After pick up from your hotel in Puerto Ayora, board a yacht for your private trip to Bartolome Island. You’ll spend a fun filled day on one of the most photographed Galapagos islands. Your private guide will lead you to the top of the pinnacle rock. Afterwards, sunbath on the beach or snorkel through the lava formations. You may even get to swim with sea turtles and penguins.
Have the chance to snorkel with sea turtles and Galapagos penguins
Skip the hassle of arranging unreliable public transportation
Enjoy the comfort and exclusivity of a private yacht
The disembark will be in groups, make sure to bring water and a camera. The trail is made of wood and all the way to the summit of this extinct volcano for you to admire the landscape and get amazed and you will feel that all those stairs was worth it.
The snorkel will take place in Sullivan Bay which is bay located in Santiago Island just five minutes away from Bartholomew Island; here you may expect to spot the Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, white tip sharks, rays and more marine wildlife swimming in shallow waters.
This was a perfect way to end our visit to the Galapagos via Sante Fe tours. The tour was a relaxing boat ride (not a speedboat) to Bartolome Island...complete with a good breakfast and lunch. Then about an hour on the island, then about another hour snorkeling. Even though it was a bit pricier than other day tours I'd totally recommend it.
The view at Bartolome is amazing. Our guide was also dedicated to getting us some penguin sightings, and we saw at least 7! The whole crew was amazing. Also, the lunch was like a 3 course meal - some type of fried fish with an appetizer and fruit dessert. I was expecting a granola bar, so the fact that we had a chef on board was way more than expected.The only negative was the boat ride back. This is something everyone needs to reflect on when deciding if this trip is for you. With the speed you travel back, you honestly feel like you're going to tip over. Looking back, we were probably perfectly safe, but just be aware, if you are deathly afraid of the ocean, you may have to skip Bartolome.The boat ride back aside - this trip, the view, the food, the penguins, seeing a sea turtle, snorkeling with amazing fish - it can't be beat. Bring some Dramamine for the boat ride, but don't skip this trip. Also, don't skip the snorkeling...I'm not a water fan, but the stuff you see in the water was really cool. If you don't feel comfortable swimming, just ask for a life jacket.