EASTERN GALAPAGOS – CORAL YACHT CRUISE

from $4,535

DATES (2019-2020): Departures Alternate Sundays

DURATION: 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS

EMBARK:  Baltra, Galapagos Islands

DISEMBARK:  San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

SHIPS:  Coral I (36 Guests) – Coral II (20 Guests}

 

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All about the EASTERN GALAPAGOS – CORAL YACHT CRUISE.

The Coral I & II are gorgeous, comfortable, sister yachts offering charming social areas distributed on three decks, with both outdoor and interior spaces allowing you to enjoy an intimate expedition experience in your own way. With a capacity for 36 and 20 guests respectively, the vessels offer open deck areas with a Jacuzzi to make the best of your relaxing time while cruising the islands. The interiors are thoughtfully designed to resemble a private yacht experience in a cozy ambiance. The restaurant serves delicious Ecuadorian and international cuisine even extending to a BBQ dinner on the open-air Moon Deck. With the first gaze from your cabin’s picture windows, as dawn breaks over the Pacific Ocean, the day begins in earnest. While the stress of a chaotic world fades to a distant memory a new, all-consuming, reality takes shape as our Galapagos adventure develops. Our options are endless and varied, we might find ourselves strolling amongst nesting blue-footed boobies, sitting quietly watching waved albatross in full courtship  display or share a quiet corner of a white-sand beach with relaxed sea lions. Each day the ocean beckons. Some will choose to discover her secrets from the novel perspective of a transparent kayak or, perhaps,
the comfort of a glass-bottom boat. Others will crave the intimacy of diving her depths with mask and fins, to be at one with penguins, green turtles, cavorting sea lions or large schools of surgeonfish. All the while we are in the company of expert naturalist guides and our vessel, a 5-star floating hotel that seems to unobtrusively follow us around, hovering in expectation to receive our happy souls back to her comforts. The pool bar, a cold local beer, the Jacuzzi, an al fresco barbeque under a star filled mantle – it really doesn’t get much better.

  • Walk across spectacular lava fields
  • Explore tidal pools, lush mangroves and scalesia forests
  • See giant tortoises, pelicans and the largest colony of marine iguanas
  • Snorkel with green sea turtles, penguins, sea lions and manta rays
  • Hike through fragrant forests of Palo Santo “Incense” trees
  • Watch for a unique species of flightless cormorant
  • Visit one of the most volcanically active places on Earth
  • See wild flamingos (in season) and nesting sea turtles
  • Photograph iconic Pinnacle Rock

 

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

The Galápagos Yacht Cruise Includes:

  • Included flights between Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands
  • Included Transfers
  • Included National Park and Migration fees
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Ship fees and taxes

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Air costs not covered
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Pre- and post-cruise programs

  1. Day 1 BALTRA, SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, GALAPAGOS

    Fly this morning from Quito or Guayaquil on included flight. You will be met upon landing and taken to your yacht with your luggage.

    am – Baltra Airport

    Dry landing. This is perhaps one of the busiest tourist destinations on the archipelago. Off of Baltra Island (where the airport is located) and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is the most accessible for day trips out of Santa Cruz’s main port, Puerto Ayora. An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies*, magnificent and great frigatebirds,* and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake.

     

    pm – Charles Darwin Research Station & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center- (Santa Cruz Island)

    Dry landing. We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his species) lived for decades. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to the communities, schools, and tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will also have some free time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs.

  2. Day 2 MOSQUERA AND NORTH SEYMOUR ISLANDS

    am – Mosquera Islet

    Wet Landing, Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. There is no trail on the islet, the visitor can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum plants grow on the sand.

     

    pm – North Seymour Island

    Dry landing. This is perhaps one of the busiest tourist destinations on the archipelago. Off of Baltra Island (where the airport is located) and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is the most accessible for day trips out of Santa Cruz’s main port, Puerto Ayora. An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies*, magnificent and great frigatebirds,* and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake.

     

  3. Day 3 SANTA FE ISLAND - SOUTH PLAZA ISLET

    am – Santa Fe Island

    Wet landing. Santa Fe shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies; through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for a number of species, including the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago.

