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Bartolome Island in the Galapagos archipleago - description & highlights

Bartolome Island

Galapagos Bartolome Islands

Bartolomé is a small island off James that offers beautiful white sand beaches fringed by luxuriant green mangroves. The eastern end of the island has many volcanic cones and lava tubes. Climb to the summit of the island for one of the most breathtaking views in the islands. The tall, leaning spike known as Pinnacle Rock is the eroded remains of an old tuff cone. At its foot is a beach for swimmers and snorkelers, and a tiny colony of Galápagos penguins.

Bartolome affords some of the most luxurious views in the entire Galapagos Islands archipelago.

Visitor Sites

Bartolome visitor site:

Dry/Wet Landing

Known to be one of the younger islands

in the archipelago, Bartolome doesn't boast many species of plants or animals. A 30 minute climb to the summit, however, provides a spectacular panoramic view featuring tuff cones, spatter cones, and cinder cones. Lava cactus and lizards will be seen along the trail.

Once you have descended, your pang

a will likely take you to the other side of the Island near Pinnacle Rock for a wet landing to do some swimming and snorkeling. Penguins, sea turtles, and white-tipped sharks can be seen here.

Day tours to Bartolome

FAQ's about Bartolome Island

Questions and Answers about Bartolome Island

What is the cost of a day trip to Bartolome Island?

This can vary depending on the boat you book, it is anywhere $180 USD and above. Usually a day trip to Bartolome includes a visit to James Bay on Santiago island and lunch. Take note that total travel time is about 7 hours from Puerto Ayora - 1 hour crossing each way and 2 1/2 hour navigating each way. 


What wildlife can be spotted on Bartolome island?

Although a small island with scarce vegetation, Bartolome is home to lava lizards, marine iguanas, sea lions. The marine life that inhabits the surrouding waters is rich, notable species are: Galapagos Penguins, white tipped reef sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, tropical fish, parrot fish, amongst other species. 


Is it possible to visit Bartolome island on a day tour from Santa Cruz?

Yes, you can visit Bartolome on a day tour. Bartolome in terms of navigation is about 2 1/2 hours from Itabaca channel on board the day trip yachts that operate from Santa Cruz, a small yacht with cabins will take a little longer, aprox 3 1/2 hours. 


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