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

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

Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blanca
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About
Escape the busy streets of Cartagena with a full day on the Rosario Islands. A bus takes your small group to the Colombian coastal town of Barú, where a speedboat whisks you to the picturesque Corales del Rosario National Park. There, sunbathe on unspoiled beaches, swim and snorkel in the azure Caribbean, and relax. There are no cost surprises as the tour includes lunch, hotel pickup and drop-off, park fees, and use of snorkel equipment.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Highlights
  • A full-day excursion by bus and speedboat to the Rosario Islands
  • Experience Isla Grande, Cholon, and Playa Blanca in one trip
  • Swim, snorkel, eat a beachside lunch and relax on the sand
  • Convenient hotel pickup and drop off in Cartagena included
What to expect
  • Start your day early with a convenient hotel pickup in an air-conditioned minivan that quickly transports you to Barú, a coastal town about an hour from Cartagena. From Barú, a speedboat races you to the Rosario Islands for coral reef snorkeling and underwater sightseeing. After recharging with local fruits and water, continue to the beautiful island of Cholon. Party in the water alongside other boats, and then head to a resort where beachside drinks and massages are available (own expense). The boat tour continues to Playa Blanca, where lunch is served beside the picturesque beach. Lunch is followed by an afternoon of free time to relax in a hammock, sunbathe on the pristine sand or indulge in tropical cocktails (own expense). The boat and bus return trip delivers you to your Cartagena hotel at the end of the tour.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • A full-day excursion by bus and speedboat to the Rosario Islands
  • Experience Isla Grande, Cholon, and Playa Blanca in one trip
  • Swim, snorkel, eat a beachside lunch and relax on the sand
  • Convenient hotel pickup and drop off in Cartagena included
What to expect
  • Start your day early with a convenient hotel pickup in an air-conditioned minivan that quickly transports you to Barú, a coastal town about an hour from Cartagena. From Barú, a speedboat races you to the Rosario Islands for coral reef snorkeling and underwater sightseeing. After recharging with local fruits and water, continue to the beautiful island of Cholon. Party in the water alongside other boats, and then head to a resort where beachside drinks and massages are available (own expense). The boat tour continues to Playa Blanca, where lunch is served beside the picturesque beach. Lunch is followed by an afternoon of free time to relax in a hammock, sunbathe on the pristine sand or indulge in tropical cocktails (own expense). The boat and bus return trip delivers you to your Cartagena hotel at the end of the tour.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 34334P3
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local taxes
  • National Park fees
  • Local guide
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Lunch
  • Lemonade or shrimp with pink sauce
  • Fruit Breakfast
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Tips (optional)
Duration
8h
Departure details
  • 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.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • 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 travellers with back problems
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
Inclusions
  • Local taxes
  • National Park fees
  • Local guide
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Lunch
  • Lemonade or shrimp with pink sauce
  • Fruit Breakfast
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Tips (optional)
Departure details
  • 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.
Duration
8h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • 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 travellers with back problems
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Walled City of Cartagena
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Isla Grande
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Islas de Rosario
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Cholón (Islas del Rosario)
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Isla Baru
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.0
361 reviews
Excellent
232
Very good
54
Average
25
Poor
18
Terrible
32

Blake B
1 contribution
Amazing day!
Nov. 2021 • Couples
Jesus made this tour unforgettable. He was able to accommodate my party the entire experience. From showing us a beautiful coral reef with wildlife, to showing us the different activities on each island, Jesus made sure we felt comfortable and we’re having a good time. Jesus kept the energy for the whole trip and made it an extremely positive experience. Jesus made me feel like a local, and am so happy I went on this tour with him. Very professional and trustworthy.
Written November 28, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Justine C
3 contributions
Best excursion ever!
Nov. 2021
I spent my birthday in Cartagena for 6 days and I have to say that this was one of my favorite excursions. Our tour guide was efficient and informative. If you're looking for an all day excursion, this is the best option. We did so much in just one day. My favorite part of this excursion was our visit to Cholon island AKA the party island. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Cartagena.
Written November 26, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kcburnett
New York City, NY3 contributions
HAD A BLAST
Oct. 2021
Had a great experience! I celebrated my 25th birthday with my nine girlfriends and had a BLAST. We had some great food, snorkeled, and was able to visit THREE different islands. The party island CHOLON was our favorite haha! SPECIAL THANKS TO MELANY!!! (ASK FOR HER) SHE'S SUPER SWEET, HELPFUL, EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE, AND THE BEST GUIDE YOU CAN HAVE IN CARTAGENA!
Written November 12, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Frank C
1 contribution
Amazing and action packed!
Oct. 2021 • Couples
My wife and I had an amazing time! The tour started at 8am and ended at 3:30pm and honestly it’s been one of the best tours yet. Our guide Jesus was very knowledgeable about the islands that we visited. He also was kind enough to recommend us other tours. I would definitely recommend this tour to all who visit and want to get know different beaches. Must make this a tour to make in Cartagena.
Written October 11, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Maria A
1 contribution
Horrible company
Oct. 2021 • Family
Horrible tour, the food was disgusting. They lied and said they were taking you to the islands on a nice speed boat but they take you on a broken old boat. If you suffer from back problems like myself you shouldnt book with this tour company, the ride was not smooth and the whole group felt like we were going to fly off of the wooden boat, very scary and unsafe.
Written October 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
AdminBackpackers
Maria Thanks for let us know how was your experience we are always worried about to get better and better in every way, we hope we can offer an upgrade the next time for the VIP option that goes in a sport boat less people and better accommodation.
Written October 8, 2021
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grwashington04
Washington DC, DC12 contributions
Great views great value
Jesus was a great tour guide. We had a great time. The tour is a very good value. Just a warning: the tour includes basic lunch options; however, if you would like more there is an additional charge. The charge is around $5 depending on what you order. Lunch is served at the last stop which was at about 2 in the afternoon.
Written October 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
AdminBackpackers
Thanks Gabriel we are really happy to know your experience was great we hope to see you again in Cartagena.
Written October 8, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

