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Mona Island, often referred to as the Galápagos of the Caribbean, is undoubtedly Puerto Rico’s wildest frontier and one of the last true secret adventures in the Caribbean. Its distant location has contributed to the evolution of its unique biodiversity and geology, boasting massive caves that blend into the colossal limestone cliffs sinking deep into the blue ocean. The island is a sanctuary for marine birds and sea turtles, rivaled only by few on the Western Hemisphere. It was once the home of Taíno Indians and later saw conquistadors and pirates come ashore seeking shelter, and fresh water.
Acampa Nature Adventures is the official tour operator to visit Mona Island Reserve. We are offering small-group all inclusive interpretative camping excursions to Mona Island. You will enjoy a unique guided excursion full of adventure, backed by the impeccable reputation of Acampa, the adventure industry leader in Puerto Rico.
The island's remoteness and natural beauty make it the perfect place to explore its secluded surroundings, wander through its caves and photograph the island’s stunning landscape and wildlife. You will have time to admire the old lighthouse, learn about legendary pirate tales, view the best sunset, gaze the stars from the cliff tops, relax, and much more! All of this while camping on a beach under the palm trees and savoring an exquisite culinary offering on a remote pradise.
* Acampa welcome meeting:
Two weeks prior to departure we will have an orientation and safety meeting at Acampa store to meet everyone and discuss the necessary details, rules, and what to expect during the trip.
* Round-trip boat transportation from Cabo Rojo to Mona Island:
45 mile voyage across the infamous Mona Passage, arriving just before sunrise at Playa Pájaros. The trip lasts anywhere from 3-4 hours aboard a 42-foot vessel aptly named "Torpedo". The boat will remain on the island with us for the whole trip.
* Camping Permits:
These nightly camping permits are required by the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources.
* Premium Camping Equipment:
Acampa will provide all camping gear, including 2-person tents, hammocks, sleeping pads and camp lights. You are welcome to bring your own equipment if you so desire.
* Breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepared by Chef:
All meals will be included and prepared by local Chef Manolo, owner of Cocobana Restaurant in San Juan. Full breakfasts will include an endless coffee pot, as well as fresh fruits, eggs, yogurt, granola, cereal, bread, cheese, cold cuts, milk, and fruit juices. Lunch will vary depending on the days. The first day we will enjoy a fulfilling welcome lunch after setting up base camp. The second day will be a packable to-go lunch, and the third day will be a genuine beach BBQ at Playa Sardinera. Every night we will have a sit down dinner and will relax afterwards, sharing the day's experiences while enjoying everyone's company. Vegan and vegetarian diets will be accomodated to our offerings.
* Fresh fruits, snacks, and ice:
To complement the above culinary offerings, there will be local seasonal fruits, a variety of tasty snacks and sweets, wich will always be available. Ice, a highly precious commodity at Mona, will also be at your disposal for your refreshment.
* Professional and experienced bilingual guides:
With 20 years experience making trips to Mona, our guides will make your trip a unique experience. They will share their vast knowledge on various subjects about the island's flora, fauna, geology, and history. They will transmit their love and passion for the island, while guiding you throughout the excursion.
* Daily guided and challenging excursions:
Every day on the island we will hike and explore different unique places such as unspoiled beaches, dry forests, massive cliffs and majestic caves. Among them there will be 3 cave systems, the old lighthouse, and the two main beaches of Pájaros and Sardinera and their surroundings. Shorter walks to nearby secret spots around base camp will also happen everyday.
* Boat trip from Pajaros to Sardinera Beach
On the third day, we will take a sightseeing boat ride to Playa Sardinera at the western side of the island where we will spend the day relaxing, bbqing, and exploring the beach and its surroundings with optional short hikes to nearby landmarks.
* Photography sessions & support from professional photographer
Bring your best camera and be prepared to return back home with an amazing collection of incredible images that will impress your friends. A professional outdoor photographer will help and teach you about the best spots, techniques and tricks of the trade.
* Post trip reunion and slide show
Post-trip private dinner and gathering at Chef Manolo's restaurant where we will share our images, videos, and stories with everyone on board.
Rafa Espasas is an environmental attorney with a devout fascination for Mona. Previously, he worked as a high school teacher for the Puerto Rico Department of Education. His knowledge on environmental issues, and his love for teaching, make him a great expedition leader. With over 50 expeditions under his belt in the last 20 years, Rafa is one of the most experienced "Moneros" around.
Salvi Colom is a renowned photographer whose usual main subjects are natural landscapes, including Isla de Mona for 20 years and counting. Having made over 20 trips to explore and photograph the island, you can rest assured he will guide you to the right places to shoot the best images, or just to sit down, enjoy the views, and learn from his all-around knowledge about the island’s nature and history. During 2009 he published his coffee-table book "El Puerto Rico que yo conozco" showcasing his B&W panoramic montages, which include Mona. You can see his works at www.salvipics.com
Raymond Sepúlveda is a passionate outdoorsman, "Monero" and leader in the ecotourism industry in Puerto Rico. Owner and founder of Acampa Nature Adventures since 1997, and has been visiting Mona since then, when he became fascinated with its magic, flora, fauna, and history. That is why he knows the hidden gems of the island, the best routes, and how to experience the island in the most adventurous and spiritual way.
6- October 9-13 Happy October
price per person $649 plus tax (3 night camping)
7- November 6-10 Veterans Day Weekend
price per person $649 plus tax (3 night camping)
*Orientation and Safety meeting
*Emergency and Medical Information Form
*Read, understand, and agree to the Mona Island Acampa Terms & Conditions
*Minimum Age: 16 Maximum Age: 62
*Maximum Weight: 230 pounds (104kg)
*Maximum Waist Size 38 inches (95cm)
*Difficult / Strenuous Activity
You should be in good health and physically fit to participate in this adventure. You know your physical abilities. Please do not participate if you suspect that your health could be at risk for any reason or if you could aggravate a pre-existing condition of any kind. You cannot participate in this adventure if you suffer from any cardiac condition, respiratory ailment, weak legs, epileptic seizures, under influence of drugs or alcohol and pregnant.
Coordinates: 18°5'12"N 67°53'22"W
Area: 21 mi (55 km2)
Length: 6.8 mi (11 km)
Width: 4.3 mi (7 km)
Distance from Puerto Rico: 41 mi (66 km)