Galapagos Legend – South Galapagos Islands

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This 5 Day Small Ship Galapagos Legend West Galapagos Cruise visits Baltra, Mosquera Islet, Santiago, Rabida, Isabela, Fernandina and Santa Cruz. The 100-guest Legend is an ideal and family-friendly base from which to hike, swim, snorkel and kayak in the Galapagos Islands.
Mosquera Islet is a perfect introduction to the Galapagos Islands, with barren lava rock, sandy beaches, little plants and large sea lions. Santiago is next with its black sand beach and wonderful marine wildlife including lobster, starfish, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and endemic fur seals. Rabida Island is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to its diversity of volcanic geology and is easily recognized by its iron-rich red shores.
On Isabela, the largest and youngest island in the Galapagos, snorkel among countless tropical fish, sea lions and turtles at Urbina Bay, then hike to Darwin Lake for excellent views of volcanic formations, some of which are still active. Spot the largest, most primitive-looking marine iguanas on Fernandina before crossing the Bolivar Channel to visit Vicente Roca Point. Complete this cruise by ambling amidst giant tortoises in the natural habitat in the Santa Cruz Highlands and wonder what it’s like to live to be 200 years old like some of these ancient creatures. . 


Day 1: Baltra airport - Mosquera Islet
Day 2: Egas Port - Rabida Island
Day 3: Urbina Bay - Tagus Cove 
Day 4: Espinosa Point, Fernandina Island - Vicente Roca Point, Isabela Island
Day 5: Highlands Tortoise Reserve - Baltra airport

NOTE: Looking for a longer cruise? the M/V Galapagos Legend also offer special Itineraries for 8,11,12 & 15 day cruises, please call us for details.

  • San Cristobal airport - Interpretation Centre & Tijeretas Hill

    AM: San Cristobal Airport
    Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal in a 2-hour flight. Upon arrival, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten- minute bus drive to the pier to board the Galapagos Legend.

    PM: Interpretation Center & Frigatebird Hill (San Cristobal Island):
    The interpretation center is full of interesting information and offers the perfect overview to the formation of Galapagos, its significance in the world, threats and conservation efforts. Followed by a hike to Frigatebird Hill

    Difficulty level: easy / intermediate

    Type of terrain: flat / stairs

    Duration: 1-hour visit / 1-hour walk

    PM: Cerro Tijeretas:
    We will have great looks at both species of frigatebird, with the bonus of a beautiful view of the bay below.

    Difficulty level: difficult

    Type of terrain: Rocky

    Duration: 1-hour visit

  • Gardner Bay, Osborn Islets & Suarez Point, Espanola Island

    AM: Gardner Bay, Gardner & Osborn islets (Española Island)
    One of the most stunning beaches in all of Galapagos. The long, white, sandy beach, lapped by turquoise waters is home to a colony of Galapagos sea lions, indifferent to the humans that walk amongst them. The Hood mockingbirds, endemic to this particular island, will be eager to inspect the visitors and satisfy their innate curiosity. Darwinís finches may also join the throng including the reclusive warbler finch. We can also snorkel here from the beach, in the shallows of the bay.

    Difficulty level: easy

    Type of terrain: sandy

    Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

    PM: Punta Suarez (Española Island)
    One of the highlight visits of the trip. Punta Suarez seems to have everything - a naturalistís paradise. A slew of marine iguanas and sea lions greet us at the landing site from where our walk continues with close encounters of boobies, endemic lizards, gulls and even a dramatic blow hole. The oldest extant island in the archipelago it is our only opportunity to commune with the endemic waved albatross during their breeding season between April and December. With luck, we can watch their complex courtship display.

    Difficulty level: difficult

    Type of terrain: rocky

    Duration: 2 1⁄2-hour walk

  • Post Office Bay, Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown & Champion Islet, Floreana Island

    AM: Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
    A very short walk from the beach leads us to the famous Post Office Barrel. Claimed to have been first setup in 1793 by Captain James Colnett it remains the oldest functioning ëpost officeí in the Pacific. The system was that whalers and fur sealers would leave addressed letters in the barrel to be picked up by homeward bound colleagues. In the spirit of maintaining tradition visitors today will often take letters and hand-deliver them in their home countries.

