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Journey to the western islands of the Galapagos archipelago on this 5-day cruise designed for families with children, visiting Genovesa, Santa Cruz, and Bartolome! 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. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : South Plazas | Embark
Day 2 : Black Turtle Cove | Santa Cruz Highlands
Day 3 : Darwin Bay | El Barranco
Day 4 : Sullivan Bay | Bartolome Island
Day 5 : Seymour | Disembark

Highlights

  • Zodiac ride through coves, inlets, and mangroves in Black Turtle Cove
  • Land in Darwin Bay and explore its coral sand beach and tide pools
  • Hike along an extraordinary cliff where sea birds nest at South Plazas

Ship

Bonita

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bartolome
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Darwin Bay
  • El Barranco
  • Genovesa
  • Highlands
  • North Seymour
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • South Plaza Island
  • Sullivan Bay

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Colorful South Plaza Island Sea lion in galapagos Cruising in the Galapagos - Sullivan Bay by Bartolome Island The iconic feet of a Blue-Footed Booby Sea lion on North Seymour
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Day 1 South Plazas | Embark

After your arrival and lunch on board, visit Plazas, two small islands, created by an uplifting of the land. The land iguanas are smaller here; they nest during the warm season. The hike goes along an extraordinary cliff where sea birds nest. There are approximately 1000 sea lions (Zalophus Wollebaeki) located on the south side of the Plazas.

Day 2 Black Turtle Cove | Santa Cruz Highlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Have trekking and find the giant tortoises in their natural habitat, this is a natural spectacle. For this visit, we recommend good walking shoes, long pants, a raincoat, a hat, and sunblock.

Day 3 Darwin Bay | El Barranco

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Genovesa is a small island in the north of the Galapagos. Our unloading in Darwin Bay will be wet. Near the beach is a mangrove swamp where we 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, our passengers can enjoy a swim in the bay. Snacks and refreshments are available.

Here, go for a walk on the Barranco path. On your journey, observe tropical birds, petrels, common frigate, red-foot boobies, mask boobies, doves, and finches.

Day 4 Sullivan Bay | Bartolome Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Virtually uneroded lava flows cover an extensive area of this island. Lava pahoehoe (basaltic lava that has a smooth, billowy, undulating or ropy surface), hornitos, and mollugo (a lava colonizer) can be seen. Snacks and refreshing beverages await you onboard the ship. 

Activities on Bartolome Island include walking, swimming, snorkeling, and photography. We will follow a path to the top (114m) where we can see pioneering plants such as tiquilia, chamaesyce, and scalesia. The island has been formed by cones, lava pipes where lava once flowed. Following the wet landing at the beach, we will follow a path through mangrove swamps and sand dune vegetation, to the south beach. At the north beach, guests can enjoy swimming and snorkeling. From the top of Bartolome, we will be able to see the islands of Santiago, Rabida, and Isabela. We will see penguins in the Rock Pinnacle.

Day 5 Seymour | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Marine fossils dating back to the Pleistocene period were found on this island. In 1932, Captain Alan Hancock and his crew took 72 malnourished land iguanas from Baltra Island to North Seymour Island so that the iguanas could live in better conditions. In 1934, colonists verified that the iguanas were in good condition. The vegetation of North Seymour is bushy and is host to nesting Real Frigates of the Galapagos. Transfer to the airport.
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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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Cabins # 5 & 6 cabins have one double bed and picture windows. (Cabins average 90 square feet.) Cabins #1,3 & 4 have two twin lower beds and picture windows. Cabin # 2 has one double bed and picture window. (Cabins average 95 square feet.)

Notes

Stand-up paddleboarding equipment is included on this voyage.

Child Discount

10% discount for children under age 12 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.

Included

  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • 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.

Excluded

  • 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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