Private Boat Tour Full day trip to Rosario Islands, Cholon, Baru

Badge of ExcellenceCartagena de Indias, Colombia

From USD 699.00

per group (up to 10)

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore the coastline beyond Cartagena with this full-day private boat tour. Leave the navigating to your private guide and admire views during the journey to the Rosario Islands. Visit the islands of Cholon and Baru for a day spent sunbathing and swimming. Return to Cartagena at the end of the day.
  • Climb aboard a boat for a private tour to the Rosario Islands
  • Skip the hassle of navigating and let your guide drive the boat
  • See the white sand beaches of Cholon and Baru

What's Included

  • Certified Driver and Assistance
  • Cooler with ice
  • Bluetooth sound system
  • Fuel
  • Life Jackets
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic Beverages

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Boat Rentals Cartagena, ARRECIFE BOATS CARTAGENA , Alquiler de Botes en Cartagena, islas del Rosario, colombia
    Club Nautico, Cartagena de Indias, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

    Marina Club Nautico Cartagena, located in barrio Manga.

Start time

08:00 am

End point

  • Monumento Los Pegasos
    Cl. 24, Centro, Cartagena de Indias, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

What To Expect

Islas de Rosario

4 hours Admission Ticket Free

Cholón (Islas del Rosario)

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Playa Agua Azul

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Playa Puntilla

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Muelle de los Pegasos

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

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.

