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, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
Arrive on Baltra Island and transfer to the boat. Enjoy a welcome briefing and cocktail before lunch and the beginning of your adventure!
Start your cruise this afternoon with a trip to Santa Fe Island, a volcanic uplift that hosts a forest of rare Opuntia cactus, found only on Santa Fe! Explore the trails leading from the bay up to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, or go to a small beach with a tall prickly pear cactus forest.
This morning you will arrive on Espanola Island, home to Suarez Point, one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago. Spot blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. Marvel at the sheer force and splendor of a magnificent blowhole spurting water high into the air and big farewell to the large Waved Albatrosses' from their launching pad – where they take winged flight for trips that span years over the ocean before their return.
Cruise to Gardner Bay in the afternoon, breeding site of nearly all of the world's 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatrosses. Lounged with sea lions on the white sandy beach or dive in the water for a snorkel. Or visit Devil's Crown. Located off of Floreana Island, the Devil's Crown is a ring of jagged rocks that jut out of the water not too far from shore.
Today starts on San Cristobal at the island's Interpretation Center. Experience a series of interactive exhibits providing information about the history and biodiversity of the Galapagos. Or you will visit Galapaguera and learn about the giant tortoise breeding program established by the national park.
The afternoon will bring an opportunity to meet sea lions that rest and play on the rocky shores of Isla Lobos. Or you will visit Kicker Rock.
Hike up a steep trail through a ravine to Pitt Point this morning, where you will have a chance to see all three types of boobies: the Nazca, blue-footed, and red-footed varieties, as well as frigatebirds, and storm petrels. Bask in the glory of the idyllic landscape, hop on a panga ride, snorkel, or kayak here.
Later in the day, walk along the beautiful white sand beach of Cerro Brujo, where you might see blue-footed boobies, sea lions, and marine iguanas.
Begin your day at Post Office Bay on Floreana Island, a white-sand beach where whalers used to exchange letters from a barrel. Carry on the tradition now by leaving your own postcard and sorting through the pile to bring home letters left for people in your hometown.
In the afternoon, visit Cormorant Point, where you can hike to a saltwater lagoon famous for the elegant flamingos who linger there. Or, head to Devil's Crown, arguably the best snorkeling sit in the island. Pop your snorkel mask on and hop in the water in hope of seeing such marvelous marine wonders as hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and a multitude of vibrant tropical fish.
On the morning of your final day, explore Black Turtle Cove on the northern tip of Santa Cruz Island. This secluded inlet is surrounded by mangroves and only accessible by panga. A safe haven for young marine life, you may see blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, sea turtles, or hammerhead shark babies!
Your visit concludes today when you disembark your yacht and transfer to Santa Cruz airport for your short flight back to mainland Ecuador.
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; Galapagos National Park certified guide; gear on loan (kayaks, snorkeling equipment, and wetsuits). 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): $500-$700 per adult; $350-$450 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).