Aqua Mare – 8 Day East Itinerary


AM: Morning flight from Quito to Baltra, Galapagos Islands.

Once you arrive at Baltra airport, you will be met by the team and escorted on a short cross island transfer to the jetty. Receive a warm welcome aboard Aqua Mare, the Galapagos Islands’ first 50m luxury superyacht where you will be treated with the utmost attention courtesy of the 1:1 crew to guest ratio.

PM: Bahia Borrero, Santa Cruz

Head out for your first excursion to the beautiful white beach of Bahia Borrero on the northern part of Santa Cruz. You might be able to spot Darwin’s finches, Cactus finches, and Small Ground finches nestled in the coastal vegetation. For those who prefer to snorkel, you will encounter sea turtles at the beach — one of their primary nesting sites.


Highlights: Darwin’s finches, cactus finches, endemic vegetation, marine life such as turtles
Activities: Snorkelling, easy walks


PM: Bahia Darwin (Darwin Bay)

This morning, you’ll wake up on the other side of the equator and head over to Bahia Darwin’s coralline beach for hiking and snorkeling.


Highlights: Lava gulls, frigatebirds, cactus finch, marine iguanas

Activities:  Snorkelling and hiking

PM: El Barranco (Prince Philip’s Steps)

Explore Genovesa Island with a tender ride along the volcanic rocks of El Barranco. You’ll be able to view fur seals resting inside rock crevices. A 1.5 km hike inland will then take you to the lava fields to view red-footed boobies as well as great frigatebirds and Galapagos storm petrels.


Highlights:  Fur seals, red-footed boobies, great frigatebirds, Galapagos storm petrels

Activities:  Easy hike (1.5 km)


AM: Bahia Sullivan (Sullivan Bay)

Yur first excursion of the day will take us to Santiago Island with a dry landing at Bahía Sullivan to discover recent Pahoehoe lava flows.


Highlights:  Solidified lava flows and rock formations

Activities:  Easy walking

PM: Sombrero Chino Island

Named after the small crater that forms the islet. In the surrounding crystal-clear waters, you might have the opportunity to observe sea lions and penguins from above. There will be time for snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, and kayaking.


Highlights: Sea lions, penguins, shark species, Sally Lightfoot Crabs

Activities: Snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking


AM: Bartolomé Island

With an early morning anchor at Bartolomé Island, you will embark upon a mild climb up to the summit of a spatter cone for a spectacular view of the island’s iconic Pinnacle Rock. Cool down afterwards with a snorkel where you may encounter sea turtles and Galapagos penguins.


Highlights:  Pinnacle Rock, sea turtles, Galapagos penguins, panoramic views

Activities:  Mild hike and snorkeling

PM: Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill)

Your afternoon excursion takes you to Cerro Dragón or Dragon Hill, so named because in 1975 it was one of the only places in the Santa Cruz Island where scientists could still find a healthy population of land iguanas.


Highlights:  Land iguanas, giant tortoises, incredible bird life

Activities:  Easy walking


AM: Manzanillo Giant Tortoise Reserve

This morning you will explore the Manzanillo Giant Tortoise Reserve to see these wild Galapagos Islands creatures up close in their natural habitat. The area is also a great place to observe Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, flycatchers, cattle egrets, and if lucky Galapagos Rails.


Highlights: Giant tortoises, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, flycatchers, egrets, Galapagos rails

Activities:  Easy walking

AM: Fausto Llerena Breeding Center

Observe tortoises in captivity at the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, as well as the different age hatchlings categorized by islands. There will be free time to enjoy the town of Puerto Ayora before returning to the ship.


Highlights: Giant tortoises, finches, Galapagos rails

Activities:  Easy Walking


AM: Punta Suarez (Suarez Point)

Disembark in Punta Suárez for this morning’s excursion. This visitor site is one of the most interesting landing sites in Galapagos Islands, due to the high percentage of unique endemism in its fauna such as Española mockingbirds, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and the unique waved albatross.


Highlights: Waved albatrosses, Nazca and blue-footed boobies, blowhole, lava lizards, Espanola mockingbirds

Activities: Easy walking

PM: Bahia Gardner (Gardner Bay) and Islote Osborn (Osborn Islet)

In the afternoon, you will take a tender ride to the beautiful array of islets where you will be able to snorkel alongside playful sea lions and many different species of reef fishes. The last visit of the day will be Bahía Gardner, an outstanding coralline sand beach that boasts one of the biggest colonies of sea lions in the Galapagos Islands.


Highlights: White sandy beach, sea lions, mockingbirds, colourful fish, sea lion nursery

Activities:  Snorkeling, panga ride, easy walking


AM: Santa Fe Island

Santa Fe Island is one of the oldest in the Galapagos Islands (around 3.6 million years old), with the island being characterised to some degree by its vegetation of palo santo trees, a pear cactus that is called Opuntia echios barringtonensis, and many other native bushes. Here you will spot land iguanas, lava lizards, mockingbirds, and Darwin’s finches. After the visit, you will be able to take advantage of the last full day in the Galapagos Islands by snorkelling, kayaking, or stand- up paddle boarding.


Highlights: Land iguanas, giant Opuntia cacti

Activities:  Hike (8 km)

PM: South Plaza Island

The boat will then sail to Plaza Sur Island, located off the eastern shore of Santa Cruz. In the afternoon you disembark at this small, but diverse little islet to head out on a two-hour hiking excursion led by your guide to discover its unique landforms.


Highlights: Land iguanas, sea lion colony, Nazca boobies, cliff landscape

Activities:  Hike (2.5 km)


AM: Los Gemelos

Your last visit before leaving paradise is a final short excursion to drive up the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to the twin craters of Los Gemelos enroute to the airport. It is a remarkable location surrounded by lush vegetation.


Highlights: Galapagos doves, Darwin’s finches, other birdlife

Activities:  Drive, easy walking

Baltra Airport Departure

After this final visit, you will be transferred to the Baltra airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

Ready to Book?

To book this voyage call 1300 860 859 or email