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65 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Safe, Fun, more than I expected!
Devin_M, May 2023
This was an incredible trip! Sebastian and Manuel were out guides and were awesome! Things to be aware of: -bring snacks and drinks (cooler available) -be prepared to buy the guides a lunch meal -snorkeling gear is rented (30,000 COLP a piece) -multiple major stops, two with food. First one is much cheaper but you’ll need to pay a cover fee to get in and a minimum food expenditure. -boats are high quality and safe center consoles. Identical to the ones pictured (I was skeptical at first but they delivered) Favorite parts -snorkeling stops, we had two one of which was over one of Pablo Escobar’s drug plans! -the tours of the islands -great communication using what’s app
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you very much for your review, we love that our clients describe the experience in great detail! Our boats are always in excellent condition, plus we leave from a private pier with all the comforts, unlike other tours that leave from the public pier, which is chaos!!! We are always ready to deliver the best service and to improve it every day! see you soon ! best regards Alex
Fun family adventure in the sun
Julie_S, Mar 2023
Great captains and a fun adventure for the day. Loved snorkeling and the trip to the aquarium. Lunch at a private club was ok but expensive. Overall a great day.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hello Julie, thank you for your positive comments! We are so glad you had a wonderful day!
Disorganized and Overpriced Tour
Shawn_B, Mar 2023
The tour was 700 USD. It tuned out to be very overpriced for the service. It was an 8 hr tour with no food, beverages, or towels. I asked for an English guide, but there was no guide and the boat operators did not speak English. The tour listing stated it did not come with food or beverages…but at least for the price , there should have been some intent to stop for food and drink along the way. We directed the boat operator to stop at a hotel for food and drink…but the boat people did not help us. Food took almost one hour to get. On the way back, the waves were high…the water was rough, and we truly felt unsafe and no life jackets were offered. For the money, there should be an organized trip around the islands with a knowledgeable guide with provisions for food, water, and maybe even basic snorkeling gear. We later learned from a local tour guide that he charges $500 USD, rents a boat, and does exactly what I mentioned above. I recommend booking your boat through your hotel with known local guides.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Dear Shawn, We are very sorry for the inconvenience you experienced. But we are very surprised with your review because in 7 years of activity it is the first time that we get 1 star. As we offer a private service, our clients can choose how they want the tour, because not everyone likes the same things, some people like to party and others like a quiet day, but we always take people where they want to get food and drink. As indicated on the page, we do not offer food or drinks, but on the islands there are many different options to get it, some other people prefer to have a picnic and use the cooler with ice provided. Regarding the price, you are right, you can get a cheap boat for less money, but most are companies with out our experience. There are many tour guides that will sell whatever you ask for, and as soon as you pay they will disappear and give you lousy service, old boats that do not have any insurance or experience to support what they offer. WE ABSOLUTELY DO NOT RECOMMEND BUYING ANY TOUR FROM STREET TOUR GUIDES. Life jackets are always available on the boat for your use. Regarding the delay of the food, unfortunately we do not have any control of the service of the restaurants on the islands. However, we will take into account your concerns since our goal is to always deliver the best service.
Such a fun day!
Julia_C, Feb 2023
I can not say enough good things about our experience on this boat trip. Rueben and our captain were unbelievable. The islands are beautiful and they took us to the most beautiful beach club for lunch. I wish I could remember the name. As a warning, in the winter months the wind is very strong which leads to VERY rough seas. Our captain was an excellent boats man and made it enjoyable, safe and fun. That being said, if you get seasick make sure to take Dramamine and possibly a Zofran.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Hi Julia, we are very happy that you had an amazing experience. We have the most experienced pilots and the safest boats! Our commitment is to deliver the best private boat service in Cartagena.
Beautiful aquamarine waters
Anne_D, Feb 2023
We had a great time! The Rosario islands were great for snorkeling and were generally calmer - gorgeous water. Bring your own snorkel gear or rent in town ahead of time. Do your research on resort options for lunch on the islands or get recommendations based on the vibe you want (I don’t recommend Pa’ue - it was expensive and felt like a tourist trap). Cholon is a crowded party scene, so I wish we’d skipped that (admittedly, we were given the choice between a calm cove and a “sand bar party” (Cholon), and chose the latter). Overall, great trip but know what vibe you want and craft your day accordingly!
Awesome experience, great guides
Michael_M, Jan 2023
Kevin and Manuel were great guides and a lot of fun! The tour guides were open to our schedule and also gave us some great areas to explore!p.
Great day on the water
ChelseaRPattillo, Jan 2023
Had a wonderful day out on the water in the rosario islands. Had great guides that were professional and kind. Got to spend time swimming in the ocean, taking in the views from the boat, and had lunch at a beach club. My only recommendation is if you want to go to the beach club, maybe mention making a reservation, they were totally full so we did not get a beach bed
Unforgettable experience
Lauren_B, Dec 2022
Abel, Kevin, and Miguel were amazing — so welcoming and friendly. Kevin and Miguel were great tour guides and recommended perfect spots to stop and swim, as well as a great lunch spot. The bathroom on board was also a major plus.
Getting from cruise port to yacht club was a nightmare!
Sidney_R, Nov 2022
We would have given this excursion at 5 star, but… originally we were told that someone would meet our group of 9 at cruise port. Then the day before we arrived we were instructed to take a taxi to Club Nautico (the yacht club). The only thing that the taxi stand wanted for us to do was take a tour. Finally they put us in a hot over stuffed van and shoved in two other passengers and drove us an hour in horrendous traffic to the old city… then when they realized we were not leaving the taxi, they drove us another hour in traffic to the harbor, but not the correct yacht club….Two of our guests decided to give up and returned to the ship. We were 3 hours late for the 8 hour private boat cruise. The boat was beautiful and the captain and mate took us to a wonderful island. We asked to get lunch and they took us to a fledging operation and it took us over an hour to get our lunch. The crew was willing to take us to another island, but as timing was off now by 4 hours, we decided to call it a day and returned to port. We strong suggest that this operator provide private transportation to their yacht club directly from the cruise terminal. We loved the boat ride, but felt disappointed in the experience. experience
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hello Sidney, thank you very much for renting our boat, we are very sorry for the inconvenience you had with the transportation, as you remember we answered all the questions you asked us before taking the tour, if you review the conversations, we did not offer any type of transportation to the yacht club. I am glad that you really liked the boat and the tour in general, which is the service we offer. It is a pity that due to external factors and which we have no control, you have not rated us with 5 stars... We will take in consideration your suggestions! Best regards Alex
Essential Cartagena Experience
Federico_O, Sept 2022
Excellent, On time, do not leave Cartagena without this experience. Arrecife is a great company, Captain will take you to the right places
Private boat tour of Cartagena
Steve_B, Sept 2022
The private boat tour of Cartagena and the surrounding islands was fantastic. An absolutely great way to see Cartagena from the beautiful Caribbean Sea.
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Thank you for your positive feedback, our goal is to provide the best customer service.
Angela_W, July 2022
Abel, Claro and Alejandro made our experience amazing! They were gentle, helpful and we got to enjoy at our own pace! And our boat was the coolest out there! Definitely recommend it and will come back!
Response from Host, July 2022
Thank you Angela for you positive feedback, my team is always willing to offer the best service!
Michael_S, July 2022
The Captain and crew were very friendly, catered to us and treated us like family! The view of the different islands were amazing, the boat itself had everything we needed including ice and Bluetooth radio. I absolutely would recommend anyone coming to this beautiful city to experience the tour with this company!
Great boat day
Hernando_C, July 2022
Boat was there exactly as expected. The two captains were extremely safe and professional. You go to a few islands and eat/drink. Islands are about 45 min off shore. Ask for the name of the boat in your booking because the marina asks for that to get in. Also give the names of your party in the app ahead of time so that you leave faster.
Response from Host, July 2022
Thank you! We appreciate your positive feedback, our commitment is to deliver an unforgettable experience in Cartagena.
Boat tour
Kingsley_U, June 2022
Great tour guides, provided us examples of places to go. We visited four beaches and site seeing. Great experience.
Best Boat Day Ever!
Erin_S, June 2022
This trip was excellent! Jason and Albert were fun and made great recommendations for where to visit and have lunch. We loved having the boat to ourselves and we were greeted warmly by all. I highly recommend this boat tour and we will definitely do it again!
Birthday turn up
Tishawn_W, May 2022
It was my cousin birthday , we had a great time , experience was great sailor and his mate was ver professional and Accommodating
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you for choosing us!!!
Great tour and experience
Bibiana_E, Apr 2022
I highly recommend this tour. Great experience. The company is very professional and responsive. Our captain was Manuel and his assistant Keivi. They were super helpful and accommodating. The islands are beautiful.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you Bibiana! We appreciate your positive feedback, our commitment is to deliver the best service in Cartagena. See you soon!
Had a blast on our boat...
Nick_B, Apr 2022
Had a blast on our boat trip. The captain and crew were great. Very helpful and took us to all the best spots and didn't rush us whatsoever. We stopped to snorkle near a sunken airplane right near one of Escobar's old houses. They took us to a beach resort where we were able to eat in some shade and enjoy the views of the water . Lastly, went to the party spot and had drinks and even for a Tuesday afternoon, it was very busy with many boats tied up and playing music. Overall great trip and would book again. We brought plenty of our own drinks which they were able to accommodate for with a big cooler. Food isn't necessarily required as you will stop at a few places with food.
Amazing experience
Carolina_R, Feb 2022
We had the most amazing experience. The boat boat was beautiful ! The beaches were amazing and our tour guides were extremely attentive and Knowledgeable. This day was for sure everyone’s highlight of our colombia trip. We were a group of 5. They had ice on board for us and we stopped at a beach for lunch. I couldn’t recommend this company enough. Thank you for everything Sebastian and Dayir.
Response from Host, Feb 2022
Thank you for choosing us for your tour to the Rosario Islands! Our commitment is to deliver the best service to our customers.

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