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Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Excursion to the Rosario Islands

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icon7 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Set sail for the Rosario Islands with this group catamaran expedition from Cartagena. You will be able to anchor at Isla Grande and Isla Bela, where you will have the opportunity to jump into the water to practice snorkeling. Lunch and refreshments will also be served at no additional charge.
  • Sail out to the Rosario Islands on a Catamaran
  • Snorkeling gear will be provided
  • Lunch is included in the price of the tour
  • Free soft drinks will be served
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Use of Snorkeling equipment
Lunch
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Alcoholic Beverages
Coffee and/or Tea
Pick Up Service / Hotel pick-up service
Catamarán BONA VIDA , Av. Blass de Lezo, Cartagena de Indias, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

We leave from the pier of the pegasos, located in front of the convention center, after the dock of the bodeguita

8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bona Vida Catamaranes
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Excursion to the Rosario Islands?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Excursion to the Rosario Islands.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Excursion to the Rosario Islands?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Excursion to the Rosario Islands.
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What is the social distancing policy during Excursion to the Rosario Islands?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Excursion to the Rosario Islands.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Excursion to the Rosario Islands?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Excursion to the Rosario Islands.

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star-5
Good tour. Just be sure what you want to get out of it.
Michael_A
, Jun 2022
It is a calm tour. Best to do on a clear day so water Is in pristine In condition when snorkeling. Be sure to bring sandals if you want to swim to the beach near Baru. Completely full of rocks. Will chew up your feet. If you like more exciting stuff try one of the speed boat tours that travel to same place. This tour has a bar so you can drink all day.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Michael, Thank you for your words and for your feedback, we really appreciated the details you have given. Hugs, Bona Vida Crew
star-4
Overall great experience
Alexandre_L
, Jun 2022
Catamaran is maintained in a great condition. I’ve done these types of excursions many times in the Caribbean and the boat wasn’t always in such a good condition. It was comfortable, there was a lot of space for everyone to sit, although I think we were under capacity. The drinks/juices they served us were great, the food was OK. Bring a towel, they don’t provide them! Sometimes they’d put the music a bit too loud (no one was dancing so it felt odd they out the music so loud), but to be fair we didn’t go and ask them to lower the volume, I’m sure they would have accommodated the request. Staff was nice, smiling and spoke English. Don’t bother taking the snorkeling gear, their isn’t really anything to see. Just go for a swim and enjoy! I was impressed with the attention to detail to make it look as professional as possible. Their “Bonavida” brand was printed everywhere, from the staff belts to the plastic cups. Could argue this doesn’t add much to the experience but it shows how “polished” they try to make things.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Alez, Thank you for your words and for your feedback, we really appreciated the details you have given. Hugs, Bona Vida Crew
star-5
AMAZING!!
Seyram_D
, May 2022
This was such an amazing time. The crew were on top of everything and the needs of everyone. It was a great place to meet new people and to connect. One suggestion will be to upgrade the music choice but overall the vibe was great.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Passenger, Thank you for your words and for your feedback, it was a pleasure to have you as a guest and we hope to see you on board in the near future. Hugs, Bona Vida Crew
star-5
Great service and food,...
Gladysbel_M
, May 2022
Great service and food, however te snorkeling part is not that great. Definitely recommend if you want to have a relaxed day!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Gladys, Thank you for your words and for your feedback, it was a pleasure to have you as a guest and we hope to see you on board in the near future. Hugs, Bona Vida Crew
star-4
Boat ride not Island hop
Elizabeth_O
, Apr 2022
Spending the day on the catamarán was relaxing and gives you great views of the Cartagena skyline. The boat anchors at a couple spots where you can jump into the water. The lunch is served on the boat and you must have a mask for the buffet. The only deceiving part is you will not be on a beach at all throughout this experience.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Elizabeth, Thank you for your words and for your feedback, it was a pleasure to have you as a guest and we hope to see you on board in the near future. Hugs, Bona Vida Crew
star-3
Nice boat ride but not for snorkeling.
Kathy_B
, Apr 2022
Beautiful boat ride out to the island area. Very poor snorkel mask and tube and not enough for everyone. There was no guidance on where to find fish so most people didn't see any. The 2nd stop is near an island beach that you could go on but it was not a clean white sand beach so was not inviting in any way. There were so fish to be seen at this spot either.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Kathy Thank you for your words and for your feedback, it was a pleasure to have you as a guest. We are very sorry that the experience was not so good as expected. We hope to see you in the near future to get a better review. Hugs, Bona Vida Crew
star-5
Honest New Yorker review 2022.
GODFREY_H
, Apr 2022
Just had this trip yesterday 4.17.22 and I will say what a way to start Cartagena. From when I arrived very organized, beautiful, clean spacious boat. We made 2 stops to cool off from that HOT Colombian heat surrounded by the Rosario islands. The food onboard was Delicious. Get yourself some seafood with rice. Delicious and the portions huge. My only set backs which were minor. I would of liked to have know that you can purchase alcohol on board but CC only and no cash. Also bring water shoes because 1 of the stops when you stop for lunch when you reach the bottom in the water it's very rocky and you could cut yourself. Music was on repeat old songs and could use help but fun. I would very much recommend you do this trip. It's worth the $ and you get to hang out all day and still have time to do what you want at night. Godfrey
