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Discover the Northern Galapagos Islands on this 4-day expedition, balancing adventure and relaxation perfectly. Delight yourself with one of the world's premier wildlife-viewing destinations aboard Nemo II. Explore Rabida Island, one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago. Visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay and enjoy close interaction with moray eels and sharks at Espumilla Beach.
Snorkel the crystal, warm waters of the Galapagos archipelago A pair of Blue Footed Boobies Darwin's statue in the GalapagosFrigatebird in the Galapagos IslandsWith our favorite tortoiseSea lions on beach in Rabida
  • Visit the tidal pools at Darwin Bay and enjoy swimming with sea lions
  • Explore one of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II at Bachas Beach
  • Appreciate a marvelous view on the top of Prince Phillip’s Steps
  • Take a trail to a flamingo lagoon and snorkel along the rocks
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Embark in Baltra | Bachas Beach

Take a morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, be transferred to the yacht and take some time to settle in your cabin before lunch and a welcome briefing. 

In the afternoon, visit Bachas Beach, a swimming beach located on the north shore of Santa Cruz. See one of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on Bachas Beach.
Afternoon activities: Navigation to Bachas Beach in Santa Cruz. Wet landing, Nature walk and Snorkeling.

Day 2: Darwin Bay | El Barranco

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay with a half-mile trail (0,75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path, find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.
Morning activities: Wet landing, Nature walk and Shallow water snorkeling.

In the afternoon, ​visit El Barranco, which is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. There is a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff-face with a marvelous view. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.
Afternoon activities:  Dry landing,  Nature walk, Prince Phillip´s Steps and Deep water snorkeling.

Day 3: Sullivan Bay | Rabida Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sullivan Bay is a site of great geological interest, as it is covered by solidified and wave-shaped lava flows from 1897. The amazing lava formations attract the attention of thousands of students and scientists. Sullivan Bay is located at the Southeast side of Santiago Island. The landing can be made both on the rocky shore (dry landing)on the white sand beach (wet landing). Enjoy the walking path at this site which takes approximately an hour and a half to complete. At the beginning of the walk, find the molds of some trees and see interesting vegetation in the volcano surroundings. At the end of the walk, take a nice swim or snorkel in the clear blue water and white sandy beach located at the edge of the lava stream.
Morning activities: Panga boat ride to Sullivan Bay, Wet landing, Nature walk and Snorkeling from the beach.

In the afternoon, visit one of the special features of Rabida Island is its remarkable red color, which is a result of the high percentage of oxidized iron in the composition of lava. Here we will witness the nine varieties of finches, as well as the large-billed flycatchers and brown pelicans. There is also a small salt-water lagoon where greater Flamingos can be seen and a beautiful colony of sea lions.
Afternoon activities:  Wet landing, Nature walk and Deep water snorkeling.

Day 4: Highlands | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
The final destination on your Galapagos cruise is the highlands of Santa Cruz have incredible zones of vegetation. There you will visit the private finca “Las Primicias”. This reserve offers you one of the best possibilities to see the huge tortoises of Santa Cruz Island in their natural habitat. You can observe them from a very close distance.

Return to Baltra and disembark the Nemo II and continue your independent travels.


Nemo II

Nemo II's lounge area.
Nemo II's dining area on the deck.
Nemo II's cabins.

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Child Discount

25% discount for children under 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.
  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available for rent on board - $5/day per person.



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