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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.

Cartagena: Rosario Islands Day Tour with Snorkel & Lunch

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

Experience clear blue waters, white sand, and awesome corals on a day tour to the Corales del Rosario National Park. Discover the group of islands on the coast of Colombia, a perfect natural environment to have fun and relax. Start the day from the meeting point and after a speedboat ride, explore the fortress on Bocachica island. 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, before returning to Cartagena.

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 the los Pegasos dock, take a 1-hour journey in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan to Baru. Begin the day with pickup at the meeting point at 6:40 am. Be accompanied by a bilingual who will provide you with a fruit salad for you to snack on along the way. Ride in a climate-controlled vehicle and arrive on Baru Island at around 8:00 AM. Take a 5 minute walk along the shore of the beach until we get to the Mambo Beach Club restaurant which is located in front of the beach. Upon arrival be welcomed by the Mambo team. Be provided with beach chairs, huts, bathrooms and lockers (subject to availability). In the afternoon, savor a delicious lunch with several options including vegetarian and meat dishes. If none of the options take your fancy feel free to order anything else on the menu and only pay the difference. Head back to the beach after lunch to relax for another few hours before beginning the journey back to Cartagena in the evening.

Cartagena: Private Boat Tour Around the Islands

4. 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.

Cartagena de Indias: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise

5. Cartagena de Indias: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise

For the most romantic evening, this sunset cruise excursion is ideal. Leave at 5:00 PM from the Muelle de la Bodeguita pier in front of the walled city. Enjoy the relaxing but at the same time exciting sailing through the Bay of Cartagena de Indias. Accompanied by good music, enjoy a non-alcoholic cocktail or a soft drink and a delicious appetizer in a magical atmosphere. Watch the sunset and the lighting of the spectacular skyline of the city of Cartagena while you sail into the night.  The itinerary of the tour includes departure from the Bodeguita Dock/Pegasos Dock, located in front of the walled city of Cartagena. First sail between Manga and Bocagrande neighborhood. Then continue sailing between Castillo Grande and Manzanillo Island. Enjoy the sunset while sailing between El Laguito neighborhood and Tierrabomba Island. Then sail back to the departure point.

Cartagena: Cooking Experience with a Local Chef

6. Cartagena: Cooking Experience with a Local Chef

Located in Getsemaní, with beautiful views of the wall and Castillo de San Felipe, we deliver cooking experiences were people learn to cook, enjoy their own creations and most importantly live and share with others a wonderful experience. We have different menus depending on the day and time of the week. We go from local meals such as "Posta Cartagenera" to more regional dishes like Ceviches. It is a hands on experience, so you will expect to spend a great time where you are going to roll up your sleeves, put on an apron and cook, unleashing the Chef inside you. During the experience you will learn some cooking tips that will impress friends and family. At the end, we will sit down together, have a glass of wine/beer and enjoy our delicious food together!

Cartagena: Snorkel, Mangroves and Playa Blanca Tour

7. 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.

Cartagena: Bioluminescent Plankton Tour

8. Cartagena: Bioluminescent Plankton Tour

Admire an extraordinary natural phenomenon which only occurs in a few parts of the world– the bioluminescent plankton. Begin your tour during the afternoon, as the sun begins to set. Gain an understanding of these unique creatures from your knowledgable guide. Hop aboard your boat and sail for 10 minutes to the cove of Puerto Naito. Dive into sea and swim in the warm water which is full of bioluminescent plankton. With every movement you make, the plankton will generate light, creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Choose to meet at the meeting point or choose the option including roundtrip transportation. If you choose the option with transportation, you’ll also have some free time to explore Playa Blanca.

From Cartagena: Island Beach Trip on a Pirate Ship & Lunch

9. From Cartagena: Island Beach Trip on a Pirate Ship & Lunch

Begin your day by joining the pirate crew at Pegasus Pier at 8:20 AM to check in. At 8:30 AM set sail to experience a one of a kind experience as you go the same path the Spanish Forces once did to protect their colony. Learn all about the war between the UK and Spain and hear the stories behind the pirates and slaves that played a crucial role in the history of the city. Siege and capture what is now the Fort San Fernando de Bocahica and celebrate victory with a typical Cartagena lunch on the beach. You may also enjoy an open bar of coconut lemonade or alcoholic drinks made from rum, fruit punch, and coconut lemonade. During your time at the fort, feel free to go for a swim in the refreshing Atlantic Ocean, relax under the shade, or go sunbathing in the hot Caribbean sun. You will begin your return to Cartagena later in the day and be back at the starting point at about 3:30 PM after a victorious afternoon of sailing, eating, and drinking.

Cartagena: National Aviary of Colombia Tour and Mambo Beach

10. Cartagena: National Aviary of Colombia Tour and Mambo Beach

The day begins when we pick you up at our meeting point at the Pegasos pier at 6:30 am, you will be accompanied by a bilingual guide who will be identified with a Backpackers t-shirt and logo. He will provide you with a fruit salad for you to taste while we are on the way; the route from the city of Cartagena to Baru takes 45 minutes to 1 hour in an air-conditioned vehicle. We arrive at Baru Island around 8:00 am at the parking lot and from there we make a short 5 minute walk along the shore of the beach until we reach our restaurant Mambo Beach Club which is located in front of the beach, upon arrival we are greeted by the wonderful team of Mambo to provide the best of services. In this place you will have access to facilities such as beach chairs, huts, bathrooms and lockers under availability. At 9:30 am we will take the transportation to go to the National Aviary. You will live a wonderful experience where you will learn about 170 species of birds and about 1700 specimens, through ecological trails you can enjoy three ecosystem environments and 22 exhibits divided into large immersion aviaries, radial aviaries, marshes and lakes. There are different landscapes, vegetation and water environments that allow you to appreciate a great diversity of bird species, the tour takes approximately two hours. Enjoy the most beautiful crystal clear waters of the Colombian Caribbean from the exclusive beach club called Mambo Beach.

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Great expérience. The boat was very comfortable with plenty of seating in the sun and in the shade as well as 3 bathrooms below deck. The ride to the first set of islands was about an hour and a half and it’s a very nice ride very relaxing. At the first stop there is swimming and snorkelling with optional life jackets and poop noodles (altho not much to see underwater, just nice to jump in the water!) about and hour ride to next stop where you are served lunch and salad bar which was quite delicious. At the second stop you are anchored for 2 hours close to a nice beach which we swam to and enjoyed some time on the smooth, sandy shores. Quick swim back to the boat with a spirited ride back to the dock where we just lounged, had some cocktails, and enjoyed the view. All in all a nice day!

We hired the boat to tour the Rosario islands, and any other interesting sites. The communication via Whatsapp was excellent and we were greeted at the marina by an English speaking lady who relayed our wishes to the (two person) friendly crew. We went to the Rosario islands and stopped underway for some snorkelling. At the islands they recommended spending some time at the Pa’ue beach club, which was excellent and relaxing. Tip: come early-ish to arrive before some larger groups arrive for lunch so you are able to get the great lounge beds. After that we went to Playa Blanca which was much bigger then we thought, with numerous beach clubs, also recommended.

Very nice and well run cruise. Nice people, beautiful sunset views and views of the city while enjoying a glass of wine and small eats! Good music too, not too loud but loud enough to dance to as some people did The catamaran is stable and feels steady with no rocking.

Excellent market tour and cooking class with Jasmine. Definitely one of the highlights of our trip. Jasmine is authentic, warm, friendly, and very talented.

super fun, beautiful landscape, all around good way to spend a day