TOLL FREE
Ecuador Tours, Galapagos First Class Cruises, Galaxy II Eco Catamaran
Inquire now
Ecuador Tours, Galapagos First Class Cruises, Galaxy II Sundeck
Inquire now
Ecuador Tours, Galapagos First Class Cruises, Galaxy II Lounge
Inquire now
Ecuador Tours, Galapagos First Class Cruises, Galaxy II Dining Room
Inquire now
Ecuador Tours, Galapagos First Class Cruises, Galaxy II Activities
Inquire now

Galaxy II Catamaran - 7 Nights Itinerary

This first-class Galaxy II catamaran can accommodate 16 passengers in 8 attractive and comfortable double cabins. These guest rooms all have outside views and are furnished with lower twin and double beds. Each of these cabins has a private bathroom with hot & cold water, air conditioning, a hair dryer, a telephone for internal communications, a safety deposit box and a loud speaker. The Galaxy II Catamaran also offers a spacious sun deck with a great area for enjoying Galapagos landscapes, as well as an ample dining room, a bar and lounge. On this 8-day/7-night “Central-Western Route” of your Galapagos Islands cruise on board Galaxy II catamaran, you can snorkel with sea lions, discover unique endemic marine life in secluded bays, and hike over volcanic lava flows and witness stunning landscapes as this Galapagos Islands tour showcases one of Earth’s greatest displays of wildlife and landscapes. Also note that this catamaran was built based on ecological parameters aiming to reduce any negative environmental impact of tourism.

Testimonials

“Thanks for such a great experience in Brazil, Peru and Bolivia. If we visit those countries again, I will definitely choose your travel agency. Thank you again, and I hope you have a good time with your co-workers during Christmas week.”Shintaro Akada

Galaxy II Catamaran: Highlights

Galapagos Islands, Baltra, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago & Santa Cruz Islands

Galaxy II Catamaran: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Baltra Island: Airport – Board Yacht // Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station
Day 2: Isabela Island: Tintoreras – Tortoise Breeding Center – Wetlands – “Wall of Tears”
Day 3: Isabela Island: Elizabeth Bay – Urbina Bay
Day 4: Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point // Isabela Island: Punta Vicente Roca
Day 5: Santiago Island: Puerto Egas Beach // Rabida Island
Day 6: Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove – Bachas Beach
Day 7: Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay // Bartolome Island
Day 8: Santa Cruz Island: Highlands // Baltra Island: Airport
Galapagos Map

Galaxy II Catamaran: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday
Baltra Island: Airport – Board Yacht // Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station

AM: In the morning, you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil (on the Ecuadorian mainland) to Baltra Island, in the heart of the 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 vessel.

PM: This afternoon we will head for one of the most visited spots in the islands. Located on Santa Cruz Island, the Charles Darwin Research Station is primarily an international scientific research station situated on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora. You will be taken to its visitor center to learn about the geology, climate, natural history and the conservation of the Galapagos Islands. However, the highlight of your visit here will undoubtedly be the research facility’s Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center, which breeds giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles can live up to 150 years and weigh between 250 and 300 kg. Approaching them in their humid and forested spaces is always an inspiring adventure. For decades, the Fausto Center was home to “Lonesome George,” who finally died in 2012 as the last of his particular species. The tortoises you will see here are accustomed to humans, so it’s an excellent spot for visitors to take photographs with them. Remember that looking at the animals is allowed, but touching is not; and it’s absolutely forbidden to jump over the walls or open the pen doors at any time.

Read More
Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Sunday
Isabela Island: Tintoreras – Tortoise Breeding Center – Wetlands – “Wall of Tears”

AM: In the morning we will take 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. Later this same morning, we will hike through the wetlands of the island to a breeding station for giant tortoises. On the way, we will pass brackish water lagoons where flamingos can sometimes be seen. At the breeding station you can get up “close and personal” to some of the giant tortoise species from Isabela Island.

PM: After lunch, we will visit the wetlands of Isabela Island. With some luck, you will be able to see pink flamingos in the lagoons. We will also enter lava tunnels, which are quite popular among the marine iguanas here. Afterwards, we will drive to the “Wall of Tears,” one of the most touching human-built monuments in the Galapagos. This huge stone mound (8 meters high and around 200 meters long) was built in the 1940s and ‘50s by prisoners of a penal colony that operated here from 1946 to 1959. 

Read More
Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Monday
Isabela Island: Elizabeth Bay – Urbina Bay

AM: Today we will head to the mangrove area of Elizabeth Bay and visit the small islands offshore. You are likely to 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.

PM: After lunch, we will make a wet landing in 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 now covered with poison apple and muyuyo trees. You can also observe land iguanas and the rare Mangrove finch up close here. From January to June, land turtles occasionally visit the bay, descending from their higher mountain living environments. After a short walk inland, we will have some time for snorkeling, giving you yet another chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions and countless tropical fish.   

