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Bartolome Island

Bartolome Island + Sullivan bay + Hat Chinise Island

The volcanic formations make you feel like you’re on another planet. I can help you book the tour to Bartolome island from $230 USD.

Bartolomé Island is considered among the 10 most beautiful islands in the world. The most important thing is to go up to the viewpoint. After that, you will feel like you are off planet earth. You will not regret!



Bartolom Island: The best island in the world


How to get to Bartolome Island

There are two ways to get to Bartolome Island in the Galapagos. First, through a navigable cruise that includes Bartolome Island in your itinerary. Second, taking a daily tour from Santa Cruz Island.

The trip to Bartolomé combines with one of these destinations: » Sullivan bay » Golden Beach » Chinise hat Island


Bartolomé Island travel itinerary

Everything starts, from the meeting point that is assigned by the operator that you have contracted the tour to Bartolomé, then you travel by bus for about 45 minutes until you reach the Itabaca channel. Once embarked, it sails for 2 hours, until reaching Bartolomé Island or the destination that it combines according to the yacht’s itinerary.

Once on the island, a hike starts up to the viewpoint. Certainly with the best view in all of Galapagos. After that, on board the Yacht you have lunch. Then, according to the permission that the Galapagos National Park has granted to the boat, you carry out the following activities:

» Sullivan bay of Santiago Island: You do a snorkeling time, in the dry season you can see many penguins. On the other hand, you ask to be taken directly to the beach and you can take a short walk on dry Pahoehoe lava.

» Golden beach of Bartolome island: Although the times I have traveled to Bartolomé Island, I have not been able to take the tour with the itinerary to the golden beach. In the same way, that any other tour is snorkeling or if you want, enjoy the beach.

» Chinise Hat island: A single boat has the itinerary of Bartolome + Chinese hat. The snorkeling activity is carried out on the golden beach and on the Chinese Hat Island, a wet landing is made to have a short walk.

I recommend booking this tour to Bartolome, well in advance. Especially to find availability. On the other hand, if you plan to travel in the months of July, August or December, make your reservation about 6 months in advance.


Photos of Bartolome island – Sullivan bay – Chinese hat island



  • Tour from Santa Cruz Island
  • 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
  • Tour includes: Snorkeling equipment (masks and fins), life vest, towels, lunch, snack, certified Galapagos National Park guide, marine and land transport.
  • Tour does not include: Alcoholic drinks, soda, neoprene suite and tip.
    * 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!)


    I have an alliance with 9 operators who own their yachts. Most importantly, they have permission to travel to Bartolomé Island. However, each one has different tour prices. The more expensive the price, the better the service on board and your boat.

    I have segmented each tour with stars. As a result of the feedback obtained from my passengers, being ⭐⭐⭐✩✩ of lower quality, ⭐⭐⭐⭐✩ medium quality and ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ of higher quality.


    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. Price does not include 12% tax. (We only charge it if you need an invoice.)


    During all this time working with different operators that own Yates, I realized that those that offer low prices are the ones that I get the most complaints about. The most important thing is to travel to Bartolomé on a tour ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.




    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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    • 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 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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