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Brilliant day out in the seas and beautiful islands, with snorkelling.
This was a fantastic tour overall and a great first look at the Rosario Islands. The staff was professional and knowledgable. Each boat had a bilingual speaker to accommodate foreign passengers. This particular trip destination was a private beachfront property called Isla del Sol on the island of Isla Grande. It was quite nice to have a private area so there are no vendors trying to sell items all the time. The pool and relaxing areas are quite nice and the food was excellent. I highly recommend taking a stroll off the property to see how Isla del Sol impacts the economy of the island. The snorkeling option was really fun and the guide was very attentive to everyone, both experienced snorkelers and the novices. There was quite a variety of beautiful fish in the area, but unfortunately the coral is in bad shape. I want to investigate Colombia's environmental protections and in particular how this company is working to protect the area. There were people standing on the coral with no repercussions.
The property is pretty small overall and this particular island is surrounded by coral so there are no large beaches to stroll on, but the pool area and ocean views make up for it. Overall a great first experience with the Rosario Islands!
Amazing tour! Very organized as well. My son, spouse and I were picked up on time from our hotel in Bocagrande at 8am and dropped off at el muelle where we were directed to sit with those boarding the speedboat for the tour as well. Our speedboat was named Sensacion Ardiente and our tour guide was Tiberio. The speedboat ride lasted about an hour and beers and water were for sale on the speedboat as well. Upon arriving to the Corrales area, which was a private, secluded island in the Islas del Rosario I became mesmerized by its peacefulness and beauty. We were away from the vendors in a secluded, private beach/island. At 12noon we were taken to the Oceanario to see the dolphin and shark show and returned promptly at 1pm to eat lunch. Going to the Oceanario/Aquarium is not mandatory, however, my 5 year old loved it. For lunch we had the option of fish or chicken, which was served with patacones, arroz de coco, salad amongst other delicacies. Lobster was also an option, however, the lobster does have an additional cost. My spouse had the fresh lobster and stated it was well worth it! You can either lounge by the pool, which had a great bar with amazing cocktails or dive into the beautiful, clear ocean. Tiberio was very attentive and made sure to ask if there was anything additional they could prepare for my son such as soup or something to his liking. At 3pm we departed and headed back to el muelle in Cartagena, which is the port where we were dropped off and is located right by la torre del reloj in the walled city. Great experience and we all loved it. Would definitely recommend to others.
The beach at the islands is beautiful! Very quiet and remote. The only caveat is that only food is included in the package and I never got my complimentary cocktail So this is basically just transportation to the island which I'm sure can be found cheaper elsewhere. Snorkeling is 50,000 COP, scuba diving is 150,000 COP. There is a bar also so if you go with this package definitely bring CASH!
This tour was excellent!!! Well organized and safe. Was picked up on time at hotel. Tour leaves at 9 am in a fast speed boat, life jackets are provided. Rodrigo and his crew took very good care of everyone on the boat and the Island. Thank you!! Once at the island they serve fruit snack, there is a bar to purchase drinks, a pool besides the beautiful beach and palapas to keep cool, lounge chairs and hammocks for your siesta. You have the option to scuba, snorkel and visit the Oceanario small type of aquarium. I did the snorkel and it was great lots of colorful fish to see and also went to the Oceanario. All has to be done by boat. Opted for the fresh lobster for lunch at an extra cost from the included buffet of fish or chicken, rice, salad, fried plantains, soda, water, and coffee and it was delicious. After lunch you have a couple of hours to relax and we left the Island around 3:30 pm. It was a great relaxing day and next time will opt to spend at least a night. Yes, they have rooms for rent. This excursion is done in Spanish and English.
Jenna A United States of ...
This was one of my favorite things ever. Relaxing, fresh lobster, a fantastic massage. Definitely bring some cash with you, but seriously, I wish I could have stayed here for dayyyyys!
The beach was beautiful. You get there around 10:30 and leave around 3pm. Lots of lounge chairs both in the shade and sun, , good water for swimming, pool, activities. Rodrigo was a great guide--super friendly and answered all of our questions. Drinks at the bar and lunch were great. Wish we could have spent more of the day there!
This tour really surprised me with how organized and memorable it was. Most tours I've been on have a habit of taking you to places where you only spend 15 minutes - 1 hour only. We were taken to a beautiful Island where La Isla del Sol hotel is situated and given 4 hours to do whatever our hearts desired from walking through the local village and seeing the secret mangroves, scuba diving, snorkeling, etc. We also had a flexible meal of fried fish or chicken with coconut rice, patacon, yuca, and soup. We also had the option of choosing a lobster and having it freshly prepared for us and i'm not the biggest fan of lobster, but I tried it anyway. And wow! That was the best lobster Iobster I've ever had. By the end of those four hours, I was so beat and ready to head back home. It was definitely a memorable and very satisfying adventure. I definitely recommend this tour!
This was beautiful! It was nice being at an almost private beach/resort without being harassed by vendors and massage people at the local beaches in Cartagena. I highly recommend it!...just make sure you bring enough money for extra expenses at the island.
Tour was amazing. Snorkeling in the deep blue water. Enjoying the coral reef. Drinking Caipirinhas by the pool. This is a must try if you visit Cartagena
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