I really enjoyed the two hour boat ride from Cartagena, Colombia to Múcura Island and passing by some of the other islands of the San Bernardo Archipelago. Of most interest to me was the island of Santa Cruz del Islote. Ever since I saw it on Google Earth, later to find out that it is the most crowded island in the world, I decided then that it was a must see.
Along on the boat ride from Cartagena was Daniel, Punta Faro’s PADI dive master. He told me about how he was saving his money to get equipment to dive somewhere nearby where he thinks a Spanish galleon had sunk.
Punta Faro is a luxurious resort situated on a bit of Caribbean paradise, Múcura Island, in South America’s Caribbean Ocean. This exquisite island is one of the ten that make up the San Bernardo Archipelago. Since 1996, Múcura Island and the majority of the Archipelago have joined the Natural Corals of the Rosario National Park, one of the most visited and beautiful natural reserves in Colombia.
The 45 air-conditioned rooms and suites all come with a flat screen TV, safe deposit box and mini bar. Activities provided at the hotel/resort include tennis, ecological tours and volleyball. Water sports include snorkeling, windsurfing, sail boating, kayaking, scuba diving (and lessons) and night dives.
Scattered around the public areas are charming and whimsical wood carvings of iguanas, pelicans and other animals created by the owner of the resort.
In the interest of ecology, Punta Faro has its own sea water reclamation plant to supply the island’s needs and also to sell bottled water to the outside world. In fulfillment of its social obligations, it supports all of its surrounding communities by hiring and training the islanders to work at the resort. Also, since Santa Cruz del Islote doesn’t have space for a football (soccer) field, the residents are brought by boat to play on Múcura Island.
I wasn’t able to schedule PADI scuba lessons with Daniel, but I did have the opportunity to enjoy snorkeling among the amazing nearby coral reefs. And, I did get a chance to visit the island of Santa Cruz del Islote—boat trip and guide provided by Punta Faro. See the link for the article in “Suggested by the author” below.
Punta Faro has excellent facilities for families, groups and conventions. The next time I go, I will make sure my honey can come for a romantic tropical interlude.
Some reference info:
Hotel Punta Faro, Múcura Island (the hotel will arrange round trip boat transportation from Cartagena on the mainland. Also to Santa Cruz del Islote)
Snorkeling at Punta Faro Resort
Virtual tour of the resort
Boat ride to hotel video
Colombia, South America: