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Oceanario

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Oceanario

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Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blanca
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Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blanca

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Escape the busy streets of Cartagena with a full day on the Rosario Islands. A bus takes your small group to the Colombian coastal town of Barú, where a speedboat whisks you to the picturesque Corales del Rosario National Park. There, sunbathe on unspoiled beaches, swim and snorkel in the azure Caribbean, and relax. There are no cost surprises as the tour includes lunch, hotel pickup and drop-off, park fees, and use of snorkel equipment.
$95.00 per adult
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Dr. Tim wrote a review Jan 2020
Marana, Arizona4,720 contributions584 helpful votes
We arrived in Cartagena via a cruise ship and took a speed boat down to the Rosario Islands. Part of the tour was the Aquarium and lunch with some indigenous people. We loved both, but being able to hold sea turtles, see a Dolphin show and watch a man feed sharks that come right up to his feet was very cool. I highly recommend for a once in a lifetime adventure.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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livelife h wrote a review Aug 2019
Decatur, Georgia2,648 contributions158 helpful votes
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The dolphin show was cool but the aquarium itself is small. Only ladies can do the dolphin encounter as it's a male dolphin and supposedly the dolphin is very territorial and men are unable to take pictures with them. Doesn't make sense to me but I will take they work for it. The scenery around the aquarium is beautiful. And they do have a touch pool where you can touch Turtles and fish
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Neal M wrote a review Jun 2019
Chicago, Illinois15 contributions8 helpful votes
This was a great time! I was very pleasantly surprised at the overall quality of the experience, and how well maintained the facility is. The living conditions appear to be as good as they possibly can be for animals in captivity, but you can tell that the employees generally care for the animals. I worried it would feel like a tourist trap built to exploit sea creatures, however, it felt more like a bio-educational facility. I walked away having learned a lot, along with seeing some really cool animal demonstrations. How it works: We arrived with a group from our hotel on Isla Grande. It seemed like everyone there was either with a hotel group or with a private tour. You disembark into a public space where you buy entry tickets, and have the option to buy food, drinks, souvieneers, and there were also local fishermen selling lobster for about $30.000COP. You can also purchase a ticket to pose with a dolphin for $50.000COP. Once inside, you loosely follow a track with your tour, where you'll see demonstrations at about 10 or so different stations from the guides. You're pretty free to walk around on your own, but they try to keep groups together to make sure you get a chance to see everything There were some really cool demonstrations, and lots of variety of aquatic animals. It's only open for a few hours each day, and is a short, enjoyable boat ride from Isla Grande Would highly recommend taking an afternoon to experience the Oceanario.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Jose Rafael Luna wrote a review May 2019
Bogota, Colombia412 contributions49 helpful votes
In San Martin de Pajarales Island (part of archipielago Islas del Rosario) this aquarium is a worth while place to visit any time. Well organized and presented, animals well kept and a great view f the caribbean sea!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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PFV86 wrote a review May 2019
San Jose, Costa Rica33 contributions17 helpful votes
I am not a fan of seeing caged animals, but if you do not live near the ocean then you have only a few chances to see certain species. I agree with other comments I saw here on Tripadvisor saying the "cages" are way to small for all of the animals in here, but on the good side the crystal clear water they live on comes directly from the ocean, and they seemed to be well fed. Dolphins show, you will enjoy. Catshark show, amazing, adorable, made me laugh. On the down side, people at the dock are rude and care little to nothing about tourists.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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