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Southeast Islands

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Yolita II
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This 8-day Southeast Islands cruise on the Yolita II explores the islands of San Cristobal, Floreana, Espanola and more. A unique small ship adventure that explores some of the most beautiful areas of the Galapagos!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - North Seymour
Day 2 : Cerro Brujo Leon Dormido - San Cristobal-Isla Lobos
Day 3 : Espanola
Day 4 : Santa Fe - South Plaza Island
Day 5 : Santa Cruz Island
Day 6 : Floreana
Day 7 : Chinese Hat-Santa Cruz-Dragon Hill
Day 8 : Black Turtle Cove - Baltra

Ship

Yolita II

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Centro de Crianza (Turtle Breeding Ctr.)
  • Devil's Crown
  • Dragon Hill
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Isabela
  • Isla Lobos
  • Leon Dormido
  • Los Gemelos (Twin Craters)
  • North Seymour
  • Osborn Islet
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza Island
  • Witch Hill

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Exploring the Galapagos A pair of blue-footed boobies watch travelers pass in the Galapagos Punta Suarez, Espanola Santa Fe land iguana Black Turtle cove with mangroves

Day 1 Baltra - North Seymour

Arrive in Baltra and transfer to the Yolita II. In the afternoon, head to the beautiful North Seymour Island, where there are many nesting sites for blue-footed boobies and many other magnificent seabirds.

Day 2 Cerro Brujo Leon Dormido - San Cristobal-Isla Lobos

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, arrive on the beach of Cerro Brujo, which is made of volcanic ash and white coral. Hope to find warblers, finches, and a variety of sea birds, as well sea lions, sea turtles, and rays. Later, head to Leon Dormido, which was once a large lava cone that has now split into two large rock formations. On these rocks, hope to find Nazca boobies, blue footed boobies, and frigate birds. Leon Dormido is also a wonderful place to snorkel.

In the afternoon, sail to Isla Lobos, where you can find a large variety of volcanic rock, as well as sea lions and many kinds of seabirds and shorebirds.

Day 3 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning swimming, relaxing and snorkeling in Gardner Bay. You may even be able to observe sharks in the Bay's crystal clear waters.

Afterwards, head to the rocky landscape of Punta Suarez to view one of the most impressive sea bird colonies in the Galapagos, as well as an incredible blowhole where water spouts up to 70-75 ft into the air.

Day 4 Santa Fe - South Plaza Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, sail to Santa Fe to hike and observe the diverse wildlife species that
inhabit the island. Some of these creatures include Galapagos mockingbird, the Galapagos snake, rice rats, Galapagos hawks, two species of iguanas, sea lions, and many different tropical fish.

In the afternoon, travel to South Plaza in search of the unique iguana species that live there and many different birds such as Swallow Tailed Gulls, Audubon Shearwaters, Red-billed tropicbirds, brown pelicans, and frigate birds.

Day 5 Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start the day with a visit to the Charles Darwin Station to learn about breed and rearing of tortoises, and protection and conservation of the islands.

After lunch, explore the picturesque highlands of Santa Cruz.

Day 6 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, sail to Punta Cormorant to view one of the best Flamingo lagoons in the Galapagos. Take the time to walk along two distinct beaches. "The Green Beach" has a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand and the "Flour Sand Beach" is composed of coral. Then, head to Corona del Diablo for some fantastic snorkeling.

In the afternoon, explore the historic Post Office Bay and Baroness Lookout.

Day 7 Chinese Hat-Santa Cruz-Dragon Hill

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail for Chinese Hat, a volcanic cone with amazing lava formations that are formed under the sea and raised upward. On the island, you may find sea lions, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.

Sail to Dragon Hill to explore a hyper-saline lagoon full of flamingos, pintail ducks, and other species of birds. Take a short walk to the Hill for an incredible view.

Day 8 Black Turtle Cove - Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning, travel to Black Turtle Cove, a calm and quiet red mangrove lagoon that acts as a nursery for many sharks and rays. The lagoon's clear waters allow travelers to observe large groups of white-tip reef, black-tip reef and hammerhead sharks, and schools of golden rays and spotted eagle rays. You may also spot sea turtles, pelicans, and herons.

In the early afternoon, transfer to the airport in Baltra for your flight back to Guayaquil or Quito.

Yolita II

Per person starting at
$3,250
Yolita II
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Twin Cabin
4 twin cabins equipped with two twin beds on the main deck. The two twin beds can be pushed together to form one king bed. A third bed can possibly be added.
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Double Cabin
1 double cabin with a double bed on the upper deck.
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Single Cabin
2 single cabins, each with a twin bed, located on the upper deck.

Notes

-Child discount is 20% of net rate. Only applicable for 1 child under 12 years traveling with two adults. Not applicable for last minute rates.
-Children of all ages are accepted on-board but parents are held fully responsible for any accidents or damage caused.
-Single supplement is a 50% surcharge

Single Supplement

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

Child Discount

-Child discount is 20% of net rate. Only applicable for 1 child under 12 years traveling with two adults. Not applicable for last minute rates.-Children of all ages are accepted on-board but parents are held fully responsible for any accidents or dama

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Yolita II 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

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
  • Snorkeling Equipment available - $25 for 4/5 day tours and $35 for 8 day tours
  • Wetsuits available - $25 for 4/5 day tours and $35 for 8 day tours
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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