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Galapagos: Western Islands

The extraordinary archipelago of the Galapagos left a lasting impression on Darwin and is likely to do the same for you if you travel on board the Nemo II, a First Class Motor Sail Catamaran.
On this expedition cruise to the western islands you’ll discover an enchanted world, characterised by stark lava fields, cactus forests, volcanic craters, mangrove lagoons and turquoise waters.
Step over snoozing sea lions, watch the courting rituals of Blue-footed boobies or snorkel with turtles, sharks and rays.

What not to miss

  • Expert naturalist guide

  • Amazing wildlife opportunities

  • Snorkelling with playful sea lions and turtles

  • Fantastic on-board service

  • Islands walks

What’s included

  • Travel by internal flight, catarmaran and minibus

  • Island walks and snorkelling excursions

  • 7 nights on board the Nemo II in en suite, air-conditioned cabins, 2 nights comfortable hotel

  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners included

  • All accommodation

  • Tour leader throughout

  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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Galapagos: Western Islands

This itinerary is based on the flight inclusive package price. 

Day 1 | Fly to Quito.

Free transfers are available for all clients. A local guide will welcome you to Quito and explain the schedule for the next few days.

Day 2 | Discover Quito at your leisure.

Today is free to relax, recover from the flight and explore the fascinating city of Quito. Quito is the second highest capital in the world, standing at 2,850m on the western cordillera of the Andes. It is one of the smaller and more attractive of the colonial capitals of South America. Because of the altitude visitors to Quito are advised to take it easy at first.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 3 | Fly to Galapagos; board Nemo II.

This morning we transfer to Quito Airport for our flight to the Galapagos Islands. Be prepared for an early start as this could mean leaving the hotel around 5.30am. A USD20 per person transit card is payable on departure at Quito and a USD100 per person national park entry fee is payable on arrival in the Galapagos. Please have cash on hand to pay for these.

On arrival in the Galapagos we are met in the arrivals hall and then transferred to our boat, the Nemo II, which will be anchored a short distance away in Santa Cruz. Once on board we'll be assigned our cabins, meet the crew and get to know our naturalist guide and fellow travellers over lunch.

Navigate to North Seymour to discover the 2km trail that crosses the island and around the rocky coast. Along the way the trail passes colonies of Blue-footed boobies and Frigatebirds. The magnificent Frigatebird, a large black bird with a long wingspan and a hooked beak, is extremely fast and has excellent vision. Frigatebirds are known for the large red pouch on their necks. During mating season the males throw back their heads, inflate their pouch (sometimes to the size of a football), and shake trying to capture the attention of females. Blue-footed boobies and Frigatebirds have an interesting relationship. Sharing the same nesting area on North Seymour, Blue-footed boobies nest on the ground making their nests from the twigs of the Palo Santos trees, while the Frigatebirds' nest just above them in the saltbushes. After dinner we navigate to Santa Cruz.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 | Galapagos Cruise Day 2 | Santa Cruz Island

Today's excursion allows us to discover the highlands of Santa Cruz and its incredible vegetation zones. We visit a private finca called 'Las Primicias' which offers the best possibility to see Galapagos giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Our next visit will be the Charles Darwin Research Centre to begin learning about the ecology of the islands, their origin and formation. You can also see the famous Galapagos giant tortoise hatchery which is based here.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 | Galapagos Cruise Day 3 | Isabela Island

Today we wake up on the south coast of Isabela, the largest island of the Galapagos Archipelago. Isabela was formed by five giant volcanic craters, all of which are still considered active. The island is located in one of the youngest geological areas in the world, having been formed less than 1 million years ago. Our morning begins at Punta Moreno where we take a panga ride along the beautiful rocky shores where Galapagos penguins and shore birds are frequently seen. After a dry landing the path traverses through jagged black lava rock. As the swirling black lava flow gave way to form craters, crystal tide pools formed, some of which are surrounded by mangroves. This is a magnet for Pink flamingos, Blue herons, and Bahama pintail ducks. You can walk to the edge of the lava to look straight down on these pools where you might spot the occasional Green sea turtle, White-tipped shark or Puffer fish. In the afternoon we navigate to Urbina Bay, an area that was uplifted by 4 metres in 1954. Walk here amongst exposed coral heads, wandering Galapagos giant tortoises and huge land iguanas. Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants and Brown pelicans nest in this area as well.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 | Galapagos Cruise Day 4 | Isabela Island

