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Bartolome Island

Bartolome Island + Sullivan bay + Chinese hat Island

Its volcanic formations are other-worldly. From its lookout point you’ll find the best view of the entire Galapagos. I can help you reserve this Bartolome Island tour starting at $230.

Bartolome Island is among the world’s 10 most beuutiful islands. You must go up to the viewpoint. After that, you’ll feel like you’re no longer on Earth. You won’t regret it!

 
 

 
 

Bartolome Island + Sullivan Bay Video

Original video by ChokoTrip ©

 

How to get to Bartolome Island

There are two ways to get to Bartolome Island in the Galapagos. First, one a sailing cruise that includes Bartolome Island on its itinerary. Second, taking a day tour from Santa Cruz Island.

The trip to Bartolome combines a few of these destinations: » Sullivan Bay » Golden Beach » Chinese Hat Island

 

Trip itinerary

Everything begins at a meeting point assigned by the operator you’ve hired for the tour to Bartolome. Afterwards, you travel around 45 minutes to get to Itabaca canal. Once on board, you sail for 2 hours, until you reach Bartolome Island or a destination that combines, depending on the yacht’s itinerary.

Once on the Island, you begin a walk up to the lookout with the best view in the Galapagos Islands. After that, you’ll have lunch on board the yacht. Depending on the permission granted to your vessel by the Galapagos National Park, you’ll do the following activities:

» Sullivan Bay of Santiago Island: You’ll snorkel and during dry season, you can see penguins. Alternatively, ask to be taken directly to the beach to go on a short hike over dry lava Pahoehoe.

» Golden Beach on Bartolome Island: Throughout the trips I’ve made to Bartolome Island I’ve never taken a tour that includes Playa Dorada on its itinerary. However, as in other tours, you have the option to snorkel or enjoy the beach.

» Chinese Hat Island: Only one vessel includes Bartolomé + Chinese Hat in its itinerary. The snorkeling activity takes place on Playa Dorada and on Sombrero Chino / Chinese Hat you have a wet landing followed by short hike.

I recommend reserving far in advance if you want to go on this tour to Bartolome. Make sure you check availability far in advance. If you plan on traveling during the months of July, August or December, make your reservation 6 months in advance.

 

Bartolome + Sullivan bay + Chinese hat Photos

Original photos by ChokoTrip ©

 

INFORMATION ON BARTOLOME DAY TOUR:

  • Tour from Santa Cruz Island
  • Maximum capacity of passengers based on vessel: 16 people
  • Departure location: Assigned by operator
  • Travel time: 4h (2h there and 2h back)
  • Start time: 06h00 or 07h00
  • Return time: 16h00 or 17h00
  • Includes: Snorkeling equipment (masks and fins), land travel/transport, life jackets, sea travel/transport, towel, lunch, snack, Galapagos National Park certified bilingual guide.
  • Does not include: Alcoholic beverages, tip and neoprene suit (during the months of June and November, I recommend renting these with any local operator). .
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    * This tour is not recommended for children from 0 to 2 years.
    * This tour is not recommended for for seniors that experience difficulty walking.
    * Required: close-toed shoes or close-toed sandals for the hike
     
     

    TOUR PRICE:

    I have partnerships with 9 operators that own their vessels. What is most important is that they have the permit to travel to Bartolome Island. However, each one has different prices for the tour. The higher the price, the better the vessel and onboard service.

    I’ve rated each tour with stars base on feedback received by my clients:
    ⭐⭐⭐✩✩ lower quality / ⭐⭐⭐⭐✩ average quality / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ higher quality

     

    Reserve the Bartolome Island tour by paying for the complete tour using these available methods: bank transfer (no additional cost for transfer between Ecuadorian banks) or you can pay by credit or debit card. Price does not include 12% IVA / tax (Only if you want a receipt).