    Difficulty level: easy

    Type of terrain: sandy

    Duration: 30-minutes walk / 1-hour snorkeling

    PM: Punta Cormoran:
    On arriving, the observant visitor will notice that olivine, a volcanic crystal, has proffered a subtle green hue on the dark beach. Our walk takes us past island-endemic Scalesia plants to a large, shallow, lagoon often inhabited by a variable number of shockingly pink greater flamingoes. We continue through a forest of palo santo trees to arrive at a powdery white beach, a nesting area of green turtles. As we paddle barefoot in the shallow water we will spot diamond stingrays and white-tipped reef sharks.

    PM: Devil's Crown:
    One of the favourite snorkeling sites in the islands. Devilís Crown, an eroded volcanic cone, is home to an abundance of fish and marine animals. We will swim with big schools of yellow- tailed surgeonfish, salemas and creolefish and with luck may spot turtles, spotted eagle rays, parrotfish, and even hammerhead sharks! The jagged ëcrowní is a roosting area for boobies, noddies, tropicbirds and frigates.

    PM: Champion Islet:
    A truly magical place to snorkel. We would expect to see here green turtles, harmless white- tipped reef sharks, an impressive diversity and abundance of fish as well as some playful sea lions often approaching very close, itching to show off their prowess in the water. Champion Islet also happens to be the last remaining home of the island-endemic Floreana mockingbird which we may be lucky enough to see from our pangas.

    Difficulty level: easy

    Type of terrain: sandy & flat

    Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

  • Charles Darwin Station, Fauso Llerena Breeding Centre & Ballena Bay

    AM: Charles Darwin Research Station & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center (Santa Cruz Island)
    Once home to the famous Lonesome George, the last tortoise of the Pinta race, the breeding and relocation center is named in honour of his long-time guardian. The center is set in the Galapagos National Park Service where various interpretative buildings are available to visit. The grounds, with large stands of native vegetation are one of the better places to spot some of the seldom seen Darwinís finches such as the woodpecker, cactus and vegetarian finches.

    Difficulty level: intermediate

    Type of terrain: flat

    Duration: 1 1⁄2-hour visit

    AM: Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)
    Dry landing. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kind of birds, such as: tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos giant tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a birdwatchers’ haven, since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

    Difficulty level: easy

    Type of terrain: flat & muddy (depending on season)

    Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 1⁄2-hour walk

    PM: Eden Islet or Ballena Bay (Santa Cruz)
    The perfect spot to enjoy our water activities of snorkeling, kayaking or the glass-bottom boat. Expect to see lots of fish species including king angelfish, surgeonfish, parrotfish, damsels, rays and sharks. From the land portion of the visit there will be sea lions and basking marine iguanas with herons and turtles in the mangrove areas. We might even discover some antique ceramic relics left behind by previous settlements.

    Difficulty level: intermediate

    Type of terrain: rocky

    Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling

  • Carrion Point - Baltra airport

    AM: Carrion Point (Santa Cruz Island)
    Dinghy ride at the entry of the Itabaca Channel in a lagoon with turquoise water, where we can observe sharks, blue-footed boobies, and different kinds of fish.

    Difficulty level: easy

    Type of terrain: none

    Duration: 1-hour dinghy ride

    PM: Transfer to Baltra Airport:
    Your cruise has officially come to an end. We hope you enjoyed your Galapagos Cruise! We will now transfer you to your scheduled departure from Baltra Airport to mainland Ecuador. Safe travels!


  • Gross tonnage: 2890 t.
  • Length: 301 ft (92 m)
  • Wide: 47 ft (15 m)
  • Decks: 4
  • Made in: Germany
  • Rebuilt: 2002
  • Remodeled in: January 2017
  • Speed: 17 knots
  • Cruise speed: 15 knots
  • Life Rafts: 22 for 25 pax each
  • Dinghies: 6 for 20 pax each
  • Glass bottom boat: 1
  • Kayaks: 4 double, 1 single
  • Safety: ISM, SMC, ISSC, IOPP, DOC
  • Electricity: 110v
  • Guest Capacity: 100
  • Crew: 60
  • Guides: 6 multilingual naturalists


Balcony Suite Plus

One cabin located in the Moon Deck; Size: 43 m² / 463 ft²; Private balcony; Lower berths or queen size bed; Triple with sofa bed; Air Conditioning; Local and International call service; LCD TV and internal Video system with music, activities, itineraries, and consumptions on board; Safety box; Mini bar with champagne; Large private bathroom; Wheelchair facilities (Responsibility release form must be sing based on KT´s Operation Safety policy); Exclusive decoration with a special relax settee

