Cartagena, Colombia

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Time10 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 1 more


Explore the pristine beaches of the Rosario and Barú islands during this 12-hour day tour from Cartagena. Travel off the coast of Colombia via speedboat to the Corales del Rosario National Park. Swim in the azure waters, relax on the soft sand beaches and take in the picturesque natural surroundings. National park fees, lunch, and round-trip transportation from Cartagena hotels are provided.
  • 10-hour day trip to the Rosario Islands from Cartagena
  • Travel by bus and speedboat
  • Visit Playa Azul, Cholon and Playa Blanca
  • Go snorkeling on coral reefs (snorkeling equipment included)
  • Eat lunch beachside and relax in a hammock
  • Round-trip transportation from Cartagena
Enjoy convenient pickup at your hotel in central Cartagena in the early morning, then travel approximately an hour to the coastal town of Barú in a comfortable tour vehicle.

Upon arrival, transfer to a speedboat bound for the Rosario Islands, where you'll spend an hour snorkeling around the coral reefs. Refuel with some water and local fruits before continuing to Cholon to visit the unspoiled Playa Azul. Beachside massages are available; you're welcome to visit the local bars for drinks (own expense). 

Next stop is lunch at Playa Blanca. Following a hearty meal, spend the afternoon swinging in the hammocks, lounging on the beach, or sipping tropical drinks from the bar. 

You'll be dropped off back at your Cartagena hotel around 6:30pm.


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, Oct 2018

informative and helpful staff, right next to beach, clean room, nice balcony view and idk what else to write im just filling in space lol

, Oct 2018

This tour was pretty great. Our guide Ozmel I hope I am spelling this right was amazing and so helpful and funny. He gave us enough details about the islands and also gave us some snack as well as the lunch that was provided. It was a fun day that began at 7.30am and ended at about 4pm. Cholon was a lot of fun and the drinks were so yum! We also had a great time at Playa Blanca and Playa Azul. We all didn't want to snorkel but we were able to sit on the boat and listen to music while others snorkeled. It was a great time! Worth the price.

, Aug 2018

This tour was very scenic. We got picked up at our hotel in Cartagena and was taken to the beach to get picked up. Our boat broke down half way getting to the first island. We had to go back and split the group in 2 different boats. This was a quick turn around and we were on our way quickly to the islands. The first island we went to, we went snorkeling, 2nd island we went to was Cholon and it was awesome which had a beach bar , tables and chairs IN the middle of beach water. We got serviced and ordered piña coladas . Wish we could of stayed there longer. Then we went to Baru where we sun bathed and enjoyed shrimp cocktails. Playa Blanca we had a nice lunch and view. We stayed there for an hour. Jorge is a good tour guide and handled everything very well. One thing that was an issue that isnt the tour guides fault was the attitude of our driver. My husband and i understand and speak spanish and english. We almost got dropped off where our hotel was and the driver didnt want to drop us off first. He didnt do the right turn. He didnt want to park so our tour guide and driver were arguing on the drop off schedule and we got dropped off last. Hopefully yall will get a better drive next time. It was very well worth the money and i highly recommend it . Everything was included. We're a couple in our late 20s

, Jul 2018

I can not in any way recommend the tour of Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blanca.

Faulty boat engines, wasted time, lack of organisation, hounding from locals swindling guest out of money, unsafe snorkelling and more! I have emailed the company to complain.

, Jul 2018

The islands are definitely worth a visit, but with 34 people on this tour it definitely wasn’t small. We spent a lot of time picking up other people and waiting while trying to load/unlod the boat. If you sit in the back you can’t hear a word the guide says. Didn’t follow time schedule either so got back to Cartagena very late which made us have to change our plans. Guide didn’t explain the plan well either.

, Jul 2018

Pick up was prompt the bus didn't have AC and was very packed. The boat was older and they didn't even offer a stepping stool to climb it. Could have been better for what we paid. Overpriced.
Pros: Islands were beautiful but another tour company would've been better.

, May 2018

This was the best tour I have the pleasure of being on! Jorge was the absolute best, he kept it entertaining and educational at the same time. He educated us about the histories of the islands and entertained us upon arrival. They company picked us up and dropped us off by to our hotel, so that was super convenient. The lunch on the beach was amazing, if I had to tour again I would not hesitate to ask for Jorge.

, May 2018

I had a really great time during the tour. the whole team was very attentive about getting us food, drinks, and anything we needed. For our tour guides we had Jorge and Arturo. They both were fantastic. The beaches were incredibly beautiful! The food was incredible. They adjusted their menu to a vegetarian meal really well. It was super delicious!

We did not know, but there is a fancier way to get to these islands. There are boats that leave from the port. Leaving from the port gives you two more hours in the hotel in the morning. We were picked up really early in the morning by the bus. Seems like the boats are a direct shot and less adventurous than the bus.

Having said that, we had a fantastic time! The snorkeling was definitely an experience. We swam out pretty far to a ship wreck, the scenery was unbelievable, and we had great customer service. I would sign up again for this tour.

, Apr 2018

Arturo, was amazing, this is a must do and I can't wait to go back

, Apr 2018

This was overall a good trip. Our guide was involved with the group, attentive,, and able to inform us of customs and behaviors of which we might not be aware.
The description on the website was fairly accurate, so there weren't any unexpected surprises. This trip is for adventurous people who are not afraid to get wet soaked and sandy.

The beaches are lovely but crowded and there are lots of people trying to sell stuff. Unlike in other countries, I found that if you are polite and say no, they will not persist. If you are interested in their wares or services, you must ask the price first and do a bit of bargaining.

It was obvious that the company and our guide are trying to make this trip as pleasant as possible. Our guide was knowledgeable about the history of the islands. We were given the choice of snorkeling or hanging out on the beach of the first island. The next island, Cholon was very crowded and loud it's the party island. Our guide told us we could join in the party or when we were tired of it we could leave as a group . We left a bit early and the next island had a nicer beach and there was a snack of fresh octopus and clams.

We returned to Playa Blanca and had a nice lunch of fried whole fish, chicken filets or a vegetarian option. The food was good but the service was painfully slow. They knew we were coming and what we had ordered. Unfortunately, they did not have enough people to serve 23 people in a timely manner. The food came out intermittently and the beverages didn't arrive until after most people had finished and left for the beach. Our guide was even trying to help serve.
Aside from the food service which is completely fixable, I would recommend this trip and go again myself

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