Galapagos Islands Day 3 – Bartolome Island and Sullivan Bay

Our scheduled stops were at Bartolome Island and Sullivan Bay on Santigao Island. This day was about the creation of Islands and the volcanic activity that happened thousands of years ago and up to as recent as the 20th Century. Only a few minutes apart by boat, the geological makeup and landscape on each locations are vastly different.

Bartolome, one of the youngest islands resembles a Martian landscape with few life forms inhabiting the island such as lava lizards, the odd snake and some cactus plants. The landscape is dotted with large boulders after volcanic eruptions sent them soaring hundreds of metres into the sky. This is a new site to be opened to the public with access only via a raised platform to preserve the landscape. The top of the walkway high up on the hill offers panoramic views out to the ocean and to Bartolome Island.

Sullivan Bay on the Island on Santiago offers a stark contrast in textures and conditions. The last eruption on this island was in the early 1900’s resulting in amazing looking lava flows resemble that of Hawaii all the way down to the coast line. As we walk across the lava flow, the heat reflects off the metal like texture making the excursion a very hot one. As we trek along the lava flows, I joke around expecting to see Han Solo appealing frozen like in carbonite in Star Wars.

The highlight of the day and up there for the trip was snorkelling with penguins afterwards near Pinnacle Rock. There were three of them chasing schools of sardines and they would be so curious that they would come up and give the camera a little peck. We see other sea creatures such as rays, sharks and sea lions however, most people would be able to say brag that they got to swim with penguins.

Bartolome Island

Bartolome Island Galapagos

Not much plant life other than cactus

Bartolome Island Galapagos lizard

Lava Lizard. There are Lava Lizards that are unique to each island throughout the Galapagos

Bartolome Island Galapagos

Accesss walkway

Bartolome Island Galapagos

Overlooking Sullivan Bay and Santiago Island. Apparently a scene from Captain and Commander was shot here.

Bartolome Island Galapagos

Looking out to the Pacific

Bartolome Island Galapagos

You can get pretty close to the wildlife here

Bartolome Island Galapagos

Pinnacle Rock in the background

Bartolome Island Galapagos

Pinnacle Rock, our snorkelling playground


Curious Penguins

Beef Strongonoff


Sullivan Bay

Sullivan Bay Galapagos

Could be mistaken for Hawaii

Sullivan Bay Galapagos

Cool textures

Sullivan Bay Galapagos

A lonely cactus

Sullivan Bay Galapagos

Cracks form as the lava cools

Sullivan Bay Galapagos


Sullivan Bay Galapagos


Sullivan Bay Galapagos

Off looking for other animals….or aliens maybe?

Sullivan Bay Galapagos

“A river of molten magma” – Dr Evil


Off to the next destination. In September, the cooler sea currents prevent the moisture in the air from evaporating so most of the island will be covered in mist.

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