Central Islands Cruise

Laura Cahill
Can you see them? They're blending.
Sullivan Peraino
Beautiful Galapagos landscape
John Collins Jr.
A pair of Blue Footed Boobies
Encounter tropical wildlife while you sail on the Aranui
Brian Morgan
Iguana found during a Galapagos wildlife cruise
An indoor lounge area is the perfect place to learn of your upcoming Galapagos experiences
Cozy dining spaces aboard the Golodrina I

Departs

  • Oct 10, 2014
  • Oct 24, 2014
  • Nov 07, 2014
  • Nov 21, 2014
  • Dec 05, 2014
  • Dec 19, 2014
  • Jan 02, 2015
  • Jan 16, 2015
  • Jan 30, 2015
  • Feb 13, 2015
  • Feb 27, 2015
  • Mar 13, 2015
  • Mar 27, 2015
  • Apr 10, 2015
  • Apr 24, 2015
  • May 08, 2015
  • May 22, 2015
  • Jun 05, 2015
  • Jun 19, 2015
  • Jul 03, 2015
  • Jul 17, 2015
  • Jul 31, 2015
  • Aug 14, 2015
  • Aug 28, 2015
  • Sep 11, 2015
  • Sep 25, 2015
  • Oct 09, 2015
  • Oct 23, 2015
  • Nov 06, 2015
  • Nov 20, 2015
  • Dec 04, 2015
  • Dec 18, 2015

Private Independent Travel

Explore the islands of the Galapagos islands on this cruise of the Galapagos archipelago. This budget friendly cruise ship allows travelers to explore the vast wildlife and remote shore of the Galapagos in style.

Day 1

    Baltra - Santa Cruz Island

    Arrival in Baltra airport and transfer to the boat. Briefing onboard about the boat and the island.

    Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, Las Bachas is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galápagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest off the beach.

    Day 2

      Genovesa

      Prince Phillips Steps is an extraordinary, steep path leads through a seabird colony full of life, up to cliffs that are 25m high. At the top the trail continues inland, passing more seabird colonies in a thin palo santo forest. Leaving the forest you can overview a rocky plain. You could get a view of masked and red-footed boobies, great frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds and hundreds of storm petrels at the edge of the cliff.

      Darwin Bay offers a beach consisting of coral where a 750m trail takes you through more seabird colonies. You get to see the cliffs from the seaward side, which are home to a large red-footed booby colony. Once ashore the number of birds seems overwhelming – Nazca boobies soar overhead, great frigatebirds display their pouches while resting on the nearby rocks and plants, and mockingbirds scamper quickly across the sand.

      Day 3

        Bartolome - Santiago

        Bartolomé Island is a volcanic islet just off the east coast of Santiago Island in the Galápagos Islands Group. It is one of the "younger" islands in the Galápagos archipelago. This island, and Sullivan Bay on Santiago island, are named after naturalist and life-long friend of Charles Darwin, Sir Bartholomew James Sullivan, who was a Lieutenant aboard HMS Beagle.

        The Sullivan Bay lava field has a variety of interesting patterns made by the shapes and textures of trees that once existed there and hornitos caused when pockets of gas or water trapped under the lava exploded. The low-lying mollugo and the lava cactus are the only plants that have managed to take root in this harsh environment. On the shoreline black and white oystercatchers can be seen fishing for crabs and molluscs in the tide pools.

        Day 4

          South Plaza - Santa Fe

          South Plaza has one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galápagos. It is also home to marine iguanas and a hybrid iguana whose fathers are marine iguanas and mothers are land iguanas. There are cliffs with spectacular views and a rocky trail circumnavigates the island displaying the combination of dry and coastal vegetation zone. The island is home to enormous prickly pear cactus and the endemic succulent sesuvian.

          Santa Fe is a volcanic uplift and hosts a forest of Opuntia cactus, which are the largest of the archipelago, and palo santo. Weathered cliffs provide a haven for swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, and sehar-waters petrels. The Santa Fe species of land iguanas are often seen, as well as lava lizards. There is a picturesque turquoise lagoon and calm waters where you can snorkel amongst sea lions.

          Day 5

            San Cristobal

            One of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin, Cerro Brujo is a beautiful white-sand beach where brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, and marine iguanas can all be found. An onshore version of nearby Kicker Rocks, Cerro Brujo is a very striking, eroded tuff cone. There is also fantastic snorkeling in the turquoise waters.

            Isla Lobos is small island is named after the sea lions that rest and play on its rocky shores. It is also home to blue-footed boobies, great frigate-birds, brown pelicans, lava gulls, common noddies, yellow warblers and small and medium ground finches. There is good snorkelling in the clear waters of the channel and this is one of the best sites at which to swim with sea lions underwater.

            Day 6

              Espanola

              Suarez Point is one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago, with a long list of species found along its cliffs and sand or pebble beaches. In addition to five species of nesting seabirds there are the curious and bold Española Island mockingbirds, Galápagos doves and Galápagos hawks. Several types of reptiles, including the marine iguana and the oversized lava lizard, are unique to this island.

              Gardner Bay has a magnificent beach with turquoise waters. Around the small islets nearby, snorkellers will find lots of fish and sometimes turtles and sharks. The bay is also frequented by a transient colony of sea lions which like to swim with you. Birds, like the endemic Hood-mockingbird and different species of Darwin finches, are omnipresent.

              Day 7

                Floreana - Santa Cruz Island

                Floreana has an area of 173 square kilometers (67 sq mi) and a maximum elevation of 640 meters (2,100 ft). It is one of the islands with the most interesting human history and one of the earliest to be inhabited. Flamingos and green sea turtles nest (December to May) on this island. The "patapegada" or Galápagos Petrel is found here, a sea bird which spends most of its life away from land.

                On Santa Cruz Island, the Charles Darwin Research Station is an international not-for-profit organization that provides scientific research, technical information and assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galápagos Islands. Visitors can learn about natural history, issues concerning the islands, and see the tortoise breeding and rearing project at work.

                Day 8

                  North Seymour - Baltra

                  The 2km trail crosses the inland of the island and explores the rocky coast, passing colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. Daphne Major and Minor can be spotted in the distance and body surfing sea lions play close to the shore. Along the shoreline marine iguanas, white coral and black lava rocks complete the visit to North Seymour.

                  Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.


                  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 of 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. 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%, 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 Golondrina I 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 $20 for 5 days, $25 for 8 days
                  • Wetsuit rental available for $20 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