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Northern Islands

Example 4 Day Cruise aboard Galaven I
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This cruise guides you through the highlights of the Galapagos' northern islands on a 4-day cruise. Travel from North Seymour to Santa Cruz, experiencing wonders such as the red-sand beaches of Rabida and the gentle giant tortoises of the Charles Darwin Center. There are many amazing sites to behold. Indulge in the opportunity to snorkel, kayak, and become acquainted with the archipelago's endemic wildlife species.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | Santa Cruz
Day 2 : Genovesa
Day 3 : Santiago | Rabida
Day 4 : Santa Cruz | Baltra


  • Explore Black Turtle Cove and observe black-tip and white-tip reef sharks
  • Enjoy the white-sand coral beach at Darwin Bay
  • Snorkel at Rabida, one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands


Galaven I

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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Sea lions on beach in Rabida Encounter tropical wildlife while you sail on the Aranui Tidal pool on Santiago Someone take a picture of us together.... Rabida Island(I think) - where the flamingos were spotted

Day 1 Baltra | Embark | Santa Cruz

Arrive at Baltra Island Airport and transfer to the boat where you check-in and receive basic information.

The first excursion of the trip is to Black Turtle Cove, which is situated in the northern part of Santa Cruz. Surrounded by mangroves, this islet is only accessible by dinghy. The shallow cove here is a safe haven for young marine life including black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays.

Day 2 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip's Steps, are steep and rocky paths that lead up to a high cliff-face. Delight in the spectacular views. This site is home to some amazing and unique palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

Darwin Bay's fabulous white-sand coral beach is the start to a half-mile trail that winds through marvelous mangroves packed with land birds. Take pleasure in the opportunity to spot Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls. Further down the path are tidal pools where whimsical sea lions swim playfully in the pristine waters.

Day 3 Santiago | Rabida

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land on a coral beach that leads you towards a lava field that extends as far as the eye can see. There are few signs of plant life that have managed to emerge over the past 100 years since the most recent volcanic explosion, so keep an eye out for the few that have grown there. This is a truly amazing volcanic experience.

Rabida Island is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago. Its famous maroon sandy beach and stunning lookouts provide exceptional and rare landscapes. Some of the most scarce species of birds are in abundance here, such as nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks, and brown pelicans, making it a birdwatcher’s delight. This is a great snorkeling site if you choose to indulge.

Day 4 Santa Cruz | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3 inches as hatchlings to 4-feet-long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans stretching out their hands for some friendly interaction. This facility prepares tortoises for reintroduction into their natural habitat. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own. After this amazing experience you are transferred to the Baltra Airport to return to the mainland.

Galaven I

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Lower Cabin with bunk bed aboard the Galaven I
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Lower Deck
Averaging 75 to 78 sq. ft. Four double cabins (twin beds) and three double cabins (1 double + 1 bunk beds). All cabins with private bathrooms, hot water, portholes, and air-conditioning.
Main Deck Cabin aboard the Galaven I
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Main Deck
Averaging 100 sq. ft. Two matrimonial cabins (double bed). All cabins with private bathrooms, hot water, panoramic windows, and air-conditioning.
Upper Twin Cabin aboard the Galaven I
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Upper Deck
Averaging 74 sq. ft. Two double cabins (twin beds). All cabins with private bathrooms, hot water, panoramic windows, and air-conditioning.


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Child Discount

20% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise, when sailing with two adults.

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


  • Accommodations on board Galaven I 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 - $50 for 4-day, 5-day, and 8-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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