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San Juan, Puerto Rico Water sports

Our most recommended San Juan, Puerto Rico Water sports

San Juan: Swimming and Snorkeling Tour with Turtles

1. San Juan: Swimming and Snorkeling Tour with Turtles

Get up close and personal with sea turtles at Escambron Marine Park. Explore the vibrant coral reefs that are home to an abundance of sea turtles. Great for beginners, this is the perfect adventure for all the family. Meet your instructor at the Marine Park to start your thrilling adventure. Once checked in, your guide will hand out the snorkeling gear, give you a quick safety briefing and teach you how to snorkel. Dive into the warm Caribbean Sea and explore the underwater world with your guide. Immerse yourself in the turquoise waters, surrounded by sea turtles, vibrant coral reefs, and tropical fish. Enjoy an adventure that you won’t forget, swimming with one of the planet's oldest living species.

From Fajardo: Full-Day Culebra Islands Catamaran Tour

2. 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 50-55 minute journey on the high-speed catamaran will take you to the beautiful Cordillera Islands, off the coast of Fajardo. 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 onboard the catamaran is open for all guests with Piña Coladas, Rum Punch, sodas, iced teas, and juices. A sumptuous lunch is served on board, including fresh fruit, chicken salad or veggie wraps, salads, and chips.

Puerto Rico: Guided East Coast Jet Ski Tour to Isla Verde

3. Puerto Rico: Guided East Coast Jet Ski Tour to Isla Verde

Experience a thrilling adventure in and around the San Jose Lagoon and all the way to the coast and beaches of Isla Verde on a jet ski tour through the tropical waters of Puerto Rico's north coast. After a short safety briefing and training session, depart from the home base at Cangrejos Yacht Club and journey into the best waters of the Caribbean along the beaches of Isla Verde. Enjoy a memorable journey into the mangroves of the San José Lagoon, pass under the Baldorioty de Castro Bridge, all the way down to the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge, one of the biggest bridges in Puerto Rico. After, pass by the coast of the beach of Isla Verde. Make a stop to jump in the water and go through the Isla Verde coast, one of the most beautiful spots in the area. Admire the incredible scenery as you explore the water world. Let loose and experience the raw power of your jet ski.

San Juan: Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Adventure by Night

4. San Juan: Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Adventure by Night

Embark on a nighttime adventure into the waters of San Juan's Laguna Grande and see millions of glowing plankton. Paddle aboard on this guided evening tour. Make your way through mesmerizing mangrove channels and learn about the wonders of bioluminescence. After getting picked up from your accommodation, head to Laguna Grande. Listen to a quick overview and safety briefing from your guide before setting out. Paddle in a two-person kayak 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 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.

Fajardo: Bioluminescent Lagoon Kayak or Full Moon Kayak Tour

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

Don’t let your day end when the sun goes down. Enjoy a relaxing kayak tour at sunset that leads to the fascinating Laguna Grande in the town of Fajardo located on the Northeast corner of the island. Under a blanket of the night sky and the historical lighthouse, you can touch the waters that glow with bioluminescent organisms. The activity starts at sunset in the small fishing village of Las Croabas where you meet the friendly guides. Check-in and get equipped with all the gear, including botanical-based insect repellent. Get the Kayak 101 Safety training, then board your kayak. Paddle across a small fisherman’s harbor to the entrance of Las Cabezas de San Juan Reserve. Here, you enter a mystical channel that leads to a peaceful place where the mangroves create natural tunnels and the sights and sounds of wildlife surround you. After a 25- to 30-minute paddle through the channel, based on traffic and tidal currents, your guide stops once in the lagoon to give commentary on the following points of interest: • Mangrove forest and the different species • Birdlife that inhabits the area • Aquatic marine life that uses the lagoon as an estuary • Information on the bioluminescence organism • History of the lighthouse • Insight on seven of eight ecosystems found in the area Afterward, enter the lagoon called Laguna Grande (large Lagoon), where you paddle along the edge of the mangrove forest and watch the stroke of each paddle light up a bioluminescent blue-green/white-green. Encounter fish that look like shooting stars as they swim through the thick concentration of Pyrodinium Bahamense, a species of Dinoflagellate. At the breakpoint, admire beautiful views of the rainforest and the lighthouse of Fajardo, accompanied by good conversation. Next, begin the route to Bird Island to view the many birds that roost there overnight. Once quietly rounding the small island, start the return to the departure site. This tour is offered under the full moon cycle, so checking what the moon phase is recommended.

