Island Journeys
Island Journeys
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Island Journeys specializes in locally guided tours in Puerto Rico. We are passionate about the island and eager to share the beauty, culture and natural wonders with visitors from all around the world. We are dedicated to providing quality, innovative and socially responsible excursions, delivered with friendliness, safety, education and fun!
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
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julip136
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
The tour was simply amazing. So much action but also never too scary because there were enough guides who took care of our small group during the rain forest hike.
Highly yo recommend! A real authentic and sustainable experience who even supported local marketers with a stop at fruiterers who provided us with the best smoothies on the island! We were impressed!
Written July 10, 2020
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I appreciate your positive feedback about your day with Island Journeys. We do take pride in catering to our guests’ needs the best way we can and providing an authentic experience and supporting our local community.
Written July 29, 2020
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mjmiles102
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
We had a great time during our adventure. The guides were helpful and attentive.

We were part of a large group and as expected, there was a lot of down time as we waited for others to move through the climbs and descents. Our group of 6 has adequate hiking and kayaking experience. We had no struggles with the trip. It did seem as others that were part of the larger group were struggling and therefore I would suggest that you have a good range of motion, are nimble on your feet and wear good shoes as it is muddy and can get slippery.
Written January 13, 2020
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Thank you for leaving a detailed review of your experience! We are extremely happy to know you had a great time and received a good service from our tour guides. While it can be a long day with periods of downtime related to many different fitness levels, there is something magical about experiencing two of Puerto Ricos natural wonders in one day! Thank you for joining us!!
Written January 31, 2020
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SKinDurhamNC
Durham, NC4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Don’t miss this adventure! Amaudi & Rene were the perfect guides. Communication was thorough, clear, and timed well. Then - the tour was spectacular. The guides were experienced, fun, knowledgeable, and helpful us feel cared about and secure. I wouldn’t change a thing. If you think you might want to do a rainforest adventure with rock slides, jumping, and rope swings… don’t hesitate book this trip! We learned a ton about ourselves and El Yunque. Our family of four (11, 15, and 50 year old parents) loved it!
Written November 20, 2023
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Hola! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing feedback with us! We are so happy to learn you had a great time in the rainforest with us! We hope to see you on your next adventure!
Written January 8, 2024
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AJ O
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
I can say with relative confidence that this is the best tour company to do El Yunque through. I went with some friends on a Saturday and we saw many other tour groups, all of which were much bigger than ours. Instead we got a more intimate and safer experience with a great guide! Do be aware that the cliff jumping, water slides and rope swing are the main event, so if your not the adventure type all you will see is some pretty trees and a heavily trafficked (although gorgeous) set of natural pools. Totally worth it though, for all those adventure lovers out there (or anyone willing to try new things) and this company is definitely the way to go. A must do!
Written February 26, 2021
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Hola! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We really appreciate it and are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your day with Island Journeys!
Written March 6, 2021
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Shannon Taylor S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
The excursion was cut short a bit because concern for flash flood, but the pouring rain and path turning into small waterfall just added to the adventure! (It rains every day in the rainforest, apparently, but not that much)
Be ready for a strenuous climb to the top, but worth it. And if you suddenly decide not to jump it's not too bad getting back down. No pressure, they were so nice and helpful.
Would do it again 🙂
Written November 5, 2022
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Hola! Thank you so much for sharing your feedback with us! We are happy to know that our tour guides were able to provide a fun experience while keeping all of our guests safe. We hope to see you on your next adventure in Puerto Rico!
Written November 6, 2022
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Michelle L
Minneapolis, Minnesota9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Island Journeys was fantastic! Starting with the shuttle pick up, it was right on time. Then we stopped at a local fruit stand, which was so cool to see. The hike through the rainforest was marvelous with lots of information! We went on a rope swing, jumped off a cliff, and went down a natural waterslide in the rainforest! For dinner we got to go to a local small town restaurant, which was delicious! Then we moved on to our kayak tour of the bioluminescent bay, which was incredible! Our whole experience was top-notch!
Written January 6, 2023
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We really appreciate you taking the time to write such a lovely review. Our team really appreciates it and we are SO glad to hear your experience was top-notch. Thanks for the opportunity of hosting your rainforest experience!
Written January 8, 2023
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Oindrila R
Kent, OH4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We had an excellent experience at the rain forest with Bradley and Maxinne. They were friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Most importantly we felt safe with them and they guided us well throughout.

