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Puerto Rico Snorkeling Tours

Multi-Day Puerto Rico and Culebra Island Hiking and Snorkeling Adventure

Overview

Experience the natural beauty of Puerto Rico by getting active in its many unique and spectacular habitats.  Local naturalists, biologists, experienced kayaking instructors, and certified dive masters team up to take you deep into the island’s diverse natural areas.  

El Yunque is home to the highly endangered Puerto Rican Parrot (which is relying on its survival through a captive breeding program supported by the US Forest Dept and by private donations). You will get to traverse the mountain trails of El Yunque’s rainforest after an enlightening video at the El Portal Visitors Center.  

Hike the Old San Juan, Kayak the mangroves in the morning, and snorkel the coral reefs in a full day in Culebra.  

Experience an evening of unique light displays from micro-organisms called dinoflagellates that produce an eerie electric-blue glow in the water when disturbed.  Fajardo Bay is home to one of the island’s bioluminescent bays where you can watch this display from your Kayak.  

We will spend one full day in Culebra, situated between the main island of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which is one of the Caribbean’s most pristine eco-destinations with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. We’ll snorkel under expert guidance in breathtakingly beautiful and warm turquoise waters. With luck, we may see turtles, colorful fish, and other marine life. 

The tour is rounded off with a guided walk and presentation in Old San Juan followed by a free afternoon to explore the old town at your leisure.

Our Program

Unless otherwise specified, the Group Leader will lead all lectures, field trips, and birding exercises. Transportation throughout the program will be provided by passenger vans or motor coaches unless otherwise noted. As wildlife and weather are unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at the last minute. 

Meals at restaurants will be plated and served dishes featuring regional specialties with soft drinks, coffee, tea, and water included unless otherwise noted.

Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the tour more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, engaging in available activities on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions.

Small Group
Meals at restaurants will be plated and served dishes featuring regional specialties with soft drinks, coffee, tea and water included unless otherwise noted.

STARTING AT

$1,937

SINGLE: $2,840

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11 Expert-led field trips

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7 Nights of accommodations

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Meals at Local Restaurants

Itinerary

DAY 1: ORIENTATION, DINNER

ARRIVAL:

Aeropuerto Internacional Luis Muñoz Marín—Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in Carolina, Puerto Rico, about 3 miles (5 km) from San Juan’s city center. Take a taxi or Uber to Hampton Inn Isla Verde , 2.2 miles from the airport.

ORIENTATION:

At Hotel Meeting Room at 5:00 pm. The group leader will provide all the detailed information and review the final itinerary. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather and other local circumstances.

DINNER:

At a local restaurant.

DAY 2: OLD SAN JUAN, SALSA CLASSES

BREAKFAST:

Continental breakfast at the hotel.

MORNING:

We will board our van for Old San Juan, where a local expert will provide a walking tour of the oldest settlement within Puerto Rico and the historic colonial section of the city of San Juan. The settlement is a National Historic Landmark District and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Walking on with our local expert, we’ll learn about the history and explore Fort San Cristóbal, also known as Castillo San Cristóbal, the largest colonial Spanish fortress in the Western Hemisphere. Construction began in 1634 and it was not completed until 1790. European powers fought for hundreds of years to control the island due to its strategic location. San Cristóbal guarded the land entrance to Old San Juan. It is a magnificent and impressive structure covering 27 acres, now part of the San Juan National Historic Site.

LUNCH:

At a local restaurant.

AFTERNOON:

After lunch you will have two hours of free time in the Old City for independent discoveries, shopping or art galleries visit. Our next activity will be a visit to a dance studio for some basic Salsa Classes.

DINNER:

At a local restaurant.

DAY 3:

BREAKFAST:

At the hotel.

MORNING:

After check out we’ll ride in our van for a field trip to the Rain Forest El Yunque. Explore and Hike the trails at the National Forest, visit Angelitos Trail (great opportunity for a short swim), picture opportunity at La Coca Falls, and Yokahu tour.

LUNCH:

At a local Restaurant.

AFTERNOON:

Continue our journey to Fajardo and hotel check-in.

DINNER:

At a local restaurant.

EVENING:

We will kayak with our Group Leader to see the marine light show produced by dinoflagellates when they sense a disturbance and shimmer in the water. The Bioluminescent Bay in Fajardo is one of the most famous in the world. We’ll then return to the hotel.

DAY 4:

BREAKFAST:

At the hotel.

MORNING:

After a short transfer to the Marina, we’ll board a catamaran and sail out to small, tranquil Culebra Island for a full-day field trip. Culebra, situated between the main island of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, is one of the Caribbean’s most pristine eco-destinations with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. We’ll snorkel under expert guidance in breathtakingly beautiful and warm turquoise waters. With luck, we may see turtles, colorful fish, and other marine life.

LUNCH:

On the boat, we’ll have a buffet lunch or boxed lunch.

AFTERNOON:

Next, our captain will select a beach with the best conditions where we will be able to continue swimming, snorkeling, and beachcombing as we like in the company of our expert and group leader. There are white and dark sand beaches, shallow and deep coral reefs, cays, and many rocky points. Most of the island is a nature reserve. We’ll return to the hotel late afternoon.

