Rosario Islands Day Trip from Cartagena - Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Brilliant day out in the seas and beautiful islands, with snorkelling.

Maria S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

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!

Catherine O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

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.

Garleny D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

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!

gaetana c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

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 ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

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!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

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!

Vanessa R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

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!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

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

Karl S. Venezuela

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

It is well-worth the trip. You get to see the Bay Inside of it and interesting Old Edifications of the time. Once you get to Rosario, you have the choice several activities Not Included in the Tour. You can relax and sunbathe at the beach or add more fun to your excursion.

Dolores H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

It was a wonderful tour. Very interesting, a great boat ride and all of the people on the tour were fantastic. I would certainly recommend this tour to anyone. You will not be disappointed.

Jovica N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Great experience! I suggest to everyone visiting Cartagena to take this trip. It's really worth of time.

Kathrynn T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

The boat ride is only an hour and they stop once to tell you about the neat structures you see as you are leaving Cartagena. Then you get to the island and it is so beautiful! They have plenty of activities available as well as leaving you alone and letting you relax and enjoy the beach. There are craft vendors but they do not hunt you down. They let you approach them so you aren't hassled. I did snorkeling and the hike. Snorkeling was amazing because you see so many different fish. The snorkel guide will point out cool things as well as take really nice under water pictures and video for you as an option to purchase. The hike was more of a walk through the village and then they canoe you through the lagoons which was very cool. The food they serve for lunch was plentiful and delicious!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015


laurentina p k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015


Isabelle T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

The tour was very enjoyable. We were picked up on time at our hotel, driven to the boat where our small group joined a few others. After dropping 2 other groups at their islands, we made our way to beautiful and calm Isla del Sol. The site is very nice, the food was great and the place very relaxing. Some local activities were offered, and we chose snorkelling with enthusiastic Marcelo. We saw beautiful corals and fish. On our way back, we took an alternate route and joined the Magdalena river. Really a thorough wonderful day!

Charles C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Lovely trip to a beautiful island. Lots of extra activities that cost $15-$20 extra, but it was nice to chill and drink beers!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Wonderful little island in the Caribbean. Great fish lunch and fun catamaran ride. The island is off the coast of Columbia. For a fee you can snorkel or take a ride to a sister island where you can visit an aquarium. Recommended tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

The viator tour was quite good. You leave the marina on a sleek super fast boat which takes you to the island. You are with approximately 40 people. The water is rough and wild-but pleasing!

Once on the island, you can go snorkeling, scuba or see an aquarium. We opted for snorkeling which was surprisingly pretty good.

Then a typical Colombian lunch of fish, rise and plantains. Not great but not bad either.

This was a good experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Wonderfull tour

francisca a

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2018

This tour was amazing, our guide was very experienced. Overall the trip was awesome. Tips for those who read this: if you want to order lobster make sure you tell the guide because we forgot and missed the chance of eating lobster. Snorkeling is totally recomended Instead of the dolphin show.

elizabeth u

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2018

The trip itself was very nice and lived up to our expectations. That said, there was much confusion when we were dropped off at the pier as we had no idea what the name of the trip we were on was. Clearer directions would improve this much!


4 star rating: Recommended
January 2018

It was a wonderful day and the speed boat ride to the Island was fun. The resort area that you have access to is very small but, lovely and enjoyable. It includes a small beach area and pool area that is very well managed and ideal for relaxation. We chose not to do the snorkeling or go to the aquarium as it was so peaceful, sitting by the pool and enjoying our cocktails. I would be curious to know what others thought of these activities.


4 star rating: Recommended
December 2017

Enjoyed the trip greatly. Food was GREAT! Beach is not really a beach as portrayed but loads of fun and really enjoyed the marine show

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