Santa Cruz Tours
Full Day Bartolome Island & Sullivan Bay

Full Day Bartolome Island & Sullivan Bay


Ages 2-90, max of 10 per group
Duration: 11h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English, Spanish

  • Lunch and snacks
  • Transfer from San Francisco park to itbaca canal
  • Snorkeling equipment (mask and snorkel, fins according to sizes available on board) and towels
  • Permanent coffee or tea station
  • Galapagos National Park tour with certified bilingual guide (English-Spanish)
  • Entry/Admission - Malecon de Puerto Ayora
  • Entry/Admission - Sullivan Bay
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Use of SCUBA equipment
  • Transport from Puerto Ayora to hotel

  • Saint Francis Park, Parque San francisco, Ave Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 30440P60

    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Dress code is sportswear and swuimsuit
    • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
    • Shared Tour
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • One of the best landscapes in the whole Archipielago
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 30440P60

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    • Parque San francisco, Ave Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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    About the operator
    Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
      Joined in June 2011
    • bobwT4389XG
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Ecuador and the Galapagos
      Our trip was special from the first day to the last. The accommodations, restaurants and activities arranged by Cuenca Bestours were all first class, and we couldn't have been more pleased. Our guides were Lincoln and Sebastion and they were both wonderful to travel with. They were knowledgeable, pleasant and informative, and gave us insights into the history and culture of the areas we visited. They were always punctual, and both were safe drivers (a big plus with me). I certainly recommend Cuenca Bestours's services to anyone planning a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos.
      Written June 4, 2024
    • Traveller1001Uk
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good value trip
      We were looking for something that was good value for money on the Galapagos- not an easy task!! However we booked this and really enjoyed it. Two different snorkel sites and three walks, all accompanied by a great guide who helped us by translating to English. We paid $45 each. The tour included Las Grietas and the guide paid the entry fees as part of our price. For us it was good value for money and a really enjoyable afternoon.
      Written August 18, 2023
    • sergeb920
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      WB Diving where are the safety measures?
      A boat with 14 people operating on one out of 2 engines in big seas, resulting in a shorter visit , promised of a second boat that never came a too long snorkeling session and arrival time back at 18.30 instead of 15.00. No safety briefing, life jackets used as pillows for comfort. Big seas making return trip very unsafe. This was with WB DIVING or Wreck Bay Diving in SSN Cristobal. Shame as visit could have been exceptional
      Written June 4, 2023
    • Z7971LXchrisg
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Be careful
      The tour operator cancelled it two days before By all accounts we didn’t miss much we hadn’t already seen though
      Written April 24, 2023
    • Ryan G
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great trip to Seymour with kids
      We had a great time hiking around Seymour Island and saw quite a few animals up close. Our guide gave us tips to take a great picture. We also loved snorkeling at the beach and saw a sea turtle on the beach then snorkeled with it close by. The beach was beautiful. The crew on the boat takes great care of you and the snacks and lunch were delicious
      Written December 31, 2022
    • travelswithkidsSoCal
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent Introduciton to the Galapagos!
      We really enjoyed this tour of sites near Puerto Ayora. The naturalist guide was very informative and seemed genuinely interested in sharing his love of all the wonderful animals and plant life that make the Galapagos unique. We were delighted to get up close with huge male marine iguanas, resting black tip reef sharks and beautiful blue-footed boobies.
      Written December 28, 2022
    • michellebsf
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful and well organised tour
      + The whole tour was very well organised + The excursions were adventurous and the guides told a lot the nature and animals. We especially liked las Tintoreras and las Grietas. + The selected hotels were clean and central. - The organiser spoke almost any English and never asked us how our tours or transport was when we met her again. - Island hopping is a bit of an exaggeration as you only visit Santa Cruz and Isabela. The TripAdvisor description says La Loberia. We thought it was in St. Christobal, but it is La Loberia on Santa Cruz.
      Written June 24, 2022
    • Milena D
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      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      WARNING - Do not use this agency
      WARNING!!! Do not use this agency. We booked this trip well in advance and based on the dates that they had available just to have it cancelled the day before. This messed up our entire plans. They should not offer day trips that are not confirmed. We spent two days on an island unnecessarily.
      Written June 9, 2022
    • lisasX426EG
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Trip
      This was the first thing we did the day after traveling >24 hrs to arrive to the Galapagos. It was the perfect activity since it was half a day and we were jet lagged. Our guide was Manuel, and he was knowledgeable, funny, and spoke to us in English after explaining things to the rest of the boat in Spanish. We saw blue-footed boobies, sharks, sea lions, and marine iguanas. The highlight was Las Grietas, which was extremely beautiful cold/refreshing water to snorkel and see fish. I'd recommend having good shoes that can get wet and also hike on dirt/rocks (like keens or chacos) since there were a couple spots where we got out of the boat to walk to a site.
      Written July 29, 2021
    • savytraveler77789
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      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Do not use this company
      We booked this tour before arriving at the island. From the pictures and the description it seems like you are getting a nice boat. When we arrived, the boat was a different one than promised. Communication with the company is not the best and they are not very responsive. The snorkeling equipment provided was not the best. We do not recommend you book with this company. Please take a look at all the bad reviews and you will see this is a reoccurring theme with the company that goes back years. The guide was not the best at all on the boat, he barely spoke English. They also charge you so much more booking online. Just wait until you arrive on the island there are always so many options.
      Written July 28, 2021
    • S5321TDpaulm
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      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Not the best experience with this company
      Please make sure to read the other reviews. They promise you something and then you get something completely different. They also charge you way more than if you were to wait and book on the island directly with another company. As another review mentions, they also charge the locals way way less than they charge you online for the same exact tour. BEWARE. I was just on the island and I ended up going with another company since the boat was a very small boat as all the other reviews mention. The guide was also not the best. I recommend you book with another company or wait until you arrive on the island.
      Written July 24, 2021
    • eliasibrahim
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Terrible Experience with this company
      Make sure to not book with this company. They promise you a boat with a bathroom and then the boat was a very small boat that was dangerous to take out in choppy waters. It of course did not have a bathroom. We booked an English speaking guide and the guide barely spoke any English and he complained to the entire boat that he would have to also explain the tour in English and not just Spanish. They blamed us for being 40 minutes late to arrive on the island. But it was actually the same company's ferry that we booked that was late to arrive to the island. We recommend you do not book with this company at all.
      Written July 24, 2021
    • dannydN9975SW
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome, looking forward to returning. We were there in August of 2018. I could not reflect the date.
      My nephew and I had a nice time at Darwin's Observatory, the turtles were amazing. I highly recommend walking through this park and the out on the rocks that line the shoreline behind it. Scuba diving was awesome, I went out on an older wooden sailboat in excellent condition for a wonderful 2 tank dive. We saw a number of native fish to the islands, Hammer Head Sharks and other specie's I had not seen before. Food was awesome, especially if you enjoy fresh right from the boats freshness. Hiking was great too. You were able to crawl through lava formed tunnels and walk through them too. The sites on the island were amazing. Great surfing, we caught some really nice right breaks. Waves were awesome to to big to ride. Down hill skateboarding was a treat on really smooth asphalt roads on challaging hills. Tent a bike and really your the island and beaches. This was a great trip, spent a week in this island looking to go back and sport fish and dive some of the other islands real soon.
      Written October 13, 2020
    • R3387NZfionas
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Santa Cruz half day trip
      This was a fantastic snapshot of the island with a visit to all the highlights of Santa Cruz! Thank you, we loved it!
      Written January 19, 2020
    • marcosz840
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Hi Travellers! This is Joel. I am finally at home! I am from New York and I spent last week in the Galápagos Islands for the holidays and I am so happy to start this year after this incredible trip. Ecuador is amazing, the nature, community, the landscapes are out of mind! I was there with my family and we enjoyed so many activities with a smart, funny and friendly tour guide! I recommend BM Tours to everyone who wants to enjoy this beautiful country. They provided to me all the information about what I should bring and do. Thank you BM TOURS
      Written January 7, 2020
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    1.0 of 5 bubbles2 reviews
    Very good

