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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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Local taxes
National Park fees
Local guide
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Lunch
Snacks
Breakfast
Food and drinks, unless specified
Tips (optional)

Departure Point

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.

Departure Time

7:00 AM

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

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

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.

Departure Time

7:00 AM

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

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.

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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-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
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
star-4
Great experience and tour guide!
Christopher_M
, Sep 2021
This was such a great experience. We enjoyed our guide David and our stop in Cholon. Our only recommendation would be to spend more tour time in Cholon. We were only there for 45 minutes and this was our favorite stop. If not for this short stop, we would’ve given this tour 5 stars.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Perfect 👌
Shubnumi
, Aug 2021
Highlight of our trip. The islands were so beautiful and David's English was impeccable. He gave us a little history about each island and the snorkeling was excellent. Lunch was also great. Way more than exceeded expectations!!
star-1
I have no clue
Regina_H
, Aug 2021
I was unable to go due to illness and I was not able to get a refund. I bought 2 other Viator excursions and I felt like the could have refunded me. $127 wasted...
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Regina we sorry about illness and we want to let you know that Viator has its own policy about cancellation we get ready for a limit number of people and we really need to cover the cost of the operation so we hope you can understand an help small business through Covid. thanks
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
very good and fun trip bit sales people
Enger_T
, Aug 2021
The overall experience was very good. The tour guide was knowledgeable and treat us very wall. Service people also treated us very well. One complain I have is the salespeople in Playa Blanca. They try to force their products on you very persistently and then get angry at you when you don't comply. It really hinder my enjoyment of such beautiful beach. Other than that, it was fun.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Awesome
Edward_H
, Aug 2021
Awesome experience, went to 3 different islands and all 3 islands was beautiful. Great food, drinks, and boat ride. The crew was very professional and a great sense of humor. David and crew from backpackers made a Ultimate experience. Would recommend it to anyone
star-3
Unorganized
Ronnie
, Aug 2021
The beginning portion of the tour was great I paid $150 that included a second tour of Plantkon. Myself and two others were left behind to complete the second tour, the rest of the group took a speed boat back to the dock. We were told someone from another tour company would arrive 15-20 minutes to continue on with Plankton. After an hour of waiting, no one arrived. We contacted the company and was told the next tour didn’t start until 7pm. Which means, a 2 hour waiting between both tours. At that time, myself and the two others decline the tour and wanted to return to our hotels. We were told, no transportation was provided and if we wanted transportation we would have to completed the tour. This means a total of 2.5 hours with nothing to do and no wear to go, Playa Blaca (the beach) was closing. At that time, the locals gave us a ride back to our hotel which was 1.5 hour drive. Yes, They left us there. When someone did call and say the tour was there it was another 1 hours later which would have a total of 3 hours waiting for the next tour.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hello Ronnie, the plankton tour is a night experience where it can be appreciated by the darkness of the night, that is why it is necessary that the start time is later and while you wait, you can enjoy the beach and the sunset in our place. We apologize if the information was not clear at the time and we hope you can live the experience. Sorry for any inconvenient.

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