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Islands Circumavigation

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Take an islands circumnavigation on your Galapagos tour. This enriching trip takes travelers around the islands of the Galapagos and provides unique and close encounters with sea lions, sharks, and birdlife.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal - Isla Lobos
Day 2 : Espanola
Day 3 : Floreana
Day 4 : Santa Fe - South Plazas Island
Day 5 : Charles Darwin Center - Santa Cruz Highlands
Day 6 : Isabela
Day 7 : Isabela
Day 8 : Isabela - Fernandina
Day 9 : Santiago
Day 10 : Daphne Island or Dragon Hill - Black Turtle Cove
Day 11 : Rabida - Chinese Hat
Day 12 : North Seymour - Mosquera
Day 13 : Santiago - Bartolome
Day 14 : Genovesa
Day 15 : San Cristobal

Ship

Galaxy

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Bartolome
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Espanola
  • Fernandina
  • Floreana
  • Genovesa
  • Isla Lobos
  • Leon Dormido
  • Mosquera
  • North Seymour
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • Santiago

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

South Plaza Island Galapagos Green Sea Turtle off the shores of Santa Fe Island Galapagos Hawk Kicker Rock, San Cristobal sea lions on the beach at San Cristobal

Day 1 San Cristobal - Isla Lobos

Arrive at the San Cristobal and transfer to the Galaxy for your Galapagos Cruise.

In the afternoon, sail for Isla Lobos (Sea Lion Island) to view the sea lions which rest on the island's rocky shore. Isla Lobos is frequented with blue-footed boobies, great frigatebirds, brown pelicans, lava gulls, common noddies, yellow warblers and small and medium ground finches, making it an ideal location for birders. Snorkel near Leon Dormido, in the clear water and play with the sea lions in the shallows.

Day 2 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey to Gardner Bay, to snorkel with a variety of fish and playful sea lions. Hope to see the occasional turtle or shark which swim in the waters off the island.

In the afternoon, travel to Suarez Point one of the most significantly birdlife rich locations in the Galapagos archipelago. Around twelve thousand breading pairs have their nests in the Española Island. Depending on the time of year you might catch the Blue-Footed Boobies and the Waved Albatross doing their extensive mating dances. Also view marine iguanas and over-sized lava lizards as they sun themselves on the rocks.

Day 3 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail for Post Office Bay, a sandy beach where past whalers used to leave and receive their letters in a barrel. Take part in the tradition by leaving an addressed postcard in the barrel. Additionally, pick up any letters within close proximity to your home to deliver once you return from the Galapagos.

Visit Punta Cormorant located to the west of Floreana Island. It has a unqiuely famous dark green beach due to the great quantity of olivine crystals. Then take a panga ride around Devils's Crown, a satellite islet of the island Floreana where constant sea erosion has form the rocks into the shape of a crown. This is one of the better places to go snorkeling.

Day 4 Santa Fe - South Plazas Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Santa Fe to view the Opuntia cactus forest, the largest of its kind in the archipelago. It is home of one of the two species of land iguanas in the Galapagos islands. Crabs, nocturnal herons, marine iguanas, and land doves are often seen. The gorgeous turquoise bay is excellent place to swim and go snorkeling with sea turtles, rays, sea lions and tropical fishes.

At South Plaza, are two small islands with one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos islands. Take a cliff-side trail which circumnavigates the island for spectacular views and varied vegetation.

Day 5 Charles Darwin Center - Santa Cruz Highlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the natural history of the islands and the effects of human involvement. See the tortoise breeding and rearing project at work.

After lunch, hike in the El Chato reserve looking for the infamous giant tortoises in their natural habitat.
Return to the ship to relax before dinner.

Day 6 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Las Tintoreras to see the colony of white tip sharks which can often be seen resting in a lava canal. Snorkel in the shallows or relax on the beach with a sea lion colony.

In the afternoon, see the Tortoise Breeding Center and learn about tortoise conservation. Giant tortoise eggs are collected and brought to the center to be hatched. After five years, they are released back into the wild. Hike Humedales, a trail complex to Orchilla Hill, from this viewpoint you can admire the bay of Puerto Villamil and Volcano Sierra Negra. Continue on to the Wall of Tears, a big wall built by prisoners housed on the islands many years ago.

