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Playa Blanca, Baru Island

Playa Blanca, Baru Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cartagena: Private Boat Tour Around the Islands

1. 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.

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. In the afternoon, savor a delicious lunch with several options including vegetarian and meat dishes. If none of the options take your fancy feel free to order anything else on the menu and only pay the difference. Head back to the beach after lunch to relax for another few hours before beginning the journey back to Cartagena in the evening.

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.

Cartagena: Playa Blanca Round-Trip Transfer

4. Cartagena: Playa Blanca Round-Trip Transfer

Book your transfer in advance and avoid the public transportation system or the stressful boat docks to relax while you are driven in an air-conditioned bus to Playa Blanca, located around 1 hour from Cartagena's walled city. Be picked in front of the clock tower early in the morning and begin your drive towards Playa Blanca, while admiring panoramic views of the city and the ocean. Enjoy a paradisaical day relaxing on the white sand beach of Baru Island's most famous beach. Contrary to the all-inclusive tours, chose the place where you want to stay according to your liking and enjoy your day as you please with the activities offered in the beach such as jet skis, banana boat, kayak, snorkeling or a massage. After having lots of fun throughout the day, meet your driver in the same place you were dropped off at 3:00 PM for a convenient drive back to the walled city.

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What people are saying about Playa Blanca, Baru Island

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 228 reviews

The day trip was amazing. Our guide, Jose, was fantastic. He gave great tips and guidance in both English and Spanish and accompanied us every step of the way. The bus picked me up at 6:30am (I was the first pickup) and we got to Baru around 9-9:30am. 1 hr drive plus picking up other guests. When we got to Baru, we walked about 5min down the beach to our section called "Mambo Beach". It felt like it was reserved solely for us. There we had lunch, mojarra frita and arroz con coco (so good and worth the trip alone). Mambo Beach hires locals to offer massages and souvenirs. Make sure you agree on the price beforehand. They also offer lockers to store your valuables at no extra cost. This made me feel better about going into the ocean while leaving my stuff on the beach. The beach itself is beautiful and the water is perfect. Make sure you bring lots of sun block and reapply!

Starts with a bus ride to Baru island with a quick stop for snacks and drinks. Continuing on you arrive at Playa Blanca when a boat picks you up. The boat is old but typical of all tours in the area. Taken to mangroves where animals are pointed out to you. You get to feed a raccoon, they are friendly here. Then a quick stop to check out local almond trees and take pictures on a little beach. After that you are taken to a coral with a good amount of fish. There are other boats but it didn’t feel too crowded. The crew handed out very good equipment for snorkeling. A lot of tours give you crappy equipment, very surprised here. You have a chance to dive down and have pictures taken for you. Finally arrive at Playa Blanca for lunch. I choose fish and got a delicious tilapia lunch. After lunch you can spend time on beach or walk around. We explored a cave with bats.

Our guide was very informative and very patient with us. One of our guests ended up getting lost on the way to the dock and our guide Mauricio ended up waiting for her and we had a great time on the boat. He took us everywhere we wanted to go and let us stay at each place as long we wanted (we ran out of Time on the last stop but we still had a great time)

Caesar was our captain for the day! The tour was amazing and he was a great driver! Caesar and his coworker took us to lots of great spots & even had snorkels for us to use! We docked at a very nice beach and had lunch with some of the best pina coladas I’ve ever had! Would absolutely recommend! They were great!

Everything was great, the boat, the captain, the tour... the only thing I would say is that the price could be adapted to the number of people, since we were only 4 on a boat for 10, there could have been a discount, but apart from that all perfect.