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- Wildlife Watching
- Boat | Sailing Boat
Main travel focus
First Class Galapagos Islands Cruise
- Full-board travel aboard a comfortable motor yacht
- Discover inaccessible islands such as Fernandina Island
- Enjoy a relaxing holiday at one of the world's most unique ecosystems
- Snorkel in extraordinary reefs formed by volcanic activity
A cruise is an excellent way to discover the hidden jewels of the Galapagos Islands. On this six-day tour you will enjoy five unforgettable days and nights aboard the Coral II, a stylish motor yacht equipped with first class amenities. As you sail between the islands of this breathtaking environment, you will gain a new appreciation for nature and all its magnificence.
You will encounter a diverse array of rare wildlife and other-worldly terrain as you hike along coastal trails and venture deep into the forests of islands like Isla Baltra, Isabela, and Fernandina in search of giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies. Snorkeling excursions will reveal the underwater paradise that lies beneath the water’s surface. Formed by volcanic activity centuries ago, these extraordinary reefs are home to seahorses, sea turtles, and red-lipped batfish.
- Roundtrip flights from Quito or Guayaquil to Galapagos
- 1 nights accomodation in Quito or Guayaquil in a 4 star hotel
- Airport transfer with assistance on first and last day
- English speaking naturalist guide during Galapagos cruise
- 5 days cruise on board of Coral II Yacht (or similar depending of the availability) in double cabin with private bathroom
- 5 x breakfast, 5 x lunch, 5 x dinner
- Snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel and fins)
- 24/7 local assistance (English, French or Spanish speaking)
- Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park ($100, in cash only)
- Ingala transit card ($20, in cash only)
- Meals in Quito / Guayaquil
- Personal expenses
- Extra meals and drinks
- Wetsuit (40 USD per trip)
Example Trip to customize
Touch Down in Ecuador
Welcome to the beautiful country of Ecuador! Upon arrival at José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil, you will be greeted by a private English-speaking guide (or Spanish if you wish), who will drive you to your hotel in comfort.
Tonight you will stay at the Grand Hotel Guayaquil a four-star hotel situated adjacent to the city's magnificent cathedral. You may wish to spend the day exploring the neighborhood, enjoying the tranquil yet awe-inspiring atmosphere of the cathedral, or relaxing at the gorgeous hotel pool, which features a tropical climbing garden.
The Grand Hotel is located in the La Bahia district, which lies along the Guayas River. A variety of restaurants can be found in this area, or you may consider staying at the hotel to enjoy a traditional Ecuadorian meal in the excellent restaurant.
Journey to the Galapagos
This morning you will fly from mainland Ecuador to the Island of Baltra, one of the 10 main islands that comprise the Galapagos. At the airport you will pay the $100 fee to enter this world famous national park. An English speaking guide will greet you at the airport and accompany you, along with a Spanish-speaking guide, on the 10 minute ride to your cruise boat, Coral II. This first class motor yacht features stylish, modern design and 11 comfortable cabins.
After settling in onboard, you will venture to a tortoise reserve. As you make your way into the stunning forests of the Galapagos keep an eye out for Giant Tortoises. But these magnificent reptiles aren't the only type of wildlife you'll spot today, this region is a paradise for bird watchers.
Get Acquainted With the Islands that Inspired Darwin
Your adventure in one of the world's greatest ecosystems continues today as you make your way to Isabela and Fernandina Islands. A dinghy ride along the coast will give you the exceptional opportunity of witnessing the diversity of wildlife that thrives here. Brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and Galapagos penguins are just a few of the bird species you might spot today, and it's not unusual to see dolphins, whales, and sea lions.
Travelers interested in some deep-water snorkeling will discover a paradise of sea life beneath the surface here. Frogfish, seahorses, octopus, sunfish, and red-lipped batfish are some of the species who come to these waters to feed on the abundant plankton supply.
Comfort Accommodation: Coral Ii
Snorkel off a Black Rock Beach
An exploration of Isabela Island's black volcanic beaches and stunning coral reefs are on the itinerary for today. The volcanic activity that shaped the landscapes of the Galapagos islands left dramatic coastlines and underwater reefs rich with diversity.
After arriving on the island, you will take a short walk through this magnificent natural setting, then don your mask and snorkel and submerge into a paradise of rare marine life. Later you will venture to Tagus Cove, which lies on the west side of Isabela Island. Look for the inscriptions left by sailors who scratched the names of their boats into the rocks along the coastline. As you approach the island's dramatic cliffs you will see penguins, pelicans, cormorants, and blue-footed boobies. Darwin Lake, lies at the end of a two kilometer hike through lava fields.
Comfort Accommodation: Coral Ii
Explore an Extraordinary Volcanic Terrain
Today's adventure brings you to Santiago Island. Here, you will follow in Charles Darwin's footsteps as you venture across the otherworldly trails that lead from Egas Port along the shoreline and up through volcanic terrain. The geological diversity is striking here. Black sands lead to basalt rock and volcanic tuff, creating an intriguing layered landscape with varied textures. Animals that make their home here include the yellow-crowned night heron and marine iguanas.
In the afternoon you will head to the southeastern part of the island where pa-hoe-hoe lava flows formed fairly recently, in the late 19th century. Orange hued tuff cones grow from the lava flows alongside mollugo plants that emerge from out of the fissures. Here, the landscape is truly fascinating, and unlike anywhere else on Earth.
Comfort Accommodation: Coral
Bask in the Splendor of Beautiful Beaches
On your last day in the Galapagos there is much to see before heading to the airport. The morning begins with a visit to a pair of flamingo ponds where iguanas relax in the sunshine. Among the red and black mangrove you may spot Darwin finches and mockingbirds. The beaches here are beautiful, and are one of the main sites for turtle nesting in the Galapagos.
During the second world war, the United States Navy had a base on Santa Cruz Island, and today, divers can explore sunken barges that lie on the ocean floor.
After this final day in paradise, you will be escorted to the airport to catch your flight back to Guayaquil. We hope you have had an unforgettable holiday in the Galapagos Islands.