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

San Juan, Caribbean
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12 hours  (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more


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 rainforest 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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Great Way to Spend a Day
Vanessa F
, Sep 2019
We did a lot of things in San Juan during our stay but this was our favorite and most memorable experience. I recommend water shoes/bathing suit and a waterproof camera for the hike, and bug spray for the kayaking!
Amazingly beautiful and so much fun!!
Ali T
, Jul 2019
Best excursion ever. Only complaint was in arranging the transportation. We were coming from Ponce and we should have just drove to Fajardo to meet everyone, but we drove to San Juan to meet the group for transportation to the rainforest. Besides that snafu...the day was amazing, Our guide was very kind, and very knowledgable about the rainforest and the effects of the hurricane on it. The hike to the river was very short and easy...I was expecting a really long hike, but it was less a mile. Once there we swam, enjoyed rope swings and cliff jumps. We stayed at that section before bouldering or giving over some semi-difficult sections of rocks to get to higher water falls and water slides. It was mostly locals, so it was cool to see a not so touristy area. After all the swimming and cliff jumping, we went to a market with so many food vendors to choose from. Wish we had just an extra 30 minutes there, but the food was delicious. After that we went was nice and relaxing. The bay wasn't as bright as I thought it would be. You have to agitiate the water to make them glow, but overall it was still fun. So happy we went on this excursion...the rainforest, waterfalls and staff were amazing! Def book this!
Incredible encounter with nature!
, Jul 2019
Our experience with the beautiful scenery was heightened by our knowledgeable guides. Our guides were not only worried about keeping us safe and us having a good time but also shared very interesting facts about the locations along the way. We will be recommending these tours to all our family and friends!!!
Amazing day!
, Jul 2019
I would recommend this tour to just about anybody who's comfortable getting dirty, climbing rocks, and jumping into rivers. The nature walk was a full-body exercise but it was totally worth it. The rivers and cascades were so beautiful. I truly had a blast. Also, our tour guide, Francisco, was amazing - very knowledgeable, fun, and upbeat. Kayaking at the bio bay was fun but not as great as the nature walk. You'll have to adjust your expectations for the bio bay - what you'll see looks more like sparkles in the water. Anyway, I was beat by the time we got around to kayaking so keep that in mind!
Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thank you for sharing your experience. This is indeed a full day of adventure and physical activity, but at the end of the day you also feel accomplished. The bio bay is very unpredictable, we continue working to adjust the description to be as clear as posible, so everyone knows exactly what to expect. If your plans bring you back, feel free to contact us to have you join on another great adventure!
Overall, impressive. Depends on the day.
, Jul 2019
The climbing portion was the decided favorite in our group. The tour guide was extremely knowledgable and friendly (Thanks Fernando!) and he even gave us recommendations in San Juan. The kayaking was fun, but our night with the bioluminescent algae was a little lacking- turns out that they need rain to be very active, so even though we went on a new moon, the impact of the algae was not very strong. Also, because we were the first group to the bay, we were pressured to return pretty shortly after sun-down. It wasn't truly black until we were back in the channel headed for the launch point. It's possible that we could have seen more algae reaction if we were allowed to stay out longer. I recommend some strength for this excursion. The hike includes some portions of bouldering/rock face climbing, and your shoes will get wet. They will also get wet kayaking. It's probably a good choice to wear tennis shoes/light sneakers for the entirety of the experience and bring some flip flops to change into at the very end of the night. The kayaking was a work-out, most average people should be able to do it.
Great team building experience!
, Jun 2019
Our group of 18 throughly enjoyed our tour. It forced us to really work together and communicate, plus we learned a lot about the Puerto Rican culture. We are excited to visit again to explore other areas because of what we learned. Our guides were knowledgeable and very helpful throughout the tour. Safety was their main priority and it was greatly appreciated. We would definitely book this tour again!
El Yunque YAY, Kayaking BOO
, Jun 2019
The morning part of this tour exploring El Yunque was phenomenal! It exceeded our expectations. I am so glad we splurged for this tour instead of trying to navigate El Yunque on our own. María destroyed much of the canopy and the trails are still being rebuilt. It’s muddy and fun and exciting; make sure to wear old clothes! We hiked to a secluded area, did a little rock climbing, and got to swim near a waterfall with rope swings and a natural slide. SO FUN! Fernando was helpful, fun, easy to talk to, and very knowledgeable. We also had help from Mitchell, the local sherpa. I couldn’t have loved El Yunque more! After that, we stopped for lunch at the kiosks at Luquillo Beach. It was nice to explore on our own for a bit. We tried lots of delicious cocktails and visited the calm and beautiful beach. Then came the evening part of our tour. Due to a full tour, we left our morning group and joined a different group for the kayaking portion. I asked our new guide, Christian, when I should change back into my swimsuit for kayaking. He said I wouldn’t need a suit because we would be dry the rest of the night. I was confused but went along with it. When we arrived to the bay, we were one of 5 companies who run these tours. There are SO MANY kayaks in a small space trying to enjoy the same experience. The few minutes when we saw the bioluminescent algae was cool, but the hassle of the whole experience wasn’t worth it for me. It wasn’t relaxing, the tour guides were impatient, and I got soaked (as I thought I would). The biggest problem was the mosquitos. The company (Glass Bottom Kayaks) or tour guide should have reminded us to put on bug spray or wear long sleeves. Kayaking through the mangroves was miserable due to the quantity of mosquito bites. In a 75 minute experience, I received about 50 bites. I am still itchy, even though I’ve been home for a week.
Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear Rachel, Thank you for your gift of feedback. We are saddened to learn that during the last portion of the tour you had more challenges than fun. I apologize for the confusion with the swimsuit information. We understand the pace of both activities is very different, will take this observation in consideration in order to have our description mention more on what to expect once at the bio bay site.
Rainforest hike was amazing. Bioluminescent stunk!
, Jun 2019
The rain forest hike/swim was amazing. Our guides were personable, knowledgeable and very helpful/attentive when the hike became strenuous. They obviously knew what they were doing. The bioluminescent kayak was a big joke! The picture and description of the tour were nothing like the actual event. We had to hide under dirty, smelly tarps and stir the water with our hands to see any type of glow. There was a lot of wasted time with taking pictures and waiting for dark, just to go under a tarp. Would not recommend this tour.
Most amazing experience
, Jun 2019
The whole tour was just amazing! Very good and knowledgeable guides, on time pick up, they made sure everyone was taken care of and safe guidance to sometimes a bit more difficult territory (climbing to the waterslides). And the bio bay... no words to describe it! It was so much more and better than expected! TAKE MOSQUITO REPELLENT! My sister had done the bio bay in La Parguera already which was nowhere near as amazing as Laguna Grande. Can't wait to try Vieques. I would recommend this tour to everyone! Such an amazing experience!!!!! But keep in mind that it is a bit strenuous.
Adventure with a view
, Jun 2019
I had an excellent time on this tour! Fernando was our guide and he was an excellent guide. He helped us navigate, pointed out local species, and helped us with some of the rougher terrain, keeping everybody safe. I had fun sliding down the waterfalls and swinging on a ropeswing and some of the views were really beautiful! The kayaking was fun and they had marine biologists to teach and answer questions about the bioluminescence. Kayaking through the water when it was dark was a sight I will not ever forget!
Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear traveler, We are excited to learn you were able to enjoy this day of adventure to the fullest. Our dedicated Tour Guides always strive to create unforgettable experiences and Fernando is no exception. If you are ever back in PR, feel free to contact us to have you join on another great adventure!

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