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Genovesa & Central Islands

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Explore Genovesa & the Central Islands of the Galapagos archipelago on the Petrel. On this 5-day cruise, explore sea-side trails, spot unique wildlife and bird life, admire volcanic formations, and snorkel with sea lions while on your Galapagos tour.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra Island / Embark / Santa Cruz Highlands
Day 2 : Santiago - Sullivan Bay / Bartholomew - Pinnacle Rock
Day 3 : Genovesa - Darwin Bay & Prince Phillip's Steps
Day 4 : Santiago - Puerto Egas, Espumilla Beach & Buccaneer Cove
Day 5 : Santa Cruz - Carrion Point / Disembark


  • Snorkel near Pinnacle Rock and look for penguins
  • Explore the colorful volcanic formations in Bartholomew
  • Walk along Darwin Bay's white-sand coral beach



Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Buccaneer Cove
  • Darwin Bay
  • Espumilla Beach
  • Genovesa
  • Highlands
  • Pinnacle Rock
  • Prince Philip's Steps
  • Puerto Egas
  • Punta Carrion
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Sullivan Bay


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Kayaking in the Galapagos From the top of Prince Phillip's steps Mockingbirds feeding on the placenta of a sea lion Hike in Bartolome Tide pools in the Galapagos

Day 1 Baltra Island / Embark / Santa Cruz Highlands

Arrive to the airport and transfer to Santa Cruz to visit the highlands before boarding. Dress appropriately for a hike.

At the Santa Cruz Highlands, you can walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, white-cheeked pintail ducklings, Darwin finches, and many other species.

Day 2 Santiago - Sullivan Bay / Bartholomew - Pinnacle Rock

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located southeast of Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay is of great geological interest. The area is covered by Pahoehoe lava flows combined with A’A lava. It was very active 200 years ago. This flow is geologically very young. The lava field has a variety of patterns made by the shapes and textures of trees that once existed there.

Home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one of the best views of the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkeling and possible sightings of the Galapagos penguin.

Day 3 Genovesa - Darwin Bay & Prince Phillip's Steps

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Darwin Bay's white-sand coral beach has a half mile trail (.75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view off a cliff.

Also known as El Barranco, Prince Phillip's Steps' steep, rocky path leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

Day 4 Santiago - Puerto Egas, Espumilla Beach & Buccaneer Cove

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Also known as James Bay, Egas Port is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur sea lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.

Espumilla Beach is a popular place for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. The crabs attract the hunting herons, performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eel, and shark, snorkeling is highly recommended.

Years ago Buccaneer Cove was a safe haven where pirates in the 1600 and 1700’s would stake out on the Northwestern side of Santiago Island. Sea turtles now take the pirates place and dig their nests for their eggs near the mangrove trees. It is a great location for snorkeling and many marine birds and sea lions can be found here.

Day 5 Santa Cruz - Carrion Point / Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Carrion Point creates a sheltered lagoon with beautiful, turquoise water. During this visit you can snorkel and see a variety of fish, rays and perhaps the harmless white-tip reef sharks. The point is on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island at the entrance of Channel of Itabaca.

After an early and short morning visit, transfer to the airport for your returning flight to Ecuador’s mainland.



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6 Double Staterooms located on both the Main and the Upper Decks: 323 ft² with private balcony and en-suite bath facilities. 1 Single Stateroom located on the Upper Deck: 151 ft² with en-suite bath facilities.
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2 spacious Suites located on the Main Deck include a sitting area, private balcony and en-suite bath facilities. 463ft²


* Prices per person, based on a double occupancy

* Please keep in mind that for individual bookings, children must be at least 7 years old to participate in the tour.


Please note: This Galapagos cruise itinerary is subject to change without previous notice due to weather conditions and National Park regulations.

Rates Include:
- All shore excursions
- All meals throughout the cruise
- Soft drinks and juices
- Champagne reception
- Complimentary fruit platter
- Galapagos National Park certified Guide
- Use of snorkeling gear and wetsuits
- Kayaks

Rates do not Include:
- Roundtrip airfare to Galapagos (subject to change)
- Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee: $100 (subject to change)
- Galapagos Transit Control Card: $20 (subject to change)
- Tips to crew
- Alcoholic beverages
- Plastic bottled sodas

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 12 years 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


  • Accommodations on board Petrel 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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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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