On the west coast of Isabela, directly east of Fernandina is Tagus Cove, a beautiful and well protected spot sheltered by two volcanic craters. Thanks to its sheltered position this cove has been used as an anchorage for over 300 years. The walking trail ascends through a dry vegetation zone offering spectacular views of Darwin Lake, a saltwater crater lake. At the top of the trail it is possible to observe the different vegetation zones and on a clear day we may even catch a glimpse of Darwin and Wolf volcanoes. After lunch we navigate towards Fernandina Island, the youngest and most active volcano in the Galapagos. The flat lava of Punta Espinosa offers a stark and barren landscape but wildlife thrives here - flightless cormorants build their nests on the point, sea lions sprawl on the beach or play in the tide pools and large numbers of marine iguanas dot the sand.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 | Galapagos Cruise Day 5 | Santiago Island

After navigating to Santiago Island, we disembark at Puerto Egas on the dark sand beaches of James Bay.
Our visit begins with a walk along the rocky coast to view some of the Galapagos Island's best tide pools. Sponges, snails, hermit crabs, barnacles and fish including the endemic four-eyed Blenny can be seen, amongst a variety of shore birds, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions. This site is named after Hector Egas who attempted to mine salt here, an industry that was abandoned in the 1950's. Bird lovers will be delighted with the opportunity to catch a glimpse of one of Darwins finches, the endemic Galapagos hawk, or the colorful Vermillion flycatcher. There is a fur seal grotto here, where fur seals and sea lions can be seen swimming in the rocky lava ringed pools.
We also visit Espumilla Beach today, one of the most idyllic locations in the Galapagos Islands and an important nesting site for marine turtles. Espumilla beach is also well known for its Palo Santo Forest and some extraordinary lava formations. Caleta Bucanero (Buccaneer Cove) is our final stop. This natural monument of rocks caused by sea erosion was used by pirates to careen their ships and is a place of local legends and stories!

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 | Galapagos Cruise Day 6 | Rabida Island

Rabida is a tiny island and one of the most striking of the archipelago. Volcanic activity on this island has produced fantastic vivid colours, with red sand beaches and cliffs as a result of the high percentage of oxidised iron in the lava. A trail from the shore leads to a small salt-water lagoon where Greater flamingos can be seen. Nesting pelicans make use of the cliffs whilst Pintail ducks, marine iguanas and sea lions scatter the beach along Sullivan Bay.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9 | Galapagos Cruise Day 7 | Genovesa Island

Our overnight navigation brings us to Genovesa. The most northerly island in the Galapagos is renowned for the sheer number of birds living on its volcanic cliffs. There are large populations of Red-footed boobies, Storm petrels, frigatebirds, tropicbirds and nocturnal Swallow-tailed gulls here. A challenging walk up a steep cliff and a trail through a Palo Santo forest takes us past the nesting sites for many of these birds. There is also time at Darwin Bay, where we land on a small coral beach near the caldera of a collapsed volcano - an excellent spot for photography of the many birds in this area.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10 | Fly to Guayaquil; depart Guayaquil.

This morning we have a circumnavigation of Daphne Island, an important centre for scientific research. There are very strict limits about the numbers of visitors allowed on Daphne at any one time and as such, we don't disembark here but will see the volcanic formations and bird life from the boat before returning the short distance to Baltra.

We say farewell to the Galapagos Islands after this mornings excursion and head to the airport on Baltra for our flight to Guayaquil where the holiday ends. At Guayaquil airport it's possible to connect with international flights this evening from 6pm onwards.

Meals included: breakfast

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

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Galapagos: Western Islands

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Nemo II | Catamaran

The Nemo II is a First Class Motor Sail Catamaran with an outside lounge and dining area, an inside lounge/bar area and a spacious sun deck, perfect for relaxing and observing the incredible Galapagos landscape.

