Galapagos Yacht Charter Itinerary
Explore the islands of Galapagos and come up close and personal with amazing wildlife
The itineraries in Galapagos are pre-determined by the national park authorities and they are not very flexible because of the conservation efforts. Once you choose your yacht and your dates, we will send you the itinerary that would apply to your charter. However, all the itineraries offer equal amount of adventure and excitement.
Day 1: Santa Cruz Island and Charles Darwin Station
After your flight arrives in the Galapagos from the Ecuador mainland, you will be greeted by the crew and taken aboard your charter yacht. You can enjoy a cocktail and get comfortable before your visit to Santa Cruz Island, where you will have the opportunity to explore the Charles Darwin Research Station at Puerto Ayora. The breeding center for iguanas and giant tortoises offers an excellent opportunity to understand the unique wildlife of the islands, which will give you a better appreciation of your surroundings for the rest of your trip. You can also head to the Highlands to enjoy the lush greenery or explore the lava tunnels.
Day 2: Española Island, Suarez Point and Garner Bay
You’ll arrive at Espanola Island (or Hood Island) as the sun is rising and you are still enjoying your fresh-brewed coffee on the deck of your luxury yacht. You’ll enjoy relaxing on Gardner Bay beach, swimming, or snorkeling. You might take a panga ride, which is a shallow skiff, or you may choose simply to take out your camera and capture some photos of the beautiful scenery or the large colony of sea lions. In addition to sea lions, Espanola Island – one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos – is also home to marine iguana, Galapagos albatrosses, blue-footed and masked boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and El Soplador, a blowhole that can shoot water as high as 25 feet into the air.
Day 3: Santa Fe and South Plaza Island
In the central portion of the Galapagos lies South Plaza Island, sometimes referred to as Barrington Island. You’ll have the opportunity to hike a mountain trail where you can spot the rare Santa Fe land iguana. Enjoy swimming in the bay or snorkeling near groups of sea lions. The wildlife is so abundant, that you will be able to get close to the creatures and watch them interact and play amongst themselves. You may choose to walk the perimeter trail, which is an easy hike and offers stunning views.
Day 4: North Seymour, Bartolome Island, and Pinnacle Rock
Bartolome Island and Pinnacle Rock are probably what comes to mind when you think of Galapagos. The landscape is breath-taking and you will be amazed at the beauty that surrounds you. Not surprisingly, many animals choose to nest here, including Galapagos penguins as well as sea turtles. A wooden staircase leads to the highest point of the island, where you can enjoy a panoramic view. North of Baltra, you can walk a two-mile path through low brush where the largest colony of Great Frigate birds in the Galapagos nests. You’ll enjoy an astounding array of sea life as your snorkel in the brilliant blue waters, or perhaps you’ll wish to simply lounge on the deck of your charter yacht.
Day 5: Punta Espinoza and Urbina Bay
Your Galapagos yacht charter will take you to Fernandina Island, where the volcano has formed a strip of lava and sand into the sea. Here you will see up close huge groups of marine iguanas, who crawl onto the ledge to sunbathe. Other species congregate here as well, including Galapagos snakes and soaring hawks. The lava cactus makes a beautiful touch of greenery growing right out of the lava rocks. Next you’ll cruise to Urbina Bay, which is on the eastern edge of the Alcedo volcano. Here, you’ll explore the landscape on a trail that dissects sand substrates, pumice rock, lava, coral, and unique vegetation in a variety of colorful shades.
Day 6: Elizabeth Bay and Punta Moreno
You’ll sail to the western shore of Isabela Island, where you’ll drop anchor in Elizabeth Bay. The canal and mangroves provide an excellent habitat for a variety of wildlife, including sea turtles, cormorants, rays, sea lions and even small sharks. Along the rocky coastline, you’ll see Galapagos penguins pruning their feathers or diving from the rocks to catch their lunch. At Punta Moreno, you’ll have a panoramic view that is truly awe-inspiring. From this northern point on the island, you’ll see three volcanos, Sierra Negra and Cerra Azul as well as La Cumbre, which is on nearby Fernandina Island. You may choose to take the three-hour hike through the lava fields or see the cycle of life in the flamingo lagoons, where many animals nest and raise their young.
Day 7: Post Office Bay, Cormorant Point, and Devils Crown
As the first human settlement in the Galapagos, Post Office Bay has a deep and storied history. The area received its name from the legend that in the 18 th century, a whaling boat captain set up a wooden barrel for buccaneers, whalers, and other individuals to send and receive letters. A lava tunnel can be used to reach an interesting cave worth exploring. On the northern coast of Floreana Island, you’ll reach Cormorant Point, which is known its colony of flamingos. Nearby is a white sand beach where sea turtles nest and the waters are known swimming grounds for rays and other marine animals. Just off the coast is Devils Crown, a submerged crater which offers excellent snorkeling opportunities.
Day 8: Santa Cruz Highlands
On the final day of your Galapagos yacht charter, you will arrive back in Santa Cruz where you can explore the highlands, tour Puerto Ayora, or simply enjoy the wildlife and locals before returning in time for your flight to mainland Ecuador and back home. We know that you’ll enjoy every moment of your luxury crewed yacht charter to the Galapagos Islands.