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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 an hour of coral reef snorkeling and underwater sightseeing. After recharging with local fruits and water, continue to the beautiful Plaza Azul on the island of Cholon, 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 will deliver you to your Cartagena hotel around 6:30pm.

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Playa Blanca

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’s no cost surprises as the tour includes lunch, hotel pickup and drop-off, park fees, and use of snorkel equipment.

  • A full-day excursion by bus and speedboat to the Rosario Islands
  • Experience Playa Azul, 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
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Reviewed 15 August 2018
great trip just go prepared

Best thing I did on my trip with a buddy to Cartagena was the tour of the Rosario Islands with Backpackers. Great guys, spoke good English, picked us up at our hostel (through which we booked our tickets). These tours are popular, there was not...More

1  Thank HueyPLongReborn
Backpackersctg, Director Comercial at Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Huey! thanks for believe in our service! you're right, the snorkel is the best part of the tour and sleep in playa blanca is the best experience. if you want, you can follow us and send us your pictures in this experience and we...More

Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile
Don’t do it!

This tour was a nightmare! The tour didn’t leave on time, was 1 hour late to leave. The tour guide didn’t explain the itinerary clearly enough for all to hear. He stopped at Playa Blanca to let the kitchen know how many lunches would be...More

2  Thank Yvette2121
Backpackersctg, Director Comercial at Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi yvette, we are sad because you had a bad experience whit us,... smetme we can´t controlate all but we try to offer a good day like backpackers, like us... maybe this kind of excursions are not for you, but we gonna take yours coments...More

Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile
Unorganized and Delayed

First, this is NOT a small group as advertised. There were so many people crammed in the bus and boat we were uncomfortable. Plus we couldn’t hear what the guide was saying bc there were so many people. The schedule for the day wasn’t fully...More

3  Thank 486kristenf
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile
Perfect day

Such a nice relaxing day. Perfect amount of time on each island and the snorkelling was fun. Delicious lunch. Our tour guide Jorge was great / fun. Definitely recommend doing this tour.

1  Thank Hollie M
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile
Lots of fun

Really enjoyed the trip and the fun. Maybe a little too much time after lunch but all good. We got caught in a storm but it was all good. The swim up bar was awesome. More time there needed

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2 August 2018|
Response from Arivoyager | Reviewed this property |
Book in person instead of online. When I was on the tour someone shared that with me as well, and another person on the tour - single - said they didn't have the problem as they'd purchased from a tourism operator in person.
Ariela R
11 July 2018|
Response from Arivoyager | Reviewed this property |
So long as the child wasn't occupying an extra seat that seems like it'd be a possibility, but I'd recommend speaking with the tour affiliates to be sure as I saw nothing to indicate that.
Abby M
10 July 2018|
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Response from Mona77 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous answer. The boat runs pretty fast and shakes a lot. I wouldn't do it if pregnant.
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