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
Saturday
1 July, 2017
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 01 Jul - departing at 01 Jul)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 01 Jul - departing at 01 Jul)
Sunday
2 July, 2017
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 02 Jul - departing at 02 Jul)
Yolita II(departing at 02 Jul)
Monday
3 July, 2017
Yolita II(arriving at 03 Jul - departing at 03 Jul)
Wednesday
5 July, 2017
La Pinta(arriving at 05 Jul - departing at 05 Jul)
National Geographic Endeavour(arriving at 05 Jul - departing at 05 Jul)
National Geographic Endeavour II(arriving at 05 Jul - departing at 05 Jul)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 05 Jul - departing at 05 Jul)
Thursday
6 July, 2017
National Geographic Islander (arriving at 06 Jul - departing at 06 Jul)
Xavier III(arriving at 06 Jul - departing at 06 Jul)
Yolita II(arriving at 06 Jul - departing at 06 Jul)
Friday
7 July, 2017
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 07 Jul - departing at 07 Jul)
Monserrat(arriving at 07 Jul - departing at 07 Jul)
Xavier III(arriving at 07 Jul - departing at 07 Jul)
Yolita II(arriving at 07 Jul - departing at 07 Jul)
Saturday
8 July, 2017
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 08 Jul - departing at 08 Jul)
Xavier III(arriving at 08 Jul - departing at 08 Jul)
Yolita II(arriving at 08 Jul - departing at 08 Jul)
Sunday
9 July, 2017
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 09 Jul - departing at 09 Jul)
Yolita II(arriving at 09 Jul - departing at 09 Jul)
Monday
10 July, 2017
Celebrity Xperience(arriving at 10 Jul - departing at 10 Jul)
Estrella del Mar(arriving at 10 Jul - departing at 10 Jul)
Queen of Galapagos(arriving at 10 Jul - departing at 10 Jul)
Yolita II(departing at 10 Jul)
Tuesday
11 July, 2017
Estrella del Mar(arriving at 11 Jul - departing at 11 Jul)
Wednesday
12 July, 2017
National Geographic Endeavour(arriving at 12 Jul - departing at 12 Jul)
National Geographic Endeavour II(arriving at 12 Jul - departing at 12 Jul)
Thursday
13 July, 2017
National Geographic Islander (arriving at 13 Jul - departing at 13 Jul)
Queen of Galapagos(arriving at 13 Jul - departing at 13 Jul)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 13 Jul - departing at 13 Jul)
Xavier III(arriving at 13 Jul - departing at 13 Jul)
Friday
14 July, 2017
Queen of Galapagos(arriving at 14 Jul - departing at 14 Jul)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 14 Jul - departing at 14 Jul)
Saturday
15 July, 2017
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 15 Jul - departing at 15 Jul)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 15 Jul - departing at 15 Jul)
Sunday
16 July, 2017
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 16 Jul - departing at 16 Jul)
Yolita II(departing at 16 Jul)
Monday
17 July, 2017
MV Isabela II(departing at 17 Jul)
Yolita II(arriving at 17 Jul - departing at 17 Jul)
Wednesday
19 July, 2017
La Pinta(arriving at 19 Jul - departing at 19 Jul)
National Geographic Endeavour(arriving at 19 Jul - departing at 19 Jul)
National Geographic Endeavour II(arriving at 19 Jul - departing at 19 Jul)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 19 Jul - departing at 19 Jul)
Thursday
20 July, 2017
National Geographic Islander (arriving at 20 Jul - departing at 20 Jul)
Xavier III(arriving at 20 Jul - departing at 20 Jul)
Yolita II(arriving at 20 Jul - departing at 20 Jul)
Friday
21 July, 2017
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 21 Jul - departing at 21 Jul)
Celebrity Xploration(arriving at 21 Jul - departing at 21 Jul)
Monserrat(arriving at 21 Jul - departing at 21 Jul)
Xavier III(arriving at 21 Jul - departing at 21 Jul)
Yolita II(arriving at 21 Jul - departing at 21 Jul)
Saturday
22 July, 2017
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 22 Jul - departing at 22 Jul)
Xavier III(arriving at 22 Jul - departing at 22 Jul)
Yolita II(arriving at 22 Jul - departing at 22 Jul)
Sunday
23 July, 2017
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 23 Jul - departing at 23 Jul)
Yolita II(arriving at 23 Jul - departing at 23 Jul)
Monday
24 July, 2017
Celebrity Xperience(arriving at 24 Jul - departing at 24 Jul)
Estrella del Mar(arriving at 24 Jul - departing at 24 Jul)
Queen of Galapagos(arriving at 24 Jul - departing at 24 Jul)
Yolita II(departing at 24 Jul)
Tuesday
25 July, 2017
Estrella del Mar(arriving at 25 Jul - departing at 25 Jul)
Wednesday
26 July, 2017
MV Isabela II(arriving at 26 Jul - departing at 26 Jul)
National Geographic Endeavour(arriving at 26 Jul - departing at 26 Jul)
National Geographic Endeavour II(arriving at 26 Jul - departing at 26 Jul)
Thursday
27 July, 2017
National Geographic Islander (arriving at 27 Jul - departing at 27 Jul)
Queen of Galapagos(arriving at 27 Jul - departing at 27 Jul)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 27 Jul - departing at 27 Jul)
Xavier III(arriving at 27 Jul - departing at 27 Jul)
Friday
28 July, 2017
MV Isabela II(arriving at 28 Jul - departing at 28 Jul)
National Geographic Islander (arriving at 28 Jul - departing at 28 Jul)
Queen of Galapagos(arriving at 28 Jul - departing at 28 Jul)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 28 Jul - departing at 28 Jul)
Saturday
29 July, 2017
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 29 Jul - departing at 29 Jul)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 29 Jul - departing at 29 Jul)
Sunday
30 July, 2017
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 30 Jul - departing at 30 Jul)
Yolita II(departing at 30 Jul)
Monday
31 July, 2017
Yolita II(arriving at 31 Jul - departing at 31 Jul)