Summary : Tour the islands aboard a modern, powerful mega-catamaran, with private balconies, a spacious sundeck, Jacuzzi, and kayaks – perfect for Galapagos cruising. The Galapagos Islands are considered one of the most spectacular and pristine National Parks in the world. Visitors delight in the abundant, unusual, and surprisingly approachable wildlife – from Galapagos giant tortoises to playful sea lions to the fascinating blue-footed boobies.
We strongly recommend two pre-cruise nights and one post-cruise night in Quito or Guayaquil. Please inquire about adding these or other services to your trip.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling
Arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning and meet a representative who will assist with your transfer to the yacht. Enjoy a welcome briefing, cocktail, and free time to settle in before lunch.
In the afternoon, visit Isla Lobos, or "Sea Lion Island". This appropriately named island is abundant with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open fins. This island offers great snorkeling opportunities and is one of the best sites at which to swim with sea lions underwater. You might also have the chance to see blue-footed boobies, great frigate birds, brown pelicans, lava gulls, Common Noddies, Yellow Warblers, and small and medium ground finches.
Choose to enjoy a dinghy ride or snorkel around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido) in the afternoon. Known as the "Sleeping Lion" because of its resemblance, this site is located off the coast of San Cristobal. The formation is what remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, creating two vertical rocks rising 500 feet above the ocean. This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite site due to the many tropical birds, frigate birds, and boobies that fill the surrounding air. Beneath the sea, crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish and other marine life.
Explore Pitt Point, the northeastern most site on San Cristobal. Make your way up a steep trail through a ravine where you will be rewarded with a unique treat. Herein lies one of the only nesting sites which hosts all species of Galapagos boobies in the same place. Photographers will be thrilled with this intimate natural experience. The attractive volcanic formations will have geologists and laymen alike imagining the forces of nature that possessed the earth to create this land.
In the afternoon, visit Witch Hill (Cerro Brujo) where you will explore one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos. Be tantalized by the texture and sight of the powdered, soft white sand. With a colony of sea lions and blue-footed boobies, this scenic place is bustling with life. Just beyond the beach is a lagoon, thriving with egrets and great blue herons. The turquoise water and abundant marine life invite you to snorkel in their midst.
Today, visit two sites on Floreana Island. In the morning, visit the famous Post Office Bay, where 18th century whalers left a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don't forget your postcards!
Floreana is known for fabulous snorkeling sites, vibrant pink flamingos, and black sand beaches. Baroness Viewpoint is a fantastic place to take it all in. Your guide will tell you about the murder and mystery in this island's history. Easy trails allow for exploring the flora and fauna of Floreana.
In the afternoon, head to Cormorant Point. Hike to a salt-water lagoon that is home to nesting flamingos. Swim in the crystal clear waters of the Devil's Crown. This extinct volcano peaks out of the waters just off of Floreana's coast and offers a magnificent snorkeling experience. See the "Green Beach" named for its green color from the high amount of olivine crystals in the sand and the "Four Sand Beach" made of white coral.
Black Turtle Cove, situated on the northern side of Santa Cruz Island, is only accessible by boat and with a guide. This shallow inlet is surrounded by mangroves and provides natural protection for a variety of marine life, serving as a safe haven for young marine life. Below the surface of the water, you can see both Blacktip and Whitetip Reef Sharks, sea turtles, Golden Cownose Rays, Spotted Eagle Rays, and an occasional Hammerhead Shark. Pelicans and boobies hunt here, diving gracefully into the water.
After this final visit, transfer to Baltra’s airport to catch your flight back to the mainland.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes. Read this itinerary as a guide only, as the exact route and the wildlife you encounter may vary.
Cabin accommodations aboard ship; meals aboard ship; shore activities and excursions; soft drinks (plastic bottled sodas excluded) and juices on board; champagne reception; complimentary fruit platter; Galapagos National Park certified guide; use of snorkeling gear and wetsuits, kayaks. Subject to change without notice.
Hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee; Galapagos Transit Card; international airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; alcoholic beverages; gratuities to ship staff, crew, and naturalists are left to the discretion of the passenger; travel insurance; passport expenses; plastic bottled sodas; fuel surcharge may apply. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare between Quito/Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands:
The flights between mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) and the Galapagos Islands are an additional cost. To secure your seats on often overbooked flights, ExpeditionTrips must reserve these flights for you at the time of cruise booking. Approximate cost (including service fee): $450-$600 per adult; $250-$325 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).