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The 6 Days Petrel West Galapagos Islands Cruise sails round-trip from Baltra, looping around Isabela Island (the largest in the archipelago) and visiting North Seymour, Fernandina and the Charles Darwin Station on Santa Cruz Island. Much time is spent exploring the volcanically active, sea-horse-shaped Isabela Island, where the cooler currents allow for more chances to view penguins. Then set foot on Fernandina, the youngest, westernmost island in the archipelago teeming with the fascinating endemic marine iguanas.


Day 1: Baltra - North Seymour Island
Day 2: Vicente Roca Point - Espinosa Point
Day 3: Tagus Cove - Urbina Bay
Day 4: Elizabeth Bay - Moreno Point
Day 5: Sierra Negra Volcano - Wetlands - The Wall of Tears
Day 6: Charles Darwin Station - Baltra

NOTE: Long itineraries are the combination of short ones; please let us know if you would like to book a long cruise.

  • Baltra - North Seymour Island

    AM: Arrival to Baltra
    Assistance will be provided upon your arrival by a Petrel representative after passing through immigration and baggage claim. When ready, you will be transferred to the yacht. You will then be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before the welcome briefing and lunch.

    PM: North Seymour Island
    The island was named after English nobleman Lord Hugh Seymour. Formed by uplifted submarine lava, the island is home to a huge colony of about 2,500 land iguanas and large populations of sea lions, blue-footed boobies, common noddies, and frigatebirds. Along the coast, it is possible to see land and marine iguanas and the biggest colony of Magnificent Frigatebirds.

    Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & hike

    Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult

    Type of Landing: Dry Landing

    Highlights: Land and marine iguanas, frigatebirds, Blue-footed Boobies, common noddies, and sea lions.

    Snorkeling: Rays, reef shark, fish, and garden eels.

  • Vicente Roca Point - Espinosa Point

    AM: Isabela Island – Vicente Roca Point
    Isabela Island: This is the largest of all the Galapagos Islands, about 120 km long, and is peculiarly shaped like a seahorse! It is one of the few islands that are populated. The last census that was taken estimated about 2,200 people living in the Southern part of the Island. The island was formed by 6 different shield volcanoes from North to South that erupted continuously, eventually joining together to form on entire land mass. Of all the islands in the archipelago, Isabela is the most active with the latest eruption coming from Wolf Volcano in May of 2015. There are lots of unique wildlife on Isabela such as the pink iguana, and more wild tortoises than any other island with a different type of species near each of the 6 volcanoes.

    Vicente Roca Point: On Vicente Roca Point the geological formations are simply outstanding and it is a great place to view various bird species such as blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, gulls, storm petrels, and brown noddy terns. Activities here are all done on the water by either dinghy or panga, or snorkeling. On this western part of the island, the Cromwell Current provides cold water and many nutrients. Due to this, it is possible to see various feeding frenzies of an assortment of animals such as whales, dolphins, sea lions, and marine birds diving. At times it may also be likely to see fur seals.

    Possible Activities: Snorkeling and dinghy ride

    Difficulty: Easy / Moderate

    Type of Landing: No Landing

    Highlights: Blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, sea lions, fur seals, whales. Snorkel - various tropical fish, sea turtles, and other marine animals.

    PM: Fernandina Island – Espinosa Point
    Fernandina Island: No foreign species have ever invaded Fernandina Island and therefore it is one of the world’s most pristine island ecosystems. It is one of the most active islands and is the westernmost island in the archipelago. The volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landscape with lava fields reaching the ocean. The Cromwell Current also flows on the west making the cold and nutrient rich water an ideal habitat for the Galapagos Penguin and Flightless Cormorant that nests here.

    Espinosa Point: This area on Fernandina also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk. Land iguanas are found on the inner parts of the island near the volcano's caldera and marine iguanas will nest on the coast during certain times of the year. There is only one visitor site to Fernandina which may involve a hike or snorkeling opportunity, making the rest of the island unspoiled in a most natural state.