We also took the bioluminescence tour at night with Miguel. They were excellent. We had an experience of a lifetime.
Written March 14, 2023
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a 5 star rating - it's much appreciated!
Written March 24, 2023
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Elizabeth L
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We loved this all-day excursion, and would definitely recommend it if you're looking to see several beautiful natural sites in Puerto Rico. Our guides, Paola and Luis, were so kind and funny and did a great job leading the group. We loved having an active day after a day of laying by the pool, and we feel like we got to be a part of something really special. Given that we were staying an hour away from the rainforest, we felt like this was a really efficient way to see the opposite site of Puerto Rico all in one day.

There were a few things we wish we had known in advance that would have helped us be a bit more comfortable throughout the day:

Our start time was listed as 9:30, but we saw in the guidance that pickups could be as late as 10:30 in our area. I texted the company to confirm, and they said that our pickup time was 10:10. We were staying in Condado, so we were picked up at the Marriott, which was just 10 min down the street from our hotel. So if you don't get specific guidance from them on your pickup time, I'd recommend confirming via text. The company uses those large, 15-passenger vans to pick everyone up. After 2 more stops nearby, we got on the road and headed to a large fruit stand to meet the other van (we had 16 people in our group plus guides).

The guidance said to eat a large breakfast beforehand, as you won't have dinner until 4 pm. While that's true, we had the opportunity to get a snack at the fruit stand and the guides offered us snacks during and after the excursion, so don't worry about going hungry.

After stopping at the fruit stand, we got back on the road and headed up into the mountains to the area where we would park to enter the rainforest. The scenery was beautiful, but be prepared for narrow roads! Once we parked, we hopped out and dressed in life jackets and helmets to begin the hike. One really important thing we wished we'd known - it was recommended that we not bring anything with us on the hike (which soon made total sense!) so while we had packed for a "day of hiking" with camp towels, water bottles, and a daypack, etc., it really wasn't necessary! Everything we brought with us stayed in the van, so our recommendation would be to bring whatever you need - don't worry about having to carry it. But when it comes to what you're wearing, don't just be prepared to "get a little wet and muddy" - prepare to be submerged in water/swim!

We hiked 1.5 miles (mostly) uphill to get to an area of the river where there is a natural pool, a waterslide (in the rock), a rope swing, and several high rocks to jump off of. It's all optional, but super fun. Most of the afternoon was spent playing in this area. We took part in all of the activities - the water slide, the rock jumping, and the rope swing - all of which you will do in whatever you are wearing (shoes, life jacket, and helmet included). We'd recommend wearing minimal jewelry or accessories (one traveler lost a big hoop earring during a jump) - we had on hats and sunglasses and really did not need the hats (because, helmets). Determining what to wear for shoes was the hardest part. Given the terrain and the climbing we did, I would have wanted hiking shoes... but given that we swam in them, I would have wanted water shoes (which were not allowed). One of the women in our group said she purchased $30 shoes on Amazon that had a good grip but could get wet... so if we did this again, we'd look into something like that. As it was, we wore older running shoes that we ended up throwing away before our flight home, which was fine, but admittedly the tread wasn't ideal in slippery places.

Also, I learned the hard way - maybe hold your nose before you jump off a 15 ft rock... I still have water in my ear from where it went up my nose, lol.

By the way, your guides will take pictures of everyone during this time, so no need to bring a camera - the pictures turned out great!

