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Western Islands

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard M/V Origin
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Enjoy this 8-day cruise through the western islands of the Galapagos on the M/V Origin. Highlights of the west include beautiful Santa Cruz, wildlife-rich Isabela, cliff-laden Fernandina, and the amazing black beaches of Santiago. The wildlife here is abundant and the landscape is stunning to behold, making this an incredible vacation. Further explore with optional activities that include kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling and more.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in San Cristobal
Day 2 : Genovesa
Day 3 : Santa Cruz Island
Day 4 : Fernandina | Isabela
Day 5 : Isabela
Day 6 : Santiago | Rabida
Day 7 : Santa Cruz Island
Day 8 : Disembark in San Cristobal


  • Cruise around Kicker Rock, a cone formation rising 500 feet out of the sea
  • Hike up Prince Philip's Steps on Genovesa for extraordinary views
  • Observe Galapagos flora and fauna impossible to compare to anything else
  • Enjoy opportunities to go snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, or kayaking


M/V Origin

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Cerro Colorado
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Dragon Hill
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Espinosa Point
  • Fernandina
  • Genovesa
  • Highlands
  • Isabela
  • Puerto Egas
  • Rabida
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Isabela rock with birds Kayaking while on a Galapagos cruise. Giant Tortoise on Santa Cruz M/V Origin Ship pictures Approaching kicker rock

Day 1 Embark in San Cristobal

San Cristobal is the easternmost island in the Galapagos archipelago and, geologically, one of the oldest. Spot nesting colonies of frigatebirds and cruise around Kicker Rock, a cone formation which rises nearly 500 feet out of the sea.

Day 2 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Genovesa, a shield volcano. Rich in birdlife, Genovesa stretches about five miles and is filled with salt water. Hike up Prince Philip's Steps to get an extraordinary view of the island.

Day 3 Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Watch as the scenery changes, eventually covering each of the seven vegetation zones. Visit Las Primicias, a private farm where you can encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Stop at "the tunnels", the largest lava tubes found in Galapagos.

In the afternoon, visit Los Gemelos and the Charles Darwin Research Station. See the three tortoise corals and breeding center with new hatchlings and miniature tortoises not yet ready to be repatriated.

Day 4 Fernandina | Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the island of Fernandina, the youngest of the Galapagos Islands. An active shield volcano which last erupted in 2009, the island is mostly rocky and not hospitable to animals. Watch oystercatchers and Sally Light-foot crabs skirt across the rocks.

In the afternoon, sail for Isabela.

Day 5 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Striding the equator, Isabela is the largest of the Galapagos Islands and features flora and fauna impossible to compare to anything else. Home to more wild tortoises than any of the other islands, Isabela entrances travelers with its close encounters.

Day 6 Santiago | Rabida

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The island of Rábida is covered with red volcanic rocks surrounding a beautiful red sand beach. At this location there is a colony of sea lions and a pelican nesting site. Follow the trail that 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.

Day 7 Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Return to Santa Cruz for snorkeling and sun.

Day 8 Disembark in San Cristobal

  • 1 Breakfast
Spend a few hours in port before transferring to the airport for your connection to the mainland.

M/V Origin


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All 10 cabins feature two twin beds that can be converted to one king bed. There are 2 cabins with interconnecting doors.
M/V Origin Single Cabin
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Single cabins are limited. A share request may be placed and if matched, the share rate will apply. Otherwise, the single rate will apply.


Travelers on this yacht need to pre-pay the Galapagos Islands National Park Fee. The entrance fee to the National Park is $100 for adults and $50 for children 11 and younger and is not included in the cruise rate.

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 age 11 and younger at time of Galapagos cruise. 15% discount for children age 12-17 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 M/V Origin 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
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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