    Possible Activities: Hike or Snorkel

    Difficulty: Easy / Moderate

    Type of Landing: Dry/Slippery

    Highlights: Flightless cormorant, Active Volcano “La Cumbre”, various types of impressive lava formations, AA lava, Marine Iguanas, occasional land iguanas, Galapagos penguins, sea lions and sally light foot crabs. Snorkel – marine iguanas, colorful species of fish, eagle rays, sea turtles

  • Tagus Cove - Urbina Bay

    AM: Isabela Island – Tagus Cove
    Tagus Cove: This visitor site is located on the upper west part of the island and was named after an English warship that used to pass the islands in the 1800’s. This was a famous spot for many pirates and sailors who have even left their names and the names of the ship inscribed on a volcanic rock. Many different characteristics of the island are from various volcanic activities such as large volcanic rocks or small little balls of petrified rain. On the hike, the path leads to Darwin Lake with a tuff cone.

    Possible Activities: Hike, Kayaking, Panga Ride, or Snorkel

    Difficulty: Easy / Moderate

    Type of Landing: Dry

    Highlights: Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorant, finches, land iguanas, large-billed flycatchers, hawks, land birds and remnants of past pirates and sailors. Snorkel – Galapagos penguins, various species of fish, sea turtles.

    PM: Isabela Island – Urbina Bay
    Urbina Bay: A bit more south of Tagus Cove is Urbina Bay. Urbina Bay is an interesting site due to the uplifts of the island caused by volcanic and tectonic activity. When it rose, so did the corals and reefs that were under the surface. You can still see them although they are beginning to deteriorate due to air exposure. There are chances of seeing giant tortoises, land iguanas, and more flightless cormorants near the coast.

    Possible Activities: Hiking and snorkel

    Difficulty: Easy / Moderate

    Type of Landing: Wet; Highlights: Exposed coral reef, giant tortoises, Galapagos hawk, land iguanas, flightless cormorants. Snorkel – green sea turtles, larger fish, Galapagos penguins.

  • Elizabeth Bay - Moreno Point

    AM: Isabela Island – Elizabeth Bay
    Elizabeth Bay: A visitor site on the way down to the southern parts of Isabela Island is Elizabeth Bay. There are a series of islets, a lagoon, and mangroves surrounding it. The mangroves provide a great place to observe many birds and at the lagoon, it is possible to see sea turtles resting and feeding.

    Possible Activities: Panga Ride

    Difficulty: Easy / Moderate

    Type of Landing: No Landing

    Highlights: Sea turtles, red and black mangroves, lava herons, Galapagos penguins, rays, flightless cormorants.

    PM: Isabela Island – Moreno Point
    Moreno Point: On the South Western point of Isabela Island is Moreno Point. With striking black geological features, it is home to endemic species known only to the barren lava flows found here. Various activities are possible such as a hike, a panga ride to better see various sea birds, geological features, and snorkeling to view the vibrant underwater life.

    Possible Activities: Panga Ride, Hike, Snorkeling

    Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult

    Type of Landing: Dry Landing

    Highlights: Common gallinules, flamingos, paint-billed crakes, white-cheeked pintails, sea turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, pintail ducks. Snorkeling – assortment of fish, sea lions, green sea turtles, sharks.

  • Volcano Chico - Sierra Negro Volcano - Wall of Tears

    AM: Isabela Island – Volcano Chico & Sierra Negro Volcano
    Volcano Chico and Sierra Negro: These two volcanoes are located on the South of the Island and are two of the oldest of all Isabela’s volcanoes. A hike will show different types of vegetation and geological zones and possibly inside the caldera where petrified lava is present. Volcano Chico is easier to reach and recent lava flows from the 70’s can even be walked on.

    Possible Activities: Hike

    Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult

    Type of Landing: Dry Landing

    Highlights: Various types of vegetation, geological zones, Volcano Chico and Sierra Negro – oldest volcanoes of Isabela Island, panoramic views.

    PM: Isabela Island – Wall of Tears / Wetlands
    Wall of Tears / Wetlands: The wall of tears is an interesting visitor site where mangroves and a white sand beach are passed on the way. The “wall” was built by previous prisoners kept on the island as a cruel way to keep them busy. The wall is about 3 meters wide, 100 meters long, and 5-6 meters high. The Wetlands are comprised of lagoons, swamps, and various mangroves that are home to unique bird species.

