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Eco-hostel in the Caribbean

SINCE 2014

Eco-Hostel en el Caribe


The Casa

— a former Colombian holiday home – is a 25-year old wooden house built on a concrete foundation under the sea water. An eco-friendly backpackers hostel run by our cheerful, local crew. The hostel sits among the San Bernardo Islands, just two hours by boat from Cartagena.

It is you and your temporary family who decide whether to detox, unleash your inner yogi and enjoy the serene environment, or crank up the volume and get the drinks flowing. Whatever your choice may be, we dare to say we offer the best hangover cure in South America: a bed-to-ocean dive from the first floor deck into clear Caribbean waters.

Kingsize

El nido amor is our biggest private..

Cama king

$230.000 COP p.n.

A king-size bed, so comfy!

Max 2 people.

El nido amor is our biggest private room with a king-size bed, perfect for 2 people.
So if your spouse/ traveling buddy is a restless sleeper, or enjoys to sprawl over the entire bed; this is the room for you.

Includes the essentials: breakfast (fresh fruits, eggs, toast & cereal), bottomless coffee, drinking water and bed linen.

$230.000 COP per night

8 Bed Dorm

Spacious beds for max 8 people

DORMITORIO DE 8 CAMAS

$100.000 COP p.n.

Spacious and breezy dorm room

4 bunkbeds for a total of 8 people.

Even the tallest person will sleep comfortable without limbs dangling from the bed.

Includes the essentials: breakfast (fresh fruits, eggs, toast & cereal), bottomless coffee, drinking water and bed linen.

$100.000 COP per night

2x Double Bed

A private room with 2 (smaller) double beds

2x Camas doubles

$ Various prices

2x Double bed

Max 4 people.

The rooms Alegria Double & Espacioso are two privates with each 2 (smaller) double beds. For all sleeping options! Stay here with one buddy, two or even three.

Includes the essentials: breakfast (fresh fruits, eggs, toast & cereal), bottomless coffee, drinking water and bed linen.

The prices vary for the amount of people who stay.

1-2 p $230.000 COP
3p $310.000 COP
4p $400.000 COP

Hammock

Waking up with the best of the house

Hamaca

$70.000 COP p.n.

Comfy Hammocks

Waking up with the best view of the house. We offer in total 13 hammocks spread out over the top floor of the casa. Keep in mind that it can be breezy at night so bring something warm.

Includes the essentials: breakfast (fresh fruits, eggs, toast & cereal), bottomless coffee and drinking water.

$70.000 COP per night

1x Double Bed

Pequeñita is our smallest private…

1X CAMA DOBLE

$210.000 COP p.n.

Small romantic double bed

Max 2 people.

Pequeñita is our smallest private. With one (smaller) double bed it accommodates a max of 2 people. Either one person, a couple or two besties.

Includes the essentials: breakfast (fresh fruits, eggs, toast & cereal), bottomless coffee, drinking water and bed linen.

$210.000 COP per night

We serve fresh seafood daily!

Restaurant

Mariscos frescos todos los días!


Every morning..

while you’re still snuggled and tucked away in bed, the fishermen from Islote are out in their handmade canoes to catch the best fish, lobsters, octopus and crabs for you.

Vegetarian? No problem too

*Note – Guest can’t use the kitchen nor the fridge

Bar en el Agua

New bar

Bar en el Agua


With a bar..

right on the edge (arm distance) of the water.. you don’t have to miss out on the ‘all-day-every-day’ happy hour. So chilling till the fullest.. Well the only exercise for the day is you & your floatie fighting the current to make sure you don’t drift too far off the bar!

We have a Don’t bring your own booze policy.

Plankton Tour

Nature in it's extraordinary

Plankton Tour

$40.000 COP

Bioluminescent plankton Tour

Around 40 minutes

Underwater fairy dust – Don’t mind taking a dip in the dark? We highly recommend joining us for our plankton tour. ‘Plankton tour.. say whaaat?’ Well, we go by boat, and as soon as we hit the mangroves, the water starts to glow due to these wonderful bioluminescent little creatures. By the time you jump in, you’ll be surrounded by glittering, glimmering simply gleaming critters! Or as some of our guests describe it, “underwater fairy dust”.

$40.000 COP

Islote

Most densely populated island on earth

Islote

$15.000 COP

Islote

Around 1 hour

“Santa Cruz del Islote” – this is the most densely populated island on earth – legit guys – it’s in the Guinness Book of Records. It’s so crowded (up to 1,200+ people living on 100,391 m2) and this all on a hand made half-artificial island. The people of Islote are tightly packed in, nevertheless, it is a tranquil piece of earth. At least until they throw a festival.. this community really knows how to party. We drop you off by boat so you can explore the island for an hour or two.


