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The first 6 sign-ups on every departure enjoy a $500 discount per person on our classic sailing yacht, the Mary Anne, and our luxury motor yacht, the Passion.

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 1-2
Guayaquil / Santa Cruz / Darwin Research Station / Puerto Ayora

After an overnight in Guayaquil, fly to Baltra and head to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where we learn about conservation work in the islands and see the famous giant tortoises of the Galápagos.

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Days 3-4
Floreana Island / Punta Cormorant / Devil's Crown / Post Office Bay

Boarding our yacht, we sail to Floreana Island, and enjoy a walk on the olivine beaches of Punta Cormorant, on the lookout for flamingos and nesting sea turtles. A panga ride brings us to Devil's Crown, one of the famous snorkeling spots of the Galápagos. We’ll visit Post Office Bay, with its famous barrel where sailors once left letters to be posted by passing ships, and learn about the intriguing human history of this island, once home to an infamous baroness.

Days 5-7
Isabela / Fernandina / Urbina Bay / Puerto Egas

On Isabela Island, we walk the lava flow at Punta Moreno, look for green sea turtles nesting at Urbina Bay’s black-sand beach, and visit a historic pirate hideaway at Tagus Cove. Crossing back to Fernandina Island’s Punta Espinosa, we walk the shores looking for flightless cormorants, Galagagos penguins, marine iguanas, and red-orange Sally Lightfoot crabs. At Puerto Egas on Santiago, we watch fur seals lounging under lava arches and in the grottos. A panga ride brings us through Bucaneer Cove, and we land on the golden sands of Espumilla Beach for a walk on a forest trail in search of yellow warblers and curious Galápagos flycatchers.

Days 8-10
Santiago / Sullivan Bay / North Seymour

We'll hike on pahoehoe lava formations at Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island, then head to North Seymour Island to walk among nesting colonies of great frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, and elegant swallow-tailed gulls. From Baltra, fly to Guayaquil for a final 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: $6695  
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 2018 brochure

The Galápagos Islands

Download our The Galápagos Islands 2018 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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