Western Islands Cruise

John Collins Jr.
A pair of Blue Footed Boobies
Glory Moore
Sea lion coming in from a swim
Yvonne Smith
Kids loving Santa Cruz Island
erincorreia
Snorkeling in the Galapagos.
kate grenier
with the sun bathing iguanas
Relax and enjoy the view on the Fragata's deck.
Enjoy a drink from the bar.

Day-By-Day Summary

Departs

  • Nov 28, 2014
  • Dec 12, 2014
  • Dec 26, 2014
  • Jan 09, 2015
  • Jan 23, 2015
  • Feb 06, 2015
  • Feb 20, 2015
  • Mar 06, 2015
  • Mar 20, 2015
  • Apr 03, 2015
  • Apr 17, 2015
  • May 01, 2015
  • May 15, 2015
  • May 29, 2015
  • Jun 12, 2015
  • Jun 26, 2015
  • Jul 10, 2015
  • Jul 24, 2015
  • Aug 07, 2015
  • Aug 21, 2015
  • Sep 04, 2015
  • Sep 18, 2015
  • Oct 02, 2015
  • Oct 16, 2015
  • Oct 30, 2015
  • Nov 13, 2015
  • Nov 27, 2015
  • Dec 11, 2015
  • Dec 25, 2015

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Black Turtle Cove

This lovely cove includes a red mangrove lagoon on Santa Cruz Island. There are no landing sites so most visitors travel via panga or kayak. The calm lagoon provides a nursery for many sharks and rays. Sightings of white-tipped reef sharks, hammerheads, golden rays, spotted eagle rays, and black-tipped reef sharks are relatively common. Pelicans and herons also frequent the area and sea turtles can sometimes be seen mating in the mangrove-lined waters.

Santa Cruz Island

Looking out into the harbor in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is the second largest island in the Galapagos. The small town of Puerto Ayora is the economic Turtle crossing sign on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos Islands center of the archipelago, with the largest population of the 4 inhabited islands, approximately 8,000. Tourism, fishing, boat building and commerce are the major productive activities. Santa Cruz is also the only island where six different vegetation zones can be seen: Coastal, Arid, Transition, Scalesia, Miconia and Pampa zones.

Santa Cruz is home to the Charles Darwin Station, where visitors can observe tortoise research and breeding programs. Scientists, park rangers, and park managers among others conduct the conservation of the islands and make huge efforts to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A trip to the lush greenery of the Santa Cruz highlands offers a welcome contrast with the arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands. You will get a chance to see enormous pit craters, lava tunnels and giant tortoises roaming freely.

Santiago

Cactus on Santiago Island

This island was once home to a salt mining enterprise and its remains can still be seen if you walk from the black beach where you land, and continue along the coast. You will also see many inter-tidal pools that are homes to a large variety of invertebrate organisms.

Fur seals were thought to have gone extinct by 1905, but have since made a dramatic comeback. Santiago provides habitat for many of the 30-40,000 fur seals that call the Galapagos home. If you plan on taking pictures of the fur seals, Puerto Egas is an excellent spot. At dawn or sunset, the light is perfect for great photography. There are also plenty of sea lions on the black beach of Puerto Egas.

Take a moment after exploring the island and swim with the playful sea lions off the coast of two small coral-lined beaches.

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Child Discount

10% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. Discount not applicable for holiday departures.
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
69-31 days50% cruise cost
30 - 0 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% ($400 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.

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Includes

  • Accommodations on board Fragata 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 $15 for 5 days, $20 for 8 days
  • Wetsuit rental available for $25 for 5 days, $35 for 8 days
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

    Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip

  • $530 - $590

    Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

  • $475 - $520

Optional Hospitality Packages