A Galapagos cruise aboard the 48-guest National Geographic Islander offers an intimate platform for an expedition in this volcanic archipelago. A hallmark of the Lindblad Expedition experience, our team of three expert Naturalists and an Expedition Leader are always available to identify whales from the deck of Islander or tailor the day’s hike to your preferred activity level. And her Captain is constantly on the lookout for opportunities to change Islander’s course to pull alongside a rare whale shark or position the ship to observe a sea turtle migration.
We offer a multitude of options for exploring any Galapagos Island, including some shore landings before breakfast and costal explorations from Zodiacs and kayaks. We’ll provide you with a properly fitting wetsuit and snorkeling gear that are yours for the expedition—no need to pack your own. Jump in and go snorkeling in deep water with sea lions, or join some members of our friendly expedition team in the shallows for practice. We have the resources to add depth to your experience – and every activity we offer on board is included in the price.
After a day of exploring. relax in one of Islander's hammocks stretched across the deck or take a massage in the LEXspa
NOTE: Domestic flight from Guayaquil to Baltra are not included, prices will be advised at the time of booking
Galapagos 10 Day National Geographic Islander itinerary:
Day 1 - Guayaquil, Ecuador
Arrive Guayaquil by late evening. Overnight at the Hotel Hilton Colón.
DAY 2 — Guayaquil/Galápagos/Baltra/Embark Ship
This morning fly to the Galápagos. Flying time is approximately 1½ hours (Flights not included); upon arrival immediately board the National Geographic Islander. During lunch we’ll sail to Baltra for a magnificent introduction to the wildlife of Galápagos. (B,L,D)
DAY 3 — Bartolomé and Santiago
This is an enchanting landscape where lava, mangroves and golden sand converge. Great walks, views and a chance to snorkel with penguins — a tropical oxymoron. Santiago provides us a chance to see the Galápagos fur seal, along with the opportunity to enjoy the best “tide pooling."
DAY 4 — Santa Cruz
The epicenter of Galápagos administration as well as the Charles Darwin Research Center where we’ll learn about their vital preservation work. We’ll head up into the highlands to roam the moss-draped lush landscape where wild giant tortoises often forage.
DAY 5-6 — Isabela and Fernandina
Anchor off the picturesque port of Puerto Villamil. Walk the streets of this small town, visit the nearby saltwater lagoons, home to flamingos or simply stroll along a beautiful beach. Visit the tortoise breeding center which is jointly administered by the Galápagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Research Station. We’ll also explore Isabela’s caves and shoreline and search the waters for dolphins, whales, sea turtles and the elusive ocean sunfish — the mola-mola. We’ll also investigate Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island — the youngest island in Galápagos. It’s marine iguana heaven, with Isabela’s volcanoes as a dramatic backdrop.
DAY 7 — Floreana
Champion Islet, just off the eastern shore of Floreana, is a fabulous snorkel site and home to a large colony of sea lions. There is nothing more delightful than an hour spent in the clear waters with these creatures! On Floreana, we may find flamingos, pintail ducks and various shorebirds. Hike to a lovely beach.
DAY 8 — Espanola
See blue-footed boobies, sea lions galore, Española marine iguanas which develop particularly vivid coloration, and waved albatross exclusive to this island. Snorkel and stroll the island’s lovely beaches
DAY 9 — Baltra/Disembark/Guayaquil
This morning disembark the ship and fly to Guayaquil (Flights not included). The late afternoon and evening free to explore the city and prepare for your journey home. Overnight at the Hotel Hilton Colón (B)
DAY 10 — Guayaquil
Deapart after breakfast (B)
Prices for these voyages include internal but not international flights consistent with the policy of the operator.
National Geographic Islander
The National Geographic Islander is a versatile 164-foot twin-hulled vessel with 24 spacious cabins comfortably accommodating 48 guests. She is a sturdy expedition ship, designed for year-round discovery and active exploration of the Galápagos and can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to its small size.
Accessibility means freedom. Our captains have decades of sailing experience in the regions we explore. They know when and where to navigate so that you feel the places we visit are all ours. Thanks to our sturdy fleet of Zodiacs and virtually untippable kayaks, you can be off the ship and out exploring within a moment’s notice.
During your time with us, our expedition staff likes nothing better than to surprise and delight you by directing the ship toward alluring coves or bow-riding dolphins. Our seasoned crew consists of expert Zodiac drivers and considerate service providers. Their energy, enthusiasm and local field expertise are sure to enhance your experience. This is what expedition travel is all about: not just seeing wildness, but being out there, in it.
Public Areas: Ship is fully air-conditioned. Covered deck with hammocks, chairs and tables; Doctor's Office; Fitness Center; Global Market; LEXspa; Library; Lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; and Sky Deck. Our Ecuadorian Captain and Officers welcome guests to the Bridge in accordance with our "Open Bridge" policy.
Meals: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Menu is international with an Ecuadorian flair.
Cabins: All cabins have a window with an outside view, private facilities, and climate controls.
Expedition Equipment: Hydrophone, kayaks, snorkeling gear, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, video microscope, wet suits, and Zodiac landing craft.
Special Features: Guest internet access, laundry service, LEXmarket, and Wellness Program. A ship's doctor, Undersea Specialist, and Video Chronicler are also onboard.