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Northwestern Islands

8 Day Sample Cruise aboard Beagle
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Explore the Northwestern islands on a Galapagos cruise aboard the Beagle. This voyage circles the Galapagos Islands and treats guests to great snorkeling opportunities, wildlife encounters, and the chance to interact with the giant tortoises which gave this archipelago its name.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - Bachas Beach - Santa Cruz Island
Day 2 : Genovesa
Day 3 : Santiago
Day 4 : Isabela - Fernandina
Day 5 : Isabela
Day 6 : Isabela
Day 7 : Isabela
Day 8 : Santa Cruz Island - Baltra

Ship

Beagle

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Darwin Bay
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Espinosa Point
  • Fernandina
  • Genovesa
  • Isabela
  • Los Gemelos (Twin Craters)
  • Prince Philip's Steps
  • Puerto Egas
  • Puerto Villamil
  • Punta Moreno
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay
  • Vicente Roca Point

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Can you see them? They're blending. Frigatebird in the Galapagos Islands Enjoy a blissful snorkeling trip. A pair of Blue Footed Boobies Flamingoes and a flamingo chick.

Day 1 Baltra - Bachas Beach - Santa Cruz Island

Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Beagle.

Begin your Galapagos adventure at Bachas Beach to go swimming. View the floating pier which was left after the end of World War II. View the flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels which make Bachas Beach their home.

Day 2 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, travel to the coral beach of Darwin Bay. Take a short hike which leads you through seabird colonies and a large red-footed booby colony.

In the afternoon, take the wooden staircase up Prince Phillip’s Step (El Barranco) for panoramic views of the island.

Day 3 Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, sail for Puerto Egas to relax on black sand beaches and visit the old salt mines. Take an inland hike to the salt crater or walk along the rugged shoreline to find iguanas and sea lions. At the end of the trail, hope to find a colony of fur seals and night herons.

Following lunch, travel to Espumilla Beach and visit its mangrove forest. You may see nesting sea turtles and flocks of pink flamingos. Snorkel and swim in the shallow water.

In the evening, make your way to Buccaneer Cove. Pirates used to drop anchor in this secluded lagoon to make repairs and replenish their food stores. Hike along the cliffs for stunning views of the island.

Day 4 Isabela - Fernandina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, set sail for Isabela Island to visit Tagus Cove. Hope to catch a glimpse of the Galapagos Penguin and take a trail to the top of a cliff to view Darwin Lake, which is saltier than the ocean. As you explore, pay attention to the graffiti which covers the walls, as it has
been written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries.

After lunch, visit Espinoza Point on Fernandina Island, home of a variety of Galapagos marine iguanas.

Day 5 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, set sail for White Tipped Reef Shark Canal, named for the sharks which call the reef their home. View them as they rest in the shallows and then snorkel in the clear waters surrounding the reef.

After lunch, explore the Wall of Tears. This wall was built by prisoners of the penal colony which used to exist on Isabela, using large lava blocks for its construction. Take a set of stairs above the wall to view it in its entirety.

Day 6 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Punta Moreno and hike the trail which runs along a lava flow. The trail leads you to a series of coastal lagoons and mangroves.

Following lunch, sail for Elizabeth Bay, a marine visitor site with no landing point. Take a zodiac to visit the Marielas islets, the largest penguin colony in the Galapagos. Also view sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions.

Day 7 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue your exploration of Isabela.

Day 8 Santa Cruz Island - Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for your connection to the mainland.

Beagle

Per person starting at
$3,990
Cruise the Galapagos on the Beagle ship
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6 cabins with double accommodations, private bath facilities and air conditioning.

Single Supplement

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

Child Discount

Inquire for special children's rates

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Beagle 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

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
  • Wetsuit rental available for $35 a week
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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