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San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour
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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Professional Local Tour Guests with Lifeguard, CPR & First Aid Certification
Pictures from your Rainforest Adventure
Eco Interpretation throughout the Rainforest Trails
Fresh Local Fruit, Snacks & Refreshments
All Necessary Equipment
Training and Safety Instructions prior to Tour
Round Trip Transportation from Accommodation or Assigned Pick Up Location
Rainforest Entry Fee
Fully Guided Bio Bay Tour at World Famous Laguna Grande
Eco Interpretation of the Bioluminescent Lagoon and Surrounding Area & Eco System
Discover Bioluminescence at the Fajardo Bio Bay
Watch and Learn about the Constellations
Stop at Local Restaurant for Dinner (not included in price)

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9:30 AM

Please arrive 1 hour before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

We pick up from the above list of hotels. If your hotel/accommodation is not listed, please select the nearest hotel and meet us there or contact us for an assigned meeting location. Alternative Pick Up Locations: - Pick ups from Old San Juan are at the Sheraton Old San Juan (meet in front of Walgreens) - Pick ups from Isla Verde are at the Intercontinental Hotel San Juan - Pick ups from Ocean Park are at Kasalta Bakery - Pick ups from Condado are at La Concha - Pick ups from Fajardo and Humacao are at CVS Fajardo - Pick ups from Luquillo are at Walgreens Luquillo Pick Up Times - Pick ups in San Juan are generally between 8:00am and 9:00am - Pick ups on the East coast are generally between 10:15am and 11:15am What to Wear & Bring • Cell phone (in the event that we need to contact you or you need to contact us prior to the excursion) • Closed-toe shoes that can get wet/dirty, have good grip for hiking on wet surfaces, and provide comfort and support (no sandals, water shoes, or flip flops) • Bathing suit (already have on) • Comfortable hiking clothes that can get completely wet/dirty • Towel and change of clothes • Water bottle to refill throughout the day (provided if you do not have one) • Camera (optional - waterproof only!) • Money for dinner Items can be left in vehicle during Rainforest and Bio Bay Tours Dinner Note: It is important that you eat a good breakfast prior to your pick up. Dinner will be around 4:00pm. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided on both the Rainforest and Bio Bay tour.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with recent surgeries
  • Not recommended for travelers who have epilepsy, heart conditions and/or dizziness
  • The difficulty level of this excursion is considered to be moderate to strenuous depending on your physical fitness level. It is very important that you are in good physical condition in order to participate and enjoy yourself. The terrain in the rainforest can be muddy, slippery, uneven and include river-wading, climbing large rocks and steep inclines. The kayaking can be strenuous when the current is strong and requires upper body strength. This excursion is recommended for guests with an active lifestyle. It is a long, but fun-filled day!
  • Maximum weight limit is 250 lbs per one guest and up to 425 lbs combined per kayak
  • Minimum age is 8 years old
  • Not recommended for travelers with neck, back, arm or leg problems or casts
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Island Journeys
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:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay 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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay 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 San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour.

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  • "You will get VERY muddy so choose your shoes wisely!" See review
  • "The hike was intermediate but it was well worth it !!!" See review
  • "It was also cool to kayak at night, I really liked this part." See review

