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

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El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour
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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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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
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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and helmet is mandatory. $100 fee will apply for each piece of equipment if not returned.
  • 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.
  • 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 and can be brought at your own risk..
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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.
  • Persons with the previously listed health restrictions cannot participate on the tour.
  • 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.
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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.
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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-5
Great Experience! Here’s a few tips/suggestions
Kruti_P
, Jul 2022
The guides were really clear in rules and guidance. They answered all of our questions and helped calm our nerves if we got nervous about the trek or kayak experience. My one suggestion to other tourists is to make sure to have enough cash for tips after the experience and for the tour guides to accept tips via Venmo or cash app. I wanted ton tip more, but only had a little cash on me. You’ll stop for a full lunch- but I would bring snacks for after the hike and kayaking. They have water for you. And do a great job of bringing the group together. Felt safe and in the care of the whole time! Do it- you’ll do big things and enjoy them.
star-2
The trip for rainforest...
Suping_C
, Jun 2022
The trip for rainforest was excellent and had lots of fun. Francesca was a very good tour guide, and the other tour guide helpers were very nice and helpful. However, right before 2 day of the trip, tour operator called me and said my biobay trip was canceled because there is no biobay trip on Tuesday. That was very disappointed and messed up our trip plan. Base on this, I would give them two stars.
star-5
Great service
Sunita_m
, Jun 2022
The tour guide and service was excellent. They were very helpful during our trip! Lunch at our stop was wonderful.
star-5
Fun all day trip on the island
Alejandra_M
, Jun 2022
Felix & elias and Mitchell and the kayaking crew were great 🙃 they made us fell comfortable but fun ...recommended if interested in tours not just to go by yourself
star-5
Awesome day out!
Caitlyn_K
, Jun 2022
This trip was awesome. It was an easy pickup and drop off process to get to the rainforest and bio bay. Felix, Elias and Mitchell were our guides for the rainforest and were so nice and made sure to make it a great day. It was a short hike to the water and we began with hiking to the natural waterslide, moved to a cliff jump and then rope swing. Very rocky and difficult at times but guides assisted in the tougher spots. We had lunch afterwards which was very good and then went to the bio bay. This portion was great, but coming back (against the current) was very difficult. You are in complete darkness and we had kayaks bumping into ours often. The guide got out into the water in the channel to help us through which was really nice. Definitely bring bug spray, also. Overall was a great day and would definitely recommend.
star-1
Absolutely not worth time and money. Avoid it.
Swati_J
, Jun 2022
First only 2 good thing was bus ride and bespoke’s management before the ride. Our driver Ricardo was good. We couldn’t do the hike and the company accomodated our request and called us to manage only bio bay pickup. It all went downhill once we boarded kayaks. The guides did not give proper instructions in how to kayak in narrow channels with current. Everyone was bumping into each other and trees and few kayaks toppled over including ours. Biobay was just an open bay, no bioluminescence whatsoever. They pulled tarps over us and all I could see were few sparkles here and there. Kayak back was tougher with against the current and in total dark. We were so glad to be back on land. Would not recommend it to anyone. They should stop doing it on days with any moon and stop wasting people’s time and money, coz it was not cheap. 105$ per person for this- please spare yourself
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
This tour is a must while here! But ask for Julian and Luis!
Angela_A
, Jun 2022
This was the best part of my entire vacation. Julian and Luis were amazing guides, they’re fun and adventurous. The hike was very doable for everyone and the water slide and rope swing were so fun! This tour is a must, but ask for Julian and Luis! They made this trip unforgettable :)
star-5
They made sure that my...
vikram_c
, Jun 2022
They made sure that my kids were taken care of and made them feel safe We were impressed by their attention to details It was a great experience
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Loved swimming in the...
Robert_D
, Jun 2022
Loved swimming in the rainforest and going down the slides! So much fun! Our guides were amazing and Luis our driver did and amazing job getting us out of some very tight spots on the narrow road lined with cars! Awesome day!
star-5
Great Time in the Forest
Marc_C
, Jun 2022
Our guides were great. Very knowledgeable about the Rain Forest and very entertaining. The way up was tough at times but they helped make sure everyone made it up and down safely.
star-5
Rainforest and bioluminescence tour
Russell_S
, Jun 2022
Great experience hiking through the rainforest, sliding down the waterfall, jumping from the rocks, and swinging from the rope swing. Great for kids with a sense of adventure (limited fear) - I have 10 and 12 year old girls. We loved the meal and the tour guides The bioluminescent bay tour is not raided as high. The guides were not great, and the bathrooms near the bay were gross. However - still cool to see how the algae lights up in the dark through motion. I give this 3 stars for the adventure.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Memorable experience
Leah_U
, Jun 2022
Absolutely incredible full day experience full of water falls, great food and magic waters complete with full transportation!
star-5
Tour guides are great....
