Overnighting on Land with Day Cruises to the Various Natural Wonders of the Galapagos Islands

by Deb
(Fort Collins, CO)

My husband tends to get very seasick while I get moderately seasick, unless we're in calm waters when we sleep. We recently stayed overnight without issue on a junk in Haloong Bay, Vietnam.

But we've heard horrible things about cruising overnight/staying overnight shipboard in the Galapagos Islands.

We're looking for a trip that would put us overnight on land in a hotel with meal service either included or available, and then having daily cruises (we can handle speedboat type or ferry boat type trips, just not sleeping overnight.

What/where would you suggest that could also include our joining folks on day trips to those islands with the more unique flora/fauna and sea life?

Your Answer

In your case I would highly recommend an 8 day/ 7 night tour in one of our combined sea and land packages.

In this tour you will have 4 days of yacht excursions to the nearby Islands and you will return to your hotel in Santa Cruz Island every night. The price of this tour per person is: $1,275 plus $417 of air tickets to and from Galapagos. 3 meals a day and snorkeling gear are included in the price.

Here are the Galapagos Islands you will visit:


Santa Fe is located southeast from Santa Cruz Island. Its turquoise water Bay its ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The bay is protected by a natural barrier of rocks, on which are seen colonies of sea lions.

Our Galapagos trips departure in the morning from Puerto Ayora to Santa Fe, where the yacht circumnavigates the Island and you will have the opportunity to snorkel and see see manta rays, garden eels, sea turtles, sea lions, land iguanas (endemic from Santa Fe), lava lizards, sharks, white tip reef and hammerhead sharks.


Located South from The Archipelago, it's also called Island of the thousand hills possessing parasitic cones, evidence of a continuous and prolonged volcanic activity of a not too distant past.

On this Island you will visit Las Galapagueras (Endemic turtles in their natural state). Then visit The Cave, a natural water resource from the Island. These caves were sanctuaries where the first inhabitants of this Island lived.

Return to Puerto Velasco Ibarra where you will have lunch at a nice restaurant on the Island. After lunch you will be sailing to Punta Luz del dia and to Corona del Diablo. You will have ample opportunity for Galapagos birdwatching activities.

At last you will circumnavigate the Enderby Islet, where you can watch nesting colonies of frigate birds, masked boobies, blue footed boobies, tropical birds and swallow-tailed gulls.


Daphne Major Islet is located north of Santa Cruz Island and west of Baltra. The Island is an important site for scientific studies of Darwin's Finches and the Theory of Evolution.

You will circumnavigate around Mayor Daphne Islet to observe nesting seabirds, masked boobies, tropical birds, gulls lava and a small colony of sea lions.

You will snorkel in Piedra Ancha having the opportunity to see sea turtles, colorful fish sharks and rays.

You will visit Las Salinas beach with calm water. You will have the chance to observe pelicans, great blue herons and sea lions while we enjoy this beautiful beach. Return to Itabaca channel and transfer to Puerto Ayora.


Located west from Santa Cruz, it's the largest Island of the Galapagos Archipelago. It is formed by six volcanoes merged into a single Island, making it one of the hot Islands of Galapagos and one of the most active volcanic regions.

It is considered one of the most beautiful and the most complete Islands of Galapagos.

You will have the chance to watch penguins, blue footed boobies, masked boobies and occasionally you will have the opportunity to see Flamingos.

After lunch you will snorkel in Concha y Perla bay where you will have the opportunity to swim with sea lions, sharks, penguins and iguanas. You will have time to enjoy Villamil beach. The sun and sea makes it one of the most beautiful beaches of the Island.

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