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Anahi: 8-Day Cruise to Eastern & Central Islands

Galapagos – Superior

8-Day Galapagos Cruise to Eastern & Central Islands

The red footed boobies of Genovesa Island, the iguanas of Plazas, and colorful masses of fish across the archipelago are waiting to be discovered on this 8 day cruise aboard the 16-passenger Anahi catamaran.

From north to south along the eastern corridor, you will experience incredible coral beaches set against sapphire blue seas, catch sight of Darwin's famous finches, and learn about the conservation efforts and challenges in the remote archipelago.


Please note that the itinerary below is dependent on the Galapagos National Park regulations, weather and sea conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.

Playful dolphin


AM: Baltra Island, Embarkation

The flight from Quito to the Galapagos is approximately 2 ½ hours on a Boeing 727. Upon arrival at Baltra, pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands and to pay the park entrance fee and transit control card which is an identity card that you need. Guides will meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbor. Motorized rafts, called ‘Pangas’ will transport you to the M/C ANAHI and our crew will welcome you onboard. After departure and lunch, the first island visit is made.

PM: Santa Cruz Island, Bachas Beach – wet landing

Activities: hiking

These two small beaches are found on Santa Cruz Island. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which is white and soft, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black‐necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer and has two old barges (hence the name of the beach) that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the US Army used Baltra Island as a military base to protect the Panama Channel.

Land Iguana close-up


AM: Genovesa Island, Darwin Bay – wet landing

Activities: hiking, kayaking, panga explorations, snorkeling

This bay originated when the crater of the island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing (jumping from the panga to the shallow waters of the shore) is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers: red footed‐boobies, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow‐crowned, and black‐crowned lava herons, and yellow warblers can usually be seen in the area. Continuing on the trail, we will climb to the edge of the cliff to see red footed‐boobies nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of sharp‐beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow‐tailed gulls.

PM: Genovesa Island, El Barranco – dry landing

Activities: hiking

This visitor site is located on the southern part of Darwin Bay, on Genovesa Island. The trail is made of volcanic rock and has a length of 1.5 km, which we will walk in about 2 hours. The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, is found here. The natural erosion that has occurred in these lava flows has transformed the place in the ideal spot for nesting Storm Petrels. We will see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. One of the main predators of this place is the short‐eared owl. The Nazca booby is also present on this island. During the panga ride along the cliffs we have the possibility of watching fur sea lions and other several species of seabirds.

Marine Iguana


AM: Plazas – dry landing

Activities: hiking

Plazas Island is located to the east of Santa Cruz, and despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than its relatives of the rest of the archipelago. Throughout the island we will find several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, these unique animals, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana’s crest, have the face and tail of the marine iguana. The big iguanas’ population is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food. We will also find swallow tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs along with other sea birds such as: the Audubon shearwaters, red‐billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans.

PM: Santa Fe Island – dry landing

Activities: hiking

Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from ocean floor uplift and not a volcanic eruption, and thus its mostly flat shape. There are some theories which assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is home to a number of endemic species like the Galapagos hawk, the Galapagos snake, the Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats, and one of the two species of lands Iguanas of the islands. After disembarking in the beautiful and clear waters, we will visit one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail we will see many salt bushes as well as the giant Prickly pear cactus; gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are also great possibilities for snorkeling with sea lions and tropical fishes.

Pelican wingspan


AM: San Cristobal Island, Punta Pitt – wet landing

Activities: hiking, kayaking, panga explorations, snorkeling

This place is located on the north part of San Cristobal Island. Here we can find endemic species such as the lava lizard and the red‐footed booby. We will walk to the high part of the island for an impressive view. This spot is also home to the Chatham mockingbird, only found here on San Cristobal.

PM: San Cristobal Island, Kicker Rock – no landing

Activities: panga explorations, snorkeling

Also known as the Sleeping Lion because of its shape, this islet is located off the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea and the two vertical rocks that rise 500 feet from the ocean surface form a small channel suitable for small boats. This natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises because of the many tropical birds, frigates, and boobies that live in the place.
Beneath the sea, the crystal clear waters offer a superb show of colorful tropical fishes and invertebrates.

