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Cartagena: 5-Stop Island Hopping Tour with Lunch & Snorkel

1. Cartagena: 5-Stop Island Hopping Tour with Lunch & Snorkel

Please prioritize recent reviews, as older ones may refer to bus rides and discrepancies in island visits from a previous tour we no longer offer. The latest reviews, which are exceptionally positive, pertain to the current listing. This tour is crafted to provide the complete island experience at a fair price, featuring a fast-paced itinerary with five stops including 2 beach clubs. It's important to note that not every stop is an island; there are only three accessible islands for public visits: Rosario, Cholon, & Baru. Other listings may promote snorkeling activities (Coral Reef & Escobar's Plane) as island visits, but they are actually water-based activities. Lunch and snorkeling gear are included, but tourist port tax cash fee must be paid before boarding (27.000 COP). While all are welcome to join, we particularly recommend this excursion to those who are adventurers and comfortable in party environments - especially since the atmosphere at Cholon Island may not be for everyone. Itinerary: We'll meet near the Historic Center where we'll board a large passenger shuttle boat that will take us to the channel of islands, 45 mins away. Upon arrival, you'll snorkel at a coral reef in a place known as Laguna. Afterward, you'll snorkel at Pablo Escobar's sunken plane. We then make our way to Playa Libre's beach club in Rosario Island for a Caribbean lunch and relaxation. You'll then proceed to Cholon Island, and finally visit another beach club in Baru until departure. Return to Cartagena at around 4 PM. Note: Regardless of where you book, expect Cartagena's nearby islands to be touristy. Island vendors in Baru and Cholon are very persistent and can be bothersome. Businesses on the islands have markups, higher prices apply. Ask for the price beforehand and check receipts. Boat rides are bumpy & you may get wet. Beach and swim attire is a must.

Cartagena: 5-Island Trip by Boat with Lunch and Snorkeling

2. Cartagena: 5-Island Trip by Boat with Lunch and Snorkeling

Treat yourself to a unique and exclusive experience where you can enjoy snorkeling, lunch on at a beach club on a private island, a seafood tasting session, and plenty of island relaxation. Travel by sports boat to islands like Boccchica, Isla Grande, and Isla de Cholon. Board your luxury sports boat in Cartagena and get ready to head to the the Rosario Islands. Disembark at Bocachica and learn all about the iconic Fort of San Fernando before embarking on a panoramic tour of the archipelago. Snorkel and indulge in other water activities at scenic Isla Grande. Dive beneth the waves to admire the diversity of coral reefs, fish, and even a small plane at the bottom of the sea. Next, get ready for an exclusive lunch experience as you dine on a private island with a beach club. Feast your choice of a chicken, fish, or vegetarian dish, before making use of the club's facilities including its swimming pool. Experience the party atmosphere of the next stop of Isla de Cholon, and enjoy a seafood tasting. As night falls, conclude your experience with a stop at Playa Tranquila. Board a boat to view the luminous plankton, the microorganisms that glow in the sea in the dark of night and we come back by bus t 8:00 pm.

Full day visiting 5 islands

3. Full day visiting 5 islands

Backpackers offers you the opportunity to visit 5 islands in a standard way by passenger boat from Cartagena, with this plan you will enjoy the most complete tour of the city visiting different beaches of Baru and Rosario Islands. You will live the experience of submerging in crystal clear waters, white sand and corals which is an unforgettable experience. You will visit the following places: 🏝️Isla Bocachica. 🏝️Isla cocotera 🏝️Isla Privada Cocotera or Encantada. 🏝️Isla Cholón. 🏝️Playa tranquil

Cartagena: Rosario Islands Day Tour with Snorkel & Lunch

4. 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: Isla Baru Beach Club at Playa Blanca

5. Cartagena: Isla Baru Beach Club at Playa Blanca

Discover the stunning beauty of Playa Blanca on a day trip from Cartagena. Drive through the historic city of Cartagena, cross Baru Bridge, and relax in the sun on a comfortable sun bed. Meet your driver in Cartagena in the morning and head to Playa Blanca in a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle. Enjoy a 45-minute panoramic tour through the beautiful city of Cartagena on your way to Barú Peninsula. Cross the Baru bridge without stopping to reach Corles del Rosario and San Bernardo National Natural Park and continue to Playa Blanca, the only public beach in the national park. Walk along Playa Blanca's famous white beaches and turquoise waters before arriving at the Club Mambo Beach. Relax in a lounger as you enjoy a welcome cocktail or on Balinese beds (extra charge) before cooling off in the pristine water. Enjoy a delicious lunch after redeeming your voucher before returning to the sun. Spend the day relaxing and return to Cartagena.

