Exploring the Western Islands of the Galápagos

Overview

Snorkel with playful sea lions, hike past dancing blue-footed boobies, and experience one of the greatest natural history destinations in the world! On our voyage through the dramatic volcanic landscapes of the Western Islands, you’ll discover pristine Fernandina Island, a huge shield volcano with a shoreline full of flightless cormorants, and snorkel the beautiful coves of Isabela Island. Look for spouting whales as we cross Bolivar Channel, and explore Santiago’s golden Espumilla Beach, a green sea turtle nesting site. We’ve perfected active journeys to this fascinating “world unto itself,” as Darwin called the Galápagos, and our voyage aboard the beautiful yachts, catering to just 12 or 16 guests, is the way to go.

Itinerary at a Glance

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

From Guayaquil, fly to Baltra. Search for tortoises in the Santa Cruz highlands, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, then board the Mary Anne or the Passion. On Floreana, explore a sea turtle nesting ground, snorkel at Devil’s Crown, and learn about the intriguing human history of the island. An afternoon sail across the sea, with the chance of sighting whales and dolphins, brings us to Isabela.

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Days 5-6
Elizabeth Bay / Punta Espinosa

A lovely hike leads to a flamingo lagoon on Isabela, followed by Zodiac explorations among the sea turtles in Elizabeth Bay. On Fernandina, look for flightless cormorants, Galápagos penguins, Galápagos hawks, and scampering Sally Lightfoot crabs.

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

Explore a historic pirate hideaway by Zodiac, then stop at Punta Vicente Roca for excellent snorkeling. From Espumilla Beach on Santiago, walk a forest trail to see yellow warblers and curious Galápagos flycatchers. At Puerto Egas, see Galápagos fur seals lounging under arches of lava.

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

Explore North Seymour’s nesting colonies of frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls. From Baltra, fly to Guayaquil for an overnight, and depart on Day 10.

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Highlights

Highlights

A comprehensive 8-day cruise including the flightless cormorants of Fernandina
Witness the diversity of wildlife that inspired Darwin
Fantastic snorkeling excursions, including Devil’s Crown

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $6195  
Arrive: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Depart: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Lodging: 7 nights aboard Mary Anne, 2 hotel nights
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

Galapagos Islands

Download our The Galapagos Islands 2016 brochure, featuring incredible wildlife adventures in Darwin’s Islands aboard the yacht Mary Anne or the luxury yacht Passion. Or request a print copy to be sent by mail.

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