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Cartagena: Rosario Islands Catamaran with Lunch and Snorkel

1. Cartagena: Rosario Islands Catamaran with Lunch and Snorkel

Set sail for the Rosario and San Bernardo Corals National Natural Park on a full-day tour from Cartagena. The catamaran departs from the Muelle de la Bodeguita pier in front of the walled city. After your welcome drink, enjoy the journey to the Rosario Islands, sailing and motor sailing on the catamaran. The vessel is equipped with comfortable seats, where you can sit both in the shade and in the sun. There is a bar service on board, so you can enjoy a variety of soft drinks throughout the excursion.  Experience paradise with a stop in front of an idyllic beach of turquoise waters and white sands, where you can swim and play with fun inflatables. Practice snorkeling, if you wish, and admire the fascinating underwater life with colorful tropical fish and various types of coral. The crew will prepare a delicious lunch for you to enjoy on board while you sail back to Cartagena at the end of a relaxing day.

Cartagena: Rosario Islands Day Tour with Snorkel & Lunch

2. Cartagena: Rosario Islands Day Tour with Snorkel & Lunch

Experience clear blue waters, white sand, and awesome corals on a day tour to the Corales del Rosario National Park. Discover the group of islands on the coast of Colombia, a perfect 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, before returning to Cartagena.

Cartagena: Private Boat Tour Around the Islands

3. 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: Bonga/Rosario Island/Mangroves Private Trip

4. From Cartagena: Bonga/Rosario Island/Mangroves Private Trip

Embark on a customized day trip from Cartagena and enjoy a trip to some of Colombia's famous sites and beautiful islands along the way. Leave Cartagena and travel to Baru Village and the Rosario Islands, and enjoy boating through the beautiful mangrove forests while trying to spot local wildlife. Enjoy the freedom of a customizable private tour and choose the stops you'd like to visit on the tour for a personalized experience catered to your group. Be picked up from your accommodation and travel by land to Baru Village, about an hour and fifteen minutes outside of the historic center of Cartagena. Start the tour with a visit to the Baru Village and enjoy a tasty traditional breakfast in the village, and visit Villa Bonga before leaving for the mangrove forest and Rosario Islands on the boat. Take the time to stop for a snorkeling activity in a coral reef environment. Stop at a local beach and have a welcome drink while resting on the beach. Enjoy a local lunch from 1-2 pm at a house in Baru before continuing the trip with a waking tour of the village and a visit to some of the village's handcrafters. Return to your hotel following the end of the tour at 3 pm.

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What people are saying about Rosario Islands

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 721 reviews

Our guide, Franklin, was amazing from beginning to end! VIP include hotel pickup and drop off. Pack light, a waterproof case for your phone is helpful (it is also sold by the dock/Pegasus before departure). Be sure to have a big breakfast because lunch isn’t until 2pm. Our company on the boat was great, so expect to meet new friends—you are with your group all day. The boat has bluetooth and Franklin let us take turns playing music. For snorkeling, you should have some experience, so expect to swim a good bit back to the speedboat. Your belongings are also safe on the boat! Our group would have preferred less time at Cholon and more time at the last stop: Playa Blanca. So it would have been nice for our guide to stay with us at Cholon so we could say when we were ready to go. Bring cash for drinks or paying any difference for lunch (you get 25 mil pesos to spend). The trip was exactly as advertised to see different parts of the Rosario Islands! Will book again just for Playa Blanca!

This tour hits the highlights of Rosario - snorkeling, a quiet secluded beach, a crazy party beach, and a beautiful busy beach. Franklin is a great guide who explained everything well from the history to what to expect at each location and what to watch out for. He always was looking out for us and made sure we had a good time. Overall an unforgettable experience. One detraction - the pickup was late despite insisting we be there in time, and we had to wait 30 minutes for the return shuttle to the hotel. Can't see any excuse for that, especially with the VIP pricing.

All have been said before, it is a great experience. Don’t expect much from snorkeling, because there is not much marine life left there, but the boat trip and the whole service and the vibe of the tour was outstanding. Very worth it.

Very good round. The only small “negative” point is that we didn't stop on an island per se. We stay near the coast in order to be able to swim and snorkel, but no visit to the island itself. Otherwise, I highly recommend!

The tour was great, our Guide Benjamin was very helpful he spoke English well! The sights were beautiful and the food was great. Definitely recommend.