$15.000 COP

Beach Day

Tintipan or Mucura beach

Día de Playa

$25.000 COP

Beach day

Half or full day

If you find yourself getting – a case of Casa cabin fever we’d love to take you to Tintipan or Mucura beach. Come stretch your legs and feel soft white sand between your toes. Relax on this picturesque postcard-worthy beach where you can enjoy a full day of fun in the sun, complete with a Margarita or two and palm trees.

$25.000 COP

Maravilla Snorkel Tour

3 hour tour to one of the 9 Islands

Tour de Snorkel Maravilla

$30.000 COP

Isla Maravilla Snorkel Tour

Half day

This used to be an island with mangroves but since sea-level rises and lack of mangrove protection it is now flooded with water. Colourful sea life can now be found with our 2-3 hour snorkel tour. We provide the snorkels & masks.

$30.000 COP

Island Tour

Full day tour with 3 Island stops

Tour de las Islas

$50.000 COP

Island Tour

In this full day tour you wil visit Isla Mucura, Isla Tintipan and Islote (read more about this on beach-day and Islote chapter). Our boat/tour guides wil show you all ins and outs of the San Bernardo Islands


$50.000 COP
Minimum of 5 people

Sup-board

A Hawaiian workout

Sup-board

$20.000 COP 1hr p.p.
$50.000 COP 3hrs

Stand-up paddle board

A Hawaiian workout – The Casa is a great spot for an afternoon of SUP, glide peacefully across the sea while working your abs, legs, butt & arms, improving your core stability AND building that tan!


$20.000 COP 1hr p.p.
$50.000 COP 3hrs p.p.

Kayaking

Glide over water, bring your snorkel

Kayaking

$20.000 COP 1hr p.p.
$50.000 COP 3hrs

Kayak ride

Paddle solo or – with friends over to the beautiful mangroves or discover the reefs that surround the casa. *note: check the wind and bring a snorkel mask!


$20.000 COP 1hr p.p.
$50.000 COP 3hrs p.p.

Snorkeling

Something with swimming and a mask

Snorkeling

Free

Snorkeling

Surrounded by clear Caribbean waters snorkelling is a must do – IF exploring life under the sea is your thing. Stay close to the Casa and explore the world below the surface nearby. However, if you swim a little further into the mangroves you can see very different types of sea life.


Free

Wakeboard

For beginners or pro’s

Wakeboard

$70.000 COP 30min

Wakeboard

Standing on a small board while a powerboat pulls you gently through the beautiful Caribbean?
This calm, relaxing ride quickly changes into a breathtaking and exhilarating adventure. For beginners or pro’s.

$50.000 COP 30min

Disc-Go

Like wakeboaring

Disc-Go

$50.000 COP 30min

Disc-Go

Well, for the ones who find wakeboaring hard, or the ones who like to do tricks. Disc-Go is definitely worth trying! It is an incredibly fun, never frustrating watersports experience. Compare to wakeboarding, getting up is effortless, just lie down, hold the rope and GO!

$50.000 COP 30min

Subwing

How about flying under water?

Subwing

$50.000 COP 1hr

Subwing

How about flying under water – Equipped with special wings that allow you to swoop around underwater like an agile dolphin. Grab on to the wings which are towed by a speedboat in front of you and get ready to experience the crystal clear sea from a completely new perspective, just like the tropical fish you’re sure to see gliding around next to you.

$50.000 COP 1hr

Eco Friendly Hostel

Since 2014

Eco Amigable


Dry Toilets

Many guests laugh the first time they visit the Ladies or the Gents. Why the amusement? Eco means compost, so therefore we have dry toilets. Just make sure you pee in hole #1 and poo in hole#2 and ‘flush’ with a cup of sawdust lime mix. We collect your creations in a tanks and take it daily to Tintipan Island. There we have our composting operations based where we produce fertiliser.

Showers

We have Bucket showers! Just like the good ‘ole days! (It does add to the Robinson Crusoe feeling though). As this precious water is limited, you can only take evening showers.

At Tintipan Island we have two water tanks holding up to 100,000 liters of clean rainwater. Although this may sound like a lot of H2O, it’s unfortunately not.
The Casa uses about a 1000 liters daily, which is brought over in jerry cans on a boat every evening.

Trash

We separate our trash as much as possible here at the Casa. Once a month, a big ship cruises to the islands to collect the garbage from the area and to take it to the mainland.
We use the organics from the kitchen and bar to make our own compost, which is also used to make fertiliser. We reuse the glass bottles from the bar for bricks and decoration. With the aluminium cans from the bar, we started a project with the locals and other hostels to collect as many as possible, which can be sent to the mainland to be sold for recycling. This money will go towards building a new football field for our local football team on Islote!

