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8-Day Galapagos Cruise: Visit 7 Galapagos Islands

Journey all around the Galapagos Islands on this 8 day cruise aboard the luxurious Alya Galapagos Catamaran. Visit a total of 7 islands on this breathtaking itinerary. 

You will visit: San Cristobal, North Seymour, Santa Cruz, Santiago, Bartholomew, Espanola and Genovesa Islands. 


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.

Alia Galapagos Cruise Itinerary

DAY 1: Monday – San Cristobal

AM: San Cristobal Island Airport

Arrival and Transfer to the boat


PM: “Jacinto Gordillo” Breeding Center

This is a new visitor site in the northeast part of San Cristobal Island and can now be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. In the Breeding Center, you will be able to admire the hatchling turtles from their birth until the are 120 days old when the grown turtles are taken to their natural habit.


Activities: Short hike (0.6 mi / 1Km)

Difficulty: Easy / moderate

Type of Landing: Dry

Highlights: Giant tortoises in captivity, snorkeling with sea lions, land and sea birds, blue-footed boobies, hatchling turtles.


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DAY 2: Tuesday – San Cristobal

AM: Lobos Island

The name of this island means "Sea Lion Island." This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.

Highlights: Snorkeling with sea lions, frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies

Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 miles/1 km), dinghy ride and / or snorkeling.

Type of Landing: Dry landing

Difficulty: Easy / Moderate


PM: Pitt Point

Pitt Point, situated on the northeastern tip of the island, hosts frigatebirds, storm petrels, and all three types of booby birds: the Nazca, blue-footed and red-footed boobies. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area with an abundance of birds. This site is also great for snorkeling and scuba diving. 

Highlights: Wonderful landscape, sea lion colony, three possible species of boobies.

Activities: Dinghy ride, snorkeling, kayaking & hike (1.5 miles / 2.5 km)

Type of Landing: Wet landing

Difficulty: Moderate / difficult

Alia Galapagos Cruise Itinerary

DAY 3: Wednesday– Espanola Island

AM: Suarez Point

This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. A beautiful site on the oceanfront, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.

Highlights: Hood mockingbirds, Nazca boobies, waved albatrosses, red-billed tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, blue-footed boobies, blowhole, amazing landscape

Activities: Hike (1.9 miles/3 km)

Type of Landing: Dry landing

Difficulty: Difficult


PM: Gardner Bay

Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. It has an ample white sandy beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkeling. 

Highlights: White sandy beach, sea lions, mockingbirds; snorkeling: colorful fish, sea lion nursery

Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride, kayaking, short hike of (0.6 miles/1 km)

Type of Landing: Wet landing

Difficulty: Easy


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DAY 4: Thursday – Santa Cruz and North Seymour Islands

AM: Carrion Point

Carrion Point creates a sheltered lagoon with beautiful, turquoise water. During this visit you can snorkel and see a variety of fish, rays and perhaps the harmless white-tip reef sharks. The point is on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island at the entrance of Channel of Itabaca.


Highlights: Fish, rays, white-tip reef sharks

Activities: Panga ride

Type of Landing: None

Difficulty: Easy


PM: North Seymour Island

Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lava containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

Highlights: Land & marine iguanas, frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, sea lions; snorkeling: rays, reef shark, fish, garden eels.

Activities: Dinghy ride & hiking (1.5 miles / 2.5 km)

Type of Landing: Dry landing

Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult



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DAY 5: Friday – Genovesa Island

AM: Darwin Bay

This white sand coral beach heads a half mile trail (0.75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view off a cliff.

Highlights: Nazca boobies, red- footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, mangroves, coral pebbles beach, snorkeling: rays, colorful reef fish and hammerhead sharks

Activities: Hiking (0.9 miles/1.5 km), snorkeling, kayaking & dinghy ride

Type of Landing: Wet landing.

Difficulty: Easy / moderate



PM: El Barranco

Also known as Prince Phillip's Steps, El Barranco’s steep, rocky paths leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

Highlights: Red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, storm-petrels, Galapagos doves

Activities: Hiking (0.9 miles/2 km)

Type of Landing: Dry, difficult landing

Difficulty: Moderate


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DAY 6: Saturday – Santiago & Bortholomew

AM: Sullivan Bay

A coral beach landing leads you towards a lava field as far as the eye can see. Hunt and peck over the two distinguished types of lava, pahoehoe and 'a'a, for signs of plant life that have managed to emerge over the past 100 years since the most recent volcanic explosion. A truly amazing volcanic experience…up close and personal!


Highlights: Variety of lava formations and landscapes, pahoehoe lava which is found primarily in Hawai'i and the Galapagos islands, 'a'a lava, and pristine coral sand beach

Activities: Walk, snorkel, swim

Type of Landing: Wet landing

Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Be sure to wear good solid walking shoes or boots as the 'a'a lava is very sharp and pointy


PM: Bartholomew Island

Home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one of the best views of the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkeling and possible sightings of the Galapagos penguin.

Highlights: Pinnacle rock, panoramic view, moonlike landscape, penguins, pioneer plants, lava cactus; snorkeling: penguins, reef sharks, rays, and great colorful fish.

Activities: Dinghy ride, snorkeling & hiking (1.2 miles/ 2 km)

Type of Landing: Dry and wet landings

Difficulty: Moderate/difficult. Walk up to the top of volcano 114 meters, 375 wooden steps


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DAY 7: Santa Cruz Island

AM: Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragón)

Situated on Santa Cruz Island, Dragon Hill is one of the newest visitor sites accessible to tourists in the Galapagos Islands. One of the lengthier Galapagos walking trails will lead visitors along a beach and up a trail to the lagoon lookout where bright flamingos, pintail ducks, and land iguanas can be spotted.


Highlights: Land iguana nesting spot, Galapagos flamingos, common stilts, palo santo trees and cacti forest

Activities: Walking and hiking

Type of Landing: Dry landing

Difficulty: Easy to moderate: the trail may get muddy at times, and there is uneven rocky terrain.


PM: Black Turtle Cove

Black Turtle Cove is situated in the northern part of Santa Cruz. This inlet is surrounded by mangroves and is only accessible by dinghy. The shallow cove is a safe haven for young marine life. Black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.


Highlights: Baby hammerhead shark, rays, sea turtles, seabirds

Activities: Dinghy ride

Type of Landing: No landing

Difficulty: Easy


Santa Cruz Island

DAY 8: Monday – Santa Cruz Island

AM: Santa Cruz Highlands

Reached by bus from Puerto Ayora, the highlands of Santa Cruz are a deep green contrasting beautifully with much of the dry, lower islands. The dominant vegetation in the highlands is the forest of Scalesia trees creating the lush green color. The lava tubes, over half a mile long, are underground and walking through them is a unique, surreal experience.

Highlights: Lava tunnels, wild turtles, tortoises breeding center.

Activities: Hike (1.5 miles/ 2 ½ km)

Type of Landing: Dry landing

Difficulty: Moderate (long)

After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra’s airport in time for your flight back to the 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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