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  • Location:Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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Galapagos Islands Explorer Package from Santa Cruz Island

Take a 4- or 5- day trip to the Galapagos Islands aboard a yacht! Explore different islands, and see their amazing array of plant and animal life, contrasted against the striking natural features of the islands! See the Charles Darwin Scientific Station, and enjoy daily accommodations at the Santa Cruz Island Hotel!


  • 4- or 5-day day trip of the Galapagos Islands
  • Explore different islands (including Santa Cruz Island)
  • See the Galapagos' famous flora and fauna, tortoises, turtles, birds including the penguins of Bartolome Island
  • Enjoy the accommodations of the Santa Cruz Island hotel and yacht

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What You Can Expect

Galapagos Islands Explorer Package from Santa Cruz Island

Galapagos Islands 4 or 5-Day Island Hopping Tour

Spend four or five days exploring some of the most famous islands in the world! The Galapagos Islands were prominently featured in Charles Darwin’s landmark book on evolution, The Origin of the Species. Like him, you will get the chance to see the sights on six different islands, each with their own unique qualities and charms!

On your first day, upon arrival on Santa Cruz Island, a coach will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel. On the way, visit lava tunnels and a sea turtle reserve, and stop at Charles Darwin Station to learn about the islands’ animals and Darwin’s observations, as well as the islands’ conservation efforts.

You'll visit Tortuga Bay beach on your second day. Enjoy a 40-minute walk to this magical beach and enjoy some free time. In the afternoon, head to 'La Loberia', named after the presence of numerous sea lions. Here, enjoy swimming or snorkeling before visiting 'Canal de Amor', where you will marvel at the incredible views. End your day at 'Playa de los Perros' to see the marine iguanas before heading back to your hotel.

Your island hopping begins the next day. You’ll travel by yacht to selected islands (season and weather permitting) and spend each day exploring their sights, returning to the amenities and comfort of your Santa Cruz Island hotel. Plan your tour itinerary based on the islands’ different offerings (described below) and pre-book to ensure passage on this comfortable yacht.

Your multi-day tour includes accommodations on Santa Cruz, all inter-island transport, on-island tours and guides and daily breakfast and lunch served aboard the yacht. Upgrade to the five day tour so you see everything this fascinating archipelago offers!

Please see the itinerary field below for details on the islands.


Plazas Island
On Plazas Island, you’ll find interesting creatures such as iguanas and blue-footed boobies living amid black volcanic rock and white sand beaches. Walk a trail to an overlook point to watch manta rays cruising under the turquoise waves. You’ll even have a chance to snorkel with a colony of sea lions!

Bartolome Island
Select Bartolome Island for one of your visits and you’ll travel through the channel to a unique volcanic wonderland – the volcanic landscape is uniquely colored in shades of black, orange, red and green, and you can see the topographic changes made since the last eruption such as lava tubes that flow from the summit and the dormant cone, as well as Pinnacle Rock, the most famous landmark in the islands. On Bartolome, you’ll also be treated to views of Galapagos penguins dotting the rocks and swimming in the island’s channel.

Seymour Island
North Seymour Island’s unique, low, cliff projections are one of several fascinating characteristics, as well as the silvery Palo Santo trees and white sand beaches. Pelicans dive-bomb the water looking for fish and blue-footed boobies perform their signature courting dance. You’ll also see nesting sites for frigate birds and Las Bachas, a beach favored as an egg-laying site by sea turtles. Dragon Hill offers a habitat for flamingos and other birds.was lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event, and its origins as a seabed give the island its low, flat profile. Cliffs only a few feet high form the shoreline, where swallow-tailed gulls sit perched in ledges. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stand just above the landing, usually without leaves, waiting for the rain to bring them into bloom.

Santa Fe Island
Departure at 8:00 am. We navigate for approximately 45 minutes in an exclusive artisan fishing yacht.
The tour begins with the arrival to Santa Fe. We'll do some bird watching in the cliffs of the island. We'll enter the Santa Fe Bay and do a dinghy ride where we will observe colonies of sea lions, blue footed boobies and marine iguanas. If conditions are favorable (clear water) we will be able to observe “Tintoreras” or Galápagos Sharks.
Without a doubt in this island we will find sea turtles, stingrays and a wide fish diversity. All this in the "Marine Aquarium area".

Finishing the tour will proceed to go to “Playa Escondida” or hidden beach for snorkeling, where we will be able to see Galapagos sharks. Water has a depth of 1 meter and we will be accompanied by a colony of sea lions.
We will have a lunch break and then return to Puerto Ayora in the afternoon.

Important Note: Snorkeling equipment (goggles and fins) is not included. Renting wet-suites are also recommended.

Note: If the 5-day option is selected, there is a possibility that the third day of your tour will include an excursion to Tortuga Bay Beach and La Lobería to snorkel and swim with Sea Lions.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

I couldn't recommend this trip more! From start to finish it was a massive surprise, hotel Flamingo was great, all daily trips we had arranged were amazing, specially trip to Santa Cruise island were we snorkeled with sea lions and turtles. If I could go back there tmw I woul!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

I really enjoyed it. Most of the time when people say things like "oh the rare so and so lives in these parts and if your lucky you may see it." I take little notice of it as I assume I will not see it... In the Galapagos someone will say that and when you arrive you see 12 of them immediately.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Not a moment was wasted! We saw so much wildlife! Great hotel too! kNOWLEDGEABLE guiides.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

Enjoyable trip, hotel accommodation was good, guides were very helpful and spoke good English, between snorkelling, swimming with the sea lions, short bushwalking trips, giant tortoises, marine and land iguanas and of course blue - footed boobies was a great experience.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

value for money! good guides! and good lunches!

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

value for money! good guides! and good lunches!

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

Amazing way to see a lot of the Galápagos Islands, but you actually can't choose the islands as it says in the itinerary, it's what's available at that day, plus everyday is with different guides

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

I had a great time and Viator really takes care of you! I booked the trip about 6 weeks in advance for the week of Christmas and while I couldn't go on a yacht tour, Viator got me a land-based tour (staying in a hotel) and taking boats out to the islands. Everything was well taken care of including someone with my name on a card upon arrival to the airport. The guides were great, I met great people and the wildlife viewing was amazing. I saw the giant tortoises each day, snorkeled and swam with sea turtles two of the days, saw booby birds up close, tons of iguanas, etc. It was great! The hotel was nice and included breakfast, probably a 3.5 star quality and a block from Charles Darwin Avenue, a cute touristy town. I'd recommend Viator! The only downside was the 2 hour speedboats to the other islands. Luckily I didn't get sick but others on the boat did. It's a rough ride, so just be aware of that. All in all, a great trip! Thanks, Viator!

4 star rating: Recommended July 2013

This tour was amazing. The Galapagos are stunningly beautiful, and I regret that I couldn't stay longer. We were there during mating season for the Blue-Footed Booby, and saw the males dance up close and personal. It does not get better than that. The Grey Line Ecuador team were friendly and knowledgeable, and the Red Booby Hotel was simple, but neat and clean. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is thinking of making the trip.

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