Aerial view of Beluga cruising by Kicker Rock in the Galapagos.
two boobies with white and grey feathers stand on rocks next to the ocean at the galapagos islands
a sea lion plays in the surf and the white sand beach at the galapagos islands
flamingos stand in still water at the galapagos islands
at isabela island, darwin crater lake is nestled among green hills at the galapagos
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South America Galapagos Islands Cruise

Beluga Galapagos Cruises

Cruise the Galapagos Islands aboard the intimate and affordable Motor Yacht Beluga. The 16-guest Beluga features comfortable double cabins each with private bath and air conditioning. The Beluga is outfitted exclusively for the Galapagos Islands and has been awarded the Smart Voyager certification for adhering to conservation standards. Beluga also complies with all international maritime regulations and is SOLAS certified. A Galapagos cruise aboard the Beluga is an exceptional value for families, small groups and charters. 

The Beluga operates two 8-day Galapagos cruise itineraries, which can be combined to create an all-encompassing 15-day cruise, or shortened to a 6-day portion of each 8-day. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for more details.

The 8-day Fernandina itinerary explores the western Galapagos islands. Highlights include visiting the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island and spotting flamingos in mangrove lagoons; walking along beautiful beaches, nearby a volcano, seeing abundant birds, sea lions, marine iguanas, land iguanas, Galapagos penguins, sea turtles and more on Isabela; and witnessing the impressive marine iguana colony on Fernandina. Guests may also book the 6-day Isabela itinerary that follows days 3-8 of the 8-day Fernandina itinerary.

The 8-day Tower itinerary focuses on the southern, central and northern Galapagos islands. Highlights include visits to Dragon Hill, Santa Fe and South Plazas; up-close encounters with land and marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins and perhaps the rare short-eared owls on Genovesa; walks along the white-sand beaches and a lagoon visit on San Cristobal; snorkeling with sea lions, viewing the blowhole and searching for waved albatross (April-December) on Espanola. Guests may also book the 6-day Hood itinerary that follows days 3-8 of the 8-day Tower itinerary.

Each itinerary aboard the Beluga is a treat, with wonderful wildlife viewing and exciting landing sites. Or make your own itinerary by booking the 16-guest Beluga for one of our private Galapagos yacht charters, to take in the magic of the enchanted archipelago with your own group.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Galapagos cruises.



Itinerary

8-Day Tower Itinerary

This 8-day round-trip Baltra cruise visits the islands of Santa Cruz, South Plaza, Santa Fe, San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Santiago and Genovesa (also known as Tower). Explore the northern, central, and southern Galapagos Islands, known for their unique birdlife and geology.

Route map of Beluga Galapagos small ship cruise 8-day Tower itinerary, visiting Baltra, Santa Cruz, South Plaza, Santa Fe, San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Santiago and Genovesa.
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Day 1
WED - Embark Baltra to Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz)

Upon arrival in Baltra meet the expedition leader and begin the day’s activities. At the Highlands of Santa Cruz, Galapagos giant tortoises can be seen in the wild. Visit the Charles Darwin Station, a research facility and National Park Information center. The Charles Darwin Station has a giant tortoise and land iguana breeding program and interpretation center. Embark the Beluga.

Accommodations

Beluga

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
THU - South Plaza & Santa Fe

The Plazas consists of two very small islands that were uplifted from the sea, separated by a channel. Only South Plaza has a visitor site. The highlights include tall opuntia cactus, land and marine iguanas, rocky oceanview cliffs that are a nesting site for red-billed tropic birds and gulls and a sea lion bachelor colony. Santa Fe is a smaller island of nine square miles. The visitor site at Santa Fe is located on the northeast end of the island. Highlights include Santa Fe land iguanas, a pelican nesting site, sea lion colony, mockingbirds and palo santo trees.

Accommodations

Beluga

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
FRI - La Galapaguera & El Junco (San Cristobal)

Today, head to La Galapaguera and El Junco. The lagoon is the only fresh water reservoir in Galapagos and has great views from its altitude of 2300 feet in the highlands of San Cristóbal. Rainwater has collected in the caldera for hundreds of years and formed this lagoon. Galapaguera is a good area to see tortoises in their natural environment.