cdmd345
New York City, NY32 contributions
Wonderful day!
Aug. 2021 • Business
This tour was so much fun. The guide picked me up at the hotel. They take you to a supermarket to buy snacks for the day. They have a cooler on the boat so you can bring any drinks you need for the day. The snorkel is great. And every island was amazing. The water can get a little choppy, but nothing horrible. Our guide, Melani was great!
Written September 26, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
AdminBackpackers
Thanks for let us know we are in the right way we care about you so we select just the best spots in the islands always looking for safety and excellence.
Written October 8, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Corrie P
3 contributions
Fun Island Hopping
We had a fun time. The boat ride was actually rather nice and the islands were enjoyable. The snorkeling was great and provided a nice change of pace. The party island was a bit crowded and had too many people trying to sell but that was expected.

We paid for the VIP experience for the slightly larger and faster sports boat, as well a drink and meal. The food was good and the drink was as well.
Written September 9, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Nickey Joanna
2 contributions
What an experience !
What an experience! It was a long day full of fun. I will start off by saying CHECK YOUR RIDE!! The backpacker kept in communication with me texting me in the morning to let me know they would be arriving shortly. My boyfriend and I went down to the lobby of our hotel to wait and were picked up by the wrong excursion group! The Backpackers were soo accommodating and waited for us to be dropped back off by the other group so that was very much appreciated. The ride to the islands was pretty long, felt like over an hour on that little speedboat (hang on tight, it’s a bumpy ride lol) our guide took great care of us ( I forgot her name but she’s new) and gave us the history of the islands. First destination was peaceful, 2nd island was WILD, and the last was just beautiful. The last location is where we had lunch so make sure to have breakfast and sum snacks and beverages.
Written September 8, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Marine de Bailleul
Paris, France6 contributions
Amazing in all respects!
Aug. 2021 • Solo
Amazing crew, group, tour, everything! We had so much fun on that boat and off that boat. They took us to the best places including local places. Run! :-)
Written August 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
AdminBackpackers
Thank you very much for living the experience with us, we are very happy that you had fun and that we have fulfill your expectations, we hope to see you soon. Greetings! :)
Written August 18, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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716justinec
716justinec
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Alex is the best tour guide ever!
Our tour guide, Alex, was the kindest, sweetest person I have ever met! He was super informative and focused on mak
P2109EBpatricks
P2109EBpatricks
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Fantastic day trip in the islands
A phenomenal day out with Jesus. A trip in the islands was made even more memorable with a brilliant tour! A must d
Kay_burnett15
Kay_burnett15
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SO COOL
Never experienced anything like this! Had so much fun with my girlfriends for my birthday! They provided refreshmen
kellymP2156AB
kellymP2156AB
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Mel was the best & El Totumo is an ABSOLUTE MUST!
Melany (Mel) our tour guide, was absolutely amazing. She told us the ends and outs and was the most gracious host.
rnpigford
rnpigford
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Romantic tour of Rosario islands with 3 couples
What an amazing full day boat excursion to end my first time/bday trip in Cartagena, Colombia. Backpackers is a gre
Bob T
Bob T
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Excellent Jesus and luis
Jesus is the goat! Best experience and he personalized the trip with educating us on Columbia and learned about the
rpacheco92
rpacheco92
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11/10 Experience
Nico and Jesus were exceptional guides. They provided a lot of insight on our way to the attraction and were than a
Venture816165
Venture816165
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Playa Blanca
The trip to Playa Blanca Baru was wonderful. We went there in a comfortable van. They took us to a beautiful part o
Corrie P
Corrie P
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Fun but lacking
The tour guide was fun and energetic. I think the tour company did a good job overall. The volcano itself was lac
hassanman1997
hassanman1997
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Once in a lifetime experience with a great instructor
Nico was very accommodating on this tour. He picked us up and dropped us back after the tour. The volcano mud bath
Ron G
Ron G
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4 Great Trips rolled into one Beautiful Day trip
Needless to say, this was an awesome day trip. The snorkeling , the stop to Paddleboard at Rosario Island, the Par
P670XLsamg
P670XLsamg
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A great beach trip, very relaxing
A well organised trip. Jose was a fantastic guide. Fried fish lunch was lovely as were the welcoming fruit cocktail
Cbethlynn
Cbethlynn
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Not as expected
Although the beach is beautiful, this experience was not as advertised or as expected. The pickup time said 9 but
Brian S
Brian S
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Let’s play in the mud!
I really enjoyed the tour. We had a group of about 6 people. The tour company picked everyone up on schedule and pr
Passport20390064216
Passport20390064216
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Fantastic Experience at The Mud Volcano!
This was an amazing experience from start to finish! Originally we had planned on doing this in the afternoon but
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