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Galapagos Western Islands - December 27, 2014

8 Day Sample Cruise aboard Cormorant
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Travel on board the Cormorant for an 8-day Western Islands cruise. Explore the islands of Santa Cruz, Fernandina, Isabela and more!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - Santa Cruz Island
Day 2 : Isabela
Day 3 : Isabela
Day 4 : Fernandina - Isabela
Day 5 : Fernandina - Isabela
Day 6 : Santiago
Day 7 : Genovesa
Day 8 : North Seymour - Baltra

Ship

Cormorant

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Buccaneer Cove
  • El Chato Tortoise Reserve
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Espinosa Point
  • Fernandina
  • Genovesa
  • Isabela
  • Las Tintoreras
  • Mangle Point
  • North Seymour
  • Puerto Ayora
  • Puerto Egas
  • Punta Moreno
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sea lion coming in from a swim Kids loving Santa Cruz Island A Red-footed Booby sitting in a bush. Lava tubes on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Snorkeling in the Galapagos.

Day 1 Baltra - Santa Cruz Island

Arrive at Baltra Island Airport and transfer to the Cormorant.

Begin your tour of the Galapagos at the Santa Cruz Highlands. Walk along a path and observe the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife of the area. View giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, White-cheeked Pintail ducklings, Darwin finches, and many other species. Explore the underground lava tubs with your local guides.

Day 2 Isabela

Journey to Tintoreras Islet for snorkeling. These turquoise waters are the homes to white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles and sea lions.

In the afternoon, explore the wetlands(Puerto Villamil), which features lagoons, swamps, and mangroves. Walk along a path that winds through the wetlands.

Day 3 Isabela

Visit Moreno Point and take a dinghy ride along its striking rocky shores. Spot green sea turtles or white-tip sharks in the tidal pools around the coast.

Sail for Elizabeth Bay and view penguins and Blue-footed Boobies from the dinghy. Snorkel with the abundant marine life.

Day 4 Fernandina - Isabela

At Mangle Point, snorkel with playful sea lions and curious penguins along the shore.

Later in the day, travel to Urbina Bay to view Land iguanas, hawks, coral reef and giant tortoises. Urbina Bay experienced a major uplift in 1954 which expanded the coastline and trapped various marine life within its shores.

Day 5 Fernandina - Isabela

Espinosa Point features one of the world's most pristine island ecosystems, never having been invaded by a foreign species. The volcano La Cumbre dominates the landscape.

Travel to Isabela Island, the largest in the Galapagos archipelago. Visit Vicente Roca Point, a large bay which is packed with aspectacular sea life. Be on the watch for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola.

Day 6 Santiago

Set sail for Egas Port and view Galapagos Hawks and Quick-footed Galapagos Lava Lizards. Take a trail across the coastline and view tidal pools and grottos, which are home to Galapagos Fur Sea Lions. Snorkel in the clear warm pools or relax on the beach.

Set sail for Espumilla Beach, a popular location for viewing marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Grab a snorkel and view octopi, moray eel, and sharks in the water.

Day 7 Genovesa

Head to El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip's Steps. Hike up the steep rocky face to the top of a cliff where you can see Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, Galapagos Swallows, and Galapagos Doves.

Set sail for Darwin Bay and land on its white-sand coral beach. Take a half-mile trail through the mangroves and view Nazca Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls. Tidal pools are teeming with young sea lions and reef fish, and the occasional hammerhead shark can be found among the rocks.

Day 8 North Seymour - Baltra

Sail for North Seymour Island to view Galapagos Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds. Characterized by its arid vegetation zone, North Seymore is unique in landscape and feel.

Transfer to the airport and connect back to the mainland.

Cormorant

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Cabins
Roomy staterooms located on both the upper deck and main deck. All feature private balconies and en-suite bath facilities.
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Suites
Spacious suites located on the main deck include a sitting area, private balcony and en-suite bath facilities.

Notes

This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary.

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 12 years at time of Galapagos cruise traveling with two adults. Child discounts are not available March 19-26 and Dec 17-Jan 3.

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Cormorant 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
  • Wetsuit
  • 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
  • Diving may be available upon request, please inquire for information
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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