Day 7 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey to Elizabeth Bay, one of the island's breeding sites for penguins. Watch Galápagos hawks soar overhead and see schools of pompana as they swim beneath you. Explore the red mangrove cove looking for Brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, and golden rays.

Sail for Urbina Bay at the base of Alcedo Volcano to see see turtles and rays. Take a short hike (3.2km) which leads to a coral reef. The area is abundant with marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and even lobsters.

Day 8 Isabela - Fernandina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail for Tagus Cove west of Darwin Volcano in Isabela Island. Hike to Darwin Lake passing by pirates graffiti carved into the rocks in the 1800s. Then take a panga trip below the high cliffs of the island. See penguins, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions on shore, and snorkel off the sandy beach.

In the afternoon, visit Espinosa Point to view hundreds of marine iguanas as they gather on the black lava rocks. Walk around to see the various lava flows and hopefully spot the Flightless Cormorant. Admire Fernandina Island from Espinoza Point where its lat volcanic eruption was in May 2005.

Day 9 Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail for Puerto Egas with its black sand beach create by volcanic deposits from the island's volcano, Pan de Azucar. The crater of this volcano is a salt lake which in 1928 there were some explorations into harvesting the salt, but it proved to be too difficult.

After lunch explore the Palo Santo Wood of Espumilla Beach, a very important site for nesting tortoises.

Day 10 Daphne Island or Dragon Hill - Black Turtle Cove

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning sailing around Daphne Major, a volcanic tuff cone that was formed by successive explosions of lava and water.
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Hike Dragon Hill in the northwestern side of Santa Cruz Island, and consists of a trail that runs through three different environments at just 1,600 m long.

Visit Black Turtle Cove, surrounded by mangroves and is accessible by panga only. The superficial cove is a safe refuge for marine life. Black-tip reef sharks, marine turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.

Day 11 Rabida - Chinese Hat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning on the red sand beaches of Rabida Island, take a loop trail around the internal lagoon. The red color of the rocks and sand is due to oxidization of the very porous volcanic material.

This afternoon travel to the small, volcanic island of Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat). On the west you can see pillow-type lava formations, which are an indicator that the flows were formed under the sea and have been raised upward, which is why coral heads are found on the lava. This visit provides an excellent opportunity for the interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. Here you will be able to hike around and see magnificent lava tubes and lava flows that cover the island.

Day 12 North Seymour - Mosquera

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hike across the visitor trail, a one mile walk through low vegetation on North Seymour. Blue-footed-boobies and land iguanas are abundant on this rocky island.

In the afternoon explore Mosquera islet between Baltra Island and North Seymour. Here, we find the biggest sea lions colony; also it is possible to observe several species of birds. Hike along the white sand beach!

Day 13 Santiago - Bartolome

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Sullivan Island by walking around the amazing, uneroded, black lava flow covered with lava bubbles. Learn about the plants that thrive in this seemingly desolate landscape

Spend the afternoon exploring Bartolome Island by land and by see. First take a short hike to view the plant and bird life coexisting with the volcanic landscape. Then swim and snorkel around from the beach on the northside of the island.

Day 14 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Genovesa, a shield volcano. Rich in birdlife, Genovesa stretched about five miles and is filled with salt water. Hike up Prince Philip's Steps which give an extraordinary view of the island.

In the afternoon head to Darwin Bay beach for a hike in small forest of mangrove swamp where we will discover a colony of Frigates, marine iguanas, red-foot boobies and mask boobies, the great terrestrial and cactus finch. After this visit in land, we have the option that our passengers enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the bay.

Day 15 San Cristobal

  • 1 Breakfast
Visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the history and biodiversity of the Galápagos Islands. Take an informative self-guided walking tour to view Galapagos conservation at work.

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

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

Child Discount

10% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise (does not apply for Holiday departures)



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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Galaxy 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
  • Sea Kayaking

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
  • Wetsuit rental available for $25 for 4 days, $30 for 5 days, $35 for 6 days, $45 for 8 days, $55 for 10 days, $60 for 11 days, $80 for 15 days
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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