Islands Circumnavigation Cruise

John Collins Jr.
A pair of Blue Footed Boobies
Erin Correia
Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Glory Moore
(Santa Cruz) Iguana
A pair of friendly sea lions
Yvonne Smith
Seal relaxing in a chair.
Lounge aboard the Tip Top IV.
Delicious fresh fruit for breakfast aboard the Tip Top IV.
Take a cruise on this 15-day voyage that covers all the magnificent wonders the Galapagos has to offer. There will be a plethora of opportunities to snorkel, swim, and wander through the islands of this archipelago. Also enjoy several opportunities to encounter the incredible wildlife including Galapagos penguins, frigatebirds, flightless cormorants, tortoises, and many more unique native species! Get to know this fascinating and unique world inside and out.

Day 1

Baltra-North Seymour

After arriving at the Baltra airport, a guide will be waiting to escort you to the bus that will take you to the yacht. There is a short introduction and a nice snack before heading to North Seymour Island. Here, observe blue footed boobies (they nest from May to November), marine iguanas, pelicans, frigatebirds, shore birds, sea lions and endemic Palo Santo. During all walks, your guide will be explaining details about the lives of the birds and animals. There is the option to enjoy some time swimming and snorkeling if you are in the mood. Later, back on the yacht, enjoy a short lecture about the origin and evolution of the Galapagos Islands followed by a welcome cocktail and dinner.

Day 2

Genovesa

After breakfast, make a wet landing on Darwin Bay to walk and observe frigatebirds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies, shorebirds, turtles, and marine iguanas. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. In the afternoon, make a dry landing on Prince Phillips’s Steps (Barranco) to walk and observe the interesting lives of the birds. Enjoy dinner on the yacht, and then an orientation about conservation efforts made to protect the Islands.

Day 3

Santiago

Start your day with a wet landing on James Bay (Puerto Egas), to walk and observe sponges, snails, hermit crabs, a variety of shore birds, barnacles and the endemic four-eyed blenny, marine iguanas, and sea lions. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Return to the boat for a delicious lunch then make a wet landing on Espumilla, a brown sand beach. This beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles. Here, observe land birds such as yellow warblers, Darwin’s finches, and Galapagos flycatchers. A trail takes us through a Palo Santo forest. Walk behind the beach to a salt-water lagoon, where occasionally flamingos are seen. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Then visit an abandoned Salt Mine. Return to the yacht and then navigate around Buccaneer Cove (Caleta Bucanero), an area of steep cliffs and dark beaches. The cliffs and pinnacle are used as nesting areas by several species of seabirds. This was a popular place for 17th & 18th century buccaneers to careen their vessels. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak.

Day 4

Isabela - Fernandina

Spend your morning on a panga ride around Punta Vicente Roca to observe plenty of sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed and masked boobies, and flightless cormorants. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. In the afternoon, make a dry landing on Punta Espinoza to observe and see a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas and the flightless cormorants and clumps of lava cactus.

Day 5

Isabela

After breakfast, take a panga ride through Tagus Cove, a protected cove between the shoulders of two volcanic craters which protect it from the open sea; observe penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions and a variety of birds including flightless cormorant and blue-footed boobies. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/or kayak. Then make a wet landing on Urbina Bay to take a walk and observe a coral area, land iguanas, flightless cormorants, and giant tortoises. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/or kayak. Return to the yacht for lunch. After lunch, ride around the islets of Elizabeth Bay to see marine iguanas, penguins, marine turtles, seabirds and shorebirds, herons, and blue-footed boobies.

Day 6

Isabela

Start the day with a dry landing to the islet Las Tintoreras, which has a small bay of completely calm turquoise waters. Observe hundreds of marine iguanas, sea turtles, sea lions, Galapagos penguins, rays, and white tip sharks. Then make an expedition to the Sierra Negra Volcano, considered the oldest of the volcanoes on Isabela. The crater of Sierra Negra is 10 km in diameter and is the second largest in the world. Its last eruption occurred in 2005. The sulfur, iron and cooled magma make a colorful landscape. Your adventure begins with a 45 minute ride on a bus to the highlands of Isabela. Once you arrive at the “Paradero Sierra Negra”, walk or horseback ride (extra cost) through slopes of the volcano. The trail brings us to Volcan Chico (on the northeast of Sierra Negra Volcano), a fissure composed of scum and lava. This fissure had its last eruption in 1979 and the volcanic activity lasted for a week. From here, admire an amazing view of the north of the island, and if the day is clear you may have a majestic view of the Perry Isthmus, a surrounding island. This expedition allows you to step through volcanic features and over lava flows formed in very recent years. You may also see the formations of petrified lava of many different colors and textures and fumaroles scattered throughout this area. After lunch, visit the Breeding Center “Arnaldo Tupiza”, where you can observe tortoise of different ages and sizes (in total there are about 330 juvenile and adult tortoises) and learn about the reproduction of the giant tortoises. You can also see different native plants at the Breeding Center. After that, visit the Wall of Tears, a historic place in the Galapagos Islands. This site was a penal colony for 13 years, where the prisoners built a wall with huge blocks of lava as punishment. There, observe lava lizards, Galapagos finches, and hawks. Before returning to the yacht, visit Humedales, where you can see a series of lagoons, mangrove species, flamingos, and numerous migratory birds.

