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Islands Circumnavigation I

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Circumnavigate the Galapagos islands on this 15-day voyage. Take in the best the archipelago has to offer, visiting South Plaza, Floreana, Isabela, Santa Cruz, Genovesa, and many more! Wildlife viewing opportunities abound as you traverse the islands, snorkel in the crystal clear waters, or take a relaxing swim off the pristine shores. This is an excellent excursion for gaining a true understanding of the history of these islands and the rare and incredible creatures that make their homes here.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Santa Cruz | Embark
Day 2 : Dragon Hill | Santa Cruz
Day 3 : Rabida | Santa Cruz
Day 4 : Black Turtle Cove | Santa Cruz
Day 5 : Isabela | Fernandina
Day 6 : Isabela
Day 7 : Santiago
Day 8 : Santa Cruz
Day 9 : Mosquera Islet | North Seymour
Day 10 : Santa Fe | South Plaza
Day 11 : Interpretation Center & Tijeretas | San Cristobal
Day 12 : Cerro Brujo | Pitt Point & Pitt Islet
Day 13 : Suarez Point | Gardener Bay
Day 14 : Champion Islet | Devil´s Crown | Cormorant Point
Day 15 : Highlands | Santa Cruz | Disembark

Highlights

  • Learn about Charles Darwin Station's efforts to preserve the environment
  • Snorkel and swim with sea turtles and white-tipped reef sharks at Bartolome
  • Visit a sea lion colony and observe herons in Mosquera Islet
  • Hike across Española, the oldest & most isolated island in the Archipelago

Ship

Corals

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Devil's Crown
  • Dragon Hill
  • Espanola
  • Espinosa Point
  • Fernandina
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Highlands
  • Isabela
  • Mosquera
  • North Seymour
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Pitt
  • Punta Suarez
  • Rabida
  • San Cristobal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • Santiago
  • South Plaza Island
  • Sullivan Bay
  • Tagus Cove
  • Tijeretas Hill (Frigatebird Hill)
  • Urbina Bay
  • Vicente Roca Point

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Getting close to sea lions in the Galapagos Cruise the Galapagos on the Corals The late Lonesome George in the Galapagos Hike in Bartolome

Day 1 Baltra | Santa Cruz | Embark

Arrive to the Galapagos and transfer to your ship, the Corals. In 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

  • 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 on 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 | Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land on Rabida Island and walk through its unique dark red sand 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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, and turtles enjoy swimming in the calm waters, peeking 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 a “Turtle Sanctuary”.

Day 5 Isabela | Fernandina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, visit Vicente Roca Point, one of the richest marine ecosystems on Earth! Spend your time snorkeling and searching for sea horses, frogfish, nudibranchs, octopi, sun fish, red-lipped batfish, dolphins, sea lions, tuna and other amazing marine species. After snorkeling, take a dinghy ride along the coast of Isabela and admire the beautiful scenery while observing a wide variety of sea and coastal birds such as noddies, brown pelicans, Galapagos penguins, and blue-footed boobies.

In the afternoon, head to Espinosa Point in search of marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and Galapagos penguins! Stroll over lava formations, encountering cacti and mangroves along the way.

Day 6 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, continue to explore Isabela Island, visiting Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove.

In Urbina Bay, explore the volcanic, black sand beach in search of more Galapagos wildlife. Depending on the season, you may even spot some Galapagos tortoises!

In the afternoon, make your way over to Tagus Cove on Isabela Island, the Galapagos' largest island. Here, learn about the volcanoes that formed Isabela and take a dinghy ride along the shore in search of more amazing wildlife, including flightless cormorants and, depending on season, the Galapagos penguin!

Day 7 Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day exploring Santiago Island. In the morning, take time on the black volcanic sand beaches of Egas Port and the Salt Mines on Santiago Island. Walk along the volcanic basaltic rocks that line the beautiful shoreline and lead you to the best tidal pools in the Galapagos. These pools are home to fur seals and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a variety of Galapagos bird species, including the white-cheeked pintail, the Galapagos hawk, and yellow-crowned night heron.

In the afternoon, travel to Sullivan Bay to explore its amazing, extensive lava flows!

Day 8 Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, spend time in the Santa Cruz highlands. Visit El Chato Reserve to observe the Galapagos tortoise in its native habitat.

Day 9 Mosquera Islet | North Seymour

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land in Mosquera Islet, located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. There is no trail on Mosquera Island, so any visitor can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little Sesuvium portulacastrum grows on the sand.

