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Example 6 Day Cruise aboard Santa Cruz II
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Experience the best of the Galapagos Islands on a 6-day cruise of the western islands. Snorkel with sea lions, view the famous dance of the blue-footed boobies, and see the giant tortoises which gave this archipelago its name as you travel these historic islands.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - North Seymour
Day 2 : Isabela - Fernandina
Day 3 : Isabela
Day 4 : Santa Cruz Island
Day 5 : Floreana
Day 6 : Baltra


  • Volcanic landscape of Fernandina
  • Espinosa Point to see sunbathing Marine Iguanas
  • Visit Giant Tortoises at El Chato on Santa Cruz
  • Send some mail at Post Office Bay


Santa Cruz II

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Trip Type

  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Isabela rock with birds Espinoza Point, Fernandina Island, Galapagos The Galapagos View of Isabela From Fernandina Sea lion on North Seymour

Day 1 Baltra - North Seymour

Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Santa Cruz II. Familiarize yourself with the ship and your cruise-mates.

Begin your Galapagos tour at North Seymour Island. Take a 1.2 mile hike across the island and explore its rocky coast. Along the way, stop to see colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds. Watch as sea lions body surf in the waves and see if you can spot Daphne Major and Minor in the distance.

Day 2 Isabela - Fernandina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, sail for Vicente Roca Point to see the remnants of an ancient volcano. These two turquoise coves are well protected from ocean swells and are ideal for snorkeling. Explore the cliffs surrounding the bays and view masked and blue-footed boobies.

In the afternoon, journey to Espinosa Point, a narrow stretch of land where hundreds of marine iguanas sun themselves on the lava rocks. Observe the different types of lava flows and mangrove forests which line the area.

Day 3 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Tagus Cove, which was named after a British warship. Take a panga (zodiac) trip below the high cliffs to view the pirate graffiti on the rocks.

After lunch, travel to Urbina Bay to see sea turtles and rays in the shallows. Take a short trail to the coral reef, providing you with the unique experience of walking in a coral bed.

Day 4 Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, a non-profit organization which specializes in tortoise conservation. Reach out and encounter the tortoises in their corrals.

Sail for El Chato in the afternoon, a reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz. See the giant tortoises in the wild and walk around the reserve, offering one of the best places to observe ground birds, tree and ground finches, the vermillion flycatcher, cattle egrets and occasionally Galápagos rails.

Day 5 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail for Post Office Bay to view the barrel where whalers and sailors used to leave their mail. Take place in the tradition by leaving an addressed postcard in the barrel. If you sort through those already placed in the barrel and find one close to where you live, feel free to take it and deliver it, yourself!

In the afternoon, visit Baroness’ Observatory for breath-taking views of La Lobería and the inland features of Floreana.

Day 6 Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for your connecting flight to the mainland.

Santa Cruz II

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Horizon Deck Explorer Family Cabin
191.9 sq. ft. Two triple cabins on the Horizon deck with picture windows.
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Horizon Deck Explorer Cabin
163.2 sq. ft. 23 twin cabins on the Horizon deck with picture windows.
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Horizon Deck Voyager Cabin
127 sq. ft. Two Voyager single cabins on the Horizon deck one single bed. All have picture windows.
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Expedition Deck Explorer Cabin
163.2 sq. ft. 17 twin cabins on the Expedition deck with picture windows.
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Panorama Deck Explorer Cabin
163.2 sq. ft. Three twin cabins on the Panorama deck with picture windows. All cabins can interconnect with Darwin Suites.
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Panorama Deck Darwin Suite
325 sq. ft Three Darwin Suites on the Panorama Deck, with one large double bed and double picture windows. Can be interconnected with an Explorer double cabin to increase space by another 163 sq ft.


Please provide your wetsuite size in advance prior to trip

Child Discount

25% discount for children under the age of 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. Valid in low season only

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


  • Accommodations on board Santa Cruz II 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
  • 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
  • Wetsuits available - $22 for 5-day and 6-day tours
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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