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Anahi Catamaran 7-Night Itinerary A

Imagine feeling the cool Galapagos waters as you swim with penguins at the equator and through your snorkeling mask see playful sea lions, manta rays and numerous species of colorful fish. And on your daily land excursions, Giant Galapagos tortoises, Blue-footed boobies, and dragon-like iguanas are just some of the fascinating wildlife that you will be treated to on this wonderful 8-day/7-night Galapagos cruise through the western islands of the archipelago. Sailing onboard the 16-passenger Anahi motor vessel, your adventure will take you to explore the very best on land and in the water, as experienced guides and knowledgeable naturalists will keep you informed every step of the way. Visiting points as diverse as the “Wall of Tears,” Chinese Hat Island and the Sierra Negra Volcano, your appreciation of the wonders of the world will be transformed on this amazing Galapagos Islands tour.


“We had an absolutely amazing trip! Surtrek coordinated a Galapagos Cruise on the Natural Paradise yacht and then a stay at the Napo Wildlife Center. Everything was beyond our expectations!! I highly recommend Surtrek.”Janda Terese Stevens


Galapagos Islands, Isabela (Tagus Cove), Fernandina, North Seymour, Santa Cruz (Tortoise Reserve) & Bartolome (Pinnacle Rock).

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Baltra Island: Airport – Transfer to Puerto Ayora – Boarding M/C Anahi // Santa Cruz Island: Highlands
Day 2: Isabela Island: Tintoreras OR Sierra Negra Volcano – Wetlands – Tortoise Breeding Center
Day 3: Isabela Island: Moreno Point – Elizabeth Bay
Day 4: Isabela Island: Urbina Bay – Tagus Cove
Day 5: Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point // Isabela Island: Punta Vicente Roca
Day 6: Santiago Island: Puerto Egas Beach // Rabida Island
Day 7: Chinese Hat Island // Bartolome Island
Day 8: North Seymour Island // Baltra Island: Airport
Galapagos Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday
Baltra Island: Airport – Transfer to Puerto Ayora – Boarding M/C Anahi // Santa Cruz Island: Highlands

AM: In the morning, you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil (on the Ecuadorian mainland) to Baltra Island, in the heart of Galapagos archipelago and the main point of entrance to this natural paradise. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will need to pay the national park entry fee, which goes to protecting both the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve.   A member of the ship's crew will welcome you and accompany you to your catamaran: the M/C Anahi.

PM: After lunch on board the catamaran, we will then visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island, where the lush landscape is a welcome contrast to the arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands. On the way, we will cross through different vegetation zones – from the dry lower region full of cactuses to the scalesia woods in the Highlands.  There are two small agricultural communities here which grow the famous organic Galapagos coffee. While in the Highlands you will have the option of visiting one of two tortoise breeding centers: El Chato or Rancho Las Primicias. Approaching these enormous and slow-moving reptiles at either site is always an inspiring adventure. The El Chato tortoise reserve was founded in 1964 to observe the island’s huge Galapagos turtles and White herons in their natural habitat. You will also be able to walk through nearby underground lava tunnels formed during volcanic eruptions. As the outside of the lava hardened, the inside continued to flow to the ocean, creating this tunnel. Alternatively, Rancho Primicias is a great place to see about ten to fifteen Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild. In addition to being able to see the ocean from this location in the Highlands, you will be able to walk through a lava cave that was formed by a volcanic eruption.       

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Saturday
Isabela Island: Tintoreras OR Sierra Negra Volcano – Wetlands – Tortoise Breeding Center

AM: This morning will take us to the largest landmass in the Galapagos archipelago: Isabela Island. With a surface of 1,770 sq. miles (4,588 sq. km.), the island constitutes more than the half of the land area of the entire Galapagos archipelago – which is why it has the most visitor points in the islands. Five volcanoes are found on Isabela, including the archipelago’s highest: Wolf Volcano, reaching 1,707 m (5,600 ft.). In addition, Isabela is the only island in the Galapagos that is actually crossed by the Equator. We will begin the day with a short boat trip across the harbor of Isabela Island. After passing sea lions and pelicans that bathe in the sun on the fishing boats there, we will reach the small island of Tintoreras, where we will take an easy walk through the bizarre lava landscape with its huge colonies of marine iguanas. A colony of sea lions is also located here and it’s common to see Whitetip reef sharks resting in the water near the shore. These sharks are called “tintoreras” in Spanish, giving the island its name.

