San Juan

El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour

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From $170.00

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 12 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Certified Tour Guide
  • Bottled Water
  • 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)

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

09:00 AM

Pickup details

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.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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 to participate is is 260 lbs (117 kg) per person.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • On Saturdays the hike is longer and more challenging since we depart from a different point.
  • 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.
  • You must have a good breakfast before departing on this tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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..
  • 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.
  • 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: 3.5-4 hours at the forest, 2 hrs at bio bay, 3.5-4 hrs combined of driving each way and lunch time.
  • Published starting time is only an estimate. Exact pick up time will be provided the DAY PRIOR to your 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, and No Refunds will be issued due to this.
  • 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.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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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.

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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!

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Traveler Tips

Water shoes aren’t sufficient for the hike - but shoes that can get wet and have traction are the best bet.
It’s muddy and fun and exciting; make sure to wear old clothes!
Be prepared to get a bit muddy and bring water shoes or shoes you don’t really care about.
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Perfect trip, would do again
Benjamin_M, Mar 2023
A perfect trip! A short hike with some cool experiences, then a decent amount of time at Luquillo beach with some AMAZING food (try the mofongo bowls at the place near where we stopped). The bio bay was beautiful, and the trip was awesomeeee! Also, shout out to our wonderful tour guides for making a very memorable experience
Adrianna was great!
Chanel_P, Mar 2023
Our tour guide, Adrianna, was the BEST! She was so kind, welcoming, knowledgeable about the forest and its significance in Taino culture. Great upbeat personality and not to mention she did a backflip off of the highest cliff. She has a lot of experience in the forest and knows the terrain very well. Definitely would recommend booking a tour because parts of the hike would’ve been very difficult or even dangerous without her guidance. So thankful for Adrianna! Well worth the cost and the experience.
Frankie was an amazing...
Dee_A, Mar 2023
Frankie was an amazing guide. The hike was beautiful and so are the water activities (slides and cliff jump). The team also did an amazing job in creating videos for us. Would highly recommend folks visiting PR, to give this a shot!
Jason was an amazing El...
Grant_W, Mar 2023
Jason was an amazing El Yunque rainforest tour guide. He was very personable and knowledgeable. He captivated moments for every single person and was able to experience the fun with us.
The best part of our trip to Puerto Rico! You won’t be disappointed!
Shanna_S, Mar 2023
The cliff jump, rope swing, waterfall slide were sooo much fun! Our tour guides were amazing!!! We really enjoyed the rain forest! The stop for lunch in between went really fast. The kayaking tour was sooo good! We really got to see the glowing waters. The sun set and the stars was all incredible! Those tour guides were fantastic too! I would highly recommend the trip! So thankful we did it. The pictures and videos shared at both places were really very good!!
Good trip
Jeffrey_G, Mar 2023
Rain forest adventure was awesome and the guides were super friendly. However, the kayaking portion was underwhelming and the guides weren't nearly as interested.
El Yunque tour and Bio...
Rebekah_T, Mar 2023
El Yunque tour and Bio Bay Kayak tour were great experiences all the way around. Would definitely recommend and we will also use them again.
5 stars for the El Yunque...
Venus_E, Mar 2023
5 stars for the El Yunque part of the tour and our tour guide, Julian! Bio Bay tour was cool but very difficult for first time kayakers. Not much guidance. We didn’t get to see much of the bioluminescence- it was just a faint white glow around our hands when we submerged our hands underwater.
King Juliannnn
Safia_R, Mar 2023
Julian was a super energetic and friendly tour guide. He made the group feel like a family. Would really recommend this experience!
Great time!
Stephen_F, Mar 2023
Jason was a fantastic guide through the rainforest and went out of his way to make sure we had a great time. The tour was well worth the time because it really does take all day!
Great day at yunque and Bio Bay
Vince_D, Mar 2023
The El yunque tour was absolutely worth every penny! Jason was an awesome tour guide and we had a blast and got a great workout as well. The Bio Bay tour was a great way to cap off the day.
Fantastic hike with in a breathtaking forest!
Elisa_B, Feb 2023
Adrianna and Luis were amazing from the time they picked us up at the hotel until they dropped us back off. They explained everything we saw and were unbelievably supportive throughout the hike. The forest and rainfalls were amazing and a true once in a lifetime experience. Would recommend to anyone.
Rainforest fun
Heather_B, Feb 2023
Our tour guides were awesome and kept us safe and having a great time. Their enthusiasm was contagious. We had a great day and came home with amazing memories and ready for a good night of sleep.
Fun experience
Daniella_L, Feb 2023
Our tour guide, Julian and bus driver Elias were awesome! They focused on our safety but also included some Jokes and had fun overall. We had a great experience getting to see el Yunque rainforest. It does get very muddy which you have to prepare yourself physically and wear good grip shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Luckily, the water shoes we wore worked great for us as they were easy to clean afterwards. We also enjoyed the bio bay kayaking as the guides were helpful and provided tarps to make it light up better since we came when it was close to full moon. Overall, I would recommend this tour to others and would come again.
