Cartagena

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

Cartagena, Colombia
Full Day Rosario Islands Including Bar Cholo and Playa Blanca

From $75.00

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 8 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

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 or standard boat (depending on the option selected) 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 snorkel equipment are included.
  • 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

What's Included

  • Local taxes
  • National Park fees
  • Local guide
  • Use of Snorkeling equipment
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Tips (optional)
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Monumento Los Pegasos
    Cl. 24, El Centro, Cartagena de Indias, 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 team member will be there waiting for you, please be the at 7:45 am we are leaving at 8:15 am.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Arrive on time to the meeting point in central Cartagena in the early morning, then travel to the coastal town in a comfortable speed or standard boat, depending on the option selected.

Upon arrival to Isla Grande, we'll spend an hour approx. snorkeling around the coral reefs. Refuel with some water and local fruits before continuing to another magical stop in Rosario Island.
Here you'll have some free time to swim, relax or get a massages (own expense); you're welcome to visit the local bars for drinks too (own expense). 

We continue to Cholón, known as the party island. We will enjoy a mini party in the water where customers from other boats can also join. Alcoholic drinks will be offered at 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 the original meeting point in Cartagena at the end of the day.

Muelle de los Pegasos

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Fuerte de San Fernando de Bocachica

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Isla Grande

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Cholón (Islas del Rosario)

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Isla Baru

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • 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

Cancellation Policy

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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Chioma_E
Our guide Daniel was phenomenal! He made we learned the history of Cartagena and had fun at the same time!

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A great day tour if you want to see as many islands in a day
Emily_F, Apr 2024
This boat tour was a great way to see multiple islands. Although they cram too many people in the one boat and it was very uncomfortable in the heat to be squished like sardines next to each other for the whole journey. Be aware that you get very very wet on the ride back in the afternoon, i think every person got off that boat completely drenched. If you are looking to party at the beach islands i don't think this is the right tour, you only get to spend a very short amount of time at the party island.
False Advertising (Horrible Experience, Waste of Time, Don’t Book
Michael_L, Apr 2024
Booked the $120 tour that promised 4 VIP Islands. Was made to join the regular group visiting the Fort, a small island with a very small beach (Encantada), a party island that looked liked a dump (Cholon) and Mambo where lunch was served. There were two of us in the tour that paid for the 120 so when I complained, they made us take another boat with total strangers to take us to Anaho Beach Club. That boat just dropped us off there and left us. Beach club is a bit ran down offering expensive drinks. It was already 6pm with the sunset over and we were asked to ride the boat of the club back to Bocagrande where we got dropped off. This is very far from where we started and we had to take a cab back to our hotel. THIS IS BY FAR THE MOST HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE I EVER HAD. THIS TOUR OPERATOR IS NICKEL AND DIMING PEOPLE WITH TOTAL DISREGARD TO THEIT SAFETY and WELL-BEING.
I recommend to get the $95vip tour, not the 120
Angelica_V, Apr 2024
Get the $95, not the $120vip tour, your would be waisting your money. While it was a fun trip overall, I do have a few points to warn people about. We started the tour by finding out not everyone had paid the same amount, even tho we used the same tour agency. It was only 2 of us that had booked the more expensive one. So the other person asked the guide about it, if we were all doing the same tour. But it being different prices, the guide told him that it is a different tour, but we are going the same way, and when I asked the same tour guide, he said it was the same tour but probably everyone else has a discount or something, just very fishy. Most of the tour was the same as others in the boat, after Barú, he said that beacuse we booked the other tour we had to go in another boat now, (wich at this point it seemed like they did this just so we didn't complain, when they were planing to give us the same tour for more money) we did and ended up in another beach club, it was only the 2 of us there. And at the end we were dropped of at a beach 10 minutes from the meeting point, so we had to find our own way back. I believe they just sell it differently price for the same tour. I would recommend to just get the $95 vip tour rather that the $125. It was nice overall until we basically got dropped off at this place, that didn't seem like part of the tour, we decided to head back earlier, because the weather was getting worse, so we head back with the staff and have to figured out our way back to downtown.
Great to make friends
aduran1, Apr 2024
Our tour guide cesear was great he was very attentive. The boat was small but we made several stops. It also included food at the end but not alcohol and only 1 bottle of water per person. It’s a nice experience and you get to meet other people on the boat. Would have preferred a bigger boat
Amazing Sites and Prople
Aleschia_H, Apr 2024
This excursion was amazing! I loved the different places that we visited including the island party and snorkeling. The speed boat ride was exciting and relaxing, not to mention the music was great! Alex was an amazing guide. Luis and Fran were helpful as well! All of the tour guides, such as Milton, were beyond helpful. Great tour! Highly recommend!
Highly recommend taking this trip. We loved snorkeling and swimming in the ocean.
Michelle_R, Apr 2024
Great ambience, great music & our tour guide translated everything perfectly. We loved that the boat had noodles for the kids. We enjoyed all of the stops from snorkeling to swimming in the ocean and exploring the islands.
Really Great day
Katie_B, Mar 2024
We loved this… to be honest the first island we could have done without it was with Spanish guides so we didn’t understand and it was a hundred degrees. The rest was heaven … I believe some people said paradise… such fun and beautiful.. one of those pinch yourself days… so many highlights. We really loved this day so much. It be careful as we stepped off the boat at Cartagena coming back the food/doughnut sellers surrounded us and my friends bag was slashed and they took her phone and within and hour had locked her out of all her accounts and taken her identity… so perfect day and you’ll be so relaxed… so just remember you are in Colombia when you land… this was not the fault of the boat company they were great… it was a reminder to keep your valuables close../ we loved having cocktails in the easiest deep ocean.. and going on jet skis and snorkelling around the tiny islands.. wonderful
Excellent beach tour
Rolando_V, Mar 2024
Good service, nice beaches and great food. New experience on the Cholon beach releasing at the beach including drinks in coconuts and/or pineapples.
Long day.
Quincy_W, Mar 2024
Guide was great. Just too much. Going from spot to spot in a boat and got very wet. Long day. Would have prepped differently.
This is your sign to book so go ahead and B O O K !
Phara_J, Mar 2024
We had an amazing full day visiting all 5 islands as stated in the itinerary. Our tour guy was Charlie . He speaks English and is very versatile amongst a diverse group, he knows how to keep a group entertained while having fun under the sun. Charlie is knowledgeable with what he does. Great guy ! I am looking to book again. This is your sign to book ! Ask for Charlie !
Little bit disapointed
Ivan_G, Mar 2024
We departed with 1.5 hours delay. We were told that the boat we were supposed to get on had an accident and they had to look for another boat in the last minute. We read several other reviews mentioning delays as well so not really sure if it was an accident or something that happens regularly. However, at least they made up for it and we returned to Cartagena about an hour later than scheduled. However, I think that 5 Islands is a bit too much for 1 day, it felt really rushed, especially at Placa Blanca we had about 40-45 minutes and we spent all of them having lunch and didn't have any time to go into the water or walk along the beach. I also think Rosario Islands are a bit overrated. They're not really what they look like on the pictures, Cholon and Playa Blanca are a bit overcrowded (although there is also a more quiet part of Playa Blanca) and the water is not really clean. We loved the snorkeling part though! It was beautiful, the water was clear and we spent enough time snorkeling.
Nice islands but very touristic
MariaEmma_K, Mar 2024
The tour guide was really helpful. The islands are beautiful in general, but the whole thing was very touristic... Especially the Rosario island was a mess, too many people in little space. Baru, though, was way much better. So it would have been better to spend more time there.
So much fun!
Isha_S, Mar 2024
This excursion was a blast!! It was a very long day though, be prepared to be out on the water from 8am to 4pm. It was the perfect combination of culture, history, relaxation, and fun! The islands were beautiful, and you could see so many different types of fish snorkeling in the coral reefs. The only downside is that the ride back to the dock was very rough, and they did not forewarn us of how rough it was going to be. We got splashed a lot and the wind was incredibly strong.
It’s cool, a bit rushed.
Madonna_M, Mar 2024
They told us to be there at 7:45 and we left at 9am 💀. Very unorganized but it was somewhat fun. I don’t think I’d do this tour again but my tour guides were very funny.
The waiting at the...
Daniel_M, Mar 2024
The waiting at the beginning, is really not the best, but then everything was good. We choosed the VIP opt, with the speed boat, it was really cool. Charlie was our guide, really friendly, and helpful with any cases.
good activity.
Yevgeniy_S, Mar 2024
overall a good experience. friendly and caring guide. variety of activities. i personally would have skipped the party island, but others may actually like it.
Fun adventure with the most beautiful man in Colombia
Ashlea_J, Mar 2024
Very fun adventure with the most beautiful man in Cartegena! The trip was very well organized and the team was very helpful. The only downside is getting on and off the boat. I wasn’t a super fan of the party island because of the overwhelming amount of vendors but the guide was very helpful in navigating that part - letting us know who to engage and asking any questions we had and helping us negotiate. Overall, it was a safe fun day. The guide was also bilingual which helped a lot.
Busy tour
Crystal_H, Mar 2024
The water had so many beautiful colors in it. Wish snorkeling was longer and beach time was longer. Trying to fit different islands in made it too busy to really enjoy. First beach make sure you have water shoes because it is not sand! The water was very rough that day so the boy was slamming down hard but not their fault that is all Mother Nature.
Crappy start to a nice tour…
Christopher_W, Mar 2024
The check-in process was awful - you were waiting in one line for a half hour, then herded to another smaller group and waited for an hour to actually leave. Then you are bombarded for a hour with street vendors constantly trying to sell us something the entire time. Why is it handled this way? I have better experiences in the worst airports. But I’m giving this a 3 because Alex the tour guide was excellent, and gave a great tour.
Beautiful Day on the Water
Haneefa_C, Mar 2024
Baru beach was stunning! The party island was fun and the snorkeling was so much fun. This was a magical day and the highlight of our Colombia trip.
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