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Galapagos Passion Western Islands

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard M/Y Passion
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Cruise on board the M/Y Passion on this Westbound tour of the beautiful Galapagos Islands. This 8-day itinerary explores a tortoise research station, abundant wildlife and a volcanic beach. Discover diverse flora and fauna while exploring by panga rides, hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark on Baltra / Santa Cruz
Day 2 : Floreana
Day 3 : Floreana
Day 4 : Isabela
Day 5 : Fernandina & Isabela
Day 6 : Isabela
Day 7 : North Seymour
Day 8 : Disembark on Baltra

Highlights

  • Take a panga ride to Devil's Crown, a key snorkeling site
  • Hike to a lagoon to see flamingos
  • View a nesting site for green sea turtles on a black sand beach
  • Look for whales and dolphins on the way to Isabela

Ship

M/Y Passion

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Espumilla Beach
  • Fernandina
  • Floreana
  • Isabela
  • North Seymour
  • Post Office Bay
  • Puerto Ayora
  • Puerto Egas
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Espinosa
  • Punta Moreno
  • Punta Vicente Roca (Galapagos)
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A boating tour getting ready to leave the shore. An upclose image of a giant tortoise's face. Travelers being guided across the volcanic landscape. Kayak on a beach in the galapagos A Sally Lightfoot Crab stands on the rocks.

Day 1 Embark on Baltra / Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After arriving at Baltra airport, meet with a representative and transfer via bus to Puerto Ayora for your first visit on the islands: the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center. *Please wear comfortable clothes for a visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island: walking shoes, a hat for the sun, pants, or shorts. You are reunited with your luggage when boarding the ship in the afternoon.*

At the Research Station, see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for visitors. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be "repatriated"), and adults.

Afterwards head back to Puerto Ayora, where you have some time to explore the town and shops on your own before boarding the M/Y Passion at around 5:00 pm. Once on board, be welcomed by the crew and captain, have a short security drill, and enjoy dinner and the briefing for the next day´s activities.

Day 2 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day on Floreana, legendary homestead of infamous Baroness Eloise Von Wagner de Bousquet. First land on the olivine beaches of Punta Cormorant. Seek greater flamingos en route to another special beach with the finest sand, a sea turtle nesting ground where sharks and rays also visit regularly. End the outing on a short panga ride to Devil’s Crown, a key snorkeling site.

After lunch visit Post Office Bay (a wet landing), where you can drop your postcards in the barrel as the whalers did centuries ago.

Day 3 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning visit Floreana Island´s Black Beach to learn about the intriguing human history of the island and its first inhabitants. Floreana was the first island in the archipelago to be inhabited, since it has one of the very few fresh water sources. Visit this source known as “Asilo de La Paz”, as well as the caves that served as hideouts for pirates and where the first “Galapegueño” was born, according to Floreana stories. These stories also involve the infamous Baroness Eloise Wagner von Bousquet and her lovers, which mysteriously began to disappear after settling on the island.

After your visit, spend a full afternoon navigating from Floreana to Isabela Island while looking for fascinating whales and dolphins. The waters of the Galapagos form the second largest marine reserve in the world, and are rich with sealife. The afternoon is completed by the impressive landscapes of Isabela and the Cerro Azul volcano.

Day 4 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos. After breakfast, step ashore at Punta Moreno (a dry landing) onto a superb pahoehoe lava flow surrounded by giant shield volcanoes, some still active! From here do a short hike to a lagoon where flamingos are usually present.

Disembark at Urbina Bay (wet landing) onto a black sand beach, a nesting site for green sea turtles. Take a brief hike inland in search of land iguanas and giant tortoises (seasonal) that migrate to and from the highlands. At the beach, admire the remains of a geological uplift exposing coral heads and marine fossils, and if the sea conditions and time are on our side, we will also snorkel in these waters.

Day 5 Fernandina & Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dry landing near Tagus Cove, a historical pirate hideaway where names of countless ships are recorded for posterity on the cliff face. Hike through beautiful Galapagos landscapes to Darwin Lake, a salt‐water crater lagoon surrounded by tuff stone.

In the afternoon, cross Bolivar Channel to Fernandina Island, one of the world’s most unspoilt sites, and disembark at Punta Espinosa. Strolling along the shoreline, be on the look out for flightless cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos penguins and hawks, sooty-colored marine iguanas, and bright red-orange Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Day 6 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At Puerto Egas (wet landing) disembark on a dark sand volcanic beach with an interesting history of human settlement. Sleepy Galapagos fur seals lounge under arches of lava carved by the ocean and occasionally dip into the crystalline pools, also known as “grottos.” Walk along the shore and observe the abundant marine life.

At Buccaneer Cove, take a panga ride around the beautiful coastline. This place got its name because it used to be a refuge for British Buccaneers, which anchored here to collect supplies and clean their ships among other activities. The cove is very scenic with views of the cliffs and a dark beach. Do not forget to look for two unusual rock formations known as ‘the monk’ and ‘elephant rock.’ We head to central Santiago to disembark at Espumilla (wet landing), onto a golden‐colored sand beach, used by green sea turtles as a nesting site.

A forest trail takes you through some of the largest specimens of Palo Santo on the islands to observe yellow warblers, the amazing Galapagos flycatcher, and Darwin finches.

Day 7 North Seymour

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Head across to Sullivan Bay (dry landing) in 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, we may find Galapagos penguins and herons going after small fish.

Disembark on North Seymour (dry landing), a small uplifted island, walk right up to bird nesting colonies of the two species of frigate birds, blue‐footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls, and experience, depending on the season, spectacular mating ritual displays

Day 8 Disembark on Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Mosquera is a small islet located between Baltra and North Seymour Islands and measuring about 160 meters across and 600 meters long. It is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies and is also a haven for shorebirds. Orcas occasionally come to the islet to feed on the sea lions. After this visit, the yacht sails to Baltra where passengers ending their trip disembark.

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Child Discount

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

Included

  • 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

Excluded

  • 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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