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Bartolome Island | Day Tour starting at $250 | Galapagos 2024

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Bartolome Island with its volcanic formations will make you feel on another planet. 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 $250.

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Bartolome Island (Galapagos – Ecuador) is among the world’s 10 most beautiful 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 and the most famous viewpoint of Galapagos

Bartolome Island and the most famous viewpoint of Galapagos



How to get to Bartolome Island?

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

The pinnacle of Bartolome Island

The pinnacle of Bartolome Island

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

Bartolome and the most famous viewpoint of Galapagos

Bartolome and the most famous viewpoint of Galapagos




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.

The volcanic formations in Bartolome

The volcanic formations in Bartolome

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 one of the following activities:

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    Sullivan Bay and its pahoehoe lava beach

    Sullivan Bay and its pahoehoe lava beach

    » 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.

    Galapagos Penguins on Bartolome Island

    Galapagos Penguins on Bartolome Island

    » 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 and its volcanic cone

    Chinese Hat Island and its volcanic cone

    » Chinese Hat Island:
    Two vessels include Bartolomé + Chinese Hat in its itinerary. Yachts depart Monday and Friday. The snorkeling activity takes place on Sombrero Chino / Chinese Hat.

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




    »TRAVELERS ALSO VISIT North Seymour Island


    Information on Bartolome day tour

    Tour from Santa Cruz Island
    Passenger per yacht: 16 person
    Pick Up: Assigned by operator
    Sail time: 4h (2h there and 2h back)
    Start time: 06h00 or 07h00
    Return time: 16h00 or 17h00
    Includes: Land travel/transport, sea travel/transport, life jackets, snorkeling equipment (masks, fins and tube), towel, lunch, snack, Galapagos National Park certified bilingual guide.

    Does not include: Alcoholic beverages, tip and neoprene suit.

    * This tour is not recommended for children from 0 to 2 years.
    * People with difficulty walking are recommended not to take the tour.
    * Required: close-toed shoes or close-toed sandals for the hike


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    »TRAVELERS ALSO VISIT Floreana Island


    Tour prices

    I work with 10 operators who own their own boats, you can travel to Bartolome in standard yachts, first class, luxury, catamarans or sailboats; each one has a different tour price.

    I have segmented each vessel with star ratings, based on the price-quality relationship, both of the service on board, passenger feedback and comfort of the boat:

    ⭐⭐✩✩✩ low quality
    ⭐⭐⭐✩✩ decent quality
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐✩ good quality
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ best quality

    The tours with low prices are the ones that travelers complain about the most.

    Reserve the Bartolome Island tour with a complete payment using the available payment methods: a bank transfer from any Ecuadorian bank (no additional cost), using WeTravel you can a bank transfer from any U.S. bank (1% + 0.30 cents in additional costs), credit or debit card (only 3.9% additional cost) o using Paypal (5.9% additional cost). Price does not include 12% IVA (only if you need an invoice).



    I can help you reserve this Bartolome Island 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.



    The volcanic formations in Bartolome


    I can help you reserve this Bartolome Island 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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  • Choko Host - Galapagos hotels
    Choko Host - Galapagos hotels


    • Al reservar hospedaje en cada isla, obtendras 10 dolares por isla, es decir si reservas en las 3 islas hospedajes obtendrias 30 dolares de descuento por persona al contratar tours diarios en las 3 islas.
    • Al usar el descuento en los tours contratados con ChokoTrip, las reservas de hospedajes no podran ser canceladas ni se aplicaria ninguna politica de cancelacion ni cambio de fecha de los hoteles.
    • Para acceder al descuento, la compra de los tours debe ser realizar por la misma persona que reservó en el siguiente formulario de la pagina de ChokoTrip
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    • Johnny Lau

      We enjoyed our Bartolome trip a lot. It was a fun day with a good balance between land (walking) and water (snorkelling) activities. The boat we booked was a 3/4 star boat, which did good snacks and lunch (compared to other trips we did on different routes/ different islands).
      Also, it was a pretty easy and smooth process to book my trip with Choko. For us, the WeTravel method for payment is a cheaper option to book from the UK. Choko was happy and quick to respond to our specific requests. Thanks for the help again!

      May 7, 2024 at 12:48 pm
    • Darryll Williams

      Terrific experience. The boat was comfortable with a great crew. Mauricio was informative and painted a terrific picture of the past of Bartolomue Island. Nature was its usual amazing self. I was solo but made quick friends with my terrific companions from L.A. Thank you for an unforgettable experience.

      March 18, 2024 at 7:14 pm
    • Shawna Karpovich

      We went out to Bartolome Island, the trip started with a bus ride to the docks. The boat was slow, which was nice, we sat our on the front soaking up rays and watching the wildlife. The guide was lovely, and the tour was great. The highlight was swimming with penguins!!! An experience we will never forget, we enjoyed this immensely.

