Islands Circumnavigation Cruise

John Collins Jr.
A pair of Blue Footed Boobies
Erin Correia
Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Glory Moore
(Santa Cruz) Iguana
A pair of friendly sea lions
Yvonne Smith
Seal relaxing in a chair.
Lounge aboard the Tip Top IV.
Delicious fresh fruit for breakfast aboard the Tip Top IV.
Take a cruise on this 15 day voyage that covers all the magnificent wonders the Galapagos has to offer. There will be a plethora of opportunities to snorkel, swim, and wander through the islands of this archipelago. Also enjoy several opportunities to encounter the incredible wildlife including Galapagos penguins, frigate birds, flightless cormorants, tortoises, and many more unique native species! Get to know this fascinating and unique world inside and out.

Day 1

    Baltra - Santa Cruz Island

    Arrive in Baltra where a guide will meet you and accompany you to the bus that will be taken to the Itabaca Channel. Cross the channel by barge and then continue to Puerto Ayora by bus. Once aboard the Yacht, receive a small orientation while enjoying a nice light snack. Later in the afternoon, embark on the first excursion to the Charles Darwin Station and its Interpretive Center. Enjoy a walk through the port town and admire the various handicrafts. Return to the Yacht and enjoy a nice welcome cocktail followed by dinner.

    Day 2

      Espanola

      Embark on a morning excursion to Santa Fe Island to visit the cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas. Later there will be a chance to go swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking if you are in the mood. Enjoy some lunch aboard the ship and then sail on to South Plaza. Enjoy the opportunity to be entertained by the antics of the sea lions hanging out here. There is a cactus forest here that is great for observing land iguanas and many species of tropical birds. After this amazing day of sightseeing, return to the boat for a great dinner.

      Day 3

        San Cristobal - Leon Dormido

        Chinese Hat is a small island off the Coast of Santiago Island where an abundance of wildlife can be seen. Amongst the species here include Galapagos penguins, eagle rays, sea lions, and marine iguanas. This is an excellent snorkeling site and should definitely be taken advantage of. There is an optional opportunity for some swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking for those who would like to. Rábida is a great place to take a nice walk and observe marine iguanas, sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, and brown pelicans in there natural habitat. There is a small saltwater lagoon where the incredible beauty of the pink flamingo can be observed. Watch as they manage to stay balanced on one foot. There will be time for nice swim along with some excellent snorkeling. You can also enjoy kayaking around the island a bit before returning to the ship for dinner.

        Day 4

          Mosquera - Santa Cruz Island

          Black Turtle Cove is an area that consists of a series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets which is an excellent place for observing white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, spotted eagle rays, and yellow cow-nosed rays. Dragon Hill is an excellent location for seeing land iguanas in large quantities. Walk to a hypersalinic lagoon that is saltier than the ocean. This is a great location for observing various species of birds including flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. Take some time for some excellent snorkeling and explorer the unique underwater world. You can also enjoy a peaceful kayaking excursion or just take a nice relaxing swim in the crystal clear waters.

          Day 5

            Chinese Hat - Santa Cruz Island - Rabida

            Take a visit to Post Office Bay, a historic site from the days of the whalers. They presumably placed a wooden barrel here in the 18th century to use it as a post office. Leave a postcard and grab another that has been left to deliver at home when you return from this amazing trip. Then take a panga ride on La Lobería of Post Office Bay and observe sea lion rookeries, a main attraction, on the beach as well as sea turtles and marine iguanas. After lunch, visit the Devil’s Crown, a submerged volcano. This is a great location for snorkeling for those who wish to participate. It is one of the best snorkeling sites in the Islands. Point Cormorant is the next location where one can take a short walk to Flamingo Lagoon. Continue the walk until you reach the beach called "La Picona" to see marine turtles and their spawning grounds. There will be an optional chance for a nice swim and some snorkeling at this beach.

            Day 6

              Santiago - Bartolome

              Punta Suarez has extraordinary lava beds to walk to where there will be the chance to observe unique colonies of marine birds, including albatross. After lunch make a wet landing in Gardner Bay for a walk on the beach to observe a colony of sea lions. These friendly sea lions inhabit the beach in great quantity during the breeding season. This location is also an important nesting area for sea turtles. Travel by panga to Osborn Islet and the islets of Gardner to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of swimming or snorkeling in the crystal blue waters here. Return to the boat for a delicious dinner and evening orientation.

              Day 7

                Santa Fe - South Plaza Island

                The first excursion of the day will be to Punta Pitt in San Cristobal Island. There is a trail here that includes an olivine beach and a trail that ascends to the top of a volcanic tuff hill that passes through several natural viewpoints. Punta Pitt is composed of volcanic tuff substrate and the high winds here have led to natural erosion. This is the only site in the Galapagos Islands where you can watch the three species of boobies and 2 species of frigates nesting in the same area. Then sail around Kicker Rock on the way to Cerro Brujo. Kicker Rock is a massive tuff-rock that juts abruptly almost 500 feet straight up from the ocean. Many sea birds use Kicker Rock as a nesting place. Enjoy some optional swimming and snorkeling at this location.

                Make a wet landing on Cerro Brujo and walk over the beautiful white sand beach where you can observe sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies. Have some fun kayaking, snorkeling, or swimming at this location. There are many incredible sites to see. Return to the ship for a nice meal and evening orientation.

