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Snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands

Wild Galápagos Escape

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Take in the sights and sounds of Darwin's islands in one week onboard the National Geographic Islander II. Discover a new level of style and comfort onboard this all-suite catamaran. Swim with sea lions, snorkel with turtles, and stroll through black-sand beaches and verdant hills to see the iconic animals that spurred Darwin's theory of evolution in the Pacific. Each journey has been fine-tuned over more than 50 years to provide you with a unique viewpoint of the archipelago and a variety of activities on land and at sea.
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  • Snorkel and kayak in rich waters among shimmering fish & playful sea lions.
  • Walk among colonies of wildlife and seabirds unfazed by your presence.
  • Admire a tangle of mangroves under the famous Pinnacle Rock.
  • Search for red-footed boobies and the endemic mockingbird and lava lizard.
Activity Level: Relaxed

Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Arrive in Guayaquil and transfer to the 44-room Hotel del Parque. Call for recommended international flights or additional nights at the hotel.

Day 2: Guayaquil | Baltra, Galápagos | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fly to Baltra in the center of Galápagos, a little world unto itself in the Tropical Pacific. We are welcomed by our naturalist staff and start exploring the islands.

Day 3-6: Galápagos Islands

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Listed below is a sample of islands we may visit during our expedition. Our expeditions begin and end at Baltra, and include visits to Isla Santa Cruz and a careful selection of diverse islands. Each of our itineraries offers an optimal balance of wildlife, landscapes, and experiences. All ship itineraries are subject to Galápagos National Park regulations.

North Seymour
Encounter nesting frigatebirds, plus land and marine iguanas, and enjoy a beautiful coastal walk.

Santa Cruz
Call at Puerto Ayora, the largest town and headquarters of both the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station. Head to the lush, green highlands to see giant tortoises roaming in the wild.

Toast crossing the Equator at Volcán Ecuador, northernmost of Isabela’s six great shield volcanoes. Keep an eye open for whales and dolphins as you ply these rich waters, once the haunt of whalers and pirates.

One of the most active oceanic volcanoes in the world, it’s the youngest and most pristine island in Galápagos—and home to the strange flightless cormorant and the largest marine iguanas.

San Cristobal
Search for red-footed boobies and the endemic mockingbird and lava lizard—found only on this easternmost island. Explore Baquerizo Moreno, where sea lions thrive in the middle of town.

Home to swallow-tailed gulls, Española mockingbirds, Nazca boobies, and seasonally, the world’s only population of waved albatross at Punta Suarez.

Follow a trail past a rose pink-tinted lagoon frequented by flamingos. Snorkel among sea lions and abundant fish, or cruise along Champion Islet by Zodiac. Visit the famous barrel at Post Office Bay.

Day 7: Disembark | Baltra | Guyaquil | Depart

  • 1 Breakfast
Return by air to Guayaquil, where we enjoy dayrooms at the Hotel del Parque before flights home—or continue to Quito for an optional two night extension. You may also opt to overnight and fly home on Day 8 at no additional cost.


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Cost Includes:
  • Shore excursions
  • The guidance and expertise of our expedition staff
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • Excursions
  • Zodiac, kayak & stand-up paddleboard explorations, where relevant
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel, where relevant
  • Use of the fitness center
Cost Not Included:
  • International and internal airfare, except where specified as included
  • Meals not indicated in the day-by-day description
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Items of a personal nature such as internet access, voyage chronicle, laundry, and scuba diving fees


Child Discount

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • The Guidance and Company of the Expedition Staff
  • Hotels Ashore as Indicated in the Itinerary
  • Sightseeing & Entrance Fees
  • Special Access Permits, Park Fees, Port Taxes
  • Snorkeling, Including Wetsuits, Masks, Fins & Snorkel Where Relevant
  • Presentations and Guest Speakers in the Lounge
  • One hour of Wifi per person per day 
  • Alcohol (except premium brands) 
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Regional charter flight fees not included, pricing varies by departure
  • Scuba Diving
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Alcoholic and non specified beverages
  • Additional Hotel Nights 
  • Private Transfers
  • Expedition Extensions 
  • Laundry 


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