Northwestern Islands Cruise

kate grenier
with the sun bathing iguanas
stuartwhite
Snorkeling at Pinnacle Rock
Sandra Dave
Sea lions napping on a dock in the Galapagos
Yvonne Smith
Kids loving Santa Cruz Island
John Collins Jr.
A pair of Blue Footed Boobies
Guantanamera
The Guantanamera and the crew.

Departs

  • Aug 10, 2014
  • Aug 24, 2014
  • Sep 07, 2014
  • Sep 21, 2014
  • Oct 05, 2014
  • Oct 19, 2014
  • Nov 02, 2014
  • Nov 16, 2014
  • Nov 30, 2014
  • Dec 14, 2014
  • Dec 28, 2014
  • Jan 11, 2015
  • Jan 25, 2015
  • Feb 08, 2015
  • Feb 22, 2015
  • Mar 08, 2015
  • Mar 22, 2015
  • Apr 05, 2015
  • Apr 19, 2015
  • May 03, 2015
  • May 17, 2015
  • May 31, 2015
  • Jun 14, 2015
  • Jun 28, 2015
  • Jul 12, 2015
  • Jul 26, 2015
  • Aug 09, 2015
  • Aug 23, 2015
  • Sep 06, 2015
  • Sep 20, 2015
  • Oct 04, 2015
  • Oct 18, 2015
  • Nov 01, 2015
  • Nov 15, 2015
  • Nov 29, 2015
  • Dec 13, 2015
  • Dec 27, 2015

Private Independent Travel

This cruise allows you to experience more than just the highlights of the Galapagos' northern islands. Take an 8-day adventure and travel from beautiful Santa Cruz, to the remote island of Genovesa, to Santiago to witness the black sand beach, and everywhere in between. Get ready to see an abundance of unique wildlife including frigate birds, iguanas, and enjoy some friendly interaction with the islands playful sea lions. The wildlife here is abundant and the landscape is stunning to behold making this an incredible vacation.

Day 1

    Baltra - Santa Cruz Island - Bachas Beach

    Arrive at Baltra Island Airport and transfer to the Guantanamera.

    Set sail for Bachas Beach, an excellent location for swimming. View flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels and explore the floating pier, a remnant World War II.

    Day 2

      Genovesa

      Set sail for Darwin Bay and land on its sandy white coral beach. Hike a half-mile trail through the mangroves and view Nazca Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls. Tidal pools are teeming with young sea lions and reef fish, and the occasional hammerhead shark can be found among the rocks.

      Snorkel in the water before heading to El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip's Steps. Hike up the steep rocky face to the top of a cliff where you can see Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, Galapagos Swallows, and Galapagos Doves.

      Day 3

        Bartolome - Sullivan Bay

        Visit Bartholomew Island and travel to Pinnacle Rock. Bartholomew is an extinct volcano which features red, orange, black and green volcanic formations. Venture up a trail of 375 wooden stairs to the summit or snorkel along the beach. This location is known for its sightings of the Galapagos penguin.

        In the afternoon, sail for Sullivan Bay, a location of great geological interest. The bay is covered with old Pahoehoe and A’A lava flows, creating stricking formations.

        Day 4

          Isabela

          Journey to the Tintoreras Islet for snorkeling. These clear, turquoise waters are the homes to white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles and sea lions.

          In the afternoon, explore the wetlands(Puerto Villamil), which features lagoons, swamps, and mangroves. Walk along a path that winds through the wetlands.

          Day 5

            Isabela

            Visit Moreno Point and take a dinghy ride to view its striking rocky shores. Spot green sea turtles or white-tip sharks in the tidal pools around the coast.

            Sail for Elizabeth Bay and view penguins and Blue-footed Boobies from the dinghy. Snorkel with the abundant marine life.

            Day 6

              Isabela - Fernandina

              Visit Vicente Roca Point, a large bay which is packed with aspectacular sea life. Be on the watch for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola a large sunfish.

              Sail for Espinosa Point, which features one of the world's most pristine island ecosystems due to never having been invaded by a foreign species. The vast volcano La Cumbre dominates its landscape.

              Day 7

                Santiago - Rabida

                Travel to Espumilla Beach, a popular location for viewing marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Grab a snorkel and view octopus, moray eel, and sharks in the water.

                Day 8

                  Daphne or Mosquera - Baltra

                  Make one last stop this morning to either Daphne or Mosquera before heading homeward.

                  Transfer to the airport for your connecting flight back to the mainland.


                  All itineraries are subject to change due to weather or changes by the National Park Service or yacht operator.
                   Cabins
                  2014-Aug-10
                  2014-Aug-24
                  2014-Sep-07
                  2014-Sep-21
                  2014-Oct-05
                  2014-Oct-19
                  2014-Nov-02
                  2014-Nov-16
                  2014-Nov-30
                  2014-Dec-14
                  2014-Dec-28
                  2015-Jan-11
                  2015-Jan-25
                  2015-Feb-08
                  2015-Feb-22
                  2015-Mar-08
                  2015-Mar-22
                  2015-Apr-05
                  2015-Apr-19
                  2015-May-03
                  2015-May-17
                  2015-May-31
                  2015-Jun-14
                  2015-Jun-28
                  2015-Jul-12
                  2015-Jul-26
                  2015-Aug-09
                  2015-Aug-23
                  2015-Sep-06
                  2015-Sep-20
                  2015-Oct-04
                  2015-Oct-18
                  2015-Nov-01
                  2015-Nov-15
                  2015-Nov-29
                  2015-Dec-13
                  2015-Dec-27
                  $2,560
                  Places
                  South America, Galapagos, Ecuador, Bartolome, Santa Cruz Island, Fernandina, Isabela, Genovesa, Santiago, North Seymour, Bachas Beach, Rabida, Mosquera, Humedales and Wall of Tears, Centro de Crianza (Turtle Breeding Ctr.), Elizabeth Bay, Espinosa Point, Baltra, Darwin Bay, El Barranco, Sullivan Bay, Tagus Cove, Urbina Bay, Sierra Negra Volcano, Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove
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                  Trip excludes: $10USD per person(cash only) Pier Use Fee, required on arrival in Puerto Villamil.

                  Child Discount

                  15% 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.

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                  Includes

                  • Accommodations on board Guantanamera 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 $30 per week
                  • Wetsuit rental available for $30 per week
                  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
                  • Travel Insurance

                  Galapagos Flights

                    Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip

                  • $530 - $590

                    Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

                  • $475 - $520

                  Optional Hospitality Packages