There are two superior cabins with double beds, two standard cabins with a lower single bed and an upper double bed, and three twin cabins with two single bunkbeds. All cabins have air conditioning and en suite bathrooms. 

Ship Specifications

  • First Class Motor Sail Catamaran

  • 14-16 passenger capacity with 2 superior cabins, 3 standard cabins and 2 twin cabins.

  • Crew: 6 + 1 naturalist guide

  • Length: 21.88m

  • Beam: 10.39m

  • 2 Engines

Ship Amenities

  • 2 kayaks

  • Snorkelling gear

  • A flat screen TV

  • Air conditioned cabins

  • Beach towels

  • Sun deck with comfortable lounge chairs

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Twin Cabin

2 x twin cabins available, both with 1 lower single bed and 1 upper single bed and an en-suite bathroom.

Standard Cabin

2 x cabins with lower single bed and double upper bed. En-suite bathroom.
1 x cabin with lower double bed and 1 upper single bed. En-suite bathroom.
These cabins are used as twin/double cabins (may be available for triple occupancy on request)

Superior Cabin

2 x cabins have a double bed in each along with an en-suite bathroom.

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Galapagos: Western Islands

Call one of our Expedition Cruise Experts for the very best prices and latest deals

Package Prices (Flights and Transfers Included) 2018

2018 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price
05 October - 15 October 9 £4549
19 October - 29 October 9 £4549
02 November - 12 November  9 £4599
16 November - 26 November  9 £4599
30 November - 10 December  9 £4599
14 December - 24 December  9 £4999

Package prices are indicative, please contact one of our Activities Experts for more information.

Tour Only Prices 2018

2018 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price
05 October - 14 October 9 £3649
19 October - 28 October 9 £3649
02 November - 11 November  9 £3649
16 November - 25 November  9 £3649
30 November - 09 December  9 £3649
14 December - 23 December  9 £3649

Package Prices (Flights and Transfers Included) 2019

2019 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price
25 January - 04 February 9 £4549
08 February - 18 February  9 £4549
22 February - 04 March  9 £4549
08 March - 18 March  9 £4549
19 April - 29 April 9 £4679
03 May - 13 May  9 £4549
17 May - 27 May  9 £4499
31 May - 10 June 9 £4549
14 June - 24 June   9 £4549
28 June - 08 July  9 £4549
12 July - 22 July  9 £4899
26 July - 05 August 9 £4899
23 August - 02 September  9 £4899
06 September - 16 September 9 £4549
20 September - 30 September  9 £4549
04 October - 14 October  9 £4549
18 October - 28 October  9 £4549
01 November - 11 November  9 £4549
15 November - 25 November  9 £4549
29 November - 09 December  9 £4549
13 December - 23 December 9 £4779

Package prices are indicative, please contact one of our Activities Experts for more information.

Tour Only Prices 2019

2019 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price
25 January - 03 February 9 £3649
08 February - 17 February  9 £3649
22 February - 03 March  9 £3649
08 March - 17 March  9 £3649
19 April - 28 April 9 £3649
03 May - 12 May  9 £3649
17 May - 26 May  9 £3649
31 May - 09 June 9 £3649
14 June - 23 June   9 £3649
28 June - 07 July  9 £3649
12 July - 21 July  9 £3649
26 July - 04 August 9 £3649
23 August - 01 September  9 £3649
06 September - 15 September 9 £3649
20 September - 29 September  9 £3649
04 October - 13 October  9 £3649
18 October - 27 October  9 £3649
01 November - 10 November  9 £3649
15 November - 24 November  9 £3649
29 November - 08 December  9 £3649
13 December - 22 December 9 £3649

Tour prices are accurate at time of publication. All cabins are subject to availability.
Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin – please contact us for details of other cabin prices.

Please note you will have to pay 120 USD Galapagos tax locally to your tour leader.

Solo Travellers

Aboard our Expedition Cruises we do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share the cabin with another traveller of the same gender or you can pay for a single supplement, please contact your Expedition Cruise Expert for more information.

 Important Notes

  • All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay.

  • If you are travelling via the US you will need to purchase an ESTA for around USD14.

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