Spend 6 days in the Galapagos aboard the Galaxy II. This itinerary allows you to see the Eastern islands which are older than the Western set, thus being home to a larger variety of animals that have settled here over millions of years.
Española Island is a great place for hikers to enjoy due to its wonderful natural colors, and the shores off Floreana are ideal for snorkeling and swimming. Furthermore, at Pinnacle Rock on Bartholome Island, you might even catch sight of Galapagos penguins!
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: THURSDAY
AM: Baltra Island, Embarkation
Arrival in Baltra airport and transfer to the boat. Welcome drink & briefing onboard about the boat and the island.
PM: Santa Cruz Island, Bachas Beach – wet landing
This beautiful beach is located in northern Santa Cruz Island and extends about 1 kilometer. The site’s name has existed since World War II when the American army left two barges on the beach. The first colonizing people couldn’t pronounce the name correctly – barges – so they called it Bachas.
DAY 2: FRIDAY
AM: Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay – wet landing
All the roads and the island overall is composed of lava flows that still exist virtually without erosion and they cover an extensive area. Find lava pohoehhoes, hornitos, and mollugos, a plant that grows in the lava. These are lava colonizers. Snacks and refreshing beverages will be available.
PM: Bartholomew Island – dry landing
Activities: hiking, snorkeling
Walk a path to the top (114 m) and see pioneering plants such as Tiquilia, Chamaesyce, and Scalesia in this place. The island is formed by cones and pipes of lava from where lava flowed. Then take a wet landing path to the south beach through mangrove swamps and dune vegetation. Here, go swimming and snorkeling. From the top of the island Bartolome, you will be able to observe the islands such as Santiago, Rabida, and Isabela in the distance. You might also find penguins at Pinnacle Rock!
DAY 3: SATURDAY
AM: Santa Cruz Island, Highlands – dry landing
After breakfast, visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island where you will go on short talks and find giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat; this is a natural spectacle! We recommend wearing sport shoes, long pants, a raincoat, hat, and sunblock depending on the weather.
PM: Santa Cruz Island, Charles Darwin Research Center – dry landing
The famous Charles Darwin Station is located in the main port of Santa Cruz Island. After a dry landing, take our private bus to the entrance of the center where you will appreciate giant Galapagos tortoises and land iguanas in captivity. This center is the main breeding site in the archipelago especially for rare and endangered species. Thanks to the dedicated work of several institutions, some species are now bouncing back with success. Also here was where the most famous tortoise Lonesome George lived out his last years. He was the last survivor of his kind, a species of Pinta Island tortoise.
DAY 4: SUNDAY
AM: Floreana Island, Cormorant Point – wet landing
Activities: hiking, snorkeling
This point is located in the west of Floreana Island and is famous for its dark green beach due to the great quantity of olivine crystals. You can see many marine invertebrates, as well as also sea lions, sea iguanas, the frigates and pelicans.
AM: Floreana Island, Devil's Crown – no landing
Activities: panga exploration, snorkeling
Your second afternoon visit will be to Devil’s Crown. This was a satellite islet of Floreana. Here, we will find a group of rocks that seem like a crown due to the constant erosion caused by the sea. It is one of the better places to do snorkeling in the Galapagos, particularly in the interior and around of the crown. There is excellent visibility for you to admire a great variety of fishes and sea animals.
PM: Floreana Island, Post Office Bay – wet landing
Activities: hiking, snorkeling, swimming
Post Office Bay is situated in the north of Floreana Island and its name is because Capitan James Colnett installed an empty rum barrel to use as a rudimentary post office for whaling fleets that frequented the site for a long time. Today, you can send your own postcards from here to your friends and relatives or interchange them with other posts and deliver them to their destiny! Swim or snorkel at the beautiful beach nearby.
DAY 5: MONDAY
AM: Española Island, Suárez Point – dry landing
Be sure to bring with you sun protection and sport-friendly clothing on this excursion. There is no color more amazing and outstanding on this tropical desert island that the azure pigment found on blue-foot boobies or the bright red mangrove vegetation of this island. The boobies have an impressive way to "greet" you and it is a real spectacle to see the ritualistic parade of the entourages. On several islands you can admire this bird due to since their nests and feed areas are located close to the coast. Here, also observe the albatross (not seen between January and March) which weighs 3-4 kilograms and stands more than 2 meters. This creature of aristocratic nature is one of the largest birds of the islands. Around 12,000 couples have their nests on the Española Island! This species is further considered endemic of the Galapagos Islands and during your walk, you will be able to observe these fantastic birds existing as part of the beautiful landscapes of Suárez Point. Important Also you will see colonies of marine iguanas, zayapas, mask boobies, finches, Española cucuves, and seagulls unique to this place. Later find yourself at a lava rock path where you will be able to admire hollow blowers.
PM: Española Island, Gardner Bay, Gardner Islet, Osborn Islet – wet landing
Activities: hiking, snorkeling, swimming
Your first visit will be Gardner Bay to engage in a short walk, swimming, snorkeling, and observation of seal colonies. Sea lions are curious and playful, but at times aggressive; they are nice and loving, but also lazy. In Gardner Bay, find many of them relaxing on the beach enjoying of the sun. Snorkel in the area where you will be able to swim with them too, as well as with sea turtles, a diversity of tropical fish, marine iguanas, and more.
DAY 6: TUESDAY
AM: San Cristobal Island, Interpretation Center – dry landing
This center is location in the Main Port of San Cristobal Island. It is the most modern and sophisticated architectural space designed for the Galapagos natural interpretation and where you can learn about the volcanic formation of the islands, the evolution of the species, and more. See the history of Galapagos human settlements to come to understand the archipelago’s complex systems and models of management.
AM: San Cristobal Island, Transfer to the Airport
Be assisted to San Cristobal 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.