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Eastern Islands

Example 5 Day Cruise aboard Santa Cruz II
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This 5-day Eastern Islands cruise on the Santa Cruz II explores the islands of San Cristobal, South Plaza, Santa Cruz Island, and more! This trip is a unique small ship adventure which delights travelers with its rich wildlife interaction and pristine beaches.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal
Day 2 : Santa Fe - South Plaza Island
Day 3 : Santa Cruz Island
Day 4 : Espanola
Day 5 : Baltra


  • South Plaza Island, home to the largest population of land igunas
  • Los Gemelos, two volcanic depressions on the highest part of Santa Cruz
  • Snorkel in the amazing Gardner Bay


Santa Cruz II

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Trip Type

  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Galapagos penguin swimming underwater Hanging out in the sand with some wildlife Hiking at Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Exploring the Galapagos A land iguana prepares to fight over territory

Day 1 San Cristobal

Arrive at the airport on San Cristobal and transfer to Santa Cruz II.

Begin your Galapagos cruise at the Interpretation Center to learn about the history and biodiversity of the Galápagos Islands. Take a self-guided walking tour to familiarize yourself with this unique island chain.

Day 2 Santa Fe - South Plaza Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, arrive at Santa Fe to view a large forest of Opuntia cactus. Snorkel with sea lions in the picturesque turquoise lagoon.

Travel to South Plaza Island to view one of the one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galápagos. The island is also home to a hybrid iguana species, a mixture between land and marine iguanas.

Day 3 Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, an international non-profit organization which provides the necessary scientific research, technical information and assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galápagos.

Travel to Los Gemelos, two volcanic depressions on the highest part of Santa Cruz, and hike around the area.

Day 4 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail for the island of Espanola and visit Suárez Point, one of the most spectacular wildlife areas of the archipelago. View Española Island mockingbirds, Galápagos doves, Galápagos hawks, marine iguanas, and the oversized lava lizard.

In the afternoon, travel to Gardner Bay to snorkel with fish and the occasional shark and sea turtle.

Day 5 Baltra

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

Santa Cruz II

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Horizon Deck Explorer Family Cabin
191.9 sq. ft. Two triple cabins on the Horizon deck with picture windows.
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Horizon Deck Explorer Cabin
163.2 sq. ft. 23 twin cabins on the Horizon deck with picture windows.
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Horizon Deck Voyager Cabin
127 sq. ft. Two Voyager single cabins on the Horizon deck one single bed. All have picture windows.
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Expedition Deck Explorer Cabin
163.2 sq. ft. 17 twin cabins on the Expedition deck with picture windows.
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Panorama Deck Explorer Cabin
163.2 sq. ft. Three twin cabins on the Panorama deck with picture windows. All cabins can interconnect with Darwin Suites.
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Panorama Deck Darwin Suite
325 sq. ft Three Darwin Suites on the Panorama Deck, with one large double bed and double picture windows. Can be interconnected with an Explorer double cabin to increase space by another 163 sq ft.

Single Supplement

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

Child Discount

25% discount for children under the age of 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. Valid in low season only.

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


  • Accommodations on board Santa Cruz 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


  • 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 $15 for 6 days (Included for Darwin Suite passengers)
  • 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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