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Islands Circumnavigation I

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Embark on an islands circumnavigation aboard the Galapagos Voyager. This 15-day Galapagos cruise takes sails around this island archipelago and explores the islands of San Cristobal, Lobos, Espanola and more. See the giant tortoises, swim with sea lions, and take coastal and inland hikes to experience this enchanting area.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center
Day 2 : Floreana
Day 3 : Espanola
Day 4 : Lobos - San Cristobal
Day 5 : North Seymour - Santa Cruz Island - Black Turtle Cove
Day 6 : Santiago
Day 7 : Bartolome - Santiago
Day 8 : Santa Cruz Island - Highlands
Day 9 : South Plaza Island - Santa Fe
Day 10 : Daphne Island - Santa Cruz Island - Bachas Beach
Day 11 : Genovesa
Day 12 : Mosquera - Santa Cruz Island - Dragon Hill
Day 13 : Chinese Hat - Rabida
Day 14 : Isabela
Day 15 : Santa Cruz Island - Baltra


Galapagos Voyager

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Chinese Hat
  • Daphne Island
  • Dragon Hill
  • Highlands
  • Isla Lobos
  • San Cristobal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

See colorful Frigatebird birds on your trip to the Galapagos Enjoying a sunset on a Galapagos cruise Wildlife viewing and tours of the Galapagos islands Enjoying a snorkeling tour in the Galapagos Massive Tortoise in the Galapagos Photographing a Masked Booby in the Galapagos Walking on a beach excursion in the Galapagos

Day 1 Baltra - Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center

Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Galapagos Voyager. Onboard, attend a briefing about the island and the ship.

Set sail and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the unique history of the islands and to interact with the giant tortoises who reside in its corrals.

Day 2 Floreana

In the morning, travel to Cormorant Point and hike a trail which overlooks a saltwater lagoon. A favorite location for flamingos, you may also see green sea turtles. Sail for Champion Islet for snorkeling. Champion Rock is covered with black coral bushes and yellow cup corals.

In the afternoon, visit Baroness’ Observatory and Post Office Bay. Feel free to leave an addressed postcard in the barrel and take one for delivery if the address is close to where you live.

Day 3 Espanola

Explore Suárez Point, home to five species of nesting seabirds. Marine iguanas and over-sized lava lizard are also frequently seen relaxing on the rocks and are unique to the island.

In the afternoon, travel to Gardner Bay and snorkel with sea lions in its crystal waters.

Day 4 Lobos - San Cristobal

Visit Isla Lobos (Sea Lion Island) to interact with the sea lions which rest on its shores. Home to home to blue-footed boobies, great frigate-birds, brown pelicans, lava gulls, common noddies, yellow warblers and small and medium ground finches, the island is also an ideal location for birders. Snorkel with the sea lions and relax on the beach.

In the afternoon, travel to Cerro Colorado and stand on a wooden platform which offers amazing views of La Galapaguera, a tortoise rearing center.

Day 5 North Seymour - Santa Cruz Island - Black Turtle Cove

Spend the morning on North Seymour Island and explore its rocky coast. Spot Daphne Major and Minor in the distance play with sea lions as they body surf close to shore.

Set sail for Black Turtle Cove to view black and whitetip reef sharks, sea turtles, golden cow-nose rays, spotted eagle rays, and the occasional hammerhead shark. The shallow inlet of Black Turtle Cove provides protection for juveniles of several species and is ideal for snorkeling.

Day 6 Santiago

In the morning, sail for Puerto Egas to relax on black sand beaches and visit the old salt mines. Take an inland hike to the salt crater or walk along the rugged shoreline to find iguanas and sea lions. At the end of the trail, hope to find a colony of fur seals and night herons.

Following lunch, travel to Espumilla Beach and visit its mangrove forest. You may see nesting sea turtles and flocks of pink flamingos. Snorkel and swim in the shallow water.

In the evening, make your way to Buccaneer Cove. Pirates used to drop anchor in this secluded lagoon to make repairs and replenish their food stores. Hike along the cliffs for stunning views of the island.

Day 7 Bartolome - Santiago

Visit Pinnacle Rock and the White Sand Beach for opportunities to photograph the Galapagos penguin. Snorkel and play with sea lions as they scoot towards you on the sand.

Day 8 Santa Cruz Island - Highlands

Visit Los Gemelos (The Twins), two volcanic depressions found on the highest part of Santa Cruz. Locate vermillion flycatchers, woodpecker finches, and short eared owls as you walk around the area.

Journey to the highlands of Santa Cruz to experience all seven different vegetation zones. View Galápagos flycatchers, small tree-finches, and woodpecker finches as you hike around.

Day 9 South Plaza Island - Santa Fe

Travel to South Plaza Island to view one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos archipelago. Take a rocky trail which circumnavigates the island and displays a combination of dry and coastal vegetation zones.

In the afternoon, sail for Santa Fe to view its Opuntia cactus forest. Snorkel in the picturesque turquoise lagoon and play with sea lions in the shallows.

Day 10 Daphne Island - Santa Cruz Island - Bachas Beach

In the morning, journey to Daphne Mayor, a restricted area accessible by few visitors each day. Venture up a steep trail to the volcanic crater rim to see the red-billed tropicbirds which nest in the cliffs.

After lunch, travel to Bachas Beach to go swimming. View the floating pier which was left after the end of World War II. View the flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels which make Bachas Beach their home.

Day 11 Genovesa

In the morning, travel to the coral beach of Darwin Bay. Take a short hike which leads you through seabird colonies and a large red-footed booby colony.

In the afternoon, take the wooden staircase up Prince Phillip’s Step (El Barranco) for panoramic views of the island.

Day 12 Mosquera - Santa Cruz Island - Dragon Hill

Set sail for Mosquera Island's narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and tide pools. Explore the area on foot or take to the sea to swim in the warm waters.

Eat lunch and then sail for Dragon Hill to see flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. Take a short walk to the lagoon behind the beach.

Day 13 Chinese Hat - Rabida

Travel to Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat) to view a colony of sea lions on the white coral sand beach. See American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Penguins, and Sally-Lightfoot Crabs as they travel over the volcanic rocks.

Travel to Rabida to view the numerous colonies of birds which claim refuge along its cliffs and rocky face.

Day 14 Isabela

Visit Isabela's Wetlands, which consist of lagoons, swamps and mangroves. Take a foot path which winds its way through the swamps.

Visit the Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about tortoise conservation in the Galapagos Islands.

Giant tortoise eggs are collected and brought to the center to be hatched and taken care of for five years before being released into the wild.

Day 15 Santa Cruz Island - Baltra

Make your way to Los Gemelos, two volcanic depressions on the highest part of Santa Cruz.

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your connection back to the mainland.

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  • Accommodations on board Galapagos Voyager 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


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  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Diving available at additional charge upon request. Please inquire for details
  • Wetsuit Rental available for $20 for 4 days, $25 for 5 days, $35 for 8 days, $50 for 12 days, $65 for 15 days
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