Bartolome Island Tour

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1 Day Tour
Availability : Every Day
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Min Age : 6+
Max People : 16
Trip Overview

Bartolome is an island that offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the Galapagos. The island consists of an extinct volcano and a wide variety of volcanic formations in bright red, orange, green, and black colors.

Departure & Return Location

Santa Cruz Island (Google Maps)

Departure Time

06:00 a.m. approx.

Price Includes

  • English/Spanish Naturalist Guide
  • Snorkeling equipment (fins, mask and snorkel)
  • Lunch

Price Excludes

  • Wetsuit
  • Tips (optional)
  • Alcoholic beverages


  • Water
  • Transportation to/from Itabaca Channel
  • Vegetarian & vegan meal options available
What to Expect
  • The most iconic view of the islands
  • Galapagos penguins
  • Otherworldly landscapes

1 Day TourBartolome Island Tour

The Bartolome Island day tour starts early in the morning. You go to the Itabaca channel, where your boat will be waiting for us to depart for Bartolome Island, you will take a van or bus from Puerto Ayora.

You will disembark on Bartolome Island and proceed on foot for a short distance to the island’s natural viewpoint, which is located 115 meters above sea level.

Enjoy the spectacular 360-degree view from here. You will see the famed Pinnacle Rock and the adjacent islands.
A walk of about 40 minutes takes you to the top of a wooden staircase and walkways. This is the most photographed motif in the Galapagos.

You can see twins bay, Pinnacle Rock, the lunar landscape, and the underwater crater. In addition, you can see Santiago Island and its famous Sullivan Bay, which is just fascinating.

In addition to the viewpoint, this Bartolome Island tour includes visits to two nearby beaches: the north beach, where you can enjoy the sea, and the south beach, where you can take a walk to see rays and blue sharks. However, swimming and snorkeling are not permitted on this beach because it is a sea turtle nesting area.

You will stop by Sullivan Bay, which is close to Bartolome Island, to round out the day. An intriguing recently produced lava field can be found in this bay. In the calm waters of the bay, you’ll go snorkeling.

Afterward, you will go back to Puerto Ayora.

What you need to know

You need to bring

  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (reef-friendly)
  • Hat
  • Bathing suit
  • Water bottle

Please consider

  • To join this tour, you must be in Santa Cruz (Puerto Ayora) one day prior to departure.
  • The itinerary might change due to regulations of the Galapagos National park or weather conditions.
  • Please be aware that the Ecuadorian government has prohibited using plastic straws, polyethylene containers, and shopping bags in the Galapagos Islands to conserve the ecosystem. These items are not permitted onto the islands by visitors.
  • We thank you for your collaboration in protecting the Galapagos’ pristine ecosystem.

Tour duration

8 – 10 hours

Tour type

Shared (max 16 people)

Kind of activities

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling

Kind of animals

  • Galapagos Penguin
  • Galapagos Green Turtle
  • Whitetip Reef Shark
  • Rays
  • Brown Pelican
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