Western Islands Cruise

DarAnne Dunning
Marine iguana spotted on a Galapagos wildlife tour
DarAnne Dunning
Catch a glimpse of a Blue-footed Booby on your Galapagos Islands tour
Erin
See the Galapagos Tortoise at the Charles Darwin Center, Santa Cruz Island
DarAnne Dunning
Sea lion relaxing on a rocky shore in the Galapagos Islands
DarAnne Dunning
A Flightless Cormorant found on Fernandina and Isabela Islands in the Galapagos
DarAnne Dunning
Sally light-foot crab in the Galapagos Islands
Tatjana
The Cachalote carries 16 guests on a small ship Galapagos cruise

Departs

  • Aug 27, 2014
  • Oct 08, 2014
  • Oct 22, 2014
  • Nov 05, 2014
  • Nov 19, 2014
  • Dec 03, 2014
  • Dec 17, 2014
  • Dec 31, 2014
  • Jan 14, 2015
  • Jan 28, 2015
  • Feb 11, 2015
  • Feb 25, 2015
  • Mar 11, 2015
  • Mar 25, 2015
  • Apr 08, 2015
  • Apr 22, 2015
  • May 06, 2015
  • May 20, 2015
  • Jun 03, 2015
  • Jun 17, 2015
  • Jul 01, 2015
  • Jul 15, 2015
  • Jul 29, 2015
  • Aug 12, 2015
  • Oct 07, 2015
  • Oct 21, 2015
  • Nov 04, 2015
  • Nov 18, 2015
  • Dec 02, 2015

Private Independent Travel

Embark on this exciting 8 day tour of the Galapagos' wild west! Highlights of the west include beautiful Santa Cruz, wildlife-rich Isabela, cliff-laden Fernandina, and the amazing black beaches of Santiago. These islands are rich with an abundance of wildlife both in and out of the ocean including flamingos, iguanas, sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks. Enjoy the company of friendly sea lions while snorkeling or hike across volcanic landscapes making this a truly unique vacation.

Day 1

    Baltra - Santa Cruz

    Arrive in the Galapagos and transfer to Santa Cruz Island. Here, we will visit the highlands of Santa Cruz where you will have the opportunity to see giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat.

    In the afternoon, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and its giant tortoise breeding center. Here, you can learn about the various Galapagos conservation and research programs that have helped saved certain species of tortoises from becoming extinct.

    Day 2

      Chinese Hat - Rábida

      This morning we travel to Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino), a small volcanic island. Here, view magnificent lava tubes and lava flows, and learn about these interesting geological formations.

      This afternoon, we travel to Rábida Island, visiting a saltwater lagoon ans keeping our eyes peeled for Brown Pelicans and other amazing Galapagos wildlife!

      Day 3

        Isabela

        Today we arrive to Isabela Island, in search of Blue-footed Boobies, fur seals, sea lions and more! In the morning we visit the small island of Las Tintoreras, one of the main breeding sites for marine iguanas. Next, we travel to the Sierra Negra volcano, one of the most active volcanos in the Galapagos Islands.

        This afternoon we visit Isabela's Giant Tortoise Breeding Center where we'll see several species of tortoises in one location.

        Day 4

          Isabela

          Today we continue to explore Isabela Island. In the morning we visit Punta Moreno, where we keeps are eyes peeled for White-cheeked Pintail ducks.

          In the afternoon, we visit Elizabeth Bay. Here, we have the opportunity to observe some amazing Galapagos wildlife, such as the Flightless Cormorant, marine turtles and sea lions.

          Day 5

            Isabela

            We explore more of Isabela Island today, visiting Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove. At Urbina Bay, we hope to catch a glimpse of marine iguanas and Galapagos Penguins! At Tagus Cove, we have the chance to see an abundance of Galapagos birds, such as the Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, Flightless Cormorant and the Galapagos Penguin.

            Day 6

              Fernandina - Isabela

              This morning we visit Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island, where we scout the shoreline for Flightless Cormorants, Sally Lightfoot crabs, sea lions, iguanas and more!

              In the afternoon, we travel back to Isabela Island and visit the wonderful snorkeling site of Punta Vicente Roca.

              Day 7

                Santiago - Bartolomé

                This morning we visit Puerto Egas on Santiago Island, where we will see Galapagos fur seals swimming along the shore. If we're lucky, we will also spot numerous Galapagos birds, such as the Galapagos Dove, the Vermilion Flycatcher, and the Galapagos Hawk!

                This afternoon, we travel to Bartolomé Island. Here, we hike up steep, wooden steps in order to reward ourselves with spectacular views of the islands!

                Day 8

                  North Seymour - Baltra

                  This morning we travel to North Seymour Island, home one of the largest populations of frigatebirds. We may also see Blue-footed Boobies and Swallow-tailed Gulls.

                  After our visit to North Seymour, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.


                  All itineraries are subject to change due to weather or changes by the National Park Service or yacht operator.
                   Cabins
                  2014-Aug-27
                  2014-Nov-05
                  2014-Nov-19
                  $3,035
                  2014-Oct-08
                  2014-Oct-22
                  2014-Dec-03
                  $2,740
                  2014-Dec-17$3,195
                  2014-Dec-31
                  2015-Jan-14
                  2015-Jan-28
                  2015-Feb-11
                  2015-Feb-25
                  2015-Mar-11
                  2015-Mar-25
                  2015-Apr-08
                  2015-Apr-22
                  2015-Jun-17
                  2015-Jul-01
                  2015-Jul-15
                  2015-Jul-29
                  2015-Aug-12
                  2015-Nov-04
                  2015-Nov-18
                  $3,280
                  2015-May-06
                  2015-May-20
                  2015-Jun-03
                  2015-Oct-07
                  2015-Oct-21
                  2015-Dec-02
                  $2,960
                  Places
                  South America, Galapagos, Ecuador, Bartolome, Santa Cruz Island, Fernandina, Isabela, Santiago, North Seymour, Rabida, Highlands, Charles Darwin Center, Puerto Villamil, Punta Moreno, Elizabeth Bay, Espinosa Point, Vicente Roca Point, Puerto Egas, Baltra, Chinese Hat, Tagus Cove, Urbina Bay, Sierra Negra Volcano, Chico Volcano
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                  Child Discount

                  50% 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

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                  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 25% ($400 minimum), and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

                  Final payment is due 70 (10 weeks) days prior to departure.

                  Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 (10 weeks) days prior to departure.

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                  Includes

                  • Accommodations on board Cachalote 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

                  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
                  • Snorkel equipment rental available for $5 a day
                  • Scuba dive option possible on one day of the itinerary, rate varies. Please contact us for more information
                  • Wetsuit rental available for $30/person
                  • Kayaks available upon request for no additional charge
                  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
                  • Travel Insurance

                  Galapagos Flights

                    Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip

                  • $530 - $590

                    Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

                  • $475 - $520

                  Optional Hospitality Packages