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Take a 7-day cruise to the Galapagos Islands aboard the Isabela II. Learn about the history of the islands, view the famous giant Galapagos tortoise, and swim with sea lions on the islands of Genovesa, Fernandina, Santiago and more!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal
Day 2 : Genovesa
Day 3 : Santiago
Day 4 : Fernandina | Isabela
Day 5 : Isabela
Day 6 : Rabida | Santa Cruz Island
Day 7 : Baltra


  • Ride a zodiac in Tagus Cove and see pirate graffiti
  • Explore the cliffs and coves of Isabela
  • Climb Prince Phillip's Steps and observe Nazca boobies
  • Take a trail to a flamingo lagoon and snorkel along the rocks


Isabela II

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Buccaneer Cove
  • Darwin Bay
  • Dragon Hill
  • Espinosa Point
  • Fernandina
  • Genovesa
  • Isabela
  • La Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado
  • Prince Philip's Steps
  • Puerto Egas
  • Rabida
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay
  • Vicente Roca Point


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Trip Snapshots

View of Isabela From Fernandina Snorkeling at Espanola A marine iguana hanging out at Fernandina Kayaking along the rocks Cactus on Isla Isabela

Day 1 San Cristobal

Arrive at the San Cristobal airport and transfer to the Isabela II. After a brief introduction and lunch, the first adventure begins. The first excursion takes you to Cerro Colorado to enjoy a nice hike to the wooden platform which offers amazing views of the tortoise rearing center, La Galapaguera. This is an amazing facility where you can get up close and personal with the highly-endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest.

Day 2 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail for Genovesa to climb El Barranco (Prince Phillip’s Steps). The trip takes you through nesting seabird colonies and a thin palo santo forest. Observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels going about their daily business.

After lunch, travel to Darwin Bay and land on its coral beach. View a a large red-footed booby colony and snorkel in the warm water. There is an optional walk, for those who are feeling adventurous, over sharp lava and uneven terrain. The incredible views of this walk will be worth the challenge.

Day 3 Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, explore Buccaneer Cove, Santiago Island's historic refuge for British buccaneers. Pirates would drop anchor in this protected cove to make repairs on their ships and to stock up on food stores, such as tortoise meat.

In the afternoon, set sail for Puerto Egas to relax on its black sand beaches. Once the site of a small salt mining industry, a salt crater is still within walking distance from the beach. Explore the rugged coastline to see iguanas basking on the rocks and fur seals lazing about in grottoes.

Day 4 Fernandina | Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Espinoza Point to view hundreds of marine iguanas. Observe the different types of lava flows and explore the mangroves. Punta Espinoza has an amazing combination of barrenness and abundant wildlife.

Sail for Isabela and land at Tagus Cove. Take a zodiac and explore the high cliffs of the island and see the pirate graffiti on the walls. View penguins, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, sea lions, and blue-footed boobies.

Day 5 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, arrive at Urbina Bay to see sea turtles and rays. Take a trail which leads you to a coral reef which was formed by an uplift of the sea in 1954. Stroll along the reef, giving the illusion of walking on water.

In the afternoon, travel to Vicente Roca Point to explore the cliffs and coves of Isabela. Snorkel in the shallows of two bays which are protected from the swell of the ocean.

Day 6 Rabida | Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Red Beach in Rabina, named for its reddish beach, cliffs, and steep slopes of volcanic cinders. Take a short trail to a flamingo lagoon and snorkel along the rocks.

Set sail for Dragon Hill and enter the visitor's site. View the flamingo lagoon which is located behind the beach or take a short walk up the hill, which rewards travelers with sweeping views of the island.

Day 7 Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for your connection back to the mainland.

Isabela II

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Standard Cabin
1 cabin with double bed. Located on the cabin deck.
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Classic Family Cabin
2 cabins on the Cabin Deck with one lower double bed. 128 sq. ft
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Classic Cabin
16 cabins on the Cabin Deck -- some with double beds and some with separate twins. Some cabins have an additional twin bed and can be used as a triple. Located on the cabin deck.
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Master Suite Cabin
1 suite with double bed. Located on the main deck.


Please provide your wetsuite size in advance prior to trip

Child Discount

25% discount if sharing with two adults, for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise

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


  • Accommodations on board Isabela 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


  • 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 tours, and 41 for 7-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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