6 days/5 night Island Hopping – San Cristobal, Isabela and Santa Cruz

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This six day itinerary will allow you to visit the three most important islands of the archipelago. You will hike volcanoes, discover amazing beaches and visit the highlands to see giant tortoises in their native environment.

*4 full days, 2 half days in total


Day 1San Cristobal

You will be picked up at the airport by your private certified guide who will take you to the hotel. After your lunch with the guide, you will visit the Interpretation Center, where he will explain to you the formation, colonization and actual situation of the islands. You will then follow the trail to the Frigate bird hill, a viewpoint from which you have a beautiful view over the island. You will be able to snorkel in the shallow waters of Tijeretas Bay or Carola Beach (according to the tide your guide will take you to the best spot), where you can see sea lions, various tropical fish, and turtles. Your small hike will finish at Carola Beach from where you will go back to the hotel and have your evening free.
For dinner, you have several options in town to choose as the Descanso Marinero for delicious seafood, the Midori famous for its sushis, the Guiseppe’s for pizzas and the Rincon de Sebas for its excellent empanadas and local meals.

Tour with a private guide
Meals included: Lunch

Day 2San Cristobal

Today we give you the option of going to one of these 2 excursions: (please let us know your preference when booking)

Tour 1 – Lobos Island (mostly hiking):
On a 30 min boat ride from the port, you arrive on Lobos Island; as its name implies, home to a large sea lion colony. But that’s not the only thing you’ll find while you’ll hike and snorkel at the island on this half-day tour. During the hike, you hopefully spot blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and frigate birds, while during snorkeling you can often see the marine iguanas eating, as well as rays and turtles in the sandy bottom that separates Lobos Island from the mainland of San Cristobal. This tour includes a stop at Playa Ochoa. In the early afternoon, you will be back at the port and have free time for the rest of the afternoon.

Boat tour shared with max 16 people
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Tour 2 – Kicker Rock (mostly snorkeling):
You will visit the famous Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido – Sleeping Lion), a volcanic formation amid the ocean. There you will be able to snorkel with sharks, rays, turtles and if you are lucky also with hammerhead sharks! After lunch on the boat, you will go to a beautiful, pristine beach, where you will have time to relax. In the afternoon you will return to the port. The rest of the day is at your leisure. You can watch the sunset on Playa Mann or go to Loberia (about $5 each way by taxi). There you can walk the Barranco Cliff Trail.

Shared tour max 12 on board
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3San Cristobal - Isabela

In the morning we will pick you up at the hotel and accompany you to the airport, where you will do your check-in for the flight to Isabela (estimated elapsed time: 45 min.).
Our staff will welcome you at your arrival and accompany you to your hotel. We will go with a private guide this day explore the wetlands by bike (or walking if you prefer) up to the Wall of tears. We will have several stops along the way and spot Darwin finches, tortoises. There are beautiful viewpoints and hidden beaches. After lunch we will snorkel at the Concha de Perla lagoon (according to the tide we could do first the snorkeling). The evening is at your free disposal. You can have a drink at the beach-front bar de Beto at sunset.

Shared plane to Isabela max 9 people and then private guide
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 4Isabela

You have a choice between two different tours. Please let us know your choice when booking.

Tour 1 – Sierra Negra Volcano:
You will go by bus to the highlands and hike to Sierra Negra and Chico Volcano. Sierra Negra has the second largest active crater in the world, around 10kms, it is very impressive. As you continue to Chico Volcano, you will pass through impressive lava sceneries, and you will have breathtaking views of the north side of the island and of Fernandina Island. In total, it’s a 16kms hike (not steep but long hike, duration approx. 6 hours). A small lunch box is provided.

Shared tour max 16 people

Tour 2 – Cabo Rosa (“Tuneles”): is a beautiful site 45 minutes boat ride from the port. This site is a lava formation of tunnels going under and over the sea level, in a shallow bay where you can usually spot the Galapagos penguins and sometimes some blue-footed boobies. However, the highlight is snorkeling. You will have a chance to see sea turtles, reef sharks, rays, sea lions, seahorses, and many tropical fish. This is one of the most beautiful sites of the archipelago. The tour takes about 5 hours.

Shared tour max 10 people on board

The rest of the day is at leisure. You can enjoy the beautiful beach in Isabela or you can snorkel in the Concha de Perla Lagoon (snorkel equipment in the free time is not included, but can be hired locally).

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 5Isabela - Santa Cruz

At 5:20 am we will pick you up at your hotel and accompany you to the pier, where you will take the shared speed boat at 6:00 am to Santa Cruz (approx. 2-hour ride). At the harbor, our staff will welcome you and accompany you for breakfast. After check-in, your guide will drive you to a ranch in the highlands to see giant tortoises in their native environment! After lunch, you will go to the twin craters, a remnant of the time when Santa Cruz was still a volcanic active island. You will continue to Garrapatero Beach where you will have the opportunity to swim. In the evening, you will be free to wander around Santa Cruz. You can choose among a lot of restaurants in town for dinner. We recommend a walk at night along the pier where you can often spot juvenile blacktip sharks swimming!

