Isabela II Galapagos Cruise
Luxury Class Motor Vessel
All 20 cabins on board are spacious and have their own private bathrooms – as you might expect. They really do offer everything you could imagine from a high-end cruising vessel. However, it is the social areas that really stand out.
The three public decks offer all the space you would find on a much larger vessel. With amenities that include a bar-salon, dining room, observation area, Jacuzzi and solarium, all your onboard needs are catered for.
Watch whales and dolphins from the viewing deck, snorkel in the shallow waters around the coast or head out in a glass bottom boat to explore the underwater world without getting wet.
Enjoy your eight-day cruise on board and take in the highlights of a Galapagos Islands tour. Visit Darwin Bay, Bartolome Island and Post Office Bay, amongst others, and you’ll experience the real magic of the Galapagos.
Couples looking for the perfect Galapagos honeymoon experience can enjoy a romantic dinner on board and then gaze out from the observation deck at the stunning backdrop provided by these incredible islands. Retire to your well-appointed and stylish cabin for a Galapagos tour with a touch of luxury.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect Galapagos honeymoon or simply an adventure with a touch of luxury, the Isabela II can provide it. One of the finest ships sailing the Galapagos waters today, this is a tour you will never forget.
- 40 passengers Stable Motor Vessel
- Magnificent Itineraries
- One tour guide per each 11 Guests
- Ample Social Areas & Doctor on board
- Comfortable and Luxurious Cabins
- Glass-bottom boat and Sea-Kayaks
Isabela II Cruise Information
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5 days – Southern Islands
5 days – 4 nights
|Day 1||Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station|
|Day 2||Floreana Island – Post Office Bay & Baroness Cove|
|Day 3||Española Island – Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay|
|Day 4||San Cristobal Island – Punta Pitt & Cerro Brujo|
|Day 5||San Cristóbal Island & Departure|
|Day 1: Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station|
We arrive at Baltra airport and then we take you to the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30…Read More
… minutes bus ride takes us to a restaurant in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy lunch, and then continue to Puerto Ayora. Depending on local weather conditions up in the highlands, we may include a short hike which will be a great introduction to some Galapagos wildlife. Our Expedition Team will advise accordingly.
After driving down from the highlands, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Late afternoon we stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking on Yacht Isabela II. We review the expeditions plan for next day, and enjoy the Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner.
|Day 2: Floreana Island – Post Office Bay & Baroness Cove|
After breakfast, we land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as an informal post office in the…Read More
…archipelago for over two centuries. Snorkelling off the beach.
Our visit to Punta Cormorant takes in an olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk by a brackish water lagoon where bird species like stilts and flamingos may be observed. On the other side of the island, we come to a white-sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest. Snorkeling will happen at lovely “Champion Islet” site, or ride in the panga or glass-bottom boat.
|Day 3: Española Island – Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay|
Our morning outing at Punta Suarez provides an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies…Read More
…including the waved albatrosses (April – January), boobies, swallow-tail gulls, mockingbirds, and the famous “blowhole”. Also, look for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.
In the afternoon, we set down at this beautiful, white coral beach for a short walk to observe Galapagos sea lions, finches, maybe a hawk or just enjoy the beach. There is great snorkelling in this area, or else there’s time to kayak, or enjoy the glass-bottom boat. The turquoise colour of the waters at this location will be a favourite one to photograph.
|Day 4: San Cristobal Island – Punta Pitt & Cerro Brujo|
In the morning, we land on the eastern tip of the island to see Punta Pitt. The trail that ascends from the beach provides…Read More
…spectacular views of the shoreline and is the only site in the Galapagos where the three species of boobies can be found together, joined by the two frigatebird species plus a colony of bachelor sea lions. After the walk, if conditions are favourable, there is a chance to swim, kayak or snorkel from the beach or hop onto the panga for a ride along the coast.
In the afternoon, following lunch on board, we set out on a panga ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers which take us to Cerro Brujo’s expansive, white coraline beach, great for walking, with rewarding birdwatching including good views of both sea and shore birds. Also, keep your eyes open for Galapagos sea lions. These are the same shores that Charles Darwin walked upon, back in September 1835. After the walk, there is a chance to swim and snorkel.
|Day 5: San Cristóbal Island & Departure|
After breakfast, we depart to the pier and airport for our flight back to the mainland.
