Two zodiac boats take passengers between the Galapagos Islands and the Yacht Isabela II, one of the most luxurious cruises in the area.
Underwater photo of a snorkeler swimming with two sea lions in the crystal clear teal water of the Galapagos islands.
A Galapagos shore excursion aboard Isabela II ship, two travelers pose behind a group of grey and black marine iguanas.
A red-footed booby is perched in a leafy, green tree, an example of the wildlife guests aboard the Isabella luxury yacht may see in the Galapagos Islands.
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Isabela II Galapagos Cruises

Cruise the Galapagos Islands aboard the 40-passenger Yacht Isabela II, one of the most upscale motor yachts in the Galapagos Islands. The yacht Isabela II offers an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere for experiencing the full adventure of the Galapagos Islands. 

Isabela II offers the efficiency and intimacy of a smaller yacht yet retains the amenities of a small ship cruise. She is the perfect size for travelers seeking the ultimate in comfort and adventure, and offers family cabins that make her a great option for Galapagos family cruises. Three expert naturalists lead daily hikes and snorkeling, to point out finches, boobies, sea lions, tortoise and more incredible Galapagos wildlife. On board the Yacht Isabela II expect excellent service, comfortable cabins, fine dining, sundeck bar, hot tub, snorkeling and a glass-bottom boat. 

Isabela II operates three Galapagos cruise itineraries (one 7-day cruise and two 5-day cruises), which can be combined in various ways to create longer 9-, 11- or 15-day cruises. View the Itinerary for more details, and contact our Galapagos small ship cruise experts for the inside scoop on which route is best for you. AdventureSmith Explorations’ award-winning crew has personal experience sailing in the Galapagos Islands and can recommend the best options to suit your travel interests and timeline. 

Highlights of the 7-day Isabela II Central Galapagos Itinerary include San Cristobal Island’s colossal giant tortoises at Cerro Colorado and a bevy of different booby species at Punta Pitt; Espanola Island’s magnificent views and wildlife from mockingbirds to colorful marine iguanas; Floreana Island’s historic Post Office Bay and green beach of Cormorant Point; Isabela Island’s young lava formations at Punta Moreno; Fernandina Island’s fascinating mangroves; and North Seymour Island’s beauty.

Highlights of the 5-day Isabela II Northern Galapagos Itinerary include Santa Cruz Island’s Highlands; Santiago Island’s sleepy fur seals and marine iguanas; the sandy beach of Chinese Hat; “Bird Island,” Genovesa’s remote colonies of nesting birds, including the rare red-footed booby; and Santa Fe’s Galapagos hawk, sea lions, rays, and sharks.

Highlights of the 5-day Isabela II Western Galapagos Itinerary include exploring Santa Cruz Island’s lush vegetation of the Highlands, world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station and Dragon Hill’s dusty-yellow land iguanas; Bartolome Island’s panoramic views and Sullivan Bay’s white coral sand beach and dramatic lava field; Isabela Island’s wildlife at Punta Vicente Roca; and Fernandina Island’s pristine environment, where life has evolved in its natural state.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Galapagos cruises and Galapagos trips.



Itinerary

7-Day Central Itinerary

The 7-day Isabela II Central Galapagos Itinerary visits the islands of Baltra, Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Isabela, Fernandina and North Seymour, for a comprehensive tour of the archipelago.

Route map for 7-Day Central Isabela II Galapagos Cruise with visits to Baltra, Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Isabela, Fernandina and North Seymour islands.
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Day 1
FRI - Embark Baltra to Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)

Arrive in the morning by plane to Baltra Island and transfer to Yacht Isabela II for cabin assignments, an introductory briefing, boat drill and lunch. After lunch, visit Bachas Beach on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, a glorious white beach with a couple of brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. Possibly enjoy swimming at this beach too. Back on the ship, settle in with a welcome cocktail, a briefing on the next day’s expedition plan and a delicious dinner.

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
SAT - Cerro Colorado & Punta Pitt (San Cristobal)

In the morning, disembark at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and drive 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, visit the breeding center for highly endangered giant tortoises amid a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird, as well as the endemic San Cristobal lava lizard.

In the afternoon, land on the eastern tip of the island. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline and is the only site in the Galapagos where the three species of boobies can be found together, as well as the two frigatebird species, plus a colony of bachelor sea lions. If conditions are favorable, there is a chance to swim, kayak, or snorkel from the beach or take a panga ride. 

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
SUN - Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez (Espanola)

In the morning, set foot on this beautiful, white coral beach and go on a short walk to observe the sea lions, mockingbirds and finches, or enjoy the beach. There is excellent snorkeling in this area. Kayaking, a panga ride, or a ride on the glass-bottom boat are also offered. 

