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Enjoy the highlights of Baltra and Santa Cruz on this incredible 4-day adventure. There is an endless list of activities to make this a very memorable trip. Snorkel in crystalline waters, roam picturesque volcanic landscapes, and observe fascinating native wildlife as you cruise through the beautiful southern archipelago. The wildlife here is abundant and the landscape is stunning to behold. Be entertained by the antics of friendly sea lions and get up close and personal with the incredible giant tortoises on this incredible vacation.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Santa Cruz Island | Embark
Day 2 : Dragon Hill | Santa Cruz Island
Day 3 : Rabida
Day 4 : Black Turtle Cove | Santa Cruz Island | Disembark


  • Learn about Charles Darwin Station´s efforts to preserve the environment
  • Walk by a brackish lagoon and look for feeding flamingos at Dragon Hill
  • Snorkel and swim with sea turtles and white-tipped reef sharks at Bartolome



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  • Small Ship

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Sea lions on beach in Rabida Snorkeling in Belize Flamingos in the Galapagos Hiking through cacti in the Galapagos Dinghy ride to Pinnacle rock

Day 1 Baltra | Santa Cruz Island | Embark

Arrive to the Galapagos and transfer to your ship, the Corals. On the afternoon cruise to Santa Cruz Island and visit the station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of 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 a variety of Darwin finches and other land birds. If there is enough time visit the town and shop for souvenirs.

Day 2 Dragon Hill | Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingoes can be occasionally found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchorage and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves.

Land in Bartolome Island and discover a fascinating moonscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones —and hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. Encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies. Enjoy the beach and  snorkel and see (perhaps swim with) Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, and white-tipped reef sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. 

Day 3 Rabida

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land in Rabida Island and walk through its dark-red sand unique beaches. Rábida is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nesting brown pelicans are found from July through September as are nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches. Take a dinghy ride along cliffs to observe nesting seabirds, and snorkel off the coast where marine life is particularly active.

Explore the north side of Santa Cruz Island. Behind the beach lie two small flamingo ponds with iguanas, coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native and endemic vegetation, red and black mangroves, salt bushes, and much more. This beach is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles in the Galapagos.

Day 4 Black Turtle Cove | Santa Cruz Island | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Discover the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea where four species of mangrove crowd from the shore out into the lagoon, turtles enjoy swimming in the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface, while fish, rays and small sharks circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat. Sea birds, including pelicans, herons and egrets, all feed in the cove. This cove has been declared as a “Turtle Sanctuary”.

Afterwards, head straight to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.


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A standard cabin aboard the Corals
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Standard Cabin
Two on Coral I and one on Coral II. Panoramic skylights, located on the Sea Deck. Average area of 97 sq ft.
A Standard Plus cabin aboard the corals
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Standard Plus Cabins
Eight on Coral I and four on Coral II. Panoramic skylights, located on the Sea Deck. Average size 118 sq ft.
A Junior Cabin
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Junior Cabins
Eight on Coral I and six on Coral II. Two triple cabins available. Panoramic windows, located on Earth & Sky Decks. Average size 129 sq ft.


Not Included in Your Fare: 

• Air ticket from Quito / Guayaquil to Galapagos
• Fuel surcharge: $90 for 3 or 4 night cruises, $180 x 7-10-11 nights, $360 x 14 nights
• CGG Migration Control Card: $20 per person. and service fee not included.
• Shuttle service from Quito/Guayaquil Airport-roundtrip: $20 in combination with GO Cruises.
• Entrance fee to Galapagos: $100 adult, $50 children under 12, to be paid in cash upon arrival in Galapagosa. If requested this tax can be invoiced to be prepaid by GO. 

Single Supplement

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

Child Discount

25% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. A 50% discount is available if child shares with two adults in a triple cabin.

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


  • Accommodations on board Corals 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


  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • Fuel Surcharge
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Wetsuit rental for $25 for up to 5 days, $50 for up to 11 days, and $75 for 15 days
  • Kayak rental available for $30/use
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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