Galapagos: Isabela II | 5 days Northern

From Baltra to Baltra
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Discover the Northern Islands of the Galapagos onboard the Isabela II. With a capacity of only 40 guests, yacht Isabela II offers a relaxed atmosphere with several indoor and outdoor communal spaces, while enjoying an unforgettable Galapagos expedition. Multiple guides onboard means that  guests have the added privilege of seeing the Galapagos in small groups,  around 11 guests per guide. Enjoy a wide variety of activities; swimming, kayaking, Glass Bottom Boat, panga rides, island walks, bird watching, and time to relax on the outdoor terrace, with a cocktail from the bar, or over a gourmet created meal by a Le Cordon Blue chef!

Visits include;  Santa Cruz Island: its highlands and Galapagos giant tortoises, Puerto Egas on Santiago Island with sleepy fur seals, snorkelling with Galapagos penguins and white-tipped reef sharks at Chinese Hat,  Genovesa, home to a huge variety of birds, also called ‘Bird Island’ and Santa Fe Island with sea lions and the land iguana. There will be plenty of wildlife to spot and fantastic vistas on this wonderful Galapagos expedition.

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Great itinerary for birdwatchers! Look out for the three different species of Bobbies; the Blue footed, Red footed and Nazca booby on Genovesa!

Explore the Galapagos from on deck, on foot and in the water - opportunities to swim, snorkel or viewing from a glass bottom boat.

Santa Fe is the only island in the Galapagos archipelago where you can find two types of land iguanas.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Baltra Santa Cruz Island

Baltra Airport and Santa Cruz Island
After landing at Baltra Airport, we drive to the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus ride takes us up to the fascinating, more humid Highlands of the island where we’ll learn about its unique ecosystems and biodiversity. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.

Highlands of Santa Cruz Island
After lunch, we 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. A short bus ride takes us down to Puerto Ayora to board Yacht Isabela II.

Day 2
Puerto Egas (Santiago Island) Chinese Hat Islet

Puerto Egas (Santiago Island)
Following a wet landing on a black, sandy beach, our trail takes us to enjoy close-up encounters with recently-reintroduced land iguanas, plus land and marine birds amid a landscape of tuff-stone layers, craggy rocks, and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds. We can also observe a colony of fur seals, usually dozing in the shade of some rocks.

Chinese Hat Islet
This islet, formed only fairly recently, makes a beautiful afternoon visit as we explore the wildlife along its 1,312 ft long (400 m 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.

Day 3
Genovesa Island

YPrince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa Island)
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 which connects us 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, we’ll be able to spot the short-eared owl. Those who do not wish to disembark can enjoy a longer panga (inflatable dinghy) ride along the cliffs, weather conditions permitting. Snorkeling and kayaking activities are available.

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

Day 4
Santa Fe Island Punta Carrion

Santa Fe Island
We take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy-white beach 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 our exploration. Following the walk, we can snorkel and swim along a natural wave barrier or ride the glass-bottom boat.

Punta Carrion
In the afternoon, we make our way around to the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island, to the eastern mouth of the Itabaca Channel. Boarding our dinghies, we explore this rocky coastline’s interesting formations, plant life, and wildlife, before enjoying the marine world, either with a mask and snorkel, or aboard our glass-bottom boat. If we are lucky, we will come across playful sea lions, dozens of reef fish — different types of puffers, surgeonfish, angelfish, groupers, hogfish, hawkfish, parrotfish, blenny, etc. — and hopefully catch a glimpse of white-tipped reef sharks.

Day 5
Baltra Island

Baltra Island
Our journey ends at Baltra Island where we transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 Cabin on board
  • Included Copy 20 All meals
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 7 Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee USD$100 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Ingala Tourist Card USD$20 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Return flights to the Galapagos
  • Included Copy 20 Island sightseeing
  • Included Copy 20 Naturalists and lecture service
  • Included Copy 20 Snorkeling gear
  • Included Copy 20 Onboard Medical Assistance
  • Included Copy 20 Use of kayaks, glass bottom boat, dinghy rides
  • Included Copy 31 Wetsuit rental available
Isabela II | Galapagos Cruise Ship

40 Passengers


  • Included Walk, hike or kayaking in the Galapagos
  • Included Chances to see Galapagos penguins
  • Included Swimming and snorkelling
  • Included 3 species of boobies; Blue footed booby, Red footed booby and Nazca
  • Included Excursions by dinghy or glass-bottom boat
  • Included Photography opportunities – photogenic large cactus, the Optunia Echios,
  • Included Bird watching - flamingos, Frigate birds, Galapagos hawks and more
  • Included Visit the Giant Tortoise Breading centre in the highlands of Santa Cruz
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5 days

Price from

$3,820 USD

Per person, twin share

Mondays fortnightly in 2021