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From Fajardo: Full-Day Culebra Islands Catamaran Tour

1. From Fajardo: Full-Day Culebra Islands Catamaran Tour

Discover an area off the beaten path on this full-day catamaran tour to the Cordillera Islands. Departing from Puerto Del Rey Marina in Fajardo, the 45-50 minute journey on the high-speed catamaran will take you to the beautiful Cordillera Islands, off the coast of San Juan. Upon arriving at the Cordillera Islands, the captain will decide which beach will have the best conditions for the day, usually Flamenco or Culebrita beach. Spend the afternoon swimming, snorkeling, beachcombing, sunbathing, or relaxing on the roof deck. Throughout the day, the bar on board the catamaran is open for all guests with Piña Coladas, Rum Punch, sodas, iced teas, and juices. A sumptuous buffet lunch is served on board, including fresh fruit, freshly baked bread, sliced meats, sliced cheeses, salads, chips, and cookies.

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Fajardo: Snorkeling Boat Tour with Snacks and Drinks

2. Fajardo: Snorkeling Boat Tour with Snacks and Drinks

Take a guided boat tour to a local reef for a day of snorkeling with colorful marine life with this tour from Fajardo. Swim through fish and relax on the beach. Have some drinks and snacks onboard. Check-in at the marina and embark on a boating tour that is designed for those that are new to snorkeling. Put on the provided snorkeling gear. Stop at a hand-picked local reef that is teeming with life. Hit the beach after snorkeling. Indulge in some delicious snacks and sip on cold water, soda, rum, and vodka.

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El Yunque Rainforest: Hike and Waterslide Adventure

3. El Yunque Rainforest: Hike and Waterslide Adventure

Adventure into El Yunque Rainforest and enjoy a day of adventuring. Upon arrival, enjoy a 20- to 30-minute hike to the first mineral water watering hole. There you can enjoy the landscape, swim in the water, rope swing, or free dive from multiple heights. Hike for another 15-minutes to a different watering hole. Here you’ll climb up a natural rock slide and jump off a 40-foot cliff into the river. On this trip, you'll enjoy nature on a unique rainforest adventure. This experience is focused on providing a truly local view of El Yunque, with historical facts and information about the ecosystem along the trip. This experience focuses on providing a unique local trip.

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San Juan: Bioluminescent Glass-Bottom Kayak Tour by Night

4. San Juan: Bioluminescent Glass-Bottom Kayak Tour by Night

Embark on a nighttime adventure into the waters of the Laguna Grande and see millions of glowing plankton. Paddle in a two-person glass-bottom kayak (except on Tuesdays, when regular kayaks are used) for approximately 30-minutes through the mystical mangrove channels leading to the natural reserve of the Laguna Grande. See the microscopic plankton capable of producing natural light at the touch of your hand. Explore these amazing organisms up close as your professional guide takes you on a journey to discover all their secrets. Learn how this fragile and unique ecosystem maintains a perfect balance of life, and what you can do to protect such a special place. Paddle in this safe and closed environment, and watch as the water comes alive with millions of glowing plankton. Be aware that the bio bay is an unpredictable natural phenomenon that may be influenced by multiple factors. Bioluminosity levels can vary from very visible to minimal or none without any prior notice. The 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.

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San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour

5. San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour

Following a morning pickup at your accommodation, embark in direction of your bio bay and rainforest combo adventure. Enjoy the beautiful views along the scenic route through the Northside of the island and learn some facts about the areas from your guide. Make a stop in the town of Luquillo and enjoy some fresh local fruits before continuing the journey to Puerto Rico's majestic Rainforest. El Yunque is without a doubt Puerto Rico’s greatest natural wonder. It is the only tropical rainforest, and the most studied forest in the United States National Forest System. It is the most biologically diverse forest, hosting hundreds of plants and animals - some of which are only found here in Puerto Rico. Once there, hike through natural trails lined with beautiful flora and fauna, and some river wading, until you'll arrive at a hidden gem located in the heart of the rainforest. Enjoy the breathtaking segment of the 29,000-acre forest and take a swim in natural pools, refresh in the waterfalls, slide down an exhilarating waterslide, rope swing into the river, jump from different rock formations, and enjoy fresh local fruit with a view. After an exciting first half of the day, you will have worked up an appetite. Make a stop for dinner at a local restaurant and savor Puerto Rican cuisine. Relax a bit until it’s time for your second part of your combo tour – the Bioluminescent Lagoon, one of planet earth's best-kept secrets. Begin your Fajardo Bio Bay kayak tour at Las Croabas. After receiving a safety briefing of kayaking 101, head toward the Red Mangrove Forest with an amazing view of the sunset. Enjoy kayaking for approximately 30 minutes, and admire the forests beautiful protected flora and fauna. Upon arrival in Laguna Grande, the sun will set and the magic begins. Tiny organisms called dinoflagellates make the water glow at night. Watch how sparkles appear in the water at every stroke of your paddle, follow the swirl of lights created by the kayaks, and admire the glowing fish in the darkness of the water.

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Fajardo: Bioluminescent Lagoon Kayak or Full Moon Kayak Tour

6. Fajardo: Bioluminescent Lagoon Kayak or Full Moon Kayak Tour

Don’t let your day end when the sun goes down. Join in with the adventure during this kayak tour at sunset that leads to the fascinating Laguna Grande in Fajardo. Under the blanket of the night sky and the historical lighthouse of Fajardo, you can touch the waters that glow with bioluminescent organisms. The activity will start in the small fishing village of Las Croabas. Here you will meet your friendly guide for your kayak excursions, collect your gear (double kayaks, backrest, paddles with leashes, life-jackets, and two kayak guides), and off you go! The activity will start with waiver orientation and signing. Then the lead guide will give each group a complete pre-ride training, which will cover all aspects of the tour and the operation of their kayaks. At this point our tour will start, and your group will be lead across a small fisherman’s cove to the entrance of Las Cabezas de San Juan Reserve. Here you will enter a mystical channel that leads to a peaceful place, where the mangroves create natural tunnels and the sights and sounds of wildlife surround them. Along this 15 to 20 minute paddle, your lead guide will stop to give commentary on the ecosystem that surrounds you. Guest can also choose the full moon kayak eco-adventure, available on full moon nights. This activity is the perfect nature adventure under a full moon, and if your stay in Puerto Rico happens to fall during the full moon stage, this tour is an option to you. If crowds are not your thing, taking this moonlight kayak tour will allow you to enjoy a peaceful kayak adventure into Laguna Grande with fewer visitors (as most come only to see the bioluminescent organisms). Experience nature lit up by the moonlight. See mangrove forests, eight ecosystems, exotic birds, and the second oldest lighthouse in Puerto Rico. Nature’s secrets are revealed to you in their full glory during this moonlight experience!

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Fajardo: Bio Bay Kayak Tour

7. Fajardo: Bio Bay Kayak Tour

Bio Bay Kayak Tour in Fajardo begins at Las Croabas Park. First, learn from the professional guides the basics of kayaking, safety and the rules of the nature reserve. Then board the kayaks that fit two people. The water is shallow, and at this time on a regular day, the sunset looks great. The entrance of the Fajardo Bio Bay is a red mangrove channel. The mangrove forest is inside Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve. Along the way, you'll see its beautiful protected flora and fauna. The guides will lead the way and explain the ecology of the place. The mangrove channel opens into Laguna Grande and into the sunset, where the night will fall and stars will follow in the sky and water. At every stroke of your paddle, sparkles will appear in the water, while the kayaks will create a swirl of light. The place will  simply turn magical! The intensity of the glow will depend on the phase of the moon and other nature factors, such as storms and the temperature of the water. The Fajardo Bio Bay is perfect for watching the stars too. Enjoy the constellations while sitting in the kayak at Laguna Grande. It’s like being inside a vault of lights. Cruise back through the mangrove channel led by the guides. At this time, night has set. The kayak’s navigation lights will show the way along as you hear the wonderful nighttime sounds of nature.

