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Western Islands

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Seaman Journey
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Sail to the western islands aboard the Seaman Journey on a Galapagos cruise. This 8-day voyage explores the islands of Rabida, Santiago, Isabela and more, and gives travelers the chance to swim with sea lions, observe the famed giant Galapagos tortoise, and hike in mangroves.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Santa Cruz Island
Day 2 : Fernandina | Isabela
Day 3 : Isabela
Day 4 : Espinoza Point | Vicente Roca Point
Day 5 : Santiago
Day 6 : Rábida | Chinese Hat
Day 7 : Santiago | Bartolomé
Day 8 : Santa Cruz Island | Baltra

Highlights

  • Observe the giant Galapagos tortoise in its native habitat
  • Experience superior snorkeling sites, beach walks, and panga & zodiac rides
  • Visit lava tubes and lava flows, craters, sinkholes, and black sand beaches
  • View cave inscriptions dating to the 1800s by pirates and whalers

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Seaman Journey

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Baltra | Santa Cruz Island

Arrive to the Galapagos and transfer to your ship. This afternoon, travel to Santa Cruz Island and visit Los Gemelos (the twins), two volcanic craters in the Santa Cruz highlands, home to a variety of Galapagos birds such as the Galapagos hawk. Also observe the giant Galapagos tortoise in its native habitat.

Day 2 Fernandina | Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning visit Mangle Point, a superior snorkeling site and a beautiful location for riding in a panga or zodiac through a grove of mangrove trees. A hike of about 1/2 miles is possible. See sea lions, tortoises, pelicans, rays and birds too numerous to name them all.

This afternoon head to Punta Moreno, located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul Volcanoes. The trail runs along a lava flow Pahohoe (solidified lava in the form of corrugated or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons.

Day 3 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The day starts with exploring Isabela Island. This morning, visit Urbina Bay, where you can see many Darwin's finches. Its main attraction is the land iguanas, larger than in places like South Plaza Island, and Galapagos tortoises in the wild. This area is also a great place for snorkeling and walking a path along the beach. Here you can find vegetation such as chamomile, Rosewood, and the beautiful flowers of cotton Darwin, endemic to the Galapagos Islands.

This afternoon, travel to Tagus Cove, once a favorite spot for pirates and whalers. Walk to a small cave where you can find inscriptions of the names of boats dating to the 1800s. The substrate has a large amount of volcanic rocks of different sizes, including little balls of nearly spherical shape known as the "lapilli" or petrified rain.

Day 4 Espinoza Point | Vicente Roca Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning visit Espinoza Point, which is famous for its large colonies of marine iquanas and is the habitat of unique species like the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk, and Galapagos snake.

Visit Vicente Roca Point, one of the most impressive and spectacular places of the enchanted Galapagos Islands; high cliffs and tuffstone, ash and lava formations give this area a majestic touch. This bay is a great place to practice panga riding or snorkeling and observe a plethora of sealife!

Day 5 Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, travel to Santiago Island and stop at Playa Espumilla, the site of an important Galapagos sea turtle nesting site. This area has an amazing palo santo forest and an incredible beach that is an important site for nesting marine turtles.

This afternoon, visit Puerto Egas which is home to an amazing black sand beach. Volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach -definitely an incredible site to see.

Day 6 Rábida | Chinese Hat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rábida Island is unique because the red color of the rocks and sand. The volcanic material in this island is very porous and external factors as rain, salt water, and sea breeze have acted as an oxidizing agent. Search for flamingos, finches, yellow warblers, doves, and mockingbirds. 

This afternoon, travel to Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino) an island full of unique lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.

Day 7 Santiago | Bartolomé

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, travel to Santiago Island and visit Sullivan Bay. Santiago is one of the still-active volcanic islands in the Galapagos.

This afternoon, travel to Bartolomé Island. Its high altitude provides spectacular views of its lava fields and lunar-like craters. Bartolomé is also home to sea turtles and the Galapagos penguin,

Day 8 Santa Cruz Island | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, travel to Santa Cruz Island and stop at Bachas Beach, a nesting site for sea turtles.

This afternoon you are transferred to your ship for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.

Seaman Journey

Per person starting at
$4,500
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Main Deck Ocean View
Cabins on Main Deck with two twin beds, picture window and private bath facility.
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Upper Deck Suite
Cabins on the Upper Deck with a double bed, panoramic window, and private bath facility.

Single Supplement

This yacht requires single travelers to pay a supplement for private accommodations unless a roommate can be found.

Child Discount

15% discount for child under the age of 12 at time of Galapagos cruise traveling with two adults.

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Seaman Journey 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

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Wetsuit rental available
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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