Bartholomew Island full day tour

(6 customer reviews)

Enjoy one of the most famous Galapagos islands tours with our day tour departing from Galapagos most populated island, Santa Cruz. As required by the Galapagos National park a naturalist certified guide will explore this island with you. Considered the most fabulous view in the islands.


5 hour



Full Day


Naturalist guide, tour leader


1 Lunch

1 Snacks

Group Size


Key Features

  • Feel like you are walking in Mars. Amazing geological site.

  • Visit the pinnacle rock.

  • Snorkeling included.

  • Good chance to see: Sea lions, penguins, sharks and rays.

  • Most famous photography spot.

From $ 320 / per person


Bartholomew island is the perfect place to be if you were ever curious about the landscape of mars. The Bartholomew island is considered a must visit in the Galapagos Islands. This tour will take about 10 hours during which you will be taken back into the time were the enchanted islands were born. The guide will take to explore a very interesting volcanic setting while taking you to climb the top of a volcano for a 360 view of the island.

The Pinnacle Rock

When you have a picture if the pinnacle rock from the top of the volcano, you will have the iconic photo of the Galapagos Islands. This is an interesting lava formation that stands out in the horizon.It is also visited by drivers for its lich underwater life. The pinnacle-shaped rock was used for target practice by the US Navy in the Second World War. A naval artillery shell can be seen still lodged in the upper part of the rock. As a result of this, one part of this tuff cone was destroyed.

The Galapagos Penguin

This bird might look clumsy walking on the rock, short legs and slippery surfaces can be a perfect combination for falling, especially for young unexperice pinguins. The adult knows most of the tricks, jumping, sliding or walking sideway, but an unexpected wave or a sea lion can produce a falling. But underwater is another story, they “flight” gracefully and fast, changing directions and catching elusive fish, some times alone, or in group. Then a break on the surface of the water to breath or to rest. They nest on small cracks or lava tubes near to the shoreline, to avoid long walks.

Lava Cactus

Brachycereus nesioticus is a very interesting species, the genus is unique for the island. It is a pioneer plant that grows only in lava, one plant is really a colony of individuals. Each of them grow slowly for years, the young looks more yellow, then as the mature turns to red-brown during this stage they can reach 60 cm (23.6 inches) and produce white flowers and small reddish fruits. Then they turn grey and die. The death ones add organic material to the eroded lava (by the actions of the roots) making soil in middle of the lava, where other plants can grow. This species appear only in young islands.

Bartolome Day Tour

  • Amazing Scenic Landscape
  • Out of the World Photo Shots
  • Good Change to see Pinguins
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Meet up in de disignated point, the operator will to take you to the Itabaca Channel (north part of Santa Cruz). You will be taken to the boat by a dingy or a “panga” to have breakfast on board. You will sail for about two hours, depending on the sea conditions. Once you arrive to the island there will be a dry landing to start the hike up the volcano, after which you will be going back to the boat to have a snack onboard.

Then you will be enjoying a visit to the beach in Sullivan Bay, where you can do some snorkel, go for a swim or just relax in the sand. After this you will be going back to the boat to have lunch and start the journey back, first to the Itabaca Channel and then to your hotel.

Travel Tip

The weather in the islands is generally warm but there are some months were we have some rain, so it will be a good idea to bring a rain jacket. Of course don’t forget your sunscreen, swimsuit, sunglasses, comfortable shoes and of course a camera.

This is a walking tour that goes from sea level to an altitude of 374 feet (114 metres), it involves stairs and fairly steep climbing. The hike will last about 1h and 30min.


Tour details.

Puerto Ayora
Departure Time
  • 7:00 am
Return Time
  • 5:00 pm
  • Bilingual guide

  • Transportation

  • Lunch

  • Snack

  • Snorkel Equipment

Not Included
  • Extra drinks

  • Tips

  • Wetsuit

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6 reviews for Bartholomew Island full day tour

  1. Silvana Delgado (verified owner)

    Un paisaje alucinante !!
    El viaje en el yate estuvo genial, de vez en cuando saltaban al lado del yate grandes mantarayas y daban un doble mortal en el aire!!
    Después del trayecto en Yate, llegamos a Bartolomé para en contarnos con un paisaje de otro mundo, hermoso, caprichoso y único. Después estuvimos en una playa de arenas blancas y sol esplendoroso, hicimos snorkeling, vimos pingüinos, tiburones y unos peces grandecitos de colores brillantes Gran servicio abordo

    • Grace

      Que gusto que hayan disfrutado su viaje. Fue un placer servirles.

    • Grace

      Que alegria que disfrutaron el paseo.

  2. Brishnananda Garcia Delgado (verified owner)

    Just no words to describe what your eyes will see! Prepare for the most perfect landscape and amazing snorkeling in the WHOLE WORLD! And I mean it! Delicious lunch too!

    • Grace

      We are glad you liked it!

  3. Alberto García Botero (verified owner)

    Difícil encontrar un paisaje que pueda compararse con este, una obra de arte suprema e incomparable. Si uno no ve y vive este paisaje su viaje a las Galápagos no estará completo.
    Snorkeling con pingüinos y peces multicolores y en el viaje manta rayas saltando afuera del agua. MUy recomendado.

  4. Franzi D. (verified owner)

    I never have seen a Sealion so close, nor I hadn’t had the chance to swim or to snorkel with these amazing animals. Plus for me Bartholome has been the signature spot of Galapagos. Such a great experience!!

  5. Michael Garcia (verified owner)

    With everything that Galapagos has to offer, it sounds crazy to chose a winner, but this tour was the peak of our week in Galapagos. There’s a reason you see this view in all Galapagos post-cards. You just have to see it. The snorkeling after at the idyllic beach was also super fun. We saw many parrot fish (the colorful ones with a peak) that were more than half-meter long, we followed a penguin that was hunting sardine-like shiny fishies, plus a shark, plus so many other non-identified gorgeous fish. The crew handled the schedule so well, the lunch was delicious (the cook in the yacht is a true expert, she accommodated the meal of the day to our vegetarian needs and was delicious!). I just can’t speak highly enough of this tour. Super recommended. Thanks so much!!

    • Grace

      I am glad You have such a good time! :) Definitely a must see in the Galapagos Islands.

  6. Karl Fuentes (verified owner)

    I had such a great time on this Bartolome Island tour. Ecuadortrails arranged this tour for me, and is operated by a local tour operator. Ecuadortrails was quite responsive to my inquiry especially before the start of the tour. Everyone on our group had fun. The hike up was a little challenging, though is quite doable, and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t hike normally. Afterwards we got got see quite a bit of underwater wildlife during our snorkeling session, which includes some playful sea lions, stingray, and whitetip sharks. Overall I highly recommend booking this trip through Ecuadortrails, since they offer the best price of any tour/travel agency I found. Thanks again Ecuadortrails!

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