Explore the Western Islands of the Galapagos renowned for their spectacular volcanic scenery and unique flora and fauna. The superior Galaxy Yacht accommodates a maximum of 16 passengers in 9 cabins, each equipped with its own bathroom and air conditioning. With its spacious outdoor areas, you will enjoy the islands of Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina and Santiago in comfort
Experience snorkelling on the coasts of different islands in the Galapagos
Find giant tortoises of the Galapagos in their natural habitat
See the black sand beach of Egas Port in Santiago island
Visit the breeding centre for the different species of tortoises and see its beautiful gardens composed of native plants
Tour in Espinoza Point where you will find big colonies of marine iguanas and other unique animals only seen in Fernandina Island
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Arrive at Baltra airport - Santa Cruz Island
Day 2: Tintoreras/Humedales & Moreno Point, Isabela Island
Day 3: Elizabeth Bay & Urbina Bay, Isabela
Day 4: Tagus Cove (Isabela ) - Espinoza Point (Fernandina)
Day 5: Egas Port (Santiago) - Espumilla Beach/Caleta Bucanero (Santiago)
Day 6: Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) then transfer to Baltra airport.
Day 1: Baltra airport - Santa Cruz Highlands
Arrive at Baltra Island. Once you arrive your guide will be waiting for you. Transfer to Santa Cruz Island. We will be crossing the Itabaca Chanel (15 minutes from airport), and after this we will take a private bus to Puerto Ayora. Once we arrive at Puerto Ayora, we will go direct to Galaxy Yacht and you can settle in your cabins.
After lunch, owe will first be visiting the highlands of Santa Cruz, where we will find giant tortoises in their natural habitat while trekking the spectacular island. For this visit we recommend to use sport shoes, long pants, raincoat, hut and sun block. We will then return back to Puerto Ayora later on. At the night, we will have a welcome cocktail and a formal presentation of our crew by the Capitan as well as briefing for next day.
Day 2: Tintoreras - Moreno Point
We will be arriving at Tintoreras, south of Puerto Villamil, through a panga. For most part of the trail, we will find a trail of volcanic lava called type AA. During our tour, there will be a small bay where you will be able to view sea lions, marine tortoises, iguanas and rays. After this we will be visiting Humedales which is made up of complex paths that include sites like: The Orchilla Hill where you can admire the view of the bay, Puerto Villamil, Volcano Sierra Negra, other islets and rock formations.
After lunch, we will disembarg in Moreno Point which is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves create a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide pools, green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted.
Day 3: Elizabeth Bay - Urbina Bay
This is one of the island's breeding sites for penguins. Located on the west coast of Isabela, Elizabeth Point is a marine visitor site. During our visit to the red mangrove cove we will see a variety of animals seen only in the islands, such as brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays and sea lions.
Urbina bay is is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano between Elizabeth Bay and Tagus Cove (wet landing). Trail length is around 3.20 Km; during this walking we can observe land iguanas, hawks, tortoises; it is also possible to see red and blue lobsters.
Day 4: Isabela and Fernandina Island
Tagus Cove is located at the western part of Darwin Volcano. During our walking we will find several inscriptions (names of boat’s pirates) since 1800. The name 'Tagus Cove' originated from an English ship which crossed the island while looking for Galapagos tortoise to feed the crew. From this area we can admire the Darwin Lake which has salty water and is approximately nine metres deep. Although there are no fishes i this lake, we will be able to view different species of birds. Return to the Galaxy.
Fernandina island is the 3rd biggest island in the Galapagos, but only having one tourist attraction: Espinoza Point. This site is famous for viewing big colonies of marine iguanas and the only location where the flightless cormorant lives. From Espinoza Point we can admire Fernandina Island and its volcano which had its last eruption on May 2005. Fernandina is the only island that isn't inhabited by mammals. Also, its open areas are very fragile and therefore we need to be careful when walking. Return to Galaxy.
Day 5: Santiago Island
At the southern part of Egas Port lies a volcano called Pan de Azucar which contributes to the formation of black sand in this beach. The crater of this volcano has a salt lake which in warm times becomes dry and possible appreciate a salt mine.Between 1928 and 1930, there were some explorations that occurred around this mine, however nothing was ever found and the explorers only damaged its environment through using endemic woods. Unfortunately, no one is allowed to go down this mine. Return to Galaxy. A few of the main attractions on this site are the beach, landscape and Palo Santo wood. Its beach is considered to be very important as it is used as a nesting place for tortoise.
Day 6: Santa Cruz Island - Baltra Airport
The main visitor's site at Dragon Hill is located in the northwestern part of Santa Cruz Island which consists of a trail (1,600 metres long) that runs through three different environments. That same year, the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation initiated a program to conserve land iguanas.The lagoons in this site are inhabited by a shrimp called Artemia salina which is the main diet of flamingos.
After, you will be transferred to Baltra Airport onward to your next destination.
Departs - Saturdays (All Cruises are on Request Basis. Please Ask Regarding Availability)
SHIP CABINS: GALAXY YACHT
Galaxy has 9 beautiful and comfortable double cabins for 16 passengers; 3 cabins are located in the upper deck, 3 in the main deck and 3 in the lower deck. Our physical capacity is for 18 passengers being this one advantage more to offer space and facility to accommodate single passengers, tour leaders, which creates on board a very personalized service.
Each cabin has private facilities: private bathrooms, cold/hot water; air conditioned, hair dryer, telephone for internal communication on board, safe box, and high speaker.
Ship Deck Plan: M/Y GALAXY
Ship Specifications: M/Y GALAXY
Type: First class steel - hulled motor yacht
Construction: Guayaquil 2006 - 2007
Length: 35 mteres
Beam: 7.60 metres
Draft: 1.80 metres
Capacity: 16 Passengers
Crew: 9 members + 1 bilingual guide
Cruising speed: 12 knots
Engines: 2 Caterpilar Motors 440 HP
Water Capacity: 4,000 gallons
Diesel Capacity: 6,000 Gallons
Electric Power: 110V and 220V
Airport and hotel transfers in Galapagos
All meals throughout the voyage
Professional Bilingual Guide Level II
All shore and land excursions specified in program
Snorkel Gear (mask, tube, fins)
Use of Kayaks
Purified water, coffee and tea available during the cruise
What's not included?
Passport, visa and immigration fees
Airport arrival/departure taxes
Travel protection plan
Additional hotel nights
Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee US$100 per person