San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour

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

Join a day trip from San Juan to El Yunque Rainforest and the bay of Laguna Grande, two of Puerto Rico's natural gems. Follow your guide through nature trails, kayak in Fajardo Bio Bay, and observe bioluminescence at night. Enjoy return transfers, snacks, and all entrance fees. Following a morning pickup, embark in direction of your bio bay and rainforest adventure. Enjoy the beautiful views along the scenic route through the north side 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 the only tropical rainforest and the most studied forest in the United States National Forest System. Admire its biological diversity with its plants and animals, some of which are found only in Puerto Rico. Hike through trails lined with flora and fauna. Arrive at a hidden gem located in the heart of the rainforest. Enjoy the breathtaking segment of the 29,000-acre forest and swim in natural pools and waterfalls, slide down a waterslide, rope swing into the river, jump from different rock formations, and enjoy fresh local fruit with a view. After working up an appetite with an exciting first half of the day, make a stop for dinner at a local restaurant and savor Puerto Rican cuisine (cost not included). Relax until it’s time for the 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 on kayaking, head toward the Red Mangrove Forest with an amazing view of the sunset. Enjoy kayaking for approximately 30 minutes, and admire the forest's beautiful protected flora and fauna. Upon arrival in Laguna Grande, let the magic unfold. 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.

San Juan: Guided Water Bike Tour with El Morro Fort Views

7. San Juan: Guided Water Bike Tour with El Morro Fort Views

Soak up the unique views of Old San Juan Bay on a guided water bike tour. Relive more than 500 years of Puerto Rican history as you pass important buildings, including the San Felipe del Morro fortress. Board a water bike and set off along the Old San Juan Bay. Admire the pristine views and visible monuments along the coast, such as La Fortaleza (Governor's home), the San Juan Door (historic city entrance), Baluarte de San Agustín, Santa Elena Battery, El Morro Wall, the Garitas, and more. Take to the waters with a certified guide to ensure your safety and comfort. Together, scout out the best viewing spots in the bay as you pedal over the water. Enjoy this adventure by yourself or with friends.

Carolina: Beginners Surf Lesson & Extended Surfboard Rental

8. Carolina: Beginners Surf Lesson & Extended Surfboard Rental

Learn to surf in the warm waters of San Juan with a beginner surf lesson. Meet your instructor and small group and learn the basics of surfing on the beach. Then, head into waist-deep water and try to catch some waves. Your guide is always there to correct your form and make sure you have a great experience out on the water. Learn to surf on your vacation to Puerto Rico. • No swimming experience is necessary for this lesson • Participants of all ages are welcome to the class • A small group means more attention from your instructor

San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest & Bio Bay Kayak Combo Tour

9. San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest & Bio Bay Kayak Combo Tour

Join your expert tour guide for an all-day excursion to the El Yunque Rainforest, then kayak with glowing planktons at a bio-luminescent bay. Start your adventure with a visit to the lesser-known zone of El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the United States. Hike and explore this off-the-beaten-track habitat. Take a dip in a waterfall or natural pool, or try out the waterslides. Hear fascinating stories from your guide about natural and local history. Spot native flora and fauna, many of which are not found anywhere else on the planet. After the hike, take a break with some lunch at a local restaurant. Then it's time for a kayak adventure through mangrove channels leading to the Laguna Grande. Meet the glowing microscopic planktons capable of producing natural light at the touch of your hand. Paddle in this remarkable yet safe environment. Explore these amazing creatures up close. Watch how every stroke of your paddle leaves behind a glowing swirl of blue light that resembles fireflies. Learn how this fragile and unique ecosystem maintains a perfect balance of life. Please read the entire Know Before You Go section to make sure you meet our Safety Requirements and Limitations in order to participate.

From San Juan: Vieques Snorkeling Tour

10. From San Juan: Vieques Snorkeling Tour

Snorkel on the Island of Vieques, one of the most beloved snorkeling destinations in Puerto Rico. The island, 21 miles long by 8 miles wide, is ringed by secluded beaches with limited access. Snorkel amongst crystal clear waters, colorful reef formations, and lively marine life. Depart from San Juan on a comfortable vehicle that will take you to the Marina in Ceiba, where the boat departs. Head to a secret spot away from the crowds on the island where the reef formations are unspoiled, the beaches are pristine, and the sea life is truly the best in Puerto Rico. Start with a 101 learning session and briefing about safety and snorkeling before getting into the water. Once you feel comfortable with your gear and are ready to snorkel, a guide will take you to diverse parts of the reef and point out sea life. Make two stops where you can enjoy snorkeling or swimming on the beach (boat does not arrive at the pier, so you must swim to arrive to on shore). After your snorkeling session, get ready for a relaxing time on the beach. See the scenic mountains of the El Yunque National Forest rising from the eastern coast. End your tour with a variety of local treats served by the captain and crew.

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What people are saying about San Juan, Puerto Rico

We were not able to go to Culebra due to rough seas. We went to an island closer to Fajardo and the marina. Boat ride was probably 20-25 minutes. It was still fun and the crew was fantastic. Snorkeling was average. Company credited back some money due to the itinerary change. It was a good way to get out on the water and we enjoyed the day.

Matthew was our guide and we loved him! Great experience, really good for people who haven't been snorkeling (or it's been a long time). Safe, low stress, but still exciting and lots of marine life to see! And to boot, the beach at this location is soooo pretty. Thanks for a great experience, Matthew!!

we really enjoyed this experience. great tour guides, a lot of fun.

Was great fun. Guide had good humor and was very knowledgeable.

Very nice experience! Beautiful waters and nice beaches!