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Family Cruise to the Western Islands

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Letty
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Journey to the western islands of the Galapagos archipelago on this 8-day cruise designed for families with children, visiting San Cistobal, Genovesa, Santa Cruz, Isabela, and more! Encounter the archipelago´s unique wildlife in their natural habitat and take the opportunity to snorkel in pristine waters, swimming with sea lions and seeing the famed Galapagos tortoises. Celebrate crossing the equator with a King Neptune kid's costume party and enjoy shipboard educational activities such as board games, games with prizes, drawing contests, talent shows, and ice cream social sundaes. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal | Embark
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 : San Cristobal | Disembark


  • Visit the breeding center Jacinto Gordillo and meet giant land tortoises
  • Land in Darwin Bay and explore its coral sand beach and tide pools
  • Enjoy special parties for children on board, including games with prizes
  • Zodiac ride through coves, inlets, and mangroves in Black Turtle Cove



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 Interesting rocks on Santa Cruz My family explores the Galapagos Kayak and snorkel in clear blue waters lounging in the harbor - Santa Cruz

Day 1 San Cristobal | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at San Cristobal and travel by bus to the dock, and then by Zodiac to your yacht anchored in the bay. After the welcome briefing and safety drill, a delicious buffet lunch is served. In the afternoon travel by bus to the highlands to visit Centro de Crianza Jacinto Gordillo (La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado) where the National Park has established a breeding program for the giant land tortoises. This information center gives the entire family the opportunity to learn about the tortoises' origin, evolution, and threats from introduced animals. Along the trail, find the San Cristobal (Chatham) mockingbird and Calandrinia plant, both endemic to this island. Join your fellow yacht mates this evening for your first briefing followed by your Captain’s welcome cocktail party and dinner prepared by your well-trained chefs. Kid-friendly menus are offered for the younger ones.

Day 2 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the entire day on Tower (Genovesa), considered to be one of the most spectacular Islands in Galapagos for bird species. Experience a family wet-landing on Darwin Bay, a coral sand beach where swallow-tailed and lava gulls gather near the tide pools. Enter a forest of optuntia cactus and mangroves where colonies of great frigatebirds nest. The males inflate their red-throated pouches to attract females as they fly overhead. The trail leads through a rich intertidal zone where you can find a wide diversity of wildlife. After lunch, land at Prince Philip’s Steps. Red-footed boobies nest here in palo santo trees and Nazca boobies nest near the trail. In an open lava field you can find storm petrels in large numbers. Look for the beautiful red-billed tropic bird found in the crevices along the cliff by kayak or Zodiac. You can choose a family swim or a kid-friendly snorkel from the beach with sea lions in these warmer northern waters. Return to the yacht for briefing and dinner before you and your family cross the equator.

Day 3 Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Las Bachas, which is the Spanish translation for “barges”. There is a long stretch of a soft white sand beach and interior lagoons where you can find the greater flamingo, pelicans, white-cheeked pintail ducks, stilts, and iguanas. There is also a wonderful chance to take a stroll along the beach or a family swim from the shore. At Black Turtle Cove the family can enjoy a zodiac ride through a series of coves and inlets surrounded by mangroves. Here you can view pairs of mating sea turtles (Sept to Feb), white-tipped reef sharks, and golden cow-nosed rays. Located on the northern tip of Santa Cruz is Dragon Hill. Along the trail, you can find Darwin finches, Galapagos flycatchers, yellow warblers, Audubon shearwater, and the endemic land iguanas. Orange-yellow in color with large spines along their backs, these iguanas were once part of the Darwin Station’s breeding program. Find pink flamingos feeding in the salt-water lagoon as well as other lagoon birds; stilts, pintail ducks, sandpipers, and more. From the top of the hill, enjoy a majestic view of the bay island covered in Opuntia cactus, palo santo, and Cordia lutea (muyuyu). After the briefing and dinner, sail toward the western islands and cross the equator line for the third time.

Day 4 Fernandina | Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land at Punta Espinoza, Fernandina, the youngest and most pristine Island in Galapagos with no introduced mammals. Recent lava flows formed by an active volcano stretch their way around the coast. Hundreds of marine iguanas, the largest colony in the Galapagos, bask in the sun along the rugged shoreline. Observe sea lion harems with resident bulls carefully guarding their territory. Take a family snorkel with sea turtles and marine iguanas. After lunch, cross the Bolivar Chanel site to look for whales and dolphins riding the bow wave.