Visit North Seymour, an island formed by a series of underwater volcanic lava which was deposited in layers on the ocean floor. Take an approximately two-hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and greatfrigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in-depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles. Encounter sea lions, land Iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos snake.

Day 10 Santa Fe | South Plaza

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy Santa Fe´s white sand beach and find yourself surrounded by a sea lion colony. Continue walking through an endemic cactus forest and search for the endemic Santa Fe land iguana (the largest in the islands). This island is home to a number of endemic species including Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, rice rats, a variety of finches, and one of the four mockingbird species of the Galapagos.

Walk through an impressive cactus forest surrounded by the colorful yellow and red land iguanas and marine iguanas and keep a look out for tropicbirds and one of the largest sea lion colonies. Encounter the one and only Galapagos hybrid iguana and stumble upon a bright red landscape which is a characteristic of the island during the dry season.

Day 11 Interpretation Center & Tijeretas | San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Step foot in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Islands. Visit the Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about natural history in the islands. The Museum of Natural History displays information on the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, and the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points of interest. 

Take a high-intensity hike to visit Tijeretas Hill and admire beautiful landscapes ending with a magnificent view of a nearby large frigatebird colony. 

Day 12 Cerro Brujo | Pitt Point & Pitt Islet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Cerro Brujo, an eroding tuff cone that is composed, in several locations, of lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach which is great for snorkeling and sunbathing. Discover a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen: black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, other sandpiper species, and white-cheeked pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal, and the adjacent coast.

In the afternoon, take a high-intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail goes through several magnificent viewpoints including an olivine beach of 90 meters long and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together: Nazca, blue-footed, and red-footed, as well as the two species of frigatebirds and a sea lion colony. It is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.

Day 13 Suarez Point | Gardener Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning visit Española, an island of geological interest. Being one of the oldest in the Galapagos, it has a high percentage of endemism because it is also one of the most isolated in the archipelago. This, and the great variety of wildlife found here makes this site one of the most attractive in the Galapagos. Explore volcanic formations and riveting wildlife: large colonies of sea lion and seabirds including Española mockingbird, Nazca boobies, and the spectacular red-billed tropic bird. You can also encounter singular marine iguanas that have a turquoise color with red in the breeding season, lava lizards, and the colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Hike among Nazca and blue-footed boobies, right up to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favorites include Galapagos dove, Galapagos hawk, swallow-tailed gulls, and the world’s largest colony of waved albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (April-December). Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous “Soplador”, a seaward blowhole that shoots water at some 23 m (75 ft.) in the air.

Land in Gardner Bay, a beautiful white coral sand beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are no trails, so you must stay along the shore where you can spot Galapagos hawk, American oystercatcher, Galapagos dove, hood mockingbird, yellow warbler, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin finches. Swim and snorkel surrounded by a great variety of Galapagos marine wildlife.

Day 14 Champion Islet | Devil´s Crown | Cormorant Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning visit Champion, a small islet located just offshore Floreana Island. Snorkel or dinghy ride along a nice wall filled with a variety of marine wildlife like the endemic black-striped salema, the blue lobster, long-nose hawkfish, sea horses, coral hawkfish, sea lions, and the famous red-lipped batfish.

Explore Devil’s Crown, considered one of the best sites for snorkeling in the Galapagos; here you can watch sea lions, turtles, sharks, dolphins, and fish diversity. Land on an olivine green sand beach and hike from the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. From the beach you can spot sea turtles, blue-footed boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks floating and searching for food along the shoreline. Head back to the olivine beach where you landed and take a swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks.

Land on the north side of Floreana, and walk to Post Office Bay, named like this because, in 1793, Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through who would take letters with them to their destinations. Place unstamped postcards inside the barrel that should reach their destinations for free. It can take weeks, months, even years, not arrive at all, or even arrive before you! Encounter Darwin finches, yellow warbler, and lava lizards. Snorkel with green pacific sea turtles and on the main beach among playful sea lions.

Day 15 Highlands | Santa Cruz | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning reach the Santa Cruz highlands and visit a private farm and natural tortoise reserve “El Chato” / “Primicias”, where giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat, as well as land birds such as tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets. Journey to the reserve and see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems, life, and geology. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense forests of the highlands that emerge from a light fog. Often, tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the agricultural zone. Land birds can also be observed along the excursion. On this visit you can observe almost every land bird present on the island.

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.

Corals

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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.
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Eight on Coral I and four on Coral II. Panoramic skylights, located on the Sea Deck. Average size 118 sq ft.
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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.

Notes

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

Included

  • 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

Excluded

  • 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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