Following lunch on board, begin an afternoon outing at Punta Suarez, on an exciting trail across lava/boulder terrain. Along the way, look for unique sea bird colonies, including the beautiful waved albatrosses, boobies, swallow-tail gulls and the famous blowhole. This island is also renowned for its colorful and sizable marine iguanas. All in all, a wonderful visit. 

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
MON - Cormorant Point, Post Office Bay & Baroness Cove (Floreana)

Disembark in the morning at the curiously green-tinged, olivine-crystal beach that makes for an easy walk to a brackish water lagoon where bird species like American flamingos can be observed. Crossing over to the other side of the island, come to a white-sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest. At Champion Islet, choose between snorkeling, a panga ride, or a ride in the glass-bottom boat. After lunch, land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as an informal post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. Snorkeling off the beach will be offered afterward.

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
TUE - Punta Moreno (Isabela) & Punta Mangle (Fernandina)

In the morning, following a meander through the mangroves in search of sea turtles, disembark amid a landscape dominated by the giant volcanoes of southern Isabela Island, some still active. The rugged trail loops inland from the coast, providing plenty of opportunity to enjoy unique lava formations, pioneer lava cactus and exotic scalesia trees; as well as plenty of wildlife including Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, brown pelicans, herons, sea lions, marine iguanas and dozens of Sally Lightfoot crabs. The inland lagoons are home to Bahama-pintail ducks, common stilts, Galapagos flamingos and even Galapagos hawks and mockingbirds. Following the walk, take to the glass-bottom boats or deep-water snorkel. 

In the afternoon, explore Fernandina’s coastline aboard pangas. The archipelago’s youngest ecosystem is home to small Galapagos penguins and green-eyed flightless cormorants that rest on the shore’s black rocks. Beneath the waves, rays and sea turtles might glide by. The nutrient-rich waters of the Bolivar Channel, which separates Fernandina and Isabela islands, attract dolphins and whales; with luck, spot them. Depending on sea conditions, end the visit with a glass-bottom boat ride or deep-water snorkel.

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
WED - Eden Islet & North Seymour Island

panga ride to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz, enables observation of blue-footed boobies, reef sharks and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel and, if weather conditions permit, to ride in the glass-bottom boat. The volcanic setting of this area is quite stunning. In the afternoon, disembark for a walk along the coast and the interior of the beautiful and flat North Seymour island. Look for numerous nesting frigatebirds as well as land iguanas and sea lion colonies along the coastline. Explore the coast by panga too, seeking out fur seals and enjoying a fun, deep-water snorkel. Complete the day with an evening briefing, farewell cocktail and dinner. 

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
THU - Disembark Baltra

The journey ends at Baltra Island where you will be transferred to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; all meals; island sightseeing; naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only; snorkeling gear; internet (internet connections onboard consist of 2 computer stations in the business center and Wi-Fi in the yacht’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth); luggage handling; medical care on board (excluding cost of medication); taxes and transfers in the islands; shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Mercure, Sheraton, JW Marriott, Dann Carlton; for Casa Gangotena, a further feeder service is provided to/from Hilton Colón, this service does not have additional cost) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Sheraton, Wyndham) to airport for flights to/from Galapagos.

Exclusions

Air transportation to/from Galapagos and airport taxes (subject to change without previous notice); Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 subject to change without previous notice); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20 subject to change without previous notice); fuel surcharge ($20 per person, per day); insurance of any kind; wetsuit rentals (US $17 + VAT per guest for 5-day cruise and US $33 + VAT per guest for 7-day cruise); nonalcoholic beverages, gratuities, laundry or valet services, gifts and items of a personal nature; alcoholic beverages (there is a corkage fee of US $27+taxes for guests wishing to bring their own bottles of wine and/or spirits).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on Day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. Note: Your passport must be valid 6 months after your Ecuador trip concludes.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to hike, kayak, swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee (see Inclusions and Exclusions), and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (inflatable skiffs). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 100% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. There are no triple cabins for three adults aboard the Isabella II.

Families & Children

Kids 6 years and older are welcomed aboard the yacht Isabela II. Kids under 12 years old at the time of sailing receive 10% off when sharing the cabin with 2 adults (applies only to one child per adult paying full fare). No child discounts apply on Peak Season dates, when an additional fee of $120 (2022) or $125 (2023) per child is incurred.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Note that Galapagos Province requires foreign travelers to show proof of medical insurance coverage for entry. If you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands, confirm with your travel insurance provider that your policy contains medical coverage to meet this entry requirement.  Be certain to bring your insurance plan ID documents with you when you travel.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered.  The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

5-Day North Itinerary

The 5-day Isabela II North Galapagos Itinerary begins with lunch at the Santa Cruz Highlands. After evening embarkation, spend the next 5 days cruising the exciting islands of Baltra, Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Santiago and Santa Fe.

