Bartolome Island is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, offering encounters with an array of fascinating species both on land and in the surrounding waters. Snorkeling off the coast of Bartolome presents the chance to swim alongside playful sea lions, graceful sea turtles, and an array of colorful fish darting through the vibrant coral reefs. The island’s waters are also frequented by gentle reef sharks and eagle rays, adding an element of excitement to underwater explorations.
Bartolome Island Day Tour from Puerto Ayora
Departure at 06:30 am from Puerto Ayora to Bartolome Island (Spanish: Isla Bartolomé). It is a volcanic islet just off the east coast of Santiago Island. It is one of the “younger” islands in the Galapagos archipelago. This island, and Sulivan Bay on Santiago Island, are named after naturalist and lifelong friend of Charles Darwin, Sir Bartolome James Sulivan, who was a lieutenant aboard HMS Beagle.
Bartolomé has a volcanic cone that is easy to climb and provides great views of the other islands. Bartolomé is famous for its Pinnacle Rock, which is the distinctive characteristic of this island, and the most representative landmark of the Galápagos.
It has two visitor sites. At the first one, one may swim and snorkel around Pinnacle Rock; the underwater world there is impressive. Snorkelers are in the water with penguins, marine turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, and other tropical fish. The bay is also an excellent place to go swimming. The twin bays are separated by a narrow isthmus.
Galapagos penguins are frequently seen, and a small cave behind Pinnacle Rock houses a breeding colony. Seasonally, Bartolomé is the mating and nesting site for the green turtles. With herons, they make use of the gentler beaches. The Galápagos lava cacti colonize the new lava fields.
Hotel pickup in Puerto Ayora.
Certified naturalist English / Spanish speaking guide.
Transportation by boat (16 passengers).
Snorkeling equipment (masks and fins).
Hotel pick up/drop off
What to bring & to use:
Small backpack (waterproof), Comfortable walking shoes, Sneakers or rubber soles, Shorts Trousers, T-shirts, Long and Short sleeved shirts Windbreaker, Bathing suit, Wet suit (for snorkeling between June – November), Hat or cap, Toilette kit, Sunblock, Sunglasses, Binoculars, Camera & camcorder
Departure from the hotel early at 6:00 am in the morning to board the yacht to Bartolomé island including breakfast and lunch on board. Bartolome Island has the most spectacular scenery around the Archipiélago. Bartolomé is undoubtedly the most photographed in all the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival, you have to climb a wooden staircase to the summit to appreciate a spectacular landscape of two beautiful bays and observe fascinating formations of lava and volcanic cones.
The biggest attraction of this island is the Pinnacle Rock. Near Pinnacle Rock you can also see two beautiful beaches in a crescent shape. You should walk at about 600 meters. to reach the top, volcanic craters and lava tubes during the tour will give you the impression that you are walking on the moon. The hike to the summit takes about 30 to 40 minutes. When you reach the top of Bartolome you will have one of the best panoramic views of the Galapagos Islands. From there you can see Santiago Island, North Seymour, Baltra Island, Santa Cruz, and Rabida Island Bartolome Island is surrounded by turquoise waters and fine white sand beaches that really add charm to the beautiful scenery.
This is the perfect place to observe Galapagos penguins swimming in tropical waters territory. On the beach located in the south of the island you will find Sea Turtles, cast nets, Galapagos sharks, and many other unique marine species. Bartolome Island is also the site of mating green sea turtles. They come to the shores of the island to nest during the months of January and March of each year. Snorkel alongside the local marine fauna (penguins, marine turtles, white-tipped sharks, and other tropical fish.