Eastern Islands Cruise

Reilly Sullivan
Galapagos tortoise taking a little swim.
Julie Bleau
Lava tubes on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
kate grenier
with the sun bathing iguanas
Erin Correia
Snorkeling at Espanola
Yvonne Smith
Kids loving Santa Cruz Island
Lounge aboard the Tip Top IV.
Delicious fresh fruit for breakfast aboard the Tip Top IV.

Departs

  • 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

Tour the eastern islands of the Galapagos over this 8 day adventure. Teeming with wildlife, volcanic wonders, and breathtaking landscapes, the eastern islands are an excellent place to spend a vacation! Snorkel, kayak, and trek your way through the islands, spotting sea lions, flamingos, sharks, frigate birds and a spectrum of species unique to the Galapagos.

Day 1

    Baltra - Santa Cruz Island

    Arrive in Baltra where a guide will meet you and accompany you to the bus that will be taken to the Itabaca Channel. Cross the channel by barge and then continue to Puerto Ayora by bus. Once aboard the Yacht, receive a small orientation while enjoying a nice light snack. Later in the afternoon, embark on the first excursion to the Charles Darwin Station and its Interpretive Center. Enjoy a walk through the port town and admire the various handicrafts. Return to the Yacht and enjoy a nice welcome cocktail followed by dinner.

    Day 2

      Espanola

      Embark on a morning excursion to Santa Fe Island to visit the cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas. Later there will be a chance to go swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking if you are in the mood. Enjoy some lunch aboard the ship and then sail on to South Plaza. Enjoy the opportunity to be entertained by the antics of the sea lions hanging out here. There is a cactus forest here that is great for observing land iguanas and many species of tropical birds. After this amazing day of sightseeing, return to the boat for a great dinner.

      Day 3

        San Cristobal - Leon Dormido

        Chinese Hat is a small island off the Coast of Santiago Island where an abundance of wildlife can be seen. Amongst the species here include Galapagos penguins, eagle rays, sea lions, and marine iguanas. This is an excellent snorkeling site and should definitely be taken advantage of. There is an optional opportunity for some swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking for those who would like to. Rábida is a great place to take a nice walk and observe marine iguanas, sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, and brown pelicans in there natural habitat. There is a small saltwater lagoon where the incredible beauty of the pink flamingo can be observed. Watch as they manage to stay balanced on one foot. There will be time for nice swim along with some excellent snorkeling. You can also enjoy kayaking around the island a bit before returning to the ship for dinner.

        Day 4

          Mosquera - Santa Cruz Island

          Black Turtle Cove is an area that consists of a series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets which is an excellent place for observing white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, spotted eagle rays, and yellow cow-nosed rays. Dragon Hill is an excellent location for seeing land iguanas in large quantities. Walk to a hypersalinic lagoon that is saltier than the ocean. This is a great location for observing various species of birds including flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. Take some time for some excellent snorkeling and explorer the unique underwater world. You can also enjoy a peaceful kayaking excursion or just take a nice relaxing swim in the crystal clear waters.

          Day 5

            Chinese Hat - Santa Cruz Island - Rabida

            Take a visit to Post Office Bay, a historic site from the days of the whalers. They presumably placed a wooden barrel here in the 18th century to use it as a post office. Leave a postcard and grab another that has been left to deliver at home when you return from this amazing trip. Then take a panga ride on La Lobería of Post Office Bay and observe sea lion rookeries, a main attraction, on the beach as well as sea turtles and marine iguanas. After lunch, visit the Devil’s Crown, a submerged volcano. This is a great location for snorkeling for those who wish to participate. It is one of the best snorkeling sites in the Islands. Point Cormorant is the next location where one can take a short walk to Flamingo Lagoon. Continue the walk until you reach the beach called "La Picona" to see marine turtles and their spawning grounds. There will be an optional chance for a nice swim and some snorkeling at this beach.

            Day 6

              Santiago - Bartolome

              Punta Suarez has extraordinary lava beds to walk to where there will be the chance to observe unique colonies of marine birds, including albatross. After lunch make a wet landing in Gardner Bay for a walk on the beach to observe a colony of sea lions. These friendly sea lions inhabit the beach in great quantity during the breeding season. This location is also an important nesting area for sea turtles. Travel by panga to Osborn Islet and the islets of Gardner to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of swimming or snorkeling in the crystal blue waters here. Return to the boat for a delicious dinner and evening orientation.

              Day 7

                Santa Fe - South Plaza Island

                The first excursion of the day will be to Punta Pitt in San Cristobal Island. There is a trail here that includes an olivine beach and a trail that ascends to the top of a volcanic tuff hill that passes through several natural viewpoints. Punta Pitt is composed of volcanic tuff substrate and the high winds here have led to natural erosion. This is the only site in the Galapagos Islands where you can watch the three species of boobies and 2 species of frigates nesting in the same area. Then sail around Kicker Rock on the way to Cerro Brujo. Kicker Rock is a massive tuff-rock that juts abruptly almost 500 feet straight up from the ocean. Many sea birds use Kicker Rock as a nesting place. Enjoy some optional swimming and snorkeling at this location.

                Make a wet landing on Cerro Brujo and walk over the beautiful white sand beach where you can observe sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies. Have some fun kayaking, snorkeling, or swimming at this location. There are many incredible sites to see. Return to the ship for a nice meal and evening orientation.

                Day 8

                  Santa Cruz Island - Baltra

                  For the last day of the journey, get an early start out to North Seymour Island. Take a walk along the coast and interior of the island and view North Seymour's low, flat landscape that was uplifted from the sea by underground seismic activity. There are many animals to observe here including blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, pelicans, frigate birds, shore birds, sea lions, and endemic Palo Santo. Your guide will later accompany you to the airport for the return to the mainland.

                  All itineraries are subject to change due to weather or changes by the National Park Service or yacht operator.
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                  $78.00 Fuel Surcharge

                  Child Discount

                  10% discount for children under the age of 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

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                  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 30% (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 Tip Top IV 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

                  Excludes

                  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
                  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
                  • Fuel Surcharge
                  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
                  • $35 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
                  • $45 International Departure Tax
                  • Wetsuits available: $30 for 4-day cruises, $35 for 5-day cruises, $40 for 8-day cruises, $65 for 11-day cruises, $70 for 15-day cruises
                  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
                  • Travel Insurance

                  Galapagos Flights

                    Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip

                  • $530 - $590

                    Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

                  • $475 - $520

                  Optional Hospitality Packages