After you play for a while, you head back to the van and get taken to dinner, which is maybe 10 min away. We sat outside - it was lovely - and had one of the best meals of our trip. Here's where I might recommend something different from what the official guidance says - it recommends bringing a change of clothes, so some folks changed before dinner. But, you will get completely soaked later on, kayaking, which means you will ride home (for the better part of an hour) soaking wet. Because of this, we waited to change until after kayaking, which meant I got a little wet/chilly during dinner. So our advice is - bring two changes of clothes! If I could do it over again, I'd change before dinner into dry clothes and sandals... then, after kayaking, I'd switch clothes again.

Kayaking was lovely, but we didn't get started until 6:15 and we arrived at 5:30 (it was just down the street from dinner), so be prepared to wait a bit and maybe have a beer (they have little stands on site). When we went, the plankton were "low-glow," but we still were able to see them. And, the guides did a fantastic overview of the constellations and the animals in the area, so we still felt like we got to appreciate nature, even without a lot of luminescence.

By the time we finished kayaking, we were pretty tired - it was a 2-hour adventure so it was close to 9 by the time we headed home, which took 45 min-1 hour. We did change into dry clothes before we got on the road but it was a little tricky to do so in a tiny bathroom stall, so we'd recommend something easy to slip on, given you'll still be damp, and not too many layers (if I had known, I might have brought a dress that would have been easy to pull over my head, versus the tight shorts I brought!).

We were exhausted, a little smelly, and so happy by the time we returned to our hotel. Thankfully we were headed home the next day so we packed all our wet clothes into plastic bags to travel and tossed them straight into the washer when we got home. We are so, so glad we did this and we made some incredible memories we will treasure for years to come! I hope the advice above is helpful, and I hope you enjoy!
Written April 22, 2023
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a 5-star review.
Written April 28, 2023
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Kate K
Washington DC, DC2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We had a great time on this full-day adventure! Tour guides Luis, Paula, and Maxine were knowledgable and incredibly fun. There were lots of other groups in the rainforest but they navigated the crowds perfectly so it felt like it was just us, or that we were making friends.
Some tips to help your experience:
- The difficulty of this activity comes in little spurts; a really steep cliff face the guides will help you with or jumping off of a cliff into the water. Otherwise not a crazy amount of steps; this was all we did that day and I didn't even hit 10,000 steps. If you're out of shape, no problem. If you can't bend your knee, that's a problem.
- Cash/money breakdown: You stop at a fruit stand on the way and if you don't get a smoothie I would call 911 on you. Get the smoothie. It's $5. You will tip the guides who helped the rainforest part of the tour around 3 pm that day (they also provide snacks, beer, water). The restaurant you stop at for dinner only takes Visa and Mastercard or cash. Entrees were about 15-20$ and were worth the money; very good seafood. Then, you go to the kayaking section of the tour. That's a different company so bring a tip for them. Then, the driver will drop you back home, so make sure to tip them.
-Your entire bottom will be wet during the rainforest part and during the kayak part. If you'd like to change for dinner so you don't have a soggy bottom, just remember that it'll get wet again on the kayak. I brought 3 pairs of running shorts (rainforest, then change for dinner, that pair got wet during kayaking, changed for the 60 minute bus ride home)
Written May 11, 2022
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Hola Kate! Thank you so much for your excellent review! I am so happy to know you had an amazing experience with our team and that you were able to enjoy the beautiful nature Puerto Rico has to offer. What a day! I hope to see you on your next big adventure on the island!
Written August 11, 2022
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Erica B
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
This rainforest visit is not for the faint of heart BUT is an absolutely amazing experience.
We trekked through the muddy path to the water hole and climbed down a maze of root systems. We also had to climb up some rocks to get to the natural waterslide. Once doing all of this, you will feel accomplished that you were able to complete the journey and slide into the cooling river as a reward. The travel guides are amazing and very knowledgeable! The bio bay tour was wonderful. It is just amazing to see what God's creatures can do. I loved it and would recommend this to anyone physically able! Don't count yourself out! :-)
Written January 21, 2020
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Hola Erica! Thank you for joining us and THANK YOU for your detailed 5 star review!! Pulling people out of their comfort zones and giving them a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the great beauty Puerto Rico has to offer brings us so much joy! The guides will be delighted to hear your praise as well!
Written January 22, 2020
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