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This 4-day northern route aboard the Nemo I includes visits to sea bird colonies of North Seymour, exclusive Genovesa Island filled with hundreds of thousands of seabirds, spectacular volcano islets Bartolome and Chinese Hat, and the highlands of Santa Cruz. Prepare yourself for the most dramatic landscapes and spectacular encounters with Galapagos species such as blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, land and marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins, and more! 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | North Seymour | Embark
Day 2 : Genovesa
Day 3 : Bartolome | Chinese Hat
Day 4 : Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra


  • Visit the most extensive breeding colony of blue-footed boobies
  • Snorkel and kayak at the sheltered coral sand beach of Darwin Bay
  • Climb the stairs of BartolomeĀ“s Summit Trail for panoramic views
  • Travel to the agricultural zone of Santa Cruz and meet giant tortoises


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  • Small Ship

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Pinnacle Rock of Bartolome Island Galapagos Tortoise close up Hoping for a snack, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island The Galapagos Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino) Island, Galapagos

Day 1 Baltra | North Seymour | Embark

Upon arrival in Baltra, a naturalist guide from the Nemo I greets you and transfers you to the ferry across the Itabaca Channel. On Santa Cruz you continue by bus through the lush highlands to the harbour of Puerto Ayora. Then, take a dinghy to the yacht and head to your first stop, North Seymour Island.

On the island, enjoy the company of frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls, and sea lions as you walk along the beaches and rocky shorelines. Take a guided walk through the large seabird colonies, following a circular loop and watching as blue-footed boobies show their courtship rituals, in which their remarkable feet play an important role.

Day 2 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, walk along the white coral sandy beaches of Genovesa, a favorite island for birdwatchers, as it is home to red footed-boobies, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, yellow warblers, whimbrels, and yellow-crowned, black-crowned, and lava herons. Darwin Bay is a compact site that shows the extreme varied coastal ecosystems of the Galapagos in miniature.

In the afternoon, explore Prince Phillip's Steps (also known as El Barranco). Here you can climb to a plateau that surrounds the eastern side of Darwin Bay as you search for red-footed boobies and masked boobies in the trees, and storm petrels and short-eared owls nesting in the lava flows. At the seaside of the rim, the bushes open up and you can enjoy wide views, a strong sea breeze, and the amazing flying skills of uncountable seabirds. 

Day 3 Bartolome | Chinese Hat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The scenic views off Bartolome are some of the most stunning in all of the Galapagos. This morning, take time to observe volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba-formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. Then, walk to two breathtaking beaches, where you can find marine turtles and Galapagos penguins. Snorkel at the foot of Pinnacle Rock, the most representative landmark of the Galapagos, with crescent sand beaches on each side, and dunes with evergreen mangrove bushes in between.

In the afternoon, hike around the unique island called Chinese Hat. This island features unique geological features such as lava flows and lava tubes. On the west side of the island, you can even find lava formations that formed under the sea and raised upwards. Also enjoy the company of sea lion colonies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins that live around the island.

Day 4 Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

After an early breakfast it’s time say goodbye and to leave the yacht. Travel by inflatable dinghy and private bus from the pier of Puerto Ayora into the highlands. In the agricultural zone you can see Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild. Thanks to their concentrations around their favorite muddy pools, these semi-open pastures and moist Scalesia woodlands are best place for a quick visit
After your trip, transfer to the Baltra airport for your flight back to Guayaquil or Quito.

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Please Note:
• Itinerary is subject to change in case of force majeure caused by exceptional and natural circumstances.
• Approximate departure and navigation times are just indicative and depend on the sea state and decisions of the captain.
• Observation of specific species can never be guaranteed.

Included in Your Fare: 
• All meals, water, coffee, and (herbal) tea
• All excursions as mentioned in the itinerary (itinerary subject to change) with bilingual naturalist guide (English & Spanish)
• Assistance with the check-in procedure at the Quito airport (if the flight has been booked together with the cruise)
• All transfers & ground transportation in the Galapagos as mentioned in the itinerary (airport-yacht-airport transfers in the Galapagos are only included if the flight has been booked together with the cruise)
• Snorkeling equipment
• Use of single/twin sea kayaks at approved visitor’s sites
• Bathroom and beach towels

Not Included in Your Fare:
• Return flights
• Galapagos National Park entrance fee
• Transit Control Card 
• Airport transfers in the Galapagos 
• Single Supplement fee for booking a guaranteed single cabin 
• Optional wetsuit rental (for wetsuit hire we need to know your size maximum 2 weeks before your travel to the Galapagos S/M/L/XL)
• Soft and alcoholic drinks
• Personal travel insurance
• Personal expenses, extras and tips

Child Discount

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50


  • Accommodations on board Nemo 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
  • Snorkeling Equipment


  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Wetsuit Rental 4/5 days tour: $25 - 8 days tour: $35
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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