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Passion: 8-Day Cruise to Eastern & Central Islands

Galapagos – Luxury

8-Day Galapagos Cruise to Eastern & Central Islands

Never let a moment go to waste on the Passion's 8 day cruise to the Eastern and Central islands. You will be out strolling on virgin white sand beaches and snorkeling amid schools of fish that number in the thousands throughout the day.

Not to mention, choose your buddy and go kayaking by marine iguanas and enjoy panoramas from amazing viewpoints as you embark on hikes across the volcanic Galapagos landscapes.


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.

Kayaking in Galapagos


AM: Santa Cruz, Embarkation

After arriving at Baltra airport you will be greeted by an Angermeyer Cruises representative to then board the Passion and have lunch.

PM: Santa Cruz Island, Black Turtle Cove – no landing

Activities: panga exploration

After lunch, we will 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 Turtle or Golden Ray may cruise right next to the panga as it makes its way through the mangroves.

Red-footed boobies


AM: Genovesa Island, Darwin Bay – wet landing

Activities: hiking, kayaking, panga exploration, snorkeling

We travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay, a unique site lined with red mangrove and soft-haired prickly pear cacti where Red-footed Boobies and Great Frigatebirds perch tamely.

PM: Genovesa Island Island, El Barranco – dry landing

Activities: hiking, kayaking, panga exploration, snorkeling

At Prince Philip Steps, we climb the edge of a cliff where Frigatebirds, Nazca Boobies, and Red-footed Boobies nest. We will be seeking out the impressive Red-billed Tropicbird amidst Galapagos Storm Petrels. 

Galapagos Hawk on Bartholomew


AM: Bartholomew Island – dry landing

Activities: hiking, panga exploration, snorkeling

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.

PM: Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay – dry landing

Activities: hiking, snorkeling

Head across to Sullivan Bay 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, you may find Galapagos penguins and herons going after small fish.  

Flamingoes Galapagos


AM: Rabida Island – wet landing

Activities: hiking, kayaking, panga exploration, snorkeling

Go to Rábida’s deep-red beaches 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 brown pelicans nesting on salt bushes that fringe the beach

PM: Santa Cruz Island, Cerro Dragon – dry landing

Activities: hiking, snorkeling

Head across to Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz’s north-west shore; visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, Black-necked Stilts, and White-cheeked Pintails. Further inland you find a fantastic land iguana nesting site.  

Galapagos Giant Tortoise


AM: Santa Cruz Island, Highlands – dry landing

Activities: hiking

We will spend this day visiting Santa Cruz Island´s most famous highlights. We will have a dry landing in the dock of Puerto Ayora to then board our transportation and head to the Islands highlands. This are, in contrast to the coastal region, has lush vegetation and forest, due to the humidity that gathers in the higher regions. We will 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 will depend 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 of this island and the surrounding forests are filled of birds such as the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler. 

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

Activities: hiking

We will enjoy lunch in the ranch to then head back to Puerto Ayora for our second visit of the day, the Charles Darwin research station and the Fausto Llerena breeding center. Here, we will 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 the tourists. 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, we will 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.

Land Iguana


AM: South Plaza Island – dry landing

Activities: hiking

One of the oldest docks of the Archipelago, colorful Plaza Sur is 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.

PM: Santa Fe Island – wet landing

Activities: hiking, kayaking, panga exploration, snorkeling

After a wet landing onto a white beach where sea lions are usually resting, on Santa Fe, we will be looking 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.

Sealions kissing in the Galapagos


AM: Española Island, Suárez Point – dry landing

Activities: hiking

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 (April to December) of Waved Albatross. Lined with neon-colored marine iguanas (January), and lazy Galapagos sea lions, we walk up to an amazing viewpoint of the famous blowhole.

PM: Española Island, Gardner Bay – wet landing

Activities: snorkeling

We will spend the day in fantastic Española, starting with Gardner Bay, an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española Mockingbird.

Galapagos Flights


AM: Santa Cruz Island, Gemelos – dry landing

Activities: hiking

This is our last day on the islands. After breakfast we will disembark in Puerto Ayora to take our transport to Baltra Airport, making a short stop to visit the Twin Craters. The Gemelos (twins) are two deep craters located to the side of the road that leads to Puerto Ayora from the other side of the island. These huge holes were probably created in a volcanic explosion or by magma chambers underneath the island's surface.

This is also a good place to see the Galapagos hawk and barn owl of this island and the surrounding forests are filled of birds such as the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler. Something worth mentioning is the contrast of the vegetation of the highlands with the arid coastal zones. 

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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