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear passenger Thank you for your words and for your amazing feedback, it was a pleasure to have you as a guest and we hope to see you on board in the near future. Hugs, Bona Vida Crew
star-4
Nice boat ride with a good lunch and some swimming with so-so snorkeling
Edward_A
, Apr 2022
We enjoyed being on the water and out of the hot city and met some nice people, although the music was rather loud, making conversations difficult. At the first stop there were some reefs with fairly decent aquatic life; at the second stop it was a grassy bottom and very few fish. Don't expect great snorkeling - it's more like a boat excursion with a couple of stops for swimming. There was no safety briefing or guidance on where to swim/snorkel. Communication could be better. The lunch was quite good, and drinks were available throughout the trip.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Edward Thank you for your nice words and for your feedback, it was a pleasure to have you on board. Hugs, Bona Vida Crew
star-4
Niceeee
Torianna_C
, Apr 2022
The experience was very nice. Everything is included (except alcoholic beverages). They gave us drinks and food on the boat. 4/5 because I didn’t like the main lunch option, but they had other food to supplement. Bring lots of sunscreen if you are going on a hot day because it was SWELTERING out there
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear passenger Thank you for your nice words and for your feedback, it was a pleasure to have you on board. Hugs, Bona Vida Crew
star-5
Great day trip on the water!
Steven_S
, Apr 2022
Easy. Fun. Great staff. Highly recommended. Enjoy! It’s well done. Super chill. Great music, food and drink.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Steven, Merci beaucoup for your nice feedback, we would love to have you on board again in the near future. Best regards
star-5
Best experience in Cartagena
Juan_Z
, Mar 2022
This is a great tour. The environment is amazing and the boat is really comfortable. I wasn’t really expecting to be this good, but it was one of my favorites experiences in Cartagena.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Dear Juan, Thank you for your nice words and for your feedback, it was a pleasure to have you on board. Hugs, Bona Vida Crew
star-5
Best day of our holiday so far
Herman_S
, Mar 2022
Seriously one of the best days of our trip so far!! Great food, great staff and the view was amazing.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Dear Herman, Thank you for your nice words and for your feedback, it was a pleasure to have you on board. Hugs, Bona Vida Crew
star-3
Sun ad fun no fish
Kirk_K
, Mar 2022
Catamaran ride was fun. Food and drink good. Excursion is billed as a snorkeling excursion. No one on the excursion saw any fish in the water. There was lots of dead coral on the beach of one of the snorkeling stops.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Dear Kirk, Thank you for your your feedback. Unfortunately we could not control how the seabed is. Some factors may affect: wind, seasons, sea currents and in some cases also the sand drift. We hope you could understand, thank you. Bona Vida Crew
star-5
It was a nice catamaran...
Akshara_P
, Mar 2022
It was a nice catamaran tour to Rosario island. All the crew members were humble and ready in your service. Snorkeling gears were provided and lunch was delicious.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you for your nice words and for your feedback, it was a pleasure to have you on board. Hugs, Bona Vida Crew
star-5
Incredible Catamaran Tour
Marisol_E
, Jan 2022
The catamaran crew was great and welcoming. The music was really good! The food was good as well. They stopped twice one for the snorkel part and the other for the lunch part you can swim towards the beach. I highly recommend this excursion! Don’t forget your towel and sunscreen.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for your nice words and for your feedback, it was a pleasure to have you on board. Hugs, Bona Vida Crew
star-5
A lot of fun!
Vanessa_B
, Jan 2022
Easy pick up as we were staying in the old city and the port was just a short walk away. A couple things to note is that this doesn’t stop at a beach and there is snorkeling available but we didn’t see much of a variety of fish/ sea life. On the way back it was a bit difficult for the crew to dock the catamaran due to the time of day and how many boats there were vs. how big the catamaran was. This wasn’t a problem for us, I actually felt bad for the crew as I could tell this was very frustrating for them. I’m mentioning this as to not plan anything immediately after as a precaution but I’m sure like us, you may want to take a nap after anyway. Overall, wonderful staff, delicious drinks, fire playlist and a lot of fun!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for your nice words and for your feedback, it was a pleasure to have you on board. Hugs, Bona Vida Crew
star-4
Excellent staff, beautiful boat
Tom_P
, Jan 2022
It’s a great experience but could be much better if you could get off the boat at least one stop, or one island beach. It’s basically a boat and snorkeling tour
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for your nice words, it was a pleasure to have you on board. Hugs, Bona Vida Crew
star-4
Cute day trip
Alessandra_H
, Jan 2022
Nice trip! Music, food and swimming. We got off the boat twice to swim in the water. Don’t expect to get onto the islands - you stay by the boat. The staff was very friendly. Bring sun block!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Passenger, Thank your for taking some minutes and give us a feedback. We hope to see you on board in the near future. Best
star-5
Awesome experience
Tonisha_M
, Oct 2021
The crew was exceptionally professional and pleasant. The food for lunch was very tasty. Highly recommend this company.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for your nice words, it was a pleasure to have you on board. Hugs, Bona Vida Crew
star-5
We love Bona Vida!
SiobhanBurnside
, Sep 2021
Loved it! Great boat, great crew, great music, and great food!!! Amazing experience, we had a blast! Will definitely do again when we visit Cartagena.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for your nice words, it was a pleasure to have you on board. Hugs, Bona Vida Crew

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