Cartagena

Cartagena, Romantically Picturesque

The “Corralito de Piedra” is the most symbolic diving destination; the waters surrounding the romantic old walled city awaits. We highly recommend this destination for scuba divers because you can not only enjoy the water, but also a city full of historic architecture, cultural activities, exceptional shopping, and lively nightlife.

General Information:

  • Cartagena is the Capital of the Bolivar Department

  • Estimated Flight Time from Bogota: 1hr, 10min.

  • Population: 1.0 million people

  • Average Temperature: 82.5 °F/ 28 °C

  • Peak Tourist Season: Year Long, especially December and January

  • Touristic Places:

  • In Cartagena: Walled Old Town, Cerro de la Popa, Plaza Santo Domingo, Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, Mercado de Bazurto, Plaza de la Aduana, Teatro Heredia. (street view photos)

  • Surrounding Areas: Montes de Maria, Mompox, San Basillo de Palenque, San Jacinto, Baru, Islas del Rosario.

  • Culture:

    • Music and Dancing:

      Champeta, Cumbia, Bullerengue, Son Palenquero, Mapale, Porro.

    • Local Cuisine: Fritos cartageneros, mote de queso, alegrias, and cocadadas. Cartagena possess a large number of restaurants and is well known for the variety and quality of its dishes.

    • Fairs and Parties: Hay Festival, Festival de Cine de Cartagena, Reinado Nacional de la Belleza, Fiestas de la Candelaria, Fiestas de la Independencia de Cartagena, Semana Santa en Mompox, Festival International de Musica Clasica de Cartagena, Festival de Gaitas en San Jacinto, Festival de Tambores, Expresiones Culturales de Palenque.

    • Ethnicities: White, African descendants, Mestizo

       

    •  For more information, visit:    COLOMBIA CULTURAL

 

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Diving Sites:

 

There are three places to practice scuba diving in the Caribbean Region: Cartagena, Islas del Rosario and Baru and Tierra Bomba. You can find approximately 25 sites in the region, in the following table you can find the most characteristic of the region.

You can practice diving throughout the year but it is most recommended to do so from July to October. The nearest hyperbaric chamber to these sites is in the Hospital Naval de Cartagena.

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Sites Average Depth
Visibility
Currents Level of Experience
Apnea Highlighits
Cantil de Isla Pavitos

15 – 130 ft

16 – 66 ft

Medium

Beginner

No

Sponges, soft coral y drift diving

Bajo Burbujas

30 – 130 ft

33 – 66 ft Strong

Advanced

No

Black Coral, Reef Sharks

Barco Pedro de Heredia 35 – 80 ft 49 – 65 ft Varies

Advanced

No

Wreck Diving into a war world II sunken ship.

Playa Vasquez 26 – 98 ft 16 – 66 ft Medium

Beginner

No

Two sunken ships: Tolú and Atlas.

La Montañita 46 – 134 ft 16 – 66 ft Medium

Beginner

No

Brain coral, crabs and lobsters

Barco San Martin de Pajarales 50 – 60 ft 16 – 66 ft Varies

Beginner

No Beautiful coral reef
Gloria Island 35 – 130 ft 49 – 65 ft Medium

Beginner

No

Iconic variety of marine life

Bajo Salmedina

30 – 130 ft

59 – 65 ft Strong

Advanced

No

Sights: sunken cannons, anchors and ships

 

 

 

 

 

Diving Picturesque Cartagena

DESCRIPTION :

Recommended for those travelers who not only want to dive in the waters of the Rosario Islands National Natural Park, but also to immerse in the magical streets of Cartagena. Know and enjoy one of the most emblematic and popular tourist destinations of the continent.
  • 7 nights in Cartagena Double or Single accommodation. Breakfast, WiFi, Air Conditioning, Safety Box, TV

  • 5 days of Diving in Baru Island. 10 day/tanks, 1 Night/tank. Basic Scuba Gear, Refreshments, maritime transportation to dive sites.

  • City Tour. Includes: Private Transportation, Guide, Tour Walled City, Gold Museum, Teatro Pedro de Heredia, Castillo de San Felipe, Bóvedas.
  • Canoe Trip in the Mangroves.