Route map for 5-Day Northern Isabela II Galapagos Cruise with visits to Baltra, Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Santiago and Santa Fe islands.
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Day 1
MON - Baltra to Highlands & Embark (Santa Cruz)

Arrive at the Baltra airport in the morning and be escorted to the Itabaca Channel and take a ferry to Santa Cruz Island. Take a 30-minute bus ride to a restaurant in the Santa Cruz Highlands for a great introduction to Galapagos wildlife and lunch at a local restaurant. Please dress comfortably upon arrival: wear walking shoes, bring sun protection and a small backpack with any essentials for the day. You will be reunited with your luggage in the evening upon embarkation.

After lunch, drive to a nearby reserve that is one of the best places in the archipelago to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around, munching on grass and leaves, and wallowing in small pools. There are several lava tunnels to explore in the reserve, too. Take a short bus ride Puerto Ayora to board the ship. 

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
TUE - Puerto Egas (Santa Fe) & Chinese Hat

Following a wet landing on Puerto Egas’s black, sandy beach, take the trail to enjoy close-up encounters with recently reintroduced land iguanas, plus land and marine birds, amid a landscape of tuff-stone layers, jagged rocks and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds. Observe a colony of fur seals, usually dozing in the shade of some rocks.

After lunch, visit Chines Hat, an islet formed only relatively recently. Explore the wildlife along its 1,312 ft long trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped, white sandy beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities amid white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos penguins.

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
WED - Prince Philip's Steps & Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

The day kicks off with a panga ride along the cliffs of Bird Island, as Genovesa is affectionately nicknamed, followed by a landing at a steep staircase that connects with a flat plateau. From here, the trail winds its way through large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigatebirds and storm petrels. With luck, be able to spot the short-eared owl. Those who do not wish to disembark can enjoy a longer panga  ride along the cliffs, weather conditions permitting. Snorkeling and kayaking activities are available. 

Land after lunch at the beautiful white beach of Darwin Bay. Here, walk amid literally hundreds of birds, most of which are frigatebirds, red-footed and Nazca boobies, as well as gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. 

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
THU - Santa Fe & South Plaza Island

This morning, take the dinghy over to the idyllic sandy-white beach  of Santa Fe, populated by colonies of sea lions. Galapagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The Santa Fe land iguana may be spotted during this outing. Following the walk, snorkel and swim along a natural wave barrier or ride the glass-bottom boat. 

Following lunch and a rest, disembark (dry landing) in the channel of South Plaza Island, whose turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. Beyond, a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as a groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-grey land iguanas sit beneath these, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coastline find sea lion colonies, while frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters glide, playing with the thermals.

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
FRI - Disembark Baltra

After breakfast, depart for the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; all meals; island sightseeing; naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only; snorkeling gear; internet (internet connections onboard consist of 2 computer stations in the business center and Wi-Fi in the yacht’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth); luggage handling; medical care on board (excluding cost of medication); taxes and transfers in the islands; shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Mercure, Sheraton, JW Marriott, Dann Carlton; for Casa Gangotena, a further feeder service is provided to/from Hilton Colón, this service does not have additional cost) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Sheraton, Wyndham) to airport for flights to/from Galapagos.

Exclusions

Air transportation to/from Galapagos and airport taxes (subject to change without previous notice); Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 subject to change without previous notice); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20 subject to change without previous notice); fuel surcharge ($20 per person, per day); insurance of any kind; wetsuit rentals (US $17 + VAT per guest for 5-day cruise and US $33 + VAT per guest for 7-day cruise); nonalcoholic beverages, gratuities, laundry or valet services, gifts and items of a personal nature; alcoholic beverages (there is a corkage fee of US $27+taxes for guests wishing to bring their own bottles of wine and/or spirits).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on Day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. Note: Your passport must be valid 6 months after your Ecuador trip concludes.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to hike, kayak, swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee (see Inclusions and Exclusions), and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (inflatable skiffs). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 100% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. There are no triple cabins for three adults aboard the Isabella II.

