Wonders of the Western Islands

Experience the Magic of the Galápagos Islands—in WT style!

Small Yacht Travel: the Best Way to Experience The Islands — Wake each morning to a new island to explore, and while you enjoy lunch al fresco on deck, we move to a second fascinating site. Traveling by yacht gives you the greatest variety of wildlife, scenery, and certainly the best snorkeling sites.

Active Adventures, with Hiking, Snorkeling, Zodiac Explorations, and Optional Sea Kayaking — We capture the wonder of Darwin’s legendary archipelago on daily island hikes, on snorkeling excursions that reveal sea turtles, Galápagos penguins, marine iguanas, and a kaleidoscopic array of tropical fish, and on optional explorations by sea kayak.

Our Small Groups Ensure Your Experience Is Personalized — With just 16 guests on the Mary Anne, and 12 guests aboard the Passion, you’ll enjoy wonderful camaraderie—it's an experience not possible on the larger cruise ships.

Explore and Learn with World-Class Trip Leaders — Our Trip Leaders are the best and most experienced in the Galápagos. They are phenomenal teachers and delightful traveling companions with a gift for creating unforgettable experiences.

Our Commitment to Conservation — Wilderness Travel is a proud founding member of the International Galápagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA), dedicated to the preservation of these extraordinary islands, and we support the Galápagos Conservancy and the Charles Darwin Foundation.

Overview

Framed by dramatic volcanic landscapes and filled with unique wildlife that has no natural fear of humans, the Western Islands of the Galápagos are the extraordinary setting for our active 8-day voyage into Darwin’s world. Discover pristine Fernandina Island, with its shoreline full of flightless cormorants, snorkel with marine iguanas at Punta Espinosa, and on North Seymour, walk amid magnificent frigatebirds. We’ll cross Bolivar Channel and explore Santiago’s Puerto Egas, where fur seals caper in underwater grottos. Our journey aboard the beautiful 16-guest Mary Anne, or the 12-guest mega-yacht Passion, is an incredible experience of the Galápagos, with active days on shore complemented by unforgettable nights beneath the starry sky.

Itinerary at a Glance

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

Fly to Baltra and head to the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island to learn about conservation work in the islands and see the famous giant tortoises. Board our yacht in the evening of Day 2.

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Days 3-4
Floreana / Punta Cormorant

On Floreana Island, we walk on the sandy beaches of Punta Cormorant on the lookout for flamingos and nesting sea turtles. We visit Devil’s Crown, with its great marine life, and Post Office Bay, where sailors once left letters to be posted by passing ships.

Days 5-7
Isabela / Fernandina / Puerto Egas

On Isabela, we walk the lava flow at Punta Moreno, visit Urbina Bay, and take a panga ride around the beautiful coastline to scenic Buccaneer Cove, so named because it was once a refuge for British buccaneers. Fernandina Island’s Punta Espinosa reveals shores full of flightless cormorants along with Galápagos penguins, marine iguanas, and red-orange Sally Lightfoot crabs. At Puerto Egas on Santiago, we watch fur seals lounging under lava arches, ride a panga through Buccaneer Cove, and walk trails on Espumilla Beach in search of yellow warblers and Galápagos flycatchers.

Days 8-10
Santiago / Sullivan Bay / North Seymour

We 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, or join one of our extensions.

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Highlights

Highlights

Exciting 8-day cruise including Floreana, with its fascinating human history
Beautiful 16-guest yacht with spacious decks and air-conditioned cabins
Fantastic snorkeling options, including Punta Espinosa and Urbina Bay

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $6895  
Arrive: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Depart: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Lodging: 7 nights aboard the Mary Anne, 2 nights hotel
Meals: All meals included except 2 lunches and 2 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, Snorkeling, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking
Trip Level:

Daily hikes, snorkeling, optional sea kayaking
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