Accommodations

Beluga

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
SAT - Gardner Bay, Gardner & Osborn Islets, Punta Suarez (Espanola)

Española is the oldest of the Southern Islands and is the southernmost in the archipelago. Because of its remote location, a unique range of endemic species evolved here. Located on the northeast of the island, Gardner Bay has a long and beautiful white-sand beach inhabited by sea lion colonies. Gardner and Osborn Islets are snorkeling sites where visitors will see an abundance of tropical fish, reef sharks and turtles. The wildlife at Punta Suarez is plentiful and varied. Along the cliff, enjoy the blowhole where seawater is forced about 65 feet into the air. The highlights are the waved albatross (April-Dec) that are only found on Hood, Galapagos hawks, blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies and Española lava lizards.

Accommodations

Beluga

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
SUN - Punta Cormorant, Devil's Crown & Post Office Bay (Floreana)

Floreana is best known for its colorful history of buccaneers, whalers, convicts and early colonists. Punta Cormorant has two contrasting beaches and a large inland lagoon where pink flamingoes can be seen. Devil’s Crown is a snorkeling site located just off Punta Cormorant. The site is a completely submerged volcano that has eroded to create the appearance of a jagged crown. Post office bay is one of the few sites visited for its human history. Visit the wooden mail barrel where letters are dropped off and picked up, and remains of the Norwegian fishing village.

Accommodations

Beluga

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
MON - Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) & Sullivan Bay (Santiago)

Dragon Hill is located on the northwestern side of Santa Cruz Island. Some highlights include small lagoons with flamingos, palo santo trees and opuntia cactus. Santiago Island is located between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands. This Island offers a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas and fur seals. Sullivan Bay is of great geological interest. Highlights include the 100-year-old lava flow field, pahoehoe formations and lava bubbles.

Accommodations

Beluga

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
TUE - El Barranco & Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

Genovesa is an eroded flat volcanic island, with a natural harbor, which is actually the submerged caldera of this volcanic island. At El Barranco there is a good possibility of seeing the unique short-eared owl. During the panga rides along the cliffs, fur seals and several species of seabirds can be spotted. The steep cliffs of Darwin Bay dominate the island. This area is home to thousands of frigate birds, red-footed boobies, Noddy terns, lava gulls, tropicbirds, doves, storm petrels and Darwin’s finches.

Accommodations

Beluga

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
WED - Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz) & Disembark Baltra

Turtle Cove is a red mangrove lagoon on Santa Cruz and a perfect example of how mangroves alter the marine environment to create a rich and unique habitat. After this visit, disembark on Baltra Island and take the return flight from the Galapagos Islands.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Double accommodation in cabins; meals; excursions led by professional naturalist guides; use of snorkeling equipment, wetsuits and kayaks; all transportation between visitor sites and yacht; welcome cocktail.

Exclusions

International airfare; airfare on group flights between mainland Ecuador and Galapagos Islands (handling fee of $50 per person for tickets not issued in conjunction with this cruise); Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US $100 cash per adult, $50 for children under 12 years old); INGALA Transit Control Card (US $20 per person); bottled beverages on board; gratuities; other personal expenses, medical services or insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 61 days – 50% of deposit (10% of total trip cost)
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am-11:00am on day 1 and return between 2:00pm-6:00pm on the final day of the itinerary. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to hike, kayak, swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee (see Inclusions and Exclusions), and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (dinghies). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, a Roommate Share Program will guarantee double occupancy rates for boat cabins even if we are unable to match you with a roommate.

Families & Children

Children under 12 years old receive a 25% discount when traveling with 1 adult. One child per adult at discounted rate. Not applicable over Christmas and New Year’s departures. There is no minimum age for children.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Note that Galapagos Province requires foreign travelers to show proof of medical insurance coverage for entry. If you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands, confirm with your travel insurance provider that your policy contains medical coverage to meet this entry requirement.  Be certain to bring your insurance plan ID documents with you when you travel.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

8-Day Fernandina Itinerary

This 8-day round-trip Baltra cruise visits the islands of Santa Cruz, Chinese Hat, Rabida, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, Bartolome and North Seymour. Explore the central and western Galapagos Islands, known for their young, active geology and exciting human history.