Alternatively, we will drive to the highlands of Isabela Island and start hiking up to the edge of the Sierra Negra Volcano’s crater. The volcano — reaching a height of around 1,500 meters and having an outer diameter of approximately nine kilometers (over 5 miles) — is the second largest caldera in the world. We will hike along the cone to a resting place in the northeast.  From the Sierra Negra Volcano, you will be able to see the Chico Volcano, which is about 90 minutes away on foot and known for its moon-like volcanic lava landscape. 

PM: This afternoon we will hike through the wetlands of the island to a breeding station for giant tortoises, the Centro de Crianza. On the way, we will pass brackish water lakes where you can sometimes see flamingos. At the breeding station, you can get up close and personal to some of the giant tortoise species from Isabela Island.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Sunday
Isabela Island: Moreno Point – Elizabeth Bay

AM:  We will start the day with a visit to Moreno Point, a young volcanic landscape with numerous fresh-water pools and lagoons. You will be able to see flamingos, Bahama ducks and other birds here.

PM: Later in the day, we will head to the mangrove area of Elizabeth Bay and visit the small islands offshore. You can see dwarf penguins as well as schools of manta rays, turtles and other giants of the ocean – possibly even surfacing whale sharks. The mangrove woods are also home to various species of seabirds and herons.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Monday
Isabela Island: Urbina Bay – Tagus Cove

AM: After breakfast on board the Anahi, we will make a wet landing from Urbina Bay.  Coral reefs are visible here as a result of an especially violent eruption of the Alcedo Volcano in 1954, when large sections of Isabela Island’s coast were suddenly raised about four meters. These reefs are covered with poison apple and muyuyo trees. You can also observe land iguanas and the rare mangrove finch up close. From January to June, land turtles occasionally visit the bay from their higher mountain living environments. After a short walk inland, snorkeling time is allotted, giving you yet another chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish.

PM: Following lunch on board the catamaran, we will make a dry landing in the notorious Tagus Cove, which was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers, and whalers.  Still exiting here is some graffiti that is believed to have been left by19th-century pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past. Around the deep blue bay you can observe a large number of Blue-footed boobies perched on the ledges of the cliffs, as well as marine iguanas, brown pelicans, brown noddy terns, swallow-tailed gulls and tiny Galapagos penguins (members of the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the equator). A steep trail passes through an area of dry vegetation and volcanic landscapes with scalesia woods and cactuses.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Tuesday
Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point // Isabela Island: Punta Vicente Roca

AM: Today we will make a dry landing on Espinoza Point, one of Fernandina Island’s visitor points. It is filled with fascinating scenery, such as lava cactuses and mangroves growing on the surface of the lava. One gets a sense of how life fought to begin when seeing these plants emerging from crevices in this barren landscape. Within this unique scenery, you will encounter numerous animals; the highlights being sea lions, Galapagos penguins, Flightless cormorants (especially in the spring and summer), and one of the largest iguana colonies in the Galapagos Islands.  On this small strip of land that constitutes Espinoza Point, you can find literally thousands of marine iguanas, which gather in large groups.

PM: Located at the “mouth” of the head of the seahorse which forms the northern part of Isabela Island is Punta Vicente Roca, an interesting rock formation. Here, the remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay that’s well-protected from the ocean swells. With a bit of luck, you can see Galapagos penguins, while Masked- and Blue-footed boobies, as well as pelicans, sit perched along the point and its sheer cliffs, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline. The upwelling of currents of cool water in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life, which makes Punta Vicente Roca a great area for deep-water snorkeling.    

