This Galapagos cruise highlights the best of the southern islands with 6 days of exploration and adventure! Kayak and snorkel in crystalline waters, traverse picturesque volcanic landscapes, and observe fascinating native wildlife as you cruise through the beautiful southern archipelago on the Sea Star Journey.
Day 1 : San Cristobal Day 2 : Española Day 3 : Floreana Day 4 : Santa Fe - South Plaza Island Day 5 : North Seymour - Bachas Beach - Santa Cruz Day 6 : Mosquera - Baltra
Upon arrival in San Cristobal, meet up with your guide and embark on a short bus ride to the harbor. This afternoon, visit the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Protection and Growing Center on the southeast side of the island. Take this opportunity to learn about San Cristobal's tortoise population, as well as its other fascinating species of native flora and fauna.
This morning you will cruise to Gardner Bay on the northeastern coast of Española Island. Swim snorkel, kayak, and enjoy the crystal clear waters of the bay.
Move on to Punta Suarez in the afternoon, a rocky outcropping on Española's southern shore. This site provides habitat for the largest, most varied populations of sea birds in the Galapagos. Watch as birds soar along the cliffs, dodging the spectacular water spouts and pounding surf.
This morning, travel to Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island. One of the largest lagoons in the Galapagos is found here, along with one of the strongest colonies of flamingos. Observe various species of shore birds amid the tuff lava cones, and visit the two distinctive beaches of Punta Cormorant: the Green Beach, made up of olivine crystals, and the white coral Flour Sand Beach.
This afternoon visit historic Post Office Bay, landing area for the island's colonists and site of the famous wooden barrel that has served as a post office for mariners and tourists since the 18th century. Continue on to Baroness lookout and be rewarded by stunning views of the island below.
Santa Fe Island has a unique history in relation to the rest of the Galapagos. It was formed by and uplift, rather than a volcano, and is therefore considerably flatter and distinctive. This morning, explore Santa Fe's trails, spot sea lions, and snorkel along the crystal clear shore.
After Santa Fe, head to South Plaza Island. Although small, South Plaza is home to some of the archipelago's most unique and interesting wildlife species. Notable among these are the marine, land, and hybrid iguanas.
Explore North Seymour Island this morning. Seymour is another uplifted island whose landscape differs from its volcanic counterparts, being generally flat and boulder strewn. It provides ideal habitat for magnificent frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, and sea lions. Wander through the island and along the rocky shore, taking in the spectacular scenery.
Head to Bachas Beach in the afternoon, located on Santa Cruz Island. Made up of decomposed coral, Bachas' soft, white sand provides a perfect nesting site for sea turtles. An adjacent beach was used by the US as a point of protection for the Panama Canal. Two barges can still be seen there, abandoned after WWII.
Day 6 Mosquera - Baltra
Before departure today, explore Mosquera, a small islet boasting an impressive reef and beautiful white sand beach, ideal for snorkeling and swimming.
Bid farewell to the Galapagos as you cruise back to Baltra for your departing flight.
Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.