Southern Islands Cruise

Glory Moore
Flamingoes and a flamingo chick.
Julie Bleau
Lava tubes on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
Erin Correia
Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Edward Quinlan
Flamingos
John Collins Jr.
Someone take a picture of us together....
Athala II's buffet and dining area.
Relax in the Athala II's lounge.

Departs

  • Apr 26, 2014
  • May 10, 2014
  • May 24, 2014
  • Jun 07, 2014
  • Jun 21, 2014
  • Jul 05, 2014
  • Jul 19, 2014
  • Aug 02, 2014
  • Aug 16, 2014
  • Aug 30, 2014
  • Sep 13, 2014
  • Sep 27, 2014
  • Nov 08, 2014
  • Nov 22, 2014
  • Dec 06, 2014
  • Dec 20, 2014

Private Independent Travel

This Galapagos cruise takes you to more than just the highlights of the southern islands. This cruise gives you 8 days of exploration and adventure! Kayak and snorkel in crystalline waters, traverse picturesque volcanic landscape, and observe fascinating native wildlife as you cruise through the beautiful southern archipelago. There is an endless list of activities to make this the most memorable trip ever.

Day 1

    Baltra - Chinese Hat

    Arrive at the airport where you will be escorted to the boat for check-in, a short briefing, and then lunch. Shortly after the first excursion to Sombrero chino begins. This is a small islet near the southeastern coast of Santiago Island. In english, Sombrero Chino translates to 'Chinese Hat' which is represented by the unique shape of the island. This is a great island for seeing unique geological formations as well as an abundance of various marine species including the colorful Sally Lightfoot Crab, sea lions, and many species of Darwin's finches.

    Day 2

      Santa Cruz Island - Rabida

      Cerro Dragon was named after the large population of land iguanas that were found there in 1975. Take a hike to a salt water lagoon that is frequented by an abundance of stilts, pintail ducks, and sometimes flamingos. Enjoy a short walk further to see the nesting site for the land iguanas. Also enjoy a breathtaking view of the bay and some swimming before heading to Rabida Island for some more beach activities, snorkeling, and kayaking. Rabida is covered in red volcanic rocks and has an incredibly unique red sand beach. This is a great area to view sea lions and pelican nesting sites.

      Day 3

        Isabela

        Isabela Island is the largest of the archipelago, formed by five volcanoes. It's also the youngest of the islands. The friendly port of Puerto Villamil will be your home-base during a diverse and exciting day. You will have the choice for adventure or relaxation in this beautiful area. Visit the Tortoise Breeding Center where visitors and locals are educated on the importance of the giant tortoise. This is also a facility that helps protect the giant tortoise in its first years. Located south of Isabela Island are the Wetlands which consists of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves. This is an excellent location for viewing all types of bird species.

        Day 4

          Floreana

          Travel to Floreana to visit Post Office Bay, where an a wooden barrel was placed by 18th century whalers as an unofficial post office. The tradition has continued to this day, and travelers can leave addressed postcards and sort through the barrel for postcards close to their homes. Then spend some time enjoying some relaxing snorkeling or kayaking around the island. If you are feeling adventurous, make a visit to the lava tunnel which has been kept untouched and completely natural. In the afternoon, set sail for Cormorant Point which features a large flamingo lagoon. The beach here is a green color created by the high number of olivine crystals in the sand.

          Day 5

            San Cristobal - Lobos

            Cerro Brujo is an excellent place for enjoying the beach and snorkeling. This gorgeous beach is home to many playful sea lions. This is also the location where Charles Darwin first stepped in this archipelago. The next excursion will be to the lovely Isla Lobos. Lobos in Spanish means 'wolves' and this island is named after a large colony of sea lions. Get up close and personal with these whimsical sea lions who love to swim with people. Other great sites to see are the amazing Blue-Footed Boobies, Frigates, and have the change to see the Fur Sea Lion as well.

            Day 6

              Santa Cruz Island

              Enjoy a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station where you will gain insight into the efforts being made by scientists, guides, rangers, and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Encounter tortoises of different subspecies that are being prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. Then there will be a short drive to the green highlands of Santa Cruz, where you will visit a tortoise reserve to search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings.

              Day 7

                Espanola

                Punta Suárez is very isolated from other islands which has helped lead to its high proportion of endemic fauna. A few steps inland from the landing site, find groups of Española marine iguanas basking in the sun. Further inland, Nazca and blue-footed boobies nest near the trail. View the Galapagos doves and finches going about their day to day business. The trail continues towards a blowhole, which is a fissure in the lava where water spurts high resembling a geyser. Swallow-tailed gulls and red-billed tropicbirds make their homes in the cracks of the cliff. There are 15,000 to 17,000 pairs of albatrosses on Española which represent almost the entire population of this species on the planet. Their spectacular courtship ritual is a must to see and a wonder of the animal world.

                Gardner Bay offers the chance to enjoy a wonderful white sandy beach. It is home to one of the most important colonies of sea lions as well as a nesting site for sea turtles. Throughout the afternoon there are many opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking.

                Day 8

                  Baltra

                  Located between Santa Cruz and Santiago Islands is Daphne Major. It is a great place for spectacular bird watching as well as the location of a scientific research site. A select handful of scientists have long studied bird life on these islands, especially Darwin’s finches.

                  Your guide will point out the bird-life as well as explain some of the important research carried out on the islands. Visitors are not allowed to walk on these islands due to their very fragile nature.

                  Enjoy breakfast before continuing onto the plane and returning to the mainland.


                  All itineraries are subject to change due to weather or changes by the National Park Service or yacht operator.
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                  2014-Jun-07
                  2014-Jun-21
                  2014-Jul-05
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                  2014-Aug-02
                  2014-Aug-16
                  $5,200$5,400
                  2014-Dec-20$5,600$5,800
                  2014-Aug-30
                  2014-Sep-13
                  2014-Sep-27
                  2014-Nov-08
                  2014-Nov-22
                  2014-Dec-06
                  $4,950$5,150
                  $200.00 Fuel Surcharge
                  Places
                  South America, Galapagos, Ecuador, Santa Cruz Island, Isabela, Espanola, Floreana, Rabida, San Cristobal, Dragon Hill, Charles Darwin Center, Puerto Villamil, Humedales and Wall of Tears, Baltra, Daphne Island, Post Office Bay, Mirador de la Baronesa, Punta Cormorant, Gardner Bay, Isla Lobos, Chinese Hat, Punta Suarez, Witch Hill
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                  Child Discount

                  25% discount for children aged under 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. Discount does not apply to holiday departures.
                  Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

                  Cancellation Policy

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                  0-69 days100% Cruise Cost

                  Single Supplement

                  This yacht requires single travelers to pay a supplement for private accommodations unless a roommate can be found.

                  Deposit & Payment

                  Initial deposit is $600, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

                  Final payment is due 70 (10 weeks) days prior to departure.

                  Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 (10 weeks) days prior to departure.

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                  Includes

                  • Accommodations on board Athala based on double occupancy
                  • Meals while in the Galapagos
                  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
                  • Shore Excursions
                  • Swimming and Snorkeling
                  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
                  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
                  • Snorkeling Equipment
                  • Wetsuit
                  • Sea Kayaking

                  Excludes

                  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
                  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
                  • Fuel Surcharge
                  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
                  • $35 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
                  • $45 International Departure Tax
                  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
                  • Travel Insurance

                  Galapagos Flights

                    Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip

                  • $530 - $590

                    Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

                  • $475 - $520

                  Optional Hospitality Packages