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Cartagena: Snorkel, Mangroves and Playa Blanca Tour

3.9 / 5

82 reviews

Activity provider: Cartagena Adventures

Cartagena: Snorkel, Mangroves and Playa Blanca Tour

Activity provider: Cartagena Adventures

From US$ 69 per person

Be dazzled by colorful fishes, corals, and other species on this mangroves and snorkeling experience. See iguanas and birds as you explore this incredible ecosystem. Enjoy an island lunch, and the opportunity to relax at the beach after the adventure.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Your hotel in Bocagrande or Laguito. People staying in the Centro Historico must walk some blocks to the meeting point.


  • Explore the underwater world and mangroves on the islands of Baru and Cartagena
  • Admire colorful fish and corals as your are submerged in the mangrove tunnel
  • Enjoy a typical island lunch and a refreshing non alcoholic drink
Full description
Get picked up from your accommodation at 7:30 AM in an air-conditioned bus. Meet your guide who will provide all the details about your upcoming adventure and the route. At 9 AM, arrive at the island of Baru and board a boat. Cruise for 15 minutes through the crystal clear waters until you arrive at the snorkeling site. After 1 hour of enjoyable snorkeling, continue the tour into the mangroves to see birds, iguanas, and other species. Discover the fascinating landscapes of the island and the life of the native species who inhabit this magical ecosystem. At 1 PM, head back to Playa Blanca to enjoy a delicious lunch with options of fish, chicken, or vegetarian. Once you've eaten, spend some time swimming in the clear waters or relaxing on the beautiful white sand beach. At 3:30 PM, board the return bus which will drop you off back at your hotel.
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off from certain hotels
  • Lunch
  • Equipment
  • Free underwater pictures
  • Access to the Playa Blanca beach
  • Equipment
  • Instructor
  • All fees
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off for those staying outside of the tourist zone of Bocagrande or Laguito
  • Beach chairs
  • Drinks other than the limonade with the food or bottle of water in the boat

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Meeting point

Beside the Pegasus monument in the bus bay, Ac. 24 Real #8b-91, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • Please bring sunblock and comfortable clothes
  • Please note that hotel pick up is only available from certain hotels, those staying in the historic center may have to walk a few blocks to take the bus
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 82 reviews

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Starts with a bus ride to Baru island with a quick stop for snacks and drinks. Continuing on you arrive at Playa Blanca when a boat picks you up. The boat is old but typical of all tours in the area. Taken to mangroves where animals are pointed out to you. You get to feed a raccoon, they are friendly here. Then a quick stop to check out local almond trees and take pictures on a little beach. After that you are taken to a coral with a good amount of fish. There are other boats but it didn’t feel too crowded. The crew handed out very good equipment for snorkeling. A lot of tours give you crappy equipment, very surprised here. You have a chance to dive down and have pictures taken for you. Finally arrive at Playa Blanca for lunch. I choose fish and got a delicious tilapia lunch. After lunch you can spend time on beach or walk around. We explored a cave with bats.

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August 29, 2022

In general the tour was nice. We stayed at 3 spots to see fish. The boat driver was really taking care and nice. The food (lunch) was amazing (included in the price) We were a little bit disappointed because nobody really could speak English to help us and so the locals tried to charge us at the end 30$ for brining food to our laying place what of course we not paid!

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May 23, 2022

This tour was one of my favorite tours while in Colombia. I had never done snorkeling before so I really enjoyed it. The tour was great. Daniel (bus guide) Ivan (boat guide) both did a great job. They promised to send me all the pictures they took and they did the only thing I’d recommend for anyone planning to attend this tour is to make sure your tour guide sprinkles some bread before they snap your pictures to make sure they capture fish around you otherwise you will end up with just a picture of yourself under water :( I think that was the only downside for me. The food was great, I literally ate everything on my plate (went with the fish option). I definitely recommend this tour.

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July 20, 2021

Product ID: 220833