Shared boat to Santa Cruz (max 30 people) and then visits with a private guide
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6Santa Cruz - Baltra airport

If there is enough free time until your transfer to the airport, we suggest that you visit the Charles Darwin Station (entrance free). Your driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the Itabaca Channel, which you will cross on a ferry. For the last part of your trip to the airport, you will take the public bus. Your driver will accompany you to the check-in point where your program ends with your return flight to the mainland. Baltra is the world’s first green airport!

Private transfer to the airport
Meals included: Breakfast


(there are 3 categories of hotels):

Accommodation is in nice, clean hotels with private bathrooms, hot water, air-conditioning and Wi-fi (not always working, as we are on islands). We always prefer family-owned hotels.
There are 3 categories of hotels: ** we use these below or similar according to availability in the moment of booking, we will always reconfirm hotel names before your final booking**

Tourist class hotels: ★

  • San Cristobal: Casa Blanca, Zayapa
  • Isabela: Iguana, Cally
  • Santa Cruz: Posada del Mar, DejaVu

Tourist Superior hotels: ★★

  • San Cristobal: Casa Playa Mann, Casa Iguana Mar y Sol
  • Isabela: Isabela Beach House, Albermarle
  • Santa Cruz: Villa Laguna, Acacia

First Class Hotels: ★★★

  • San Cristobal: Indigo hotel, Golden Bay
  • Isabela: Iguana Crossing
  • Santa Cruz: Solymar, Angermeyer




Per person
Single room supplement +114 USD

2041 USD

  • Prices are valid until December 20th – Please consult us for Christmas/New Year’s dates
  • Kids: 0-2 pay 50% of the price, 3-11 years old pay 80% of the price


Per person
Single room supplement +656 USD

2427 USD

  • Prices are valid until December 20th – Please consult us for Christmas/New Year’s dates
  • Kids: 0-2 pay 50% of the price, 3-11 years old pay 80% of the price


Per person
Single room supplement +1252 USD

3237 USD

  • Prices are valid until December 20th – Please consult us for Christmas/New Year’s dates
  • Kids: 0-2 pay 50% of the price, 3-11 years old pay 80% of the price


  • Daily visits with a Guide certified by the National Park – we use local guides on each island, and you are also assisted by our operation staff on each island (English speaking)
  • Meals mentioned
  • Accommodation in double-room (please specify if twin room or double bed needed)
  • All transportation on the islands (boat, car) (except transportation during the free time)
  • Snorkeling gear including fins and Wetsuit (shorty 2.5mm) when the excursions include water activities (not during free time activities)
  • Flight San Cristobal-Isabela and luggage up to 11 kilos/person including hand luggage


  • Flight from/to mainland (approx. 550$)
  • Extra overweight on the flight San Cristobal-Isabela (if you have more than 11 kilos/person and do not want the boat option) count 4USD per extra kilo
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park $100,-** (to be paid upon arrival at the airport – CASH ONLY – There is no ATM at the airport. Please bring enough cash).
    **Prices can be changed by the government authorities without prior notice**
  • TCT Migration card $20** to be paid in cash in Quito or Guayaquil airport (Consejo de Gobierno counter, easy to spot in the airport. There you will also have to register your personal details before you go to the check-in counter of your airline).
    **Prices can be changed by the government authorities without prior notice**
  • Additional costs for flight delays or cancellations
  • All not mentioned services in the program
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips (guides expect tips, and also the boat crew – for boat excursions not for transfers between islands)
• Prices for min. 2 people (ask us for the rate in case of 1 participants)
• Please ask for group rates (from 3+)
• Prices are excluding VAT – If you book from outside Ecuador and pay from outside Ecuador to our bank account in Ecuador VAT will not be added (as of June 2017)
• Prices are valid until December 20th – please consult for Christmas season prices
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Solo Traveller

When I booked my flights to the Galapagos, I had in mind to do it at 100% and to see everything possible in a week. I looked at the SharkSky website and saw the diving tours, the adventure tours and the island hopping tours and I thought that I wanted a mix of all of it! I wanted to dive but not every day, see the underwater life as well as on land and stay on the 3 main populated islands. Aline created a custom tour for me involving everything I wanted. My guides were amazing, my hotels outstanding and it would of cost me much more in time and money to book everything myself. In such a wonderful place like the Galapagos, its feels like paradise when everything is been taking care of by a good tour operator who really thought about making your experience a lifetime memory. I totally recommend them! Thank you so much!

November 7, 2018