Southwest Islands Cruise

Julia Kocubinski
In the Galapagos up close
kate grenier
rolfing family photo in the galapagos
kate grenier
Galapagos sting ray seen while snorkeling
Sullivan Peraino
Blue footed booby
DarAnne Dunning
Birdlife found on a wildlife tour of the Galapagos
Renee Noffke
Isabela Island
Stuart White
Opuntia at sunset, Isabela

Departs

  • Aug 12, 2014
  • Aug 26, 2014
  • Sep 09, 2014
  • Nov 18, 2014
  • Dec 02, 2014
  • Dec 16, 2014
  • Dec 30, 2014
  • Jan 13, 2015
  • Jan 27, 2015
  • Feb 10, 2015
  • Feb 24, 2015
  • Mar 10, 2015
  • Mar 24, 2015
  • Apr 07, 2015
  • Apr 21, 2015
  • May 05, 2015
  • May 19, 2015
  • Jun 02, 2015
  • Jun 16, 2015
  • Jun 30, 2015
  • Jul 14, 2015
  • Jul 28, 2015
  • Aug 11, 2015
  • Aug 25, 2015
  • Sep 08, 2015
  • Sep 22, 2015
  • Oct 06, 2015
  • Oct 20, 2015
  • Nov 03, 2015
  • Nov 17, 2015
  • Dec 01, 2015

Private Independent Travel

Experience the best of the Galapagos on a Southwest Islands tour. Snorkel, hike, and play as you cruise through sea lion colonies and experience the unique ecosystem of the Galapagos.

Day 1

    San Cristobal - Lobos

    Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Galaxy for your Galapagos Cruise.

    In the afternoon, sail for Isla Lobos (Sea Lion Island) to view the sea lions which rest on the island's rocky shore. Isla Lobos is frequented with blue-footed boobies, great frigate-birds, brown pelicans, lava gulls, common noddies, yellow warblers and small and medium ground finches, making it an ideal location for birders. Snorkel in the clear water and play with the sea lions in the shallows.

    Day 2

      Espanola

      Journey to Suarez Point, one of the most significantly wild-life rich locations in the Galapagos archipelago. View marine iguanas and over-sized lava lizards as they sun themselves on the rocks.

      In the afternoon, travel to Gardner Bay to snorkel with a variety of fish. Hope to see the occasional turtle or shark which swim in the waters off the island.

      Day 3

        Floreana

        Visit Baroness’ Observatory for exceptional views of La Loberia. Learn the history of the island while exploring the lookout.

        Sail for Post Office Bay, a sandy beach where past whalers used to leave and receive their letters in a barrel. Take part in the tradition by leaving an addressed postcard in the barrel. Additionally, pick up any letters within close proximity to your home to deliver once you return from the Galapagos.

        Day 4

          Santa Fe - South Plaza Island

          Arrive at Santa Fe to view the Opuntia cactus forest, the largest of its kind in the archipelago. Watch marine iguanas and lava lizards or snorkel in the warm waters of the island.

          At South Plaza, experience one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos islands. Take a rocky trail which circumnavigates the island for spectacular views and varied vegetation.

          Day 5

            Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center - Highlands

            Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the natural history of the islands and the effects of human involvement. See the tortoise breeding and rearing project at work.

            Day 6

              Isabela

              Visit Las Tintoreras to see the colony of white tip sharks which can often be seen resting in a lava canal. Snorkel in the shallows or relax on the beach with a sea lion colony.

              In the afternoon, see 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 7

                Isabela

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

                Sail for Urbina Bay to see see turtles and rays. Take a short trail which leads to a coral reef. The area is abundant with marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and pelicans.

                Day 8

                  Fernandina - Isabela

                  Visit Espinosa Point to view hundreds of marine iguanas as they gather on the black lava rocks. Walk around to see the various lava flows.

                  In the afternoon, sail for 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 9

                    Santiago

                    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.

                    Day 10

                      Santa Cruz Island - Black Turtle Cove - Baltra

                      Visit Black Turtle Cove to see blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, sea turtles, golden cownose rays, spotted eagle rays, and the occasional hammerhead shark.

                      In the afternoon, transfer to the airport and connect to your onward flights.


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

                      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% ($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.

                      Click here to see a copy of our Terms and Conditions.

                      Includes

                      • 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

                      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 $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