Santa Fe Island Tour

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

Santa Fe Island is one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos Islands. It is estimated to be four million years old at least. The island was given the name Barrington Island in honor of an admiral by the name of Samuel Barrington.

In Barrington Bay, lies the visitor site, which has a wet landing. There are many sea lions on the bay’s beaches, which occasionally makes it difficult to travel along the two pathways that lead from the shore.

Departure & Return Location

Santa Cruz Island (Google Maps)

Departure Time

07:30 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
  • Sea lions
  • The Barrington land iguana
  • Giant Opuntia cacti

1 Day TourSanta Fe Island Tour

The Santa Fe Island Tour is the ideal day trip for those who want to go snorkeling and unwind on the magnificent Galapagos beaches.

The visitor site is a wet landing located in Barrington Bay. You will find plenty of sea lions on the beach in the bay, occasionally hindering peregrination to the two trails leading from the beach.

The departure from the hotel is at 7:30 a.m., and the navigation is for approximately 40 minutes.
Then you will land on Santa Fe Island, a central island surrounded by an amazing bay of turquoise water! The island is protected by a natural barrier of rocks, where colonies of sea lions and sparrow hawks are seen flying over.

On landing, you will appreciate sea lions resting on the beach around you. You will continue for a short walk where you will see two species of land iguanas found only within this island!

Crabs, Night Heron, Sea Iguanas, and Mockingbirds are often found on the Island. After the walk, you will go back to take lunch on board, then you will finally enjoy the wonderful snorkeling experience.
The bay is an excellent swimming and snorkeling place where Sea turtles, rays, tropical fish, and the clear and warm water are unique attractions.

After this adventure, you will be brought back to Puerto Ayora.

What you need to know

You need to bring

  • Sandals or water shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (reef-friendly)
  • Hat
  • Bathing suit
  • Water bottle
  • Water-proof jacket

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

7 – 8 hours

Tour type

Shared (max 16 people)

Kind of activities

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling

Kind of animals

  • Land iguana
  • Marine iguana
  • Mockingbirds 
  • Finches
  • Galapagos hawk
  • Sea lion
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