Day 7

Floreana

After breakfast, make a wet landing on Point Cormorant for a short walk to the Flamingos Lagoon. Continue walking until you reach the beach called "La Picona" to see marine turtles and their spawning grounds. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Later, take a panga ride to Champion Islet, a small island off the Coast of Floreana Island. The principal attraction of Champion Islet is the nearly-extinct Charles (Floreana) mockingbird. Visitors can also observe bird species such as swallow-tailed gulls, Nazca boobies, or brown noddies. It is a great place for snorkeling, as well as searching for sea turtles, reef fishes, Galapagos penguins, and white-tipped reef sharks. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. In the afternoon, make a wet landing on Post Office Bay, a historic site that recalls the days of the whalers, who presumably placed a wooden barrel in the 18th century to use as a post office. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Later, take a bus for a short ride from the small town Puerto Velasco Ibarra to the Asilo de la Paz. A historic site, this area was inhabited by the early settlers who found a freshwater spring and refuge in the “cave of pirates”. This was the home of the first settlers of the island - Patrick Watkins lived there first, then Dr. Ritter and his companion Dora Strauch, and then the Wittmer family. Visit the cave of pirates and a corral built by the National Park Service where you can find Galapagos tortoises (from various islands) in captivity.

Day 8

Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast, take a bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a visit to the native forests and twin craters. Return to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Station and its Interpretive Center. Return to the port for a walk through the little town to appreciate various handicrafts.

Day 9

Espanola

After breakfast, make an early dry landing on Punta Suarez to walk along lava beds where you may observe unique colonies of marine birds, including albatross (May-December). Return to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, make a wet landing in Gardner Bay for a walk on the beach and observe a colony of sea lions, which inhabit the beach in great quantities during the breeding season; this is also an important nesting area for sea turtles. Then take a panga ride around the Osborn Islet and the islets of Gardner. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Return to the yacht for dinner and the nightly orientation.

Day 10

San Cristobal

Start your morning with a wet landing on Punta Pitt in San Cristobal Island. Hike a trail that includes an olivine beach of approximately 90 meters and a trail that ascends to the top of a volcanic tuff hill passing through several natural viewpoints. Punta Pitt is composed of volcanic tuff substrate. High winds present there have led to natural erosion. This is the only site in the Galapagos Islands where you can watch the three species of boobies and two species of frigates nesting in the same area. After lunch, sail around Kicker Rock (León Dormido), a massive tuff-rock that juts abruptly almost 500 feet straight up from the ocean. Kicker Rock serves as nesting place for many sea birds. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Then make a wet landing on Cerro Brujo to walk on a white sand beach and observe sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/or kayak.

Day 11

Mosquera - Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast, make an early wet landing on Mosquera Island, a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) and a great white sand beach with tide pools. Observe colonies of sea lions, brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies and Sally Lightfoot crabs - the contrast these crabs, with bright red on top and blue on the bottom, and the black lava is stunning. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. In the afternoon, take a panga ride around Black Turtle Cove, a series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets. Here you can observe white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, spotted eagle rays, and yellow cow-nosed rays.

Day 12

Chinese Hat - Rabida

Start the day with a wet landing on Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino), a small island off the coast of Santiago Island. Here, you can observe Galapagos penguins, eagle rays, sea lions and marine iguanas. This is an excellent snorkeling site. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/or kayak. After lunch, make a wet landing on Rábida to walk and observe marine iguanas and sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, and brown pelicans. Walk to a small saltwater lagoon where you can see pink flamingos. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/or kayak.

Day 13

Santiago - Bartolome

Begin the day with a wet landing on Sullivan Bay, a perfect place to observe the volcanic origin of the islands. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. In the afternoon, make a dry landing on Bartolomé Island to hike to the summit. During the hike you may observe colonies of marine iguanas and lava lizards. On the summit, take in an impressive view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock.

Day 14

South Plaza - Santa Fe

After breakfast, make a wet landing on Santa Fe Island to visit the cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas native to Santa Fe. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/or kayak. Return to the yacht for lunch then sail to South Plaza, where the crew makes a dry landing on the pier of the island. There, enjoy the antics of the sea lions, cactus forest, land iguanas and many species of tropical birds.

Day 15

  • Breakfast

Santa Cruz Island - Baltra

After breakfast, make an early disembarkation on Las Bachas Beach. During the walk to the flamingo lagoon, listen to your guide as they explain details about the lives of the birds and animals. Return to the yacht for disembarking on the pier at 09:00.

All itineraries are subject to change due to weather or changes by the National Park Service or yacht operator.
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$7,700$8,750
$156 Fuel Surcharge

Single Supplement

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

Child Discount

10% discount for children under the age of 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

Includes

  • Accommodations on board Tip Top IV 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

Excludes

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • Fuel Surcharge
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $35 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Wetsuits available: $30 for 4-day cruises, $35 for 5-day cruises, $40 for 8-day cruises, $65 for 11-day cruises, $70 for 15-day cruises
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

    Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip

  • $530 - $590

    Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

  • $475 - $520

Optional Hospitality Packages