Isla Tierra Bomba Tours
Baru Island, Quiet Beach + Plankton

Baru Island, Quiet Beach + Plankton

By Cartagena Tours Colombia
The Island of Baru is a coastal area located to the south, 45 minutes by boat or bus from the City of Cartagena. It is famous for its beaches of fine white sand, transparent turquoise waters, surrounded by mangroves, underwater forests and multicolored corals, which invite you to immerse yourself in this wonderful paradise. Playa Blanca is the best known because it has a calm sea that resembles a swimming pool. It is for this reason that plankton can be seen at night. This last phenomenon illuminates Baru at night, thanks to the presence of an algae that provokes a reaction that gives rise to the water so that it shines with unique shades.
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Ages 0-80
Duration: 1h
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Mobile ticket
Live guide: English, Spanish

  • Boat transfer from Playa Blanca to Playa Tranquila
  • Includes the use of sun chairs, sun beds and lockers
  • Welcome fruit salad at Playa Tranquila
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • The options will be Chicken, fish or fried egg for the vegetarian menu, accompanied by salad, patacon and coconut rice, with a drink lemonade
  • Plankton activity for 40 minutes
  • Snack before the Plankton activity, Ham and cheese sandwich and lemonade
What's not included
  • Does not include services that are not specified in the publication

  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Service animals allowed
  • Pushchair accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 249557P7

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Most travellers can participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 249557P7

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  • Cartagena Tours Colombia
    Cartagena, Colombia
    Joined in February 2020
  • JohnsPao
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Poor organisation- Didnt het what I payed for
    Very poor organisation. Tour guides do not speak english. Boats are crap. No panoramic tour given. The overal experience was very poor. If you can afford spend some more $$ and go with a more reliable company. The meeting was for 8:00 and we left at 9:30..90min we were waiting under the sun with no water.
    Written 25 June 2024
  • 246mimir
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Baru Tour
    The tours to Barú can be very challenging and especially if you are elderly. To climb and get off the boat is crazy, I needed assistance as everyone else. Boat was old and mini van that picked us up as well. There was no air and I had difficulty breathing plus they packed us like sardines. The party island was dirty and expensive. I only like playa tranquila. The boat seemed dangerous to me and was old . The life jackets were great to have but one of them wasn’t working properly and I was afraid. That was during the dark plankton tour which was cool but getting on the boat was super difficult. This tour is not for someone who is afraid of high speed in the sea plus the amenities were old. If I knew I wouldn’t sign up. Also the road to baru is very bumpy.
    Written 14 December 2023
  • 851yanav
    0 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go with the flow and you’ll have a good time
    Warnings: 1) The boat ride is VERY intense - that speed boat is going airborne over waves and slamming back down in the water, repeatedly, for an hour or so at a time. 2) The whole tour is in Spanish. Be prepared to have no idea what’s going on ever if you don’t speak Spanish. 3) You will be getting off the boat (and getting back on) directly into the water at Cholon and Baru - there are no docks. It’s no big deal and kinda cool but just be prepared to look a little awkward, and to get anything you want to bring with you a little wet. We had a dry bag which turned out to be VERY handy. Otherwise, this was a blast. The first stop at the aquarium is just meh unless you care to check it out, Cholon is a party and a unique experience, Baru is lovely. We had a great day in the end but it was not what I was expecting.
    Written 26 January 2023
  • mdlesq
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    DO NOT EAT HERE! Of all the wonderful places in Colombia and of all the kind, honest, hardworking Colombians I have met, Cholon is where you eat if you want to get completely robbed, and then charged extra for the privilege of having gotten to watch your own robbery, plus a little more for putting that privilege on plastic. Unless you are a co—ed spending mommy‘s money, you must skip this place. The overpriced, well-below-mediocre food is one thing. I get that I am paying for this location and for the fun of eating in the water (happy to pay the up-charge there), but just don’t do it. If you do, I am sure that where you are eating at Restaurante del Mar (del Merd?), there at Urinal Cholon has more pee-water than actual seawater. What’s more, until it comes time to pay the bill, you are never told that you are charged exorbitantly simply for being given a table (uh, the other option?), and that there is then yet another service charge placed on top of that for the privilege of ordering at the table you’ve just paid to have. (Uh, Pregunta Ibid?). For a party of three people, the two charges of table access and service alone equaled $165 US — that’s BEFORE you’ve ordered one bit of the mediocre food. And, speaking of ordering, before you can do that, you are up-sold a cocktail (well, you may not be; I’m speaking on behalf of a, ahem, friend) called the “Pablo Escobar“ that is almost 4 times the cost of the highest other cocktail on the menu. (Escobar is not listed on the menu - surprise, surprise.) Shame on ME for ordering a drink with such a deplorable name, which was almost as bad as its deplorable flavor. ($43 for a God-awful mix of (sewer) well tequila and rum with a mini-bottle of Corona shoved unlovingly into its pineapple sternum.) But it gets worse. Right? I know. But read on, gentle follower. At the end of the meal, you are ushered through tummy-high Caribpee to a sandy HQ island-lair like a naughty Crash Bandicoot, to pay your inflatuated bill, and you are escorted by the waitstaff, all the while trying to convince you that none of the charges on the bill so far make it to their pocket. Now, I don’t mind paying hard-working wait staff, and the waiters here do work hard, but I really wish my Spanish had been good enough to say to them, “If this place is robbing me like they are, they are robbing you, too. Are you watching?” In the credit card processor’s din of inequity, I am shamed for not wanting to pay a 20% tip on the top of the bill that already included service and table access. When I suggested a more fair gratuity that wasn’t a tip on the tip on a tip, I was met with eyes of anger and told that using my Visa or MasterCard only (no American Express, lo siento, too expensive too process, at least if you don’t tip-tip-tip-on-tip) would require that I pay a 15% processing fee on my card. This is where Crash-Bandicoot-Michael does a spinning air-devil WWF drop on the wampum fruit of Cholon Escobar and says “Suficiente es suficiente.” Well, I got out of there having shaved a little off of my usurious charges, but that will be the last time I pee at the table of Cholon. I’ll dribble on my own dime for now and dine at places where the only thing dropped on my seat is a little too much Thousand Island Dressing (oh, please, like there’s not some in your refrigerator right now) and where you have to actually leave the table to relieve yourself during your meal or have is sprayed on you afterwards. Go to Colombia. Fall in love with the country. Meet the amazing people. Let Cholon and Restaurante del (Night) Mar stew in its own waste.
    Written 30 April 2022
  • EdwardRY
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stay away! Worst place ever!
    This place is promoted everywhere. The best beach is La Leguito behind the Cartagena Hilton. Playa Blanca in Baru: Can't see the sand for the cabanas and chairs right up to the waterline. Dangerous for anyone in the water as seadoos and boats are driven by insane teens and speed between swimmers and shore. Wonder how many people are injured here. Water is not clear as it should be with white sand. Where does the sewage go? Most of the accommodation is hippie flop houses inches from each other and made with scraps. Boom boom music from everywhere. Smell the gas fumes from all the boats ALL DAY. Hawkers hassling you every 15 seconds--no lie. We had unfortunate; booked an overnight.
    Written 1 March 2020
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La Plata, Argentina6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
The boats are very small and it is not possible to stay dry, you have to carry the minimum in a waterproof backpack, there is no room for anything! La Plata is very nice , the lunch included is modest (take water) and the activity of the placton is 15 minutes in total and you have to be lucky to happen, depends on the moon!
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Written 3 July 2024
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