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The Eastern Galapagos Islands are home to many fascinating plants and animals. Learn about lava flows, cacti, sea lions, frigatebirds, turtles, and more. Cruise to places like Santa Cruz Island, Genovesa, and Floreana. Enjoy snorkeling, visiting Post Office Bay, hiking along the island trails, and the Charles Darwin Station on this 8-day cruise aboard the Eden.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | Bachas Beach
Day 2 : Genovesa
Day 3 : Bartolome | Sullivan Bay
Day 4 : Daphne Island | Black Turtle Cove | Cerro Dragon
Day 5 : Santa Cruz Island | Charles Darwin Center
Day 6 : Floreana
Day 7 : Espanola
Day 8 : San Cristobal | Disembark


  • Climb to the highest point in Bartolome
  • Experience some of the most spectacular snorkeling in the Galapagos
  • Visit a Tortoise Rearing Center to find baby and adult tortoises
  • Walk along a path on Espanola to see hundreds of blue-footed boobies



Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Chinese Hat
  • Daphne Island
  • Darwin Bay
  • Devil's Crown
  • Dragon Hill
  • El Barranco
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Genovesa
  • Highlands
  • Leon Dormido
  • Mirador de la Baronesa
  • Osborn Islet
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • San Cristobal Interpretation Center
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Sullivan Bay


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Snorkel the clear, tropical waters Sea lion coming in from a swim Devil's Crown Galapagos (Espanola) Nazca Booby Leon Dormido

Day 1 Baltra | Embark | Bachas Beach

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Baltra and your bilingual naturalist guide greets you at the airport. During lunch you are introduced to the islands, flora, and fauna that you can encounter at Las Bachas Beach. 

The white sand beaches of Las Bachas give you a closer look at the sea turtle nesting area as well as pink flamingos and other migratory birds. Take a swim in the Pacific Ocean and then enjoy a welcome dinner aboard the ship.

Day 2 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disembark at Genovesa "Tower" Island and anchor at Darwin Bay. Take a walk and witness several swallow-tailed gulls. On your way back from the beach see a variety of Opuntia cactus and mangroves. Tower is an outpost for many sea birds. There are almost no land reptiles except for the marine iguanas. 

Visit El Barranco during the afternoon and then return to the boat for dinner.

Day 3 Bartolome | Sullivan Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Bartolome and climb to the highest point for one of the most photographed vistas in the archipelago. The island is fairly young and quite volcanic so only a handful of plant and animal species call it home. 

Visit nearby Sullivan Bay and admire the lava flow.

Day 4 Daphne Island | Black Turtle Cove | Cerro Dragon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Daphne Island, a cone formed by the accumulation of volcanic ash. It is home to thousands of birds such as blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, tropic birds and many more. You do not go ashore here, but instead navigate around the island to look at the birds. 

Move on to Black Turtle Cove, a red mangrove lagoon on Santa Cruz. Be on the lookout for white-tip reef sharks, golden rays, spotted eagle rays, scalloped hammerhead sharks, black-tip sharks, and maybe even turtles. 

After lunch visit Cerro Dragon and make a dry landing on lava rocks. Observe the many land iguanas that live in the area. 

Day 5 Santa Cruz Island | Charles Darwin Center

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail to Santa Cruz Island and visit the Charles Darwin Station. This is one of the best places to see land tortoises, including Lonesome George, the last survivor of his subspecies. Go to the station's Tortoise Rearing Center and find tortoises that range from babies the size of your hand to adults over 500 pounds. 

Santa Cruz Island is also home to the largest town and economic center of the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora. Explore the portside town and then move on to the upper region of the island. Learn about the vegetation and animal life in the area and see Darwin's finches, yellow warblers, and vermillion flycatchers. 

Day 6 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Punta Cormorant and follow a path to a flamingo lagoon. On your way pass by Carolina Beach, a sea turtle nesting area with countless sea birds and sea rays. 

Next, stop at the Devil's Crown, a sub-marine crater that offers some of the most spectacular snorkeling in the Galapagos. This is a great spot for seeing a wide array of tropical fish and white-tipped sharks.

After lunch sail to Post Office Bay, the island's original post office which is really just a wooden barrel! Drop off unstamped letters and postcards and pick up whatever mail you can hand deliver when you return home. 

Day 7 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a dingy to the shore of Espanola and watch sea lion pups sunbathing with marine iguanas. Also see blue-footed boobies and the Galapagos hawk. Depending on the season, you may be able to witness the blue-footed booby mating dance. 

As you walk along the island's path, pass hundreds of blue-footed booby nesting sites and one colony of masked boobies. There is also a good chance you see the frigatebird, the red-billed tropic bird, and the swallow-tailed gull. Pass El Soplador, a giant blowhole that explodes to heights of 25 feet. You may also see sea lions lounging in the nearby tide pools. 

After lunch visit Gardner Bay, a perfect place to relax, swim and snorkel near lionfish, flycatchers, and Galapagos hawks. 

Day 8 San Cristobal | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive at San Cristobal, the captial city of the Galapagos. The first site is Kicker Rock, a tuff volcanic cone that has been eroded by the wind and marine currents making it look like a sleeping lion. This site is home to blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, and many others.

After navigating around Kicker Rock, continue on to the Interpretation center in Puerto Baquerizo. Your guide explains the formation of the islands and how the flora and fauna arrived. Visit the corrals where there are several species of giant tortoises under the care of the National Park Service. 

Fly back to the mainland. 


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Child Discount

20% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise.

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.


  • Accommodations on board Eden based on double occupancy
  • Meals while in the Galapagos
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Shore Excursions
  • Swimming and Snorkeling
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling Equipment


  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • Wetsuits are available to rent on board, to be paid in cash: $60 for an 8 day cruise or $35 for a 4 or 5 day cruise. If you have special requirements, please reserve in advance.
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $675
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $620

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