Community

We are proud of our friendly, cheerful, and hardworking local staff. Almost the entire crew lives with their families on the Island of Islote, with a few others coming from the mainland. Casa en el Agua has created employment opportunities for the local people, creating a positive effect on their lives with particular reference to wealth and access to healthcare. We aim to both learn from, and educate, them about conservation and preservation of the sea life and mangroves, working in conjunction with the the National Park.

National Park

The casa sits among the the San Bernardo islands, and is part of “Parque Natural National Corales de Rosario y San Bernardo.” Established in 1977 and covering 1,200km squared, The park holds the most extensive, diverse and developed coral reef in the entire Colombian Caribbean continental coastline. The park aims protect the marine ecosystems & coral reefs, which are living in depths of up (or down!) to 30 meters. The park is home to 170 species of fish, 52 types of coral and 25 sponges in a stunning rainbow of colours. The flora is characterised by mangroves and seagrass beds.

Showers

We have Bucket showers! Just like the good ‘ole days! (It does add to the Robinson Crusoe feeling though). As this precious water is limited, you can only take evening showers.

At Tintipan Island we have two water tanks holding up to 100,000 liters of clean rainwater. Although this may sound like a lot of H2O, it’s unfortunately not.
The Casa uses about a 1000 liters daily, which is brought over in jerry cans on a boat every evening.

Repellent

Sometimes we even have mosquitos in paradise, so be prepared for these annoying biting creatures and bring some repellent.

Sunscreen

Bring plenty of high SPF, we mean plenty! (plus, tanning oil is so 60’s) Some aftersun or aloe is also recommended.

Alcohol

Sorry guys, bringing your own alcohol is not permitted. Therefore we have our ‘bar en el agua’ with fresh cocktails, beers etc.

No WiFi

We encourage you to spend a few days screen free – to enjoy the view, live in the moment, read a good book, cool down with a few cervezas and work on your social skills.

No <18

We do love kids, as we have plenty local kids around in the nearby islands. The casa is just not a save place for them.

NATURAL PARK

…smack bang in the middle of glorious mother nature. We ask that you, as our guest, help us maintain our little slice of paradise with recycling, saving water etc.

Bucket shower

Our precious collected rain water is limited, we only do evening showers. Like the good old days (a Robinson Crusoe feeling) 1 bucket a person. Just spoon it up with a cup and throw it over yourself, easy!

Solar powerrr

We try to rely on solar power as much as possible at the casa and our watt hours are precious. Please charge all your items before you come and be energy conscious with us.

POO’S AND PEE’S

Eco means compost, therefore we have dry toilets! Pee in hole #1- goes to our septic under the house. Poo in hole #2 – and ‘flush’ with a cup of assassin. We collect this on our compost land on Tintipan Island.

Cash is king

As you may understand, the local fisherman don’t have bank accounts.. So please bring enough Pesos Colombianos and we can pay them for the delicious fresh caught seafood on your plate.

WARM CLOTHES

Although it is generally HOT during the day, evenings can cool down. Therefore, we advise to bring some warmer items along with your Brazilian thong bikini and tight, white, speedos..

Bags

Our house is not the biggest mansion in the world so space is limited. We suggest that you leave your bulky Louis V. or backpack on the mainland. And bring MAXIMUM 8 KILO.

Contact


Questions? Come by our office in Cartenga or email us.

La Matuna, Edificio Banco de Bogotá – oficina 505 (turquoise doors) Diagonal to the clock tower, Historic Center

info@casaenelagua.com


Thanks guys for the AWESOME pics!
David Giraldo, Sktarts & La Drones

Each way 100.000 COP

To Casa en el Agua

Everyday 9:00 AM

From: Muelle de la Bodeguita gate No.5, in front of the old city

Arrive at 8:30 AM at the Harbour to pay the National Park Entrance Fee
(1 time only, 16.500 COP)

To Cartagena

Everyday 12:00 AM

From: Casa en el Agua reception

Not staying in Casa en el agua? Pease arrive before 11:30 AM for information check-up

Bag Information

Max of 8kg

Bring only what you can carry on your lap. The maximum is 8kg per person.

*Note: Need to bring more, let us know in advance.

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Slower Route

Slower Route

Cartagena to Tolu

5.15 hours approx
85.000 COP

NOTE: The only boat leaves every day at 8:30 AM from Tolu.

Each way 100.000 COP

Bag Information

Max of 8kg

Bring only what you can carry on your lap. The maximum is 8kg per person.

*Note: Need to bring more, let us know in advance.

Guarantee your spot in the boat. BOOK NOW!

Tranq it easy

Our sister company, where our boat captains deliver you safely to the casa in just 2 hours
Faster way
Slower route

Slower route

Cartagena to Tolu

5.15 hours approx
85.000 COP

NOTE: The only boat leaves every day at 8:30 AM from Tolu.

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