Arrive at Puerto Ayora's pier early in the morning, beginning the adventure and heading toward Santa Fe Island. Once you embark on the Galaxy Daily, you will sail for a couple of hours, during which you will enjoy the view and the soft Galapagos Sea breeze.
Santa Fe Island is one of the oldest islands in the entire Galapagos archipelago. It has underwater rock formations dating back approximately 4 million years. Its relatively flat surface is the result of tectonic uplift. You can also find one of this island's most iconic endemic species, the Santa Fe land iguana, a very characteristic yellowish iguana. The other endemic species is the Santa Fe rice rat; no need to worry as this small rat only appears at night.
During this day of adventure, you will also be able to appreciate the largest species of opuntia cactus and the Galapagos hawk (the largest predator on the island), the blue-footed booby, the Galapagos sea lion, the magnificent frigate birds, and the marine iguana, also known as the Galapagos dragon due to its peculiar appearance. The landing in Santa Fe will be wet, so you will have to jump on the impressive white sand beach. Several sea lions will immediately receive you, inviting you to start a walk to look for the resident species of Santa Fe. Once the walk is over, you can enjoy a swim in the Encañada. Here, you can snorkel and observe sea turtles, rays, sea lions, and colorful fish while swimming in this island's warm, crystalline waters. In this itinerary, you will enjoy a delicious lunch on board the Galaxy Daily before a short rest and later navigation back to Santa Cruz Island.