Traveling by yacht is the most authentic way to explore the Galapagos Islands!

Cruising through the Galapagos offers travelers the unique experience of visiting many areas of the archipelago that are only accessible by a live aboard boat. This really is the only way to truly appreciate the Galapagos wildlife, both on land and in the water. Each day guests awaken in a new part of the islands and disembark shortly after breakfast for the morning activities, which include a walk or hike on land followed by a snorkeling excursion. After lunch, the boat moves to a new visitor site and during this time guests have the opportunity to rest and look for whales and dolphins from the deck. Later in the afternoon the guests disembark for another nature walk, and perhaps another opportunity to snorkel and swim.

Guaranteed departure every Wednesday throughout the year

Trip Highlights

– All excursions led by high-level naturalist guide
– Visit two different visitor sites per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon
– 2 Nature walks/hikes each day
– 1-2 Snorkeling excursions each day
– Opportunities to kayak at certain visitor sites
– Search for whales or dolphins while cruising from one island to another
– Guide briefing each evening after dinner
– And, always time for a sundowner!

Cachalote’s passionate guides and professional crew will ensure her guests have a memorable trip full of adventure and close encounters with wildlife.

Tour by:

Tour Start
Tour Finish
Trip Type
Physical Level
Cultural Rating
18 must be accompanied by an adult
Group Size
16 max size aboard boat
accommodation (sharing double cabins)
all meals
guides snorkel
Not Included
Air ticket from/to Quito and from/to Galapagos Island
Compulsory Travel/health insurance (Browse policies at World Nomads, our recommended travel insurance provider.)
National Park fees USD100 (cash) (extra fees subject to change without warning.)
Migratory Card fee USD20 (extra fees subject to change without warning.)
Visa (if necessary; Ecuador offers visa-free travel to most of nations. See Ecuador's visa requirement here)
Transit Control Card (USD20)
Wetsuits (rent on board)
Bottled beverages on board
Tips and gratuities


More Information

Option 1: Tower Itinerary: 8 Days / 7 Nights


  • Cruise Start / End Days: Wednesday / Wednesday [year-round guaranteed departure]
  • Pick Up / Drop Off: Baltra / Baltra

Day 1 Baltra (start) / Santa Cruz: Highlands & Charles Darwin Station
Day 2 Plazas /Santa Fe
Day 3 San Cristobal: Cerro Brujo & El Junco
Day 4 Hood: Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez
Day 5 Floreana: Pta Cormorant & Post Office Bay
Day 6 Santa Cruz: Dragon Hill / James: Sullivan Bay
Day 7 Tower: Prince Phillips steps & Darwin Bay
Day 8 Turtle Cove / Baltra (end)
* Itineraries are regulated by the Galapagos National Park and are subject to change without prior notice

Wildlife Highlights


Land iguanas, marine iguanas, lava lizards, sea lions, fur seals, giant tortoise reserve, Galapagos snake, waved albatross (march December), darwin finches, yellow warblers, blue-footed boobies, red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, hood mockingbirds, Galapagos dove, Galapagos hawk, storm petrel, short-eared owl, lava herons


Tall opuntia cacti, salt bush, lantana, prickly pear cactus, manzanillo, palo santo, thorn bush, yellow cordia


Golden mustard rays, eels, white tip reef sharks, sea turtles, possible hammerheads, varieties of fish

Option 1: Tower Itinerary: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – Wednesday place=”Santa Cruz Island (Indefatigable)
Arrive at Baltra airport
Santa Cruz Island (Indefatigable)
Highlands of Santa Cruz
Galapagos giant tortoises can be seen in the wild in the highlands of Santa Cruz.
Charles Darwin Station
Visit the Charles Darwin Station is a research facility and National Park Information center. The Charles Darwin Station has a giant tortoise and land iguana breeding program and interpretation center.[/tg_program]

Day 2 – Thursday: South Plaza Island, Santa Fé Island (Barrington)
South Plaza Island
Plazas consists of two very small islands that were uplifted from the sea, separated by a channel.
Only South Plazas has a visitor site. The highlights include tall Opuntia cactus, land, and marine
iguanas, rocky cliff that looks out towards open ocean which is also a nesting site for red-billed
tropic birds and gulls, and a seal lion bachelor colony.
Santa Fé Island (Barrington)
Santa Fe is a smaller island of 24 km2. The visitor site Santa Fe is located on the northeast end of
the island. Highlights include Santa Fe land iguanas, pelican nesting site, sea lion colony, mockingbird, and Palo Santo trees.