     

    pm – South Plaza Islet

    Dry landing. There are two Plaza Islets (north and south) located east of Santa Cruz Island. On the northern part of the Islet, visitors begin the journey along an impressive cactus forest were colorful yellow and red land iguanas live, the population number is around 300 animals; during the dry season they survive on fruits and flowers of the opuntia cacti. A peculiar thing to see in South Plaza is the hybrid iguana (sea and land). When reaching the highest point, tropicbirds can be seen. During the dry season (June – January) the usually greenish and yellowish vegetation change of color creating a bright red landscape  (sesuviumedmonstonei plant).

     

  4. Day 4 SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

    am – Kicker Rock Circumnavigation/ Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal Island)

    Kicker Rock can be seen directly from the vessel. In the sea northeast of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is this ancient and eroded volcanic tuff lava named Leon Dormido or Kicker Rock it is formed by two rocks approximately 148 m, named for its resemblance of a sleeping lion. It serves as home to many of the typical Galapagos sea animals, such as birds, sea lions, blue and Nazca boobies and frigate. With rare sightings of swallow turtle gulls, tropic birds, and pelicans.

    Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristobal Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Enjoy a beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the village’s port, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.

     

    pm – Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill (San Cristobal Island)

    Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Islands. Passengers visit the Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about islands’ history in The Museum of Natural History which displays information about the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points of interest. The human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and the island’s colonization.

    Tijeretas Hill involves a high-intensity walk amidst beautiful landscapes and a magnificent view at the foot of a frigate bird nesting colony.

    Playa Espumilla is located on the northwestern side of Santiago Island and is home to a variety of wildlife including nesting green sea turtles, and plentiful birds such as flamingos, White-cheeked Pintails, Yellow Warblers, Galapagos Hawks, Whimbrels, and American Oystercatchers. Zodiacs will land you at the center of the white-sand beach to join a trail that passes by a seasonal lagoon hosting a variety of bird life. The trail then leads inland to a fragrant Palo Santo (incense tree) forest before looping back to the beach in a lazy circuit past the mangrove-fringed lagoon, where you can watch shorebirds work the mudflats for their dinner.

  5. Day 5 SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

    am – Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island)

    Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations and a beautiful white sandy beach, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. There is a lagoon visit where migratory bird species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast.

     

    pm – Pitt Point & Islet (San Cristobal Island)

    Wet landing followed by a high-intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes a 90 meter long, olivine beach and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints.  This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together, as well as, two species of frigate birds and a sea lion colony. It is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.

     

  6. Day 6 ESPANOLA ISLAND

    am – Suarez Point (Espanola Island)

    Dry landing. An island of geological interest, being one of the oldest in Galapagos, it has a high percentage of endemism due to its isolation from the rest of the islands. Due to the great variety of wildlife, this is one of the most attractive spots in the Galapagos. Here, it is possible to explore volcanic formations and see large colonies of sea lion and seabirds including the Española mockingbird, Nazca boobies, and the spectacular red-billed tropicbirds. Here, the singular marine iguanas have a turquoise color with reddish parts during the breeding season, lava lizards, and the colorful Sally light-foot crabs. A somewhat lengthy hike brings visitors to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birdwatcher favorites include the Galapagos dove, the Galapagos hawk, swallow-tailed gulls and the world’s largest colony of waved albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (April-December). Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous “Soplador,” a seaward blowhole that shoots water up to 23 m. (75 ft.) into the air.

     

    pm – Gardner Bay, Gardner & Osborn islets (Española Island)

    Wet landing on a beautiful white coral sandy beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are no trails, so we stay along the shore where we can spot Galapagos hawks, American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Ground Doves, Hood mockingbirds, Yellow Warblers, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin’s finches: a subspecies of the Large Cactus Finch, which is similar to the large ground finch, the Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) and the Warbler Finch (Certhidea Olivacea), another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkeling offer a great variety of the Galapagos’ marine wildlife: king angelfish, Creole fish, damsel fish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks.

