Bartolome Island day trip from Santa Cruz (Galapagos)
The volcanic formations on Bartolomé make you feel like you’re on another planet. I can help you book the tour to Bartolome from $210 USD
If you’re in the Galapagos Islands, you can’t miss seeing Bartolome Island. Looking across the island from the viewpoint, you’ll feel like you’re in another world. You will not regret visiting this place!
Bartolome Island tours vary depending on the tour operator that is selected for your specific date/schedule. Factors that might change between operators are: the meeting place and the afternoon activity.
Generally speaking, once you’re on the vessel, you’ll have two stops (if you’re more of a visual person, check out the map at the bottom of this page!):
Stop 1: Bartolomé Island – hike to viewpoint, followed by lunch on the vessel
Stop 2: Sullivan Bay OR Bartolomé beach (snorkeling at both locations)
The Bartolomé Island tour starts at a meeting place assigned by the Tourist Operator. From there, you’ll drive about 45 minutes to the Itabaca Canal, where you’ll board a vessel and sail for 2 hours and 30 minutes until you reach Bartolomé Island.
Once on the island, you’ll go on a walk, climbing up to the lookout point, which is the best view I’ve seen in the entire Galapagos Islands. The landscape is truly unique and you’ll see many birds.
After the hike, you’ll descend and have lunch on the yacht. You afternoon activity will depend on the day and the license of the boat. They will either take you to Sullivan Bay or Bartolome’s own beach to go snorkeling with sea lions, tropical fishes, rays, sharks, sea turtles, and maybe even see some penguins.
Over the years, as I’ve worked with different vessels on the Galapagos Islands, I’ve realized that those who offer low prices are the ones that receive the most complaints from their passengers. If you are going to travel to Bartolome Island, you need a boat with professional service and an attentive crew that prioritizes your experience.
GALAPAGOS TOUR INFORMATION TO BARTOLOME ISLAND:
Departure island: Santa Cruz
I recommend reserving this tour far in advance to find availability. If you’re planning on traveling in July, August or December, make your reservation 6 months in advance, especially if your party is larger than 4 people.
We work with 8 operators that have different prices depending on service and type of vessel. These are classified using the star rating system: ⭐⭐⭐✩✩ ⭐⭐⭐⭐✩ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Passenger capacity per vessel: 16 people
Pick up: Assigned by the Operator
Total travel time to and from the island: 4h (2h each way)
Start time: 06h00 or 07h00
Return time: 16h00 or 17h00
* Price does not include 12% tax. (We only charge it if you need an invoice.)
* This tour is not recommended for children from 0 to 2 years old.
* This tour is not recommended for people with mobility problems.
* You definitely need to bring a pair of trekking shoes (lava rocks are sharp!)
* You can book this tour with a full payment using two available methods of payment: bank transfer (no additional cost for bank transfers between Ecuadorian banks) or you can pay with a credit/debit card.
Tour includes: Snorkeling equipment (masks and fins), life vest, towels, breakfast, lunch, snack, water, juices, certified Galapagos National Park guide, marine and land transport.
Tour does not include: Neoprene suite and tip for the boat crew.
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.
Check out this interactive map of the Bartolome Tour