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

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Duration: 12 hours

Departs: puerto rico, puerto rico

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

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This is a moderate to strenuous activity that may not be suitable for everyone.

If you're looking for an active way to experience Puerto Rico's native environment, take advantage of this combo adventure from San Juan! It includes a nature hike in an off the beaten path way that will lead you to amazing natural pools, waterfall and waterslides, followed by a nighttime kayaking tour on the bioluminescent bay. These two natural wonders provide a fascinating look at the island's ecology. You will also enjoy an authentic Puerto Rican lunch between both activities to enhance your cultural experience (food cost not included in tour price).

What's Included

All taxes, fees and handling charges

Bottled Water and light snacks

Certified Tour Guide

First aid equipment

What's Not Included

Additional fee for pick ups outside of San Juan will apply (Dorado, Bayamon, Rio Grande, Fajardo, Humacao)

Gratuity for your tour guide is not included, but greatly appreciated.


Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 7 - 12
  • ADULT: Age: 13 - 99

Additional Info

  • 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.
  • Complimentary transportation available only in San Juan, persons staying in Rio Grande, Luquillo or Fajardo must arrive to meeting point.
  • 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 c
  • Estimated tour duration of 12 hours includes: 3.5-4 hours at the forest, 2 hrs at bio bay, 3.5-4 hrs combined of driving each way and lunch time.
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • On Saturdays the hike is longer and more challenging since we depart from a different point.
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and can be brought at your own risk..
  • 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.
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to failure to provide correct weight, follow instructions to meet requirements to participate, failure to provide pick up location, late or non-arrival of participants.
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • 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
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • You must have a good breakfast before departing on this tour
  • 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, an
  • 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.
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • 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.
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Maximum weight for Glass Bottom kayaks is 185 lbs (84 kg). Maximum weight for Regular kayaks is 260 lbs.
  • Once you begin the Rainforest tour, you must finish it all the way up to the second stop and return back with the group.
  • Participants cannot be afraid of the dark as you will be kayaking thru pitch black areas during the Bio Bay portion of the tour.
  • Participants must be physically capable of walking thru rocky, uneven and muddy surfaces without assisatance.
  • Persons with the previously listed health restrictions cannot participate on the tour. No refunds will be authorized if a person neglects to read complete description and does not meet the safety requirements and limitations on the day of the tour.
  • Pregnant women, persons with back or knee problems, heart complaints, recent surgeries or injuries or other serious medical conditions cannot participate. Children must be 7 years or older to participate.
  • 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.
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • 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 biolumines
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Use of lifejacket and helmet is mandatory. $100 fee will apply for each piece of equipment if not returned.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • 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.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

El Yunque National Forest
Get adventurous, get muddy and off the paved trail!  Go on a hike to explore different zones of the rain forest, lesser known to the public, and enjoy beautiful views of the forest, natural pools and Atlantic Ocean during these 4 hours at the Forest.  Once we arrive to the skirts of El Yunque we will start with a 25-30 minute journey on a river wading and rock scaling path to the river. Here you will see bamboo trees, rain-forest flowers, and many other beautiful plants and experience various rivers, waterfalls and walk through natural trails.  We will make a stop to visit a collecting pool that forms at the base of a small waterfall. Here you will have the opportunity to swim on it’s crystal clear waters, swing from a rope and enjoy the different tones of its deep pools. A glimpse at the first waterfall, great for pictures opportunities!

This portion of the adventure finishes in a pool area, its best kept secret. After a few minutes of hiking and rock climbing to the upper sections (more strenuous), arrive at a natural river where you can swim, cliff jump, enjoy the natural water slides and small waterfalls.

After the hike, we will stop for lunch at a local restaurant (food cost not included) for about an hour to an hour and half.

4 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Laguna Grande
We will then proceed heading East to join on the guided nighttime bioluminescent bay kayak tour. Experience the mystical mangrove channels leading to Laguna Grande. Look into the water to see the glowing pyrodinium bahamense, microscopic planktons capable of producing natural light at the touch of your hand or paddle (like fireflies). Admire these amazing organisms up close as you paddle on a 2-person kayak through the mangroves for an estimate of 30-minutes, and learn from your eco-tour guide about this fragile and unique ecosystem. Once reached the lagoon, you will have some time to play with the water (from within the kayak) and receive more information, before we head back to the mangrove channels for another kayaking journey of approximately 30 minutes .  

Enjoy provided snacks at the end of the kayak tour, before returning to San Juan.

Please note: 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.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included


Great choice & worth every cent
genesis_f, 18-09-2022
Our tour guides were so energetic and provided many educational facts throughout the trip. We started off on a hike through El Yunque and were able to go down a water slide, etc. Our tour guides were very helpful and they truly enjoyed their job and loves Puerto Rico which provided a wonderful experience for everyone. The kayaking tour was an amazing experience as well. We learned about the plankton that light up when you splash in the water. It rained on the way back but that made even more of an amazing experience. Also the whole experience was very organized.
Amazing El Yunque Rainforest experience
Frank_P, 09-09-2022
Our tour guide Julian was extremely knowledgeable about the rainforest and Puerto Rico in general. He gave us an extremely enjoyable experience and made it very fun.
Cool Puerto Rico Adventure! (Be prepared)
lkringman4, 06-09-2022
Writing this review mainly to give Adriana our rainforest tour guide a shout out. She was patient, knowledgeable and helpful.

My notes for future travelers after going on this tour (booked through viator):
-The "hike" is about 50% rock climbing. It is not easy, but is doable, especially with the help of your guide. You will get muddy & wet.
-Wear running shoes w socks. Others wore tevas/water shoes but I would worry about losing a toe without the protection of a study shoe. It seems strange to go in water/mud w running shoes but your feet will thank you later.
-Wear a swim suit/quick dry materials for the hike.
-Don't bring anything with you on the hike, you can bring your phone in a waterproof case but I dont think its worth the risk. Our tour guide took lots of pictures and sent them to us directly.
-They drop you off at a beach/restaurant area for a few hours before the biobay part.
-Bring: Bag (leave on bus), towel, cash (for tip) & visa, long sleeves &/or pants for biobay, change of dry clothes for bus ride home, ziplocs/garbage bags for wet/muddy clothes, sunscreen, portable charger (optional), waterproof phone carrier (optional), water (they only provide a little), hat & sunglasses, snacks (or buy at 1st bathroom stop on drive)
-BUG SPRAY!! Wear as much as you can for the biobay part but as a warning you will 100% still get eaten alive no matter how much you put on. Wear long sleeves and/or pants that can get wet to help block mosquitos.
-You will get very wet in the kayaking/biobay part too.
-Schedule your biobay tour as close to a New Moon as possible for optimal darkness; the guides use tarps to block out more light. The glow isn't blatantly obvious until you move your hands around in the water. It was still amazing.

Overall, a very cool adventure to experience in Puerto Rico. It was a long, exhausting day with plenty of mosquito bite souvenirs but definitely worth it.
Julian is the absolute...
Ani_K, 15-09-2022
Julian is the absolute BEST! Amazing mix of fun and knowledge, so supportive and caring. Highly recommend!!!
Fantastic experience!
Javier A, 14-09-2022
"The people make the difference" is absolutely true for this tour, as Felix and Julian were exceptional guides and made the day unforgettable for me and my two teens. I highly recommend this tour for a great experience at El Yunque. I will bring friends and relatives on this tour. Tip: wear comfortable old shoes and just throw them away afterward. "1-2-3 Puerto Rico!!!"

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