Central and Western Islands Cruise

Stuart White
tortoise lunch
Laura Cahill
Lounging around!
Hope Pordy
Galapagos finch
Sullivan Peraino
Blue footed booby
kate grenier
rolfing family photo in the galapagos
kate grenier
Galapagos sting ray seen while snorkeling
Julia Kocubinski
In the Galapagos up close
Take a Galapagos cruise around the Central and Western islands to snorkel with sea lions, admire lava lizards, and view the famous Galapagos tortoises.

Day 1

Baltra / Santa Cruz Island

Embark on Baltra and sail to Santa Cruz Island, where you will spend the day hiking and looking for wildlife, including giant tortoises! In the evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail and presentation from the ship's captain before dinner.

Day 2


Visit Las Tintoreras to see a colony of white tip sharks which are often seen resting in a shallow lava canal. Explore a beautiful, small bay where you may find marine tortoises, marine iguanas, sea lions, and rays. You may also visit Humedales, where you can take in an incredible view.

In the afternoon, visit the Tortoise Breeding Center and learn about tortoise conservation. Giant tortoise eggs are collected and brought to the center to be hatched. After five years, they are released back into the wild.

Day 3


Journey to Moreno Point and explore amazing coastal lagoons surrounded by black lava flows. Here you may find many different species of bird while enjoying a panoramic view of the most active volcanoes in the Galapagos: Sierra Negra, Cerro Azul, and La Cumbre.

Then head to Elizabeth Bay to explore its marine visitor site. Watch Galápagos hawks soar overhead and see schools of pompana as they swim beneath you.

Day 4

Fernandina / Isabela

This morning, sail to Espinosa Point to view hundreds of marine iguanas as they gather on the black lava rocks. Walk around the shore to see the various types of lava flows.

In the afternoon, journey to Tagus Cove and take a zodiac trip below the high cliffs of the island. See penguins, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions on shore, and snorkel off the sandy beach.

Day 5


Sail for Puerto Egas to learn about the past salt mining industry of the islands. Take an inland hike to the salt crater to sight finches, doves, and hawks. Walk along the rugged coastline and play in the shallow tide pools along the shore.

After lunch, relax on the gorgeous Espumilla Beach, a very important site for nesting tortoises.

Day 6

Daphne Major or Dragon Hill / Santa Cruz Island / Black Turtle Cove

Spend the morning sailing around Daphne Major, a volcanic tuff cone that was formed by successive explosions of lava and water.

In the afternoon, head to Black Turtle Cove, situated in the northern part of Santa Cruz Island. The shallow cove is an ideal location for young marine life.

Day 7

Rabida / Chinese Hat

Spend the morning on the red sand beaches of Rabida Island, then travel to the small,volcanic island of Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat). Here you will be able to hike around and see magnificent lava tubes and lava flows that cover the island.

Day 8

  • Breakfast

North Seymour / Mosquera

Spend the morning sailing around Daphne Major, a volcanic tuff cone that was formed by successive explosions of lava and water.

Sail past the beautiful Mosquera Islet on your way back to Baltra, where you transfer to mainland Ecuador.

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

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

Child Discount

10% 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


  • Accommodations on board Galaxy 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
  • Sea Kayaking


  • 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 $25 for 4 days, $30 for 5 days, $35 for 6 days, $45 for 8 days, $55 for 10 days, $60 for 11 days, $80 for 15 days
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

    Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip

  • $530 - $590

    Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

  • $475 - $520

Optional Hospitality Packages