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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

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Day 1: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and transfer to the 44-room Hotel del Parque, a tranquil haven surrounded by lush gardens set in a lovingly restored 19th-century building. Most flights arrive in the late evening. Choose to arrive early for an optional extra night to rest, relax, and prepare for your voyage. Or opt for the full-day excursion from Guayaquil to Hacienda La Danesa. Ask your expedition specialist about options, including flying into Quito, Ecuador’s capital, instead of Guayaquil.

Day 2: Guayaquil | Baltra, Galápagos | Embark

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  • 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
Head to the lush, green highlands to look for 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 we ply these nutrient-rich waters, once the haunt of whalers and pirates.

One of the most active oceanic volcanoes in the world, Fernandina is 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.

Located in the extreme southeast of the archipelago, this island is home to swallow-tailed gulls, Española mockingbirds, Nazca boobies, and seasonally, the world’s only population of waved albatrosses at Punta Suárez.

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 wooden barrel at Post Office Bay, and learn about its unusual postal system.

Day 7: Disembark | Baltra | Guyaquil | Depart

  • 1 Breakfast
Return by air to Guayaquil, where we transfer to the Hotel del Parque—or continue to Quito for an optional three-night extension. You may be able to take advantage of overnight flights. Ask your Expedition Specialist for details. You may also opt to stay and linger in Guayaquil or return home on Day 8.


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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
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • All airport transfers mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Use of snorkeling equipment, wet suits, and kayaks (where available)
  • Services of the expert expedition team and guest speakers
  • Shore excursions, sightseeing, entrance fees, and special access permits
  • Taxes, service charges, and tips (except for ship’s crew, at guests’ discretion)
  • 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. Payable upon arrival to the Galapagos, only in cash dollars.
  • Expedition Extensions 
  • Laundry 
  • Air transportation (except when indicated in the itinerary, as included)
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Special and unique excursions such as scuba diving, flightseeing, etc. (where offered)
  • Alcoholic beverages (alcohol is included on select ships)
  • Items of personal nature
  • Phone and Internet Service
  • Gratuity for ship’s crew, at guests’ discretion (crew tips are included on select ships
  • Scuba Diving
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Alcoholic and non specified beverages
  • Additional Hotel Nights 
  • Private Transfers


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