Darwin Bay Adventure Cruises

Seaman Journey

Seaman Journey

from US$ 632 / day

GalapagosUS$2,529 from

The first-class catamaran Galapagos Seaman Journey offers carefully planned exciting itineraries year-round in the Galapagos Islands. Catering to just 16 passengers, she offers personalised service for your small ship Galapagos cruise.

    Seaman Journey
    Sea Star Journey

    Sea Star Journey

    from US$ 879 / day

    GalapagosUS$5,499 from

    Aboard the Galapagos Sea Star Journey guests can spend the day exploring the Galapagos Islands to their fullest, followed by relaxation aboard the yacht. Enjoy the bar, 2 hot tubs, comfortable lounge and spacious sun deck with only 16 guests.

      Sea Star Journey


      from US$ 747 / day

      GalapagosUS$5,980 from

      If you are looking for a luxury small ship for your Galapagos expedition, then the MY Passion Yacht is the perfect choice. At 48.5m/159ft in length and only taking 12 passengers, the M/Y Passion Galapagos emanates luxury from every corner.


      Galapagos adventure cruises to Darwin Bay offer a little something for everyone! A white sand coral beach located on Genovesa Island, Darwin Bay offers some fantastic snorkeling with abundant wildlife to be seen in the waters. You will usually take a zodiac to make a wet landing at Darwin Bay. Also great for bird-watching with sightings of Red footed boobies.

      Top things to do and see at Darwin Bay

      Adventure cruises to Darwin Bay will include the chance to spot sea lions swimming playfully in tidal pools. Snorkeling at Darwin Bay will provide swimmers with sightings of sea lions, a short trip by zodiac will allow you to get in the water and see many species in their natural environment. If you’re luck you may even catch a glimpse of a hammerhead shark! The waters can be a little choppy and cool so you might want to think about hiring a wetsuit.

      Hiking explore the island and the nearby Prince Philip steps getting to see wildlife up close. Follow Darwin’s trail on Genovesa Island to find a variety of local residents. Your naturalist guide can help you identify the wildlife and even explain more about the indigenous species.

      Try Kayaking or Paddleboarding in the waters of Darwin Bay. A great way to explore the area and a lot of fun whilst enjoying the Galapagos waters.

      Top Tips for visiting Darwin Bay

      • Be sure to bring your camera on your Darwin Bay cruise, so not to miss the chance of some great pictures. Even better if you have a waterproof camera for snorkeling you can snap some great subjects.
      • The area features excellent hiking, so bring a good pair of walking shoes.
      • If you hope to swim or snorkel at Darwin Bay, be sure to pack your bathing suit, towel and snorkeling gear.
      • Make sure you apply plenty of sunblock, it’s easy to forget how strong the sun can be when enjoying the water. A hat is also recommended.

      Best time to cruise to Darwin Bay

      Though certain Darwin Bay wildlife encounters can be enjoyed throughout the year, visitors to Genovesa Island may want to plan ahead. Red-footed boobies and masked boobies nest year round near Darwin Bay, but some times of the year are better to see other wildlife and enjoy adventure activities.

      For example, Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island) in January to March offers the best underwater visibility and highest water temperatures, making it the ideal time to snorkel and possibly scuba dive.

      Darwin Bay in March to May is frigatebird mating season, the best time to see the huge birds’ thrilling mating rituals.

      Darwin Bay in July to November brings more nutrient-rich waters and, in turn, more active and abundant marine life, making it the perfect time to see wildlife by snorkeling or scuba diving.

      Where do Darwin Bay cruises depart from?

      Typically, small ship cruises to Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island depart from one of three points: from Baltra, from Puerto Ayora or from San Cristobal Island

      If your Galapagos cruise departs from San Cristobal Island, your flight will likely arrive at San Cristobal airport, not far from the port town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

      Adventure cruises to Darwin Bay leaving from Baltra or Puerto Ayora are serviced by the Baltra Airport on Isla Baltra (nr Santa Cruz). The airport is just an hour from Puerto Ayora using public transit or transfer.

      Both airports are reached via flights from mainland Ecuador, specifically from Quito or Guayaquil.

      Please contact our reservations team to book your next adventure cruise to Darwin Bay, Galapagos Islands.

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