Families & Children

Kids 6 years and older are welcomed aboard the yacht Isabela II. Kids under 12 years old at the time of sailing receive 10% off when sharing the cabin with 2 adults (applies only to one child per adult paying full fare). No child discounts apply on Peak Season dates, when an additional fee of $120 (2022) or $125 (2023) per child is incurred.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Note that Galapagos Province requires foreign travelers to show proof of medical insurance coverage for entry. If you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands, confirm with your travel insurance provider that your policy contains medical coverage to meet this entry requirement.  Be certain to bring your insurance plan ID documents with you when you travel.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered.  The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

5-Day West Itinerary

The 5-day Isabela II Western Galapagos Itinerary begins with lunch at the Santa Cruz Highlands followed by a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. After evening embarkation, spend the next 5 days cruising the exciting islands of Baltra, Santa Cruz, Bartolome, Santiago, Isabela and Fernandina.

Route map for 5-Day Western Isabela II Galapagos Cruise with visits to Baltra, Santa Cruz, Bartolome, Santiago, Isabela and Fernandina islands.
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Day 1
THU - Baltra to Highlands & Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)

Arrive at the Baltra airport in the morning and be escorted to the Itabaca Channel and take a ferry to Santa Cruz Island. Take a 30-minute bus ride to a restaurant in the Santa Cruz Highlands for lunch. Please dress comfortably upon arrival: wear walking shoes, bring sun protection and a small backpack with any essentials for the day. You will be reunited with your luggage in the evening upon embarkation.

After lunch, drive down from the highlands to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest, home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. In the late afternoon stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before an evening embarkation onto the ship. Enjoy a captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner then review the expedition plans for the next day.

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
FRI - Bartolome & Sullivan Bay (Santiago)

This morning, a Galapagos icon awaits at Bartolome Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the panoramic view from the top is well worth the effort! Following the walk, take a panga ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock in search of Galapagos penguins and other wildlife. 

After lunch, board the pangas and land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach that is ideal for swimming. A trail runs along a lava field that flowed here around 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and understand the volcanic origin of the Galapagos.

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
SAT - Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) & Buccaneer Cove (Santiago)

The north coast of Santa Cruz hosts the fascinating landscapes of Dragon Hill. After disembarking, the first part of the walk passes a brackish-water lagoon frequented by shorebirds, ducks and American flamingos. Further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago, as well as the chance of observing land iguanas (for which the visitor site is named, following a concerted effort to conserve them by the Galapagos National Park). After the walk, snorkel from the shore, hoping to spot rays, green turtles and sharks. 

After lunch, explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, learning about the area’s distant and recent history. The cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions and inter-tidal organisms. Enjoy fantastic natural formations such as the Elephant Rock, The Bishop and an impressive natural cave. Opportunities for snorkeling and a ride on the panga or glass-bottom boat are available. 

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
SUN - Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela) & Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)

Since there is no landing site at Punta Vicente Roca, explore the captivating coast by panga, seeking out abundant wildlife including colonies of Galapagos fur seals and the nesting sites of Nazca boobies, not to mention flightless cormorants, penguins and marine iguanas. Depending on the conditions of the ocean, possibly to snorkel along the cliffs, hopefully in the company of green sea turtles. Back on board, navigate along the Bolivar Channel, where nutrient-rich upwellings provide fertile fishing grounds for cetaceans.

End the journey on a high note by visiting the island of Fernandina, the youngest island of the archipelago and arguably one of the most pristine ecosystems on the planet. The visitor site of Punta Espinoza boasts a fantastic combination of apparently barren landscapes and abundant wildlife, all dominated by the lofty volcano at the heart of the island. Hope to spot hawks, penguins, vast numbers of marine iguanas and the famous flightless cormorant with its beguiling blue eyes.

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
MON - Disembark Baltra

The journey ends at Baltra Island where you’ll be transferred to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; all meals; island sightseeing; naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only; snorkeling gear; internet (internet connections onboard consist of 2 computer stations in the business center and Wi-Fi in the yacht’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth); luggage handling; medical care on board (excluding cost of medication); taxes and transfers in the islands; shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Mercure, Sheraton, JW Marriott, Dann Carlton; for Casa Gangotena, a further feeder service is provided to/from Hilton Colón, this service does not have additional cost) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Sheraton, Wyndham) to airport for flights to/from Galapagos.

Exclusions

Air transportation to/from Galapagos and airport taxes (subject to change without previous notice); Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 subject to change without previous notice); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20 subject to change without previous notice); fuel surcharge ($20 per person, per day); insurance of any kind; wetsuit rentals (US $17 + VAT per guest for 5-day cruise and US $33 + VAT per guest for 7-day cruise); nonalcoholic beverages, gratuities, laundry or valet services, gifts and items of a personal nature; alcoholic beverages (there is a corkage fee of US $27+taxes for guests wishing to bring their own bottles of wine and/or spirits).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on Day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. Note: Your passport must be valid 6 months after your Ecuador trip concludes.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to hike, kayak, swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee (see Inclusions and Exclusions), and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (inflatable skiffs). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 100% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. There are no triple cabins for three adults aboard the Isabella II.