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star-5
Amazing
Monchello_C
, Nov 2021
The whole tour was memorable. I still so excited I can not put it into words yet. But what an experience. The tour guides were awesome and very helpful to everyone needs.
star-3
I enjoyed the brief...
Charlene_P
, Nov 2021
I enjoyed the brief hiking and natural water slides, but left wishing I spent more time hiking through El Yunque enjoying the rain forest’s beauty. No time to stop and take it all in. And after experiencing Vieques Bio Bay no other Bio Bay can compare…but still, to experience any Bio Bay is pretty amazing. The Water Slides - Before hiking in El Yunque to the natural water slides, give basic instructions on how to hike through the water, climbing the rocks and cliffs and to take ones time. There were 24 in our excursion group, excluding our guides. Even though it’s mentioned with what to wear and bring, most did not wear the best footgear for the hiking through the mud, water, and cliffs resulting in some minor falls and slips. I wanted to learn more about the rain forest itself, but not much was talked about. The focus was primarily on the natural water slides (super awesome!) jumping off cliffs and rope swings (again, super awesome!) The Restaurant (Dinner) - Our orders were taken ahead of time for the restaurant while at a planned stop at a local fruit stand. The fruit stand was amazing; good eats, bathroom break en route to El Yunque. The restaurant food was really good, accommodating a large group of people with outdoors seating in a beautiful area. However, the music was being constantly changed mid song and played incredible loud that you had to yell to have a conversation. It did not help that we sat close to one of the speakers and instead of asking to turn down the music, after eating decided to walk aroun. Bio Bay in Fajardo - Uncertain if it was too many Mojito’s from the restaurant or little kayaking experience in our group, but it was bumper city paddling through the mangroves after twilight, creating crashing entertainment as we were guided to the bay. Guides held up flash lights so we could see our way through the mangroves, fortunately this aids in ducking from wildly swinging paddles…a few times. The Dinoflagellates were very dim, a spark here and there along with the combination of people and light pollution near this Bio Bay doesn’t help even when the condition is perfect to see them better. So tarps were provided for us to cover ourselves over the kayaks, creating more darkness to see the dinoflagellates glow as we agitated them in the water.
star-4
The rainforest guides...
Sondra_C
, Nov 2021
The rainforest guides were excellent and it was splendid! We had so Much fun. It was exhilarating but the bio kayaking was too rushed and there wa too much traffic in the lagoon and the guides seemed stressed. But the bioluminescence part was fantastical and we appreciated the careful thinking through how to illuminate the microorganisms and filter the light pollution
star-5
Amazing - BOOK THIS TRIP!!!
Ashley_K
, Nov 2021
After many years of my childhood wanting to visit El Yunque and the Bioluminescent Bay, I finally had a chance to go with my husband! This trip was well organized from start to end. First, we had a shuttle pick us up at our hotel. Although we were one of the first people on the bus and we had a long drive to pick up the others, it was still great because we got an informal tour of San Juan during the journey. Once we were out near Fajardo area, we stopped at a local fruit stand and market. I highly recommend buying the freshly cut fruit, and especially the mango! I have never had mango as amazing as the mango in Puerto Rico. We then continued on to EL Yunque and when we got there it was spectacular. Be warned that the hike is more intense than you may expect. You will need to climb tree roots, rocks, and very slippery areas. Although the tour guides do show you how to navigate it effectively, and they are there to help you, it is important that you are physically capable and you should definitely wear very supportive shoes. I am usually scared of everything related to thrillseeking and heights. This tour definitely tested my courage a bit, but it was totally worth it! They first take you down two different natural waterslides. Then, you jump off a cliff. There are two different options for cliffs in case you want to jump from a higher point. Then there is a Tarzan rope swing that you can use to propel yourself and jump in the water. They then bring out the freshest fruit you will ever eat, and everyone enjoys a nice snack together. You will then stop at an extremely delicious restaurant! I highly recommend getting any type of Mofongo. The Mojito‘s are delicious too, but don’t go too crazy because you will then have to navigate a kayak in the complete darkness later on! We ended with kayaking at the bio luminescent day and it was amazing! Although we really couldn’t see the bay lighting up due to weather conditions, there was a “work around” by giving us a tarp to put over our heads. You should be warned that you will be extremely dirty and messy. Bring a change of clothes, a towel, and some flip-flops to change into after the trip. If you need to use the bathroom and require toilet paper, I recommend bringing some tissues too! We returned to our hotel around 9 o’clock at night. If you are considering booking this tour, definitely do so!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The magic of Puerto Rico
Laurell_S
, Oct 2021
This trip was the highlight of Puerto Rico. The rainforest is stunning, and our rainforest guides, Jamilex and Patricia, were fantastic. Two tips: you will get dirty and everything will get soaked. Don’t wear clothes or shoes you love. I wish I would have bought an iPhone protector to have taken pictures, but the guides did a great job of capturing the moment. The kayak experience was also incredible. It was not a great night to see the plankton glow, but through the use of tarps we were able to see these magical creatures. It was an unforgettable day!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Book this tour!
Marissa_M
, Sep 2021
I loved my experience with Island Journeys. Luis was a great guide and driver. I felt completely at ease as a solo traveler, and the communication with the company was great. I agree with previous reviews to BUY SOMETHING and GO TO THE BATHROOM at the fruit stand. And get a smoothie. Holy crap, that was amazing. Your shoes will be completely soaked. I had an old pair of gym shoes and socks that were both almost ready to be thrown out. I did end up throwing them both out. Bring a towel, change of clothes, and extra shoes!
star-5
Fun and organized tour
ELWISS_S
, Sep 2021
Organized, fun and great crew . Noel n Francisco were very professional and helpful. They answered all our questions.
star-5
Must go trip
Sherry_L
, Aug 2021
Highly recommend the tour. It was really fun at el Yunque. Luis was our tour guide and he was very nice and friendly
star-4
El yunque rain forest
Tanya_D
, Jul 2021
The entire trip was great the tour guides were fantastic it was a great experience for a family except for we have not received no photos at all who can we contact
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Sliding down the rainforest.
Sean_C
, Jul 2021
The water slides were beautiful, exciting and fun. Our guides in the rain forest were knowledgeable and friendly. The meal between the rain forest and the biopay was tasty and fairly priced. The kayak to the bio bay was exciting but we left late and missed sunset.

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