This Galapagos islands tour is on a luxurious intimate yacht with panoramic suits, wall to wall sliding glass doors and an outdoor balcony. If you prefer to get up close with the Galapagos wildlife kayaks, paddle-boards, snorkeling gear, and wetsuits are available. With alfresco dining and BBQ areas, you will be able to dine looking over the Galapagos Islands. There is also a comfortable TV lounge with films perfect for families with children and a bit of downtime.
This is the newest catamaran to sail amongst the Galapagos islands with much larger, comfortable cabins with air conditioning. Sail to Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Española, Santa Fe, South Plaza, Bartolome, Floreana, Santiago, North Seymour, and Mosquera Islet. Explore, walk and snorkel, looking out for Blue-footed Boobies, Iguanas, sea lions, and the Galapagos Tortoise native to the Galapagos national park. Take time to relax in the jacuzzi or sky lounge with a refreshing beverage.
Baltra IslandSanta Cruz Island
Today, arrive at Batra Island Airport, board the catamaran and settle in for an afternoon of activities. The adventure begins with a visit to Dragon Hill on the island of Santa Cruz. A beautiful beach for swimming or snorkelling. Look out for sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs, wander to a nearby lagoon and try to spot the Galapagos flamingo.
San Cristobal Island
Explore Cerro Brujo/Witch Hill on San Cristobal Island, and head offshore to Leon Dormido/Kicker Rock and Isla Lobos/Sea Lion Island. Enjoy playing, kayaking or snorkelling on a white coral sand beach, snorkel or kayak in the gentle surf. A panga rides will take you past interesting rock formations around the island.
Later ?Kicker Rock? offers one of the best snorkelling and diving sites in Galapagos: dazzling reef fish, sea turtles, perhaps even a hammerhead shark. ?Sea Lion Island? is perfect for beginning snorkelers and encountering sea lions!
Today we will also explore Lobos Island, off San Cristobal Island.
Some more amazing snorkelling sites full of sea life are explored today; Osborn Islets and Gardner Islets, off of Española Island. Known as one of the best beaches in the Galapagos, Gardener Bay is a great place to soak up the sun, and spot marine iguanas and wading birds.
Later, a guide favourite, Punta Suarez on Española Island is a great place to spot Waved Albatross, Nazca Boobys, Blue-footed Boobys, Red-billed Tropic Birds, marine iguanas, mockingbirds and more.
Santa Fe Island
Visit Santa Fe Island, home to endemic Land Iguanas and a forest of prickly cacti. Hike, snorkel or kayak. Then head to the picturesque island of South Plaza Island, watch out for diving boobys offshore.
Today we will also visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre on Santa Cruze Island.
South Plaza IslandBartolomé Island
Cruise to South Plaza Island and Bartolomé Island, home to the iconic, pointy Pinnacle Rock. Look out for the Galapagos penguins and snorkel with fish, rays, and perhaps even a shark.
Today is spent exploring Floreana Island. Cormorant Point, with beaches and a flamingo lagoon, Corona del Diablo/Devil?s Crown, ancient volcanic crater and a stop in at Post Office Bay. Many years ago, this is where seaman came to leave a letter in a barrel, their only way of communicating with those back home. The barrel is still there: leave your own letter for a loved one!
This morning, explore Sombrero Chino/Chinese Hat, off Santiago (James) Island, known for geology and animal life. The island is known for lava tubes. In the afternoon cruise to North Seymour Island, which is great for photography. Find Frigate Birds and Blue-Footed Boobys on the rocky trail, spy Land Iguanas amongst the cactus, along with sea lions and great snorkelling.
Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruise IslandBaltra Island
Our final stop is Black Turtle Cove, a mangrove estuary, home to green sea turtles, blacktip reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, hammerhead sharks and rays. You will also likely see diving pelicans and boobies
Today you will also be transferred to Baltra airport for your flight to mainland Ecuador.
Item Special Note
Suites on board
accommodation upgrades available
Food, all meals and snacks
FEES & SERVICES
Guided excursions with top Naturalist guides and crew
Paddle-boards, kayaks, wetsuits and snorkeling gear
All transfers in the Galapagos
Airport reception and assistance
Cruise service officer
Maximum 16 passengers
Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee USD$100 (Payable locally)
Ingala Tourist Card USD$20 (Payable locally)
Return flights Quito / Galapagos Islands / Quito approx. USD$550
Swimming and snorkeling in the Galapagos
Excursions with a Galapagos National Park guide
The Galapagos can only be reached by flights departing either from Quito or the coastal town of Guayaquil, in Ecuador. No matter where you enter South America, you?ll need to head up to Ecuador first and then fly over. Once you land at the main airport, you?ll have to choices: either board your Galapagos cruise ship or opt for lodge-based adventures. Only a couple of islands are inhabited and offer the latter option, however, so cruising offers the more comprehensive experience, especially if you wish to reach the outer islands.
The main flight hubs connecting the Galapagos to the rest of the world are Quito ? the Ecuadorian capital ? and Guayaquil. The former is well connected to all of South America and particularly well connected to its southerly neighbour, Peru. From New Zealand, it?s easy to reach Quito via Santiago with LATAM/QANTAS, although the extensive flight-time (about 32 hours) should be an enticement to plan a lovely stop-over in Santiago first. Non-stop flights are also offered from the US (Miami, Atlanta) and two great non-stop options from Europe (Madrid and Paris).
The most popular connections from Central America are Bogota (Colombia) and Panama City whilst, in the south, you have the options of a 6hr direct flight from So Paolo (Brazil) or the shortest and most popular options of all, a swift 2hr flight from Lima (Peru).