      March 18, 2024 at 5:04 pm
    • Ruth

      One of the best excursions ! We traveled with out family of 7, the service was second to none. Highly impressed with the level of professionalism and logistics… A must do !

      February 14, 2024 at 3:34 am
    • Rachel

      Bartolome Island we went for a slightly more expensive boat and glad we did as we could see the difference in price, you get what you pay for. Great trip there and back and delicious food on board.

      February 5, 2024 at 2:44 pm
    • Paul

      We scheduled 6 trips with Choko and are very impressed with the quality and delivery of the tours and the customer service from Christian. For example: the Espanola tour was cancelled due to avian flu and we got the refund back via PayPal in no time. Very pleasant experience, will recommend Chocko tours to everyone.

      January 15, 2024 at 1:32 pm
    • Jer

      The Bartolome trip was excellent – we ended up being booked with a very good excursion company: knowledgeable guide and friendly crew on a nice boat/yacht. The Sullivan Bay snorkel was spectacular and the hike up to the “Instagram view” on Bartolome made for a long but perfect day.

      December 12, 2023 at 3:14 pm
    • Thomas Courtney-Stubbs

      Hi I am looking to book some tours from 24th to 31st december

      November 16, 2023 at 5:20 pm
    • James

      Booked a tour to Bartolome Island from Santa Cruz Island through ChokoTrip. The web site provided all the information required including the comment that the cheapest tour may not be the most satisfying. We booked a tour on the a yacht and were extremely satisfied with the experience. The booking process was simple and we received quick responses to our questions. The yacht was comfortable and the crew and guide were great. Lunch was delicious. Overall a great experience.

      October 30, 2023 at 9:31 pm
    • Sergejs S

      Excellent tour and great booking experience with Choko Trip. I thouroughly enjoyed the experience even though I do not snorkel.

      October 27, 2023 at 10:58 pm
    • Greg Hamilton

      Not knowing much about the tour companies that schedule Galapagos tours, I didn’t want to make a poor decision on whom to work with so I scheduled our daily tours through 4 different companies. Choko was heads above the other three in every way. Christian provided a swift reply to reservation requests. The reservations were accurate. Questions were answered quickly. I also found the information on the website extremely helpful, accurate, and complete. Given that most scheduling companies offer the same tours using the same boats, I strongly recommend Christian.

      We opted for flying into San Cristobal, taking the 360 San Cristobal and Isla Lobos tours. Because of bird flu, Espanola was closed. As I understand it, there is a 180 San Cristobal tour. As the last half of the 360 is very rough with no stops, I recommend taking the 180. The highlands tour can be skipped.

      We then took a ferry (30 people) to Santa Cruz. We took the Santa Cruz Bay tour, Isabela with the ferry to and from on the same day, Bartolomei with Chinese Hat, and a highlands tour. All were great.

      This approach allowed us to do things in the evenings on islands and sleep in a still bed every night. It was also much cheaper than a cruise that takes people to some places that are not very interesting. We swam with sharks, rays, turtles, seals, and fish. We saw frigates, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, tortoises, and seals.

      Remember, always take the largest boat available. When the boats go from island to island, it takes usually about 2 hours, they go very fast, and it can be rough.

      October 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm
    • Ana Blasco

      ChocoTrip organizó todos mis Tours en mi estancia en Galápagos. Y estuvieron súper bien.
      Christian siempre estuvo accesible a mis preguntas vía WhatsApp o email , y se lo agradezco mucho . Además contestaba con rapidez y amabilidad.
      El Tour a San Bartolomé fué muy especial .El.barco era más grande ,con zonas de estar cubiertas ,pero acristaladas . Y también zonas de estar en cubierta de arriba al aire libre. En ambas las vistas eran espectaculares.
      El.grupo era muy reducido y muy agradable .
      En cuanto a los guías teníamos dos guías, uno para las 3 personas de habla inglesa y otro guía para las 5 personas que hablábamos español. Los dos guias con muchísimo conocimiento de la zona y súper agradables.
      El guía que nos acompañó en el snorkel muy profesional , y nos enseñó pingüinos ,tortugas,tiburones, rayas ,estrellas de mar , peces preciosos …
      Y nos sentimos muy seguros . Además nos.envió después de la excursión un video.,ya editado por el , de las imágenes y vídeos que había sacado con su Gopro. Es un recuerdo precioso .
      Toda la excursión fué una maravilla . Las vistas desde lo alto de la isla ,los animales que vimos ,la isla volcánica que visitamos antes de San Bartolomé. Y la verdad ,el.poder comer una comida riquísima, cómodamente en la parte acristalada del barco ,con las vistas de la Isla San Bartolomé, fué mágico . Además de la amabilidad de la tripulación, que también hay que resaltar .
      Tour muy recomendable , uno de mis mejores recuerdos en mis viajes .
      Gracias otra vez a todo el equipo y a Christian.

