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Luxury Eastern Galapagos Islands Cruise

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Cormorant
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Board the Cormorant for an 8 day exploration of the eastern islands of the Galapagos archipelago. This active itinerary allows you to experience all aspects of this unique region. Swim around Bachas Beach, venture up 375 wooden stairs to the summit of Bartolome Island, view a large sea lion colony, snorkel alongside sea turtles are just a few of the adventures you have to look forward to! Don't miss this unforgettable Galapagos cruise! 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | Bachas Beach
Day 2 : Bartolome | Santiago
Day 3 : South Plaza Island | Santa Fe
Day 4 : San Cristobal
Day 5 : San Cristobal
Day 6 : Espanola
Day 7 : Floreana
Day 8 : Santa Cruz Island | Highlands | Disembark


  • Venture up a trail of 375 wooden stairs to the summit of Bartolome Island
  • View a large sea lion colony on South Plaza Island
  • Snorkel alongside sea turtles, rays, and various fish species
  • Kayak around Kicker Rock to view marine life



Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Highlands
  • Leon Dormido
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Pitt
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Interpretation Center
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • Santiago
  • South Plaza Island
  • Sullivan Bay
  • Witch Hill


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Sea lion coming in from a swim Explore the Galapagos Lava tubes on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Group of travelers exploring the Galapagos. A view of Kicker Rock.

Day 1 Baltra | Embark | Bachas Beach

Arrive at Baltra Island Airport and transfer to the Cormorant.

Set sail for Bachas Beach, an excellent location for swimming. View flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. Explore the floating pier, a remnant World War II in the Galapagos Islands.

Day 2 Bartolome | Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Bartholomew Island and travel to Pinnacle Rock. Bartholomew is an extinct volcano which features unique red, orange, black and green volcanic formations. Venture up a trail of 375 wooden stairs to the summit or snorkel along the beach. This location is known for its sightings of the Galapagos penguin. In the afternoon, sail for Sullivan Bay, a location of great geological interest. The bay is coated in Pahoehoe and A’A lava flows, creating striking formations.

Day 3 South Plaza Island | Santa Fe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to South Plaza, a small island covered in Opuntia cacti. The island is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies and also features many colorful yellow and red land iguanas. Take a brief hike over the terrain for views of the island. In the afternoon, set sail for Santa Fe Island and hike its two visitor trails.

Day 4 San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Witch Hill. Eroded by the sea, Witch Hill features white powdery sand and a picturesque beach. Snorkel alongside sea turtles and rays, and view various types of Booby Birds from the beach.

Travel to Pitt Point and take a trail up to the face of a cliff. This hike offers superb views of the island. Snorkel in the clear waters and hope to meet some playful sea lions.

Day 5 San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lobos Island is named after the sea lions that rest and play on its rocky shores. The island is also home to blue-footed boobies, great frigate-birds, brown pelicans, lava gulls, common noddies, yellow warblers, and small and medium ground finches. There is good snorkeling in the clear waters of the channel and this is one of the best sites at which to swim with sea lions underwater.

Sail for Kicker Rock, a striking formation which is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and scuba diving allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life.

Day 6 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey to Suarez Point to view blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. The most famous attraction on Espanola is a magnificent blowhole which spurts water high into the air. Take a two-mile hike across the island.

In the afternoon, travel to Gardner Bay, the breeding site of most of the world´s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. Gardner Bay features a large white sandy beach and the reef makes this location ideal for snorkeling and swimming with sea lions.

Day 7 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, set sail for Cormorant Point which features a large flamingo lagoon. Take an optional hike or swim in the clear waters.

Travel to Floreana to visit Post Office Bay, where a wooden barrel was placed by 18th-century whalers as an unofficial post office. The tradition has continued to this day, and travelers can leave addressed postcards and sort through the barrel for postcards close to their homes. Delivering one of these postcards is a rewarding experience.

Day 8 Santa Cruz Island | Highlands | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning, visit the Highlands, where you can walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, white-cheeked pintail ducklings, Darwin finches, and many other species. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight back to the mainland.


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Roomy staterooms located on both the upper deck and main deck. All feature private balconies and en-suite bath facilities.
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Spacious suites located on the main deck include a sitting area, private balcony and en-suite bath facilities.

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 12 years at time of Galapagos cruise traveling with two adults. Child discounts are not available March 19-26 and Dec 17-Jan 3.

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


  • Accommodations on board Cormorant 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
  • Wetsuit
  • Sea Kayaking


  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Diving may be available upon request, please inquire for information
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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