Galapagos: Isabela II | 5 days Western

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

With a capacity of only 40 guests, yacht Isabela II offers a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying an unforgettable Galapagos expedition!

The Galápagos Islands are special and you want a special yacht in which to explore this living laboratory of evolution.  With a capacity of only 40 guests, yacht Isabela II offers a relaxed yet intimate atmosphere with several indoor and outdoor communal spaces, while enjoying an unforgettable Galapagos expedition. Multiple guides onboard means that Yacht Isabela II’s guests have the added privilege of seeing the Galapagos in small groups,  around 11 guests per guide.

Yacht Isabela II has the privilege of having numerous visitor sites in the Galapagos Islands all to itself, sometimes there will be no one else in sight. On Santa Cruz Island, visit the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station and explore the highlands. Get great shots of the photogenic Bartolome Island, also a popular spot for the Galapagos penguin!  Swim off white sandy beaches, explore lava fields , volcanic craters looking out for Boobies, Frigatebirds, the Galapagos Hawk, Iguanas and fur seals. Have fun snorkelling with the Galapagos Sea Lions and chill with the Galapagos Giant Tortoise.

After all the adventure you will need a delicious meal made from organic, top-quality ingredients! And of course a soak in the hot tub. All in a day in the Galapagos.

With two 5-day and one 7-day itinerary options carefully designed to help maximize wildlife viewing opportunities, the Isabela II is a wonderful choice for the Galapagos for couples, solos, and family groups alike!

Viva's Best Bits...

"The climb to the summit of Bartolome is well worth it. The view is spectacular, with the famous Pinnacle Rock" Pia, Team Viva (This can be done on the 5 day Western Galapagos itinerary)

The Isabela II offers great stability and great spaces to explore the Galapagos in relaxed comfort. With two 5-day and one 7-day itinerary options carefully designed to help maximize wildlife viewing opportunities!

With 3 guides onboard, they can offer multiple activities at the same time - Kayaking, Snorkelling, SUP, Glass bottom boats, hikes, swimming... means more choice and doing more of what you enjoy!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Baltra Island & Santa Cruz Island

Isabela II 4-Night Western Galapagos Cruise

*Galapagos excursions are subject to change without prior notice. Changes in plans may arise due to weather conditions, National Park regulations, or other unforeseen circumstances.

Airport (Santa Cruz Island)
After landing, we drive to the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across Santa Cruz Island. A bus ride takes us to a restaurant in the Highlands to enjoy lunch and then continue to Puerto Ayora.

Puerto Ayora
In Puerto Ayora, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center. Later in the afternoon, we stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking.

Day 2
Bartolome Island Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)

Bartolome Island
This morning, a Galapagos icon awaits: 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, we take a panga ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock in search of Galapagos penguins and other wildlife.

Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)
After lunch, we board the pangas (inflatable dinghies) 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

Day 3
Santa Cruz Island Santiago Island

Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)
After disembarking, our walk passes a brackish-water lagoon frequented by shorebirds, ducks, and American flamingos. After our walk, we can snorkel from the shore. Here, we may spot rays, green turtles, and sharks.

Buccaneer Cove (Santiago Island)
After lunch, we explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove. The cove has many marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. Enjoy fantastic natural formations such as “Elephant Rock,” and “The Bishop.”

Day 4
Isabela Island Fernandina Island

Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)
We explore the coast by dinghy, seeking out wildlife like Galapagos fur seals, Nazca boobies, flightless cormorants, penguins, and marine iguanas. Back on board, we navigate along the Bolivar Channel.

Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)
Our visitor site of Punta Espinoza is an amazing combination of barren landscapes and abundant wildlife. Spot hawks, penguins, marine iguanas, and the flightless cormorant.

Day 5
Baltra Island Depart

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

**Ask us for other exciting itineraries on the Isabela II

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 Cabin on board, with ensuite
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
  • Included Copy 20 All meals onboard
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Guided excursions with top Naturalist guides
  • Included Copy 20 Presentations and talks hosted by Galapagos National Parkcertified naturalist guides
  • Included Copy 20 Snorkeling gear
  • Included Copy 20 Use of kayaks, glass bottom boat, dinghy rides
  • Included Copy 20 Onboard Medical Assistance*
  • Included Copy 20 Transfers airport/yacht/airport in Galapagos
  • Included Copy 20 Internet in common areas*
  • Included Copy 20 Carbon offsetting included
  • Included Copy 7 Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee & TCT USD$220 (Subject to change)
  • Included Copy 7 Return flights to the Galapagos
  • Included Copy 31 Wetsuit rental available

Isabela II

40 Passengers


  • Included Chances to see Galapagos penguins
  • Included Look out for Blue footed booby and Nazca Booby
  • Included Swimming and snorkelling in the amazing waters of the Galapagos!
  • Included Excursions by dinghy or glass-bottom boat
  • Included Photography opportunities - Bartolome - the view of Pinnacle Rock
  • Included Take a walk in the 100 year old lava fields and learn about the volcanic origin of the island.
  • Included Walk, hike or kayaking in the Galapagos
  • Included Bird watching - flamingos, Frigate birds, Galapagos hawks and more
  • Included Visit a Giant Tortoise Reserve and the Charles Darwin Research Station
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$4,514 USD

Per person, sharing

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