Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Evolution. Begin your Galapagos journey in Whaler's Bay, named for the large ships the once took provisions here. Sail into an inviting cove surrounded by a green-colored beach composed of soft olivine crystals. Here, you may find a variety of seabirds and marine iguanas. You can also take the opportunity to snorkel with sea lions and tropical fish both here as well as the nearby Eden Islet. Then celebrate your first equatorial sunset with a welcome cocktail, followed by a delicious dinner.
Begin the day in Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela. Punta Vicente Roca is a dive class snorkeling site, full of incredible marine life. Take a panga ride along the coast, admiring all the beautiful seabirds perched on the cliffs and crevices of the island.
In the afternoon, sail to Punta Espinosa on Fernandina Island. Hang out with Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions, and flightless cormorants. Then, hike across a cracked pahoehoe lava field to a mangrove pond that is home to many sea turtles and rays. In the evening, anchor along the Bolivar channel and search for whales and dolphins while admiring surrounding shield volcanoes.
Travel to Urbina Bay to view land iguanas, hawks, coral reefs, and giant tortoises. Urbina Bay experienced a major uplift in 1954 which expanded the coastline and trapped various marine life within its shores.
In the afternoon, explore Tagus Cove. Begin at the trail's entrance, and continue around Darwin Lake through a dry vegetation zone until you stop in a promontory formed by spatter cones. This spot offers a fantastic view of the Darwin and Wolf volcanoes. Then, put on your wetsuits for some world class snorkeling. Swim among sea horses, sea turtles, tropical fish, sea lions, and flocks of Galapagos penguins.
Venture to Bartolomé, an island boasting some of the most beautiful scenery in the archipelago. Bartolomé's landscape consists of a spectrum of features including volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and Toba. Its two breathtaking beaches are home to sea turtles and a rare colony of Galapagos penguins.
After lunch, sail to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island, one of the most amazing volcanic sites in the Galapagos. After walking around the remarkable lava flow, swim and snorkel with playful sea lions off two small coraline beaches.
In the morning, visit Las Bachas Beach, a white-coral sandy beach that is a popular egg-laying site for sea turtles. Explore a super saline lagoon and search for marine iguanas, flamingos, and many other wading birds.
After lunch, head to Dragon Hill, named for the large amount of land iguanas that live in the area. Take a short walk from the beach to a hypersalinic lagoon full of many bird species, including common stilts, pintail ducks, pink flamingos, and other species of birds. Then pass through a forest of the endemic Scalesia tree as you hike to the top of Dragon Hill for an impressive view of the bay.
Begin your day with a tour of the highlands in Santa Cruz. The trail passes through a number of distinct vegetative zones and affording explorers with lovely views of the islands's lush, rolling hills.
After lunch, tour the Charles Darwin Research Station and view the tortoises in various stages of life. Newly hatched tortoises average 3 inches long, while the adults can reach over 4 feet. Stretch out your hand and interact with these gentle giants.
Journey to Suarez Point to view Blue-footed Boobies, albatrosses and Nazca Boobies. The most famous attraction on Espanola is a magnificent blowhole which spurts water high into the air. Bring your camera!
In the afternoon, travel to Gardner Bay, the breeding site of most of the world´s 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatrosses. Gardner Bay features a large white sandy beach and the reef makes this location ideal for snorkeling and swimming with curious sea lions.
Visit the Interpretation Center and learn about the natural history, human history, and conservation of the Galapagos Islands. View giant tortoises in captivity and take an audio tour.
Transfer to the airport for your connecting flight to the mainland.
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