Tour guide was awesome!...
Kimberly_L, Jan 2023
Tour guide was awesome! We explored amazing areas of the rainforest, would highly recommend. Cannot wait to come back to this incredible island.
Super fun day!!
Olivia_M, Jan 2023
Our tour guides Jason & Luis from Bespoke tour company were great. Helpful and knowledgeable! They picked us up at our hotel, called when they were there. They made a stop at Walgreens which was very awesome. That’s the last time you’ll use the bathroom until lunch. We could keep our things on the bus. The hike wasn’t super long. We were lucky it wasn’t too muddy! Pretty slippery. Definitely wear sneakers that you don’t care about, water shoes, or hiking boots. There’s a rope swing, cliffs to jump, and a natural water slide!! I brought my waterproof backpack but they tell you not to bring anything because you don’t leave it behind when going up to the water activities. There were quite a few people there on a Friday. After we hiked back to the van we went to lunch at El Famboyán Original. It was delicious!! There was a bar and cool outdoor seating. After late lunch Felix picked us up and we went to Fajardo and met our tour guides from Glass bottom tours. Don’t remember their names but they weren't a match for the groups energy. It was very cool to kayak through the mangroves! Saw a few Iguanas!! Didn’t see many Bioluminescents in the Bay but saw a few. They said there are lots of reasons there weren’t many, one was rain. They were knowledgeable! He did show us Mars, Saturn, and Venus in the sky!! That was amazing! Didn’t let us bring any bags, phones, & cameras. It would weigh down the kayak.. and could lose it. I didn’t like that part. I thought if I felt confident enough to bring something like a waterproof bag with my camera or phone in it, I want to be able to make that choice. We kayaked back in the pitch black only light was the stars. That was a crazy, fun day! We met a lot of great people! I think it’s a good for the money, they pick you up drive you around, and drop you off. That was huge because we didn’t rent a car for the trip. Would recommend!
Breanna_C, Jan 2023
This was something totally out of my comfort zone. And I enjoyed every last bit of it. Jason and Luis were really great. They went our pace and answered all of our questions. Coming from someone that does not do well with nature lol, I really enjoyed and embraced it. I would def recommend this tour to anyone that is looking to get out their comfort zone and embrace this island. Wear clothing that you do not care about due to mud and climbing . Your body will be sore the next day. Thank you Jason and Luis.
Great tour with...
Wankun_W, Jan 2023
Great tour with professional guides. Got to have a lot of fun in a safe environment and tried new things!
Daniela_C, Jan 2023
This excursion was amazing. The hiking the views the water activities. Everything was awesome. The whole process was super smooth. The pickup, getting there, the tour. Our guide Jason was spectacular! He was SO SO friendly, and helpful, and all the information he gave throughout the whole experience was very helpful and insightful. This excursion was definitely worth the money. The experience will last you a lifetime. The kayaking was breathtaking. Especially after it got dark. Wow. Definitely something you have to experience at least once in your life. I am 100% satisfied with everything. Invest in this lifetime memory and experience. You won’t regret it. It’s definitely an ALL day activity. Be prepared. Wear good shoes. No crocs or sandals. Take at least 2 changes of clothes and sandals for after. Make sure you bring a plastic bag to put the wet muddy clothes and shoes in. Stay very hydrated and have fun!
Great but confusing adventure
Michael_K, Jan 2023
This adventure is 3 items sold as a combo. The description was confusing - I hope to provide clarity. Rain forest is a 30 - 45 minute walk to a water basin for swimming, rope swinging, and cliff jumping. I am over 50, in good but not great shape, and had no trouble on the outing. If you want to go to the next activity point, you hike up rocky crevices and there is light rock climbing with easy holds. This brings you to a natural water slide. Time is spent going down slide then hiking back to the water basin. Additional time is spent here. Of the 2.5 hours in the rain forest, most of the time is spent hanging around the natural water features. Closed toe shoes with good tread is mandatory - these can be sneakers or walking sandals - it was very muddy and rocky. It was not physically stressful but a difficult hike. About an hour total hiking time + another 30 minutes hiking to the water slide and back. No items brought into the forest, just you in whatever you are willing to get wet in (swim suit, swim shirt, etc). Pictures from your guide were low res, not very useful. We were encouraged not to bring in our cameras / phones. You can hose off the mud after exiting the forest. The tour guide provided helmets and PFDs which were required but fortunately not needed. They then bring you to a small restaurant for lunch. Good variety of food (burgers, tacos, mofongo, etc.) - the food was good, prices reasonable, and service excellent. They then drop you off for 2 - 2.5 hours at a boardwalk area with 60(ish) small souvenir shops, bars, and eateries. About 15 we're open at the time we were dropped off. There is an open Beach that can be used while waiting. Had we known, we might have reserved a jet ski adventure (storefront #48). We didn't notice this until too late. Someone else then picked us up to go to the bio luminescent kayak experience. We arrived around 5, getting connected and signing waivers was disorganized, but we think the guide was very new. The kayak tour ended up being extremely organized. The adventure was amazing - kayaking at night was a thrill and they had multiple guides on the water to support new kayakers. You walk to the kayak through the water, you will get wet getting to and returning from the kayak. The water is only about 2.5 - 3' deep. Ibuprofen the next day was helpful (over 50, remember). There is a lot of wasted time in the middle of this adventure, we recommend doing the hike and the kayak as separate tours.