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Enjoy a relaxing kayak trip around the islands.
Highlights
  • Sail around Kicker Rock and see the submarine life
  • Take an expedition in Genovesa and observe marine iguanas and sea lions
  • View lava lizards and red-footed boobies at Pitt Point
  • Sunbathe and relax at Las Bachas Beach
Places Visited
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Baltra | Embark | Santa Cruz Island

After arriving at the Baltra airport, there will be a guide to accompany you to the boat for check-in. This adventure begins with a trip to Las Bachas Beach which is located in the north of Santa Cruz Island and has incredible soft, white sand that is derived from decomposed coral. This fine grain sand makes this area a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Wander behind the beach and discover a small brackish lagoon where it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels.

Day 2: Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Genovesa, or Tower Island, is the northernmost island in the archipelago that is allowed to be visited by non-diving cruises. This island is extremely remote and home to literally millions of birds belonging to many different species. Amongst these species are included: the red-footed booby as well as frigates, swallow-tailed gulls, and even endemic owls.
El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, is a steep path with stairs carved into the rock that leads to a plateau with an abundance of bird life amongst a Palo Santo forest. The inhabitants are abundant and amongst there species the Nazca boobies, Galapagos doves, mockingbirds, and petrels are included. With some luck, you'll have a chance to spot a short-eared lava owl.
Darwin Bay is home to a stunning coralline beach that is perfect for a blissful stroll. A trail from the beach immerses you into lush mangroves where red-footed boobies nest, and there are multiple opportunities to enjoy the other local inhabitants that roam this area including sea lions, swallow-tail gulls, frigates, and more. Snorkeling is a must here as sharks, colorful reef fish, rays, and tortoises are common.

Day 3: Plazas Island | Santa Fe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Despite Plaza Island's small size, it is home to a large Opuntia cacti forest, land iguanas, and one of the largest sea lion colonies in the central region of the archipelago. Sesuvium is an endemic plant that inhabits this island and is a great climate indicator. It changes colors with the seasons, greenish-yellowish during the rainy season and a bright red during the dry season. There will also be opportunities to see Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and other kinds of sea birds as well as various types of finches.
Santa Fe was uniquely formed by an uplifting rather than by a volcano. Some of the island’s endemic species include the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Snake, rice rats, different types of finches, and the Galapagos Mockingbird. Wander around the island to see salt bushes where Galapagos hawks and Santa Fe land iguanas tend to wander. Enjoy the company of friendly and playful sea lions as they accompany you during your snorkeling activities.

Day 4: San Cristobal | Leon Dormido | Lobos

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy an excursion to Punta Pitt which is located on the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island. Take a hike up to a plateau to view the spectacular landscape which is so unique and beautiful it is definitely worth the effort. Watch out for the Red-Footed Boobies nesting in the cliffs. The water is great here so enjoy the opportunity for kayaking, snorkeling or swimming. Cerro Brujo’s breathtaking beach is also home to an abundance of sea lions. They are curious and extremely friendly creature that make for an awesome up close and personal experience. This is also the first coast where Charles Darwin first stepped foot on in the Archipelago!

Day 5: San Cristobal | Galapaguera | Interpretation Center

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the Laguna El Junco (El Junco Lagoon). Rainwater and condensation have collected for hundreds of years in the caldera of an extinct volcano, creating this haven for frigate birds. The lake supplies water both for the people of the island and for many of the boats. Hiking around the lake offers views of practically the entire island including San Joaquin Hill the island's highest point.
The Galapagos Turtles Breeding Center was created to conserve the San Cristobal tortoise species. The center has the goal to educate the tourists on conservation topics and protection of the environment. This area contains native plants and giant tortoises living in their natural habitat. This is a great location to see these amazing creatures in all stages of life. The Interpretive Center is a scientific research and environmental education facility that helps with conserving the natural beauty of the Galapagos. Tortoises range in size from three inches as a hatchling to a grown adult at four feet.

Cerro Colorado Turtles Breeding Center. Here you can learn about the hard work developed by scientists in order to preserve the species of the Giant Galapagos Turtles. There is a nice walk on a trail which allows you to be in close contact with turtles of different sizes, from the youngest ones to the giant older ones.

Day 6: Española

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Observe unique colonies of marine birds, including albatross, while exploring the stunning landscape of Punta Suarez. Espanola is very isolated from the other islands allowing it to have a high proportion of endemic fauna. Make friends with the whimsical sea lions that inhabit the beach at Gardner Bay. This location is also an important nesting area for sea turtles. Further inland, Nazca and blue-footed boobies nest near the trail and Galapagos doves peck around and finches go about their day to day business unaware of visitors. Further down the trail there is a blowhole, a fissure in the lava where water spurts high into the air resembling a geyser.

Day 7: Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
One of the Galapagos most famous islands due to many unique stories about past settlers is Floreana. Post Office Bay is home to a unique “post office” which was a wooden barrel that was used as an unofficial mail box in the 18th century by whalers and other frequenters of the island. Feel free to leave a postcard in the barrel but make sure to grab another to mail when you return home. This is part of the tradition of this post office. Floreana is also a magnificent site for swimming and kayaking, or climbing down into lava tunnels and exploring the inner workings of this island. Watch your step because this tunnel has been kept untouched and completely natural over many years. Punta Cormorant is a great site for bird-watching. Cormorant Point has a large lagoon where an array of species including flamingos, stilts, and pintail ducks tend to wander.

Day 8: Santa Cruz Island | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Walk in the Galapagos National Park turtles breeding center and Interpretation Center “Fausto Llerena”, combined with a visit to a private farm where you will find a nice green lush area on the highlands of Santa Cruz. The guide takes you for a nice walk among the beautiful forest trees including ferns and sedges, miconias, etc. And then surprises you, by taking you to see the giant Galapagos tortoises roaming freely in the farm, their natural habitat. The Tortoises are very shy, and will typically withdraw into their carapaces as soon as they see you coming close. It is very important not to bother, touch or feed these beautiful animals. The area also contain several species of birds including the famous finches of Darwin, the so called and rare “Pájaro Brujo” a beautiful red colored bird, etc. The bus takes you to the airport in Baltra for your return to the mainland.

Photo Gallery

galapagos crab Enjoy a relaxing kayak trip around the islands. Hitchhikers on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos A woman walking on a white sandy beach spotted with sleeping seals. snorkeling at Pt. Comorant in the clear blue waters

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Main Deck Double
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Upper Deck Suite
Upper deck cabins have one double bed with sofabed.

Child Discount

20% discount for children under the age of 12 at the 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
  • 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 - $10/day, or $20 for 4-day tours, $25 for 5-day tours, and $40 for 8-day tours.

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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