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From Fajardo: Icacos Island Half-Day Catamaran Trip

8. From Fajardo: Icacos Island Half-Day Catamaran Trip

Spend a day in the sun on a 6-hour trip, with lunch and speciality drinks includes, taking you out on the clear waters of the Caribbean and along the Fajardo coastline aboard a catamaran. Set sail in the morning from Puerto del Rey Marina, the largest and best-kept marina in the Caribbean. On board the catamaran's deck you will enjoy beautiful views of the mountains in the El Yunque National Forest, as well as the beaches along the Fajardo coastline. After a comfortable sail of about 45 minutes, you will anchor at one of the small deserted islands and cays off the northeast coast of Puerto Rico. Normally it is the island of Icacos, but the captain will sometimes head to Cayo Lobo or Palominos if the conditions are better for the day. Once you arrive, step off into shallow water and spend the next 2 hours walking on the beach, beachcombing, and swimming in the crystal clear waters. Return on board for to enjoy your pre-packed lunch. Sodas, water, and juices are also available, and those with a taste for the sweeter things in life will want to sample the specialty piña coladas and tropical rum punch. When you have eaten your fill, the boat will head a short distance out and anchor over the reef for another 1 or 2 hours of swimming or relaxing. A leisurely sail back to Marina Puerto del Rey will bring you back to the dock at 15:30, with plenty of time to enjoy your afternoon and evening in Fajardo.

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Fajardo: All Levels Snorkeling Tour to Icacos Island

9. Fajardo: All Levels Snorkeling Tour to Icacos Island

From the meeting point Marina Puerto Chico in Fajardo, start the day with a local pastry while receiving an overview of the itinerary for the day. Prepare yourself by protecting your skin from sun exposure and using the restrooms available in the marina. Once the group is ready, boarding the classic vessel will begin. Feel the breeze and mist of the Caribbean waters while navigating towards your destination on Icacos Island, located around 4 nautical miles from the marina. Music and viewing sites are part of this experience, with the El Yunque National Forest and the Fajardo Lighthouse being among the most eye catching. At the first stop, enjoy a guided snorkeling experience suitable for your own level of experience and explore the marine life. After the snorkeling, the bar opens so you can try out refreshing signature drinks such as Piña Colada with or without rum. A deli-style buffet lunch is also offered, with local bread, a ham and cheese platter, a meat-free green salad, a meat-free pasta salad, a chicken salad, and local chips. Delight in this refreshing lunch prepared daily to charge your energy levels back up. The second stop of the trip will be at Icacos Island beach. Here you’ll have time for hiking and beach exploration while the bar remains open with the deck perfect for sunbathing. Create memories in the crystal clear waters of the island, part of La Cordillera Nature Reserve.  After an amazing day filled with memorable moments, return to the marina for a fresh fruit platter, cookies, and great music with your new friends.

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Night Kayaking at the Bioluminescent Bay of Laguna Grande

10. Night Kayaking at the Bioluminescent Bay of Laguna Grande

Enjoy a night kayaking tour in the Bio Bay of Laguna Grande Reserve in Fajardo. An adaptive paddling program provides ample opportunity for creativity and many unique opportunities for anyone who would like to try kayaking for the first time.  The Bio Bay has microscopic organisms called dinoflagellates that produce a glowing effect when they are stirred by your paddles. Paddle your way through the mangrove forest for 2 hours, in the bioluminescent glow of the water.

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What people are saying about Fajardo

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 24 reviews

Iván and Jo Jo were both incredible tour guides. The hike was wonderful. Ivan was full of information and passion about El Yunque. The rainforest was beautiful, rope jumps were fun, I was disappointed we didn’t get to go to the water slide but we had more time in the natural pool and Jo Jo brought samples of local fruit and that was delicious. We drive out to Luquillo beach afterward and that was a nice bonus :)

We loved this catamaran excursion! Unfortunately the weather wasn’t quite what we hoped for, but the staff still made the day so much fun. Drinks were great and the staff always made sure you had a full glass! The lunch was also very tasty. I would definitely recommend this trip to anything traveling to Puerto Rico!

Great tour. The guides were very helpful and informative on the science behind the bio bay.

It was great. And the guides helped us going through the waterslides and climbing up

Ask for the “Double A”’ tour guides. They were the best!