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5 days – Central Islands
5 days – 4 nights
|Day 1||Baltra Airport & Highlands of Santa Cruz Island|
|Day 2||Santa Fe & South Plazas Islands|
|Day 3||North Seymour & Bachas Beach|
|Day 4||Bartolome Island & Santiago Island – Sullivan Bay|
|Day 5||Baltra Island – Departure|
|Day 1: Baltra Airport & Highlands of Santa Cruz Island|
Following our morning arrival at Baltra Airport, we transfer to the Itabaca Channel, taking a small ferry across the channel to…Read More
…the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. We board our bus to the highlands, where we’ll learn about Santa Cruz’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.
After lunch, we continue by bus to reach a reserve that is one of the best places in the archipelago to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around, eating grass and leaves and wallowing in the small pools. There are several lava tunnels in the reserve, too. A short bus ride takes us down to Puerto Ayora to board Yacht Isabela.
|Day 2: Santa Fe & South Plazas Islands|
A stunning anchorage provides our jumping-off point for our visit to Santa Fe Island, this sandy white beach with many sea…Read More
… lion harems. Galapagos hawks are often easily observed. The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the walk. Snorkelling and swimming from the beach, kayaking or a ride in our glass-bottom boat.
The turquoise waters of the South Plaza Island channel contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline, while a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus beyond, populated by yellow-gray land iguanas.
|Day 3: North Seymour & Bachas Beach|
The morning starts with an enjoyable walk along the coast and the interior of North Seymour Island, observing numerous…Read More
… bird colonies as well as sea lions and marine iguanas. There are opportunities for snorkelling, coastal exploration or glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.
After WWII, US military barges were beached and abandoned here. Today it is an important nesting area for the east Pacific green sea turtle. Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, Bachas is a glorious white beach, with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. We can swim and/or snorkel from the beach.
|Day 4: Bartolome Island & Santiago Island – Sullivan Bay|
This morning, a Galapagos icon awaits for us: Bartolome Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden…Read More
… staircase: the view from the top is worth the effort! Following the walk, we take the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock.
After lunch, we get on board the inflatable dinghies to land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach great for swimming, and with a trail over a lava field that flowed here less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos.
|Day 5: Baltra Island – Departure|
After breakfast, we leave for the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.
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7 days Itinerary
7 days – 6 nights
|Day 1||San Cristobal Island – Puerto Baquerizo Moreno & Cerro Colorado|
|Day 2||Genovesa Island -Prince Philip’s Steps & Darwin Bay|
|Day 3||Santiago Island Buccaneer Cove & Puerto Egas|
|Day 4||Fernandina Island – Punta Espinoza & Tagus Cove|
|Day 5||Isabela Island – Urbina Bay & Punta Vicente Roca|
|Day 6||Rabida Island & Santa Cruz Island – Cerro Dragon|
|Day 7||Baltra Island – Departure|
|Day 1: San Cristobal Island – Puerto Baquerizo Moreno & Cerro Colorado|
We arrive by plane at San Cristobal Island and transfer to Yacht Isabela II for cabin assignment, introductory briefing…Read More
After lunch, we land back at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and drive 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, we visit the breeding centre of the highly-endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species and the endemic San Cristobal lava lizard.
|Day 2: Genovesa Island -Prince Philip’s Steps & Darwin Bay|
Overnight, we navigate northbound to the incredible bird haven on Genovesa Island, crossing the equator on the way. The…Read More
… morning starts with a panga ride along the cliffs of this dramatic island, followed by a dry landing with a steep climb (90 feet) up some stairs to reach a flat plateau. Along our walk, we can observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigatebirds and storm petrels. Coastal exploration along the cliffs (depending on weather conditions) will let us see more wildlife, including Galapagos fur seals. We can also enjoy snorkelling and kayaking.