    Possible Activities: Hike

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Type of Landing: Dry Landing

    Highlights: Various vegetation on a hike, flamingo, oystercatchers, ghost crabs, green turtle nesting site, Galapagos penguin.

  • Charles Darwin Station - Baltra

    AM: Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Research Station
    Santa Cruz Island: Today Santa Cruz is one of the most popular tourist sites. With a population of about 12,000 Galapagos natives, it has the longest paved road in the entire archipelago. One of the biggest conservation efforts is to eliminate all non-native plants and animals that are destroying native and endemic species on the island. There is no longer any volcanic activity but that does not mean there is no evidence. Santa Cruz means holy cross, but its English name comes from the British vessel – Indefatigable.

    Charles Darwin Research Station: The station conducts many different research projects and provides assistance to other researchers and governmental institutions and agencies, especially the Galapagos National Park. Many of the results are later published online, in magazines, and popular scientific journals. The research station also plays a big part in educating the community and public schools in Galapagos. There is also the longtime running Giant Tortoise restoration program that includes various stages of the giant tortoise from eggs, hatchlings, and adults.

    Possible Activities: Walk

    Difficulty: Easy

    Type of Landing: Dry Landing

    Highlights: See the latest advances in research at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Also, see Giant Tortoises and land iguanas.

    PM: Transfer to Baltra Airport
    Your cruise has officially come to an end. We hope you enjoyed your Galapagos Cruise! We will now transfer you to your scheduled departure from San Cristobal Airport to mainland Ecuador. Safe travels!


  • Year of construction: 2015
  • Type: Power Motor Catamaran
  • Length: 115 ft (35 m)
  • Beam: 41 ft (12.5 m)
  • Draft: 5.4 ft (1,65 m)
  • Tonnage: 208 tons
  • Capacity: 16 passengers
  • Main engines: 2 x Yanmar Diesel Engines 400HP@1950rpm
  • Power generators: 2 x John Deere Genset 70kw@1800rpm
  • Cruising speed: 10 knots
  • Water maker: 2000 Gallons / day
  • Exterior: GFRP (fiber reinforced polymer)
  • Crew: Captain, Bilingual Galapagos National Park Naturalist Guide, Cruise Manager, 8 other crew (First Mate, Second Mate, Chef, Sous Chef, Engineer, Assistant Engineer, Barman, Housekeeper)
  • Safety & Navigation: All equipment meets or exceeds the international SOLAS standard: 2x 20-man life raft Navtex 2 GPS Depth Sounder 2 naval radars Fire detection and prevention systems etc.


Suite Cabin

There are 2 Suites located on the Main Deck, each with a private balcony and fixed king-size beds. 463 square feet.

Stateroom Cabin

There are 2 Staterooms on the Main Deck, and 4 on the Upper Deck, each with a private balcony and twin beds that can be converted into a king-size bed. 323 square feet.

Single Stateroom Cabin

Cabin #9 on the Upper Deck is 151 square feet with a single twin bed.

Layout: 2 Decks / 9 Cabins
Main deck: Cabin 1,2 = Twin stateroom
Main deck: Suite A, B = Double suite stateroom
Upper deck: Cabin 3,4,5,6 = Convertible twin stateroom
Upper deck: Cabin 7 = Single stateroom
Beds layout: Single, twin & double staterooms
Rooming: Private cabins only
Sharing: Not available



  • All visitor site excursions
  • All meals and accommodatio during cruise
  • Regular soft drinks and juices
  • Champagne reception
  • Welcome courtesy
  • Galapagos National Park bilingual Guide
  • Use of snorkeling gear and wetsuits Kayaks


  • International and National (Ecuador-Galapagos-Ecuador) flights
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance, US $ 100 (To be paid upon arrival, in cash)
  • Transit Control Card, US $ 20 (To be paid upon departure from the mainland to Galapagos, in cash)
  • Galapagos Airport Transport, if the flight has not been booked together
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses, extras & gratuities
  • Travel insurance

NOTE: Long itineraries are the combination of short ones; please let us know if you would like to book a long cruise.