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Galapagos Passion Western Islands

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

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Day 1: Embark on Baltra | Santa Cruz

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  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After arriving at Baltra airport, be greeted by the personnel to cross the Itabaca channel then and reach Santa Cruz Island for your first visit to the Archipelago: The Highlands of Santa Cruz.

Visit one of the ranches of the area where it is 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 will depend on the presence of the tortoises since they roam free and change locations. Then head for the M/Y Passion for lunch and to freshen up to then head back to Puerto Ayora for your second visit of the day, the Fausto Llerena Tortoise 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 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. Afterward, head back to Puerto Ayora, where you will have some time to explore the town and shops by yourselves (this is the only chance to shop during this itinerary) before boarding the M/Y Passion at around 5:00 p.m.

Once on board, the crew and captain will welcome you, have a short security drill, and enjoy dinner and the briefing for the next day´s activities.

Day 2: Cormorant Point | Devil's Crown | Post Office Bay, Floreana

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day on Floreana, the legendary homestead of infamous Baroness Eloise Von Wagner de Bousquet. Wet landing onto the olivine beaches of Punta Cormorant, where you will be seeking Greater Flamingos on the brackish lagoon on your way to another special beach with the finest sand you’ll set foot on, a sea turtle nesting ground where sharks and rays also visit regularly. End the outing with a short panga ride to snorkel in the Devil’s Crown, an old volcanic crater, and a key snorkeling site.
Possible activities: Hiking, Kayak, Panga Ride, Snorkeling, Paddle Board

After lunch, visit Post Office Bay (wet landing), where you can drop your postcards in the barrel as the whalers did centuries ago and select cards to hand deliver when you return home.
Possible activities: Hiking, Snorkeling

Day 3: Black Beach | Asilo de la Paz

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  • 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. Visit this fresh water source known as Asilo de La Paz, as well as the caves that served as hideouts for pirates and where the first Galapagueño was born, according to the stories of Floreana, which involve the infamous Baroness Eloise Wagner von Bousquet and her lovers who mysteriously began to disappear after settling on the island.

After your visit, you will have the best opportunity for a not‐so‐common yet well-beloved activity in the archipelago, a full afternoon navigation to look for whales and dolphins. This afternoon is completed by the impressive landscapes of Isabela and the Cerro Azul volcano.
Possible activities: Hiking

Day 4: Punta Moreno | Urbina Bay

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

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 your side, you will also snorkel in these waters.
Possible activities: Hiking, Snorkeling

Day 5: Tagus Cove, Isabela | Espinosa Point, Fernandina

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  • 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.
Possible activities: Hiking, Kayak, Panga Ride, Snorkeling, Paddle Board

Cross the Bolivar Channel to Fernandina Island, one of the world’s most pristine sites, and disembark (dry landing) at Punta Espinosa. Strolling along the shoreline, be on the lookout for flightless cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos penguins and hawks, sooty‐colored marine iguanas, and bright red‐orange Sally Lightfoot crabs.
Possible activities: Hiking, Panga Ride, Snorkeling

Day 6: Puerto Egas | Buccaneer's Cove and Espumilla Beach

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At Puerto Egas, arrive by wet landing and disembark on a dark sand volcanic beach with a fascinating history of human settlement. With luck, you will see the Galapagos fur seals lounging on the edges of the lava fields and playful sea lions under arches of lava carved by erosion from the ocean. In these crystalline pools known as “grottos,” walk along the shore observing the abundant marine life and shorebirds they attract.
Possible activities: Hiking, Snorkeling

At Buccaneer Cove you can enjoy a panga ride around the beautiful coastline. This place is named so as it was once a refuge for British Buccaneers who anchored here to collect supplies and clean their ships. The cove is scenic with views of the cliffs and a dark beach, and unusual rock formations known as ‘the monk’ and ‘elephant rock.’ After Buccaneer’s Cove, en route to central Santiago Island to disembark at Espumilla Beach with a wet landing onto golden‐colored sand. This area is also used by green sea turtles as a nesting site. A trail through the forest will take you through some of the largest specimens of Palo Santo on the islands to best observe yellow warblers, the Galapagos flycatcher, and Darwin finches.
Buccaneer's Cove Possible activities: Kayak, Panga Ride, Snorkeling, Paddle Board
Espumilla Beach Possible activities: Hiking, Kayak, Panga Ride, Snorkeling, Paddle Board

Day 7: Sullivan Bay | North Seymour

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Have a dry landing on Sullivan Bay in Santiago Island to start your walk over a recent lava flow, including very fresh pahoehoe lava formations, lava bubbles containing crystallized minerals and pioneer plants. Along the shoreline, you may find Galapagos penguins and herons going after small fish.
Possible activities: Hiking, Panga Ride, Snorkeling

Disembark on North Seymour Island directly onto this small, uplifted island. Walk through a large bird nesting colony of two different species of frigatebirds, blue‐footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls. Depending on the season you can watch the spectacular mating rituals being displayed.
Possible activities: Hiking, Panga Ride, Snorkeling

Day 8: Mosquera | Baltra | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Mosquera is a small islet located between Baltra and North Seymour Islands, measuring about 160 meters wide and 600 meters long. Visit this islet to view the shorebirds and aquatic life that frequent this area.
Possible activities: Hiking, Snorkeling

After this visit, the yacht will sail to Baltra Island where passengers will disembark and be assisted to the airport for their departing flight.


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  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, kayaks, and paddleboards are all included in the cruise cost and are available for your use onboard.
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
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  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12. Payable upon arrival to the Galapagos, only in cash dollars.
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675



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