swimming in them), and a change of shoes after the hike. We stopped at the Luqillo kiosks for lunch (like 2-5pm), which was a good break for food, drink, and beach before the (separate) ride to the Biobay tour arrived. We were then taken to biobay launch point in Fajardo (Las Croabas), which is when things turned south. There started to be intermittent heavy rain, which isn't unusual here, but we got in the kayaks in a period of calm. We launched prior to dusk which made the initial navigation of the mangroves easier. About halfway to the Lagoon, rain picked up again, and thunder started in the distance. I expected to turn around at this point as the tour had indicated tours may be cancelled due to weather events/thunderstorms, but the guides seem unperturbed and we continued. As we arrived in the lagoon, we paddled out to somewhat in the middle of it, which left us less sheltered from the rain, and it soon became a torrential downpour. With thunder getting more frequent and closer, we just sat there waiting for it to become dark enough to see the bioluminescence. So we sat there in the open, rain pouring, thunder roaring, body heat draining, 45 min from shore, pondering our life choices that led us to this point. The guide assured us that this was normal and the thunder was "casual", but I think the average person (including myself) will feel very unsafe. At some point, they concluded that we will need to resort to observing the luminescence under the tarp as many others have indicated (apparently the fresh water from the rain reduces the activity, which already wasn't the highest in this bay). We hid under the tarp, which I mainly appreciated for its shelter from the rain, and splashed water into the kayaks to induce some sparks. If you've calibrated your expectations, as you should, it was sufficiently entertaining, but given the circumstances, entertainment was pretty far from my mind. Eventually even the guide said we should hurry back. Surprisingly we encountered more kayaks approaching the lagoon as we were returning. As we approached the bay, they indicated the wind from the storm was dangerous enough that they tethered our kayaks together to guide us back. Traveling in Puerto Rico in the wet season is always subject to weather, and it's unclear truly how normal this experience was, but you should evaluate your own preparedness to be on the open waters in a thunderstorm. Check the forecasts and radar before getting in the boat. If you're not a particularly warm individual, bring a rain jacket to protect from potential rain. Don't rely on the tour operators to ensure your safety since your own threshold may differ from theirs. The excitement from kayaking in the dark in the mangroves and in the potentially turbulent bay is enough for me by itself, but I'd advise against going out when there's a storm coming, with or without thunder.
star-5
Awesome!
Andrea_A
, Oct 2021
It was a super great experience to explore a corner of the Yunque forest with such a fun tour group!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Muddy adventure
Hae_C
, Oct 2021
We had lots of fun on the hike - muddy, wet, muddy, rinse, repeat! The guides were wonderful and it was thrilling to experience the cliff jumps and natural water slides! Highly recommend the El Yunque rainforest. For the kayaking, we enjoyed kayaking in the dark and experiencing the bio bay phenomenon- if you don’t go with high expectations of seeing luminary lights in the waters and just enjoying the experience, you’ll have a great time.
star-3
Nice excursion from SaJu
Rowen_M
, Oct 2021
The waterfall and jumping off the clip was exhilirating. Biobay tourguides pulled some tricks so we can see the bioluminescent plankton. Guides were excellent. A little pricey so might not be for those watching their budget .
star-5
So Amazing!
Vanessa_H
, Oct 2021
What are great time! Be ready for everyone to climb a bit; my very active 8 year old was able, but needed a boost every now and then. The bio bay is a little disappointing after having visited the much more active one in the southern part of the island, but the moonlit kayaking was beautiful. I would definitely recommend this trip!
star-5
Frankie the guide was...
Chris_Z
, Sep 2021
Frankie the guide was amazing and very knowledgeable. The history he told along with the rainforest itself was stunning
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
I recommend! Where to...
Brittany_C
, Sep 2021
I recommend! Where to begin, the tour bus picked us up around 9am. Prior to the pickup we had a nice hearty breakfast which I highly recommend as you will need energy for the hike. The bus ride out to El Yunque is about 1.5 hours and it's a scenic and beautiful ride. Upon arrival our tour guides Jason and Jonathan (awesome tour guides) gave us waters, life jackets and helmets which need to be worn pretty much the whole time. The beginning of the trail was relatively easy,light moderate walking. I would recommend you wear sneakers which you don't mind getting muddy because there is no way to avoid all the mud puddles. As the trail progresses there are some areas where you will need to climb rocks as the terrain becomes more rocky. Be prepared! After the climb you will go down natural water slides, cliff jump, and its a great time. The views are wonderful, the people were funny, and the rain forest was a must see! After the hiking part of the day we stopped at a beach where there were 60 restaurants side by side. Find the Morongo ! After relaxing we went back on the bus to the kayaking part. BRING BUG SPRAY!!!! Another recommendation would be check the full moon schedule. You will not be able to see the bioluminscent plankton if there is light. Overall it was a good time. Tip for kayaking guides... For the kayaking we did wish the tour provided glow in the dark items because it was super dark in the canals!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Rain Forrest is amazing
Eva_C
, Sep 2021
El Yunque is beautiful. Had a blast jumping off the rocks into the water gave me an adrenaline rush. Our driver, Jonathan was so cool. I would definitely recommend El Yunque to all of my adrenaline junkies. However, make sure you are prepared for the muddy 1 mile hike to get there! It’s worth it too.
star-5
Amazing! Great time! So much fun.
Daniel_D
, Sep 2021
The tour was amazing but what made the tour even better was the staff. I could go on forever but they were all superb. Jason, Michel and especially Jose. These guys deserve raises and a promotion because they are the leadership of of tourism in Puerto Rico.
star-5
Julian & Poncho
Cheryl_V
, Aug 2021
BEST EXCURSION EVER! Best tour guides. The forest, waterfalls, and events were amazing! Doing it 2x!

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