Route map of Beluga Galapagos small ship cruise 8-day Fernandina itinerary visiting the islands of Baltra, Santa Cruz, Chinese Hat, Rabida, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, Bartolome and North Seymour.
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Day 1
WED - Embark Baltra to Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz)

Upon arrival at the Baltra airport, meet the expedition staff and transfer to the Beluga. After briefing and lunch, begin the first island visit with a tour of the Santa Cruz Highlands and be delighted by the island’s variety of life and geology. Next take a 10-minute walk from Puerto Ayora’s town center to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Here, learn about natural history of the Galapagos, issues concerning the islands and see the tortoise breeding and rearing project at work.

Accommodations

Beluga

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
THU - Sombrero Chino & Rabida

Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat) is a small volcanic island just off the southeast tip of Santiago. The name of the island describes the shape of the island. Fauna includes Sea lions, marine iguanas and the Galapagos penguin. Rabida is a small island with a dark red coral sand beach. Highlights include the lagoon with flamingoes, a pelican nesting site, sea lion bachelor colony and a snorkeling site at the end of the beach.

Accommodations

Beluga

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
FRI - Sierra Negra & Puerto Villamil (Isabela)

Today’s visit is to Isabela, the largest of the Galapagos Islands formed by five active volcanoes fused together. Begin at Sierra Negra Volcano. This volcano, with its caldera diameter of 6.2 miles, is the largest in the Galapagos and the second largest in the world. View recent lava flows, moist highland vegetation and parasitic cones during the hike. Early morning snorkeling at Tintoeras may also be available if conditions permit.

Later explore Puerto Villamil, a small peaceful town with a laid-back atmosphere known as the main settlement area on Isabela. The white-sand beaches and flamingo lagoons near Villamil are home to the best migratory bird viewing in the Galapagos. Villamil is also home to a tortoise breeding center. Spot several species of Isabela tortoises next to each other and observe the way each evolved differently depending on their environment.

Accommodations

Beluga

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
SAT - Elizabeth Bay & Punta Moreno (Isabela)

Elizabeth Bay is only accessible by dinghy. It is possible to see penguins on the small islets in the bay. The end of the bay is long and narrow, surrounded by three species of mangroves. Galapagos sea turtles and rays can usually be seen in the water. Punta Moreno is located in the central southwestern coast of Isabela Island. The site has spectacular views of volcanoes Alcedo, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul. Some highlights include impressive lava flows, desolate and pristine landscape, and varied and unusual arid zone vegetation.

Accommodations

Beluga

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
SUN - Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove (Isabela)

Urbina Bay is located at the central-west coast of Isabela Island, at the foothills of Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes. Highlights here include the colorful land iguanas, Galapagos giant tortoises and the coral uplifting from 1954. Tagus Cove is a natural harbor where centuries ago whalers and pirates left their ship’s names painted or carved on the rocks. A walk uphill to the Darwin’s Crater salt-water lake will provide an excellent view.

Accommodations

Beluga

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
MON - Punta Espinosa (Fernandina) & Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela)

Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island is a place famous for its large colonies of marine iguanas and as the habitat of unique species like the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk and Galapagos snake, among others. Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island is visited by panga rides along the cliffs or the partially sunken cave at the water’s edge. Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline.

Accommodations

Beluga

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
TUE - Playa Espumilla & Buccaneers Cove (Santiago), Bartolome

Santiago Island is located between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands. This Island offers a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas and fur seals. Espumilla Beach has a beautiful contrast between the golden beach and the green mangroves. It is also a great site to see flamingos, pintail ducks, green sea turtle nests and the Galapagos hawk. It is also a good site to go for a cool-off swim or a snorkel. Buccaneers Cove was Charles Darwin’s home for nine days, as well as a resting site for many whalers and pirates. With this rich history, Buccaneers Cove is a must see. Enjoy a panga ride or snorkel looking for Galapagos fur seals, brown noddies, pelicans and swallow-tailed gulls. Hike to the highest point on Bartolome Island for a spectacular view. Sea lions and penguins can be seen around Pinnacle Rock. There is a sandy beach with great swimming and snorkeling.

