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Eastern Islands

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Enjoy this 6-day cruise through the eastern islands of the Galapagos. Enjoy the unique green sand beaches of Cormorant Point, the flamingos of Floreana, and friendly interactions with playful sea lions. See gentle giant tortoises while hiking through the highlands of Santa Cruz. Overflowing with wildlife, volcanic wonders, and breathtaking landscapes, this is the perfect vacation choice.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | Chinese Hat
Day 2 : Santa Cruz Island | Rabida
Day 3 : Isabela
Day 4 : Floreana
Day 5 : San Cristobal | Lobos
Day 6 : Santa Cruz Island | Disembark | Baltra

Highlights

  • Visit the Tortoise Breeding Center and learn about the giant tortoise
  • Watch playful sea lions on the beach at Cerro Brujo
  • Explore a large flamingo lagoon at Cormorant Point
  • Snorkel and kayak near Rabida Island

Ship

Celebrity Xploration

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Chinese Hat
  • Dragon Hill
  • Floreana
  • Highlands
  • Humedales and Wall of Tears
  • Isabela
  • Isla Lobos
  • Mirador de la Baronesa
  • Post Office Bay
  • Puerto Villamil
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Rabida
  • San Cristobal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Witch Hill

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Baltra | Embark | Chinese Hat

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at the airport and be escorted to the boat for check-in, a short briefing, and then lunch. After this the first excursion to Sombrero Chino begins. This is a small islet near the southeastern coast of Santiago Island. In English, Sombrero Chino translates to 'Chinese Hat' which is represented by the unique shape of the island. This is a great island for seeing unique geological formations as well as an abundance of various marine species including the colorful Sally Lightfoot Crab and sea lions. Keep an eye out for the many species of Darwin's finches as well.

Day 2 Santa Cruz Island | Rabida

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cerro Dragon was named after the large population of land iguanas that were found there in 1975. Behind the beach hike to a saltwater lagoon that is frequented by an abundance of stilts, pintail ducks, and sometimes flamingos. Take a short walk further to see the nesting site for the land iguana. Also enjoy a breathtaking view of the bay. Enjoy some swimming before heading to Rabida Island for some more beach activities, snorkeling, and kayaking. Rabida is covered in red volcanic rocks and has a beautiful and unique red sand beach. This is a great area to hang out with sea lions and view pelican nesting sites.

Day 3 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Isabela Island is the largest of the archipelago, formed by five volcanoes. It's also the youngest of the islands. Puerto Villamil is a friendly port and is your home-base during a diverse and exciting day where choices for adventure and relaxation abound. Visit the Tortoise Breeding Center where visitors and locals are educated on the importance of the giant tortoise. This is also a facility that helps protect the giant tortoise in its first years. Located south of Isabela Island are the wetlands which consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves. This is an excellent location for viewing various bird species.

Day 4 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Floreana to visit Post Office Bay, where a wooden barrel was placed by 18th-century whalers as an unofficial post office. The tradition has continued to this day, and travelers can leave addressed postcards and sort through the barrel for postcards close to their homes. Then spend some time enjoying some relaxing snorkeling or kayaking around the island. If you are feeling adventurous, make a visit to the lava tunnel which has been kept untouched and completely natural. In the afternoon, set sail for Cormorant Point which features a large flamingo lagoon. The beach here is known as the 'Green Beach' due to its green color created by the high number of olivine crystals in the sand.

Day 5 San Cristobal | Lobos

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cerro Brujo is an excellent place for enjoying the beach and snorkeling. This gorgeous beach is home to many playful sea lions. This is also the location where Charles Darwin first stepped in this archipelago. The next excursion is to the lovely Isla Lobos. Lobos in Spanish means 'wolves' and this island is named after a large colony of sea lions. Get up close and personal with these playful sea lions who love to swim with people when they are snorkeling. Other great sites to see are the amazing blue-footed boobies, frigates, and have the chance to see the fur sea lion as well.

Day 6 Santa Cruz Island | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, visit the highlands of Santa Cruz and see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. After this quick but informative visit, you are escorted to Baltra Airport for departure back to the mainland.

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Four main deck cabins with balconies. Twin or matrimonial beds and private baths.

Child Discount

25% discount for children aged under 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. Discount does not apply to holiday departures.

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Celebrity Xploration 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
  • Sea Kayaking

Excluded

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

Galapagos Flights

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

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This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.
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