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Pinnacle rock on Bartolome

Sullivan Bay and Bartolome Island

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Embark Galaxy Daily and enjoy a day trip to Bartolome and Sullivan Bay, two must-see Galapagos sites. Sullivan Bay is a mesmerizing place in the Galapagos for snorkeling in its crystalline waters and immersing yourself in the Galapagos' marine fauna and captivating underwater world. Next, visit Bartolome a beautiful island with an iconic pinnacle, accessible through a picturesque walk and a 395-step climb to reach the summit, offering a breathtaking panoramic view of the island and pinnacle. The walk also features small lava tunnels created by the last eruption, with endemic vegetation like lava cacti and tiquilla plants, and Darwin's finches.
Wooden boardwalk in BartolomeCruising in the Galapagos - Sullivan Bay by Bartolome IslandDarwin FinchCurious sea lion during a snorkeling outingGalapagos penguin on a rockGalapagos penguin by the waterPinnacle rock on Bartolome
  • Explore the striking crystalline waters of Sullivan Bay while snorkeling
  • Spot Darwin's finches and discover Galapagos' unique and diverse wildlife
  • Experience a stunning panoramic view of Bartolome Island and its pinnacle
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Sullivan Bay | Bartolome Island

Your day begins heading towards Sullivan Bay, where you will enjoy the marine fauna of the Galapagos while you snorkel. Sullivan Bay is one of the most beautiful places in the Galapagos to snorkel due to its crystal-clear waters! Following your snorkeling experience at Sullivan Bay, continue your adventure to Bartolomé Island. Lunch will be served onboard.

Bartolome Island is located northwest of Santa Cruz, mostly known for its Pinnacle Rock. Here you will have the opportunity to see one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Galapagos Islands while learning about the volcanic origins of the Islands.

Upon arriving at Bartolome, have a dry landing. Then, begin the walk along a path that will take us to the top of the island. The 395 steps will end with a spectacular panoramic view of the island and its pinnacle, being the moment to take that stunning photo of our trip. Observe small lava tunnels from the last eruption during the walk. The terrain is full of endemic vegetation grows, such as lava cacti and tiquilla plants, generally surrounded by Darwin's finches. Pinnacle Rock was formed by volcanic ash. After the walk and being impressed by the view, enjoy a zodiac ride along the coast. Then, with some luck, you will see the only tropical penguin and the second smallest in the world, the penguin from Galapagos.

After all, return to Itabaca Channel and enjoy a bus ride to the Puerto Ayora pier. 


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Children 5% (between 6 and 11 years old)

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
  • 1 Lunch
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Snorkeling gear (Mask and tube)
  • Towels
  • Transportation to/from the meeting point to Itabaca Channel
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $200 per adult, $100 per child under 12 (fees of $100 per adult and $50 per child valid on arrivals through Aug 1, 2024). Payable upon arrival to the Galapagos, only in cash dollars. Subject to increase by Galapagos Park Service.
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available to rent on board - $10/day per person.
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
  • Fins are not included but are available to rent on board - $5 per day per person.


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