Small Group Safari or Tailor-Made

Luxury Galapagos Cruise on the M/V Evolution

A magical Galapagos Island safari aboard the elegant M/V Evolution, in search of some extraordinary wildlife.

Duration 8 days
Price From $7,500
When Year Round
Destination Galapagos Islands

Safari Overview

Uncover the magic of the Galapagos archipelago aboard the luxurious M/V Evolution. Spend 7 days cruising these equatorial waters in search of some of the more extraordinary and curious creatures that the natural world has to offer. You will quickly realise why this remarkable chain of islands became Darwin’s inspiration as you stand side-by-side with giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies and swim with playful sea lions.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Charming yacht with outdoor and indoor dining options and well-appointed social areas.
  • See the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos Islands including land iguanas and giant tortoise.
  • Walk along a 5km stretch of marine reef that is uplifted by as much as 4m out of the water.
  • Take full advantage of the facilities on board the M/V Evolution including sea kayaks and snorkelling gear.

Combining the Galapagos' natural beauty with this exquisite vessel, come prepared for an unparalleled adventure.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive in Galapagos

Arrive at the airport in Baltra & transfer to the dock. Check-in to your cabin before attending an introductory briefing and safety drill. After lunch on board, head to Whaler Bay, a beautiful green sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill and Eden Islet, home to a great variety of seabirds and marine iguanas and also a great snorkelling site. Return on board for a welcome cocktail and dinner.

Overnight: M/V Evolution L, D

Day 2

Isabela Island & Fernandina Island

After breakfast you will visit Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island. The snorkelling is incredible here as a result of the nutrient-rich waters of the Humboldt Current that bathe the western side of the archipelago. You will have the chance to see colourful fish, sea lions, penguins and sea turtles in the water.

Overnight: M/V Evolution B, L, D

Day 3

Isabela Island

After breakfast you will have an opportunity to visit Urbina Bay. This bay is directly west of Isabela’s Volcano Alcedo, where you will make an easy, wet landing and walk on a stretch of three miles (5 km) of the marine reef that has been uplifted 13 feet (4 m) out of the water. Highlights of this excursion are the giant land iguanas and giant tortoises, as well as the opportunity to go snorkelling amongst marine creatures, or just relaxing on shore. In the afternoon visit Tagus Cove on Isabela Island. A wooden stairway rises to the trail entrance and continues around Darwin Lake through a dry vegetation zone, and ends in a promontory formed by spatter cones. The site provides spectacular views of our anchorage in the bay, as well as Darwin and Wolf Volcanoes.

Overnight: M/V Evolution B, L, D

Day 4

Bartolome & Santiago Island

In the morning visit Bartolome Island famous for Pinnacle Rock, where you will see Galapagos penguins and sea lions. You will also hike a trail to Bartolome’s summit where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Pinnacle Rock and the beach where the crystal blue waters of the bay cradle your yacht.

Overnight: M/V Evolution B, L, D

Day 5

Santa Cruz Island

Today you will visit Las Bachas, a sandy white, coral beach that is a major egg-laying site for sea turtles. The name Bachas refers to the remains of landing craft left here at the end of WWII. Ashore, marine iguanas mingle with flamingos and other wading birds in another of the many super saline lagoons found in the Galapagos.

Overnight: M/V Evolution B, L, D

Day 6

Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz is the second largest island in the Galapagos and its capital, Puerto Ayora, is the economic centre of the Islands. In the morning we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to visit the Giant Tortoise and Land Iguana Breeding and Rearing Program. After lunch on board you are off to the highlands, where the dry coastal vegetation transitions to lush wet fields and forests overgrown with moss and lichens. Your destination is the Tortoise Reserve, where you will have chances see these animals in the wild, walk through lava tubes and see the Gemelos, the twin collapsed craters.

Overnight: M/V Evolution B, L, D

Day 7

Espanola Island

Española Island, sometimes called Hood, is the southernmost island of the archipelago, and is one of the most popular due to the breath-taking variation and number of fauna that inhabit the island. After breakfast, visit Punta Suarez where you will witness the largest variety of marine iguanas in the Galapagos, nazca and blue-footed boobies nesting along the cliff’s edge, as well as the famous waved albatross. In the afternoon you visit Gardner Bay, a magnificent long white sandy beach, where colonies of sea lions laze in the sun, sea turtles swim offshore and inquisitive mockingbirds boldly investigate new arrivals.

Overnight: M/V Evolution B, L, D

Day 8

Depart San Cristobal

Today your Galapagos cruise comes to an end, but before you bid farewell to the Evolution and her crew you pay a visit to the Galapagos National Park Visitor Centre on San Cristobal Island. The centre presents a comprehensive exhibit of the islands’ natural history, human interaction, ecosystems, flora and fauna and your naturalist will use the exhibits to provide an illustrated overview of life on the Islands.

Trip Details

Trip information

This is a set departure but can also be tailored to your specifications or joined with a wildlife safari. Please enquire for set departure dates.

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