Wild Galápagos Escape - Islander


A shorter Galapagos adventure for those with limited vacation time
offered by an expert operator with over 50 years' experience.

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Galapagos: Drink It In

Welcome Aboard the


National Geographic Islander

Pack a ton of adventure into one action-packed week aboard the 48-guest National Geographic Islander. With multiple adventures each day on land and undersea—including options for walks and hikes, kayaking, paddleboarding, and snorkeling—you’ll be assured of the full Galápagos experience, but in less time. Get close to the iconic wildlife that has no instinct to flee human presence. Snorkel with sea lions, hike the highlands among giant tortoises, and see blue-footed boobies and other seabirds up close. Honed over the last 50 years, each voyage is crafted to offer you a diverse experience of the archipelago.
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    -Swim with sea lions and marvel at sea turtles during snorkeling sessions that surprise you with their undersea colors.
    -Step onto islands teeming with animals who don't run away and are actually trying to get a better look at you.
    -Maximize your time in the islands with options for exploration every day including hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, and more.

Travel Curator’s Insights:


Free Round-Trip Air on select dates!

From $6,020 per person
Cancel your expedition at least 14 days before departure and receive
100% future travel credit. Policies and protocols provided before you book.

May 12-18, 2022
May 21-27, 2022
May 26-June 1, 2022
June 4-10, 2022
June 9-15, 2022
June 18-24, 2022
July 2-8, 2022
Ask us for later dates.

Year-Round Dates
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Trip Sustainability Awards 



Fantastic advances in minimizing carbon footprints at locations.



On the East African Energy Renewal Board



Runs local educational facilities for children.



Day 1: U.S. / Guayaquil, Ecuador
Arrive in Guayaquil and transfer to the 44-room Hotel del Parque. Call for recommended international flights or additional nights at the hotel.

Day 2: Guayaquil / Galápagos / Embark

Fly to Baltra in the center of Galápagos, a little world unto itself in the Tropical Pacific. We are welcomed by our  aturalist staff and start exploring the islands.

Days 3-6: Galápagos
Listed below is a sample of islands we may visit during our
expedition. Our expeditions begin and end at Baltra, and include visits to Isla Santa Cruz and a careful selection of diverse islands. Each of our itineraries offers an optimal balance of wildlife, landscapes and experiences. All ship itineraries are subject to Galápagos National Park regulations. (All meals are included daily)

North Seymour: Encounter nesting frigatebirds, plus land and marine iguanas, and enjoy a beautiful coastal walk.

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Santa Cruz: Call at Puerto Ayora, the largest town and headquarters of both the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station. Head to the lush, green highlands to see giant tortoises roaming in the wild.

Isabela: Toast crossing the Equator at Volcán Ecuador, northernmost of Isabela’s six great shield volcanoes. Keep an eye open for whales and dolphins as you ply these rich waters, once the haunt of whalers and pirates.

Fernandina: One of the most active oceanic volcanoes in the world, it’s the youngest and most pristine island in Galápagos—and home to the strange flightless cormorant and the largest marine iguanas.

San Cristobal: Search for red-footed boobies and the endemic
mockingbird and lava lizard—found only on this easternmost island. Explore Baquerizo Moreno, where sea lions thrive in the middle of town.

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Española: Home to swallow-tailed gulls, Española mockingbirds, Nazca boobies and seasonally, the world’s only population of waved albatross at Punta Suarez.

Floreana: Follow a trail past a rose pink-tinted lagoon frequented by flamingos. Snorkel among sea lions and abundant fish, or cruise along Champion Islet by Zodiac. Visit the famous barrel at Post Office Bay.

Day 7: Disembark / Baltra / Guayaquil / Depart
Return by air to Guayaquil, where we enjoy dayrooms at the Hotel del Parque before flights home—or continue to Quito for an optional two-night extension. You may also opt to overnight and fly home on Day 8 at no additional cost. Ask your Travel Curator for details. (This day includes Breakfast.)