    Gator d
    Los Angeles, CA2 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    The full day Bartolome tour was amazing. The tour bus picked us up from the hotel and drove us to the other side of Santa Cruz Island which took an hour. We hopped on a beautiful yacht and were served a great breakfast to start the day. Hours later we arrived in Bartolome Island to hike the volcano with a tour guide who pointed out fascinating ecological and geographical information with much enthusiasm. We then snorkeled with the Galápagos penguins. The day was just amazing. Upon returning, I started talking to people on the boat. They all said that they paid $180 for the tour. I was in complete shock bc I had paid $328 (almost double what they paid for the exact same boat, lunch and tour). I could not understand why I paid double the cost of an average ticket, especially when Viator (Trip advisor) guaranteed the “low price” on their website, and I contacted Viator when I got home. Viator would not issue me a refund for the difference. I have used Viator many times in the past as I travel often, and I have never been overcharged by so much. This was very disappointing. Do not use Viator to purchase any tours from the galapagos. You can go to the island and get these tours from local tour agencies for much cheaper than any price they post. Do not believe the “low price guarantee”! That was just a slap in the face after paying double the cost for my Bartolome tour.
    Written July 11, 2018
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    Los Angeles, CA11 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2019 • Solo
    On 27-Feb-2019 for I booked a full day Bartolome Island & Sullivan Bay tour for 13-Mar-2019. I received a notification from BM Tours 11-Mar-2019 that they had to cancel my booking.

    I went to a number of tour operators on Santa Cruz Island and they were unable to book me for a full day Bartolome Island tour. They all told me that ALL of the Bartolome Island land tours were booked.

    Clearly BM Tours did NOT book my activity when I paid them, but waited until a few days beforehand to do so. And when they couldn't book the activity, they canceled my booking which necessarily ruined my vacation.
    Written March 27, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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