|Duration: 3.5 hours|
|Age: 6 years +|
|Skill Level: Easy (Beginners)|
|Food: Light Snacks and Refreshments Included|
|Location: Arrecifes de La Cordillera Reserve|
|Launch Site: Puerto Chico Marina|
|Open: Monday – Sunday|
|Activities: Boating, Snorkeling|
|Transportation: Yes! Pickup available|
USD pp 4 persons per boat
BOAT & SNORKEL TOUR DETAILS
- Your Own 13’ mini speedboat with 40hp Four Stroke Motor*
- USCG approved life jacket
- Premium quality snorkeling gear*
- Fully-stocked cooler with ice, bottled water, refreshments, and snacks
- Instructions and training covering: boating basics, snorkeling, and ocean safety
- Fully-guided island-hopping excursion, in which you will pilot your own Mini Boat from Puerto Chico Marina to Icacos Island and Palominitos Island, through the Arrecifes de La Cordillera Nature Reserve
- Fully-guided, interpretive snorkeling sessions at various locations within the Arrecifes de La Cordillera Nature Reserve
- KPR’s professional interpretive eco guide throughout the entire excursion
- First aid and marine rescue
*All our equipment is beginner-friendly.
- Puerto Chico Marina, Fajardo
MORNING TOUR SCHEDULE
- Check-in: 8:30 AM
- Adventure begins: 9:00 AM
AFTERNOON TOUR SCHEDULE
- Check-in: 1:00 PM
- Adventure begins: 1:30 PM
WELCOME ABOARD, CAPTAIN!
Your Island-Hop & Snorkel Mini Boat Adventure begins at Puerto Chico Marina in Fajardo, where your KPR eco guides will have everything ready for you. At our private gazebo with full view of the excursion route, your guides will provide complete pre-ride instructions and safety orientation for each captain and crew. The orientation will continue aboard your fully-equipped Mini Boat before departure.
START YOUR ENGINES!
The fun begins as we clear the Puerto Chico Marina, heading North along the bluffs of the Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve. En route, you’ll enjoy the majestic view of El Yunque Rainforest, the mangrove-lined coast, and Fajardo’s 130 years old Spanish lighthouse. This lush landscape is also one of the first sights that the Spanish conquistadors had of Puerto Rico more than five thousand years ago!
FIRST STOP: ICACOS ISLAND!*
After a 30 minute ride through crystal clear waters, our first stop is the uninhabited Icacos Island, within the Arrecifes de La Cordillera Nature Reserve. Get acquainted with your snorkeling gear and practice freediving techniques, while you prepare for a unique snorkeling experience! Dive in to discover amazing coral reef formations and swim among schools of colorful tropical fish. Along our professional interpretive eco guides, you will learn everything about the wonders of Puerto Rico’s underwater world! Snacks and refreshments are available in your Mini Boat at all times.
HOPPING TO PALOMINITOS ISLAND*
After about an hour in our first stop, the island hoppers set course along the chain of cays of La Cordillera Reserve, to the incredible Palominitos Island. This small cay is most famous for being used as a set for the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Relax at this unique spot on the planet, surrounded by coral reefs and featuring incredible turquoise water, pure white sand, and a gorgeous view of the mainland. Here our guides will take time to interpret the natural history of the reserve, explain the surrounding scenery, and guide you through another amazing snorkeling session!
BACK TO HOME BASE
After the last snorkeling adventure, the group will board their Mini Boats once more for the journey back to Puerto Chico Marina. Enjoy your vessel fully, because we are quite sure that by this time… you may have become addicted to riding your Mini Boat across this sensational paradise!
WHAT TO BRING
- Water shoes
- Sun protection (i.e. biodegradable sunblock, hat, sunglasses, long sleeve shirt, rashguard, etc.)
- Set of dry clothes
- Your medicines, if you have a particular condition only
- Cash for restaurants, souvenirs, tips, etc.
