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Punto Egas, Santiago Island, Galapagos

Western Islands

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Tip Top IV
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This Galapagos cruise takes you beyond the highlights of the Western Islands with 8 days of exciting activity. This cruise features some of the most sought after destinations in this region. Enjoy the company of friendly sea lions while snorkeling and make friends with the gentle giant tortoises at Isabela and Santa Cruz. These islands are rich with an abundance of wildlife both in and out of the ocean including flamingos, iguanas, sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | North Seymour
Day 2 : Genovesa
Day 3 : Santiago
Day 4 : Isabela | Fernandina
Day 5 : Isabela
Day 6 : Isabela
Day 7 : Floreana
Day 8 : Santa Cruz Island | Disembark | Baltra

Highlights

  • Snorkel and swim on North Seymour, surrounded by the landscape of Palo Santo
  • Navigate around Buccaneer Cove an area of steep cliffs and dark beaches
  • Observe sea lions on Vicente Roca Point
  • Walk around Flamingos Lagoon on Point Cormorant

Ship

Tip Top IV

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Punto Egas, Santiago Island, Galapagos Sea lion on North Seymour Kayak and snorkel in clear blue waters Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island, Galapagos, Sea Lion Floreana Island
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Day 1 Baltra | Embark | North Seymour

After arriving at the Baltra airport, a guide will be waiting to escort you to the bus that take you to the yacht. 
North Seymour Island observe blue footed boobies (they nest from May to November), marine iguanas, pelicans, frigatebirds, shore birds, sea lions, and endemic Palo Santo. During all walks, the guide explain details about the lives of the birds and animals. There is the option to enjoy some time swimming and snorkeling if you are in the mood. 

Day 2 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Make a wet landing on Darwin Bay to walk and observe frigatebirds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies, shorebirds, turtles, and marine iguanas. 

In the afternoon, make a dry landing on Prince Phillips’s Steps (Barranco) to walk and observe the interesting lives of the birds. 

Day 3 Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your day with a wet landing on James Bay (Puerto Egas) to walk and observe sponges, snails, hermit crabs, a variety of shore birds, barnacles, the endemic four-eyed blenny, marine iguanas, and sea lions.

Then make a wet landing on Espumilla, a brown sand beach. This beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles. Here, observe land birds such as yellow warblers, Darwin’s finches, and Galapagos flycatchers. A trail takes us through a Palo Santo forest. Walk behind the beach to a saltwater lagoon, where occasionally flamingos are seen. Then visit an abandoned Salt Mine. Return to the yacht and then navigate around Buccaneer Cove (Caleta Bucanero), an area of steep cliffs and dark beaches. The cliffs and pinnacle are used as nesting areas by several species of seabirds. This was a popular place for 17th & 18th century buccaneers to careen their vessels. 

Day 4 Isabela | Fernandina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend your morning on a panga ride around Punta Vicente Roca to observe plenty of sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed and masked boobies, and flightless cormorants. 

In the afternoon, make a dry landing on Punta Espinoza to observe and see a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and clumps of lava cactus.

Day 5 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, take a panga ride through Tagus Cove, a protected 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 cormorants and blue footed boobies. Then make a wet landing on Urbina Bay to take a walk and observe a coral area, land iguanas, flightless cormorants, and giant tortoises.

 After lunch, ride around the islets of Elizabeth Bay to see marine iguanas, penguins, marine turtles, seabirds and shorebirds, herons and blue-footed boobies.

Day 6 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Make a wet landing on Urbina Bay to take a walk and observe a coral area, land iguanas, flightless cormorants and giant tortoises. Sail to Punta Moreno, again we make a wet landing. Make a walk along shore lagoons located among petrified lava flows where different type of birds can be seen. On top we have a panoramic view of the famous volcanoes Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul, as well as the highest part of Fernandina Island. 

Day 7 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, make a wet landing on Point Cormorant for a short walk to the Flamingos Lagoon. Continue walking until you reach the beach called "La Picona" and see marine turtles and their spawning grounds. Later, take a panga ride to Champion Islet, a small island off the Coast of Floreana Island. The principal attraction of Champion Islet is the nearly-extinct Charles (Floreana) mockingbird. Visitors can also observe bird species such as swallow-tailed gulls, Nazca boobies or brown noddies. It is a great place for snorkeling, as well as searching for sea turtles, reef fishes, Galapagos penguins, and white-tipped reef sharks. 

In the afternoon, make a wet landing on 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 as a post office. 

Day 8 Santa Cruz Island | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark and take a bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a visit to the native forests and twin craters. Then the bus takes you directly to the airport (Baltra). The guide accompanies you on this ride. Make your way to the airport in Baltra and head home.
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Notes

Please reserve your wetsuit in advance prior to trip.

Child Discount

10% discount for children under the age of 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

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities 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
  • 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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