Accommodations

Beluga

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
WED - North Seymour & Disembark Baltra

The flat piece of land that is North Seymour Island originated after an uplifting event thousands of years ago. The island is home to endemic palo santo trees, colonies of blue-footed boobies, swallow tailed gulls and the magnificent frigate birds. After this final visit, disembark on Baltra and make the return flight from the Galapagos Islands.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Double accommodation in cabins; meals; excursions led by professional naturalist guides; use of snorkeling equipment, wetsuits and kayaks; all transportation between visitor sites and yacht; welcome cocktail.

Exclusions

International airfare; airfare on group flights between mainland Ecuador and Galapagos Islands (handling fee of $50 per person for tickets not issued in conjunction with this cruise); Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US $100 cash per adult, $50 for children under 12 years old); INGALA Transit Control Card (US $20 per person); Isabela Municipal dock fee (US $10 per person); bottled beverages on board; gratuities; other personal expenses, medical services or insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 61 days – 50% of deposit (10% of total trip cost)
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am-11:00am on day 1 and return between 2:00pm-6:00pm on the final day of the itinerary. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to hike, kayak, swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee (see Inclusions and Exclusions), and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (dinghies). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, a Roommate Share Program will guarantee double occupancy rates for boat cabins even if we are unable to match you with a roommate.

Families & Children

Children under 12 years old receive a 25% discount when traveling with 1 adult. One child per adult at discounted rate. Not applicable over Christmas and New Year’s departures. There is no minimum age for children.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Note that Galapagos Province requires foreign travelers to show proof of medical insurance coverage for entry. If you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands, confirm with your travel insurance provider that your policy contains medical coverage to meet this entry requirement.  Be certain to bring your insurance plan ID documents with you when you travel.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

6-Day Hood Itinerary

This 6-day San Cristobal to Baltra cruise follows days 3-8 of the Tower itinerary, visiting the islands of Espanola (also known as Hood), Floreana, Santa Cruz and Genovesa. Explore the northern, central, and southern Galapagos Islands, known for their unique birdlife and geology.

Route map of Beluga Galapagos small ship cruise 6-day Hood itinerary visiting the islands of San Cristobal, Espanola (also known as Hood), Floreana, Santa Cruz, Genovesa and Baltra.
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Day 1
FRI - Embark San Cristobal to La Galapaguera & El Junco

Upon arrival in San Cristobal, time depending, meet the expedition leader and head to La Galapaguera and El Junco. The lagoon is the only fresh water reservoir in Galapagos and has great views from its altitude of 2300 feet in the highlands of San Cristóbal. Rainwater has collected in the caldera for hundreds of years and formed this lagoon. Galapaguera is a good area to see tortoises in their natural environment. Later, embark Beluga.

Accommodations

Beluga

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
SAT - Gardner Bay, Gardner & Osborn Islets, Punta Suarez (Espanola)

Española is the oldest of the Southern Islands and is the southernmost in the archipelago. Because of its remote location, a unique range of endemic species evolved here. Located on the northeast of the island, Gardner Bay has a long and beautiful white-sand beach inhabited by sea lion colonies. Gardner and Osborn Islets are snorkeling sites where visitors will see an abundance of tropical fish, reef sharks and turtles. The wildlife at Punta Suarez is plentiful and varied. Along the cliff, enjoy the blowhole where seawater is forced about 65 feet into the air. The highlights are the waved albatross (April-Dec) that are only found on Hood, Galapagos hawks, blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies and Española lava lizards.