In the afternoon, we land at Darwin Bay, its beach has an easy stroll observing hundreds of birds, mainly frigatebirds, red-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. There’s an optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else we can return to the beach to enjoy snorkelling at this beautiful natural harbour.
|Day 3: Santiago Island Buccaneer Cove & Puerto Egas|
After breakfast, we enjoy a coastal exploration along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer’s Cove, learning about the area’s…Read More
…distant and recent history. The cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. Enjoy fantastic natural formations such as the “The Bishop” and an impressive natural cave. This is a great site for snorkelling too or ride in our glass-bottom boat.
Puerto Egas offers you a wonderful opportunity to see land and marine birds amidst a landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and we can also observe a colony of fur seals. Back at the beach where we land, there’s very good snorkelling and swimming here.
|Day 4: Fernandina Island – Punta Espinoza & Tagus Cove|
In the morning, we visit the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina. Punta Espinoza has an amazing combination of…Read More
… barrenness and abundant wildlife. Highlights include hawks, penguins, flightless cormorants, and some of the densest colonies of marine iguanas. Snorkeling here usually bring unexpected marine encounters.
Across the narrow Bolivar Channel, we anchor at Tagus Cove on the northwest of Isabela. It provided a favourite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. An uphill hike takes guests to the rim of Darwin Crater, filled with salt water and to a dramatic viewpoint. After our walk, we take a panga ride to spot local wildlife, including some Galapagos penguins with the possibility of swimming, kayaking or snorkelling.
|Day 5: Isabela Island – Urbina Bay & Punta Vicente Roca|
After breakfast we disembark at Urbina Bay, the result of an uplifting of the ocean floor in 1954. Here you can find corals…Read More
… shells and many other calcareous organisms exposed above water. This area is also home to large and very colourful Galapagos land iguanas, and occasionally to giant tortoises. Along the shoreline, after the hike, guests may encounter flightless cormorants and see penguins while snorkelling.
Since there is no landing site at Punta Vicente Roca, the coastal exploration is by skiff, while naturalists explain the dramatic geology of the area, with remains of lava flows and tuff stone layers. There is abundant wildlife and, depending on the conditions of the ocean, we’ll be able to snorkel along the cliffs, hopefully in the company of green sea turtles and penguins. Expedition plan for Sunday and dinner.
|Day 6: Rabida Island & Santa Cruz Island – Cerro Dragon|
In the morning, we disembark at Rabida Island’s red-coloured beach. A stroll allows us to observe a large colony of sea…Read More
…lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach. We can also enjoy a panga ride, kayaking or ride in our glass-bottom boat.
The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill). Our walk includes circling a brackish water lagoon frequented by lagoon birds, including ducks, stilts and some few flamingos. Further inland, the trail brings us to the nesting area of land iguanas, and then it offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago
|Day 7: Baltra Island – Departure|
Our journey ends at Baltra Island where we transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.
- Construction: 1979
- Renovation: 2014
- Category: Deluxe
- Gross Tonnage: 1,025 tons.
- Type of Vessel: Expedition Yacht
- Capacity: 40 guests / 20 cabins
- Length: 55.94 m (183 ft)
- Beam: 11.58 m (38 ft)
- Speed: 10 knots
- Electricity: 110 – 220 V / 60 Hz
- Engines: 2 CUMMINS, KTA-38-M1, 1000 HP
- Navigation Equipment: Radar ARPA, Radar, Satellite Compass, Magnetic Compass, Automatic Pilot, Echosonar, 2 GPS, AIS
- Fire Detector: Installed throughout the ship
- Life Jackets: In each cabin
- Lifeboats: 2 semi-enclosed units / capacity for 27 persons each
- Life Rafts: Two 25-man, one 20-man
- Decks: 3 (Boat deck, Cabin deck, Main deck)
- Naturalist Guides: 3 (includes Expedition Leader)
- Crew: 26
- Passenger/Crew Ratio: 3:2
- Medical Officer: Permanently on board
- Safety Certificates: SOLAS 74, ISM, ISPS, MARPOL
All rates are referential, please contact us to find the best available offers with this incredible Cruise.
|Capacity||5 days – Central||5 days Southern||7 days Northern|
|Classic Family Cabin||3||$3.608||$3.608||$5.304|
The entire experience was mind-blowing! The crew was knowledgeable, kind and friendly. The boat was charming and comfortable. The number of travelers was also just right for one to meet new, and interesting fellow travelers. I loved this ship
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