Isla del Sol Day Trip to Rosario Islands from Cartagena
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Stop At: Islas de Rosario, Islas de Rosario, Cartagena District, Bolivar Department
The archipelago of the Rosario islands of Colombia is probably one of the most sought-after destinations in the Caribbean. This archipelago formed by dozens of islands of all sizes conceals a wonderful aqua sea coral reef. Close to the beautiful reefs, there are also many shipwrecks of the countless sea battles that were fought in this territory. Colombia's Rosario Islands are really a must see.
After your hotel pick-up, you will be taken to the port to board a speedboat with a small group; this boat will take you to the area of the archipelago. Departure will happen between 9:00 AM and 09:30 AM depending on boat traffic. On the route, you’ll have an excellent view of Tierra Bomba, a beautiful island right outside of the city and enjoy the tropical water.
The boat will reach Isla del Sol, a private island with a small beach line, swimming pool, hammock kiosk, bar, and a small restaurant. At this point, you can decide whether you would like to spend the day at the island chilling out and performing some of the extra activities (at your own expense) such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, body-massage or embark on a trip to the aquarium.
On the island, you will be served lunch prepared with fresh fish and typical ingredients of the island. After lunch, you will have some time to relax at the beach before returning to Cartagena.
Duration: 7 hours
- Private transport from hotel to port (only covers hotels located at Boca Grande, Laguito, Casco Antiguo and Getsemani)
- Speedboat transportation
- Bilingual English/Spanish (English support)
- Drop-off at the port
- Harbor tax approx. USD $7 ($16,500 Colombian Pesos) per person
- Transport from the port to the Hotel (drop-off)
- Island walking tour
- Extra activities
- Entrance fees to the aquarium
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Note: port tax is to be paid on your travel date
- This tour includes an insurance. Please send Passport number by the time of booking to make the insurance effective
- Not wheelchair accessible
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- The port fee must be paid in cash and in Colombian pesos before to embark
- We recommend to bring your own towels
- Changes on the tour may occur due to external factors. These changes will be notified to you with anticipation.
- Please Note: English support is limited/basic. This product doesn't offer a guided tour, it offers only basic support by your driver/guide
- Most travelers can participate
- Please note: the boat departure time from the port is set to a range between 09:00 AM and 09:30 AM depending on boat traffic.
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
My expectation was that we were going to be on a decent sized beach. In actuality we were taken to a small resort where they beach area was roped off and extremely small. Some of the people on our tour did not have even get chairs to sit on. I feel sorry for the guests that were staying in this small resort as we took up their entire beach area. I was very disappointed when we arrived at the destination. The only plus was the boat ride.
We were picked up at our hotel and dropped off at the port. There is a fee there that has to be paid in cash. To get to the islands you travel on a speed boat that holds 20-40 people and cruise through the harbour and out into the Caribbean. If you get seasick, this is NOT the trip for you as the boat leaps the waves and smacks down on the other side. If you love boats, the trip is exhilarating and lasts about an hour. You do get to go by some massive ships as Cartegena is a busy port. The island itself is beautiful and the water a gorgeous turquoise. The group is dropped off on the wharf encompassing a small beach and the property behind it. The guide goes over the schedule for the day then you are free to grab a lounger, go into the water off the beach area or go down a ladder into the water off the wharf on the outside of the enclosed area. Water shoes are recommended as the beach is stoney with vegetation in the water. The water itself is beautiful warm and clear. While there a few trips are offered to the local aquarium, to go snorkeling or to go scuba diving, we didn't go on any of them. All trips are cash only. You could also have a more professional massage there. There is also a nice clean salt-water pool to swim in. Because this is an island, fresh water is only rain water so there are no showers to rinse the salty water off. Lunch was a delicious grilled fish, salad, two types of rice, yucca fries and tasty home made coconut candy. They offer an assortment of alcoholic beverages, the only thing you can purchase with a credit card if you exceed 30,000 COP which isn't hard as the drinks are expensive. The trip back to port took a different route, going along a man-made river past small houses in the middle of nowhere and brought you into the harbour from a different angle. The tour people were fantastic as usual: friendly, enthusiastic and could answer any questions. They also ensured we got back on the right vehicle to be driven back to our hotel. We enjoyed the tour though we thought the beach limited and added extras expensive.