Western Islands Cruise

Renee Noffke
Isabela Island
Julia Kocubinski
In the Galapagos up close
kate grenier
rolfing family photo in the galapagos
kate grenier
Galapagos sting ray seen while snorkeling
Monika Sundem
Kayaking around Santa Cruz
Stuart White
tortoise lunch
Stuart White
Opuntia at sunset, Isabela
Explore the Galapagos Islands on-board the Galaxy. Sail through the western islands and play with sea lions, snorkel with a variety of fish, and relax on sandy beaches.

Day 1

Arrive Baltra - Santa Cruz Highlands

Arrive at the Baltra and transfer to the Galaxy for your Galapagos cruise.

After lunch, drive to the highlands of Santa Cruz. Here, trek on the beautiful, lush trails and look for giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Then head back to the boat for a welcome cocktail.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Visit Las Tintoreras to see the colony of white tip sharks which can often be seen resting in a lava canal. Snorkel in the shallows or relax on the beach with a sea lion colony.

In the afternoon, see the Tortoise Breeding Center and learn about tortoise conservation. Giant tortoise eggs are collected and brought to the center to be hatched. After five years, they are released back into the wild. Hike Humedales, a trail complex to Orchilla Hill, from this viewpoint you can admire the bay of Puerto Villamil and Volcano Sierra Negra. Continue on to the Wall of Tears, a big wall built by prisoners housed on the islands many years ago.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Journey to Elizabeth Bay, one of the island's breeding sites for penguins. Watch Galápagos hawks soar overhead and see schools of pompana as they swim beneath you. Explore the red mangrove cove looking for Brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, and golden rays.

Sail for Urbina Bay at the base of Alcedo Volcano to see see turtles and rays. Take a short hike (3.2km) which leads to a coral reef. The area is abundant with marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and even lobsters.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Isabela - Fernandina

Sail for Tagus Cove west of Darwin Volcano in Isabela Island. Hike to Darwin Lake passing by pirates graffiti carved into the rocks in the 1800s. Then take a panga trip below the high cliffs of the island. See penguins, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions on shore, and snorkel off the sandy beach.

In the afternoon, visit Espinosa Point to view hundreds of marine iguanas as they gather on the black lava rocks. Walk around to see the various lava flows and hopefully spot the Flightless Cormorant. Admire Fernandina Island from Espinoza Point where its lat volcanic eruption was in May 2005.

Day 5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Sail for Puerto Egas with its black sand beach create by volcanic deposits from the island's volcano, Pan de Azucar. The crater of this volcano is a salt lake which in 1928 there were some explorations into harvesting the salt, but it proved to be too difficult.

After lunch explore the Palo Santo Wood of Espumilla Beach, a very important site for nesting tortoises.

Day 6

  • Breakfast

Daphne Island or Dragon Hill

Spend the morning sailing around Daphne Major, a volcanic tuff cone that was formed by successive explosions of lava and water.
Hike Dragon Hill in the northwestern side of Santa Cruz Island, and consists of a trail that runs through three different environments at just 1,600 m long.

Then head to the airport and transfer to mainland Ecuador.

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

10% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise (does not apply for Holiday departures)

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


  • Accommodations on board Galaxy 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
  • Sea Kayaking


  • 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 $25 for 4 days, $30 for 5 days, $35 for 6 days, $45 for 8 days, $55 for 10 days, $60 for 11 days, $80 for 15 days
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

    Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip

  • $530 - $590

    Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

  • $475 - $520

Optional Hospitality Packages