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Take an 8-day Galapagos cruise to the Eastern Island aboard the M/Y Passion. Learn about the history of the islands, view the famous giant Galapagos tortoise and the red sand beaches of Rabida. Hike, snorkel, kayak and ride a panga to experience the beautiful landscapes. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - Black Turtle Cove
Day 2 : Genovesa Island
Day 3 : Bartholomew & Sullivan Bay
Day 4 : Rabida & Santa Cruz - Cerro Dragón
Day 5 : Santa Cruz
Day 6 : Plaza Sur & Santa Fe
Day 7 : Punta Suárez & Española
Day 8 : Baltra


  • Explore the red beaches and saltwater lagoon in Rabida
  • Experience giant tortoises in their natural habitat
  • Visit lava tunnels found in the Highlands
  • Watch sea turtles and golden rays during a panga ride through the mangroves


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Day 1 Baltra - Black Turtle Cove

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  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After arriving at Baltra airport, meet with a representative and board the M/Y Passion. After lunch, navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Pelicans and herons roost on the branches, while marine dwellers such as green sea turtles or golden rays may cruise right next to the panga as it makes its way through the mangroves.

Day 2 Genovesa Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay via a wet landing. This unique site is lined with red mangroves and soft-haired prickly pear cacti where red-footed boobies and great frigatebirds perch.

At Prince Philip Steps, climb the edge of a cliff where frigatebirds, Nazca boobies, and red-footed boobies nest. Seek out the impressive red-billed tropicbird amidst Galapagos storm petrels.

Day 3 Bartholomew & Sullivan Bay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land at Bartholomew to climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this spatter cone for a most-breathtaking panorama of the islands’ well photographed Pinnacle Rock, views of neighboring Santiago, and many other central islands in the distance.

Head across to Sullivan Bay on Santiago to walk over a recent lava flow, including very fresh pahoehoe lava formations, lava bubbles containing crystallized minerals, and pioneer plants. Along the shoreline, perhaps find Galapagos penguins and herons going after small fish.

Day 4 Rabida & Santa Cruz - Cerro Dragón

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A wet landing onto Rábida’s deep-red beaches takes you to explore the red island’s fascinating interior and saltwater lagoon. Darwin’s finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, and yellow warblers feed off the vegetation; given the right time of the year view brown pelicans nesting on salt bushes that fringe the beach.

Head across to Cerro Dragón on Santa Cruz’s northwest shore. Visit a saltwater lagoon, home to greater flamingos, black-necked stilts, and white-cheeked pintails. Further inland find a fantastic land iguana nesting site.

Day 5 Santa Cruz

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day visiting Santa Cruz Island´s most famous highlights. Land at the dock of Puerto Ayora to then board transportation and head to the Highlands. This area, in contrast to the coastal region, has lush vegetation and forests due to the humidity that gathers in the higher regions.

Visit one of the ranches of the area, where it´s possible to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. As these animals migrate from the coastal area to the highlands and back, the chosen ranch depends on the presence of the tortoises, as they roam free and change their locations. This is also a good place to see the Galapagos hawk and barn owl. The surrounding forests are filled with birds such as the vermilion flycatcher and the yellow warbler.

Enjoy lunch at the ranch then head back to Puerto Ayora for your second visit of the day, the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center. Here see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be "repatriated"), and adults.

After this visit, have some time to explore the town of Puerto Ayora and its many souvenir shops before boarding the M/Y Passion for dinner and the usual briefing.

Day 6 Plaza Sur & Santa Fe

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land on one of the oldest docks of the archipelago to explore colorful Plaza Sur, home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium, and coppery-orange land iguanas. Impressive seaward cliffs are excellent for a variety of coastal birds. This is also a great place to observe the adult and pup sea lions swimming along the shores.

After a wet landing onto Santa Fe's white beach where sea lions are usually resting, look for the endemic species of land iguana, larger and yellower than land iguanas on other islands. The largest prickly pear cacti in the Galapagos are also found here.

Day 7 Punta Suárez & Española

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Punta Suárez is a spectacular walk into the intimacies of life at sea, with nesting sites of blue-footed and Nazca boobies, as well as the fascinating breeding rituals of waved albatross (April to December). Walk along a trail lined with neon-colored marine iguanas (January) and lazy Galapagos sea lions to an amazing viewpoint of the famous blowhole.

Spend the afternoon in fantastic Española, starting with Gardner Bay (wet landing), an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española mockingbird.

Day 8 Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast disembark in Puerto Ayora for your transport to Baltra Airport. Along the way stop to visit the lava tunnels found in the Highlands. These intriguing tunnels were formed by a lava flow that hardened on the outside while still maintaining its fluid state on the inside, leaving hollow tunnels where the lava passed. Walk inside one of these tunnels (artificially illuminated to help visitors) to have a close look at the formations and learn more about the origin of this volcanic archipelago.

After this visit continue to the Baltra airport for your flight to mainland Ecuador.

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


  • Accommodations on board M/Y Passion 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
  • Wetsuit
  • 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
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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