Western Islands Cruise

Glory Moore
Sea lion coming in from a swim
DeAnn Phillips
With our favorite tortoise
Julie Bleau
Lava tubes on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
Snorkeling in the Galapagos.
kate grenier
with the sun bathing iguanas
Eclipse's dining room.
Relax in enjoy the view in the jacuzzi.
Embark on this exciting 5-day cruise of the amazing and incredible western 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 unique vacation.

Day 1

Baltra - Santa Cruz Island - Black Turtle Cove

Black Turtle Cove is one of the most beautiful marine sites. It is made up of a complex maze of tranquil salt-water inlets surrounded by three different species of mangrove. Its waters are a nursery site for sea turtles, rays, and sharks as well as a nesting site for sea birds. This is a site that is only accessible by panga.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rabida - Santiago

Rábida is a small island with red volcanic rocks surrounding a beautiful red sand beach. Here there is a colony of sea lions and a pelican nesting site. The trail leads to a salt water lagoon where you can view various types of shore birds. Rábida is considered to be one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos Islands, so enjoy the opportunity to go snorkel, or if you prefer to kayak or take a panga ride, that is also available.
Puerto Egas (James Bay) is located on the northwest side of Santiago Island. The landing is on a black beach with eroded rock formations surrounding it. The trail crosses the dry interior where you will pass the remains of a salt mining enterprise. Continue along the coast to see tidal pools that are home to an abundant variety of invertebrate organisms, including sea urchins, octopus, and starfish. Have the chance to also see marine iguanas, finches, oyster catchers, and possibly the Galapagos Hawk. The Fur Sea Lion Grottos is one of the only places in the islands where the Fur Sea Lion can be viewed.
After the walk, take a relaxing swim or snorkel around the bay. This will allow you the chance to see sea lions, various fish, and possibly turtles, rays, and reef sharks.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Isabela - Fernandina

Tagus Cove was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers, and whalers. There are the name of hundreds of ships painted on the high ridges, a practice that is now forbidden. Take a hike through an area of vegetation and the volcanic landscape of Darwin volcano. At the top of the trail, you will enjoy an incredible view of the whole cove and Darwin Lake.
The early morning activity is followed by kayaking or a panga ride. This will give you the opportunity to see a bounty of blue-footed boobies perched on the ledges of the cliffs. Also enjoy the chance to see marine iguanas, penguins, brown pelicans, brown noddy terns, and swallow-tailed gulls. While exploring the channel between Fernandina and Isabela Islands, enjoy the possibility of an encounter with dolphins and whales.
Fernandina Island is one of the most pristine and dynamic ecosystems in the entire world. La Cumbre Volcano last erupted in April 2009 and its lava flows dominate the landscape here all the way to the ocean. Punta Espinoza is a narrow piece of land where some of the most unique Galapagos species can be seen. These include the flightless cormorant, Galapagos snakes, marine iguanas, penguins and the Galapagos hawk.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Urbina bay is located in Western Isabela, at the foot of Alcedo volcano. After a wet landing on a stunning black-sand beach, observe sea turtle nesting sites. This area is also known for penguin and flightless cormorant sightings and is one of the best places to see Darwin’s finches and large land iguanas. Keep an eye out for Galapagos tortoises while on this excursion. They like to feed within the site’s dense vegetation.
Excellent snorkeling can be found in Punta Vicente Roca. Sea turtles can usually be seen as well as several varieties of fish. For those who do not snorkel, take a panga ride for the opportunity to study some of the Galapagos’ spectacular geological rock formations. Nazca boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and penguins are often seen in the area.

Day 5

  • Breakfast

Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center - Baltra

After a delicious breakfast, disembark in Puerto Ayora and enjoy a quick yet informative visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. After that you will be escorted to the Baltra airport for departure back to the mainland.

All itineraries are subject to change due to weather or changes by the National Park Service or yacht operator.

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


  • Accommodations on board Eclipse 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
  • Fuel Surcharge
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $35 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

    Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip

  • $530 - $590

    Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

  • $475 - $520

Optional Hospitality Packages