Western Islands Cruise

DeAnn Phillips
With our favorite tortoise
Glory Moore
Sea lion coming in from a swim
Julie Bleau
Lava tubes on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
erincorreia
Snorkeling in the Galapagos.
kate grenier
with the sun bathing iguanas
Reina Silvia's dining area.
Enjoy a drink in Reina Silvia's lounge.

Departs

  • Aug 02, 2014
  • Aug 16, 2014
  • Aug 30, 2014
  • Sep 13, 2014
  • Sep 27, 2014
  • Oct 11, 2014
  • Oct 25, 2014
  • Nov 08, 2014
  • Nov 22, 2014
  • Dec 06, 2014
  • Dec 20, 2014

Private Independent Travel

The Western Route focuses on the younger islands of Isabela, Fernandina and Santiago, as well as includes an overnight at Santa Cruz Island exploring the highlands and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Cruise the Galapagos archipelago in style on this Western Islands cruise aboard the Reina Silvia.

Day 1

    Baltra - Santa Cruz Island

    Arrive Baltra. Travel to the highlands, located in the northern part of the island and can reach elevations up to 1500 meters. On a journey into the higher elevations of Santa Cruz you will experience all seven different vegetation zones. The vegetation here is abundant and lush and the weather moist.

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

    Day 2

      Floreana

      Noted for the volcanic green olivine crystals found in the beach, Cormorant Point offers a trail overlooking a saltwater lagoon that is a favorite of flamingos. Beyond the lagoon the trail leads to a magnificent white-sand beach. Green sea turtles lay their eggs in the sands here during the night and their tracks leading to and from the sea mark the beach.

      The best known site on Floreana is Post Office Bay, a white-sand beach where in the past sailors used to leave and receive their letters in a barrel. The tradition continues - leave your postcard in the barrel and see how long it takes to be delivered, and at the same time if there is a postcard with an address close to your home, please take it with you.

      Day 3

        Isabela

        Elizabeth Bay is a marine visitor site. As enter you the bay Galapagos hawks can soar overhear and schools of pompanos and dorados can be seen swimming underneath you. Las Marielas, the small islets just outside the bay, are home to the largest concentration of Galapagos penguins living in the Islands. You can also see a red mangrove cove, passing through the red root and green leaf breeding ground for fish.

        At Moreno Point see beautiful rocky shores where penguins and shore birds, including great blue herons, are usually spotted. You can also enter a grove of mangroves, where oysters can be seen at the base of the trees. A trek traverses the sharpest lava rocks in the Islands where dry lava is interspersed with lagoons and small ponds containing abundant wildlife.

        Day 4

          Isabela - Fernandina

          The waters of Urbina Bay at Isabela are a good place to see turtles and rays and ashore is a short trail leading to a coral reef, which is evidence of an uplift from the sea which occurred in 1954. This provides the rare experience of walking in the middle of a bed of coral. Marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and pelicans can be seen at this site.

          Punta Espinosa on the island of Fernandina is a narrow stretch of land where hundreds of marine iguanas gather largely on black lava rocks. The famous flightless cormorant inhabits this island and Galápagos penguins, pelicans and sea lions are also abundant. Different types of lava flows can be compared and the mangrove forests can be observed.

          Day 5

            Isabela

            Named after a British warship which anchored here in 1814, Tagus Cove is located to the west of the island of Isabela where you can take a panga (zodiac) trip below the high cliffs. Here there is an opportunity to see penguins as well as marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions. Blue-footed boobies are also in abundance.

            At Vicente Roca Point the remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay well protected from the ocean swells. The spot is a popular anchorage from which to explore the cliffs, where masked and blue-footed boobies perch while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline. The upwelling of coldwater currents in this part of the Galapagos give rise to an abundance of marine life, which make Punta Vicente Roca one of the archipelago’s sough after dive spots.

            Day 6

              Santiago

              Espumilla Beach is a large coffee-colored sand beach just north of the prized fresh water supply that once attracted pirates and whalers. A short walk inland will take you through a mangrove forest normally inhabited by the common stilt. Sea turtles also visit these mangroves to nest. Beyond the mangroves is a brackish lagoon where flocks of pink flamingos and white-cheeked pintails can be seen. Sea turtles often lay their eggs on Espumilla Beach.

              Buccaneer Cove is a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers. These pirates would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat among other things. The steep cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach, are a magnificent site.

              Day 7

                Santa Cruz Island - North Seymour

                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 Galapagos, 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.

                Explore North Seymour Island on the 2km trail which crosses the inland of the island and explores the rocky coast, passing colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds. 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.

                Day 8

                  Baltra

                  Return to the Baltra airport this morning for your flights back to the mainland.

                  All itineraries are subject to change due to weather or changes by the National Park Service or yacht operator.
                   Staterooms
                  2014-Aug-02
                  2014-Aug-16
                  2014-Aug-30
                  2014-Sep-13
                  2014-Sep-27
                  2014-Oct-11
                  2014-Oct-25
                  2014-Nov-08
                  2014-Nov-22
                  2014-Dec-06
                  2014-Dec-20
                  Get Rates
                  Places
                  South America, Galapagos, Ecuador, Santa Cruz Island, Fernandina, Isabela, Santiago, North Seymour, Floreana, Bachas Beach, Highlands, Charles Darwin Center, Punta Moreno, Elizabeth Bay, Espinosa Point, Vicente Roca Point, Baltra, Post Office Bay, Punta Cormorant, Tagus Cove, Urbina Bay
                  Contact Us
                  First Name
                  Last Name
                  Email
                  Phone
                  What's Your Adventure?

                  Traveler Stories

                  Child Discount

                  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
                  30 - 69 days50% of total tour cost
                  0 - 29 days100% of total tour 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 100 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 100 days prior to departure.

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

                  Includes

                  • Accommodations on board Reina Silvia 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
                  • Wet Suit rental available for additional charge.
                  • Kayaks usage available at no additional charge.
                  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
                  • Travel Insurance

                  Galapagos Flights

                    Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip

                  • $530 - $590

                    Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

                  • $475 - $520

                  Optional Hospitality Packages