Wonders of the Western Islands


Framed by dramatic volcanic landscapes and filled with unique wildlife that has no fear of humans, the Western Islands of the Galápagos are the ideal setting for our wonderfully active 8-day voyage. Discover pristine Fernandina Island, a huge shield volcano with a shoreline full of flightless cormorants, snorkel with green sea turtles and Galápagos penguins at Devil’s Crown, and on North Seymour, walk amid magnificent frigatebirds in full courtship display. Look for spouting whales as we cross Bolivar Channel, and explore Santiago’s Puerto Egas, where fur seals caper in underwater grottos carved by the sea. Our journey aboard the beautiful Mary Anne or the mega-yacht Passion is the way to go, with wonderfully active days complemented by unforgettable nights beneath the starry sky.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Guayaquil / Highland Walk / Darwin Research Station / Floreana

After an overnight in Guayaquil, fly to Baltra and head to the Santa Cruz highlands in search of the giant tortoises for which the Galápagos are named. We’ll also visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the important conservation work being done, then board the Mary Anne. On Floreana, we’ll visit a sea turtle nesting ground and, conditions permitting, snorkel at famed Devil’s Crown, an underwater volcanic cone. Keep your camera handy for possible sightings of whales and dolphins as we cruise to Isabela.

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Days 5-6
Elizabeth Bay / Punta Espinosa

A lovely hike brings us to a flamingo lagoon on Isabela, followed by Zodiac explorations among herons perched in red and black mangroves and sea turtles swimming in Elizabeth Bay. From Fernandina’s black-sand beach, look for flightless cormorants, Galápagos penguins, Galápagos hawks, and colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs scampering along the shoreline.

Days 7-8
Tagus Cove / Snorkeling at Punta Vicente Roca

Explore a historic pirate hideaway by Zodiac, then snorkel at Punta Vicente Roca, with its underwater cliffs and schools of colorful fish. From the golden sands of Espumilla Beach on Santiago, we’ll walk a forest trail in search of yellow warblers and curious Galápagos flycatchers. At Puerto Egas, see Galápagos fur seals lounging under lava arches or swimming in the grottos.

Days 9-10
North Seymour / Blue-Footed Boobies and Frigatebirds

North Seymour is home to countless nesting colonies of great frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, and elegant swallow-tailed gulls. We’ll walk right next to them without any barriers and they will carry on as if we were invisible. From Baltra, fly to Guayaquil for a final overnight, and depart on Day 10.

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Exciting 8-day cruise including Bolivar Channel, with its whales and dolphins
Beautiful yacht with spacious decks and air-conditioned cabins
Fantastic snorkeling excursions, including Devil’s Crown and Punta Vicente Roca


Length: 10 days
Cost From: $6195  
Arrive: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Depart: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Lodging: 7 nights aboard the yacht, 2 nights hotel
Meals: All meals included except 2 lunches and 2 dinners
Activity: Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, Snorkeling, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking
Trip Level:

Daily hikes, snorkeling, optional sea kayaking

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