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Wednesday
Santiago Island: Puerto Egas Beach // Rabida Island

AM: We will land on the fourth largest island in the Galapagos: Santiago Island, also known as “James Island” or “San Salvador Island.” The old rusted machines and run-down buildings of former salt mine workers are still apparent on the island, though the last attempts to populate Santiago Island were given up on forty years ago. We will make a wet landing onto Puerto Egas’ beach of black volcanic sand, visited by Darwin in 1835 and maintaining an abundance of marine iguanas. After a short walk of about 2 km along the coast, we will reach the rugged lava coastline of James Bay. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds, including the bizarre Yellow-crowned night heron and an astounding array of marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks are also a highlight. 

PM: Next, after lunch, we will visit the red-colored beach on the eastern coast of Rabida Island.  Dark-red sand covers this unique beach, creating an incredible landscape. This red color is due to the very porous volcanic materials, which – with the help of environmental factors like rain, salt water, and sea breeze – have acted as oxidizing agents. Other attractions vegetation in this arid zone and the presence of native and endemic species of wildlife. The beach area is open, but don’t get too close when the pelicans are nesting or disturb the sea lions. It is best to keep quiet and avoid any sudden or rapid movements since the flamingoes can be frightened off easily.  

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 7 - Thursday
Chinese Hat Island // Bartolome Island

AM: We will make a wet landing on Chinese Hat Island, located southeast of Santiago Island. Its name describes the shape of the island, which you will be able to discern from a distance.  This island’s landscapes are dominated by volcanic formations and very fragile lava tubes.  Because of this, it is very important to stay on the paths. You will encounter a small colony of sea lions and then proceed to hike through this dark, unyielding island of solid rock.

PM: Upon arriving on Bartolome Island, you will discover a fascinating moonscape formed by various volcanic formations — lava bombs, spatters, cinder cones — as we hike to the island’s summit for striking views of the surrounding islands,  Sullivan Bay and the towering Pinnacle Rock. As the beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock boast some of the finest snorkeling in the islands, you can discover a marvelous underwater world there and have a good chance of finding sea turtles gliding gently alongside you. On the rocks beneath Pinnacle Rock, it’s quite possible to spot some of the quick-as-an-arrow Galapagos penguins. At around 25 centimeters tall, this is second smallest species of penguin in the world.  Likewise, you’re likely to see harmless Whitetip reef sharks sunning in these waters. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best of snorkeling experiences; the water here is generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 8 - Friday
North Seymour Island // Baltra Island: Airport

AM: After a dry landing on North Seymour Island, we will take a short walk along the coast. You will encounter Swallow-tailed gulls, sea lions, and Cliff crabs. This part of Seymour Island is also known for being a major nesting site for Blue-footed boobies and one of the largest colonies of Magnificent frigatebirds, a species different from the Great frigatebird. We can also spot both of the endemic species of iguanas: marine iguanas and land iguanas. You will enjoy this relaxing hike around the nesting sites.

Concluding this amazing experience in the Galapagos Islands, you will be transferred to the Baltra Island airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland. Enjoy the last look back at the “enchanted islands,” a unique paradise with inspiring natural wonders. 

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2024 - Price per person
RoomCharterStandar Main DeckSuite Upper Deck
8 DaysUS$ 94,994 PPUS$ 6,195 PPUS$ 6,563 PP
Price per person
RoomCharterStandar Main DeckSuite Upper Deck
8 DaysUS$ 94,994 PPUS$ 6,195 PPUS$ 6,563 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
Included in the price:
  • Accommodations in double occupancy
  • All meals while onboard, as well as non-alcoholic beverages (water, coffee, tea)
  • All excursions as noted in the programs
  • Transfers (in Galapagos) to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights
  • Services of an English-speaking Naturalist Guide (Galapagos National Park Certified)


Not included in the price:
  • Guide and crew gratuities
  • Galapagos air tickets
  • Galapagos entrance fees
  • Wetsuits
  • Transit Control Card
  • Personal travel/medical  insurance
  • Any possible fuel surcharge &/or increases in National Park or other entrance fees
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“We loved the Galapagos Islands. Both of our hotels on Santa Cruz and Isabella islands were excellent. Our tour guides were knowledgeable and directed us to the most interesting sights and wildlife. Thanks Surtrek for organizing an excellent trip.”Catherine Anne Woodruff