PM: San Cristobal Island, Lobos Island – dry landing

Activities: hiking, panga explorations, snorkeling

To reach Lobos Island we will navigate an hour from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Here, we will find a small population of blue‐footed boobies and common frigate birds nesting on the site. We will observe the two species of sea lions present in the archipelago. During the tour we will pass a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and a sandy area. During the panga ride is possible to see brown pelicans and several species of shorebirds. And when snorkeling, it’s common to see juvenile sea lions, manta rays and sea turtles.

Sealion pups


AM: San Cristobal Island, Interpretation Center – dry landing

Activities: hiking

The Interpretation Center will help us learn about both the geological and human history of the islands, conservation issues, and natural history. The older Museum of Natural History aims to the preservation of the natural history of the islands.

AM: San Cristobal Island, Frigate Bird Hill – dry landing

Activities: snorkeling, swimming

The trip to the Hill takes approximately 20‐40 minutes. Once there, we are going to be treated to a spectacular view of the white beaches and a panoramic view of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The hill is often visited by frigate birds, hence the name. Both magnificent frigate birds and great frigate birds are usually seen on the site, making it the perfect place to compare and learn how to distinguish them.

PM: San Cristobal Island, La Lobería – wet landing

Activities: panga explorations, snorkeling, swimming

This coral sand beach is a piece of coast that has been named for the large number of sea lions resting on the rocks and sand. Despite being outside the boundaries of the National Park area, the park staff obliges for its care and maintenance because of its great importance. Here, we will see button mangrove, white mangrove, chala, palo santo, cotton, Tiquilia, morning glory and other species of the coastal zone, such as the cacho de chivo, whose seeds are the main source of food for several species of finches. Besides the sea lions, yellow warblers, frigates and various species of finches are usually present.

Green turtle


AM: Española Island, Punta Suarez – dry landing

Activities: hiking

This rocky point sustains one of the most impressive and diverse colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. High cliffs rise up from the sea along the southern shore, affording us spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blowhole, where water is squeezed through a fracture in the rocks and is expelled up to 50‐75 feet into the air.

PM: Española Island, Gardner Bay – wet landing

Activities: hiking, kayaking, panga explorations, snorkeling

Located on the north coast of Española, Gardner Bay is an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and also presents a terrific opportunity to observe sea lions and sharks in the crystal clear waters.

Lounge on M/C Anahi


AM: Floreana Island, Punta Cormorant – wet landing

Activities: hiking, panga explorations

Here we find probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos and one of the largest in the islands. It is located between two tuff lava cones that give the area a particular atmosphere. There are a variety of species of shorebirds besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white‐checked pintail ducks, and other migratory birds. A very interesting thing to do is to observe the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” (with a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.

AM: Floreana Island, Devil’s Crown – no landing

Activities: snorkeling

Devil’s Crown is located just off Punta Cormorant and offers some of the best snorkeling in the
Galapagos. In fact, the only way to see the Crown is on the water, as it is termed a Marine Visitor Site, and no land visits are allowed. This is actually an almost completely submerged volcano, and erosion has transformed the cone into a series of jagged peaks, that resemble a black crown.

PM: Floreana Island, Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout – wet landing

Activities: hiking, snorkeling

Historically, this site is actually the old location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since then by sailors and tourists as a post office. The idea is that each passing person carries the letters or postcards directed to his/her destination by hand. We will continue to the north of the island to then ascend to an elevated slope to enjoy a view of the Baroness lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa Von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the landscape, which covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo.

Panga ride on Anahi Galapagos cruise


AM: Santa Cruz Island, Charles Darwin Research Station – dry landing

Activities: hiking

Although most Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate the natural wonders, it´s also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands is carried out. The main attractions here are the National Park information center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding Center for young tortoises, and the adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.

AM: Baltra Island, Transfer to the Airport

Be assisted to Baltra airport for your flight to the Ecuador mainland.

  • Please note that all cruise itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in ocean cruising conditions) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s discretion.
  • Passengers should also be aware that animal sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the unpredictability of wildlife behavior. 

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