Families & Children

Kids 6 years and older are welcomed aboard the yacht Isabela II. Kids under 12 years old at the time of sailing receive 10% off when sharing the cabin with 2 adults (applies only to one child per adult paying full fare). No child discounts apply on Peak Season dates, when an additional fee of $120 (2022) or $125 (2023) per child is incurred.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Note that Galapagos Province requires foreign travelers to show proof of medical insurance coverage for entry. If you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands, confirm with your travel insurance provider that your policy contains medical coverage to meet this entry requirement.  Be certain to bring your insurance plan ID documents with you when you travel.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered.  The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Galapagos Cruise Rates & Dates

Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2022
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Dec 22 - Dec 26, 2022
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Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2022
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Dec 30 - Jan 05, 2023
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Jan 05 - Jan 09, 2023
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Jan 09 - Jan 13, 2023
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Jan 13 - Jan 19, 2023
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Jan 19 - Jan 23, 2023
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Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2023
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Jan 27 - Feb 02, 2023
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Feb 02 - Feb 06, 2023
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Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2023
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Feb 10 - Feb 16, 2023
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Feb 16 - Feb 20, 2023
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Feb 20 - Feb 24, 2023
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Feb 24 - Mar 02, 2023
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Mar 02 - Mar 06, 2023
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Mar 06 - Mar 10, 2023
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Mar 10 - Mar 16, 2023
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Mar 16 - Mar 20, 2023
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Mar 20 - Mar 24, 2023
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Mar 24 - Mar 30, 2023
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Mar 30 - Apr 03, 2023
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Apr 03 - Apr 07, 2023
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Apr 07 - Apr 13, 2023
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Apr 13 - Apr 17, 2023
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Apr 17 - Apr 21, 2023
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Apr 21 - Apr 27, 2023
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Apr 27 - May 01, 2023
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May 01 - May 05, 2023
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May 05 - May 11, 2023
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May 11 - May 15, 2023
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May 15 - May 19, 2023
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May 19 - May 25, 2023
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May 26 - May 30, 2023
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May 29 - Jun 02, 2023
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Jun 02 - Jun 08, 2023
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Jun 08 - Jun 12, 2023
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Jun 12 - Jun 16, 2023
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Jun 16 - Jun 22, 2023
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Jun 22 - Jun 26, 2023
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Jun 26 - Jun 30, 2023
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Jun 30 - Jul 06, 2023
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Jul 06 - Jul 10, 2023
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Jul 10 - Jul 14, 2023
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Jul 14 - Jul 20, 2023
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Jul 20 - Jul 24, 2023
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Jul 24 - Jul 28, 2023
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Jul 28 - Aug 03, 2023
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Aug 03 - Aug 07, 2023
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Aug 07 - Aug 11, 2023
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Aug 11 - Aug 17, 2023
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Aug 17 - Aug 21, 2023
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Aug 21 - Aug 25, 2023
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Aug 25 - Aug 31, 2023
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Aug 31 - Sep 04, 2023
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Sep 04 - Sep 08, 2023
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Sep 08 - Sep 14, 2023
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Sep 14 - Sep 18, 2023
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Sep 18 - Sep 22, 2023
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Sep 22 - Sep 28, 2023
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Sep 28 - Oct 02, 2023
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Oct 02 - Oct 06, 2023
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Oct 06 - Oct 12, 2023
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Oct 12 - Oct 16, 2023
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Oct 16 - Oct 20, 2023
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Oct 20 - Oct 26, 2023
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Oct 26 - Oct 30, 2023
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Oct 30 - Nov 03, 2023
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Nov 03 - Nov 09, 2023
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Nov 09 - Nov 13, 2023
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Nov 13 - Nov 17, 2023
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Nov 17 - Nov 23, 2023
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Nov 23 - Nov 27, 2023
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Nov 27 - Dec 01, 2023
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Dec 01 - Dec 07, 2023
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Dec 07 - Dec 11, 2023
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Dec 11 - Dec 15, 2023
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Dec 15 - Dec 21, 2023
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Dec 21 - Dec 25, 2023
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Dec 25 - Dec 29, 2023
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Dec 29 - Jan 04, 2024
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Isabela II

The 40-passenger Isabela II is one of the most luxurious motor yachts in the Galapagos Islands. She features a sundeck bar, hot tub, snorkeling and a glass-bottom boat.

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