Accommodations

Beluga

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
SUN - Punta Cormorant, Devil's Crown & Post Office Bay (Floreana)

Floreana is best known for its colorful history of buccaneers, whalers, convicts and early colonists. Punta Cormorant has two contrasting beaches and a large inland lagoon where pink flamingoes can be seen. Devil’s Crown is a snorkeling site located just off Punta Cormorant. The site is a completely submerged volcano that has eroded to create the appearance of a jagged crown. Post office bay is one of the few sites visited for its human history. Visit the wooden mail barrel where letters are dropped off and picked up, and remains of the Norwegian fishing village.

Accommodations

Beluga

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
MON - Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) & Sullivan Bay (Santiago)

Dragon Hill is located on the northwestern side of Santa Cruz Island. Some highlights include small lagoons with flamingos, palo santo trees and opuntia cactus. Santiago Island is located between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands. This Island offers a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas and fur seals. Sullivan Bay is of great geological interest. Highlights include the 100-year-old lava flow field, pahoehoe formations and lava bubbles.

Accommodations

Beluga

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
TUE - El Barranco & Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

Genovesa is an eroded flat volcanic island, with a natural harbor, which is actually the submerged caldera of this volcanic island. At El Barranco there is a good possibility of seeing the unique short-eared owl. During the panga rides along the cliffs, fur seals and several species of seabirds can be spotted. The steep cliffs of Darwin Bay dominate the island. This area is home to thousands of frigate birds, red-footed boobies, Noddy terns, lava gulls, tropicbirds, doves, storm petrels and Darwin’s finches.

Accommodations

Beluga

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
WED - Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz) & Disembark Baltra

Turtle Cove is a red mangrove lagoon on Santa Cruz and a perfect example of how mangroves alter the marine environment to create a rich and unique habitat. After this visit, disembark on Baltra Island and take the return flight from the Galapagos Islands.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Double accommodation in cabins; meals; excursions led by professional naturalist guides; use of snorkeling equipment, wetsuits and kayaks; all transportation between visitor sites and yacht; welcome cocktail.

Exclusions

International airfare; airfare on group flights between mainland Ecuador and Galapagos Islands (handling fee of $50 per person for tickets not issued in conjunction with this cruise); Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US $100 cash per adult, $50 for children under 12 years old); INGALA Transit Control Card (US $20 per person); bottled beverages on board; gratuities; other personal expenses, medical services or insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 61 days – 50% of deposit (10% of total trip cost)
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am-11:00am on day 1 and return between 2:00pm-6:00pm on the final day of the itinerary. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to hike, kayak, swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee (see Inclusions and Exclusions), and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (dinghies). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, a Roommate Share Program will guarantee double occupancy rates for boat cabins even if we are unable to match you with a roommate.

Families & Children

Children under 12 years old receive a 25% discount when traveling with 1 adult. One child per adult at discounted rate. Not applicable over Christmas and New Year’s departures. There is no minimum age for children.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Note that Galapagos Province requires foreign travelers to show proof of medical insurance coverage for entry. If you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands, confirm with your travel insurance provider that your policy contains medical coverage to meet this entry requirement.  Be certain to bring your insurance plan ID documents with you when you travel.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

6-Day Isabela Itinerary

This 6-day round-trip Baltra cruise follows days 3-8 of the Fernandina itinerary, visiting the islands of Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, Bartolome and North Seymour. Explore the central and western Galapagos Islands, known for their young, active geology and exciting human history.

Route map of Beluga Galapagos small ship cruise 6-day Isabela itinerary visiting the islands of Baltra, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, Bartolome and North Seymour.
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Day 1
FRI - Arrive Baltra to Puerto Villamil (Isabela)

Upon arrival at the Baltra airport, meet the expedition staff and transfer to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, to take a speedboat to Isabela Island at 2:00pm. The speedboat arrives in Puerto Villamil on Isabela island at approximately 4:30pm. Here, board the Beluga.

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SAT - Elizabeth Bay & Punta Moreno (Isabela)

Elizabeth Bay is only accessible by panga. It is possible to see penguins on the small islets in the bay. The end of the bay is long and narrow, surrounded by three species of mangroves. Galapagos sea turtles and rays can usually be seen in the water. Punta Moreno is located in the central southwestern coast of Isabela Island. The site has spectacular views of volcanoes Alcedo, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul. Some highlights include impressive lava flows, desolate and pristine landscape, and varied and unusual arid zone vegetation.

