Kicker Rock Guide

Kicker Rock | Galapagos with ChokoTrip

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Swim between the two huge rocks is something you definitely need to do in the Galapagos. I can help you reserve your tour to Kicker Rock for $140 $130.

Kicker Rock is on of the most emblematic places in the Galapagos and, with a bit of luck, you’ll see hammerhead sharks in the depths of the water here. You’ll experience some of the best snorkeling on San Cristobal Island, observing abundant marine life. Prepare to see: Turtles, Galapagos Sharks, sea lions and various types of birds that concentrate on Kicker Rock.

León Dormido in Spanish, is usually combined with these beaches: Witch’s Hill, Manglecito or Puerto grande.



Kicker Rock Video

Original video by ChokoTrip ©


How to get to Kicker Rock

There are two ways to arrive to Kicker Rock in the Galapagos. First, on a sailing cruise that includes León dormido on its itinerary. Second, take a tour from San Cristobal Island. The 360 tours also includes a stop at this destination.


Trip itinerary

You’ll begin at the operator’s office and be directed to the Tiburon Martillo touristic dock. Once on board, you sail for 45 minutes until you reach León dormido orthe beach that combines, depending on the yacht’s itinerary.

The time dedicated to León dormido on este tour is almost 2 horas. In contrast, the time spend here on the 360 Tour is around 45 minutes – 1 hour. What’s important is spending more time on Leon to learn more about its fauna and have more time to contemplate animal life on León dormido.

I recommend reserving your tour far in advance, especially if you want to find availability on the itinerary that combines with Playa Cerro Brujo (Witch’s Hill Beach).


Kicker Rock + Witch’s Hill Beach Photos

Original photos by ChokoTrip ©



  • Tour from San Cristobal Island
  • Tour Price: $140. US$ 130
  • Departure dates: Everyday
  • Departure location: Operator’s office
  • Sail time: 2h (1h there and 1h back)
  • Start time: 08h30 or 09h00
  • Return time: 15h30 or 16h00
  • Passenger capacity per vessel: 12 people
  • Includes: Snorkeling equipment (masks and fins), short neoprene suit, lifejackets, sea travel, juice, water, towel, lunch, snack, fruit, Galapagos Park certified bilingual guide.
  • Not Included: Alcoholic beverages and tip.
    * Price does not include 12% tax (Only charged if receipt is required).
    * This tour is not recommended for children from 0 – 2 years of age.
    * This tour can be reserved with partial payment using two available methods: bank transfer (no additional cost if between Ecuadorian banks) or with payment by credit or debit card. The remaining payment must be paid directly to the operator on the Island.





    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.


    *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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    • Shannon Maynard

      We loved snorkeling at Kicker Rock! Although the 360 trip was highly recommended, we were just coming off of a cruise and just wanted the opportunity to snorkel at Kicker Rock, so this was the right trip for us. We’d already seen so much sealife, as we’d been snorkeling/diving for five days on our cruise, and this was one of our favorite snorkels. We saw four spotted eagle rays swimming together, a school of hammerhead sharks, an octopus (we’d been looking for one all week) plus so many colorful fish. I was amazed at how beautiful the reef was here.

      One of the best parts of our tour was our guide, Ariana. She was great at seeing things underwater, like the rays, making sure we all knew when there was something to see, and taking incredible GoPro video as well. She sent her footage to all of us after the trip. She’s also extremely knowledgeable about sea life and all things Galapagos. We learned a ton from her.

      We also loved the remote beach we visited after Kicker Rock – the contrast of the white sand and lava rock is stunning – and lunch was delicious. The booking experience with Choko was great! We’d initially reached out about the 360 trip, and when we changed our minds, he quickly found us a shorter trip instead. I highly recommend booking with him!

      June 15, 2021 at 4:45 pm
    • Carla

      Terrific tour with a terrific guide, Christian, who was incredibly organized at handling 12 people in and out of the water. Good snorkelling.

      May 21, 2021 at 8:53 am
    • Nathan Bolden

      I spent ten days in the Galapagos Islands, and this was one of my top two excursions of the entire adventure. Kicker Rock was so amazing – it’s almost indescribable. Everything was as advertised as far as the pick up from the hotel, the snorkeling guide, and the boat crew. We saw everything we expected to see and more. The price was competitive with other companies. Easy to book. Highly recommend.

      March 21, 2021 at 8:42 pm
    • Kristen

      Snorkel guide was awesome! We took home a SD card of the videos he captured, love it! We found turtles, sea lions, star fish, birds. Truly a magical place. Thank you for everything! I would recommend this trip.

      January 4, 2021 at 5:41 pm
    • Babi

      Another excellent trip organised by Christian.
      Everything was perfect, the boat, the schedule and the trip. It is quite an amazing spot for snorkelling and the beach we stopped by before reaching Kicker Rock is very special.
      The trips are so well organised that you barely see other people. They have got very tight schedule they have to respect in order to preserve the environment and make sure that the trips do not get touristy.
      I will never thank Christian enough for all the effort he put into organising the trip for us and making sure that everything was flowing seemlessly. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

      November 30, 2019 at 6:46 am
    • Melissa

      The tour group and the group who provided the gear (Sharksky) were excellent. The tour guide spoke excellent English and Spanish and provided detailed instructions and explanations for the trip and the areas we were visiting. The gear including the wet suits provided by Sharksky was in excellent condition and was provided to us before the day of the trip so that we could ensure everything fit well before we made our way to the site.

      July 23, 2019 at 7:06 pm
    • Matt

      Thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Great service from start to finish. Would highly recommend!

      July 4, 2019 at 9:18 pm
    • Hector Mendoza

      Thank you so much for making my time in the Galapagos Islands memorable and fun!! For the first 2 hours 45 minutes, I only say 2 sharks at Kicker Rock. Then in the last 15 minutes, a school of hammerhead sharks swam underneath me. I must have seen 50-75 sharks. This was an unforgettable experience, so thank you !!

      June 29, 2019 at 7:04 pm
    • Konrad

      This was a great and perfect tour!
      On this tour I did scuba diving while my wife did some snorkeling, so there were two groups on one boat which wasn’t a problem, though. Everything was very well organized, the boat was fast, the food was good, the guides were friendly and helpful and Kicker Rock was a great spot!
      I would highly recommend the booking with Choko since he organized this tour for us on short notice and very quick and reliable.
      And at a quite competitive price as well.

      April 29, 2019 at 10:36 pm
    • Kent Casadonte

      Snorkeling at Kicker Rock was the best I have ever experienced. We swam with white tipped sharks, black tipped sharks, hammerheads, sea lions, spotted eagle rays, sea lions, sea lions and countless colorful smaller fish. Our guide had a GoPro and sent us video of all the highlights.. If you scuba dive this is the place to go if you are only doing land based trips. This tour also included a trip to one of the most beautiful secluded beach’s to swim, snorkel and explore. One of the best days of our Galapagos adventure. I would highly recommend booking in advance with Choko to simplify your vacation and make sure that you can go on the day you want to. Prices are competitive with everything we looked at.

      April 27, 2019 at 7:12 am
    • helen

      Would use this company again. very helpful. and the dive company were very friendly with good trips

      February 17, 2019 at 4:54 pm
    • Daniela

      This was an excellent trip. The boat was very comfortable and clean. The guides were very professional and helpful and made you feel relaxed. I had a great trip and saw a hammerhead shark whilst snorkelling. Wonderful!!

      April 24, 2018 at 8:39 am

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