Galapagos Island Hopping

8 Days | Discover the abundant, varied wildlife of the Galapagos Islands

5 out of 5 based on 201 reviews submitted.
NZD $2,722
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Amazing wildlife, both on land and under the water, is the main drawcard of the remote Galapagos Islands. On this eight-day trip, you’ll explore this otherworldly archipelago on foot and by boat with an expert naturalist guide to lead the way. Swim with sea turtles, see giant tortoises up close, watch sea lions lounge around town and discover fascinating, varied landscapes. Learn about the conservation efforts on Isla Santa Cruz, take a cooking class to make a famed Ecuadorian soup and enjoy multiple snorkelling opportunities, as well as a full-day hike to the second-largest volcanic crater in the world! This trip will have you cruising and exploring by day and relaxing on land by night, with all the logistics taken care of for you.

Trip overview

Map of Galapagos Island Hopping including Ecuador
Isla San Cristobal, Ecuador
Isla Santa Cruz, Ecuador
Explorer, Wildlife
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
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This trip generates 25.34 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Learn about the unique habits of the marine iguana with your expert naturalist guide. This dinosaur-like creature has an iridescent sheen and is only found on the Galapagos Islands.
  • Snorkel the incredible waters of Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock) – an eroded volcanic cone where sea turtles, rays and colourful fish call home.
  • See the giant tortoises that freely roam the islands. Many visitors come to Isla Santa Cruz just to see these enormous creatures in their natural habitat!
  • Watch the aerobatic routines of blue-footed boobies and the death-defying stunts of the frigate birds as they whizz through the air. Calling all avid birdwatchers!
  • Start and end your trip in the Galapagos (as opposed to mainland Ecuador) – this means it’s easy to stay longer if you fall in love with the archipelago.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The only way to access some of the islands in the Galapagos is by boat. The good news is that seasickness can often be managed with medication – just consult a health professional before your trip.
  • This trip includes a 17 km hike (approximately 6 to 7 hours) on rocky terrain. We would recommend that you bring comfortable walking shoes that offer good support.
  • The sun in the Galapagos Islands is incredibly strong due to its proximity to the equator, so it’s hot and easy to burn. Make sure you bring sun protection and wear layers to combat the heat.
  • Snorkelling excursions are included throughout the itinerary. Confident swimming skills are required to take part in these activities.
  • The Galapagos is a great place to switch off and take a break from your phone as internet access can be patchy and wi-fi is not always available or reliable.
  • Hot water can be sporadic in some parts of the Galapagos so there may be a few cold showers on the trip.


Map of Galapagos Island Hopping including Ecuador



7 breakfasts, 4 lunches


Boat, Public bus, Speed Boat, Private Vehicle


Hotel (7 nights)

  • Isla San Cristobal- Snorkeling in La Loberia (1.5 Hours)
  • San Cristobal - Excursion to Leon Dormido or Lobos Islands
  • Isla San Cristobal - Interpretation Center (45 minutes)
  • Isla San Cristobal - Cerro Tijeretas View Point (1 Hour)
  • Floreana - Snorkeling
  • Isla Isabela -Tintoreras or Shark Alley (2.5 Hours)
  • Isla Isabela - Flamingo lagoon visit (30 Minutes)
  • Isla Isabela - Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre (1 Hour)
  • Isla Isabela - Kayaking
  • Isla Isabela - Sierra Negra Volcano Hike (5-6 Hours)
  • Santa Cruz Highlands Visit (3 Hours)
  • Santa Cruz – Organic Farm Tour
  • Santa Cruz – Encebollado Cooking Class
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Tortuga Bay walk
  • Isla Santa Cruz - The Galapagos Conservancy visit
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Centre
Add on activities
  • Wetsuit (shortsleeve) hire for 5 days - USD60

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Important notes

1. Intrepid offers a longer version of this tour (search trip code GGTF), which includes flights to and from Quito.
2. A Galapagos Transit Card fee of US$20 must be purchased at Quito Airport (or whichever airport in Ecuador you are flying to the Galapagos from) before your flight to the Galapagos. Without this card, you might be denied boarding. After you have purchased your Transit Control Card, you will have to check your luggage at the SICGAL counter, where they will seal your checked bags; then proceed to the check-in counter of your respective airline. You will need to be at the airport at least 2 hours prior to the departure time, as this can be a lengthy process. You will also need to have cash on hand, as credit cards are not accepted.
3. The Galapagos Park fee (US$100) and Isabela Port fee (US$10) are payable upon arrival to the islands (cash only). These amounts are in addition to your trip payment.
From the 1st of August 2024 the Galapagos Islands National Park fee will be increasing from USD100 to USD200.
4. Full passport details are required at the time of booking. Please ensure all your details are correct and that they match your passport. The passport you travel with must match the booking details provided to us. This information is necessary to purchase entry permits to certain sites. Delays in providing this information could result in additional booking fees or changes to your itinerary.
5. Please refer to the ‘Special information’ section on Day 1 of the Itinerary for detailed instructions on how to join your group.
6. Strict rules apply in the Galapagos Islands to protect and preserve its unique biodiversity. Intrepid supports these rules, which range from times of the day that a destination can be visited to the distance kept between people and wildlife. In particular, not removing anything from the environment ( shells and corals, for example). All rules will be explained in more detail by your leader when you join the trip. Not adhering to these rules can lead to hefty fines for travellers and Intrepid losing the license to operate in the Galapagos Islands. Failure to adhere to the rules can result in your removal from the trip without a refund.
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7. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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5 out of 5 based on 201 reviews submitted.
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Christopher · Traveled April 2024
Incredible trip in the Galapagos. This place is a paradise, couldn’t have had a better guide or group to share this with. Would recommend this trip to anyone.
Review submitted 21 Apr 2024

Liza · Traveled April 2024
Galápagos Islands with Intrepid was everything I hoped for, and more. Our fearless leader, Jessica Corneja ensured that we were always safe and happy. Her expertise and knowledge of the islands was second to none. There wasn’t a question she was unable to answer. It was such a bonus seeing all that wildlife, and our meals were always sensational. Big thank you to Intrepid & Jessica for making this such a unique and special experience. I would highly recommend this tour.
Review submitted 21 Apr 2024

Alana · Traveled April 2024
This was a fantastic trip! I loved the combination of snorkeling and hiking while seeing wildlife. Island hopping was a fun way to explore the islands as I got to learn more about local communities. Jessica exceeded expectations as my guide as she was highly knowledgeable about the islands and made me feel safe throughout the trip.
Review submitted 24 Apr 2024

Benjamin · Traveled April 2024
This was my first group trip, and it far exceeded my expectations. Jessica led us on an exciting, seamless, educational, and fun experience. So memorable. Nature was so accessible. The cultural activities were meaningful. The days were just packed with such rich adventures.
Review submitted 26 Apr 2024

Laura · Traveled March 2024
This trip was fantastic from A to Z. The schedule is perfectly filled with activities and free time so you can really make the most of your time. The snorkeling was our absolute favorite part, ever! Our guide, Julio, was so nice and engaging and he has such a great knowledge of the animals and the islands themselves, you learn a lot of new things in those days. We also had such a good time within the group! We can highly recommend this tour!
Review submitted 20 Apr 2024
Galapagos Island Hopping
NZD $2,722