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Cartagena: 4 Rosario Islands Day Tour with Snorkel & Lunch

1. Cartagena: 4 Rosario Islands Day Tour with Snorkel & Lunch

Experience clear blue waters, white sand, and awesome corals on the perfect sunny day trip! Corales del Rosario National Park is the name of a group of islands on the coast of Colombia, located just an hour away by speed boat from Cartagena or 20 mins from Barú. This paradise is the favorite destination in Cartagena and it offers a natural environment to have fun and relax. Start the day with a morning pickup from your hotel. Continue to a relaxing private island where beach chairs and umbrellas await you. Spend time in the sun and have a seafood cocktail or lemonade in one of the most beautiful places you will visit. Afterward, continue to Cholon to enjoy a mini party in the water with music, drinks, and people from other boats. Finally, stop at Playa Blanca in Barú Island, where there will be a more private space waiting for you away from the main concentration of boats and vendors. Here, eat a typical island lunch and spend the rest of the day on the beach, relaxing and swimming.

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From Cartagena: Day Trip to Playa Blanca with Lunch

2. From Cartagena: Day Trip to Playa Blanca with Lunch

Enjoy a paradisiacal day relaxing on the white sand beach of Baru Island's aptly-named Playa Blanca. After getting picked up from your hotel in Cartagena, take a 1-hour journey in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan to Baru. Learn more about local life in both the city and the island towns from your local driver. Once in Baru, take a quick, idyllic stroll along the beach to reach where you will spend the day. Make the most of all the facilities the place has to offer, including sundecks to relax on the beach or snorkel equipment if you wish to take a dip in the beach's crystal-clear waters. In the afternoon, savor a delicious lunch with several options including vegetarian and meat dishes washed down with local juices. Head back to the beach after lunch to relax for another few hours before beginning the journey back to Cartagena in the evening.

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Cartagena: Snorkel, Mangroves and Playa Blanca Tour

3. Cartagena: Snorkel, Mangroves and Playa Blanca Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation at 7:30 AM in an air-conditioned bus. Meet your guide who will provide all the details about your upcoming adventure and the route. At 9 AM, arrive at the island of Baru and board a boat. Cruise for 15 minutes through the crystal clear waters until you arrive at the snorkeling site. After 1 hour of enjoyable snorkeling, continue the tour into the mangroves to see birds, iguanas, and other species. Discover the fascinating landscapes of the island and the life of the native species who inhabit this magical ecosystem. At 1 PM, head back to Playa Blanca to enjoy a delicious lunch with options of fish, chicken, or vegetarian. Once you've eaten, spend some time swimming in the clear waters or relaxing on the beautiful white sand beach. At 3:30 PM, board the return bus which will drop you off back at your hotel.

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Cartagena: Private Boat Tour Around the Islands

4. Cartagena: Private Boat Tour Around the Islands

Explore the beautiful and stunning islands along the Caribbean coastline with this private boat hire in Cartagena. Choose from a variety of yachts and speedboats ranging from 29 feet (8.8 meters) to 62 feet (18.9 meters) long that accommodate up to 10-18 people. With the help of your captain, plan your own personalized itinerary based on your interests and sightseeing wishes. Cruise along the islands on your private boat and combine relaxation, pleasure, and fun. At any time, feel free to request to stop for lunch, visit beaches, or be taken to a secluded area to enjoy some time for swimming in the sea. Play your favorite tunes on the boat's fully equipped sound system to ensure the perfect soundtrack to your day. With your own private boat for just you and your group, what you see and what you do is entirely up to you.

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Cartagena: Bioluminescent Plankton Tour

5. Cartagena: Bioluminescent Plankton Tour

Admire an extraordinary natural phenomenon which only occurs in a few parts of the world– the bioluminescent plankton. Begin your tour during the afternoon, as the sun begins to set. Gain an understanding of these unique creatures from your knowledgable guide. Hop aboard your boat and sail for 10 minutes to the cove of Puerto Naito. Dive into sea and swim in the warm water which is full of bioluminescent plankton. With every movement you make, the plankton will generate light, creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Choose to meet at the meeting point or choose the option including roundtrip transportation. If you choose the option with transportation, you’ll also have some free time to explore Playa Blanca.

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Cartagena: Party Boat to Cholon Island

6. Cartagena: Party Boat to Cholon Island

Enjoy a different experience of the Caribbean waters on this party boat tour to Cholon Island. Join one of the biggest weekend events in the area and delight in a day full of great music, drinks, and beautiful views and people. Soak up the all-round great vibes in the most incredible location, just a 45-minute boat ride from the city of Cartagena. After making your way to the meeting point, set off from Cartagena toward Cholon Island. Once there, dance waist-deep in the crystal clear water of the Caribbean Sea as reggaeton and electronic music blast out over the sound system. Keep the party going with an open bar of Colombian rum, beers, soft drinks, and water. Lunch is included, with red snapper fish and chicken available. This is a true island party experience for tourists and Colombians alike. At the end of the tour, return to Cartagena delightfully tanned, tipsy, and in the right mood to hit the town after.

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From Cartagena: Snorkeling Underwater Adventure with Lunch

7. From Cartagena: Snorkeling Underwater Adventure with Lunch

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodations in Bocagrande or Laguito in an air-conditioned bus. If you’re staying in another area, meet your guide at the Pegasus monument on the pier. Journey to the island of Baru where you will have some free time to enjoy the beach, soak up the sun and take a dip in the water. At noon, sit down for a typical island lunch. Afterward, sip a cocktail during the 1-hour open bar. Receive a safety tutorial at 2 pm. Learn how to properly use your snorkfly equipment before getting into the water. As the boat tows the snorkfly at a slow and gentle pace, maneuver the snorkfly by tilting the board in different angles. Hang on to the board with your arms and steer by moving the wings in the direction you want to go. Experience the incredible sensation of underwater flight. Get your adrenaline pumping as you glide through the ocean. Immerse yourself in an underwater environment. Marvel at the fish and coral. A GoPro camera will capture your snorkfly experience you’ll have something to share with your family and friends.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 305 reviews

This day trip to the beach is highly recommended. The turquoise water was warm and inviting. With transportation and lunch provided, this was true value for money. The tourist police patrol were on the beat, and I felt really safe. The tour guide, Alejandro (aka Alex) provided some helpful tips regarding dealing with vendors (e.g. women offering massages and men trying to sell trinkets). If you want to get away from the city and relax, this is your best bet.

Jesús, our guide, was phenomenal and incredibly attentive. The experience was amazing and we really loved every moment of the tour. Everyone on the boat became fast friends and it was such a fun day!

I had a really great time! It was just me and my friend and the tour was excellent and worth the money.

The island trip was amazing. Guide was available for questions and knew the entire area. Well done!

Friendly tour guide, everything on time, overall great experience