Summary : Tour the Galapagos 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 booby.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Dedicated Solo Cabins
2019 Departures: Complimentary hotel/transfer package
$3,410 to $3,750
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 enjoy a dinghy ride or snorkel around Kicker Rock. Isla Lobos, or Sea Lion 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.
Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido) is 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 with the tantalizing sight and texture of 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.
In the morning visit the famous Post Office Bay where 18th century whalers left a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mail box. This custom continues today 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 the island.
In the afternoon, head to Cormorant Point or Devil's Crown. At Cormorant Point, you will be able to hike to a salt-water lagoon that is home to nesting flamingos. Or, at Devil's Crown enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters. 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.
Hotel/transfer package: 1 hotel night pre- or post-cruise and private round-trip airport/hotel transfer (optional; 2019 departures only); shipboard accommodations; champagne reception; shore activities and excursions; Galapagos National Park certified guide; kayaking; snorkeling; gear on loan (snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, kayaks); welcome gift of fruit, chocolate, wine; all meals onboard the ship; soft drinks (excluding plastic bottled sodas) and juices on board. Subject to change without notice.
Round-trip international airfare; airfare to/from the Galapagos Islands; hotel nights before/after cruise unless otherwise mentioned; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee; Galapagos Transit Control Card; travel insurance; passport expenses; alcoholic beverages; plastic bottled beverages; personal expenses; gratuities to ship staff, crew, and naturalists are left to the discretion of the passenger; 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): $500-$700 per adult; $350-$450 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).
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