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Introduce yourself to the Galapagos Islands on this 5-day tour aboard the Isabela II. This cruise travels the best of the Galapagos, stopping at the islands of Floreana, Espanola, San Cristobal and more! Swim with sea lions, learn the history, and view the giant Galapagos tortoises which gave this unique archipelago its name.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | Santa Cruz Island
Day 2 : Floreana
Day 3 : Espanola
Day 4 : San Cristobal
Day 5 : San Cristobal


  • Take an exploratory panga ride around Gardner Bay
  • Relax on the white-sand beach of Cerro Brujo
  • Go to the Charles Darwin Research Station to view giant tortoises


Isabela II

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Highlands
  • Mirador de la Baronesa
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Pitt
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz
  • Witch Hill


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Galapagos beach Panga ride to 'the cathedral' lava lizard Snorkeling with friends Snorkel with a wide array of fascinating sealife

Day 1 Baltra | Embark | Santa Cruz Island

Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Isabela II.

Begin your Galapagos adventure at the Charles Darwin Research Station. View giant tortoises and learn about the scientific research and technical information involved in Galapagos conservation. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know these rare and gentle creatures.

Day 2 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, arrive at Post Office Bay to partake in the tradition of leaving an addressed letter in the barrel and/or sorting through the mail to find an address which is close enough to your home for you to deliver, yourself! This tradition originated in the 18th century, when whalers placed the barrel on the island and used it as an unofficial post office. Visit the Baroness’ Observatory for stunning coastal and inland views of the island.

In the afternoon, make your way to Cormorant Point and take a trail to the saltwater lagoon which is frequented by flamingos. Take the time to visit Champion Island and snorkel in its clear blue waters.

Day 3 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail to Espanola and land at Suárez Point to view one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago. Punta Suárez provides an exciting walk on lava where various unique sea bird colonies can be viewed including the waved albatross.

In the afternoon, arrive at Gardner Bay to swim and snorkel with the sea lions which call this island their home. Also have the chance for a exploratory panga ride or even a glass bottom boat that will make looking underwater that much easier.

Day 4 San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey to Pitt Point to view lava lizards as they scramble over the rocks and watch red-footed-boobies perform their mating dance. This is actually one of the only site in the Galápagos where the three species of boobies can be found together, as well as the two frigate species, plus a colony of sea lions.

Spend the afternoon at Cerro Brujo (Wizard’s Hill), a beautiful white-sand beach. Snorkel off the beach or relax on the soft sand of San Cristobal.

Day 5 San Cristobal

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for your connection 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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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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