      September 17, 2023 at 5:38 am
    • Patricia vicente

      The tour bartolome was great, the boat was wonderful and the staff was really nice, always taking care of us and making sure we were always confortable.
      Lunch was perfect, the food, the view, the sharing with all the group together.
      Bartolome island is really beautiful and we were very lucky with the weather bit our guide was really amazing.
      Snorkelling in sombrero chino was a superb experience, with all the fishes, all the animals and the waters so clean and with so much visibility.
      It was a wonderful experience and i recommend to everyone.

      August 24, 2023 at 7:47 pm
    • Sasha

      We had an amazing trip to Bartolome last week. Choko helped us book it and he was extremely helpful and responsive. We got to snorkel with penguins and sea turtles! The ship and crew were very attentive and wonderful with our kids. Highly recommend!

      July 12, 2023 at 10:36 am
    • Heather

      Choko was able to get us on a Bartolome tour when others couldn’t find availability. We loved the food and snacks on the boat, which was also very comfortable. The guide made sure to make sure our children (ages 5 and 9) were included in the activities.

      The view from atop Bartolome was magnificent and the snorkeling and beach in Sullivan Bay were the favorite of our trip.

      This trip was a 3 hour journey on the boat each way, so that was a downside if you get seasick. It does make a very full (but amazing) day.

      June 6, 2023 at 8:18 pm
    • Xin Jing

      Choko helped us booking the 1-day tour to Bartolome Island with Sullivan Bay on the Luxury Yahat. Booking process is easy and fast. He contacted the tour operator for our hotel pick up/ drop off. The guide/crew members are friendly and professional, who made the tour very enjoyable. The foods/drinks. snacks are excellent. I’d recommend to my friends, who are interested in visiting Galapagos.

      April 18, 2023 at 1:26 pm
    • Peggy

      Booking the Bartolome tour was easy and fast. The service during the trip was excellent. Good food, comfortable boat (as we chose) and great service. Totally recommended!

      March 14, 2023 at 4:34 pm
    • Olga

      Fue un Tour muy largo porque la embarcación que nos toco iba muy lenta… la subida a Bartolome fue bonita pero coincidió con el mediodia y el calor era demasiado. Los paisajes bonitos. Luego pusimos hacer snorkel.

      March 6, 2023 at 4:06 pm
    • Eline Olivier

      Bartolome Island: Great trip, really good cook, we had a wonderful lunch with a lot of vegetables, snorkling was amazing.

      January 30, 2023 at 4:03 pm
    • Wayne

      The yacht was fantastic as well as the hike, and lunch but the beach snorkeling was a disappointment. Locations are scheduled by the park and we got the poor choice

      January 16, 2023 at 12:20 pm
    • utai boon

      management is great, but the boat a bit old
      and lunch is good

      but all is OK
      great time great trip

      January 10, 2023 at 8:25 pm
    • Sarah

      Our day cruise to Bartolome was absolutely amazing!!! The tour was very well organized from the meeting point in the morning, all the way to the drop off. Our guide was extremely educational and we saw so many animals! We saw dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays, penguins, lizards, crabs, birds, sea lions, and sharks! I would suggest bringing cash if you need to rent a wetsuit, for beer, and for tipping. Other than that, they take care of all the rest! Thank you for a very memorable day!!!!

      December 19, 2022 at 7:58 pm
    • Jose

      We scheduled this trip to Bartolome Island with Choko and everything was wonderful. This is a must-do while on the islands and everything was pretty easy when booking through Chiko. Strongly recommend it.

      July 12, 2022 at 12:16 pm
    • Mary P

      Amazing trip to Bartolomé! Well worth it.

      February 1, 2022 at 8:42 am
    • Sean

      Excellent tour. Good snorkeling and Bartolomme is amazing. Tour guide was excellent informative. Great food on the boat. Booked through choko Thanks again 🙂

      June 23, 2021 at 1:03 pm
    • Carla Bloss

      I would recommend this trip. Nice boat, good lunch and excellent snorkeling.

      May 21, 2021 at 8:48 am
    • Paolo

      I had some travel issues in Guayaquil (thank you Delta!) and Choko made arrangements last minute and booked me and my family a trip to Bartolome
      Fantastic experience, great boat, great bilingual guide and crew. Fully recommended! Thanks again Choko

      April 20, 2021 at 1:28 pm
    • 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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