See the Galapagos from north to south on this 5 day cruise itinerary aboard the Galaxy II, taking you from the central islands up to Genovesa filled with bird life and San Cristobal in the southeast which Charles Darwin himself stopped by with his Beagle vessel.
Land iguanas, Galapagos seals, sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, blue footed boobies, Darwin finches, and countless other species await your visit. A naturalist guide will take you out multiple times per day to snorkel, kayak, swim, and hike with wildlife like you've never imagined!
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.
DAY 1: TUESDAY
AM: San Cristobal Island, Embarkation
Arrival in airport and transfer to the boat. Welcome drink & briefing onboard about the boat and the island.
PM: San Cristobal Island, Leon Dormido – no landing
Activities: panga exploration, snorkeling
This is formed by two rocks of approximately 148m above sea level named for their appearance as if a lion. We will pass between both rocks to explore the wildlife in this unique area.
DAY 2: WEDNESDAY
AM: Santa Fe Island – wet landing
At 24 square kilometers and 60 meters above sea level, Santa Fe is a unique place of visit: there is an incredible bay with turquoise water protected by a natural barrier of rocks and from here you can appreciate colonies of seals and hawks flying overhead. It is home of one of the two species of land iguanas in the Galapagos, and their main food is the leaves and fruits of the large and thick cactus. Crabs, nocturnal herons, marine iguanas, cucuves and land doves are also seen frequently. The bay is excellent place to swim and to do snorkeling. Marine tortoises, rays, sea lions and tropical fishes are amazing attractions!
PM: South Plaza Island – dry landing
South Plaza is actually two small islands, created by land uplift. The land iguanas here are known to be smaller; they nest during warm temperatures. The hike goes along an extraordinary cliff where sea birds nest. There are approximately 1,000 sea lions on this island and they are located on the southern side.
DAY 3: THURSDAY
AM: North Seymour Island – dry landing
Activities: hiking, panga exploration, snorkeling
This island was formed by the lifting of marine volcanic lava. Marine fossils were found on this island; the fossils date from the Pleistocene Era. In 1932, Capitan Alan Hancock and his crew took 72 land iguanas from Baltra Island and introduced the on North Seymour Island. The reason for this change was because the iguanas could live in better conditions here than in Baltra. The vegetation of North Seymour is bushy and hosts nest of Galapagos frigate birds.
PM: Mosquera Island – no landing
Activities: panga explorations
This islet is located between Baltra Island and North Seymour. Here, find the biggest sea lion colony; also it is possible to observe several species of birds.
DAY 4: FRIDAY
AM: Genovesa Island, Darwin Bay – wet landing
Activities: hiking, kayaking, panga explorations, snorkeling
Experience beautiful coral beach! Genovesa is a small island situated to the north of Galapagos. Near the beach we will find a small forest of mangrove swamp where we will discover a colony of Frigates, marine iguanas, red footed boobies and mask boobies, the great terrestrial finch, seagull, herons, and cactus finches. After this land visit, have the option to go swimming in the bay.
PM: Genovesa Island, Prince Phillip’s Steps – dry landing
Here, have a walk on Barranco path. Observe tropical birds, petrels, common frigates, red-foot boobies, mask boobies, doves, and finches.
DAY 5: SATURDAY
AM: Santa Cruz Island, Carrion Point – no landing
Activities: panga explorations, snorkeling
Punta Carrión is located in northeastern Santa Cruz. We will navigate around this point which offers opportunities to see various spectacular sea birds nesting on the rock cliffs.
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.