Western Islands Cruise

Glory Moore
Sea lion coming in from a swim
Erin Correia
Hiking in search of giant tortoises.
A pair of friendly sea lions
Sullivan Peraino
Beautiful Galapagos landscape
John Collins Jr.
A pair of Blue Footed Boobies
Lounge aboard the Tip Top IV.
Delicious fresh fruit for breakfast aboard the Tip Top IV.
This Galapagos cruise takes you beyond the highlights of the western islands with 8 days of exciting activity. This cruise features some of the most sought after destinations in this region. Enjoy the company of friendly sea lions while snorkeling and make friends with the gentle giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station. These islands are rich with an abundance of wildlife both in and out of the ocean including flamingos, iguanas, sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks.

Day 1

    Baltra - North Seymour

    After arriving at the Baltra airport, a guide will be waiting to escort you to the bus that will take you to the Yacht. There is a short introduction and a nice snack before disembarking on Playa Las Bachas. This is an excellent location for witnessing the wonder of the Flamingo Lagoon. During all walks, your guide will be explaining details about the lives of the birds and animals. There is the option to enjoy some time swimming and snorkeling if you are in the mood. Later, back on the Yacht, enjoy a short lecture about the Galapagos Islands' origin and evolution followed by a welcome cocktail and dinner.

    Day 2


      After a nice breakfast, head out to Sullivan Bay which is a perfect place to get a feel of the volcanic origin of these islands. enjoy the chance to explore with some relaxing snorkeling or just take a nice swim. In the afternoon, make a dry landing on Bartolomé Island and hike to the summit where there will be many chances to observe colonies of marine iguanas and lava lizards. Once the summit is reached there is an impressive view of the surrounding islands and the splendor of the unique eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock.

      Day 3


        Prince Phillips’s Steps is the first stop of the day and is a great location for observing the various birds here going about their daily routine. After a nice lunch, head on over to Darwin Bay for a chance to observe frigatebirds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies, shorebirds, turtles, marine iguanas, etc. There is an abundance of unique animal life at this location that is a must while touring the Galapagos. After enjoying some excellent kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming, head back to the ship for a delicious dinner.

        Day 4

          Isabela - Fernandina

          James Bay (Puerto Egas) has an abundance of opportunities to observe sponges, snails, hermit crabs, a variety of shore birds, barnacles. There are also other interesting creatures on this island including the endemic four-eyed blenny, marine iguanas, and sea lions which are all a treat to observe. Have a chance to enjoy some water activities while at this location including kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming.

          After lunch, navigate around Buccaneer Cove (Caleta Bucanero), an area of steep cliffs and dark beaches. Several species of seabirds use the cliffs and pinnacle here as nesting areas. This was a popular place for 17th & 18th century buccaneers to careen their vessels. Enjoy some fun water activities before making a wet landing and walking along a coastal trail to visit the abandoned Salt Mines.

          Day 5


            There will be a morning visit to Punta Vicente Roca to observe plenty of sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed and masked boobies, and flightless cormorants. There is an option to enjoy some water activities at this location. After lunch, make a dry landing on Punta Espinoza to observe and see a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas and the flightless cormorants. The unique landscape here is covered with clumps of lava cactus.

            Day 6


              Start out the day by taking a trip to Urbina Bay and observe a beautiful coral area, land iguanas, flightless cormorants, and giant tortoises. Witness these amazing creatures in their natural environment. Take a panga ride around Tagus Cove which is a protected cove between the shoulders of two volcanic craters, sheltering it from the open sea. This is a great place to observe penguins of the Galapagos, marine iguanas, sea lions, and a variety of birds. Amongst this variety of bird life includes the flightless cormorant and blue footed boobies. After the chance to enjoy some water activities and lunch, take a panga ride around the islets of Elizabeth Bay. Enjoy the abundance of marine iguanas, penguins, marine turtles, seabirds and shorebirds, herons, and blue-footed boobies that inhabit this area.

              Day 7


                The islet of Las Tintoreras has a small bay of completely calm turquoise waters and there are a plethora of marine iguanas, sea turtles, sea lions, Galapagos penguins, rays and white tip sharks to be seen by visitors.

                Next, head to Sierra Negra Volcano, the oldest of the volcanoes on Isabela and is the second largest in the world. The colorful landscape is made up of sulfur, iron, and the cooled magma. A bus will take you to the highlands of Isabela starting at “Paradero Sierra Negra”. Walk through the slopes of the Volcano or rent horses and take the trail on horseback. The trail leads us to Volcan Chico which last erupted in 1979 and is composed of scum and lava. Witness an amazing view of the area north of the island and if the day is clear there is an outstanding view of the island of Perry Isthmus. Formations of petrified lava of many different colors and textures and fumaroles are scattered throughout this area.

                The afternoon starts with a trip to the Breeding Center where many tortoises of different ages and sizes can be observed. These giant tortoises start our at only three inches and get as large as four feet. Shortly after, make a visit to the historically significant Wall of Tears. This site was a penal colony for 13 years. Here the prisoners built a wall with huge blocks of lava as punishment. Observe lava lizards, Galapagos finches, and hawks at this location before moving on to the Humedales, which is a wetland that consists of lagoons, mangrove species, flamingos and numerous migratory birds.

                Day 8

                  Santa Cruz Island - Baltra

                  The last day of this amazing journey will take you to the Charles Darwin Research Station and its interpretive Center. Here, scientific research and environmental education is conducted in efforts of conserving the incredible habitat of the Galapagos. Make your way to the airport in Baltra for your return to the mainland.

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

                  Single Supplement

                  This yacht requires single travelers to pay a supplement for private accommodations unless a roommate can be found.

                  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


                  • 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


                  • 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