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Central & Genovesa Islands

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Explore the Central and Genovesa Islands of the Galapagos archipelago on the Petrel. On this 8-day cruise, explore sea-side trails, spot unique wildlife and bird life, admire volcanic formations, and snorkel with sea lions while on your Galapagos tour.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal Island / Embark
Day 2 : Española - Gardner Bay, Osborn Islet & Suarez Point
Day 3 : Floreana - Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown & Post Office Bay
Day 4 : Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Station & Highlands
Day 5 : Santiago - Sullivan Bay / Bartholomew - Pinnacle Rock
Day 6 : Genovesa - Darwin Bay & Prince Phillip's Steps
Day 7 : Santiago - Puerto Egas, Espumilla Beach & Buccaneer Cove
Day 8 : Santa Cruz - Carrion Point / Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore the Interpretation Center to learn about history and conservation
  • Visit the breeding site of nearly all the world's waved albatrosses
  • Walk through mangroves filled with land birds
  • Snorkel with a variety of fish, rays and harmless white-tip sharks

Ship

Petrel

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Buccaneer Cove
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Darwin Bay
  • Devil's Crown
  • Espanola
  • Espumilla Beach
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Genovesa
  • Highlands
  • Osborn Islet
  • Pinnacle Rock
  • Post Office Bay
  • Prince Philip's Steps
  • Puerto Egas
  • Punta Carrion
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Sullivan Bay

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Kayak on a beach in the galapagos Snorkeling at Pinnacle Rock A Nice Nap, Espanola Devil's Crown Galapagos Floreana beach

Day 1 San Cristobal Island / Embark

Arrive at the airport and transfer to the boat. Attend a briefing onboard about the boat and the island.

The Interpretation Center was opened in 1998 as a phase of the project “Interpretation and Environment Education Project.” Visitors enjoy expositions on natural history, human history, and conservation. The conservation efforts represent the movement to protect the wildlife and natural environment through means of population and tourist control. The Interpretation Center has an outdoor stadium, audio-visual equipment, and meeting rooms.

La Galapaguera is a visitor site in the southeast part of San Cristobal Island that can be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warbler, finches and mockingbirds, and on the trails, giant tortoises.

Day 2 Española - Gardner Bay, Osborn Islet & Suarez Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. It has an ample white sandy beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkeling.

After landing at Osborn Islet, you can walk across a lovely white sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. This small island is a marine visit where you can enjoy fantastic snorkeling and swimming.

Suarez Point is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. A beautiful site on the ocean front, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.

Day 3 Floreana - Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown & Post Office Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cormorant Point hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: the “Green Beach” named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral.

Devil's Crown is one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos. This volcanic crater has been eroded by the waves leaving the northern and southern sides poking out of the water. The coral reef in the middle is perfect for attracting marine life. Snorkelers enjoy the variety of marine life and exciting currents that rush through the crown, creating an exhilarating experience.

In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.

Day 4 Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Station & Highlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.

At the Highlands, you can walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, white-cheeked pintail ducklings, Darwin finches, and many other species.

Day 5 Santiago - Sullivan Bay / Bartholomew - Pinnacle Rock

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located southeast of Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay is of great geological interest. The area is covered by Pahoehoe lava flows combined with A’A lava. It was very active 200 years ago. This flow is geologically very young.

Home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one of the best views of the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkeling and possible sightings of the Galapagos penguin.

Day 6 Genovesa - Darwin Bay & Prince Phillip's Steps

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At Darwin Bay, a white-sand coral beach contains a half mile trail (.75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view off a cliff.

Also known as El Barranco, Prince Phillip's Steps' steep, rocky path leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

Day 7 Santiago - Puerto Egas, Espumilla Beach & Buccaneer Cove

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Also known as James Bay, Egas Port is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur sea lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.

Espumilla Beach is a popular place for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. The crabs attract the hunting herons, performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eel, and shark, snorkeling is highly recommended.

Years ago Buccaneer Cove was a safe haven where pirates in the 1600 and 1700’s would stake out on the Northwestern side of Santiago Island. Sea turtles now take the pirates place and dig their nests for their eggs near the Mangrove trees. It is a great location for snorkeling and many marine birds and sea lions can be found here.

Day 8 Santa Cruz - Carrion Point / Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Carrion Point creates a sheltered lagoon with beautiful, turquoise water. During this visit you can snorkel and see a variety of fish, rays and perhaps the harmless white-tip reef sharks. The point is on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island at the entrance of Channel of Itabaca.

Transfer to the airport for your returning flight to Ecuador’s mainland.

Petrel

Per person starting at
$6,880
Suite on the Galapagos ship Petrel
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Staterooms
6 Double Staterooms located on both the Main and the Upper Decks: 323 ft² with private balcony and en-suite bath facilities. 1 Single Stateroom located on the Upper Deck: 151 ft² with en-suite bath facilities.
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Suites
2 spacious Suites located on the Main Deck include a sitting area, private balcony and en-suite bath facilities. 463ft²

Notes

* Prices per person, based on a double occupancy

* Please keep in mind that for individual bookings, children must be at least 7 years old to participate in the tour.

 

Please note: This Galapagos cruise itinerary is subject to change without previous notice due to weather conditions and National Park regulations. Itineraries of 8 or more days may be scheduled to stop at ports for various cruise logistic reasons and/or for embarking/disembarking passengers.

Rates Include:
- All shore excursions
- All meals throughout the cruise
- Soft drinks and juices
- Champagne reception
- Complimentary fruit platter
- Galapagos National Park certified Guide
- Use of snorkeling gear and wetsuits
- Kayaks

Rates do not Include:
- Roundtrip airfare to Galapagos (subject to change)
- Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee: $100 (subject to change)
- Galapagos Transit Control Card: $20 (subject to change)
- Tips to crew
- Alcoholic beverages
- Plastic bottled sodas

Child Discount

25% discount for children under 12 years at time of Galapagos cruise traveling with two adults.

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Petrel 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
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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