This short voyage visits four of the Galapagos’ remarkable islands - San Cristóbal, Española, Floreana and Santa Cruz.
Your voyage begins on San Cristóbal Island, the capital of the Galapagos Province. From here, you will venture east along the northern shores of the island, visiting the fascinating sites of Pitt Point and Cerro Brujo, both full of life and taking you back to Charles Darwin’s visit of 1835.
You will then sail south down to Española Island, with its remarkable visitor site, Punta Suárez. Here, you can wander along the rugged coastline, home to hundreds of marine iguanas, sea lions, marine birds, and even albatross (at certain times of year). Gardner Bay provides a wonderful setting for a combination of beach-time, swimming, snorkelling or exploring.
The trip ends with a visit to the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island, where you can see the iconic giant tortoise.
A typical Eastern Islands itinerary is shown below, on board the Anahi, however we offer a variety of other voyages, durations and vessels.
Day1: Arrive at San Cristóbal & transfer to vessel
After settling in, you’ll land at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristóbal. Depending on weather conditions, you drive around 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore to Cerro Colorado to visit the breeding centre of the highly-endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest. If weather conditions are unsuitable, a visit to Cerro Tijeretas can be made instead, where you can encounter two species of frigatebirds nesting in the same colony.
Day2: Española Island
A morning outing at Punta Suárez on Española provides an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including the waved albatrosses (April - January), boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and the famous “blowhole”. You should also see red-green-black marine iguanas. Many regard this site as the best in the Islands.
In the afternoon, the vessel will set down at the beautiful, white coral beach at Gardner Bay for a short walk to observe sea lions, mockingbirds and finches. There is great snorkelling in this area, or there may be time to kayak.
Day3: Floreana Island
You begin your visit to Floreana Island at Punta Cormorant where two contrasting beaches and a large inland lagoon provide one of the best sites to observe American flamingo in the Galapagos. You then take a short panga ride to snorkel at Devils Crown, located just off Punta Cormorant. The site is a completely submerged volcano that has eroded to create the appearance of a jagged crown. In the afternoon, visit Post Office Bay, and walk to a lookout providing spectacular views of the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay and Cerro Pajas – the flamingo lagoon, and the forests of Palo Santo trees.
Day4: Santa Cruz, disembark & transfer to Baltra airport
Disembarking in the morning, you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz and the breeding programme in the Galapagos for the giant tortoises. It is then time to transfer by bus across the island and a short ferry ride to Baltra, from where you will fly back to the mainland.
You should note: Exact itinerary and duration will depend on your chosen vessel, departure date and local conditions.
Duration and price excluding international flights: 4 daysfrom £2,175 pp
Group size: Varies according to vessel
When to go: Jan-Dec: Departs Tuesdays year round
Departures: Please contact us for departure date details.
Home to frigatebirds, red and blue-footed boobies, Galapagos tortoises and sealions, this was the first island on which Charles Darwin set foot in 1835. A crater in the highlands holds the largest freshwater lake in the Galapagos, which is home to a lot of birdlife. It has one of the two commercial airports in the Galapagos.
Where: Eastern islands
Ideal for viewing: blue-footed booby, magnificent frigatebird, South American sealion, great blue heron, swallow-tailed gull
Excellent for: Birdwatching
Española is the southernmost island, its remote location means that it has a large number of endemic species – the marine iguanas here are the only ones to change colour during the breeding season. It has large colonies of blue-footed boobies and is also the only breeding site of the magnificent waved albatross.
Santa Cruz is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station and Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre. The island’s rocky coastline and mangrove-lined inlets are good for marine life. The lush greenery of the highlands offers a welcome contrast, with its huge craters, lava tunnels and giant tortoises roaming freely.
Where: Central Islands
Ideal for viewing: giant tortoise, green turtle, marine iguana, vermilion flycatcher, Galapagos rail
Studded with volcanic cones, Floreana is one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos – its volcano has long been extinct. It has a luxuriant vegetation, and nutrient rich soil, with diverse native and introduced flora. The submerged crater of Devil’s Crown is one of the best snorkelling sites in the Galapagos.
Where: Southern islands
Ideal for viewing: red-tailed tropicbird, South American sealion, Sally Lightfoot crab, green turtle, lava lizard
This itinerary is available on the following
Anahi is a power catamaran yacht, which provides great stability, and is the ideal vessel for passengers with little or no experience at sea. Eight cabins equipped with portrait windows, air-conditioning, lower berths, and a private bathroom, provide comfortable accommodation for Galapagos cruises.