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Example 5 Day Cruise aboard Alya
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Discover the beauty of the Northern Galapagos Islands on this 5-day cruise exploring the highlights of this historic archipelago. Snorkel through Darwin's Bay, where diverse marine life can be found. Visit Genovesa Island, well known as “The Bird Island”, for close interaction with numerous bird species such as Nazca, blue-, and red-footed boobies. Explore Black Turtle Cove's amazing mangrove lagoon on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, and much more!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra Island | Embark | Black Turtle Cove
Day 2 : Genovesa Island
Day 3 : Santiago, Sullivan Bay | Bartolome Island
Day 4 : Chinese Hat | Mosquera
Day 5 : Santa Cruz | Disembark


  • Take a walk at Darwin Bay, a white sand coral beach full of life
  • Discover a colony of frigatebirds at the wonderful Genovesa Island
  • Hike through 3 different environments along 1,600m on Dragon Hill



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  • Small Ship

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Blue footed booby Warm waters of the Galapagos archipelago Two frigate birds Young Nazca Booby with hikers

Day 1 Baltra Island | Embark | Black Turtle Cove

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your adventure to the Galapagos Islands at Baltra airport and be transferred to the Alya Catamaran for an onboard lunch and welcome drink. Let the adventure begin! After lunch, your first visit is to Black Turtle Cove which is situated in the northern region of Santa Cruz. This bay is surrounded by mangroves and is accessible only by dinghy only. The shallow cove is a safe refuge for marine life. Black-tip reef sharks, marine turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.

Day 2 Genovesa Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Genovesa, a small island in the north of the Galapagos. The unloading in Darwin Bay will be wet. Near the beach is a mangrove swamp where you will find a colony of frigates, marine iguanas, red-footed boobies and mask boobies, the great terrestrial finch, seagulls, herons, and cactus finch. Following the land visit, you can enjoy a swim in the bay. Snacks and refreshments are available.

In the afternoon, land at Prince Phillip’s stairs, and hike through Barranco's path for an observation of the amazing wildlife that this island has to offer. Observe tropical birds, petrels, common frigate, red-foot boobies, mask boobies, doves, and finches.

Day 3 Santiago, Sullivan Bay | Bartolome Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your day exploring Santiago, an island composed of lava flows that remain intact. Enjoy Sullivan Bay, a coral beach with immense proportions of lava field. Looking carefully and see signs of plant life that has emerged after one hundred years, since its last volcanic explosion.

Afterwards, land at Bartolome Island and enjoy swimming and snorkeling in one of the most photographed spots of the Galapagos. Walk through a path to the top of the island and observe pioneering plants like Tiquilias, Chamesyces, and Scalesias, plus one of the greatest views of the islands. Experience a wet landing and sail to the south beach through mangrove swamps. In the afternoon cruise to the North beach and finish your day swimming and snorkeling around this magical spot.

Day 4 Chinese Hat | Mosquera

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Chinese Hat is a small islet located near the south-east coast of Santiago. It’s shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from afar. It is an island consisting of a cone type “Splatter” (lava ejected as drops which fall close to where they came from, which form an inclined cone) that forms the summit and many lava tubes that go down to the coast. On the west side, you can see pillow-type lava formations, which are an indicator that the flows were formed under the sea and have been raised upward, which is why coral heads are found on the lava. This visit provides an excellent opportunity for the interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The trail is 700 m (round trip) and the minimum time it takes for this trek is 30 minutes.

After lunch visit Mosquera, located between Baltra Island and North Seymour. Here, find the biggest sea lion colony; it is also possible to observe several species of birds. Enjoy the white sand beach.

Day 5 Santa Cruz | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning, visit Charles Darwin Station which is located in the main port on Santa Cruz Island; we will take a private bus to the entrance of the breeding center where we will see tortoises and land iguanas in captivity. This center is the main breeding site on the islands. Animals that were in danger of extinction on the various islands are maintained in captivity. Thanks to the dedicated work of several institutions, some species are being saved. Here lived Lonesome George, the famous last survivor of the giant tortoise species found on Pinta Island. Transfer to the airport.


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9 comfortable cabins, 8 with private balconies. All the beds can be double or twin. Upper Deck cabins are 172ft² / 16m²; Main Deck cabins measure 215ft² / 20m².


Please provide your wetsuite size in advance prior to trip

The vessel itinerary is subject to change without previous notice; due to seasonal changes, weather conditions or Galapagos National Park policy.

Child Discount

20% discount for children under 12 years of age. Children over 6 years old are welcome aboard. 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.


  • Accommodations on board Alya 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
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $675
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $620

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