DINNER:

At a local restaurant.

EVENING:

The tour director will provide ideas of things to do on your free day.

DAY 5:

Free day to enjoy resort facilities or a full day by the local beach or pool. 

DAY 6:

BREAKFAST:

At the hotel.

MORNING:

Hotel Check out. On our way back to San Juan we will stop in Pinones in the town of Loiza at the north of the island. Driving into Pinones you are instantly transported back in time to another era. It is the home to many modest families making a living selling typical local food from kiosks along the beach. Their traditions span back 400 years and beyond that to the time when the Spanish conquered the land and brought in the first roots of African people to the island

LUNCH:

At a local restaurant.

AFTERNOON:

Hotel Check-In. Free time to enjoy the hotel.

LUNCH:

At a local restaurant.

LATE AFTERNOON:

Sunset Celebration in the Old City. Float past hundreds of years of history and picturesque scenery during this 2-hour sunset sailing excursion in Old San Juan Harbor. Climb aboard the “Amazing Grace,” a topsail schooner fashioned in the style of 19th-century American sailing vessels, for an unforgettable ride past the wonders of this historic area. As you sail you’ll enjoy up-close views of Old San Juan sights like El Morro fortress, La Fortaleza, Paseo la Princesa, and more, all set aglow by the fading late afternoon light. A guide and complimentary beverages and snacks are all covered.

LATE DINNER:

At a local restaurant.

DAY 7:

 

BREAKFAST:

At a local restaurant.

MORNING:

We’ll drive to Cueva Ventana, a cultural landmark of the island, this large cave situated atop a limestone cliff in Arecibo. A biologist will provide guided visits to the natural cave, which contains insects, snakes, and bats. Your guide will also discuss the plants on our site, some of which are near extinction, and you will learn about the history of the original Taino Indians during the 45-minute walk.

LUNCH:

At a local restaurant.

AFTERNOON:

Special visit to Hacienda Santa Ana, we will tour the sugar cane plantation and taste the best rum on the island. From Bayamón, Puerto Rico to the world! Learn about the history and unique craftsmanship of Ron del Barrilito, the oldest Puerto Rican rum, still made in the same place and in the same way since 1880.

DINNER:

At a local restaurant.

DAY 8: END OF TOUR

BREAKFAST:

At the hotel.

MORNING:

End of tour.

Lodging

HAMPTON INN & SUITES SAN JUAN

UNIQUE FEATURES

At the Hampton Inn & Suites® hotel in San Juan, they want to make your stay perfect. So if you want to surf the web on your laptop, do so with our free high speed internet access. Run a few miles in our exercise room, or swim some laps in the pool. You’ll even find a convenience store at our hotel in San Juan. If you’re looking for recommendations on what to do and where to eat in San Juan, just ask the staff at our San Juan hotel and they’ll be happy to help.

FACILITY AMENITIES:

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Baggage Storage

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Coin Laundry

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Elevators

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Laundry/Valet Service

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Lounge

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Luggage Hold

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Multi-Lingual Staff

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On-Site Convenience Store

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Room Service

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Safety Deposit Box

ROOM AMENITIES:

Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, Complimentary Hot Breakfast, High Speed Internet-No Charge, Iron/Ironing Board, Lap Desk, Curved Shower Rod, Easy to Set Alarm Clock Radio, LCD Flat Panel TV and Waterpik(R) Shower-head.

ASK:

For the sales department for additional night reservations.

HILTON PONCE GOLF & CASINO RESORT

UNIQUE FEATURES

Guests of this beach resort will appreciate convenient onsite amenities. All 230 rooms boast deep soaking tubs and offer free WiFi and LCD TVs. All rooms have balconies with furniture, ocean view rooms and large oversized bathrooms Other amenities available to guests include free wired Internet, DVD players, and refrigerators.

FACILITY AMENITIES:

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Valet parking/Parking

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Free internet

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Pool, outdoor pool

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Fitness Center with Gym/Workout Room

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Bar/Lounge

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Game room

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Golf course, tennis court

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Wifi/Public wifi

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Hot tub, Outdoor pool

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Swim up bar and poolside bar

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Restaurant, breakfast buffet

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Baggage storage

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Convenience store, shops

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Non-smoking hotel

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ATM on site

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Butler service, 24-hour front desk

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Dry cleaning, laundry service

ROOM AMENITIES:

Internet – Free WiFi
Entertainment – 42-inch LCD TV with premium channels, Netflix, iPod dock
Food & Drink – Refrigerator and coffee/tea maker
Sleep – Blackout drapes/curtains
Bathroom – Private bathroom, deep soaking bathtub
Practical – Laptop-compatible safe, iron/ironing board, and laptop workspace; cribs/infant beds available on request
Comfort – Air conditioning and daily housekeeping

 

What’s Included

7 Nights Accommodations

18 Meals (7B, 5L, 6D)

11 Expert-led field trips

1 hands-on experience

An experienced group leader

Customary gratuities

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