Galápagos — Central & East Islands

Galápagos — Central & East Islands

From NZD $5,959


Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend eight days exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the Xavier III to reflect on the day’s adventures. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms. As one of the region’s largest operators, we understand the importance of controlling the onboard experience – that’s why you’ll never end up on another operator’s ship.

Trip Name
Galápagos — Central & East Islands
Vessel Type: Expedition Cruising Length: 25.5m Passenger Capacity: 16 Built: 1998 When it comes to our stellar fleet of Galápagos vessels, the Xavier III is made for both great value and great service. Imagine all the luxury of fresh and tasty local and international cuisine, daily excursions to explore the islands, and picturesque views of the area from the top deck – all this with an unbelievable price to boot. Get on board! Cabins: 4 lower deck double-occupancy cabins with port hole, 4 upper deck double-occupancy cabins with window, air conditioning, private facilities, TV & DVD player in lounge area Boat layout: Very spacious indoor-outdoor seating areas and sun chairs. Interior dining room with coffee, tea and water service on the main deck. Large lounge and bar area with TV and DVD player for daily briefings. Crew: The Xavier III carries a team of seven crew members and one CEO Naturalist Guide well-versed in the local wildlife, vegetation and geology and certified by the Galápagos National Park Service. Amenities: Snorkelling equipment, wetsuits and beach towels included at no extra charge. Comprehensive breakfast and gourmet Ecuadorian and international cuisine prepared fresh daily. All meals on board included.


Day 1 - Day 1 Quito
Arrive at any time.There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. Please look for notices in the hotel lobby for a time and location of the welcome meeting.
Day 2 - Day 2 Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Fly to San Cristóbal Island. Meet the Galápagos CEO and transfer to the boat. In the afternoon, visit the Tortoise Breeding Centre before setting off to explore the Galápagos.
Day 3 - Day 3 Punta Pitt/Kicker Rock
Morning landing at Punta Pitt and Islet Pitt. After, visit Cerro Brujo on San Cristóbal Island to observe the sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds along the beach. Continue to the dramatic Kicker Rock in the afternoon.
Day 4 - Day 4 Isla Santiago
Morning excursion to Playa Espumilla, one of the most idyllic beaches in the Galápagos Islands and home to thick mangroves and flamingo and sea turtle nesting sites. Continue to Buccaneer Cove to witness the towering cliff wall rock formations before going to Puerto Egas to see the salt crater as well as a dark-sand beach and tidal pools.
Day 5 - Day 5 Puerto Ayora
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises and take an excursion to the Santa Cruz Highlands. Free time for shopping or exploration of Puerto Ayora.In the morning, arrive in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Santa Cruz is the second largest in the island group, and has the largest population with Puerto Ayora as its main town.In the afternoon, have the opportunity to visit the highlands and see giant land tortoises in the wild.
Day 6 - Day 6 Chinese Hat/Black Turtle Cove
Visit Chinese Hat for snorkelling opportunities and to observe the birds and sea lions before taking an excursion to Black Turtle Cove to see the marine life.Spot Galápagos penguins and explore marine life that is fantastic for snorkelling. There is also a large sea lion colony at Chinese Hat as well as many marine iguanas that can be seen on the guided walk. Hike among the volcanic scenery, with good views to the cone of the island's volcano.In the afternoon, take an excursion by "panga" to Black Turtle Cove to witness the extensive mangrove system and interesting waterway canals. Sea turtles and different species of rays can often be seen in this cove, offering a peaceful and fascinating glimpse into the diversity of the area.
Day 7 - Day 7 Cerro Dragon/Islas Daphne
Visit Cerro Dragón on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island to see land iguanas and a salt water lagoon frequented by flamingos and other species of birds. Continue to Daphne Island in the afternoon to spot birds and wildlife.
Day 8 - Day 8 Islas Plaza/Isla Santa Fe
Land at South Plaza in the morning for wildlife spotting opportunities. Afternoon visit to Santa Fé Island for guided walks to observe the wildlife and plentiful marine iguanas. Opportunities for swimming and snorkelling with the sea lions.
Day 9 - Day 9 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito
Visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristóbal Island before flying back to Quito.Transfer to the group hotel upon arrival, and enjoy one last night on the town.Flights from San Cristobal to Quito depart between 11:30am and 1:30pm depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into Quito between 4:00pm and 5:40pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will arrive back at the hotel in the early evening in time for dinner.
Day 10 - Day 10 Quito
Depart at any time.
Day 11 - Please Note:
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
22-08-202031-08-2020NZD $5,959Lower Deck Twin
22-08-202031-08-2020NZD $6,339Upper Deck Twin
05-09-202014-09-2020NZD $5,959Lower Deck Twin
05-09-202014-09-2020NZD $6,339Upper Deck Twin
19-09-202028-09-2020NZD $5,959Lower Deck Twin
19-09-202028-09-2020NZD $6,339Upper Deck Twin
03-10-202012-10-2020NZD $5,959Lower Deck Twin
03-10-202012-10-2020NZD $6,339Upper Deck Twin
17-10-202026-10-2020NZD $5,959Lower Deck Twin
17-10-202026-10-2020NZD $6,339Upper Deck Twin
31-10-202009-11-2020NZD $5,959Lower Deck Twin
31-10-202009-11-2020NZD $6,339Upper Deck Twin
14-11-202023-11-2020NZD $6,079Lower Deck Twin
14-11-202023-11-2020NZD $6,459Upper Deck Twin
28-11-202007-12-2020NZD $6,079Lower Deck Twin
28-11-202007-12-2020NZD $6,459Upper Deck Twin
12-12-202021-12-2020NZD $6,079Lower Deck Twin
12-12-202021-12-2020NZD $6,459Upper Deck Twin
26-12-202004-01-2021NZD $6,199Lower Deck Twin
26-12-202004-01-2021NZD $6,599Upper Deck Twin


    • Choose to hunt for sea lions and marine iguanas or simply relax on the white-sand beach of Santiago
    • Gain a deeper understanding of the history of the Galápagos at the Charles Darwin Centre
    • Search for land iguanas in the cactus forests of South Plaza
    • Snorkel with rays and sea lions at the dramatic Kicker Rock