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Western Islands

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Enjoy the Western Islands of the Galapagos archipelago and discover all that this wonderful destination has to offer. Snorkel with sea lions and kayak surrounded by unique species. On this 8-day exciting journey, explore the exclusive shores of Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, and Santiago. Experience stunning encounters with Galapagos wildlife as you take part in adventure options such as hiking and swimming in pristine crystal-clear waters. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Santa Cruz | Embark
Day 2 : Isabela
Day 3 : Isabela | Fernandina
Day 4 : Isabela
Day 5 : Santiago
Day 6 : Rabida | Santiago
Day 7 : Santa Cruz | South Plaza
Day 8 : San Cristobal | Disembark

Highlights

  • Observe the famed Galapagos giant tortoises in their natural habitat
  • Witness the famous dance of the blue-footed boobies at Vicente Roca Point
  • Look for Galapagos penguins, one of the most rare penguin species on earth
  • Cruise along Moreno Point's shoreline to spot amazing marine iguanas

Ship

Alia

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Chinese Hat
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Espinosa Point
  • Espumilla Beach
  • Fernandina
  • Isabela
  • Puerto Ayora
  • Puerto Egas
  • Punta Moreno
  • Rabida
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • South Plaza Island
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay
  • Vicente Roca Point

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sea Lion resting on Red Sesuvium Colorful kayaks on the beach Hiking through cacti in the Galapagos Blue-footed booby mating dance Overlook at Pitt Point

Day 1 Santa Cruz | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, meet the Alia crew and take your time to settle in your cabin before lunch and the welcome briefing. In the afternoon, visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity; this is home to tortoises ranging from 3 inches (new hatchlings) to 4-foot-long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity.

Day 2 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
​In the morning, visit Moreno Point located southwest of Elizabeth Bay. Here experience a dry landing on to what was once flowing lava. The lava has left craters in its wake which formed crystal tide pools. By looking into the pools, you can peer into another world as the marine life drifts by the window. In the brackish pools of this area, you may see pink flamingos, white-cheeked pintails, and white-tip reef sharks and some sea turtles.

Elizabeth Bay is located on the east coast of Isabela Island. The bay contains many islets which can be visited by dinghy. Penguins and blue-footed boobies can be spotted on the rocky islets. With an abundance of marine life and clear water, the area is perfect for snorkeling and viewing schools of colorful fish.

Day 3 Isabela | Fernandina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit Urbina Bay, located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954 causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkeling.

In the afternoon, cross the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, land at Espinosa Point, and after walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, reach the island’s highlight: the fightless cormorant nesting site. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.

Day 4 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning visit Tagus Cove on Isabela Island, located across from Fernandina Island, near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s, using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another lovely beach surrounded by mangroves.

In the afternoon, visit Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (or sun fish).

Day 5 Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, sail to Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and the Sally Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkel and find yourself face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark, and a variety of other species of tropical fish.

In the afternoon visit Egas Port (also known as James Bay) on Santiago Island, which is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to the coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur sea lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.

Day 6 Rabida | Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, cruise to Rabida Island (or Jervis), one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago as well as a great snorkeling site. Start on Rabida’s famous maroon sandy beach, and after an easy hike, arrive at a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance such as nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks, and brown pelicans.

In the afternoon, visit Chinese Hat Islet. This small islet is located near the southeast coast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet’s summit. This is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tubes and lava flows. Some of the lava flows were formed underwater and subsequently raised above sea level. The presence of coral heads on the lava indicates this phenomenon.

Day 7 Santa Cruz | South Plaza

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning visit Bachas Beach, a swimming beach located on the north shore of Santa Cruz. 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, black-necked stilts, and sea turtles also nesting on the beach.

In the afternoon, head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.

Day 8 San Cristobal | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This visit takes you to El Junco Lagoon. Located in the highlands 19 kilometers from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, El Junco is located in the caldera of an extinct volcano and its lagoon is fed by rainwater. There are many farms and ranches in this area of San Cristobal Island, and sometimes cows can be found near the lagoon.

After this final visit, be transferred to San Cristobal’s airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

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Notes

The vessel itinerary is subject to change without previous notice; due to seasonal changes, weather conditions or Galapagos National Park policy.
 

Child Discount

20% discount for children under 12 years of age. Children over 6 years old are welcome aboard.

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Alia 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
  • Wetsuit

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Under request
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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