In the afternoon, disembark at Urbina Bay, Isabela, where you can find four miles of its coastal seabed, with marine life exposed due to a dramatic uplift in 1954 when the volcano erupted. The marine remnants of coral skeletons, some of them waist-high, are visited after a wet landing on the beach. Urbina is home to the very large and colorful Galapagos land iguanas, giant tortoises, and Darwin finches. Brown pelicans and flightless cormorants also nest here. Giant marine iguanas are seen along the coast. You may encounter penguins while snorkeling here. At Punta Vicente Roca, take a Zodiac family ride to an incredible view of the tuff walls and enter the wave-sculpted cave where you can find sea turtles and penguins, flightless cormorants and fur seals. Return to the yacht for briefing and dinner.

Day 5 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore by zodiac Elizabeth Bay, starting with a visit to a secluded cove, lined with large red mangrove trees. Here, turtles, rays, and shore birds can be seen. Sail to the rocky islets, known as “Las Marielas”, where a colony of nesting penguins, flightless cormorants, and giant marine iguanas are found.

Today relax with the entire family and enjoy a lunch served out on the sun deck in a calm bay. In the afternoon land at Tagus Cove, located on the western island of Isabela and a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. Old graffiti dating back to the 1800’s is written on the rocky cliffs. Explore the coves by Zodiac or kayak to find Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, boobies, pelicans and other seabirds. Experience a family uphill hike that brings you to a salt-water lagoon, a scenic overlook with a spectacular view of the ocean, lava fields, and volcanic formations. An excellent snorkeling site is offered from the zodiac or take out a kayak and explore the shoreline. After dinner, a sky full of stars beckons you to go on deck and enjoy a family night observing the galaxy while crossing the equator for the last time.

Day 6 Santiago | Rabida

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Stroll along the shoreline at Puerto Egas, Santiago and encourage your children to look for octopus, starfish, and other sea life caught in the tide pools. At low tide, catch a glimpse of marine iguanas as they feed on exposed green algae. Watch for great blue herons, lava herons, American oystercatchers, and yellow-crowned night herons. Your walk ends at the grottos, deep pools of clear water where you encounter fur sea lions, once on the verge of extinction. Before returning to the yacht, there is a kid-friendly snorkeling opportunity.

After lunch, take a seat on deck to view the dramatic landscape and dolphins that are often spotted here. Disembark on Rabida, located near James Island. Stroll along the trail, were you can find marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin finches leading to a salt water lagoon. After the walk, there is a not-to-miss snorkeling option with tropical fish, white-tipped sharks, and sea lions. Return to the yacht for dinner and a briefing.

Day 7 Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Here, take a family visit to the tortoise reserve at “Las Primicias”, one of the private farms in the highlands where you can encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Stop at “the tunnels”, the largest lava tubes found in the Galapagos.  

In the afternoon visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and see all three tortoise corals and the breeding center with new hatchlings and miniature tortoises not yet ready to be repatriated. Visit Puerto Ayora, the social heart of the islands with the largest population of 24,000 inhabitants. This evening you have the option to return to your yacht for the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail and dinner or you can take a family exploration through the town. Zodiacs are provided for those who choose to return to town to shop for souvenirs or stop at an internet café.

Day 8 San Cristobal | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Visit the Interpretation Center opened on San Cristobal Island in 1999 by bus. Here the entire family can gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the Islands.

In the afternoon, transfer with your family to the airport for your connecting flight to the mainland.


Per person starting at
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Iguana Deck cabins # 9 & 10 have two twin lower beds and one upper berth with porthole windows. These two cabins can be sold as triples.(Cabins average 110 square feet.)
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Iguana Deck
Cabins #7 & 8 have two twin lower beds and porthole windows. Cabins # 9 & 10 have two twin lower beds and one upper berth with porthole windows. These two cabins can be sold as triples.(Cabins average 110 square feet.)
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Booby Deck
Cabins # 5 & 6 cabins have one double bed and picture windows. (Cabins average 90 square feet.)
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Dolphin Deck
Cabins #1,3 & 4 have two twin lower beds and picture windows. Please inquire to see if rooms can be arranged to have a double bed. Cabin # 2 has one double bed and picture window. (Cabins average 95 square feet.)


Travelers on this yacht need to pre-pay the Galapagos Islands National Park Fee.
Stand up paddle boards are also available and included in the cruise price.

Please note:
Age restrictions: Children under 7 years of age are not accepted unless the parents or legal guardians sign a hold harmless release. Children age 11 and younger are permitted only on a designated family departure. Children under the age of 5 are only permitted on exclusive charter basis.

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. Child discounts are conditional and may not apply on certain departures. Please contact us for more information.

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.


  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Please note that your cruise has an open bar policy which includes white, red and sparkling wine, beer, spirits, juice, sodas, coffee and tea 24/7. 
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling and kayaking equipment is included in the cruise cost and available for your use on board.
  • Wetsuits are available free of charge on a first come, first serve basis. Reserve a suit for your exclusive use for $25


  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
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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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