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Rosario Islands Tours

The Rosario Islands are a highlight of Colombia’s Caribbean Coast, famous for their vibrant marine life, pristine white beaches, and sun-soaked beach resorts. A cluster of 28 idyllic islands dotted offshore of the port city of Cartagena, this archipelago sits atop the world’s third-largest barrier reef and makes up Islas del Rosario National Park.

The Basics
Although many of the islands are private and therefore off-limits, the larger islands of Isla Grande, Isla Rosario, and Isla Caribaru draw a steady stream of day-trippers. Full-day tours from Cartagena often focus on Isla Barú, which lies closest to the mainland and houses attractions such as Playa Blanca, Playa Azul, the Bay of Cholón, and the fortresses of San Fernando and San Jose. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Be sure to take everything you need, as there are no shops on the islands. Sunscreen, a swimsuit, and a sunhat are essentials.
  • Bring cash if you want to purchase food or drinks from beach kiosks—many do not accept credit cards.
  • Wi-Fi can be scarce on the islands, but some resorts offer paid or free access.
  • Many passenger ferries and private boats to the Rosario Islands are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check with the operator in advance.

How to Get There
The Rosario Islands are located roughly 60 miles (100 kilometers) off the coast of Cartagena and are reachable only by boat. Fast boats take about 45 minutes to reach the islands, embarking from La Bodeguita Pier in central Cartagena. 

When to Get There
The region’s dry summer (December through February) is the most popular time to visit the Rosario Islands, and resorts can fill up quickly during this time. Thanks to the mild Caribbean climate it’s possible to visit year-round, and off-season visitors can benefit from reduced rates on tours and accommodation. 

Marine Life of the Rosario Islands
The crystal-clear waters and colorful coral reefs of Rosario and San Bernardo Corals National Natural Park (Parque Nacional Natural Corales del Rosario y San Bernardo) offer ample opportunities for water sports, especially snorkeling and scuba diving. Those venturing underwater can admire calcareous algae, anemones, sponges, dusters, and sea lilies; spot exotic marine life including spadefish, clown fish, barracuda, moray eels, and manta rays; or head to the Oceanary on Isla Rosario to see sharks, giant sea turtles, and dolphins.

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Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blanca, Cartagena, null
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Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blanca

4 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

Enjoy the most complete day tour in Cartagena going to different islands and beaches in Barú and Rosario Islands. Corales del Rosario National Park is ...  Read more

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00
Rosario Islands Day Trip from Cartagena, Cartagena, Day Trips
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Rosario Islands Day Trip from Cartagena

4 star rating: Recommended 71 Reviews

Escape Cartagena for the day and take a trip to the Rosario Islands! Enjoy a 1-hour cruise from Cartagena to the Rosario Islands, a magnificent archipelago and ...  Read more

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.34
Baru and Playa Blanca Transportation and Lunch from Cartagena, Cartagena, Day Trips
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Baru and Playa Blanca Transportation and Lunch from Cartagena

4.5 star rating: Recommended 27 Reviews

Let`s go to Playa Blanca. Enjoy the ride in a comfortable air conditioned minivan. On the 1-hour trip from Cartagena, you will see more of the local life in ...  Read more

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.00
Day Trip to Rosario Islands, Cartagena, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Rosario Islands

4 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Soak up the sun and sea with a relaxing day in the Rosario Islands, an idyllic Caribbean archipelago off the coast of Cartagena. With this tour, you'll enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00
Sailing Yacht Charter from Cartagena to San Bernardo Islands, Cartagena, Day Trips
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Sailing Yacht Charter from Cartagena to San Bernardo Islands

Enjoy a wonderful trip sailing from Cartagena to San Bernardo Islands with all the safety and comfort required for this expedition, this navigation features ...  Read more

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $13,000.00
Private Rosario Islands and Baru Boat Tour, Cartagena, Multi-day Tours
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Private Rosario Islands and Baru Boat Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Escape from the city for the day and take a sightseeing cruise to Rosario Islands which is a group of private islands off the coast of Cartagena. Spend time ...  Read more

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 5 to 8 hrs

From USD $1,400.00
Full-Day Private Island Hopping: Yachting the Rosario Archipelago from Cartagena, Cartagena, ... 
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Full-Day Private Island Hopping: Yachting the Rosario Archipelago from Cartagena

Perfect getaway for family & friends . Head out on the warm water of the Caribbean Sea for a truly magnificent holiday experience, sailing among the ...  Read more

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $3,500.00
2-Night Rosario Islands: Isla Mucura from Cartagena, Cartagena, Private Sightseeing Tours
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2-Night Rosario Islands: Isla Mucura from Cartagena

Make your Caribbean dream come true and visit one of the most idyllic of Rosario Islands National Park. Stay for 2 nights at Punta Faro Hotel. A fully equipped ...  Read more

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $613.34
Private Speedboat to Rosario Islands, Cartagena, Multi-day Tours
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Private Speedboat to Rosario Islands

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

Having a private speedboat just for you and your friends to go to a paradisaical island in the Caribbean is absolutely possible with this day trip. If you’re ...  Read more

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $177.34

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