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Family Cruise to the Southern Islands

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard M/V Origin
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Take an 8-day Galapagos cruise for the entire family on the M/V Origin and experience encounters with the incredible wildlife of Darwin´s islands. Spend your days hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, and touring the Southern Islands and visit locations such as Frigatebird Hill, Kicker Rock, Devil´s Crown, and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Enjoy a full family experience including shipboard educational activities such as board games, games with prizes, drawing contests, talent shows, and ice cream social sundaes.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal | Embark
Day 2 : San Cristobal
Day 3 : Espanola
Day 4 : Floreana
Day 5 : Santa Cruz Island
Day 6 : Santa Cruz Island | Bartolome | Chinese Hat
Day 7 : South Plaza Island | North Seymour
Day 8 : San Cristobal | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy kid-friendly snorkeling with sea lions and fish at Pitt Rock
  • Leave a post card and pick up mail from your home area in Post Office Bay
  • Visit Las Primicias and encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy pristine beaches with crystal clear waters full of tropical fishes

Ship

M/V Origin

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Bartolome
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Chinese Hat
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Highlands
  • La Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado
  • North Seymour
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Pitt
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • South Plaza Island
  • Witch Hill

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Snorkeling in Sea of Cortez Punta Pitt Enjoying our time in the Galapagos Iguana

Day 1 San Cristobal | Embark

Embark on San Cristobal, the easternmost island in the Galapagos archipelago and, geologically, one of the oldest. Travel by bus to Cerro Tijeretas or “Frigatebird Hill” situated on the edge of town. This is one of two sites where the entire family can spot nesting colonies of both species of frigatebirds (great and magnificent). The trail leads to Punta Carola where there are beautiful vistas. Find lava lizards, the medium ground finch, and Chatham mockingbirds. Return to the yacht to join your fellow yacht mates this evening for your briefing followed by the Captain’s welcome cocktail party and dinner prepared by culinary school-trained chefs. Kid-friendly menus are offered for the younger ones.

Day 2 San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Cerro Brujo, a breathtaking white coral beach. Cerro Brujo is considered to be one of the most pristine in the Galapagos Islands and is ideal for birders and short walks. Snorkel or swim with sea lions or take a Zodiac ride. Arrive at Cerro Brujo, a breathtaking white coral beach, considered one of the most spectacular in the Galapagos and perfect for a peaceful walk with expansive views and good bird watching. Kayak from the beach or enjoy a family swim with sea lions. Zodiac ride through a cave called The Cathedral.

Cruise toward the northeastern tip of San Cristobal to Punta Pitt, a tuff formation that serves as a nesting site for many sea birds including all three types of boobies: blue-footed, Nazca, and red-footed boobies, both frigate species, swallow-tailed gulls, storm petrels, shearwaters, brown pelicans, and a colony of sea lions. Punta Pitt is considered to be a first class site for birds and on par with Genovesa (Tower) Island. Snorkel with your children at Pitt Rock with sea lions and colorful fish such as the king angel and surgeon fish. Return to the yacht to cruise around Leon Dormido or “Kicker Rock”, a vertical tuff cone formation that rises abruptly almost 500 feet out of the ocean. On the cliffs, spot blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, and magnificent frigatebirds. 

Day 3 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Punta Suarez, Espanola, offers the highest range of endemic species in the Galapagos. Land on the beach as sea lions greet and observe your movements. Colonies of blue-footed boobies are found engaging in sky-pointing, a technique used to show off for future mates. Snorkel and swim with sea lions in the shallows or sit on the beach and observe Sally Lightfoot crabs skirt across the lava rocks.

Land on Gardner Bay, Española (Hood) and walk along a seemingly endless stretch of white sandy beach home to large colonies of sea lions. There is no trail to follow so this is a chance for a family exploration or a long walk where you can find a Galapagos hawk, Darwin’s finch, or hood mockingbird. Swim with sea lions right from the beach, explore the bay and islets by kayak, or just relax with your children on the beach. Snorkel on Gardner Islet with a colorful diversity of sea life near Tortuga Rock and explore by Zodiac caves covered with invertebrates. 

Day 4 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Step ashore at Punta Cormorant, one of the only populated islands in the Galapagos archipelago. This island is intriguing, presenting a rich human history with that of the animals. Hike along a trail towards a brackish lagoon, home of the Bahama duck, common stilt, Galapagos flycatcher, yellow warbler and the greater flamingo, the pinkest in the world! The trail leads to a beach with powder soft sand where sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand dunes and sting rays swim in the shallow water.

