8 Day Western Galapagos Quest

An 8 Day Cruise of the Western Isles of the Galapagos

Our 8 day cruise of Western Galapagos is one of our most popular cruises. It takes in over 15 different highlights of these fascinating islands across the week. There is also the opportunity to spot a huge variety of the wildlife in the Galapagos including Galapagos Penguins, Iguanas, turtles and seals.

The Eastern itinerary takes in the islands of Isabella, Santa Cruz and Santiago as well as the more remote island of Floreana and Fernandina. This provides a great selection of sites from many of the Galapagos Islands “must-sees”, to some of its most remote.

This itinerary is served by a number of the ships 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 - First encounters

Afternoon - After arriving at Baltra airport you will be greeted by a representative before boarding a bus which will take you to the highlands of Santa Cruz and the Twin Craters. The Gemelos (twins) are two deep craters located to the side of the road that leads to Puerto Ayora from the other side of the island.  These huge holes were probably created in a volcanic explosion or by magma chambers underneath the island´s surface.

This is also a good place to see the Galapagos hawk and barn owl of this island and the surrounding forests are filled of birds such as the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler. Something worth mentioning is the contrast of the vegetation of the highlands with the arid coastal zones.

From here we the day continues at El Manzanillo Ranch where you will enjoy lunch before taking a short hike to a small lagoon where it is usually possible to see the Vermillion flycatcher or some species of Darwin’s Finch. This place also offers excellent opportunities for viewing the giant Galapagos Tortoises in their natural habitat.


DAY 2 - The Baroness’ domain

Morning – Today is spent on the island of Floreana, legendary homestead of infamous Baroness Eloise Von Wagner de Bousquet. Wet landing onto the olivine beaches of Punta Cormorant where it is possible to see Greater Flamingos on the way to another special beach with the finest sand you’ll set your foot on. Here there is a sea turtle nesting ground and the waters are frequently visited by sharks and rays. The morning ends with a short panga ride to Devil’s Crown, a key snorkeling site.

Afternoon - After lunch you will visit Post Office Bay (wet landing), where you can drop your postcards in the barrel as the whalers did centuries ago.


DAY 3 - Tortoises and a white sand beach

Morning – First thing today is a dry landing at Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz Island where you will visit the Fausto Llerena breeding station, located at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Here, you can see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi natural pens for their protection. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be "repatriated"), and adults.

Afternoon - From Puerto Ayora it’s approximately a 45 minute walk along a stone paved road which is surrounded by Galapagos coastal vegetation including the prickly pear cactus and the holy stick tree. This road, which also presents a very good opportunity to watch birds, leads to a beautiful, white sand beach known as Tortuga bay. From here it’s up to you to decide which activity you would like to enjoy, choose from snorkelling, watching the marine iguanas, exploring the coves or simply lying back and relaxing.


DAY 4 - An initiation to the western islands

Morning – Today the cruise will arrive at Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos. After breakfast, step ashore at Punta Moreno (dry landing) onto a superb pahoehoe lava flow surrounded by giant shield volcanoes, some still active! From here enjoy a short hike to a lagoon where flamingos are usually present. 

Afternoon - Panga ride in and around Elizabeth Bay, a salt-water lagoon surrounded by the largest red mangroves of the Galapagos. Here, it is usual to see sea turtles, flightless cormorants and Galapagos penguins.


DAY 5 - Marine abundance

Morning – This morning you will disembark at Urbina Bay (wet landing) onto a black sand beach, nesting site for Green Sea Turtle. Hike inland in search of land iguanas and giant tortoises (seasonal) that migrate to and from the highlands. At the beach, you can admire the remains of a geological uplift exposing coral heads and marine fossils.

Afternoon – The ship will cross Bolivar Channel to Fernandina Island, one of the world’s most unspoilt sites, and disembark (dry landing) at Punta Espinosa. Strolling along the shoreline, you can see Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos penguins and hawks, sooty-coloured marine iguanas and bright red-orange Sally Lightfoot Crabs.  


DAY 6 - Pirate’s abode

Morning - Dry landing near Tagus Cove, historic pirate hideaway where names of countless ships are recorded for posterity on the cliff face. Hike through beautiful Galapagos landscapes to Darwin Lake, a salt-water crater lagoon surrounded by tuff stone.

Afternoon - At Punta Vicente Roca enjoy a panga ride around the beautiful coast line before jumping into the water to enjoy one of the best snorkelling sites of the Galapagos. The underwater cliffs found here are filled with enough colours and life to amaze everyone looking at them for the first time. 


DAY 7 - Grottos and fur seals

Morning - After three days exploring the fabulous western islands, the cruise heads to central Santiago Island to disembark at Espumilla (wet landing). Here you will find a golden-coloured sand Green Sea Turtle nesting site.  Follow the forest trail through some of the largest specimens of Palo Santo on the islands to observe Yellow Warblers, the unbelievably tame Galapagos Flycatcher and the ever-intriguing Darwin’s finches.

Afternoon - At Puerto Egas (wet landing) disembark on a dark sand volcanic beach with an interesting history of human settlement. Sleepy Galapagos fur seals lounge under arches of lava carved by the ocean and occasionally dip into the crystalline pools, also known as “grottos”. Walk along the shore and observe the abundant marine life.


DAY 8 - The bird’s den

Morning – This morning you will disembark on North Seymour (dry landing), a small uplifted island, where we will walk right up to bird nesting colonies of the two species of Frigatebirds, Blue-footed Boobies and Swallow-tailed Gulls, and experience, depending on season, spectacular displays. After this visit the ship will sail to Baltra where passengers ending their trip will disembark.

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 more sites on Isabela Island, but does not include sites on Floreana 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 more sites on Isabela Island, but does not include sites on Floreana Island. Please contact us for full details.

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The itinerary on the Anahi is slightly different and includes more sites on Isabela Island, but does not include sites on Floreana Island. Please contact us for full details.

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