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Central Islands

Example 5 Day Cruise aboard Isabela II
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Sail the central islands on a 5-day Galapagos cruise. This unique small-ship experience takes you to the islands of Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, South Plaza, North Seymour, and Bartolome. Indulge yourself in the picturesque beauty of the unique landscape, relax on the beach, do some exploratory snorkeling, and wander to the hidden center of the islands.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | Santa Cruz Island
Day 2 : Santa Fe | South Plaza Island
Day 3 : North Seymour | Santa Cruz Island
Day 4 : Bartolome | Santiago
Day 5 : Baltra


  • View one of the largest populations of land iguanas
  • Snorkel with penguins in Bartolome
  • See the floating pier left by American soldiers during WWII


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Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • North Seymour
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • Santiago
  • South Plaza Island
  • Sullivan Bay


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Sea lion by the kayaks Snorkeling in the Galapagos (Santa Cruz) Iguana Floreana Island Forrest on the cliffs of South Plaza

Day 1 Baltra | Embark | Santa Cruz Island

Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Isabela II. Attend a short briefing and familiarize yourself with the boat and the islands.

Begin your Galapagos tour by visiting the Charles Darwin Research Station. This international non-profit organization provides scientific research and technical information to further Galapagos conservation. Learn about the natural history and issues concerning the islands and see the giant tortoises in their corrals.

Day 2 Santa Fe | South Plaza Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the afternoon, travel to Santa Fe, a volcanic uplift which houses a forest of Opuntia cactus. The weathered cliffs of the island provide sea birds with safe nesting grounds and land iguanas are seen resting on the rocks. Swim with sea lions in a picturesque turquoise lagoon.

After lunch, sail for South Plaza to view one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galápagos. Take a trail which circumnavigates the island to see the unique combination of dry and coastal vegetation zones.

Day 3 North Seymour | Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin your morning by taking a short trail which crosses inland North Seymour Island. This hike takes you through colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds and offers views of Daphne Major and Minor in the distance. Body surf with sea lions close to the shore.

In the afternoon, set sail for Santa Cruz and land on Bachas Beach and go swimming. View the floating pier which was left by American soldiers during World War II.

Day 4 Bartolome | Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail for Bartolome to view the famous Pinnacle Rock and White Sand Beach. Enjoy some superb snorkeling around Pinnacle Rock where penguins are usually seen. From the highest point on the island, encounter different volcanic formations, including spatter and tuff cones, lava flow, and lava tubes on your way up. At the summit there is a wonderful view of Sullivan Bay. There are opportunities to see sea lions, pioneer plants, reef sharks, rays, and colorful reef fish while touring the island.

Day 5 Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to the Baltra airport for your connection flight 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. 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.


  • 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
  • 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 - $675
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $620

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