Northern Islands Cruise

DeAnn Phillips
With our favorite tortoise
Glory Moore
Sea lion coming in from a swim
John Collins
A pair of Blue Footed Boobies
Erin Correia
Snorkeling at Espanola
Yvonne Smith
Kids loving Santa Cruz Island


  • Red beach and volcanic cliffs of Rabida
  • Famous Pinnacle rock and White Sand Beach.
  • Voyage to Buccaneer Cove steeped in pirate history

This 5-day Northern Islands Galapagos cruise explores the islands of Genovesa, Bartolome, Santiago and more. Snorkel with sea lions, view the famous dance of the blue-footed boobies, and see the giant tortoises which gave this archipelago its name.

Day 1

Baltra - Santa Cruz Island

Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Santa Cruz II.

Begin your Galapagos adventure by sailing to and swimming at Bachas Beach. View the floating pier which was left by Americans after World War II. View flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


In the morning, voyage to Buccaneer Cove and view where pirates used to drop anchor in order to make repairs and stock up on food supplies, such as tortoise meat. Walk up towards the cliffs for panoramic views of the island.

After lunch, travel to Puerto Egas to see the old salt mines. Closed during the 1960's, hike to the salt crater to sight land birds such as finches, doves, and hawks. Walk along the shoreline to fine tide-pools and sea caves where fur seals make their home.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rabida - Bartolome

Named for the color of its sand, Red Beach also features cliffs and steep slopes of volcanic cinders which are reddish in color. Hike up a short trail to a flamingo lagoon or snorkel along the reef.

In the afternoon, sail for Bartolome to visit the famous Pinnacle rock and White Sand Beach.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Sail for El Barranco (Prince Phillip’s Steps) and climb the wooden trail to the cliffs. Pass seabird colonies and a thin palo santo forest. At the top of the steps, view masked and red-footed boobies, great frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds and hundreds of storm petrels.

After lunch, make your way to Darwin Bay and land on its coral beach. Take a short trail through seabird colonies and view marine iguanas along the shore.

Day 5

  • Breakfast

San Cristobal

Transfer to the San Cristobal airport for your connecting flight back to the mainland.

All itineraries are subject to change due to weather or changes by the National Park Service or yacht operator.
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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
  • $35 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 - $590

    Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

  • $475 - $520

Optional Hospitality Packages