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Snorkeling at Espanola

Northern Islands

7 Day Sample Cruise aboard Isabela II
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Take a 7-day Galapagos cruise to the Galapagos Islands aboard the Isabela II. Learn about the history of the islands, view the famous giant Galapagos tortoise, and swim with sea lions on the islands of Genovesa, Fernandina, Santiago and more!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal
Day 2 : Genovesa
Day 3 : Santiago
Day 4 : Fernandina - Isabela
Day 5 : Isabela
Day 6 : Rabida - Santa Cruz Island
Day 7 : Baltra

Ship

Isabela II

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Buccaneer Cove
  • Darwin Bay
  • Dragon Hill
  • Espinosa Point
  • Fernandina
  • Genovesa
  • Isabela
  • La Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado
  • Prince Philip's Steps
  • Puerto Egas
  • Rabida
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay
  • Vicente Roca Point

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Snorkeling at Espanola Giant tortoise on Santa Cruz Someone take a picture of us together.... Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal with the sun bathing iguanas

Day 1 San Cristobal

Arrive at the San Cristobal airport and transfer to the Isabela II. After a brief introduction and lunch, the first adventure begins. The first excursion takes you to Cerro Colorado to enjoy a nice hike to the wooden platform which offers amazing views of the tortoise rearing center, La Galapaguera. This is an amazing facility where you can get up close and personal with the highly-endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest.

Day 2 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail for Genovesa to climb El Barranco (Prince Phillip’s Steps). The trip takes you through nesting seabird colonies and a thin palo santo forest. Observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels going about their daily business.

After lunch, travel to Darwin Bay and land on its coral beach. View a a large red-footed booby colony and snorkel in the warm water. There is an optional walk, for those who are feeling adventurous, over sharp lava and uneven terrain. The incredible views of this walk will be worth the challenge.

Day 3 Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, explore Buccaneer Cove, Santiago Island's historic refuge for British buccaneers. Pirates would drop anchor in this protected cove to make repairs on their ships and to stock up on food stores, such as tortoise meat.

In the afternoon, set sail for Puerto Egas to relax on its black sand beaches. Once the site of a small salt mining industry, a salt crater is still within walking distance from the beach. Explore the rugged coastline to see iguanas basking on the rocks and fur seals lazing about in grottoes.

Day 4 Fernandina - Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Espinosa Point to view hundreds of marine iguanas. Observe the different types of lava flows and explore the mangroves. Punta Espinoza has an amazing combination of barrenness and abundant wildlife.

Sail for Isabela and land at Tagus Cove. Take a zodiac and explore the high cliffs of the island and see the pirate graffiti on the walls. View penguins, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, sea lions, and blue-footed boobies.

Day 5 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, arrive at Urbina Bay to see sea turtles and rays. Take a trail which leads you to a coral reef which was formed by an uplift of the sea in 1954. Stroll along the reef, giving the illusion of walking on water.

In the afternoon, travel to Vicente Roca Point to explore the cliffs and coves of Isabela. Snorkel in the shallows of two bays which are protected from the swell of the ocean.

Day 6 Rabida - Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On Rabida, explore Red Beach, named for its reddish beach, cliffs, and steep slopes of volcanic cinders. Take a short trail to a flamingo lagoon and snorkel along the rocks.

Set sail for Dragon Hill and enter the visitor's site. View the flamingo lagoon which is located behind the beach or take a short walk up the hill, which rewards travelers with sweeping views of the island.

Day 7 Baltra

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

Isabela II

Per person starting at
$4,857
Isabela II's Standard Cabin.
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Standard Cabin Double
1 cabin with double bed. Located on the cabin deck.
Isabela II's Classic Cabin.
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Classic cabins
18 cabins on the Cabin Deck -- some with double beds and some with separate twins. Some cabins have an additional twin bed and can be used as a triple. Located on the cabin deck.
Isabela II's Master Suite.
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Master Suite Queen
1 suite with double bed. Located on the main deck.
Isabela II's Single Cabin.
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Single Cabin Single
2 cabins on the Cabin Deck with one lower double bed. 128 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 if sharing with two adults, for children under age 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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Isabela 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

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 $17 for 5 days, $35 for 8 days
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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