Western Islands II Cruise

kate grenier
with the sun bathing iguanas
Sandra Dave
A group of giant tortoises in the Galapagos
Snorkelers making their way through crystal clear waters.
Taking a guided tour through the Galapagos.
David Taube
Galapagos tortoise
Relax and enjoy a drink on the deck.
Archipell I & II's comfortable and modern lounge.
Embark on this exciting 5 day tour of the Galapagos' wild west! Highlights of the west include beautiful Santa Cruz, wildlife-rich Isabela, cliff-laden Fernandina, and the beautiful white sands of Bachas Beach. Enjoy the company of friendly sea lions while snorkeling or hike across volcanic landscapes bursting with fascinating wildlife including flamings, iguanas, and penguins!

Day 1

    Baltra - Santa Cruz Island - Highlands

    Our guide will be waiting for you at Baltra Airport. Once the group of passengers is completed, the guide will accompany you to the Archipell, which anchors in Puerto Ayora harbor. After arrival on board, you will check in and give you general information. You will have lunch after this and then onto the first excursion. The first excursion will be to visit the Highlands which is full of incredible areas of vegetation. Later you will visit the private farm of Las Primicias. This reserve offers you one of the best possibilities to see the huge turtles of Santa Cruz Island. You can observe them from a very close distance.

    Days 2-3

      Isabela

      Isabela Island is the largest of the archipelago with a surface of 4588 square kilometers. It engages more than the half of the land area of whole Galápagos. Take an easy walk through the unique lava landscape with its huge colonies of sea lizard and sea lion colonies on the island of Tintoreras. Have a chance to observe white tip sharks resting in the flat water near the shore. The wetlands of this area are located south of Isabela Island. They have a wide variety of flora and fauna, as well as a spectacular scenery of the bay, the town of Puerto Villamil, volcanoes, islets and rocks.

      Punta Moreno has a young volcanic landscape with numerous fresh-water pools and lagoons. This is a great habitat for flamingos, bahama ducks and other birds. Travel to the mangrove area of Elizabeth Bay with little off-shore islands where dwarf penguins make their home. Schools of manta rays, turtles and other giants of the ocean such as whale-sharks are also common. Take an excursion around Elizabeth Bay in a zodiac. Your zodiac ride starts with a visit to the Marielas islets which is home to the largest penguin colony in the Galapagos. Continue into the red mangrove covered cove where sea turtles, Flightless Cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions run free.

      Day 4

        Isabela - Fernandina

        Take a tour along the cliffs of Tangus Cove in a zodiac to get a good chance at seeing the Galapagos penguin, the Flightless Cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where several volcanoes and the Darwin Lake can be viewed. This is an uplifted ultra saline lake saltier than the sea. Espinoza point is one of Fernandina’s visit points. This is situated within a fascinating lava scenery filled with Lava-Cacti and mangroves. Enjoy seeing sea lions, penguins, the Flightless Cormorant as well as one of the biggest iguana colonies of the Galapagos. Snorkel and explore the hidden beauty of the ocean floor.

        Day 5

          Bachas Beach - Baltra

          Las Bachas is a beautiful white-sand beach on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. There you can go for a stroll or do some easy snorkeling in the gentle surf. Sea turtles lay their eggs at the edge of the vegetation here. Also look for a rusted pontoon, a relic of the Second World War. 'Las Bachas' is a poor pronunciation of 'barges,' two of which were wrecked offshore during WWII. The locals mispronounced the name and it has been used since. After that, you will be transferred to the Baltra’s Airport to fly back to the mainland of Ecuador.

          All itineraries are subject to change due to weather or changes by the National Park Service or yacht operator.

          Child Discount

          20% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise
          Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

          Cancellation Policy

          Days Prior to departureFee
          70 days or moreDeposit
          0-69 days100% Cruise Cost

          Single Supplement

          This yacht requires single travelers to pay a supplement for private accommodations unless a roommate can be found.

          Deposit & Payment

          Initial deposit is 35% ($500 minimum), and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. Alternatively, you can register online here.

          Final payment is due 70 (10 weeks) prior to departure by bank transfer, check or credit card. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge.

          Click here to see a copy of our Terms and Conditions

          Includes

          • Accommodations on board Archipell I based on double occupancy
          • Meals while in the Galapagos
          • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
          • Shore Excursions
          • Swimming and Snorkeling
          • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
          • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
          • Snorkeling Equipment

          Excludes

          • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
          • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
          • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
          • $35 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
          • $45 International Departure Tax
          • Wetsuit rental available for $8 per day
          • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
          • Travel Insurance

          Galapagos Flights

            Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip

          • $530 - $590

            Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

          • $475 - $520

          Optional Hospitality Packages