Day 3 – Friday: San Cristóbal Island (Chatham)
San Cristóbal Island (Chatham): San Cristóbal is the easternmost island of Galapagos and also
one of the oldest.
Cerro Brujo is a white sand beach on the west side of San Cristóbal. Highlights include Sally Lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas, and sea lions, Chatham mockingbird, lava lizards
Galapaguera & El Junco: The lagoon is the only freshwater reservoir in Galapagos and has great views from its altitude of 700m 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.

Day 4 – Saturday: Española Island (Hood)
Española Island (Hood): 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.
Gardner Bay: Located on the northeast of the island, the site has a long and beautiful white sand beach inhabited by sea lion colonies.
Islote Garnder and Islote Osborn: These islets are snorkeling sites where visitors will see an abundance of tropical fish, reef sharks, and turtles.
Punta Suarez: The wildlife at Punta Suarez is plentiful and varied. Along the cliff, visitors can enjoy the blowhole where seawater is forced about 20m into the air. The highlights are the Waved albatross (April-Dec) that are only found on Hood, Galapagos Hawks, blue-footed boobies, Nascar boobies, and Española lava lizards.

Day 5 – Sunday: Floreana Island (Charles)
Floreana Island (Charles): 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.
Devils Crown: This 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: This 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.

Day 6 – Monday: Santa Cruz Island (Indefatigable), Santiago Island (James)
Santa Cruz Island (Indefatigable)
Dragon Hill is located in the northwestern side of Santa Cruz Island. Some highlights include small lagoons with flamingos, Palo Santo trees, and Opuntia cactus.
Santiago Island (James): 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: This site is of great geological interest. Highlights: 100 hundred-year-old lava flow field, pahoehoe formations, lava bubbles

Day 7 – Tuesday: Genovesa Island (Tower)
Genovesa Island (Tower): Genovesa is an eroded flat volcanic island, with a natural harbor, which is actually the submerged caldera of this volcanic island.
El Barranco: There is a good possibility of seeing the unique “Short-eared owl” at this site. During the dinghy rides along the cliffs fur seals and several species of seabirds can be spotted.
Darwin Bay: The steep cliffs of this area 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.

Day 8 – Wednesday: Caleta Tortuga (Turtle Cove)
Caleta Tortuga (Turtle Cove): 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.
Baltra: Return flight to Quito



Option 2: Fernandina Itinerary: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Cruise Start / End: Wednesday / Wednesday
Drop Off / Pick Up: Baltra / Baltra
Day 1 Baltra (start) / Santa Cruz: Highlands & Charles Darwin Station
Day 2 Sombrero Chino / Rabida
Day 3 Isabela: Pto Villamil & Sierra Negra
Day 4 Isabela: Pta Moreno & Elizabeth Bay
Day 5 Isabela: Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove
Day 6 Fernandina: Pta Espinoza / Isabela: Pta Vicente Roca
Day 7 Santiago: Pto Egas / Bartolome
Day 8 N Seymour / Baltra (end)
* Itineraries are regulated by the Galapagos National Park and are subject to change without prior notice

Wildlife Highlights


Tortoises, land iguanas, marine iguanas, lava lizards, sea lions, flamingos, penguins, flightless cormorant, brown pelican, Darwin finches, blue-footed boobies, whimbrels, lava gulls, swallow-tailed gulls, Galapagos hawk, Darwin finches, sally light-foot crabs, red-billed tropic birds, Galapagos snake, common gallinules


Salt bush, algodoncillo, Jerusalem thorn, castela, lantana, red white and black mangroves, lava cactus, palo santo, manzanillo, yellow cordia, opuntia cactus


Variety of fish, sea turtles, eels, rays, invertebrates, possible hammerhead sharks, sea urchins, possible sea horses

Option 2: Fernandina Itinerary: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – Wednesday: Santa Cruz (Indefatigable)
Arrive at Baltra airport
Santa Cruz (Indefatigable)
Highlands of Santa Cruz: Galapagos giant tortoises can be seen in the wild in the highlands of Santa Cruz.
Charles Darwin Station: Visit the Charles Darwin Station is a research facility and National Park Information center. The Charles Darwin Station has a giant tortoise and land iguana breeding program and interpretation center.

