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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
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  • 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 06/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
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.
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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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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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.
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Important Information
Duration
8h
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • 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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Yyc wrote a review 13 May
Chappaqua, New York1 contribution
Our tour guide David Santiago is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable! He is extremely helpful, and made the boat trip to Rosario Islands very relaxing and memorable! I wouldn’t tour the islands any other way!
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Johnice R wrote a review 7 May
Connecticut5 contributions
The full day Rosario tour was great! David was amazing and so was the crew! They were friendly and more than accommodating. The tour was the perfect mixture of historical facts about Cartagena and the Rosario islands. When visiting the last island in playa Blanca I would
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miyeli g wrote a review Apr 2021
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Amazing tour. I am so thankful I didn’t listen to the negative reviews. People love to complain. Highly recommended. Thank you Jesus and the two guys who drove the boat, unfortunately I don’t remember the names. Thank you for an amazing time.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Julianne H wrote a review Apr 2021
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Highly recommend! Our Guide David was amazing. The whole trip was wonderful. All of the beaches and stops were great and the staff & people at each were very nice and accommodating.
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Antonis M wrote a review Apr 2021
Astoria, New York1 contribution
I visited Colombia with 2 friends. We had a great time and we would highly recommend this adventure!! David and the rest of the crew were amazing hosts and were very friendly and accommodating to all our needs. If you want to explore some Colombian islands and enjoy the beaches
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775kareneb
775kareneb
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Amazing time
Nico, was freaking amazing!! He spoke great English. He was absolutely helpful on the trip. He forewarned us about
X2356FAnancyc
X2356FAnancyc
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nice experience!!!
it was a very good and interesting tour. Vanessa was our tourist guide, really nice person , very good explanations
446geraldineg
446geraldineg
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A great experience
It was a wonderdul trip with our local guide José. We were happy traveling to these beautiful places, thanks.
camreynolds
camreynolds
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Back Packers Guys and Playa Blanca
Back Packers guys were just amazing. They are so kind and helpful. They tread us very well and all the time watch u
Missnir
Missnir
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Best spa experience around
Our driver was so fun and knowledgeable. Jesus took really good care of us and answered all our questions and even
Doctajackie
Doctajackie
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Beautiful beach!
This was the highlight of my trip to Cartegena! Everything was on point including the pickup time, lunch, and beach
Genasun1202
Genasun1202
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Really wonderfull.
José was our guide, he was attentive and helpful. excellent service, food, and place. We would come back again.
megancuret
megancuret
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Lovely
We did the half day tour and it was amazing! The people who worked at the volcano served us a delicious snack, and
roflaherty94
roflaherty94
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Fun and unique excursion
My friend and I went on the half-day tour to Totumo. Booking was easy and logistics were communicated with us well.
NatthyRed
NatthyRed
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AMAZING
My housband and I had an amazing time with Jesus he took care of us the whole time we where in Cartagena what great
conniew761
conniew761
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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
Caseyannmm
Caseyannmm
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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
TravelJou
TravelJou
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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
theonbaken
theonbaken
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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
fvskippy
fvskippy
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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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