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Embark on this exciting 8-day cruise of the amazing and incredible north islands of the Galapagos. Highlights of the west include beautiful Santa Cruz, wildlife-rich Isabela, cliff-laden Fernandina, and the amazing black beaches of Santiago. Enjoy the company of friendly sea lions while snorkeling or enjoy a hike across volcanic landscapes. There are many opportunities to get acquainted with the unique features of the islands, making this a truly amazing vacation. There is an endless list of activities to make this the most memorable trip ever.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Santa Cruz | Embark
Day 2 : Dragon Hill | Bartolome
Day 3 : Rabida | Santa Cruz
Day 4 : Black Turtle Cove | Santa Cruz
Day 5 : Isabela | Fernandina
Day 6 : Isabela
Day 7 : Santiago
Day 8 : Santa Cruz | Baltra | Disembark


  • Learn about Charles Darwin Station´s efforts to preserve the environment
  • Kayak and stand up paddle board in crystal clear waters
  • Explore Dragon Hill´s brackish lagoon and look for feeding flamingos
  • Snorkel and swim with sea turtles and white-tipped reef sharks at Bartolome



Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Dragon Hill
  • Espinosa Point
  • Fernandina
  • Isabela
  • Rabida
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Sullivan Bay
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay
  • Vicente Roca Point


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Green sea turtle swimming Bartolome Beach (Rabida) A bull and his harem beautiful cruise along Isabela The late Lonesome George trying to be young again, Santa Cruz Island

Day 1 Baltra | Santa Cruz | Embark

Arrive to the Galapagos and transfer to your ship, the Corals. On the afternoon cruise to Santa Cruz Island and visit the station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his species) lived for decades. Admire a prickly pear cactus forest and a variety of Darwin finches and other land birds. If there is enough time visit the town and shop for souvenirs.

Day 2 Dragon Hill | Bartolome

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingoes can be occasionally found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchorage and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves.

Land in Bartolome Island and discover a fascinating moonscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones —and hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. Encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies. Enjoy the beach and snorkel and see (perhaps swim with) Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, and white-tipped reef sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. 

Day 3 Rabida | Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land on Rabida Island and walk on its unique dark red sand beaches. Rábida is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nesting brown pelicans are found from July through September as are nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches. Take a dinghy ride along cliffs to observe nesting seabirds, and snorkel off the coast where marine life is particularly active.

Explore the north side of Santa Cruz Island. Behind the beach lie two small flamingo ponds with iguanas, coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native and endemic vegetation, red and black mangroves, salt bushes, and much more. This beach is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles in the Galapagos.

Day 4 Black Turtle Cove | Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea where four species of mangrove crowd from the shore out into the lagoon, and turtles enjoy swimming in the calm waters, peeking their heads above the surface, while fish, rays and small sharks circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat. Sea birds, including pelicans, herons and egrets, all feed in the cove. This cove has been declared a “Turtle Sanctuary”.

Day 5 Isabela | Fernandina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, visit Vicente Roca Point, one of the richest marine ecosystems on Earth! Spend your time snorkeling and searching for sea horses, frogfish, nudibranchs, octopi, sun fish, red-lipped batfish, dolphins, sea lions, tuna, and other amazing marine species. After snorkeling, take a dinghy ride along the coast of Isabela and admire the beautiful scenery while observing a wide variety of sea and coastal birds such as noddies, brown pelicans, Galapagos penguins, and blue-footed boobies.

In the afternoon, head to Espinosa Point in search of marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and Galapagos penguins! Stroll over lava formations, encountering cacti and mangroves along the way.

Day 6 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, continue to explore Isabela Island, visiting Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove.

In Urbina Bay, explore the volcanic, black sand beach in search of more Galapagos wildlife. Depending on the season, you may even spot some Galapagos tortoises!

In the afternoon, make your way over to Tagus Cove on Isabela Island, the Galapagos' largest island. Here, learn about the volcanoes that formed Isabela and take a dinghy ride along the shore in search of more amazing wildlife, including flightless cormorants and, depending on season, the Galapagos penguin!

Day 7 Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day exploring Santiago Island. In the morning, take time on the black volcanic sand beaches of Egas Port and the Salt Mines on Santiago Island. Walk along the volcanic basaltic rocks that line the beautiful shoreline and lead you to the best tidal pools in the Galapagos. These pools are home to fur seals and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a variety of Galapagos bird species, including the white-cheeked pintail, the Galapagos hawk, and yellow-crowned night heron.

In the afternoon, travel to Sullivan Bay to explore its amazing, extensive lava flows!

Day 8 Santa Cruz | Baltra | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, spend time in the Santa Cruz highlands. Visit El Chato Reserve to observe the Galapagos tortoise in its native habitat. After the visit, arrive to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.


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A standard cabin aboard the Corals
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Standard Cabin
Two on Coral I and one on Coral II. Panoramic skylights, located on the Sea Deck. Average area of 97 sq ft.
A Standard Plus cabin aboard the corals
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Standard Plus Cabins
Eight on Coral I and four on Coral II. Panoramic skylights, located on the Sea Deck. Average size 118 sq ft.
A Junior Cabin
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Junior Cabins
Eight on Coral I and six on Coral II. Two triple cabins available. Panoramic windows, located on Earth & Sky Decks. Average size 129 sq ft.


Not Included in Your Fare: 

• Air ticket from Quito / Guayaquil to Galapagos
• Fuel surcharge: $90 for 3 or 4 night cruises, $180 x 7-10-11 nights, $360 x 14 nights
• CGG Migration Control Card: $20 per person. and service fee not included.
• Shuttle service from Quito/Guayaquil Airport-roundtrip: $20 in combination with GO Cruises.
• Entrance fee to Galapagos: $100 adult, $50 children under 12, to be paid in cash upon arrival in Galapagosa. If requested this tax can be invoiced to be prepaid by GO. 

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 age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. A 50% discount is available if child shares with two adults in a triple cabin.

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


  • Accommodations on board Corals 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
  • Fuel Surcharge
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Wetsuit rental for $25 for up to 5 days, $50 for up to 11 days, and $75 for 15 days
  • Kayak rental available for $30/use
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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