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Duration: 8 days
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This 8 day cruise is the perfect way to explore the Galapagos Islands in style aboard the stylish Galaven. Starting at the airport in Baltra you will cruise north to North Seymour and Genovesa Islands where you willl have great opportunities to see the famous 'Red Footed', 'Nazca' and 'Blue footed' Boobies before continuing to the islands in the central and eastern parts of the Galapagos archipelago. Here you will enjoy spectacular scenery and interact with the unique wildlife of the islands including sea lions, iguanas, giant tortoises and flamingos
Recently renovated vessel taking only a maximum 20 passengers
Fantastic itinerary encompassing many of the highlights of the Galapagos.
Itinerary in Brief:
Day 1: Baltra Island - Black Turtle Cove
Day 2: El Barranco - Darwin Bay
Day 3: Sullivan Bay - Rabida Island
Day 4: Charles Darwin Station - El Chato
Day 5: Dragon Hill - Bachas Beach
Day 6: Post Office Bay - Cormorant Point/Devil's Crown
Day 7: Suarez Point - Gardner Bay
Day 8: Interpretation Centre - Departure
Day 1 - Tuesday
Baltra Island - Black Turtle Cove
Assistance at the airport by our representative for your Galapagos flight. You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim you will be met by Galaven staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.
In the afternoon we will visit the Black Turtle Cove. It is situated in the northern part of Santa Cruz. This inlet is surrounded by mangroves and is only accessible by dinghy. The shallow cove is a safe haven for young marine life. Black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.
Day 2 - Wednesday
El Barranco - Darwin Bay
Genovesa Island is located at the inner part of Darwin Bay. This area contains an abundance of frigatebirds and other interesting seabirds. Behind the small beach filled with nesting areas for frigates, Red-footed Boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls are a number of tide pools. At high tide it is likely that the trail will be covered with water.
Our morning visit is to the El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip's Steps, El Barranco’s steep, rocky paths leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvellous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, Galapagos Swallows, and Galapagos Doves. In the afternoon, you will head to Darwin Bay, this white-sand coral beach heads a half mile trail (0.5 miles / 0.75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view off a cliff.
Day 3 - Thursday
Sullivan Bay - Rabida Island
The morning visit heads to Santiago Island – Sullivan Bay, is located southeast of Santiago; this place is interesting for its archeology, because this area is covered by lava flows. This place has elevations in the form of small volcanoes formed before that lava flows. In the afternoon we will visit Rabida Island (or Jervis), that is one of the most colourful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago as well as a great snorkelling site.
We will start on Rabida’s famous maroon sandy beach and after an easy hike will arrive to a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance, such as nine varieties of finches, Large-billed Flycatchers, Galapagos Hawks and Brown Pelicans.
Day 4 - Friday
Charles Darwin Station - El Chato
Today you will visit The Charles Darwin Research Station; this is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Sub-species of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.
Afterwards you will enjoy El Chato Tortoise Reserve, divided into two areas: Caseta and Chato. The trail begins at Santa Rosa (13.7 miles / 22 km) from Puerto Ayora, with the Caseta route being the more challenging. The reserve allows visitors to observe giant tortoises in the wild during the dry season and is also a good place to spot short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, Galapagos rails and paint-billed crakes.
Day 5 - Saturday
Dragon Hill - Bachas Beach
In the morning we will visit the Dragon Hill in Santa Cruz. The visitors’ site at Dragon Hill is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island, and consists of a trail that runs through three different environments at just 1,600m long. The beach is very rocky and at high tide it's a nice place for snorkelling. At this visiting site you can find vegetation of typical the intertidal zone and dry zone.
The afternoon visit is to Bachas Beach, a swimming beach, located on the north shore of Santa Cruz. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest off the beach.
Day 6 - Sunday
Post Office Bay - Cormorant Point/Devil's Crown
We will visit two sites on Floreana Island. In the morning, we will visit the famous Post Office Bay. You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed 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, and don´t be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you even get home!
In the afternoon, we will head to Cormorant Point. Here you will enjoy a hike to a saltwater lagoon which is home to flamingoes. You will also get to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Devil´s Crown. This extinct volcano peaks out of the waters just off Floreana´s coast and offers a magnificent snorkelling experience.
Day 7 - Monday
Suarez Point - Gardner Bay
Española Island is the southernmost island of the Galapagos and is the breeding site of nearly all of the Waved Albatrosses in the entire world. Española is densely populated with mockingbirds, Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, Darwin finches, Galapagos Doves, hawks, red and green marine iguanas, and loads of sea lions.
The morning trip will head to Suarez Point on a trail where you will have the chance to see blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca Boobies. We will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You’ll have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.
In the afternoon, we will visit the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, you can walk across a lovely white-sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. It is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatrosses.
Day 8 - Tuesday
Interpretation Centre - Departure
In the morning we will visit The Interpretation Center was opened in 1998 as a phase of the project “Interpretation and Environment Education Project.” Visitors enjoy expositions on natural history, human history, and conservation. The conservation efforts represent the movement to protect the wildlife and natural environment through means of population and tourist control. The Interpretation Center has an outdoor stadium, audio-visual equipment, and meeting rooms.
After this final visit, you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.
Departs - Tuesdays (fortnightly)
Ship Cabins: Galaven
4 twin cabins
2 double cabins
1 upper and lower berth cabin
2 double cabins
2 twin cabins
Ship Deck Plan: Galaven
The Galaven is a 88 ft. expedition vessel for 20 passengers
accommodated in 11 double cabins, all with private bathrooms,
air-conditioning and ocean views. The Galaven offers spacious outdoor seating areas with sun chairs, large
interior dining room and a library equipped with a TV & DVD player
for daily briefing and presentations. Bilingual Galapagos National Park guides accompany you to all visitor sites.
Year of construction: 2000
Type: Mid-Range Expedition Vessel
Length: 88 feet (27 m)
Beam: 22 feet (7 m)
Draft: 6 feet (2 m)
Gross tonnage: 171 tons
Capacity: 20 passengers
All equipment meets / exceeds the international safety standards
Fire detection and prevention systems.
All meals during the voyage
English-speaking guided tours
Use of snorkelling and kayak equipment
What's not included?
International and internal airfares
Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable