Cartagena, Colombia
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Cartagena: Rosario Islands Catamaran with Lunch and Snorkel

1. Cartagena: Rosario Islands Catamaran with Lunch and Snorkel

Set sail for the Rosario and San Bernardo Corals National Natural Park on a full-day tour from Cartagena. The catamaran departs from the Muelle de la Bodeguita pier in front of the walled city. After your welcome drink, enjoy the journey to the Rosario Islands, sailing and motor sailing on the catamaran. The vessel is equipped with comfortable seats, where you can sit both in the shade and in the sun. There is a bar service on board, so you can enjoy a variety of soft drinks throughout the excursion.  Experience paradise with a stop in front of an idyllic beach of turquoise waters and white sands, where you can swim and play with fun inflatables. Practice snorkeling, if you wish, and admire the fascinating underwater life with colorful tropical fish and various types of coral. The crew will prepare a delicious lunch for you to enjoy on board while you sail back to Cartagena at the end of a relaxing day.

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Cartagena: 4 Rosario Islands Day Tour with Snorkel & Lunch

2. Cartagena: 4 Rosario Islands Day Tour with Snorkel & Lunch

Experience clear blue waters, white sand, and awesome corals on the perfect sunny day trip! Corales del Rosario National Park is the name of a group of islands on the coast of Colombia, located just an hour away by speed boat from Cartagena or 20 mins from Barú. This paradise is the favorite destination in Cartagena and it offers a natural environment to have fun and relax. Start the day with a morning pickup from your hotel. Continue to a relaxing private island where beach chairs and umbrellas await you. Spend time in the sun and have a seafood cocktail or lemonade in one of the most beautiful places you will visit. Afterward, continue to Cholon to enjoy a mini party in the water with music, drinks, and people from other boats. Finally, stop at Playa Blanca in Barú Island, where there will be a more private space waiting for you away from the main concentration of boats and vendors. Here, eat a typical island lunch and spend the rest of the day on the beach, relaxing and swimming.

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From Cartagena: Day Trip to Playa Blanca with Lunch

3. From Cartagena: Day Trip to Playa Blanca with Lunch

Enjoy a paradisiacal day relaxing on the white sand beach of Baru Island's aptly-named Playa Blanca. After getting picked up from your hotel in Cartagena, take a 1-hour journey in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan to Baru. Learn more about local life in both the city and the island towns from your local driver. Once in Baru, take a quick, idyllic stroll along the beach to reach where you will spend the day. Make the most of all the facilities the place has to offer, including sundecks to relax on the beach or snorkel equipment if you wish to take a dip in the beach's crystal-clear waters. In the afternoon, savor a delicious lunch with several options including vegetarian and meat dishes washed down with local juices. Head back to the beach after lunch to relax for another few hours before beginning the journey back to Cartagena in the evening.

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Cartagena: Snorkel, Mangroves and Playa Blanca Tour

4. Cartagena: Snorkel, Mangroves and Playa Blanca Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation at 7:30 AM in an air-conditioned bus. Meet your guide who will provide all the details about your upcoming adventure and the route. At 9 AM, arrive at the island of Baru and board a boat. Cruise for 15 minutes through the crystal clear waters until you arrive at the snorkeling site. After 1 hour of enjoyable snorkeling, continue the tour into the mangroves to see birds, iguanas, and other species. Discover the fascinating landscapes of the island and the life of the native species who inhabit this magical ecosystem. At 1 PM, head back to Playa Blanca to enjoy a delicious lunch with options of fish, chicken, or vegetarian. Once you've eaten, spend some time swimming in the clear waters or relaxing on the beautiful white sand beach. At 3:30 PM, board the return bus which will drop you off back at your hotel.

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Cartagena: Paratriking Flight from the Beach

5. Cartagena: Paratriking Flight from the Beach

Ever want to know what it feels like to fly like a bird? Spread your wings and feel the flow of the free air above Cartagena on a paratrike, a variety of the classic paraglider with an engine in its rear part, allowing it to take off from the ground. Together with a professional pilot, soar above the beautiful landscapes beneath your feet and gain a new and unique perspective on Cartagena de Indias. Just sit and let your body go as you make ascents, descents, and turns during an experience suitable for everyone. Choose between 10 or 15-minute flights, and upgrade to the all-inclusive options for included hotel pickup and drop-off, as well as photos and a video of your adventure. Before or after the flight, you can also enjoy the beach at the facility. Relax under the sun with beach chairs, umbrellas, a bar, massages, and much more.

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Cartagena: Private Boat Tour Around the Islands

6. Cartagena: Private Boat Tour Around the Islands

Explore the beautiful and stunning islands along the Caribbean coastline with this private boat hire in Cartagena. Choose from a variety of yachts and speedboats ranging from 29 feet (8.8 meters) to 62 feet (18.9 meters) long that accommodate up to 10-18 people. With the help of your captain, plan your own personalized itinerary based on your interests and sightseeing wishes. Cruise along the islands on your private boat and combine relaxation, pleasure, and fun. At any time, feel free to request to stop for lunch, visit beaches, or be taken to a secluded area to enjoy some time for swimming in the sea. Play your favorite tunes on the boat's fully equipped sound system to ensure the perfect soundtrack to your day. With your own private boat for just you and your group, what you see and what you do is entirely up to you.

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Cartagena: Beach Horse Ride and Colombian Horse Culture

7. Cartagena: Beach Horse Ride and Colombian Horse Culture

Ride a horse along a scenic beach in Cartagena with a bilingual, English and Spanish-speaking guide. Find out about the local Colombian Paso Fino horse breed, and enjoy a small-group experience for no more than 6 people. Begin your activity with hotel pickup in Cartagena and get transferred comfortably to the ranch. Upon arrival, listen to an in-depth explanation about the Colombian Paso Fino, see how well the horses are cared for, and watch a demonstration of what they can do. From there, you'll be taken to the beach and paired with the perfect horse for your experience level, whether you've never ridden before or are an expert rider. Set off on your ride along the beach, and feel the smoothness of your horse's gait — paso fino means fine step. Disconnect from everything and tune in to the sound of the waves. Enjoy the sea breeze on your face, and have your photos taken by your guide so you can just focus on having an amazing time. After a couple of hours, you'll be taken to a beachfront restaurant where you can enjoy the ocean and sun while lunch is served before you are taken back to your hotel.

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Cartagena: Jet Ski Rental

8. Cartagena: Jet Ski Rental

Rent a jet ski with friends and family for an unforgettable experience in Cartagena. Choose between 15-, 30- and 1-hour options and opt for hotel pickup and drop-off to make your activity even more convenient.   The feeling of being on a jet ski is like no other—feel the power of the water beneath you and the thrill of breaking through the waves at top speeds. You won’t need classes for this easy activity, but if you’ve never ridden a jet ski before, the professional and experienced staff will provide you with all the instruction you need, including demonstrations and safety equipment.   Before or after the rental, you may continue to enjoy the beaches. There will be plenty to do—relax in the sun on beach chairs, get a massage, go swimming, and much more. If you wish, you can spend the whole day in this Caribbean paradise.

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Cartagena: Walled City Kayak Tour

9. Cartagena: Walled City Kayak Tour

Start off this activity with a safety briefing at the pier next to San Sebastián de Pastelillo fortress. Head with your guide across the channel and enjoy in the stunning view of the clock tower as soon as you are in front of the Pegasus pier.  Enjoy the company of a professional bilingual guide who is very familiar with the coastline around Cartagena. On this 3 km ride, you will discover a different side of Cartagena that is unknown to most of the people.  Expand your knowledge about the history of the city as you pass by the main sights. Understand how the old city walls were important to keep invaders out of the city.  Pass by the Camellón de los Mártires, the convention center and cross the Román bridge into the San Lázaro lagoon. See the mangroves that are located along the only part of the wall over the sea.  Towards the end, you will reach Bird's island which is another mangrove inhabited by countless birds singing as the tour strolls along.

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From Cartagena: Snorkeling Underwater Adventure with Lunch

10. From Cartagena: Snorkeling Underwater Adventure with Lunch

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodations in Bocagrande or Laguito in an air-conditioned bus. If you’re staying in another area, meet your guide at the Pegasus monument on the pier. Journey to the island of Baru where you will have some free time to enjoy the beach, soak up the sun and take a dip in the water. At noon, sit down for a typical island lunch. Afterward, sip a cocktail during the 1-hour open bar. Receive a safety tutorial at 2 pm. Learn how to properly use your snorkfly equipment before getting into the water. As the boat tows the snorkfly at a slow and gentle pace, maneuver the snorkfly by tilting the board in different angles. Hang on to the board with your arms and steer by moving the wings in the direction you want to go. Experience the incredible sensation of underwater flight. Get your adrenaline pumping as you glide through the ocean. Immerse yourself in an underwater environment. Marvel at the fish and coral. A GoPro camera will capture your snorkfly experience you’ll have something to share with your family and friends.

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What people are saying about Cartagena, Colombia

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 182 reviews

Short Version Honestly was the best excursion my wife and I booked while in Cartagena. It's not just about the horse riding portion (which was great!) but the whole experience that Luis and his daughter Maria created from the moment we were picked up from our hotel until we were dropped off again. Luis and Maria's passion and attention to detail is what made the experience so enjoyable. The fact that they even provided stunning pictures and videos from the whole day is even more remarkable! So this 5 star review isn't just about them meeting expectations but really more about how much they exceeded them. So Luis and Maria thank you again for a truly unforgettable experience!

This day trip to the beach is highly recommended. The turquoise water was warm and inviting. With transportation and lunch provided, this was true value for money. The tourist police patrol were on the beat, and I felt really safe. The tour guide, Alejandro (aka Alex) provided some helpful tips regarding dealing with vendors (e.g. women offering massages and men trying to sell trinkets). If you want to get away from the city and relax, this is your best bet.

All very professionally done, food was great. From the reviews I did not have high expectations about the reefs and so was not disappointed. I just enjoyed it for what it was, a chance to swim in warm water and get some fresh air. All in all a very enjoyable experience.

Very worthwhile and relaxation ocean cruise. Very scenic and the two stops to snorkel and swim where in crystal clear waters. The lunch was excellent and the ships staff very accommodating. A definite must do while vacationing in Cartegna

The island trip was amazing. Guide was available for questions and knew the entire area. Well done!