Visit Bachas Beach after lunch, which is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz. This beach is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles and the crystal waters invite you to relax and swim.
After lunch, visit Darwin Bay. This enormous bay dominates the island and like the Prince Philip’s Steps, this site is the home of large colonies of frigate birds and a wide variety of seabirds.
Spend the afternoon swimming and snorkeling with seals and penguins in Sullivan Bay. The landing is on a beautiful white sand beach where you can admire unique lava formations.
After lunch, head to Santa Fe, where you can find colonies of sea lions, land iguanas, fork-tailed seagulls, terns and petrels. A trail leading into the heart of the island takes you to a forest of giant cactus and palo santo trees. After this visit on land, you can swim and snorkel.
After lunch, visit Lobos Island, one of the most important colonies of sea lions and blue-footed boobies is on this island. The scenery is beautiful and it is the perfect spot to snorkel.
After lunch, head to Gardner Bay, located on the eastern side of Espanola. This area is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatrosses. It takes 45 minutes by boat to reach this site. The white sand beach is home to a group of sea lions and provides an excellent spot for swimming and snorkeling. Then visit both Gardner and Osborn Islets to observe wildlife, swim, and snorkel.
In the afternoon, sail to the Darwin Station on Santa Cruz, which is part of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galápagos Islands, an international non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research in the Galapagos Islands since 1959. This visit offers an excellent introduction to the Islands, their origin and their formation. Here, you can learn about the Galapagos giant turtle breeding.
After lunch, sail to Mosquera Island This island consists of a long narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and tide pools. Created by geological uplift, Mosquera has a flat look to it rather than the conical shape of the volcanically formed islands. It is a great place for snorkeling, strolling on the beach, and enjoying the wildlife. It is home to a huge population of sea lions and many shorebirds.
In the afternoon disembark in Espinoza Point on Fernandina. Take a hike to see lava flows, a colony of marine iguanas (nesting time: January to June), penguins, pelicans and colonies of cormorants, and lava cactus. Spend the rest of the afternoon snorkeling before boarding the boat for dinner.
After lunch, visit Tagus Cove, a port where whaling ships arrived and left their ships’ names in a cave in 1800. In the high part is Darwin Lake, a round salt water crater. Disembark and take a walk begins from the shore by a wooden stairway that rises to the dusty trail passing through Palo Santo Forest to reach the Darwin Lake. Continue on the trail around the lake through the dry vegetation zone and admire panoramic views the overlook both Darwin and Wolf volcanoes. Later, take a panga ride through the cliffs and observe the historical graffiti, penguins, flightless cormorants, boobies, pelicans and sally lightfoot crabs. Then enjoy snorkeling time in the cove.
In the afternoon, disembark and take a short walk around Chinese Hat observing lava tunnels, lava cactus, and Galápagos Sesuvium. Then take some time to swim and snorkel.
After lunch, visit Hacienda Primicias and see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around eating grass and leaves and wallowing. Some highland birds, like cattle egrets, mockingbirds, finches or flycatchers can be seen here. After the hike return to the yacht for dinner and briefing for next day.
In the afternoon, head to the Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center. This center has a captive breeding program for tortoises from the populations of southern Isabela. Then visit Humedales for a short hike. This area is characterized by sandy beaches, rocky shores, and mangroves. The area has a number of trails where you can see all four species of mangroves found in Galapagos and also migratory birds: whimbrel, short-billed dowitcher, wilson’s phalarope, common tern, blue-winged teal, osprey, black-bellied and semipalmated plovers, greater and lesser yellowlegs to name a few. Afterwards, take a bus to the Wall of Tears. The wall was constructed between 1946 and 1959 while Isabela was a penal colony. As punishment the prisoners were forced to build the wall from huge blocks of lava. The wall is named for the many convicts that died while building the wall. Then board the boat for dinner.
Rabida is a birdwatcher's delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance on this island, such as nine varieties of finches, Large-billed Flycatchers, Galapagos Hawks and Brown Pelicans.
After lunch, sail to Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz Island. Take a walk to a hypersalinic (saltier than the ocean) lagoon behind the beach, often frequented by flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. Then take a short walk to the hill, which offers a great view of the bay and a nesting site of land iguanas. Many of the iguanas that nest here have been repatriated by the Charles Darwin Research Station.