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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.

Cartagena: Snorkel, Mangroves and Playa Blanca Tour

3. 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: 5 Islands Tour with Snorkeling and Plankton

4. Cartagena: 5 Islands Tour with Snorkeling and Plankton

Explore one of the Caribbean's top destinations, full of wonderful beaches, snorkelling opportunities and history, in Cartagena's surrounding islands. Get deeply acquainted with the former colonial port turned touristic hub with an extensive tour of its most iconic locations. Begin early in the morning, at 7:30 am, leaving from the hotel area in Bocagrande or Laguito, as well as the northern part of Cartagena. Rendezvous with your guide for the tour at the Pegasus Pier, where a sport boat will be waiting to take you sailing across the entire Bay of Cartagena. You will sail around the island of Bocachica, a stunning sight and where the city's first fortification was built. Stop at Isla Grande, famous for the mansion Pablo Escobar built, as well as the wreckage of one of his private planes. Following this landmark, the snorkelling begins in the natural pool of San Martín de Pajarales. Relax afterwards at the Cholón Island with a typical Caribbean lunch, as well as music coming from boats and yachts. Once rested, you'll head to Agua Azul Island, where crystal clear water greets you to enjoy of an unforgettable landscape. Just as the night begins to roll in, you'll head to a beach to witness the light show put on by the plankton. Marvel at their bioluminescent effect before heading back to the bus shuttles that will drive you back to your lodging.

Cartagena: Rosario Island and Mangroves Private Day Trip

5. Cartagena: Rosario Island and Mangroves Private Day Trip

Embark on a customized day trip from Cartagena and enjoy a trip to some of Colombia's famous sites and beautiful islands along the way. Leave Cartagena and travel to Baru Village and the Rosario Islands, and enjoy boating through the beautiful mangrove forests while trying to spot local wildlife. Enjoy the freedom of a customizable private tour and choose the stops you'd like to visit on the tour for a personalized experience catered to your group. Be picked up from your accommodation and travel by land to Baru Village, about an hour and fifteen minutes outside of the historic center of Cartagena. Start the tour with a visit to the Baru Village and enjoy a tasty traditional breakfast in the village, and visit Villa Bonga before leaving for the mangrove forest and Rosario Islands on the boat. Take the time to stop for a snorkeling activity in a coral reef environment. Stop at a local beach and have a welcome drink while resting on the beach. Enjoy a local lunch from 1-2 pm at a house in Baru before continuing the trip with a walking tour of the village and a visit to some of the village's handcrafters. Return to your hotel following the end of the tour at 3 pm.

Cartagena: Beach Horse Ride and Colombian Horse Culture

6. 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.

Cartagena: Bioluminescent Plankton Tour

7. 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.

Cartagena: Rosario Islands Private Boat Tour with Snorkeling

8. Cartagena: Rosario Islands Private Boat Tour with Snorkeling

Your trip to Cartagena won’t be complete without giving yourself a whole day just to chill and relax in the beach. And what better way of doing it than going to a place away from all the noise and chaos of the city. Get on board and travel with us for less than an hour to Rosario National Natural Park, a group of Colombian Caribbean islands of amazingly blue waters, white soft sand and great coral reefs that, due to the intact ecosystem of its archipelago, was declared a protected area. This trip will start early in the morning, after you get picked up from the hotel or the chosen departure spot and then driven to the port to take the boat. You will stop in Playa Grande where you will have the chance to snorkel for a while (masks, safety recommendations and guides will be handed) and see the corals. Then, you will jump to Cholón, a famous party island, where you will stop to take some drinks and pictures. And the final stop will be in Playa Blanca, at Barú island. You will have a private space where you will be able to spend the rest of the day just lying down the beach chairs under the palm trees shade, swimming into the pristine water, or even playing something or reading a book. Time will be all yours. Of course, a traditional lunch will be included in the tour and you will get the chance to taste Caribbean flavors with fresh fried fish, yuca or green plantain sort of chips and coconut-based rice. Don’t forget also trying fruity cocktails made by locals to refresh your sunny and relaxing day. You just bring your best beach attitude and we will do the rest.

Cartagena: National Aviary of Colombia Tour and Mambo Beach

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

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 lasts approximately two hours. Enjoy the most beautiful crystal clear waters of the Colombian Caribbean from the exclusive beach club called Mambo Beach

Cartagena: Private Bird-Watching Tour with Breakfast

10. Cartagena: Private Bird-Watching Tour with Breakfast

Discover the natural side of Colombia's Caribbean coast on this bird-watching tour with your own private guide. Get picked up from your hotel and travel to a nearby nature reserve to spot native and exotic birdlife. Savor a traditional breakfast along the way. Get picked up from your hotel early in the morning to catch the birds at their most active before the day begins. Travel to a nature reserve located 45 minutes outside the city to begin your bird-watching. The reserve has areas of both tropical forest and gallery forests for optimal bird-spotting. Spot native and exotic birds such as pygmy owls, squirrel cuckoos, and rufous-tailed jacamars. You will also have the opportunity to spot hummingbirds, tanagers, flycatchers, and wrens. Continue bird-watching until 9:00 AM when you will stop for a traditional Colombian breakfast before continuing your tour until noon, when you will be dropped off back at your hotel. Your guide will send you the photos of your tour when you get back.

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What people are saying about Cartagena

Very beautiful and spacious catamaran with space for 200 people! Luckily there were only about 30 people on board so plenty of space for everyone. We sailed to the Rosario Island and got some lovely views of the coast. The snorkelling stop was a good opportunity for a swim but not very much to see under the water... Lunch was very well catered, delicious seafood paella with some fresh fruit and salad.

Great day trip. Well organised, staff were super friendly, the boat itself was really nice and modern & the lunch served was fantastic - way better than expected (had a fruit and salad platter on top of the chicken, seafood or veggie rice). Good vibe with music playing on the boat too. A day well spent.

Great trip…everything was perfect! Great lunch. Friendly staff. Nice boat with great music and drinks. We had a wonderful time

AMAZING!! The staff was so great the islands and boat were beautiful. the food was delicious, and the drinks were bomb.

So much fun!! The staff was very sweet the company was great!! I highly recommend