8 Day Eastern Galapagos Quest

An 8 Day Cruise of Eastern Galapagos

Our 8 day cruise of Eastern Galapagos is one of our most popular cruises. It takes in over 15 different highlights of these amazing islands across the week. There is also the opportunity to spot a huge variety of the wildlife in the Galapagos.

The eastern itinerary takes in the islands of Santa Cruz and Santiago as well as the more remote islands of Genovesa and Espanola. This provides a good selection of sites from some of the islands biggest, to some of the most remote.

This itinerary is served by a number of the ships below each with an experience naturalist guide on board to keep you informed about the Galapagos Islands unique eco-system and wildlife. Whichever ship you choose you are sure of a once in a lifetime experience.

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Day 1 - A first impression

Afternoon - After arriving at Baltra airport you will be greeted by a representative and taken to then board the ship and have lunch. After lunch, the ship will navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island.  Pelicans and herons roost on the branches, while marine dwellers such as Green Sea Turtle or Golden Ray may cruise right next to the ship as it makes its way through the mangroves.


Day 2 - Up north

Morning – Today the ship will travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay (wet landing), a unique site lined with red mangrove and soft-haired prickly pear cacti where Red-footed Boobies and Great Frigatebirds perch tamely.

Afternoon - At Prince Philip Steps (dry landing), you will climb the edge of a cliff where Frigatebirds, Nazca Boobies, and Red-footed Boobies nest. There is chance to spot the impressive Red-billed Tropicbird amidst Galapagos Storm Petrels.


Day 3 - Contours of Sullivan Bay

Morning – This morning starts with a dry landing at Bartholomew to climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this spatter cone for a most breath-taking panorama of the islands’ well photographed Pinnacle Rock, views of neighbouring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance.

Afternoon – The ship will head across to Sullivan Bay (dry landing) in Santiago to walk over a recent lava flow, including very fresh pahoehoe lava formations, lava bubbles containing crystallized minerals, and pioneer plants. Along the shoreline, you may find Galapagos penguins and herons going after small fish.


Day 4 - Mars on Earth

Morning - Wet landing onto Rábida’s deep-red beaches to explore the red island’s fascinating interior and saltwater lagoon. Darwin’s finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, and yellow warblers feed off the vegetation; given the right time of the year brown pelicans nesting on salt bushes that fringe the beach.

Afternoon – This afternoon the ship will head across to Cerro Dragón on Santa Cruz’s north-west shore (dry landing); visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, Black-necked Stilts, and White-cheeked Pintails. Further inland we find a fantastic land iguana nesting site.


Day 5 - Hidden treasures

Morning - Bachas beach is a visiting site of Santa Cruz and consists of 2 beaches located at the north-eastern coast of the Island. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, making it a favourite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where occasionally it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer and has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategically point to protect the Panama Channel. The name “Bachas” comes from the local pronunciation of the word barges.  

Afternoon - After a leisurely lunch, you can hop on board the dinghy to do a panga ride around Punta Carrión and take in the beautiful landscape and observe the wildlife. We will then end the day with snorkelling in these shallow and colourful waters. 


Day 6 - Heading Eastward

Morning - Dry landing on one of the oldest docks of the Archipelago, colourful Plaza Sur is home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium and coppery-orange land iguanas; impressive seaward cliffs are excellent for a variety of coastal birds. This is also a great place to observe the adult and pup sea lions swimming along the shores.

Afternoon - After a wet landing onto a white beach where sea lions are usually resting, on Santa Fe, you will have the opportunity to look for endemic species of land iguana, larger and yellower than land iguanas on other islands. The largest prickly pear cacti in the Galapagos are also found here.


Day 7 - From albatrosses to blowholes

Morning - Punta Suárez (dry landing) is a spectacular walk into the intimacies of life at sea, with nesting sites of Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, as well as the fascinating breeding rituals (April to December) of Waved Albatross. Lined with neon-coloured marine iguanas (January), and lazy Galapagos sea lions, we walk up to an amazing viewpoint of the famous blowhole.

Afternoon - We will spend the day in fantastic Española, starting with Gardner Bay (wet landing), an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española Mockingbird.


Day 8 - A last goodbye with the tortoises

Morning – Enjoy a visit the Fausto Llerena breeding station, located at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Here, we will see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the tourists. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be "repatriated"), and adults.
After this visit you will take a bus to Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.

In addition to the land visits above a good balance of other activities such as snorkeling, panga rides and kayaking will be offered on board. Please note all


The itinerary on the Anahi is slightly different and includes sites on San Cristobal and Floreana Island, but does not include sites on Santiago Island and as many sites on Santa Cruz Island. Please contact us for full details.

Galapagos itineraries are subject to change at any time. This can be because of a variety of reasons including (but not limited to) regulatory, conservation, climate and sea conditions.

Mary Anne

Launched in 1997, this elegant barquetine was designed specifically with environmentally friendly operations in mind and is certified by Smart Voyager. The Mary Anne is the perfect ship for those who love to travel under sail; she has 1000m2 of canvas with which she majestically takes to the waves.

She can accommodate up to 16 passengers in 12 double, tastefully furnished cabins. All cabins have private bathrooms with hot water and all are designed with one double lower berth and a single upper berth. Two double cabins.

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Passion

Privately owned before, this luxury yacht, M/Y Passion has undergone a complete yet sympathetic refit and now offers her guests a sense of refinement and exclusivity while exploring the amazing sights of the Galapagos Islands.

Motor Yacht Passion is one of the largest yachts in the Galapagos boasting 159 feet in length spread over four decks, and accommodates just 12 passengers. Ample interior and exterior social areas, a panoramic sky lounge with bar and sliding glass doors, separate dining room and wonderfully spacious decks with a further secluded sun deck with lounge chairs and Jacuzzi; all beautifully set off by the more than 200 m2 of fine teak decking.

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Anahi

M/C Yacht Anahi is a Power Catamaran Yacht built in Guayaquil, Ecuador and launched at the end of 2006 at high standard level of comfort. She offers accommodations in 6 twin (2 can be transformed in a double bed) cabins (14m2 each) located in the main deck and 2 suite cabins (25m2 each) located in the upper deck.

As a Catamaran, the Anahi has great stability and is a good choice for passengers who have little or no experience at sea. The Anahi has an environmental and social friendly operation, ensuring a responsible and sustainable tourism.

The itinerary on the Anahi is slightly different and includes sites on San Cristobal and Floreana Island, but does not include sites on Santiago Island and as many sites on Santa Cruz Island. Please contact us for full details.

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The itinerary on the Anahi is slightly different and includes sites on San Cristobal and Floreana Island, but does not include sites on Santiago Island and as many sites on Santa Cruz Island. Please contact us for full details.

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