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Just about every island in the Caribbean offers kayak rentals or tours. So what makes Puerto Rico different?
The answer is variety. Sure, we offer any number of kayak rentals and tours from a beach to a vibrant coral reef. But we also provide kayak tours to mangrove forests, mountain lakes, nature reserves, and best of all, to bioluminescent lagoons that will leave you breathless with wonder.
Kayaking is one of the most popular activities in Puerto Rico. Many hotels rent kayaks, and we have a host of tour operators who will welcome you with a smile, a paddle and a memorable experience. Come and experience the waters of Puerto Rico, and discover where a kayak can take you.
If you only have time for one kayak tour in Puerto Rico, make it a tour of one of our bioluminescent bays, or biobays. A rare natural phenomenon, there are only a few biobays in the world, and three of them are in Puerto Rico. A kayak tour to the Vieques biobay is an unforgettable experience and a chance to marvel at the most bioluminescent spot on Earth. Closer to mainland Puerto Rico, and only slightly less brilliant, is the biobay in Fajardo. These tours begin at dusk or at night with an energetic kayak ride through a mangrove forest and out into a wide, calm bay. Soon you’ll start to notice that anything moving in the water – fish, your paddle, even raindrops – glow with an ethereal beauty. A visit to our biobays is the highlight of many a visitor’s travels through Puerto Rico.
Guided Tours to the Fajardo Biobay
The Fajardo biobay is accessible only by guided tours. Among the companies that offer tours here are AdvenTours, Yokahú Kayak Trips, Las Tortugas Adventures, Island Kayaking, Kayaking Puerto Rico and Enchanted Island Eco Tours.
Guided Tours to the Vieques Biobay
The Vieques biobay is only accessible by guided tour. Among the companies that offer tours here are Abe’s Snorkeling and Bio-Bay, Island Adventures, Aqua Frenzy and East Island Excursions, which offers tours to the biobay from mainland Puerto Rico.
Check the Lunar Calendar
The best time to take these tours is during a new moon or when it’s a cloudy night. The darker it is, the brighter the glow of the water. A full moon is not your friend when it comes to biobays!
As beautiful as the biobay is, Vieques is also a kayaker’s paradise during the day. With numerous cays, abundant reefs that demand to be explored, and several tour operators, you’ll find kayaking in Vieques is as much about the destination as it is the journey.
Guided Tours in Vieques
Kayak and Snorkel
Many companies offer a combined kayak and snorkel trip and will supply you with all the equipment you need to dive beneath the surface and explore Vieques’ waters.
Vieques only has two towns – Isabel II and Esperanza. The best kayaking (and most kayak tour operators) can be found in Esperanza, right off the malecón, or boardwalk.
Culebra Island – Puerto Rico’s rustic and natural gem – is known for its breathtaking beaches, nesting turtles, and incredible marine life. It’s a destination that attracts anyone who loves being out on the water and that includes kayakers, who can access many coral reefs just a short paddle from shore.
Kayak Tours to Culebra
Kayak rentals are available in Culebra, but if you want a tour, call Kayaking Puerto Rico, which offers kayaking trips from mainland Puerto Rico to Culebra.
Beneath the Surface
A visit to Culebra isn’t complete without exploring what lies beneath the surface. Fortunately, snorkeling and diving opportunities abound on the island.
Don’t forget to Flamenco
If you’re in Culebra, don’t leave without visiting Flamenco Beach, which we (and many visitors) feel is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Similar to Vieques, Fajardo is a kayaker’s destination by day as well as by night. The dazzling Seven Seas Beach and the lighthouse at Las Cabezas de San Juan provide stunning scenery, and the coral reefs below will give you an underwater kingdom to explore.
Kayak Tours in Fajardo
Seven Seas Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in mainland Puerto Rico. Within this area are multiple ecosystems and a large, healthy coral reef. It’s a destination that welcomes exploration by kayak.
Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve, located near Seven Seas Beach, is a worthy stop for those visiting Fajardo. The tour includes a visit to a mangrove forest, beach and lighthouse.
Visitors normally don’t think of kayaking when they think of El Yunque. After all, this is a rainforest and part of a mountain range. But with Hacienda Carabalí, located at the base of El Yunque, you can enjoy a kayak adventure down the Mameyes River all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. It’s certainly a different way to experience the majesty and beauty of El Yunque.
Hacienda Carabalí offers a host of excursions in addition to kayaking. Come here to explore El Yunque on horseback, by 4-track, and on a mountain bike.
Kayak at Your Resort
Bring Your Hiking Shoes
After your kayak trip, put on your hiking shoes and set out for a trek in El Yunque. Look for the La Mina Trail and follow the path to a natural pool and waterfall.
Isla Caja de Muertos, or Coffin Island, is one of Ponce’s treasures, a pristine natural environment just eight miles off the coast of Ponce. It’s an easy destination to reach by ferry, but if you want a more adventurous excursion that combines sea kayaking, hiking and swimming, call Acampa.
Nature and Culture
Ponce offers a wonderful combination of natural and cultural attractions. A Trolley Tour of the city will introduce you to both.
If you prefer a snorkeling tour of Coffin Island, give Caribbean Images a call. They specialize in beginners, novices and non-swimmers, making them a great choice for a family outing.
Your Caja de Muertos tour with Acampa begins at Ponce’s boardwalk, known as La Guancha. When you return, grab a bite to eat at one of the boardwalk eateries that have made this destination famous.
Puerto Rico is a wonderland of diverse ecosystems. In Humacao, you can experience one of these unique settings with a kayak tour through the Punta Santiago Nature Reserve. Explore mangrove-lined lagoons, learn about the local flora and fauna, and enjoy a side of Puerto Rico that many visitors don’t get to see. Check out the full tour from Pure Adventure.
From birds to monkeys
Humacao is truly a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. In addition to the nature reserve, this municipality boasts a small island with a population of Rhesus monkeys.
Palmas del Mar
Humacao boasts an elite resort in Palmas del Mar, which offers sailing, water sports, tennis, golf, horseback riding and tennis, making it one of the more complete properties on the island.
Lagoon and Biobay
For a special treat, combine the day-tour to the Nature Reserve with Pure Adventure’s nighttime tour of the nearby Fajardo Biobay in Laguna Grande.