Santa Cruz Island (Galapagos, Puerto Ayora)

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Santa Cruz Island cruise port

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Galapagos Islands

Local Time
2022-07-01 19:43

min: 68 °F (19 °C) / max: 76 °F (25 °C) 69°F
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Santa Cruz Island is the Galapagos Islands archipelago's 2nd largest - after Isabela Island. The largest settlement is the Galapagos' 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 - 6 pm), which is a 20-min walk from 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

In close proximity (to the northwest of Santa Cruz) are located two crescent-shaped uninhabited isles called Isla Guy Fawkes.

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.

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, Puerto Ayora. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
1 July, 2022
Friday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xpedition08:0018:00
2 July, 2022
Saturday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Flora07:0019:00
2 July, 2022
Saturday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xploration16:0018:00
3 July, 2022
Sunday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xpedition07:0011:00
7 July, 2022
Thursday
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Origin
7 July, 2022
Thursday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xpedition07:0018:00
7 July, 2022
Thursday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xploration08:0018:00
8 July, 2022
Friday
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Origin15:00
8 July, 2022
Friday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Flora07:0019:00
9 July, 2022
Saturday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xpedition16:0018:00
10 July, 2022
Sunday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xploration07:0011:00
13 July, 2022
Wednesday
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Origin
13 July, 2022
Wednesday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xpedition14:0017:00
14 July, 2022
Thursday
Lindblad Expeditions Cruises cruise lineNational Geographic Islander
14 July, 2022
Thursday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Flora07:0012:00
14 July, 2022
Thursday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xploration08:0018:00
15 July, 2022
Friday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xpedition08:0018:00
16 July, 2022
Saturday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Flora07:0019:00
16 July, 2022
Saturday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xploration16:0018:00
17 July, 2022
Sunday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xpedition07:0011:00
21 July, 2022
Thursday
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Origin
21 July, 2022
Thursday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xpedition07:0018:00
21 July, 2022
Thursday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xploration08:0018:00
22 July, 2022
Friday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineTreasure of Galapagos
22 July, 2022
Friday
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Origin15:00
22 July, 2022
Friday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Flora07:0019:00
23 July, 2022
Saturday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xpedition16:0018:00
24 July, 2022
Sunday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xploration07:0011:00
27 July, 2022
Wednesday
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Origin
27 July, 2022
Wednesday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xpedition14:0017:00
28 July, 2022
Thursday
Lindblad Expeditions Cruises cruise lineNational Geographic Islander
28 July, 2022
Thursday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Flora07:0012:00
28 July, 2022
Thursday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xploration08:0018:00
29 July, 2022
Friday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xpedition08:0018:00
30 July, 2022
Saturday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Flora07:0019:00
30 July, 2022
Saturday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xploration16:0018:00
31 July, 2022
Sunday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xpedition07:0011:00
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