Kid-friendly snorkeling is available at Devil’s Crown, a shallow sunken crater colonized by a brilliant array of colorful fish and corral, white-tipped sharks, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays and sea stars. After lunch, visit Post office Bay, one of the most famous sites in the Galapagos where a post barrel was erected and put into use in the late 18th century by English whaling vessels. Leave a post card and pick up any mail from your home area. The entire family can swim from the beach with sea lions. Late afternoon, take a Zodiac ride near Baroness Point and spot sea turtles and rays. 

Day 5 Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Watch as the scenery changes, eventually covering each of the seven vegetation zones represented in the Galapagos. Visit Las Primicias, a private farm where you can encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Stop at the tunnels, the largest lava tubes found in the Galapagos. 

Visit Los Gemelos, Spanish for “The Twins”, a pair of large pit craters where you may see the red male vermilion flycatcher. Next, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and meet tortoise and land iguana corrals and the breeding center with new hatchlings and miniature tortoises not yet ready to be repatriated. Lonesome George is no longer alive but there is Diego, “The Professor” who has been more successful at mating. Visit Puerto Ayora, the social heart of the islands with the largest population of 24,000 where you can shop for souvenirs or stop at an internet cafe. You have the option to remain in town on your own account to stimulate the local economy or you can return to the boat for dinner. There is a schedule for zodiac transportation from the yacht to town later in the evening.

Day 6 Santa Cruz Island | Bartolome | Chinese Hat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Stop at Bartolome, an island which is largely inhospitable to most plants and wildlife. Hike a 30-minute trail to the summit of a dormant volcano. Admire lava bombs, spatter, and cinder cones caused by old eruptions. The entire family can snorkel in the clear water with schools of tropical fish and Galapagos penguins or take a ride on the zodiac.

Visit Las Bachas, Spanish for “barges”. There is a long stretch of a soft white sand beach and interior lagoons home to the greater flamingo. There is also a wonderful chance to snorkel here from the beach.

Located off the southern tip of Santiago is the Chinese Hat, which owes its name to its shape. After a wet beach landing with sea lion colonies, the trail gives way to a primeval landscape of volcanic rubble including cracked lava formations and lava tubes. Start a family quest for marine iguanas and pairs of oystercatchers and snorkel at a site that is frequented by Galapagos penguins. 

Day 7 South Plaza Island | North Seymour

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit South Plaza, a small geological uplift with tall cliffs featuring spectacular views. Take a trail through prickly pear or Opuntia and Sesuvium forests, often finding Galapagos land iguanas feeding on cactus leaves. Encounter a colony of bachelor sea lions and observe their rights of power. These dominant bulls are in various stages of recovery from battles lost over prime beach territory.

Land at North Seymour, a small geological uplift. Follow a trail that leads to swallow-tailed gulls, blue-footed boobies and the endemic land iguanas. Visit the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds found in the Galapagos. As you stroll along the beach, find marine iguanas and sea lions body surfing the northern swells.

Day 8 San Cristobal | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Visit by bus the Interpretation Center opened on San Cristobal Island in 1999. Here the entire family can gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the Islands.

In the afternoon, transfer with your family to the airport for your connecting flight to the mainland.

M/V Origin

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Notes

Travelers on this yacht need to pre-pay the Galapagos Islands National Park Fee. The entrance fee to the National Park is $100 for adults and $50 for children 11 and younger and is not included in the cruise rate.

Included in your Fare:
*Cabin accommodation
*All meals and snacks
*All beverages including open bar
*Captain’s welcome and farewell party
*Concierge
*Guided shore excursions
*Use of wet suits
*Snorkel equipment
*Sea kayaks and stand up paddle boards
*Transfers in the Islands between the airport and dock

Not Included in Your Fare:
*International Airfare
*Airfare to Galapagos
*Galapagos entrance fee (park tax)
*Transit control card
*Premium alcoholic beverages
*Gratuities to guides and crew
*Purchases on board
*Laundry service
*Wi-Fi (when available)
*Travel insurance

Please note:
Age restrictions: Children under 7 years of age are not accepted unless the parents or legal guardians sign a hold harmless release. Children age 11 and younger are permitted only on a designated family departure. Children under the age of 5 are only permitted on exclusive charter basis.

Child Discount

25% discount for children age 11 and younger at time of Galapagos cruise. 15% discount for children age 12-17 at time of Galapagos cruise.

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

Included

  • Accommodations on board M/V Origin 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

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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