Number four: BARTOLOME
This island isn’t exactly off-the-beaten-path (it includes the one of the most iconic and most photographed landscape in the Galapagos), but it sure is worth seeing. You get to hang out on a great sandy beach, snorkel at the base of pinnacle rock and actually get in a good hike. There’s small colony of penguins that hang out on Bartolome and they’re even more adorable than your run-of-the-mill flightless bird because they’re only 12 inches tall. These penguins may even join you while snorkeling; you’ll probably spot white-tipped reef sharks and massive sea turtles as well.
Bartolome is a highly worthwhile stop, especially for those on a shorter cruise or snorkeling fanatics.
When planning your Galapagos trip, it’s easy to see that there are a lot of islands and no itinerary includes every island. So how do you know if you’re really seeing the best sites and the most interesting islands? Easy, just check out Detour’s “Best Islands in the Galapagos” in this blog.