Jay_G
, May 2022
Tour guides are great. Well organized. The jungle hike is gorgeous and is paced well. Definitely worth it.
star-5
Long day of adventures and worth it!!!
Heather_S
, May 2022
We had the greatest tour guides on the hike - shout out to Felix, Bula, Mitchell - and we even met Tarzan :) It ended up being a 13 hour day because we were one of the first pick up locations and one of the last drop offs. We got picked up at 9:20am and then shuttled around to pick up other guests until we had a full bus (a short bus with A/C). We headed to the hike but made a short pit stop for a bathroom break and smoothies (the best smoothies!!). The hike was relatively short but somewhat strenuous. When you get off the bus, make sure you're ready to wear whatever you plan to wear hiking/walking through rivers. You need to have your hands free and ready to climb - it was really muddy and pretty tough in some areas but doable. Our tour guide, Felix, was really knowledgeable and shared a lot of tips and info about the forest. When we made it to the river with the rope swing, there's an opportunity to stay back while the rest of the group climbs for the rock slide (for those of you afraid of heights) - it looks more intimidating than it is but it's a lot of fun. Two rock slides and then the opportunity to jump off a cliff into the waters (various heights depending on comfort level - 20 ft to 1 ft drops) and a rope swing. We stayed there for a while before heading back to the bus. We then made a stop at a restaurant for lunch and beverages - great fish tacos and mofongo! After hanging out there for a bit, we headed to the bay. We had time for another bathroom break before adventuring out - if you're a beginner it might be more challenging in a two person kayak. You make your way through a lagoon to the bay and wait for the sun to go down. We required the use of a tarp to see the plankton but it was still pretty cool. On our way back to the bay, the lagoon was pitch black and tough to navigate with another boat company trying to go thru at the same time. Our guides were great though. They were knowledgable and patient - Glassbottom Kayak company is the best! It took us almost twice as long to get back because we were paddling against the current. When we made it back they gave us chips and water. We were dropped off at our hotel at 10:30pm - just in time to get ice cream :)
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing experience!!
Jennifer_C
, May 2022
It was an amazing experience. The forest is magical and breathtaking with it's beautiful wildlife and sounds. The muddy and rocky trails was quite an experience for a first timer. Jason & George were amazing!! They are outgoing, friendly and so chill. My daughter & I were picked up on timely manner. Instructions and expectations of the tour were thorough. The crew at the Bio Bay were hysterical!! OMG!! They made us laugh so much!!! I had an amazing time!!
star-5
100% worth it!
Alexandra_C
, May 2022
The guides were very knowledgeable and helpful the entire way. George and Franchesca made sure everyone was safe and kept us motivated. The slides were my favorite part! Definitely worth the trip!
star-5
Really enjoyed it
Gabrielle_B
, May 2022
Really enjoyed this trip! All of our tour guides were incredibly friendly. Great mix of activities. Hike is short and sweet with rock scrambles during the water activities. We enjoyed the kayaking as well even though the bioluminescence is minimal. You’ll need to be able to paddle and kayak in the dark, so be prepared. It’s a lot to do both activities in one day, so you’ll be very tired afterwards.
star-5
Great way to see Puerto Rico!
Molly_H
, May 2022
The sights on this trip were amazing and our tour guides, Jason, George, and Mitchell were incredible! I would HIGHLY recommend this 2 in 1 tour. Just be prepared that there seems to be a lot of waiting around during the day. The bus picked us up about 20 minutes past our designated time, then we waited about 30 minutes for the bus to pick us up after lunch, and then we waited about 25 minutes at the kayak rental. The waiting is fine, as long as it’s communicated what we’re waiting on. Other than that, everyone in my group of 8 had a blast and were so glad we chose this tour!
star-5
Save the time reading this review and just book it!
Nicholas_G
, May 2022
We loved this. The rock water slide was everything you want it to be. The journey isn’t to intense the guides made sure everyone made it without a struggle! Words really don’t describe how amazing the rainforest is!! The 2nd part of the trip Bio Bay was fun. The kayak trip was so entertaining considering I’ve never done it. The water did not light up how I wanted it to but regardless we did see it happen! I would recommend this tour 10 times over. You really do get your moneys worth and after the rainforest everything else is just a bonus!
star-5
Shortened hike due to rain
Terri_W
, May 2022
Sadly the rain caused the water to rise so our rainforest hike was cut short we didn’t get to waterfalls or jump off any cliffs or rope swing.

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