Bartolome Island, Galapagos

Bartolome Island is one of the islands in the Galapagos archipelago, located to the north of Santa Cruz Island. It is a small volcanic island that is about 18 kilometers northwest of the main island of Galapagos, Santa Cruz Island. It is famous for its stunning natural landscapes and unique wildlife. One of the main attractions of the island is Pinnacle Rock, a needle-shaped rock formation that rises from the ocean and is considered one of the most iconic symbols of Galapagos. The island also has beautiful white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, perfect for snorkeling and observing marine life. Additionally, different species of animals can be found on Bartolome Island, such as penguins, sea lions, and sea turtles, among others. It is also possible to hike and explore the terrestrial flora and fauna of the island. It is worth noting that to preserve the integrity of the Galapagos ecosystem, a special permit is required to visit Bartolome Island and other islands in the archipelago, and it is important to follow the regulations established by the local authorities.

Bartolome island Galapagos.

How to visit this island?

Bartolome is 2 hours away by boat from the Itabaca channel. In order to get to know this beautiful island, you must do a 1-day tour. These tours are carried out on first class yachts or luxury yachts accompanied by 16 people. If you would like privacy, you can charter the boat.

Galapagos map.


Bartolomé Island is one of the islands part of the Galapagos archipelago. It is located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador and next to the east coast of Santiago Island.

Coordinates: 0°17′06″S 90°32′20″O

Pinnacle Bartolome island.


The pinnacle is the most representative shape of the island. This is a triangular-shaped rock that is part of a volcanic cone. At its feet there is sand of various colors. Here you can see various seabirds and Galapagos penguins perched upon rocks or swimming in search of food.

Galapagos penguin.

Flora and Fauna

The island´s inhabitants are the Galapagos penguins, hawks, sea turtles, and tropical fish. The most common plants that can be found are lava cacti, mangroves, and sand flowers.

Galapagos hawk.
Lava cactus.
Sea turtle
Tropical fish.

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