Pinzon Island tour from Santa Cruz Galapagos

Pinzon Island + La Fe beach + Las Palmitas beach

Swim with sea lions, sharks, sting rays and penguins. I can help you book the tour to Pinzon from $135.

However, you can also swim near the Turtles and Penguins, of course without harassing or chasing them. Unfortunately, the sea lions were not there, because when there are sharks around, they prefer to go to a safe place. (You can’t always observe penguins and shark on the island.)



Trip itinerary:

We reached the first stop, called Penguin Bay, and were lucky enough to see Galapagos and white-tipped sharks nearby. I’m not going to lie; it was pretty scary!

Sea turtles and penguins swam close by and we observed without harassing or following them. The sea lions weren’t around due to the sharks and keep in mind that penguins are only present when water temperatures drop.

After the visit to Pinzon, you’ll head to “Roca sin nombre” (a rock without a name) that measures about 20 meters that is located in the middle of the ocean. Here, you can see blue-footed boobies, lava gulls, sea lions and you can also participate in an artisanal cane fishing demonstration.

This tour combines with a visit to La Fe or Las Palmitas, beautiful beaches where you can snorkel with sea turtles. Depending on the permit your vessel has, you might visit this spot before or after visiting Pinzón Island.



  • Tour from Santa Cruz Island
  • Tour price: US$135 ⭐⭐⭐ / US$170 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Passenger capacity per yacht: 10 people
  • Available days of the tour to Pinzon: Everyday
  • Pick up: Assigned by operator
  • Total travel time to and from island: 3h (1h and 30m there – 1h and 30m back)
  • Start time: 8:00 am
  • Return time: 3:00 pm
  • Include: Snorkeling equipment (masks and fins), life vest, towels, lunch, snack, water, certified Galapagos National Park bilingual guide, marine and land transport.
  • Does not include: Alcoholic drinks, tips, or neoprene suit (I recommend renting this from any local operator during the months of June to November).
    * Price does not include 12% tax. (We only charge it if you want a invoice).
    * This tour is not recommended for children from 0 to 2 years old.
    * This tour you can book with a partial payment using two available methods of payment: bank transfer (no additional cost for bank transfers between Ecuadorian banks) or you can pay 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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    • Ciera

      We had a great trip to Pinzon- we stopped at La Fe where we were able to see a couple sea lions and more iguanas. Pinzon had great snorkeling where we were able to see many turtles, a few white tip sharks, and blue footed boobies! I loved the snorkeling here.

      March 2, 2020 at 12:04 pm
    • Tatiana Goldina

      We took a snorkeling trip to Pinzon island on yacht Angeles Thaiz, which also included bird watching at Daphne Major and a stop on a beach on the way back from Pinzon. The boat was very nice and the food was excellent, but it was probably not the right boat to go to Pinzon. That day, it took us close to 3 hours to get from Daphne Major to a beautiful bay at Pinzon, where we snorkeled and had lunch.

      January 7, 2019 at 2:44 pm
    • Daniela

      Wonderful trip! To my surprise, I saw a penguin! The guide was very professional and knowledgeable. She knew lots of facts about the Galapagos. The food on the boat was delicious. I had a fantastic time! Thank you!!

      April 24, 2018 at 8:37 am

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