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Sierra Negra, Isabela Island, Galapagos

Islands Circumnavigation

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Tip Top II
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Take a 15-day cruise that covers all the magnificent wonders the Galapagos has to offer. Spend your days exploring the archipelago, swimming with friendly sea lions, and encountering Galapagos penguins, frigatebirds, flightless cormorants, giant tortoises, and many more unique native species! Get to know this fascinating and diverse world inside and out, visiting locations such as Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Santuago, Genovesa, Rabida, Floreana, Española, and San Cristobal. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to snorkel, swim, and wander through the islands of this archipelago.
View from Bartolome IslandTravelers enjoying a guided hike around the GalapagosElizabeth Bay, Isabela Island, Galapagos, Sea LionKayaking Elizabeth's BaySierra Negra, Isabela Island, Galapagos
Highlights
  • Swim and snorkel at volcanic Sullivan Bay
  • Land at Darwin Bay and observe frigatebirds, boobies, turtles & iguanas
  • Navigate around Buccaneer Cove, an area of steep cliffs and dark beaches
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Station and its Interpretive Center
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Baltra | Mosquera Islet

Flight from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra; arriving at 09:20 a.m. approximately. Your guide meets you at the arrivals gate, your crew takes care of your luggage. Your guide conducts you to a bus and after a short 5-kilometer ride to the pier; you board the Yacht immediately. As the crew weighs anchor, enjoy the first orientation and a light snack. After lunch, you make an early wet landing on Mosquera Islet, a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) and a great white sand beach and tide pools. You observe colonies of sea lions, brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies and sally light-foot crabs, the contrast between these bright red crabs on top and blue on the bottom and the black lava is stunning. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel. In the evening, have an orientation about the Galapagos Islands in general: their origin and evolution. Welcome cocktail with the entire crew, and dinner.

Day 2: Sullivan Bay | Rabida

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, make a wet landing on Sullivan Bay, a perfect place to get a feel of the volcanic origin of the islands. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel. Return to the boat for a delicious lunch. After this, you make a wet landing on Rabida, to walk and observe marine iguanas and sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies and brown pelicans. You make a little walk and you arrive at a small saltwater lagoon where you can see pink flamingos. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Return to the Yacht for dinner.

Day 3: Espinoza Point | Elizabeth Bay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, enjoy a dry landing on Espinoza Point to observe and see a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas and the flightless cormorants and clumps of lava cactus. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel. You come aboard for lunch. In the afternoon, you make a panga ride around the islets of Elizabeth Bay to see marine iguanas, penguins, marine turtles, seabirds and shorebirds, herons and blue-footed boobies. Return to the Yacht for dinner.

Day 4: Urbina Bay | Tagus Cove

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, you make a wet landing on Urbina Bay to take a walk and observe a coral area, land iguanas, flightless cormorants and giant tortoises. Optional: time for those who would like to swim or snorkel. Return to the Yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, take a panga ride on Tagus Cove, a cove between the shoulders of two volcanic craters, which protect it from the open sea; observe penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions and a variety of birds including flightless cormorant and blue-footed boobies. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Return to the Yacht for dinner.

Day 5: Egas Port | Bartolome

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, you make a wet landing on James Bay (Puerto Egas), to walk and observe sponges, snails, hermit crabs, a variety of shorebirds, barnacles and the endemic four-eyed blenny, marine iguanas and sea lions. Optional: time for those who would like to swim or snorkel. You return to the boat for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, you make a dry landing on Bartolome Island, to hike to the summit; during the hike, you observe colonies of marine iguanas and lava lizards. On the summit, you see an impressive view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock. Optional: time for those who would like to swim or snorkel. You return to the yacht for a delicious dinner.

Day 6: Chinese Hat | Dragon Hill

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, you make a wet landing on Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino), a small island off the coast of Santiago Island, you can observe on the rocky shoreline: Galapagos penguins, eagle rays, sea lions and marine iguanas. This is an excellent snorkeling site. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. You return to the boat for lunch. Later in the afternoon, you make a dry landing on Dragon Hill, where you can see land iguanas; you walk to a hypersalinic lagoon (saltier than the ocean), where you can observe flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. Optional: time for those who would like to swim or snorkel. You return to the Yacht for dinner.

Day 7: Santa Cruz Highlands | Interpretation Center Fausto Llerena

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, disembark to take the bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a visit to the native forests, Twin Craters, then, enjoy the giant tortoises in the wildlife on a farm. Be delighted with the lunch at the farm. After lunch, return to Puerto Ayora to start the visit to the Interpretation Center Fausto Llerena inside the Charles Darwin Research Station. You return to the Yacht for dinner.

