The Charm of the Western Islands Yacht Venture

Are you looking to explore the incredible wonders of Fernandina and Isabela?
Day 1: San Cristobal Island: Breeding Center

Your friendly guides will meet you at customs when you arrive from the Mainland to start your amazing Galapagos adventure.

Center for Breeding

This is the latest visitor site on San Cristobal Island. It's located one hour from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. You can observe the hatchling turtles at this Breeding Center from their birth to 120 days old, when they are released into their natural habitat.

Day 2: Santa Fe Island & Plazas Island

Santa Fe Island

Santa Fe (Barrington), is the home of the tiny bay on the island’s northeast coast. It has two visitor trails. One leads to a viewpoint high above a cliff and the other takes you from a small beach to tall prickly pear forest. You can see the colonies of Land Iguanas.

Plazas Island

This tiny island is surrounded by Opuntia Cacti. It was created by rising lava. This island is home to the largest Galapagos Sea-Lion colony and colorful red Land-Iguanas. Its color changes from a greenish-yellowish tone in the rainy season to a bright red during the dry season (end June through January).

Day 3: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station & Twin Craters

Charles Darwin Station

Turtles are found at the World-famous Research Station, which is home to turtles from 3 inches (new hatchlings), to 4 feet (older adults). While different species of turtles interact, the older turtles get to know each other and are happy to pose for photos with visitors. They are kept until the babies reach about four years of age and are strong enough to live on their own.

Twin Craters

Spanish for "Los Gemelos", they are opposite one another on the road that runs from Puerto Ayora, to Baltra. These formations are not real craters. They were formed by the collapse of underground material in underground fissures or chambers. These views are simply breathtaking.

Day 4: Isabela Island: Sierra Negra Volcano & The Wetlands

Sierra Negra Volcano

The Sierra Negra Volcano is home to the largest basaltic caldera of Galapagos, measuring 9 by 10 km in width. The stunning views are breathtaking and you can see seven species of finch. There is also a lot of vegetation. Evidence of volcanic activity can be seen on the caldera's north side, which was formed in 2005.

The Wetlands

The Wetlands on Isabela Island can be found near Puerto Villamil. These wetlands are made up of mangroves, swamps, and lagoons that support a wide range of bird species, including white-cheeked pintails and common stilts.

Day 5: Isabela Island: Moreno Point & Tagus Cove

Moreno Point

It is located on the west coast, near Elizabeth Bay. A dinghy ride along striking rocky shores, or a hike through lava rock leading towards tide pools and mangroves will bring you a wealth of birdwatching opportunities. White-tip sharks as well as green sea turtles are common in the tide pools.

Tagus Cove

It is located across from Fernandina island, near the Bolivar Channel that divides the two islands. Since the 1800's, ships have used this spot as an anchorage point. Amazing views can be seen from trails that wind by Lake Darwin to the top of a ridge. Endemis Penguins and Flightless Cormorants can be seen.

Day 6: Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point & Isabela Island: Vicente Roca Point

Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point

Fernandina Island has been home to no foreign species. It is therefore one of the most beautiful island ecosystems in the world. The landscape is dominated by the volcano "La Cumbre", which has lava fields that reach the ocean. The Endemic Flightless Cormorant nesting at their nesting spot is the island's main feature. This area offers a wonderful opportunity to view the Galapagos Hawk as well as colonies of Marine Iguanas.

Isabela Island: Vicente Roca Point

This large bay is located on the island's north coast and is made up of two distinct coves. It has spectacular sea life, including turtles, seahorses and puffer fish. You may also see the fascinating Mola mola (sunfish), here. This bay is ideal for snorkeling and diving.

Day 7: Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach & Bartolome Island

Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach

Espumilla Beach is home to many marine iguanas as well as Sally-Lightfoot and Sally-Lightfoot crayfish. These crabs are attracted by hunting herons, who perform the dance of prey and predator. This location is home to a variety of marine life, including Sharks, Octopi and Moray eels. It's a great spot for snorkeling.

Bartolome Island

Bartolome, the extinct volcano that is home to the Pinnacle Rock, has a wide variety of volcanic formations, including red, orange and black. The summit of the volcano is reached via a trail of stairs that offers one of the most spectacular views of the islands. This beach is ideal for snorkeling, where you can spot the Galapagos Penguin and Reef-sharks. There are also hundreds of colorful fish.

Day 8: North Seymour Island

On North Seymour Island, you will find magnificent frigate-birds as well as Sea-lions and Marine Iguanas. Submarine lava and sediment layers formed the island. These layers were lifted by tectonic activity. It is known for its dry vegetation zone.

After your morning excursion, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to the mainland.


  • All programed visits as per itinerary with specialized naturalist bilingual guide
  • Accommodation in twin/double cabin with private facilities
  • All meals on board, drinking purified water, coffee and tea
  • Snorkeling equipment (fins, mask & snorkel) wet-suits & sea-kayaks
  • Transfers within the islands on cruise dates as per itinerary
  • Personalized 24/7 assistance during tour.

Not Included

  • Airfare to/from Galapagos from/to Mainland Ecuador (to be added)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee US$100 per person (in cash only upon arrival)
  • Galapagos Migration Card US$20 in cash per person (at Mainland’s Airport)
  • Alcoholic/soft drinks, personal expenses, extras, and tips
  • Travel, medical & cancelation insurance and any services on mainland
  • International Flights to Ecuador
  • Other services not specified in the program


  • Large and bright colored Land Iguanas at Santa Fe and Plaza.
  • Walk around endangered Giant Tortoises at semi-wild state
  • Swim with playful and curious Sea-Lions while enjoying the Marine Life of the Islands
  • Encounter with the Flightless Cormorant at Fernandina
  • Learn about evolution on every visitor´s site in your cruise
  • Relax at the yacht’s Sun deck with your favorite drink while the sea breeze soothes your senses while sailing in this enchanted paradise