     

    Over the course of time working with different operators that own their own yachts, I’ve come to realize that those that offer low prices are the ones that I get the most complaints about. Make sure you travel to Bartolome on a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 star) tour.

     
     

    Booking

    DON’T WASTE ANY TIME!

    I can help you reserve this tour with local operators that own the vessels. Instead of wasting time wandering around each island looking for tours, you should be enjoying the places you can visit on your own while at the Galapagos Islands.

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    *We work directly with boat owners and tour operators in the Galapagos, thereby avoiding additional costs, unlike travel operators like Viator, Get Your Guide and Civitatis which rely on third-party local operators.
     
     

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    18 Comments

    • Leslee

      It was a fabulous trip.
      We went on other boat trips booked by other operators, and none had as nice of a boat or as knowledgable of a guide.
      Thank you so much.
      This was a trip highlight for sure!

      March 12, 2020 at 12:00 am
    • Ciera

      Our trip to Bartolome was great- thank you to Choko for arranging this for us. Our tour guide provided us with lots of information about the island and made our experience very enjoyable. Breakfast, snacks, and lunch were provided- all were very good. We had a great time! Thanks Choko

      March 2, 2020 at 12:02 pm
    • Damaris Orphanopoulos

      Choko is a great helper in scheduling tuors in Galápagos. The Baltolomé tour was wonderful. The vessel was very comfortable, the personnel very nice and the food excellent. The small Bartolomé island is a panoramic highlight, and the snorkeling at Sullivan Bay was amazing. The whole trip was a dream come true. Thanks !!

      February 17, 2020 at 1:07 pm
    • Flavia.

      Buenas tardes! Planeo visitar las islas en enero de 2020. Soy de Argentina. Que me podrian decir sobre el clima en ese mes en relacion a las excursiones y el avistaje de animales? Los leo. Gracias!

      July 30, 2019 at 12:47 pm
      • @ChokoEc
        Christian Echeverria

        El clima es de mucho sol y lluvias, todo depende de los dioses del clima para ver si llueve o tienes sol en esos días, el agua está muy cálida, y los animales como siempre digo son libres, y están en todo el año, hay posibilidad de ver pinguinos en esa fecha por Bartolomé.

        July 30, 2019 at 2:31 pm
    • Pietro

      Amazing tour with the Catamaran to Bartolomé! The real highlight of our Galapagos trip. Choko made the arrangements with the local agency sooo quickly! And he is always available via email or whatsapp to clear out any doubt.
      10 out of 10, truly recommended!

      July 4, 2019 at 11:06 am
    • Hector Mendoza

      Choko is the best, as every excursion I did was memorable. Bartolome is a must see in the Galapagos. The vista from atop the island is really the best view in all of the islands. Then snorkeling afterwards was great too. Highly recommend this excursion and Choko!!

      June 29, 2019 at 7:07 pm
    • Jan Polka

      My husband and i had very little time in the Galapagos Islands. We booked a day trip to Bartolome with Choko Trip. The catamaran was great. it was a smooth ride. There were 14 people on our tour and the boat was a perfect size for all of us. Our guide was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and witty. The crew prepared a delicious lunch. We enjoyed this trip very much!
      Choko made it easy to book. We used the WhatApp to contact our guide the day before. This made it easy to hookup with the tour on the day of the trip. Thanks for a great experience!

      June 18, 2019 at 8:13 am
    • Andrea Cabrera

      Increíble experiencia. 100% recomendado. Viajamos con mi esposo. El tour a Bartolomé supero nuestras expectativas. La embarcación que seleccionamos con ayuda de Choko fue La Española.

      May 25, 2019 at 8:49 pm
    • Marina

      A fantastic place worth a visit! Everything worked out perfectly, Choko’s arrangements were very accurate and useful.