     

  7. Day 7 FLOREANA ISLAND

    Isla Champion is a small islet off Floreana Island’s northeast coast. To cruise by it reveals a bare, rocky island without much allure, but to enter the infinitely blue waters around this small landmass is to discover a spectacular underwater realm. The visibility is generally impressive and thanks to this water clarity snorkelers often spot reef sharks patrolling the reef wall, cruising Pacific green turtles, and playful Galapagos sea lions.

    Post Office Bay is steeped in history and received its name thanks to a post box that was placed ashore before 1813. Ships that were visiting the Galapagos on multi-year voyages would leave letters here to be collected and delivered by vessels on their way home. Visitors today can keep the tradition alive by leaving their own postcards in the post box (now a barrel) and looking for any they can deliver by hand back at home. Activities at Post Office Bay can include exploring a cave created by lava that runs underground towards the ocean. The bay itself offers kayaking along the shore and into Mystery Bay, snorkeling, swimming and relaxing on the beach.

    am – Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown / Champion (Floreana Island)

    Wet landing, on an olivine green, sanded beach. We hike from the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangrove, and holy stick. The trail continues to a beautiful white sandy beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific Sea Turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the Sting Rays that may be hiding in the sand, which can be dangerous if accidentally stepped on. From the beach, one can spot sea turtles, blue-footed boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks floating along the shoreline in the search for food.

    This coral-sand beach marks the end of our trail, and we head back to the olivine beach we landed on, to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well.

    pm – Post Office (Floreana Island)

    Wet landing. Located on the north side of Floreana, the bay was named because in 1793 Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through, who would take letters with them back to their destinations. Today, visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel, hoping that some other traveler, going to the letter destination, will take it back for free. The chances are that the letter posted can take a long time to arrive at its destination. However, there have been cases where it has arrived before the sender.

    We may also encounter Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warbler and Lava Lizards. Great snorkeling opportunities with Green Pacific Sea Turtles. As well, the island is best known for its endemic vegetation: Scalesia villosa, Lecocarpus Pinnatifidus, and the Galapagos Milkwort. Snorkelers can practice on the main beach among playful sea lions.

     

  8. Day 8 SANTA CRUZ ISLAND - DISEMBARKATION

    am – Pit Craters (Santa Cruz Island)- Airport

    The Pit Craters, geologically speaking, were not directly formed by volcanic action. They were created as a result of the collapse or sinking of surface materials into cracks or manholes. After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the Baltra airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

     

CORAL I & CORAL II

CORAL I & CORAL II

Expedition Yachts

The Coral I & II are gorgeous, comfortable, sister yachts offering charming social areas distributed on three decks, with both outdoor and interior spaces allowing you to enjoy an intimate expedition experience in your own way. With a capacity for 36 and 20 guests respectively, the vessels offer open deck areas with a Jacuzzi to make the best of your relaxing time while cruising the islands. The interiors are thoughtfully designed to resemble a private yacht experience in a cozy ambiance. The restaurant serves delicious Ecuadorian and international cuisine even extending to a BBQ dinner on the open-air Moon Deck. They are the perfect cruise vessels for charter groups where the thrill and comfort are guaranteed.

ACCOMMODATIONS

JUNIOR CABIN
• 15 cabins on the Earth & Sky Decks.
• 8 in the Coral I and 7 in the Coral II
• Double & Triple options.
• 2 picture windows per cabin.
• Thermos & iconic postcards as souvenirs.
• Average Area 12m2 / 128 ft2

Standard Plus:
• 12 cabins on the Sea Deck.
• 8 in the Coral I and 4 in the Coral II
• Double & Triple options.
• 2 portholes per cabin.
• Thermos & iconic postcards as souvenirs.
• Average Area: 11 m2 / 118 ft2

Standard:
• 3 cabins on the Sea Deck.
• 2 cabins in the Coral I and 1 cabin in the Coral II
.• Matrimonial and single options.
• 2 portholes per cabin.
• Thermos & iconic postcards as souvenirs.
• Average Area: 9 m2 / 96 ft2