Balcony Suite

Located on the Moon Deck or the Sky Deck; Suites with private balcony; Average area: 23 m2 / 248 ft2; Sliding doors; Low twin beds or a queen-sized bed; Triple with day sofa; Air conditioning; Phone service for internal, local, and international calls; Video system with LCD TV, music, activities, itineraries and consumption on board; Safe-deposit box; Refrigerator with champagne; Private bathroom

Junior Suite

Located on the Earth Deck; 24 Double or Triple Suites (Average Area: 15 m2 / 161 ft2); 4 Quadruple Suites (Average Area: 20m2 /215 Ft2); 2 panoramic windows; Low twin beds or a queen; Air conditioning; Phone service for internal, local and international calls; Video system with LCD TV, music, activities, itineraries and consumption on board’ Safe-deposit box; Private bathroom; Use of spa, but does not include massage services

Standard Plus Cabin

Located on Sea Deck and Earth Deck; 7 double cabins with portholes; Average area of 11m2 / 118ft2; Low twin beds or a double bed; Air conditioning; Phone service for internal, local and international calls; Video system with LCD TV, music, activities, itineraries and consumption on board; Safe-deposit box; Private bathroom

Standar Cabin

Same layout as the Standard Plus Cabin, but without any windows; Located on Earth Deck; 3 interior cabins; Average area of 13m2 / 140ft2; Low twin beds or a double bed; Air conditioning; Phone service for internal, local and international calls’ Video system with LCD TV, music, activities, itineraries and consumption on board’ Safe-deposit box; Private bathroom

Layout: 4 Decks / 56 Cabins
Earth deck:
Junior plus 1 & 2 DBL’s, TPL’s or QUAD’s
Earth deck:
Junior 3 to 10, DBL’s, TPL’s or QUAD’s
Earth deck:
Junior 14 to 29 DBL’s, TPL’s or QUAD’s
Earth deck:
Junior plus 30,31 DBL’s, TPL’s or QUAD’s
Earth deck:
Standard 11 = SGL or DBL
Earth deck:
Standard plus 22A, 23A = DBL’s
Earth deck:
Standard 32,33 = SGL or DBL
Sea deck:
Standard plus 34,35,36,37,38 = DBL’s
Sky deck:
Balcony 40 to 45 = DBL’s or TPL’s
Sky deck:
Balcony plus 46 & 47 = DBL’s
Moon deck:
Balcony 50 to 53,= DBL’s or TPL’s
Moon deck:
Balcony plus 54, 56 to 59= DBL’s or TPL’s
Moon deck:
Legend balcony suite 55 = DBL’s or TPL’s
Beds layout:
Twin, doubles, triples, quadruples & suites
Connected cabins:
11-2, 1-3, 4-6, 5-7, 18-20, 19-21
Connected cabins:
40-42, 44-46, 51-53, 56-58, 57-59
Private & shared cabins
Standard & standard plus cabins only




  • Accommodation in single, double, or triple cabins with air conditioning
  • All meals scheduled on board
  • Water, coffee, & tea
  • Two daily excursions to the islands, conducted by naturalist guides.
  • Bilingual guides are guaranteed (English, German, and Spanish)
  • Snorkeling opportunities
  • Transfers in the islands
  • Lectures and activities on board


  • International flights 
  • Roundtrip Galapagos Flights: Quito or Guayaquil – Galapagos – Quito or Guayaquil 
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (aside from water, coffee, & tea)
  • Gratuities to guides and crew members (Suggested tips: $15 per traveler per day to the crew and $10 per person per day to the naturalist guide)
  • Personal and medical expenses
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • INGALA Migration Control Card ($20.00 per person, subject to change)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100 per adult and $50 per child under 12 years old, subject to change)
  • Accommodations and services in mainland Ecuador (can be quoted for and added upon request)
  • Wetsuit (available for rent on board for $25 per person on 4 or 5 day cruises; $50 per person on 8, 11, & 12 day cruises; $75 per person on 14 day cruises)
  • Kayak rental when allowed by National Park regulations ($30 per person per use)

Looking for a longer cruise? the M/V Galapagos Legend also offer special Itineraries for 8,11,12 & 15 day cruises, please call us for details