Northern Islands Cruise

DeAnn Phillips
With our favorite tortoise
DarAnne Dunning
Frigatebird in the Galapagos Islands
Sandra Dave
Sea lions napping on a dock in the Galapagos
Edward Quinlan
Darwin's statue in the Galapagos
John Collins Jr.
A pair of Blue Footed Boobies
Nemo II's dining area on the deck.
Nemo II's cabins.

Day 1

Embark on Baltra / North Seymour

Embark the Nemo II on Baltra, also known as South Seymour, located at the north of Santa Cruz Island. Baltra is the home of the archipelago’s main airport and is famous because it was built during WWII by the U.S navy.

Cruise to North Seymour, a wonderful Galapagos island where you can admire beautiful frigate birds and the nest of the little blue footed boobies. The trees are filled by male frigates inflating their red skin to catch the female’s attention. It’s a spectacle of nature you don’t want to miss.

Upon arrival at the island, travel via a round road to a gorgeous rocky seashore where silver-blue waves crash. Here there is also a highly recommended diving site, with opportunities to see hammer fishes, garden eels, tropical fishes, sea lions, the Pacific green marine turtle and many more astonishing and unique species. Or, you can opt to go snorkeling or take long walks along the beach.

Day 2

Santa Cruz Island: Highlands & Charles Darwin Station

Santa Cruz is one of the beautiful islands you can visit during your adventure. It is the second biggest island in the Galapagos and is located at the center of the island group. The Highlands of the island have exuberant vegetation, great leafy trees, and tasty edible fruit.

"Los Gemelos” (The Twins) is a pair of craters formed by cavings, one of each side of the road. See a wide variety of birds, like owls, cliff swallows and finches. There’s also the famous Scalesia forest, famous for the great variety of plants found there that are unique to the Galapagos.

Puerto Ayora is a city of approximately 20,000 people where the offices of the Galapagos National Park Administration are located. The Charles Darwin Station is located here, famous for the captive breeding of giant Galapagos tortoises which can live up to 150 years. The station was created in 1964, and features a Natural History Interpretation Center that manages educational programs at the service of the Galapagos National Park. This station is also an operation center for foreign scientists to conduct research.

Day 3

Isabela: Moreno Point & Urbina Bay

Since you are not permitted to land at Moreno Point, take a small speedboat trip to observe the wildlife unique to this place. Moreno Point is a bay located in front of the narrowest site of Isabela Island, the Perry isthmus, where there’s a water entry that has basically formed a bay within a bay, with calmed waters that are protected and surrounded by mangle. This makes perfect habitat for sea turtles; giant opuntia cactus, Palo Santo trees, carob trees, and lichens also thrive here. This site offers wonderful views of the Alcedo volcanoes, Sierra Negra, and Cerro Azul, and also presents photography opportunities of diverse birds.

Urbina Bay is located on the west side of Isabela Island in Alcedo Volcano. The landing spot is in a little wet beach of black sand, which can be difficult when there are strong waves. There’s a land tour that begins on the bay’s beach where you disembark at the beginning of the trip. In Urbina Bay encounter a lot of Darwin’s finches, but the place’s main attractions are probably the reptiles (land iguanas & turtles). A wide variety of vegetation, such as the Palo Santo trees, chamomile, mumuyos, and the beautiful Darwin’s cotton flowers can be seen here as well. One night in 1954, the whole bay was lifted 5 meters due to tectonic forces, stranding coral reefs, sea urchins, lobsters and others.

Day 4

Isabela: Tagus Cove / Fernandina: Espinoza Point

Tagus Cove is located to the west of Darwin volcano on Isabela Island. It once was the favorite place for pirates and whalers. Its name comes from an English war ship that went to the island looking for Galapagos turtles to eat in 1814. At the beginning of the walk up to Darwin Lake, after the stairway, there’s a little cove where you can find inscriptions from the 1800s. Darwin Lake is salt water, is approximately 29ft deep, and does not contain fish. The lake is inside a cone and is surrounded by different sized volcanic rocks.

Your next stop is at Espinoza Point located on Fernandina Island, the youngest of the archipelago and the most volcanically active. Espinoza Point is a narrow stream of lava and sand that extends from the base of the volcano to the sea. This is the Galapagos’ third biggest island and it got its name thanks to King Ferdinand the Catholic who funded the travels of Columbus. This place is famous for its huge marine iguanas’ colonies who reunite in large numbers. It is also very popular due to the fact that it does not have any introduced mammals and is the home of rare and unique species such as the flightless cormorant, the Galapagos penguin, the Galapagos sparrow hawk, and the Galapagos snake, among others.

Day 5

Santiago: Egas Port & Buccaneers Cove

Egas Port, also known as James South Bay, is located at the northwestern side of Santiago Island. It is a fascinating place to visit due to the great volcanic activity it had in the past. This place is one of the most famous on the Galapagos archipelago. It was once used for salt exploitation, which was taken in huge amounts. At the south of the beach, there’s the Pan de Azúcar Volcano, which has volcano tuff deposits, the same that have contributed to the formation of the black sand beach. The crater has a salt water lagoon which dries in summer and turns into a salt mine. Walk along the coast above a stream of ash lava covered by coast vegetation, where sparrow hawks, land doves, lava lizards, finches, mockingbirds and a huge amount of crabs can be usually found.

Also on Santiago, visit Buccaneers Cove, an especially interesting site for those who love geology and volcanoes. Buccaneers Cove got its name due to the fact that it used to be a safe haven for pirates, whalers, and sailors during the XVIII and XIX centuries. The sailors used to take their boats there to clean them and to get supplies. View the impressive cliffs made of tuff formations and a dark reddish-purple sand beach, snorkel in deep waters, kayak, or take a panga ride.

Day 6

Rabida Island: Sulliva Bay

Day 7

Genovesa: Prince Phillip's Steps & Darwin Bay

Day 8

  • Breakfast

Daphne Island / Disembark on Baltra

All itineraries are subject to change due to weather or changes by the National Park Service or yacht operator.
 Cabin 1 & 2Cabin 3 & 4Cabin 5Cabin 6 & 7

Single Supplement

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

Child Discount

20% 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 Nemo II 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
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $35 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Wetsuit rental available - inquire for details
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

    Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip

  • $530 - $590

    Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

  • $475 - $520

Optional Hospitality Packages