• Photo by Carlos Julio Gonzalez

  • Isabela II Classic Cabin

  • Isabela II Classic Cabins open to the ship exterior. Photo by Ramiro Salazar

  • Isabela II Classic Cabin

  • Isabela II Standard Cabin. Photo by Ramiro Salazar

  • A standard bathroom aboard Isabela II. Photo by Ramiro Salizar

  • Isabela has ample outdoor seating for dining. Photo by Ramiro Salazar

  • Al fresco dining is available aboard Isabela II

  • The Isabela II dining room accommodates all passengers in a single seating.

  • Most meals aboard Isabela II are served buffet style.

  • The bar and lounge aboard Isabela II

  • The comfortable lounge with view windows

  • A library on board features chess, games and plenty of Galapagos books.

  • There is a small business center aboard Isabela II.

  • A gift shop aboard Isabela II has books, jewelry, shirts and other gifts.

  • Fitness with a view aboard Isabela II. Photo by Ramiro Salazar

  • Isabela II's Jacuzzi plus cocktails equals tropical paradise.

  • Isabela II carries kayaks aboard for further up-close island exploration.

  • Isabela II guests enjoy the stunning sunset at Kicker Rock off San Cristobal Island.

  • Galapagos marine iguanas and the Isabela II. Photo by Carlos Julio Gonzalez

  • Isabela II guests greet a sea lion, with their ship at anchor in the background.

Isabela II

40 guests

Year Built: 1979

Refurbished: 2006

27 crew members

Length: 166 feet

Beam: 38 feet

Cruising Speed: 10 knots

The 40-passenger Yacht Isabela II is one of the most luxurious yachts cruising the Galapagos, and offers an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere for experiencing the full adventure of the Galapagos Islands. The Yacht Isabella II offers the efficiency and intimacy of a smaller yacht yet retains the luxury and amenities of a small ship cruise.

Three naturalists point out finches, boobies, sea lions, tortoise and more. On board are comfortable cabins, fine dining, sundeck bar, Jacuzzi and snorkeling and a glass-bottom boat. The yacht Isabela II is fully air conditioned; all cabins are spacious and have private bathrooms. Its three public decks offer the amenities of a larger vessel, including bar-salon, dining room and sun deck. The library contains a variety of books on Galapagos and Ecuador, as well as excellent nature and conservation videos. From dining room to stateroom, one senses the superior quality at all levels of service.

Isabella II Review

At 40 guests, the Isabella II offers the space and ammenities of a large ship combined with the intimacy and efficiency of a small yacht. She is known for an experienced staff and delicious cuisine. 

A winter 2012 interior refinish gave the Isabela II a stylish new look across her main deck. Renowned Ecuadorian designer Diego Arteta, who also decorated Casa Gangotena and Mashpi Lodge, led the design refresh, which included new fabrics throughout the bar, lounge and dining room, new carpet, a resized business center with a desk and two shared computers and enhanced lighting. 

Meals Aboard Isabella II

Yacht Isabela II's trained chefs prepare a superb a-la-carte selection of meals. Its helpful, warm staff attends to your every need. The sun deck is comprised of a bar with ample outdoor seating, an observation area for whale and dolphin watching, a Jacuzzi and solarium. In addition to the main dining room, the Yacht Isabela II serves meals on deck when weather conditions and navigation allows it. The great scenery that Galápagos offers, makes al fresco dining very attractive.  

Activities Aboard Isabella II

The Yacht Isabela II now has an air conditioned, indoor gym with glass panels on the Boat Deck, open 24 hours, with three POLAR-brand machines including: Treadmill 91Ti, Cross-Trainer 91Xi Total-Body, Lifecycle® Bike 90C Uprigh. The Yacht Isabela II  is equipped with satellite internet. Two computers are located in the natural history library (Main Deck) or wireless service is available for an additional fee.But the main attractions are off-the-boat activities:  

Sea Kayaking

There are four double ocean kayaks aboard the Yacht Isabela II. Kayaking is an optional activity in addition to the regular program. Each kayak outing is approximately 30 minutes in the waters off Floreana, Tower and Isabela Islands.


There are many opportunities for snorkeling during the Yacht Isabela II expedition.  During the cooler months of May through December travelers may wish to use one of the 75 shortie wet suits (3mm or 1/8 inch) available in different sizes, for men, women and children. Use of the wet suites is included in the price of the cruise, however damaged or lost wet suits will be added to the guest’s shipboard account. As an alternative to snorkeling, the glass-bottom boat offers another opportunity to observe the marine life.

Cabins Aboard Isabella II

Master Suite

170 square feet, double bed view window, private bath, opens to interior passageway on Main Deck. Cabin number 22. 

Classic Cabins

140 square feet, two twin beds or double bed plus small sofa-bed that can accommodate a child for triple use, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck.  Cabin numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.

Standard Cabins

128 square feet, double bed for double or single, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 11, 12.