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

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

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Explore the pristine beaches of the Rosario and Barú islands during this day trip from Cartagena. Travel off the coast of Colombia via speedboat to the Corales del Rosario National Park. Swim and snorkel 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.
  • Visit Isla Grande, 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
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  • Los Pegasos , Cl. 24, Cartagena, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

    We will be at Pegasos statue is a pair of Horses Next to the Cartagena`s Boarding Dock La Bodeguita, a person with a Backpackers uniform will be there waiting for you, please be the at 7:45 am we are leaving at 8 am.

  • Backpackers Cartagena , Centro Histórico, Barrio San Diego Calle 7 Infantes con Calle del Pilar Edif. 7 Infantes, Cartagena, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

    We have an office in San Diego, siete infantes street, before to the exit supermarket, yo can also arrive to this location at 7:00 am and walk to the boarding dock with us.

  • 8:00 AM

    Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

    This activity will end right where it started.
    Enjoy convenient pickup at your hotel in central Cartagena in the early morning, then travel to the coastal town of Barú in a comfortable tour vehicle.

    Upon arrival, transfer to a speedboat bound for the Rosario Islands, where you spend an hour snorkeling around the coral reefs. Refuel with some water and local fruits before continuing to Cholon to party in the water. 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're dropped off back at your Cartagena hotel at the end of the day.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Walled City of Cartagena
    The day start when we pick up you at your hotel. You must be patient because the traffic sometime is a problem, but don't worried, we will pick up you anyway. we will pick up another travelers too.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Isla Grande
    In this island you will do snorkel for about 45 minutes, we gonna give you the mask and oxigen tube (fins are not inclued) and the guide will tell you some recomendations for the experience. After that we will give you a bottle water to idratation
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Islas de Rosario
    Here there is a private island and will be one of the most beautiful stop, here you will spend more time swimming, relaxing, eat delicious camaron cocktail and there is a bar in case you want to drink some. Remember you can use all social zone of this place free.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Cholón (Islas del Rosario)
    Cholon is the party island and here you will enjoy a mini party in the water with music, drinks (alcholics drinks are not included) and people from anothers boats that arrive theres
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Isla Baru
    Playa Blanca in Barú will be the last island. In this island you will eat the lunch and after gonna spend the rest of the day in the beach, relaxing and swimming
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Free
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Dress code is smart casual
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • A short distance of walking is involved
    • Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on bag. Oversized or excessive luggage (e.g. surfboards, golf clubs or bikes) may have certain restrictions, please inquire with the operator prior to travel to confirm if your excess luggage is acceptable
    • A minimum of 1 people per booking is required
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
    • OPERATED BY BackpackersCtg
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blanca?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blanca.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blanca?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blanca.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blanca?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blanca.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blanca?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blanca.

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    Traveler Tips


    • "People on the beaches will be bugging you A LOT, so be careful." See review
    • "If you are not comfortable on speed boats and possibly getting a little wet, this island hopping tour may not be for you." See review
    • "This isn’t a luxury trip (no running water where you stop for lunch), but it’s tons of fun." See review

    Reviews

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    Reviews by Viator travelers

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    star-5
    Best Day Trip!!
    Patrick_W
    , Nov 2021
    Mel was an amazing tour guide for the day and made sure we all had fun and we’re looked after!! One of the best days I’ve had snorkelling on a reef, swimming in the Caribbean and having some cocktails in a sea bar!!!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Amazing!
    Nealraj_B
    , Nov 2021
    We had such a wonderful time! Awesome tour, three different islands and each one has a different vibe. Our guide Melany was amazing, especially with helping with our two young children. Highly recommended!!!!
    star-5
    The Highlight of our trip to Cartagena!
    ANNDEE_L
    , Nov 2021
    I cannot express how happy I was with this tour! Jesus, the captain and helper were outright amazing! Our guides were young guys but so knowledgeable and personable. The guides played really good music throughout the trip. They were dancing and really got us excited to be there! Our favorite part was the snorkeling. We saw a lot of Blue Tang fish (Dory's!) and different schools of fish. The guide had an eagle eye underwater and showed us things we would have never seen on our own. Also, be careful because mermaids are known to steal your husband around these parts! At the first island, we got a massage and hair braided by Oneyda (60 mil/pp) and bought some trinkets and had a drink. We were given a fruit plate as part of the tour. Let me just say, check yourself if you don't like people selling their items. This is the most honorable way they can provide for their family. They might be a little bothersome but a "no thank you" is all you have to say. The next island, Cholon was fun but definitely for a younger crowd. We are in our 40s. There is a fee to use the restroom here so try to go on the 1st island. Our guides stuck by us and would tell us if something was a good buy. They recommended watersports at Baru, where we were offered an amazing meal. We picked a more expensive meal and had no problem paying the difference. It was worth it! Here we were able to nap in a cabana, which all 3 couples did. After that, we headed back to Cartagena where we popped a bottle of champagne to celebrate our honeymoon. Super fun! The water can get choppy but our speed boat driver was a professional. He knew exactly how to ride those waves and follow in the tailwind of faster boats. It seemed like we got home much faster than it took to get there. I legit would do this tour many more times, with these exact guys! Good job and thank you for making our trip so memorable.
    star-5
    My husband and I had a...
    Jnielle_W
    , Nov 2021
    My husband and I had a GREAT experience!! There were about 5 other people on the boat! We were taken to the 3 mentioned places and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Melany was our tour guide her and her companion were very helpful on our snorkeling tour. They pointed out different fish and coral, gave you an option if you didn’t want to snorkel there was something else to do. The food was amazing as well!
    star-5
    This excursion was great!...
    Jannelle_M
    , Oct 2021
    This excursion was great! Island of Cholon was my favorite because it can be considered a cool party island. Our tour guide Mel was also great. She was extremely friendly and patient with us all.
    star-5
    Great tour!
    Chelsea_G
    , Oct 2021
    Wonderful tour! Melanie was the best tour guide. The boat is a lot of fun, the islands are beautiful, and the lunch is delicious.
    star-3
    Good but NOT GREAT
    Lara_B
    , Oct 2021
    Change Cholon for a different beach. It was not a nice beach. If you say lunch is included giving a 25.000 colombian pesos per person for food looks bad. Everything was more than 25.000. The boat “lancha” could have been much much better
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Loved Playa Cholon,...
    Natalia_G
    , Oct 2021
    Loved Playa Cholon, excelent servir by the tour guides and the capitan. They gave us really good recommendations for our future days in Cartagena
    star-5
    Happiness Amplified
    Michael_P
    , Sep 2021
    Such an amazing time. It helps that I am open minded and adventurous. Made new friends, ate good food, saw some things. Came back feeling a little bit more fulfilled and definetly glad for booking this. Don't forget the sunscreen!
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
    Michael we are happy to know we are doing great we are always looking for the best to offer, hope we can see you again in Cartagena.
    star-4
    Lots of fun!
    Judith_J
    , Sep 2021
    A fun trip! The speedboat was an interesting experience- not for those with back or neck issues! Jesus was a great guide and checked in with us often to see if we needed aanything. Pancho and his co-captain helped us on and off the boat throughout the day. The islands were beautiful and very relaxing. I would recommend this tour!
    1 traveler found this review helpful

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