Sample Airfares:
Economy: from $700
Business: from $1,600
Charter(Internal Air ($520-Adult/$350-Child) - Guayaquil/Galapagos)
Airfares are subject to change.

Air Note: International and internal Ecuador tickets must be issued separately for all Galapagos voyages.

Children: This operator believes sharing an expedition with your kids or grandkids is a life-enhancing experience. So take $500 off for each child under the age of 18.

Special Air Offer: Free Round-Trip Air on Select Dates. Book by February 28, 2022, for Free round-trip economy group airfare from Miami to Galápagos on select 2022 departures. Upgrade to Business Class to Guayaquil starting at $750, subject to availability.

All offers are valid for new bookings only, must be ticketed by this operator with the help of your Travel Curator and are subject to availability at time of booking. In the case that offered Miami flights are no longer available, the operator reserves the right to issue a credit.

National Geographic Islander

National Geographic Islander has sailed among super-pods of thousands of dolphins. Seen killer whales hunting off her bow. And from her decks scientists have conducted an ongoing study of Galápagos sea
turtles year after year. She’s been sailing among these islands since 2004, with annual upgrades and retrofits. She is a common sight, almost an institution, in the bays of the islands, regularly hosting
scientists, writers, and local teachers aboard. At just 164 feet, she hosts an intimate community, and life aboard is friendly and bright. A genuine feeling of community quickly develops between guests and
staff. Names are quickly learned and personal preferences remembered—Islander’s shipboard services are impeccable.

Yacht-scaled and trim, her mahogany and gleaming brass fittings create a gracious and welcoming environment. From broad open decks (complete with comfy hammocks perfect for iguana-like basking in the sun) to delectable dining on fresh, local food, Islander delivers a sophisticated and amiable expedition. Designed for active exploration, she can visit areas larger vessels can’t, and guests often compare Islander to being aboard a private yacht—one that’s as smart as she is lovely and dedicated to discovery.

Capacity: 48 Guests
Cabins: 24 Cabins
Specialists: National Geographic Experts, National Geographic Photo Coach, Full-Time Doctor, Video Chronicler, and Wellness Coach


2019 Condé Nast Traveler - Best Small Ship Cruise Line in the World
2019 Travel + Leisure - Best Small Ship Ocean Cruise Line
2018 Cruise Critic - Best for Adventure

"The National Geographic Islander is a wonderful size for the Galapagos. You'll get to know your fellow passengers yet you can also keep to your own group; it's your choice. The dark wood paneling and nautical styling is reminiscent of someone's private yacht or a cozy boutique hotel. Her service is warm yet her world-class, National Geographic-level guiding, underwater viewing device and 50 years' of experience in the Galapagos are what make her a truly outstanding choice"

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Life On Board

Deck Plan

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National Geographic Islander Deck Plan
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Main Deck #201, 202. Cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed, and a window.

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Upper Deck #403-408. Spacious with two lower single/double beds or queen, a window and outside glassed-in terrace.

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Main Deck #201, 202. Cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed, desk, and a window.

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Main Deck #203-210, centrally located, these have two lower beds which can convert to a queen, and a window.

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Upper Deck #401, 402, two lower beds or queen, wrap-around windows, glassed-in terrace with seating.

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Flights between the Galapagos and the mainland. $350 per child. Subject to change.

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Bridge Deck #303-306 Conveniently located, two lower beds or queen, window. Some can be triples.

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Main Deck #201, 202. Cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed, desk, and a window.

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This is the ship I took to the Galapagos and the program was fantastic. My clients have loved the experience just as much as I did!

Joy Martinello, Founder



What’s Included & Cancellation Policy:

All accommodations aboard ship or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, alcoholic beverages (except premium brands) and one hour of Wi-Fi per person per day, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of snorkeling equipment and wet uits, use of kayaks and stand-up paddle-boards, tips (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician and services of our expedition staff.