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Northern Islands (2017)

Example 5 Day Cruise aboard Santa Cruz II
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This 5-day Northern Islands Galapagos cruise explores the islands of Genovesa, Bartolome, Santiago and more. Snorkel with sea lions, view the famous dance of the blue-footed boobies, and see the giant tortoises which gave this archipelago its name.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - Santa Cruz Island
Day 2 : Santiago
Day 3 : Rabida - Bartolome
Day 4 : Genovesa
Day 5 : San Cristobal


  • Red beach and volcanic cliffs of Rabida
  • Famous Pinnacle rock and White Sand Beach.
  • Voyage to Buccaneer Cove steeped in pirate history


Santa Cruz II

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Trip Type

  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Sea lion coming in from a swim Snorkeling in the Galapagos A close up look of the Sally Lightfoot Crab. Punto Egas, Santiago Island, Galapagos Galapagos penguin Rabida

Day 1 Baltra - Santa Cruz Island

Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Santa Cruz II.

Begin your Galapagos adventure by sailing to and swimming at Bachas Beach. View the floating pier which was left by Americans after World War II. View flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels.

Day 2 Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, voyage to Buccaneer Cove and view where pirates used to drop anchor in order to make repairs and stock up on food supplies, such as tortoise meat. Walk up towards the cliffs for panoramic views of the island.

After lunch, travel to Puerto Egas to see the old salt mines. Closed during the 1960's, hike to the salt crater to sight land birds such as finches, doves, and hawks. Walk along the shoreline to fine tide-pools and sea caves where fur seals make their home.

Day 3 Rabida - Bartolome

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Named for the color of its sand, Red Beach also features cliffs and steep slopes of volcanic cinders which are reddish in color. Hike up a short trail to a flamingo lagoon or snorkel along the reef.

In the afternoon, sail for Bartolome to visit the famous Pinnacle rock and White Sand Beach.

Day 4 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail for El Barranco (Prince Phillip’s Steps) and climb the wooden trail to the cliffs. Pass seabird colonies and a thin palo santo forest. At the top of the steps, view masked and red-footed boobies, great frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds and hundreds of storm petrels.

After lunch, make your way to Darwin Bay and land on its coral beach. Take a short trail through seabird colonies and view marine iguanas along the shore.

Day 5 San Cristobal

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to the San Cristobal airport for your connecting flight back 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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Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!
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