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Western Islands

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Embark on this exciting 8-day tour of the western islands of this incredible archipelago. Highlights of the west include beautiful Santa Cruz, wildlife-rich Isabela, cliff-laden Fernandina, and the amazing black beaches of Santiago. Get ready to see an abundance of unique wildlife including flamingos, frigate birds, iguanas, and enjoy some friendly interaction with the islands playful sea lions. The wildlife here is abundant and the landscape is stunning to behold making this an incredible vacation.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - Santa Cruz Island
Day 2 : Floreana
Day 3 : Isabela
Day 4 : Isabela
Day 5 : Isabela
Day 6 : Fernandina - Isabela
Day 7 : Santiago - Bartolomé
Day 8 : North Seymour - Baltra



Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Champion Inlet
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Espinosa Point
  • Fernandina
  • Floreana
  • Haven of Peace
  • Highlands
  • Humedales and Wall of Tears
  • Isabela
  • Las Tintoreras
  • Los Gemelos (Twin Craters)
  • Mirador de la Baronesa
  • North Seymour
  • Post Office Bay
  • Puerto Egas
  • Puerto Villamil
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Moreno
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay
  • Vicente Roca Point


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Galapagos snorkeling Galapagos Sally Lightfoot Crab Charles Darwin Research Station is amazing! Isabela Island, Galapagos Do you think I am a handsome fur seal?

Day 1 Baltra - Santa Cruz Island

Arrive in the Galapagos and transfer to Santa Cruz Island. Here, we will visit the highlands of Santa Cruz where you will have the opportunity to see giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat.

In the afternoon, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and its giant tortoise breeding center. Here, you can learn about the various Galapagos conservation and research programs that have helped saved certain species of tortoises from becoming extinct.

Day 2 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today we explore Floreana Island, stopping at Cormorant Point, Post Office Bay and Devil's Crown. At Cormorant Point, we'll keep our eyes peeled for Galapagos birds such as Darwin's finches. At Post Office Bay,leave an unstamped postcard in the hopes that it gets delivered via other travelers! Devil's Crown, a submerged volcano, has some of the best snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands. Keep an eye out for white-tipped sharks, eagle rays, and sea turtles!

Day 3 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today we arrive to Isabela Island, in search of Blue-footed Boobies, fur seals, sea lions and more! In the morning we visit the small island of Las Tintoreras, one of the main breeding sites for marine iguanas. Next, we travel to the Sierra Negra volcano, one of the most active volcanos in the Galapagos Islands.

This afternoon we visit Isabela's Giant Tortoise Breeding Center where we'll see several species of tortoises in one location.

Day 4 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today we continue to explore Isabela Island. In the morning we visit Punta Moreno, where we keeps are eyes peeled for White-cheeked Pintail ducks. In the afternoon, we visit Elizabeth Bay. Here, we have the opportunity to observe some amazing Galapagos wildlife, such as the Flightless Cormorant, marine turtles and sea lions.

Day 5 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We explore more of Isabela Island today, visiting Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove. At Urbina Bay, we hope to catch a glimpse of marine iguanas and Galapagos Penguins! At Tagus Cove, we have the chance to see an abundance of Galapagos birds, such as the Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, Flightless Cormorant and the Galapagos Penguin.

Day 6 Fernandina - Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning we visit Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island, where we scout the shoreline for Flightless Cormorants, Sally Lightfoot crabs, sea lions, iguanas and more!

In the afternoon, we travel back to Isabela Island and visit the wonderful snorkeling site of Punta Vicente Roca.

Day 7 Santiago - Bartolomé

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning we visit Puerto Egas on Santiago Island, where we will see Galapagos fur seals swimming along the shore. If we're lucky, we will also spot numerous Galapagos birds, such as the Galapagos Dove, the Vermilion Flycatcher, and the Galapagos Hawk!

This afternoon, we travel to Bartolomé Island. Here, we hike up steep, wooden steps in order to reward ourselves with spectacular views of the islands!

Day 8 North Seymour - Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning we travel to North Seymour Island, home one of the largest populations of frigatebirds. We may also see Blue-footed Boobies and Swallow-tailed Gulls.

After our visit to North Seymour, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.


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Cabins all feature private bath facilities, en-suite safe, and a variety of bedding configurations to meet every guests needs.

Single Supplement

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

Child Discount

50% discount for children under age 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 Beluga 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


  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Snorkel equipment rental available for $5 a day
  • Scuba diving option is possible one day of the itinerary, rates vary. Please contact us for more details
  • Wetsuit rental available for $30/person
  • Kayaks available upon request for no additional charge
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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