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This Galapagos tour does more than show the highlights of the archipelago's beautiful southeast islands - this 8-day cruise allows you to experience all facets of the southwestern archipelago as you are immersed in the incredible beauty that surrounds you. Enjoy exciting activities such as kayaking, snorkeling and wandering through the landscape. Spot a myriad of native species including sea lions, sharks, marine birds, and sea turtles. Take pleasure in the wide variety of flora and fauna here as well as spectacular scenery.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Santa Cruz Island | Embark
Day 2 : Floreana
Day 3 : Española
Day 4 : Lobos | Leon Dormido, San Cristobal
Day 5 : Santa Fe | South Plaza Island
Day 6 : Santiago | Bartholomew
Day 7 : Rabida | Santiago
Day 8 : North Seymour | Baltra | Disembark


  • Observe the giant tortoises in their natural habit on El Manzanillo Ranch
  • Enjoy a volcanic Olivine beach surrounded by flamingos
  • Snorkel or kayac around Gardner Island
  • Take the most incredible landscape photos of Barrington Bay



Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Highlands
  • Isla Lobos
  • Leon Dormido
  • North Seymour
  • Rabida
  • San Cristobal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza Island


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Snorkeling girl Sending my postcards in Post Office Bay Blue-footed booby friends Kicker Rock Kayaking the warm waters of the Galapagos

Day 1 Baltra | Santa Cruz Island | Embark

Arrive at Baltra airport, and head to Rancho “El Manzanillo” located in the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island, where you will have a snack. Board the Samba and get your camera ready!

Day 2 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Floreana is one of the Galapagos' most famous islands due to many unique stories about past settlers. First, visit Cormorant Point and explore a large lagoon where an array of birdlide, including flamingos, stilts, and pintail ducks gather in the water.

In the afternoon, sail for Post Office Bay. Home to a unique "post office" which was influenced by 18th century pirates, travelers may leave an addressed postcard or letter in the barrel, then sort through it to find mail which they may take home and deliver in person.

Day 3 Española

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin your morning in Punta Suarez, one of the most popular and attractive sites in the Galapagos. Right off the landing site, view groups of Española marine iguanas basking in the sun. Further inland, Nazca and blue-footed boobies nest near the trail.

In the afternoon, sail for Gardner Bay, a breathtaking white sand beach where you may roam freely. The bay is home to one of the most important colonies of sea lions in the archipelago, as well as a nesting site for sea turtles.

Day 4 Lobos | Leon Dormido, San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kicker Rock is a large rock that emerges straight out of the water. This is a very ancient formation of volcanic tuff that has consolidated throughout the years into a very hard rock. Take a panga ride and snorkel around this formation. This will allow you to witness Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, turtles, and several colorful fish.

Next travel to Punta Pitt where a beautiful green beach is home to a colony of friendly sea lions. The green color of the beach is due to the large quantities of olivine in the sand. Punta Pitt is the only location in the Galapagos where all three boobies can be seen.

Day 5 Santa Fe | South Plaza Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Barrington Bay is one of the most picturesque inlets of all visitor sites of the Galapagos. The white sand on the seabed reflects the light to turn the calm waters turquoise. A small forest of gigantic prickly pear cactus grows on a peninsula that keeps the bay sheltered. All the before mentioned are suitable conditions for a large sea lion colony. Santa Fe is an ancient extinct volcano that has been isolated from other islands long enough to have an endemic land dragon.

South Plaza has some amazingly vivid ground cover, perfect for photographing. The sesuvium purple-red and the yellow flowers of the portulaca, combined with the different tones of grey of the lava and the greens of the prickly pears leads to some fantastic shots.

Day 6 Santiago | Bartholomew

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sullivan Bay is an excellent place to get a feel of the volcanic origin of these islands. Observe the beauty of the landscape and wildlife that make their homes here. Feel free to continue exploring with some relaxing snorkeling or just take a nice swim.

Snorkeling, penguins, rays, sharks, turtles, Pinnacle Rock, panoramic views, moon-like landscape, pioneer plants, lava cactus are just some of the highlights Bartolomé has to offer. Hike to the summit where there will be many chances to observe colonies of marine iguanas and lava lizards. After climbing the summit, head to a crescent shape beach with golden sands for snorkeling among this beautiful creatures depicted above.

Day 7 Rabida | Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
James Bay (Puerto Egas) will be the first stop of the day where there are opportunities to observe sponges, snails, hermit crabs, a variety of shore birds, barnacles. There are also other interesting creatures on this island including the endemic four-eyed blenny, marine iguanas, and sea lions. Take a walk along the rocky coast to get the opportunity to view some of the Galapagos Island's best tide pools. They are filled with sponges, snails, hermit crabs, barnacles, and fish. Take a walk to the Grottos for a chance to view the fur sea lions and enjoy some of the best snorkeling in the Galapagos.

Rabida has soils of a surprisingly red color due to the oxidized iron from past eruptions. The beaches here are a red soft sand where you can walk and enjoy watching sea lions relaxing in the sun. The salt bushes on the shore are a nesting location for pelicans there. There is also a salt water lagoon further inland that has several black and white mangroves and pintail ducks, black neck stilts, and on a rare occasion, flamingos can be spotted.

Day 8 North Seymour | Baltra | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
At dawn, take a stroll through the island landscape and walk by one of the largest colonies of blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos. There are also two species of frigates on this island as well as swallow-tail gulls and marine and land iguanas. Later you will be escorted to the Baltra airport and will return back to the mainland.


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Standard Cabins have upper and lower bunks, the bottom bunk is wider. Private bath facilities.


Please provide your wetsuit size in advance prior to trip

Child Discount

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Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50


  • Accommodations on board Samba 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
  • Wetsuit
  • Sea Kayaking


  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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