  • Round Trip Private Airport – Hotel – Airport; Transfer Hotel – Dive Center NOT INCLUDED

  • Hotel, Travel Assitance y Diving

  • International or Domestic Air Transport (Domestic Air Tickets can be purchased with Ecodiving). Other Services or diving equipment not described explicitly in the plan;They must be purchased directly from the Dive Center.
  • Food and Beverages complementary must be purchased directly at the hotel.
  • Other Activities and Amenities not described explicitly in the Plan. Others not specified explicitly in the Plan

  • LOW: Until December 21st, 2016 and January 14th to April 6th, 2017.
  • HIGH: December 22nd, 2016 to January 13th, 2017

  • Low season: Maximum 20 days prior Hotel Check In date.
  • High season: Maximum 90 days prior Hotel Check in date.

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Diving, Nature and Relax

DESCRIPTION :

This Plan is recommended for those divers who want to disconnect from the noise and stress of the big city and want to recharge their energy from nature. A few days in one of the paradisiacal Rosario Islands, will be enough to return as a new to your home. Plan available only in double accommodation.
  • 4 nights accommodation in Superior Double Room. Breakfast, WiFi, Air Conditioning, Fan, Safe, TV
  • 3 night Double Occupancy in Cartagena. Breakfast, WiFi, Air Conditioning, Safe, TV

  • 4 days of diving in Rosario Islands.8 day/tanks, 1 Night/tank. Basic scuba gear, picnic lunch on the first day and Diving Insurance

  • In Cartagena City Tour. Includes: Private Transportation, Guide, Tour Walled City, Gold Museum, Teatro Pedro de Heredia, Castillo de San Felipe, Bóvedas

  • Round Trip Private Airport – Hotel – Airport; Cartagena – Rosario Islands – Cartagena; Tourist Dock – Hotel. Transfer Hotel – Dive Center NOT INCLUDED

  • Hotel, Travel Assitance y Diving

  • International or Domestic Air Transport (Domestic Air Tickets can be purchased with Ecodiving). Other Services or diving equipment not described explicitly in the plan; They must be purchased directly from the Dive Center.
  • Food and Beverages complementary must be purchased directly at the hotel.
  • Other Activities and Amenities not described explicitly in the Plan. Others not specified explicitly in the Plan

  • LOW: Until December 21st, 2016 and January 14th to April 6th, 2017.
  • HIGH: December 22nd, 2016 to January 13th, 2017

  • Low season: Maximum 20 days prior Hotel Check In date.
  • High season: Maximum 90 days prior Hotel Check in date.

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Advanced in Rosario Islands

DESCRIPTION :

Cartagena and its beautiful Rosario Islands await you to learn and master the main techniques of diving so you can enjoy more and better adventures underwater.
  • 3 night accommodation in Cartagena. Double or Single Room, Breakfast, WiFi, Safety Box, TV
  • 2 nights of Double or Single Accommodation in Rosario Islands. Breakfast, WiFi, Air Conditioning, Safety Box, TV

  • This course includes 5 diving specialties: Deep and Underwater Navigation are mandatory. Others are optional: Night, Wreck, Multilevel and naturalist dives among others. In an effort to protect the reef, save energy and enjoy your dives even more, we give you a completely free buoyancy workshop. Book, 5 theory sessions, these can be done in 1 day in Cartagena. 2 days diving insurance, Transfer from our dive center to the marina. Departure time 8:00 a.m., Transfer by speedboat from Cartagena to the Rosario Islands. Departure time 9:00 a.m., All the diving equipment for free., 4 certification dives and 1 certification night dive (includes flashlight), Use of the facilities of one of the best hotels in the islands during surface intervals and for the picnic lunch included (sandwich, fries and a drink), Back from the Islands to Cartagena (departing at 3:00 pm Arriving at Cartagena at 4:00 pm).

  • Cartagena City Tour. Includes: Private Transportation, Guide, Tour Walled City, Gold Museum, Teatro Pedro de Heredia, Castillo de San Felipe, Bóvedas.

  • All land and sea transfers in the City of Cartagena and connection with Rosario Islands.

  • Hotel, Travel and Diving Insurance

  • International or Domestic Air Transportation (the latter can be purchased with EcoDiving). Other diving services or equipment NOT explicitly described in the plan Must be purchased directly from the Diving Center. Complementary food and beverage plans must be purchased by the guest.
  • Other Activities or Amenities NOT explicitly described in the Plan. Others not explicitly specified in the Plan.

  • Low Season: Maximum 20 days prior to check-in date.
  • High Season: Maximum 90 days prior to check in Hotel.

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