Southwest Islands Cruise

Julia Kocubinski
In the Galapagos up close
kate grenier
rolfing family photo in the galapagos
kate grenier
Galapagos sting ray seen while snorkeling
Sullivan Peraino
Blue footed booby
DarAnne Dunning
Birdlife found on a wildlife tour of the Galapagos
Renee Noffke
Isabela Island
Stuart White
Opuntia at sunset, Isabela
Experience the best of the Galapagos on a Southwest Islands tour. Snorkel, hike, and play as you cruise through sea lion colonies and experience the unique ecosystem of the Galapagos.

Day 1

San Cristobal - Lobos

Journey to Gardner Bay, to snorkel with a variety of fish and playful sea lions. Hope to see the occasional turtle or shark which swim in the waters off the island.

In the afternoon, travel to Suarez Point one of the most significantly birdlife rich locations in the Galapagos archipelago. Around twelve thousand breading pairs have their nests in the Española Island. Depending on the time of year you might catch the Blue-Footed Boobies and the Waved Albatross doing their extensive mating dances. Also view marine iguanas and over-sized lava lizards as they sun themselves on the rocks.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Espanola

Journey to Gardner Bay, to snorkel with a variety of fish and playful sea lions. Hope to see the occasional turtle or shark which swim in the waters off the island.

In the afternoon, travel to Suarez Point one of the most significantly birdlife rich locations in the Galapagos archipelago. Around twelve thousand breading pairs have their nests in the Española Island. Depending on the time of year you might catch the Blue-Footed Boobies and the Waved Albatross doing their extensive mating dances. Also view marine iguanas and over-sized lava lizards as they sun themselves on the rocks.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Floreana

Sail for Post Office Bay, a sandy beach where past whalers used to leave and receive their letters in a barrel. Take part in the tradition by leaving an addressed postcard in the barrel. Additionally, pick up any letters within close proximity to your home to deliver once you return from the Galapagos.

Visit Punta Cormorant located to the west of Floreana Island. It has a unqiuely famous dark green beach due to the great quantity of olivine crystals. Then take a panga ride around Devils's Crown, a satellite islet of the island Floreana where constant sea erosion has form the rocks into the shape of a crown. This is one of the better places to go snorkeling.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Santa Fe - South Plazas Island

Arrive at Santa Fe to view the Opuntia cactus forest, the largest of its kind in the archipelago. It is home of one of the two species of land iguanas in the Galapagos islands. Crabs, nocturnal herons, marine iguanas, and land doves are often seen. The gorgeous turquoise bay is excellent place to swim and go snorkeling with sea turtles, rays, sea lions and tropical fishes.

At South Plaza, are two small islands with one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos islands. Take a cliff-side trail which circumnavigates the island for spectacular views and varied vegetation.

Day 5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Santa Cruz Highlands - Charles Darwin Center

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 6

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Isabela

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 7

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Isabela

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 8

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fernandina - Isabela

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 9

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Santiago

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 10

  • Breakfast

Santa Cruz Island - Black Turtle Cove - Baltra

Visit Black Turtle Cove, surrounded by mangroves and is accessible by panga only. The superficial cove is a safe refuge for marine life. Black-tip reef sharks, marine turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport and connect to your onward flights.


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

Includes

  • 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

Excludes

  • 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