- Camera (waterproof or protected)
WE RECOMMEND YOU DO NOT BRING
- We can keep your valuables secure at the dock, but it is best if you keep it simple and avoid bringing the following items:
- Big bags, backpacks or heavy items; there is limited cargo space in the boats
- Expensive, non-waterproof cameras
- Expensive jewelry (may fall off during snorkeling)
- Large gear or water toys like boogie boards or inflatables
- Any valuable that cannot get wet
- Alcoholic beverages
This excursion is not recommended for guests with physical conditions, epilepsy, back problems, heart conditions, dizziness or that had recent surgery. Pregnant women cannot participate. Please remember that it is your responsibility to notify us ahead of time with any concerns about your health or physical condition.
Maximum weight limit per person is 300 pounds (136 kg). Maximum weight limit per Mini Boat is 700 pounds (310 kg). Maximum capacity for each Mini Boat is 4 passengers.
Minimum age for passengers is 6 years old. Minimum age for driving the Mini Boat is 18 years old.
This tour requires a minimum of at least two Mini Boats for the excursion to go out. In the event the minimum is not met, we will call one or two days prior to the excursion to go over alternative options (i.e. reschedule for a different date or time that has the minimum requirement, payment options for a private excursion, or cancel without penalty).
The order of destinations and amount of stops may vary depending on weather and marine conditions.
An optional Digital Photo Package is available for $15 (+tax) per Mini Boat. Our staff will provide you more detailed information about the photo package during the check-in process, before the excursion goes out.
If you are bringing your own camera, we strongly recommend that you only bring waterproof or protected cameras, with a bright, floating attachment. In order to prevent loss or damage to your property, we recommend you to avoid bringing big SLR cameras and non-waterproof cameras.
Optional round trip transportation is available for a flat rate of $20.00 per person (pp).
Pickup points include all hotels in San Juan, Carolina, Humacao, and the east coast area.
Pickups from the San Juan- Isla Verde area are scheduled one hour and a half (1.5 hrs) before the trip’s check-in time. For example, for a tour with a 9:00 AM check-in, the guest will expect to be picked up by 7:30 AM.
For pickups in the Rio Grande area, the guest must expect to be picked up 45 minutes before trip’s check-in time.
The private transportation rate is $140. If your party doesn’t reach the minimum requirement, this option may work for you.
The transportation service is scheduled directly with Kayaking Puerto Rico and provided by Fine Line Excursions.
Transportation service is subject to a minimum of 7 guests requesting transportation for the same trip. This doesn’t mean that you need to have all seven guests in your party; you can simply join other guests from other groups that also requested transportation.
However, in the event that the minimum is not met, we will call you one or two days prior to the excursion to go over alternative options (i.e. payment options for private transportation, car rentals, rescheduling for a different date or time that already has the minimum requirement for transportation, or cancellation without penalty).
We have a 48-hour cancellation policy for all of our excursions. Up until 48 hours before check-in time, you may change your reservation or cancel it for a full refund. Cancellations made in less than 48 hours before departure time, late arrivals, and “no-shows” will maintain a full charge. All cancellations must be made directly with Kayaking Puerto Rico, by telephone or email.
GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE GUESTS
Groups of 10 or more guests must cancel at least 2 weeks prior to the date of the excursion in order to receive a full refund. Cancellations of groups made in less than 2 weeks prior to the excursion date will maintain a full charge on any spaces we are unable to resell. Guests that are no-shows or late arrivals will receive full charge.
If we cancel a tour due to weather conditions, you will be provided a full refund. However, be aware that we are the ones that determine the cancellations due to weather conditions. Please, do not make the mistake of deciding not to attend because you think the weather might not be acceptable, as you will still be charged if the trip goes out. If you ever have a question about the weather conditions, please call us to confirm.
Due to the unique nature and small size of our groups, we are forced to remain firm about our cancellation policy. Consider that on the day of your excursion we will be there, onsite, waiting, and ready to serve you. Regardless of the cancellation reason, our time and fixed costs are already invested; we may even have turned down other customers by holding your space. Thank you for understanding!