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Northwestern Islands

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Deep Blue
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This 8-day Northwestern Islands cruise on the ship, Deep Blue, explores the islands of Santa Cruz Island, Santa Fe, Genovesa and more.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center
Day 2 : South Plaza Island - Santa Fe
Day 3 : Daphne Island - Santa Cruz Island - Bachas Beach
Day 4 : Genovesa
Day 5 : Mosquera - Santa Cruz Island - Dragon Hill
Day 6 : Chinese Hat - Rabida
Day 7 : Isabela
Day 8 : Santa Cruz Island - Baltra


Deep Blue

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Chinese Hat
  • Daphne Island
  • Dragon Hill
  • Genovesa
  • Isabela
  • Mosquera
  • Rabida
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • Santiago
  • South Plaza Island


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Snorkeling in the Galapagos. Sally Lightfoot Crab A pair of friendly sea lions Male Frigate Bird (Santa Cruz) Iguana

Day 1 Baltra - Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center

Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Galapagos Voyager. Attend a briefing about the island and the ship onboard.

In the afternoon, 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 South Plaza Island - Santa Fe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 3 Daphne Island - Santa Cruz Island - Bachas Beach

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 4 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 5 Mosquera - Santa Cruz Island - Dragon Hill

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 6 Chinese Hat - Rabida

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 several colonies of birds which claim refuge along its cliffs and rocky face.

Day 7 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 8 Santa Cruz Island - Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
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.

Deep Blue

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Deep Blue's Lower Deck Cabins.
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Lower Deck
Standard Cabin - lower deck. Two lower berths, private bath facilities.
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Upper Deck
Standard Cabin - upper deck. Two lower berths, private bath facilities.

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. Valid in February and September only.

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


  • Accommodations on board Deep Blue 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


  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Dive cost included except for the following fees: recompression chamber fee $35 per person, Nitrox fills $150 per person, personal equipment rental.
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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