Read More
Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Tuesday
Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point // Isabela Island: Punta Vicente Roca

AM: Fernandina Island is not only the westernmost island, but also the youngest and most pristine island in the Galapagos. Huge fields of lava were created here by the La Cumbre Volcano’s 2005 eruption, which was followed on April 11, 2009 when the volcano flared up again, forming a cloud of ash and steam as hot lava flowed down the slopes of the volcano into the ocean. Nonetheless, an abundance of wildlife call this island home, including the famous Flightless cormorants, penguins, pelicans, marine iguanas and sea lions. You can also find mangroves on Fernandina Island, in addition to a great diversity of wildlife – such as orcas and whale sharks (which can sometimes be seen while snorkeling and when they surface).

PM: Located at the “mouth” of the head of the sea horse that 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.  

Read More
Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Wednesday
Santiago Island: Puerto Egas Beach // Rabida Island

AM: In the morning 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’s beach of black volcanic sand, visited by Darwin in 1835 and still 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 lobsters, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally Light-foot Crabs. Colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks are another highlight. 

PM: In the afternoon we will take a trip to the dark-rust-colored beach of the small, volcanic Rabida Island. A short path leads to a small lagoon that is popular among flamingos. This beach is one of the most beautiful snorkeling places in the Galapagos Islands and it has a great abundance of tropical fish and sea lions. Rábida Island is also the only site where Batfish live. 

Read More
Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Thursday
Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove – Bachas Beach

AM: This morning, we will visit Santa Cruz Island’s Black Turtle Cove, a nesting site for sea turtles, which peak their heads above the surface of the water while fish and other forms of marine life circle below.  With luck, the calm water will allow you to see different types of sharks (like the Whitetip reef shark) and schools of golden-colored Mustard rays. There are a number of mangrove forests here as well.

PM: This afternoon we will arrive on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island, where we will visit the long and sandy Bachas Beach, one of the most important nesting beaches for sea turtles. Here you can also find flamingos, Black-winged stilts, sea lions, herons, marine iguanas, and — with a little bit of luck — tiny Galapagos penguins. In addition, this beach is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles in the Galapagos. A female can lay eggs 3 or 4 times with an average of 70 eggs each, but they then spend 3 to 5 years without breeding. At this paradisiacal site, we will also find the remains of barges that sank long ago; these were once property of the United States Navy when they operated an airbase on Baltra Island during World War II. In fact, the beach got its name because the English word “barges” was hard to pronounce for the local people – hence “Bachas” Beach. You will also have the opportunity to swim on this soft white sand beach or explore the fascinating underwater by snorkeling.   

Read More
Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 7 - Friday
Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay // Bartolome Island

AM: In the morning 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 proceed to Sullivan Bay, located on the eastern coast of Santiago Island. Its lava field, covered with lava cactuses, has a variety of interesting patterns of important geologic interest, as you will be able to observe the contrasting lava landscapes from an older eruption and a newer one formed during the last quarter of the 19th century.  After exploring these lava flows, you can swim or snorkel with playful sea lions.

PM: Upon arriving on Bartolome Island, you will discover a fascinating moonscape formed by various volcanic formations — including lava bombs, spatter, 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 here 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, these are members of the 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, as the water here is generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life.   

Read More
Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 8 - Saturday
Santa Cruz Island: Highlands // Baltra Island: Airport

AM: In the morning we will 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 one can find two small agricultural communities that 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. At either site, approaching these enormous and slow-moving reptiles is always an inspiring adventure. The El Chato tortoise reserve was founded in 1964 to allow visitors 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 these tunnels. 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 view the ocean from this location in the Highlands, you can walk through a lava cave that was formed by a volcanic eruption.  

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 your last look back at the “enchanted islands,” a unique paradise with inspiring natural wonders.

Read More
Breakfast

Galaxy II Catamaran: Prices

2018 - Price per person
RoomUpper Deck / Main Deck
8 DaysUS$ 4,969
Included in the price:
  • A cruise on board the Galaxy II
  • accommodations in a double cabin with private facilities
  • all meals indicated in the itinerary
  • all transfers in the Galapagos Islands
  • services of an English/Spanish-speaking level II naturalist guide on daily excursions and during briefings
  • use of snorkeling equipment and kayaks
  • free coffee
  • tea and purified drinking water.
Not included in the price:
  • Flights to/from the Galapagos Islands
  • entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100 USD per adult)
  • transit control card ($20 USD per person)
  • soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, single cabin supplement
  • tips and gratuities
  • personal items
  • travel/medical insurance
  • services not indicated in the itinerary. (An Isabela Island dock tax applies in itineraries B and D)
Check Availability
Client testimonials
Testimonials
Contact Us
Preferred method of contact:
Please complete all required fields
Please enter a valid email
Email and confirmation Email doesnt match
There was an error sending the form, please try again!
Send
Top
Contact Us
X
Preferred method of contact
Please complete all required fields
Please enter a valid email
Email and confirmation Email doesnt match
There was an error sending the form, please try again!
Send
Call Back
X
Please complete all required fields
Please enter a valid email
Email and confirmation Email doesnt match
There was an error sending the form, please try again!
Send
Chat With Us
X