Santa Cruz Island (Galapagos)

Cruise Port schedule, map, terminals, news

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Region
Galapagos Islands

Coordinates
-0.73952 S, -90.31272 W

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Santa Cruz Island is the Galapagos Islands archipelago's 2nd largest - after Isabela Island. The largest settlement is the Galapagos islands' capital Puerto Ayora (population around 12,000). On the island there are also several small villages, whose inhabitants are engaged in cattle raising and agriculture. Santa Cruz Island has a large dormant volcano (last eruptions around 1,5 million years ago).

Santa Cruz Island (Galapagos) cruise port Puerto Ayora

Popular Santa Cruz Island shore excursion destinations are:

  • Charles Darwin Research Station
  • lava tunnel (length over 2000 m / 6600 ft)
  • Los Gemelos holes (translated "The Twins")
  • Galapagos National Park Service (headquarters)
  • Giant Tortoise Preserves
  • Playa las Bachas (beach)
  • Black Turtle Cove - mangrove estuary on the northern coast
  • Itabaca Channel - separates Santa Cruz and Baltra. It is crossed by water taxis with ferry passengers from Baltra Island.
  • Tortuga Bay -  has a 1,6 ml (2,5 km) long walking path (open between 6 am - 6pm), which is a 20-min walk from the Puerto Ayora's water taxi dock. Tortuga Bay has a huge beach with volcanic rocks. It is preserved for the wildlife - marine iguanas, galapagos crabs and tortoises, birds (incl brown pelicans). The bay has a separate cove where swimming is allowed.
  • Cerro Dragon
  • El Eden
  • Stand of Scalesia - daisy trees

Highlights: Puerto Ayora, Charles Darwin Research Station, Giant Tortoises, Cerro Dragon

Santa Cruz Island cruise terminal

Cruise ships to Santa Cruz Island dock (anchor) at Puerto Ayora - port town on the southern coast.

Santa Cruz Island (Galapagos) cruise port Puerto Ayora

The following map of Galapagos Islands cruise itineraries shows the two main routes and all island stops (ports / landing sites) in the archipelago.

Galapagos Islands cruise itinerary map

Santa Cruz Island tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

  • Puerto Ayora town tour
  • cruise ship embarkation with a welcome aboard cocktail
  • Giant Tortoise Reserve tour
  • guided walks. snorkeling, sea kayaking, daily lecture on the ship
  • visiting Charles Darwin Research Station
  • El Eden (near Puerto Ayora)
  • Los Gemelos
  • Las Bachas / Playa las Bachas (beach / northern coast)
  • Cerro Dragon (northwestern coast)
  • Usually follows a cruise itinerary sailing portion in the Galapagos National Park, visiting La Galapaguera (giant tortoises),, with one professionally guided tour each day.

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Port Santa Cruz Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

Day Ships in port
Monday
1 January, 2018
Yolita II(arriving at 01 Jan - departing at 01 Jan)
Wednesday
3 January, 2018
National Geographic Endeavour(arriving at 03 Jan - departing at 03 Jan)
National Geographic Endeavour II(arriving at 03 Jan - departing at 03 Jan)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 03 Jan - departing at 03 Jan)
Thursday
4 January, 2018
National Geographic Islander (arriving at 04 Jan - departing at 04 Jan)
Xavier III(arriving at 04 Jan - departing at 04 Jan)
Yolita II(arriving at 04 Jan - departing at 04 Jan)
Friday
5 January, 2018
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 05 Jan - departing at 05 Jan)
Xavier III(arriving at 05 Jan - departing at 05 Jan)
Yolita II(arriving at 05 Jan - departing at 05 Jan)
Saturday
6 January, 2018
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 06 Jan - departing at 06 Jan)
Xavier III(arriving at 06 Jan - departing at 06 Jan)
Yolita II(arriving at 06 Jan - departing at 06 Jan)
Sunday
7 January, 2018
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 07 Jan - departing at 07 Jan)
Yolita II(arriving at 07 Jan - departing at 07 Jan)
Monday
8 January, 2018
Celebrity Xperience(arriving at 08 Jan - departing at 08 Jan)
Wednesday
10 January, 2018
National Geographic Endeavour(arriving at 10 Jan - departing at 10 Jan)
National Geographic Endeavour II(arriving at 10 Jan - departing at 10 Jan)
Thursday
11 January, 2018
National Geographic Islander (arriving at 11 Jan - departing at 11 Jan)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 11 Jan - departing at 11 Jan)
Friday
12 January, 2018
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 12 Jan - departing at 12 Jan)
Celebrity Xploration(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 18:00)
Saturday
13 January, 2018
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 13 Jan - departing at 13 Jan)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 13 Jan - departing at 13 Jan)
Yolita II(departing at 13 Jan)
Sunday
14 January, 2018
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 14 Jan - departing at 14 Jan)
Monday
15 January, 2018
Yolita II(arriving at 15 Jan - departing at 15 Jan)
Wednesday
17 January, 2018
National Geographic Endeavour(arriving at 17 Jan - departing at 17 Jan)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 17 Jan - departing at 17 Jan)
Thursday
18 January, 2018
National Geographic Islander (arriving at 18 Jan - departing at 18 Jan)
Yolita II(arriving at 18 Jan - departing at 18 Jan)
Friday
19 January, 2018
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 19 Jan - departing at 19 Jan)
Yolita II(arriving at 19 Jan - departing at 19 Jan)
Saturday
20 January, 2018
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 20 Jan - departing at 20 Jan)
Yolita II(arriving at 20 Jan - departing at 20 Jan)
Sunday
21 January, 2018
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 21 Jan - departing at 21 Jan)
Yolita II(departing at 21 Jan)
Monday
22 January, 2018
Celebrity Xperience(arriving at 22 Jan - departing at 22 Jan)
Wednesday
24 January, 2018
National Geographic Endeavour(arriving at 24 Jan - departing at 24 Jan)
National Geographic Endeavour II(arriving at 24 Jan - departing at 24 Jan)
Thursday
25 January, 2018
National Geographic Islander (arriving at 25 Jan - departing at 25 Jan)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 25 Jan - departing at 25 Jan)
Friday
26 January, 2018
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 26 Jan - departing at 26 Jan)
Celebrity Xploration(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 18:00)
Saturday
27 January, 2018
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 27 Jan - departing at 27 Jan)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 27 Jan - departing at 27 Jan)
Yolita II(departing at 27 Jan)
Sunday
28 January, 2018
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 28 Jan - departing at 28 Jan)
Monday
29 January, 2018
Yolita II(arriving at 29 Jan - departing at 29 Jan)
Wednesday
31 January, 2018
National Geographic Endeavour(arriving at 31 Jan - departing at 31 Jan)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 31 Jan - departing at 31 Jan)
2018 January