Day 8: North Seymour | Bachas Beach

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, make an early dry landing for a walk along the coast and the interior of North Seymour Island, a low, flat island that was uplifted from the sea by underground seismic activity. Observe blue-footed boobies (they nest from May to November), marine iguanas, pelicans, frigate birds, shorebirds, sea lions and endemic Palo Santo.

Afterwards, Playa Las Bachas, a place where you can appreciate a Flamingos lagoon. During all walks, your guide explains details about the lives of the birds and animals. Return to the ship for dinner and your nightly orientation.

Day 9: Prince Phillip's Steps | Darwin Bay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, take a panga ride and you make a dry landing on Prince Phillips’s Steps (Barranco), you walk and observe the interesting lives of the birds here. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel or kayak. You come on board for a delicious lunch. Later in the afternoon, you make a wet landing on Darwin Bay to walk and observe frigate birds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies, shorebirds, turtles, marine iguanas, etc. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Dinner on the Yacht, and then your orientation about conservation efforts made to protect the Islands.

Day 10: South Plaza | Santa Fe

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, make a dry landing on the pier of the South Plaza, where you can enjoy the antics of the sea lions. A walk through a cactus forest allows us to observe land iguanas and many species of tropical birds. Return to the Yacht for lunch. Then, you make a wet landing on Santa Fe Island to visit the cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas native from Santa Fe. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. At the end of the afternoon, return to the Yacht for dinner.

Day 11: Twin Craters | Tortoise Breeding Center, Santa Cruz Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, you will disembark to take the bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a visit to the native forests, Twin Craters, then, you will go to enjoy the giant tortoises in the wildlife in a farm. You will be delighted with lunch on the farm. After lunch, you will return to Puerto Ayora to start the visit to the Interpretation Center Fausto Llerena inside the Charles Darwin Research Station. You return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

Day 12: Baroness Point | Post Office Bay | Cormorant Point | Champiom Islet

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, you make a dry landing, you will continue to the Baroness Point view, named due to the presence of a particular character who lived on Floreana Island, it is the Baroness Eloisa von Wagner, you will enjoy of the beautiful landscape and the ruins of her house. Then, you will continue to Post Office Bay, a historic site that recalls the days of the whalers, who presumably placed a wooden barrel in the 18th century to use it as a post office. Return to the Yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, you make a wet landing on Cormorant Point for a short walk to the Flamingo Lagoon of this island. You then continue the walk until we reach the beach called "La Picona" to see marine turtles and their spawning grounds. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel. Then, you have a panga ride in Champion Islet, for snorkeling for those who wish it.
You return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

Day 13: Suarez Point | Gardner Islet | Osborn Islet | Gardner Bay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, make an early dry landing on Punta Suarez to walk along lava beds where you can observe unique colonies of marine birds, including Albatross (May - December). Return to the Yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, make a panga ride around the Osborn Islet and the islets of Gardner. Then, you make a wet landing in Gardner Bay for a walk on the beach and observe a colony of sea lions, which inhabit the beach in great quantity during the breeding season; this is also an important nesting area for sea turtles. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Return to the Yacht for dinner.

Day 14: Cerro Brujo | Kicker Rock | Gianni Arismendi Human Interpretation Center

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, your experienced Captain sails easily around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), a massive tuff-rock that juts abruptly almost 500 feet straight from the ocean. Kicker Rock serves as a nesting place for many seabirds. Then you make a wet landing on Cerro Brujo to walk on a white sand beach and observe sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel.

In the afternoon, you make a dry landing on San Cristobal port, after a short drive, you arrive at Gianni Arismendi Human Interpretation Center; this tour takes you through the geological and human history of the islands and its conservation. You return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

Day 15: Black Turtle Cove | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, take a panga ride to Black Turtle Cove, a series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets; here you can observe white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, spotted eagle rays, and yellow cow-nosed rays. Return to the Yacht for disembarkation on the pier at 09:00. Your guide accompanies you on the bus ride directly to the airport.

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Cabins 3-6 have two single lower berths and are 196 sq ft.
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Cabins 9-10 are located on the Upper Deck, are 170 sq ft and feature a private balcony. Cabins 9 &10 feature a single king bed.

Child Discount

50% discount for children under age 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.
Included
  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
  • 14 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • 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.
Excluded
  • 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
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available to rent on board - $30 short and $35 long size for 4-day tours; $35 short and $40 long size for 5-day tours; $40 short and $50 long size for 8-day tours; $65 short and $75 long size for 11-day tours; and $70 short and $80 long size for 15-day tours.

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