                Day 8

                  Santa Cruz Island - North Seymour

                  After a nice breakfast, head to North Seymour Island. Take a walk along the coast and interior of the island and view North Seymour's low, flat landscape that was uplifted from the sea by underground seismic activity. There are many animals to observe here including blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, pelicans, frigate birds, shore birds, sea lions, and endemic Palo Santo.

                  Day 9

                    Genovesa

                    After a nice breakfast, head out to Sullivan Bay which is a perfect place to get a feel of the volcanic origin of these islands. enjoy the chance to explore with some relaxing snorkeling or just take a nice swim. In the afternoon, make a dry landing on Bartolomé Island and hike to the summit where there will be many chances to observe colonies of marine iguanas and lava lizards. Once the summit is reached there is an impressive view of the surrounding islands and the splendor of the unique eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock.

                    Day 10

                      Santiago

                      Prince Phillips’s Steps is the first stop of the day and is a great location for observing the various birds here going about their daily routine. After a nice lunch, head on over to Darwin Bay for a chance to observe frigatebirds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies, shorebirds, turtles, marine iguanas, etc. There is an abundance of unique animal life at this location that is a must while touring the Galapagos. After enjoying some excellent kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming, head back to the ship for a delicious dinner.

                      Day 11

                        Isabela - Fernandina

                        James Bay (Puerto Egas) has an abundance of opportunities to observe sponges, snails, hermit crabs, a variety of shore birds, barnacles. There are also other interesting creatures on this island including the endemic four-eyed blenny, marine iguanas, and sea lions which are all a treat to observe. Have a chance to enjoy some water activities while at this location including kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming.

                        After lunch, navigate around Buccaneer Cove (Caleta Bucanero), an area of steep cliffs and dark beaches. Several species of seabirds use the cliffs and pinnacle here as nesting areas. This was a popular place for 17th & 18th century buccaneers to careen their vessels. Enjoy some fun water activities before making a wet landing and walking along a coastal trail to visit the abandoned Salt Mines.

                        Day 12

                          Isabela

                          There will be a morning visit to Punta Vicente Roca to observe plenty of sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed and masked boobies, and flightless cormorants. There is an option to enjoy some water activities at this location. After lunch, make a dry landing on Punta Espinoza to observe and see a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas and the flightless cormorants. The unique landscape here is covered with clumps of lava cactus.

                          Day 13

                            Isabela

                            Start out the day by taking a trip to Urbina Bay and observe a beautiful coral area, land iguanas, flightless cormorants, and giant tortoises. Witness these amazing creatures in their natural environment. Take a panga ride around Tagus Cove which is a protected cove between the shoulders of two volcanic craters, sheltering it from the open sea. This is a great place to observe penguins of the Galapagos, marine iguanas, sea lions, and a variety of birds. Amongst this variety of bird life includes the flightless cormorant and blue footed boobies. After the chance to enjoy some water activities and lunch, take a panga ride around the islets of Elizabeth Bay. Enjoy the abundance of marine iguanas, penguins, marine turtles, seabirds and shorebirds, herons, and blue-footed boobies that inhabit this area.

                            Day 14

                              Floreana

                              The islet of Las Tintoreras has a small bay of completely calm turquoise waters and there are a plethora of marine iguanas, sea turtles, sea lions, Galapagos penguins, rays and white tip sharks to be seen by visitors.

                              Next, head to Sierra Negra Volcano, the oldest of the volcanoes on Isabela and is the second largest in the world. The colorful landscape is made up of sulfur, iron, and the cooled magma. A bus will take you to the highlands of Isabela starting at “Paradero Sierra Negra”. Walk through the slopes of the Volcano or rent horses and take the trail on horseback. The trail leads us to Volcan Chico which last erupted in 1979 and is composed of scum and lava. Witness an amazing view of the area north of the island and if the day is clear there is an outstanding view of the island of Perry Isthmus. Formations of petrified lava of many different colors and textures and fumaroles are scattered throughout this area.

                              The afternoon starts with a trip to the Breeding Center where many tortoises of different ages and sizes can be observed. These giant tortoises start our at only three inches and get as large as four feet. Shortly after, make a visit to the historically significant Wall of Tears. This site was a penal colony for 13 years. Here the prisoners built a wall with huge blocks of lava as punishment. Observe lava lizards, Galapagos finches, and hawks at this location before moving on to the Humedales, which is a wetland that consists of lagoons, mangrove species, flamingos and numerous migratory birds.

                              Day 15

                                Santa Cruz Island - Baltra

                                The last day of this amazing journey will take you to the Charles Darwin Research Station and its interpretive Center. Here, scientific research and environmental education is conducted in efforts of conserving the incredible habitat of the Galapagos. Make your way to the airport in Baltra for your return 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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                                South America, Galapagos, Ecuador, Bartolome, Santa Cruz Island, Genovesa, Santa Fe, South Plaza Island, North Seymour, Espanola, Floreana, Bachas Beach, Rabida, San Cristobal, Black Turtle Cove, Highlands, Charles Darwin Center, Mosquera, Leon Dormido, Baltra, Chinese Hat
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                                • Accommodations on board Tip Top IV 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
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                                • Sea Kayaking

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                                • Fuel Surcharge
                                • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
                                • $35 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
                                • $45 International Departure Tax
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                                • $530 - $590

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