Day 2 – Thursday: Santa Cruz (Indefatigable), Rábida (Jervis)
Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat): Sombrero Chino 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.
Rábida (Jervis): Rábida is a small island with a dark red coral sand beach. Highlights include the lagoon with flamingoes, pelican nesting site, sea lion bachelor colony, and a snorkeling site at the end of the beach.

Day 3 – Friday: Isabela Island (Arbermarle)
Isabela Island (Arbermarle): the largest of the Galapagos Islands formed by five active volcanoes fused together. Wolf Volcano is the highest point in the entire Galapagos at 1707m.
Sierra Negra: Volcan Sierra Negra has a caldera with a diameter of 10km. View recent lava flows, moist highland vegetation, and parasitic cones.
Puerto Villamil is a charming small town on a white sand beach. Highlights include the Tortoise Breeding Station and the flamingo lagoon. Other visits (depending on conditions) are the Tintoreras or Los Humedales.

Day 4 – Saturday: Isabela Island (Arbermarle)
Isabela Island (Arbermarle)
Punta Moreno: 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, varied and unusual arid zone vegetation.
Elizabeth Bay: This spot 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.

Day 5 – Sunday: Isabela Island (Arbermarle)
Isabela Island (Albermarle)
Urbina Bay is located at the central-west coast of Isabela Island at the foothills of Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes. Highlights include the colourful 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 Darwin’s Crater salt-water lake will provide an excellent view.

Day 6 – Monday: Fernandina Island (Narborough), Isabela Island (Albermarle)
Fernandina Island (Narborough): Fernandina is the youngest volcanic island and is still active.
Punta Espinoza 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, Galapagos snake, among others.
Isabela Island (Albermarle)
Punta Vicente Roca: This site is visited by dinghy rides along the cliffs or the partially sunken cave at the water’s edge. Nasca boobies, blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline.

Day 7 – Tuesday: Santiago Island (James), Bartolome Island (Bartholomew)
Santiago Island (James): This Island is located between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands. This Island offers a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas, and fur seals.
Puerto Egas: A walk along the rocky coast line that will you show you a view of some of Galapagos’ best tide pools. Some highlights include: Sugar loaf volcano, fur seals, oystercatchers, marine iguana colony, and old salt mine.
Bartolome Island (Bartholomew): A hike will take you to the highest point on Bartolome for a spectacular view. Sea lions and penguins can be seen around Pinnacle Rock. There is a sandy beach with great swimming and snorkeling.

Day 8 – Wednesday: North Seymour, return flight to Quito
North Seymour
This flat piece of land 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.
Baltra for return flight to Quito.


Important Notes

Your trip provider: Enchanted Expeditions (formerly Angermeyer’s Enchanted Expeditions) is one of the pioneers of small boat cruises and tours to the Galapagos Islands and the mainland of Ecuador. Our founder Judy Carvalhal and her three partners have over 125 years of collective field experience as tour guides, researchers, conservationists, and community tourism advocate in Ecuador.

Our ready-made and custom active travel vacations are designed for active, curious and conservation-minded travelers looking for uncompromising value and who crave authenticity, and making genuine connections with people, communities, and wildlife while traveling with a ‘small footprint’. We pride ourselves on the personal attention we provide and our ability to tailor make tours to suit the needs of our clients. We have built a reputation for excellent service; few can match our expertise and knowledge of all areas of Ecuador. These standards are reflected in our staff, our guides, and our yachts.

Cancellations and Refunds
If you must cancel your reservation for a tour and/or its extension, we will refund your payment, less the following fees per tour and/or extension:

Days Prior to Trip Start Date Trip Cancellation Fee Per Person
60+ days $250
31 – 60 days 50% of trip price
0-30 days 100% of trip price

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