The Fernandina Itinerary 8 Days - Cachalote Explorer Yacht - Galapagos Cruise

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This 8-day, 7-night itinerary takes you to some of the most popular islands in the Galapagos, including Santa Cruz, Isabela, Santiago, and Fernandina. You will see a variety of wildlife, including giant tortoises, marine iguanas, penguins, flamingos, and sea lions. You will also visit some of the most interesting natural features of the islands, such as Sierra Negra volcano and Darwin's Crater salt-water lake. This is a great opportunity to experience the unique beauty and wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.

Day by day

Arrive at Baltra airport

Highlands of Santa Cruz Island

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.

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.

Rabida Island

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.

Isabela Island

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

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.

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.

Urbina Bay

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

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.

Fernandina Island

Fernandina is the youngest volcanic island and is still active.

Punta Espinoza

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: 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.

Santiago Island

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

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.

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

Itinerary Map

The Fernandina Itinerary 8 Days - Cachalote Explorer Yacht | Galapagos Map


  • Accommodation (sharing double cabins)
  • Meals
  • Excursions led by professional Naturalist guide
  • Use of snorkel equipment
  • Wetsuit
  • Use of kayaks
  • All transport between visitor sites and yacht
  • Tea, coffee, water and natural juices
  • Welcome cocktail

Does not Include

  • Air tickets to and from the Galapagos. Tickets have to be bought with Enchanted Expeditions - US$50 dollars net surcharge per pax if not
  • National Park fees (US$100)
  • Transit Control Card (US$20)
  • Bottled beverages on board
  • Isabela Municipal dock fee (US$10 per person)


  • Land iguanas, marine iguanas, lava lizards, sea lions, giant tortoises, sally lightfoot crabs
  • Variety of fish, sea turtles, eels, rays, invertebrates, possible hammerhead sharks, sea urchins, possible sea horses
  • Flamingos, penguins, flightless cormorant, brown pelican, Darwin finches, bluefooted boobies, whimbrels, lava gulls, swallowtailed gulls, Galapagos hawk, red-billed tropic birds, common gallinules
  • Salt bush, algodoncillo, jerusalem thorn, castela, lantana, red white and black mangroves, lava cactus, palo santo, manzanillo, yellow cordia, opuntia cactus
  • Walking, hiking, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking (certain sites), relaxing
Santa Cruz | Galapagos Islands
Punta Vicente Roca | Nazca boobies | Galapagos Islands
Puerto Villamil | Pink Flamingos | Galapagos Islands
Puerto Egas | Hawk | Galapagos Islands


- Lucia y Manuel
La mejor manera de visitar el archipiélago de Galápagos. Siempre tuve la idea de grandes barcos cuando pensaba en cruceros, pero después de esta experiencia nos pareció muy divertido haber elegido un crucero de este tamaño. Definitivamente lo mejor del viaje fueron las vistas incomparables, los animales, la vegetación. A pesar de haber visto varias fotos de las Galápagos, nada se compara a una experiencia real.
Fue la mejor parte de nuestro viaje en Ecuador
- Grissel Guzmann
Acabo de regresar de Ecuador y estoy pensando cuándo volver. El Cachalote Explorer fue la mejor parte de nuestro viaje. I would recommend the ship for anyone with Galapagos in their 2019 Must-visit list. Saludos desde Uruguay
Snorkeling in Galapagos
- Luzma Revi
My family had lots of fun snorkeling in Galapagos, I is just amazing what you can see underwater. We swim close from sharks with no danger. Cachalote’s staff was also fabulous. They were friendly, considerable, hardworking, and always helpful.
The Fernandina Itinerary 8 Days - Cachalote Explorer Yacht
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