Cartagena: Snorkel, Mangroves and Playa Blanca Tour

6. 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: Rosario Island and Mangroves Private Day Trip

7. 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: Barù Island Playa Blanca Beach Trip with Lunch

8. Cartagena: Barù Island Playa Blanca Beach Trip with Lunch

Enjoy sun, sand, sea, and beach on this day trip including a traditional lunch. Be picked up from your hotel and get ready to swim or sunbathe on the famous Playa Blanca beach. Start your trip with transportation from your accommodation in an air-conditioned vehicle. Sit back and relax on the journey which includes passing into Barù Island by bridge. Once there, alight the bus and climb a charming set of rustic stairs to reach the 2.4-km long Playa Blanca beach. Take a stroll down to the quieter Playa Tranquila sector, with its fewer people and relaxed vibe. Eat lunch at the charming Mandala Beach restaurant and get ready to hit the waves, or simply sunbathe on the beach. Rent chairs and tents in front of the restaurant or on the beach (own expense). Luxuriate at this picturesque beach location before getting ready to head home. Have peace of mind knowing there is a rep on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly and to make sure you get back to your transportation.

Cartagena: Tour to Barú Island's Playa Blanca with Lunch

9. Cartagena: Tour to Barú Island's Playa Blanca with Lunch

Start with pickup at your hotel in the Marbella, Bocagrande, Laguito or Castillo Grande district of Cartagena in the morning. Those staying outside of these areas can meet at a central location. Hop on an air-conditioned bus and take in the views on your way to the island of Barú. Enjoy a panoramic bus tour of the area that passes thorugh the industrial area of Mamonal, before reaching the bridge that connects Cartagena with the Island of Barú. Admire views of the charming towns of Ararca, Santana, and the fishing village of Barù before arriving at Playa Blanca. Get off the bus and stroll to the soft white sands of Playa Blanca, the flagship beach of Barù Island. Have free time to enjoy this stunning area that has 2.4 kilometers of beach. Swim, work on your tan, or purchase activities like snorkeling jet skiing, or banana boating. Sit down to a delicious lunch of fish or chicken, rice with coconut, patacón (twice-fried plantain slices), and salad. Feel free to use the restaurant's toilets and changing rooms free of charge. Return to to your hotel or meeting point by bus in the late afternoon.

Tour of the 5 best islands of the rosary + bioluminescent pl

10. Tour of the 5 best islands of the rosary + bioluminescent pl

Itinerary 1. Departure from the Pegasus pier, a pier decorated with statues of Pegasus and a pair of Horses Next to the Cartagena La Bodeguita Boarding Dock, a member of the team will be waiting for you, please be there at 8:00 a.m. We leave at 8:30 am. FIRST STOP; The sighting of the bocachica forts, they constitute a historical and architectural heritage of the city of Cartagena de las Indias. Located on the banks of the channel to which it owes its name, Bocachica is one of the most recognized places on the island of Tierra Bomba, thanks to its great historical and cultural value for the city and the region. The Fort San José de Bocachica and the Batería de Ángeles de San Gabriel are located here, which together with the Fort of San Fernando protected the city from pirate attacks and enemy troops during the colonial period, making it the epicenter of epic battles that put the military ingenuity of the Spanish to the test. THE SECOND STOP is in a natural pool on Isla de Grande, where you will do scuba diving, which involves swimming underwater with a transparent plastic mask and a breathing tube (snorkel equipment). You can observe marine life Coral Reefs just by floating upside down on the surface Or you can dive underwater and swim with the fishes. you will have the opportunity to observe marine life. THIRD STOP We will visit a private island, where we will rest, sunbathe on loungers and enjoy the turquoise blue sea. Accompanied by a shrimp cocktail or lemonade as you prefer. FOURTH STOP, Cholon Island, an inlet located on Barú Island, which has become one of the main attractions near Cartagena. It is well known for its popular parties on yachts, boats or sailboats. In front of the small beach area is a double line of palm-thatched huts on the water. It is a very beautiful place and makes it one of the most desirable places to visit, with the option of renting a private boat or yacht to go with friends or family. The boats are located around the huts forming a kind of large semicircle where everyone enjoys the good music from their boats/yachts and the good atmosphere that is generated around. Some prefer to stay on the boat dancing, enjoying a good drink or just talking with their friends and there are others who opt for a good dip in those beautiful crystalline waters. FIFTH STOP: Playa Blanca Famous for its white beaches and turquoise waters. It is the only public beach, where you can spend time on a sun lounger or Balinese beds, you can explore the beautiful crystal clear waters. Lunch is a bonus of $30,000 that you must redeem for the options we have on our menu. You can use huts, sun loungers, the bathroom and the social areas at no additional cost. !!!!plankton!!! SIXTH STOP: On the white beach you will wait for nightfall, we will take you on a boat to see Plankton is a group of organisms that float and drift in suspension in fresh or salt water. when shaken, they produce a brilliant light like a star or diamond.

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I liked the kindness of the guide and the driver, the furniture or bus that transported the travelers should be improved because the air conditioning worked a little and then it didn't work anymore, and on the return the heat was chaotic if the air-conditioned bus was.

The tour was great, had a lot of fun and the guide was amazing too. The only thing that bothered me was a little chaos on the morning when they tried to gather the various groups for their activities.

The tour was great, our guide Kevin was awesome. The time available in each location is limited and there are a lot of pushy vendors. Overall the tour is recommended at least once.

The entire experience was excellent, Isla Sol y Papaya and Isla Barú were unique experiences. The guide gave good service, everyone involved was friendly.

It was a unique experience !! Very fun and very worth doing this activity!! Thanks a lot for everything !!