Cartagena is blessed to be surrounded by a healthy coral reef and a series of islands with rich marine biodiversity. Many visitors are eager to hop into the water and get their own glimpse of the underwater world. Luckily, there are a few different places where you can go to see marine life depending on the amount of time that you have and the distance that you want to travel.
Below is our list of top places to snorkel and dive in Cartagena.
Snorkeling – Rosario Islands
The Rosario Islands are an idyllic series of islands near Cartagena that serve as a magnet for beach bums and snorkelers. The nearby reef is teeming with marine life and easily accessible from the shoreline. You can either rent snorkel gear right on the beach, bring your own, or book a full package including boat transfer with one of the many tour operators in Cartagena.
The islands are accessible from Playa Blanca or via shuttle boat from Cartagena. We highly recommend staying the night in Playa Blanca or on the Rosario Islands to really enjoy the beauty of this remarkable place.