Bartolome Island and Sullivan Bay

Santa Cruz, Ecuador

5 reviews
Duration: 7 days
Group size: 1 - 999
Bartolome Island and Sullivan Bay
Santa Cruz, Ecuador

5 reviews

Duration: 7 days
Group size: 1 - 999

About this trip


The Bartolome Island day tour begins early in the morning to take advantage of the best hours of light. We will travel from Puerto Ayora by van or bus to the Itabaca channel, where our boat will be waiting for us to sail to Bartolome Island.

Once in Bartolome Island, we will disembark for a short walk that will allow us to reach the island’s natural viewpoint, with a height of 115 meters above sea level. From here we can enjoy a 360-degree view, which includes views of the nearby islands and the famous Pinnacle Rock. Besides spectacular views, Bartolome Island has an intriguing geological past. The island’s exact age hasn’t been able to be determined, but based on its characteristics; it is considered one of the youngest islands in this area. From the viewpoint, it is also possible to appreciate other interesting formations, such as the parasitic cones, formed by prior lava eruptions.

This Bartolome Island day tour includes, besides the viewpoint, another visit to the nearby beaches: the north beach, where we will be able to enjoy the sea; the south beach, where we will be able to go on a walk to observe rays and blue sharks; however, swimming or snorkeling is not allowed in this beach because it is nesting site for sea turtles.

To finish the day, we will visit Sullivan bay, which is located next to Bartolome Island. This bay features an interesting recently formed lava field. We will snorkel in the bay’s calm waters. After this visit, we will return to Puerto Ayora.

Activities: Walking, swimming, snorkeling (superficial diving) and wildlife observation.

Wildlife: Blue sharks, lava heron, zayapas (Galapagos crab), Galapagos Gavilan, sea lions, marine iguanas, sea turtles, rays, tropical fish, among others.

What’s included

  • Naturalist Guide
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Wetsuit
  • Alcoholic beverages

Your Organizer

Andando Tours
5 reviews
With 40 years of experience working as a Galapagos tour and cruise operator, our staff is made up of trained experts who will help you design your custom vacation to meet all your travel needs and interests. We are the tailor-made traveler designers, full of excellent ideas about how to make the best of your time in the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador. Our team has an extended knowledge about this fantastic destination, enabling us to offer you first-hand experiences and recommendations.


Trip was fantastic. Guide was extraordinarily knowledgable, boat was excellent, food and other service was great and we saw a variety of excellent sites. Thanks again!
By Justin G for Archipel I Galapagos Cruise 15-18 Nov 2021 (Goldner X 1) on 29 Nov, 2021
Vision crew & naturalist Raphael led a wonderful exploration of the Galapagos species & habitats. The snorkeling, kayak &hikes were educational & enjoyable. Delicious Food & friendliness/ professionalism of crew made everyday a delight. Thanks to Andando staff for helpfulness in arrangements. Highly recommend
By Shar F for Mary Anne Galapagos Cruise 30 Oct-05 Nov 2021 (Foltz X 1) on 08 Nov, 2021
Horrible! They canceled the trip and now refuse to return my deposit. DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY
By Theresa R for Mary Anne Galapagos on 25 Oct, 2021
Our trip was originally on the Mary Anne, but was changed to MY Vision. We had a fantastic time! The Vision was a lovely boat for our group. The crew were so attentive and the food was fantastic. Our guide, Carolina, did an outstanding job of showing us the sights, animals and exotic birds. She also explained the history and geology of the islands with beautifully prepared presentations. I highly recommend this trip!
By Caroline S for Mary Anne Galapagos Cruise June 19-26, 2021 (Scott X 5) on 05 Jul, 2021
When I looked at possible day trips when in the Galapagos Islands, I read reviews on many tour companies. I wasn't sure which one to pick but finally decided to use Andando Tours because it was a family owned business. I couldn't have made a better choice. It far exceeded my expectations. The crew was great, good meal and most important saw hundreds of Blue Footed Boobies. The snorkeling was amazing, saw so many colorful fish. Our tour guide, Alejandro was so knowledgeable and just a fun person to be with. ( I think he deserves a raise.) We were so happy with the tour, we booked another one for the following day to a different island with Andando Tours.
By Kathyryn D for North Seymour day tour on 16 May, 2021


We had been waiting a long time to take a trip to the Galapagos and Andando Tours helped us every step of the way (even through a year of uncertainties because of COVID). Hugh was most helpful and communicated well with us making our trip easy and enjoyable. I would highly recommend Andando Tours for your travel needs!!
By Lashelle B on 27 Jun, 2021

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