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Diving in…to explore the Rosario Islands, Cartagena

Only 40 minutes away from one of the most historically-significant cities of Colombia, you find the oldest marine National Park in the country—the Corales del Rosario y San Bernardo Natural National Park—designed to protect the coral reef and mangrove ecosystems of San Bernardo del Viento and Islas del Rosario.  This National Park is situated off the coast of Cartagena, and is recognized for its tropical, warm, and clear waters; outstanding corals, sponges, and other sea fauna and flora diversity; and immense variety of dive sites including wrecks, natural and artificial reefs, sea walls, and sand patches.

Our expeditions go beyond diving to include informal education related to dive sites; comfortable accommodation; and tasty cuisine—all integral to a memorable experience that supports the local ecological and cultural community.  Intimately experiencing the place that shapes a tropical paradise results in an idyllic Caribbean diving experience.


Experience Needed

  • Open Water Diver certification (or equivalent/higher)
    • Contact us to inquire about opportunities for certification (PADI or SDI/TDI) with CUE prior to the trip!


Ideal For

  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced divers
  • People looking to:
    • Enjoy tropical, relaxing dives as you explore coral ecosystems in ways that minimize the impact on the environment and encourage conservation of integrated biological and cultural communities;
    • Learn about coastal conservation related to the Rosario Island communities;
    • Support sustainable local livelihood alternatives as you enjoy the hospitality of local hosts through comfortable accommodation and culinary tastes of the region; and
    • Experience first hand what this special place has to offer!



  • Day 1:
    • Arrival and pick up at Rafael Núñez International Airport (Cartagena)
    • Welcome evening and Expedition preparation
    • Night in Cartagena
  • Day 2:
    • Departure for the Rosario Islands (boat transport)
    • Lunch
    • Two daytime boat dives (2 tanks total/diver)
    • Enjoy a free afternoon in the Islands
    • Supper
  • Day 3:
    • Breakfast
    • Two daytime boat dives (2 tanks total/diver)
    • Lunch
    • Free afternoon
    • Supper
    • One night dive (1 tank total/diver)
  • Day 4:
    • Breakfast
    • Two daytime boat dives (2 tanks total/diver)
    • Lunch
    • Free afternoon
    • Supper
    • One night mangrove snorkel
  • Day 5:
    • Breakfast
    • Departure for Cartagena (boat transport)
    • Day on the beach
    • Lunch
    • Farewell meet up and closing evening
    • Night in Cartagena
  • Day 6:
    • Transportation to Rafael Núñez International Airport (Cartagena).

*Optional Rosario Island/Isla Grande experiences (extra cost): Oceanarium Rosario Islands, guided canoe tour through mangrove and coastal ecosystems, Island walking tour, underwater photography workshop and/or professional underwater photos, and more!



  • Transportation to and from airport in Cartagena
  • Transportation from Cartagena–Rosario Islands–Cartagena
  • National Park entrance fee/tax
  • 3 Nights accommodation in the Rosario Islands (Note: care-taking and hospitality sourced from within Island community)
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Cartagena (the night before the Expedition and the last one prior to departure)
  • Certified CUE Instructor and Guide with extensive knowledge and experience
  • Transportation to dive sites
  • All diving gear (i.e., fins, mask and snorkel, BCD, regulator, tank, weights, guide dive lights for night dives)
  • ~7 Dives
  • All meals as indicated above and snacks (Note: meals in Rosario Islands prepared by Island community members)
  • Water and/or non-alcoholic beverages during Expedition
  • CUE expedition t-shirt


Not Included

  • Transport/flights to and from Cartagena upon initial arrival and final departure
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Wetsuit or booties (Note: Water temperature ~28 °C )
  • Personal dive computer and compass
  • Tips for local guides, operators, and accommodation staff (recommended)
  • Optional items or experiences beyond what is included in this Expedition package (e.g., professional underwater digital dive photos–Inquire with CUE for more information!)
  • What’s not specified


Recommendations/Optional Items

  • Rash Guard
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen (look for reef-friendly options!)
  • After sun cream
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Personal dive light for night dives
  • Dive computer and compass
  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses (polarized is a recommended option)
  • Bug spray
  • Small day pack
  • Dry bag (if you are bringing valuables)
  • Pack towel


Expedition Dates

  • 2016 Dates
    • March 21–26
    • June 17–22
    • December 8–13
  • 2017  Dates
    • March 20–25
    • June 16–21
    • December 7–12


Not Available

Tour Informations

Tour type: Specific Date
Maximum People: 16
Location: Cartagena

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Adult discount

# Title Number Discount
1Group Discount 510%
2Group Discount 1020%
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