Galapagos Cruise – 8 days
An eight-day Galapagos cruise will give you a true sense of the Galapagos islands. You’ll get the chance to see, or even swim with, a selection of unique flora and fauna including giant tortoises, frigates, flamingos, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, sea lions, waved albatrosses, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, sharks, colorful reef fish, rays and more.
Visiting the Galapagos Islands should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. And if you’re going to make the journey you should stay as long as you can. At TerraDiversa we recommend an eight-day Galapagos cruise to really get a chance to enjoy the vast array of nature in the archipelago, giving you the time to explore several islands and visitor sites.
We’ve put together a selection of our favorite tourist class boats, so you’ll get to enjoy the islands even if you’re on a budget. Tourist class boats offering eight-day itineraries include the Angelito, Galaven, Mary Anne and Nemo I. Contact a travel specialist to find out more.
This tour includes
· A bilingual (English/Spanish) guide
· All excursions included in chosen itinerary
· Accommodation on board based on double occupancy rates
· All meals while onboard
· Transfers to and from the airport when in the Galapagos Islands
This tour does not include
· Airline ticket to/from mainland Ecuador
· Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park ($100 for adults / $50 for under-12s)
· Tourist Transit Card TCT ($20)
· Fuel surcharge
· Snorkeling gear and wetsuits
· Alcoholic beverages
· Travel insurance
· Any other service not mentioned herein
Sample itinerary (Angelito I)
Day 1 (Sunday) - Arrival & Santa Cruz Island
Arrival and transfer to boat. Afternoon visit to Las Bachas, a white coral beach located in northern Santa Cruz island. You’ll have the chance to enjoy an easy walk along the beach and may spot some flamingos, before having a swim and snorkel on the beach.
Day 2 (Monday) - Mosquera & Santa Cruz Islands
You’ll start the day with a visit to the small Mosquera island, located between North Seymour and Baltra, to visit a large sea lion colony and marine iguanas and Sally lightfoot crabs amongst the lava rocks. In the afternoon you’ll visit Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz, to take a hike past a flamingo lagoon, through a prickly pear cactus forest, past a land iguana nesting site, to reach the top of the hill where the view is spectacular.
Day 3 (Tuesday) - Isabela & Fernandina Islands
Morning visit to Tagus Cove (Isabel), a protected cove where historically pirates and whalers would hide out and stock up on food. You’ll take a hike up to Darwin Lake, a saltwater crater lake, before taking in the incredible views of the Darwin Volcano lava fields. Afterwards you’ll take a dinghy ride to hunt for Galapagos Penguins and flightless cormorants, and possibly enjoy some snorkeling in the cove itself. Afternoon visit to Punta Espinoza, home to a large concentration of marine iguanas, Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants and sea lions. This is one of the highlights of any Galapagos cruise.
Day 4 (Wednesday) - Isabela Island
Start the day at Urbina Bay, at the base of Alcedo volcano, and take a trail inland to spot colorful land iguanas, and even Galapagos tortoises. Afternoon visit to Elizabeth Bay, which you’ll reach by dinghy ride, to observe marine turtles.
Day 5 (Thursday) - Isabela Island
Very early morning visit to hike on the rough lava fields of Punta Moreno, where you’ll come across flamingos, common gallinules and white-cheeked pintail ducks. You’ll also take a dinghy ride to spot flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins and huge marine iguanas. At about 10:30 you’ll set off on a long six-hour navigation along the shore around the Cerro Azul Volcano until you reach Puerto Villamil. En route you’ll enjoy some dolphin and whale-watching. Just before dark you’ll arrive at the small village of Puerto Villamil.
Day 6 (Friday) - Isabela Island
From Puerto Villamil you’ll head out to Sierra Negra crater, an incredible site 13 km in diameter. You might even get to see some wild giant tortoises at the bottom of the crater. In the afternoon you’ll head out to the lagoons of Villamil, visiting the Tortoise Breeding Center and doing some flamingo spotting, before visiting a button mangrove forest.
Day 7 (Saturday) - Floreana
Morning wet landing at Punta Cormorant to enjoy a pleasant hike to a greenish sand beach, a blackish lagoon with flamingos and a white sand beach considered as one of the main nesting sites for sea turtles. Close to the shore snorkeling is great at the Devil´s Crown, the remains of a volcano that look like a black crown emerging from the sea, and one of the best places for experienced snorkelers. Before lunch you’ll visit the famous Post Ofiice Bay where you can send letters home, or even deliver some yourself. You’ll then head back to Puerto Ayora to explore the town before returning to the boat for dinner.
Day 8 (Sunday) - Daphne Island & Departure
Morning cruise around Daphne Island, a volcanic island just north of Santa Cruz known for its finches, before heading for Baltra airport for departure.
Choosing the Right Galapagos Tour
Make sure you understand the options when it comes to booking your once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos tour.