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

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

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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Updated 20-07-06 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-07-06 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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.
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  • 1
    Walled City of Cartagena
    Stop: 40 minutes
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  • 2
    Isla Grande
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 3
    Islas de Rosario
    Stop: 90 minutes
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  • 4
    Cholón (Islas del Rosario)
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 5
    Playa Blanca
    Stop: 3 hours
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  • 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.
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Important Information
  • Local taxes
  • National Park fees
  • Driver/guide
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Lunch
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Snacks
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Tips (optional)
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Additional Info
  • 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 20 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Popular mentions
Louie wrote a review Mar. 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
This was a horrible tour. First of all, it says a maximum of 20 people, there was 40 people on a huge bus! They were late to pick up at the hotel and when the tour was over we were dropped off on the street and we had to walk 20 minutes to our hotel. The snorkeling was terrible
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Date of experience: March 2020
Kae wrote a review Mar. 2020
New York City, New York1 contribution1 helpful vote
Overall good experience, only suggestion is to shorten the amount of time spent at Cocoliso and more time on Cholon.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Derek H wrote a review Mar. 2020
Ottawa, Canada306 contributions68 helpful votes
Our tour picked us up at our hotel, which was nice, although it took a while to pick up the other passengers and get to the dock. Our guide David Santiago was great throughout the day, explaining what we needed to know. We did some great snorkeling. Then relaxed at a hotel
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Date of experience: February 2020
1 Helpful vote
worldtravel4me wrote a review Mar. 2020
7 contributions1 helpful vote
Took this tour March 2. Boat was running late because the motor needed to be fixed.(so they knew there was an issue with their boat). Well, guess what. On our way back from the last island, the motor stopped working. We almost had the boat flip over many times due to strong
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Date of experience: March 2020
1 Helpful vote
ad123329 wrote a review Feb. 2020
Washington Dc4 contributions
I had sooooo much fun. The water and beaches were beautiful. I was scared to snorkel so the instructor pulled me along on a floating thing so that I could still participate. The boat crew and the bus driver were so nice and very helpful. I want to do it again!
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Date of experience: February 2020
About the operator

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By: Backpackers
Great day with Julio at the volcano!
Julio was great right from booking us in to taking us on our tour. His English was great and he explained everythin
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No mas sígame la corriente
You can tell Jesus really enjoys his job and takes care of the people on the trip to make sure they have a great ti
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It was okay
My expectations were not really met for this. Therefore, the trip was okay for me and my person. There were a few t
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Crowdy, because popular and still private
José picked us up at the hotel for a drive of just over an hour. Indeed, no more boat trips, as 7 years ago a bridg
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An easy, stress-free way to visit Playa Blanca...
We visited Playa Blanca twice on this visit to Cartagena -- once on our own and once with this tour. I would re
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It was good enough but to expensive
Water was filled with big rocks which made it hard to stand in the ocean. Food was good but to expensive. Better op
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Did not include everything described
We were picking people up from hotels for 3 hours because a van broke down. They cancelled 2 or the 3 activities in
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Playa blanca
This was the perfect beach day in Cartagena. The tour company made it easy and stress free. We were picked up at th
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Refund owed
They cancelled 2 of the 3 activities on the tour, said they would refund us $44 each, and now being told we have to
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Worst ever
I was told I would be picked up at 6:15 am and after finally getting in touch with someone around 6:45 they told me
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A Cartagena must do!
This is a must if you are in Cartagena! Jesus was our tour guide and he did amazing. The transfer was without delay
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Worst Experience Ever....
Awful experience! Over 1 hour late collecting me. inexperienced guides spoke No English! Vehicle Broke Down.
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Playa Blanca
I had a good experience with our tour guide expert his name was Jose. The beach was beautiful although vendors wher
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Mud bath experience
Our tour guide, Sara, was very friendly and talkative. We enjoyed our ride to and from the volcano with her! We LOV
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Amazing experience , Highly recommen
We contacted our guide via whatsapp the night before to confirm pickup from our hotel in getsemani. we were picked
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Key Details
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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