      May 22, 2019 at 1:56 pm
    • Jeanne

      My adult daughter and I had a wonderful time on our trip to Bartolome Island . Our yacht, the Wind Rose was spectacular. The captain was very professional, as were the rest of the crew. They were also a lot of fun. The on board chef was wonderful, our lunch was delicious. Our guide, Juan Fernando was amazing, so knowledgeable and considerate of the comfort of all of the guests. It was the highlight of our stay in the Galapagos. Well worth the price.

      May 15, 2019 at 2:05 pm
    • Krista Parker

      Yes this is an expensive day trip, but if you really want to see pinnacle rock as i did, then you should go. the lunch was actually really good, and enjoyed snorkeling around the island across the way.

      May 5, 2019 at 6:58 pm
    • Chris Worswick

      We did a land based 16night trip to Galapagos with day trips & ferries arranged by Choko….Bartolome was an amazing island with spectacular views.The boat was the Altamar..it was great, very luxurious with cooked breakfast onboard fruit scrambled eggs toast etc on proper plates cutlery etc..the Boat was very smooth with ample seating inside or on rear on comfortable patio chairs or top deck. After the walk on Bartolome had a full cooked lunch again table service onboard.Snorkelled off a beach en route to Bartolome with tuna & crackers snack after. Cannot recommend boat Altamar enough we also went on the same boat for our North Seymour trip..Thanks to Choko all went very easily..

      May 3, 2019 at 3:16 am
    • Melinda

      Our trip to Bartolome Island was wonderful. We saw so much wildlife including a penguin! The snorkeling was good, saw many schools of blue fish. Saw one sea iguana eating under water also.

      Our guide was Ricardo who spoke great English. He works as a freelancer and was hired by the tour company for the day.

      The boat could have been better. The exhaust fumes were terrible when sitting on the back of the boat. The food was mediocre. That’s the only complaint.

      I would recommend to anyone to go and experience Bartolome Island. Will never forget it.

      April 23, 2019 at 8:30 am
    • Cari

      I contacted Choko to book a tour to Bartelome. I told him I get seasick and was concerned about the boat size. He booked me on a wonderful tour on a large yacht. The tour was amazing, great food, great guide, great staff. The booking process was easy and Choko always respomded to my questions. The tour company was top notch.

      March 29, 2019 at 7:46 am
    • Mary

      On short notice, Choko helped us get a tour to Bartolome Island. On Choko’s website he comments that “you get what you pay for”. The Yachat was not the lowest price, but we feel like we truly got our money’s worth.
      First, Choko make the arrangements quickly and smoothly for us. This included easy payment methods by credit card.
      The boat is kept in immaculate condition. It was more than comfortable for the 16 people on our tour. We could sit inside an air conditioned cabin, or out on the front or rear decks. They cooked us a fine lunch, including making special arrangements for people who were vegetarian or with other food preferences. They had 2 good toilets, and cabins for changing clothes before and after snorkeling. They also provided snacks, towels, and nice snorkeling equipment. They called us out onto the decks to see fish jumping, proposes swimming with the boat, and other sights en route to the island.
      Our guide, Felipe Ayala, was outstanding. Full of details and descriptions of geology, flora, and fauna. The plan for the day was well described and clear. Bartolome Island is the iconic spot seen in many Galapagos photographs. There is a boardwalk to the top of a tuff cone. We did not climb quickly, but rather moved at a pace that all could accommodate, while learning much about the amazing geology of the islands during our climb. Felipe described the development of various islands in the Galapagos, and explained the connections between flora, fauna, and geology. Later, we went to a beautiful spot for snorkeling before returning to Santa Cruz Island. We were fully informed at every moment. It was a delightful and comfortable day.
      We never would have been able to find this great trip to Bartolome Island without the help of Choko! We deeply appreciate his lightning fast responses to email and WhatsApp messages, and all that he did to make this unforgettable moment possible for us.

      March 27, 2019 at 3:10 pm
    • Michael Gohde

      We scheduled a trip to Bartolome with Choko. Everything was great. I found the follow up to be wonderful.

      January 7, 2019 at 10:38 am
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