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SUN - Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove (Isabela)

Urbina Bay is located at the central-west coast of Isabela Island, at the foothills of Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes. Highlights here include the colorful land iguanas, Galapagos giant tortoises and the coral uplifting from 1954. Tagus Cove is a natural harbor where centuries ago whalers and pirates left their ship’s names painted or carved on the rocks. A walk uphill to the Darwin’s Crater salt-water lake will provide an excellent view.

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MON - Punta Espinoza (Fernandina) & Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela)

Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island is a place famous for its large colonies of marine iguanas and as the habitat of unique species like the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk and Galapagos snake, among others. Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island is visited by panga rides along the cliffs or the partially sunken cave at the water’s edge. Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline.

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TUE - Playa Espumilla & Buccaneers Cove (Santiago), Bartolome

Santiago Island is located between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands. This Island offers a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas and fur seals. Espumilla Beach has a beautiful contrast between the golden beach and the green mangroves. It is also a great site to see flamingos, pintail ducks, green sea turtle nests and the Galapagos hawk. It is also a good site to go for a cool-off swim or a snorkel. Buccaneers Cove
was Charles Darwin’s home for nine days, as well as a resting site for many whalers and pirates. With this rich history, Buccaneers Cove is a must see. Enjoy a panga ride or snorkel looking for Galapagos fur seals, brown noddies, pelicans and swallow-tailed gulls. Hike to the highest point on Bartolome Island for a spectacular view. Sea lions and penguins can be seen around Pinnacle Rock. There is a sandy beach with great swimming and snorkeling.

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WED - North Seymour & Disembark Baltra

The flat piece of land that is North Seymour Island originated after an uplifting event thousands of years ago. The island is home to endemic palo santo trees, colonies of blue-footed boobies, swallow tailed gulls and the magnificent frigate birds. After this final visit, disembark on Baltra and make the return flight from the Galapagos Islands.

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Double accommodation in cabins; meals; excursions led by professional naturalist guides; use of snorkeling equipment, wetsuits and kayaks; all transportation between visitor sites and yacht; welcome cocktail.

Exclusions

International airfare; airfare on group flights between mainland Ecuador and Galapagos Islands (handling fee of $50 per person for tickets not issued in conjunction with this cruise); Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US $100 cash per adult, $50 for children under 12 years old); INGALA Transit Control Card (US $20 per person); bottled beverages on board; gratuities; other personal expenses, medical services or insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 61 days – 50% of deposit (10% of total trip cost)
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am-11:00am on day 1 and return between 2:00pm-6:00pm on the final day of the itinerary. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to hike, kayak, swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee (see Inclusions and Exclusions), and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (dinghies). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, a Roommate Share Program will guarantee double occupancy rates for boat cabins even if we are unable to match you with a roommate.

Families & Children

Children under 12 years old receive a 25% discount when traveling with 1 adult. One child per adult at discounted rate. Not applicable over Christmas and New Year’s departures. There is no minimum age for children.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Note that Galapagos Province requires foreign travelers to show proof of medical insurance coverage for entry. If you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands, confirm with your travel insurance provider that your policy contains medical coverage to meet this entry requirement.  Be certain to bring your insurance plan ID documents with you when you travel.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Galapagos Cruise Rates & Dates

In addition to the rates and dates listed below, a 15-day Galapagos Beluga itinerary is available by combining the ship’s 8-day itineraries. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

This ship is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

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The Beluga is a deluxe, 110 foot, steel-hulled motor vessel. It is fully air-conditioned and accommodates 16 passengers in double staterooms, each with private bathroom and shower.

Expert Reviews

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Expert Review: Beluga 8-Day Galapagos Cruise

An AdventureSmith crew member reviews his 8-day Galapagos cruise aboard the 16-guest Beluga.

Andrew Browning • September 9th, 2009
Expert Review: Beluga 5-Day Galapagos Cruise

An AdventureSmith expert review of the 5-day Galapagos Beluga yacht cruise.

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