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Example 5 Day Cruise aboard Santa Cruz II
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On this voyage, you will explore fascinating sites on Santiago Island: Buccaneer Cove, home to a number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms, and Puerto Egas, with its great walk-along pools, snorkelling and swimming. The next day you will visit the red-sand beach of Rabida Island, a popular spot for aquatic activities, with some of the best snorkeling in Galapagos! Stop at Bartolome Island, which offers a volcanic viewpoint with room for hiking, swimming, and exploring the beach and the coast. Cross the equatorial line, to the sunken crater of Genovesa Island, home to thousands of marine birds. Finish with an opportunity to witness the giant Galapagos tortoises at a private reserve up in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island before making your way back to the airport at Baltra.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra Airport | Embark Santa Cruz Island
Day 2 : Santiago
Day 3 : Rabida - Bartolome
Day 4 : Genovesa
Day 5 : Disembark Santa Cruz | Baltra Airport

Highlights

  • Hike along the red beaches and volcanic cliffs of Rabida Island
  • Visit famous Pinnacle rock and snorkel off of its white sand beaches
  • Cruise to Buccaneer Cove and learn about its history of pirates

Ship

Santa Cruz II

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sea lion coming in from a swim Snorkeling in the Galapagos A close up look of the Sally Lightfoot Crab. Punto Egas, Santiago Island, Galapagos Galapagos penguin Rabida

Day 1 Baltra Airport | Embark Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Santa Cruz II, where you will receive a welcome introductory briefing, boat drill and lunch.

Begin your Galapagos adventure by visiting the beautiful beach of Las Bachas. Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, a glorious white beach with a couple of brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. You may enjoy swimming and snorkelling at this beach too. After a welcome cocktail, your gude will give you an overview of your expedition plan.

Day 2 Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, you will explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, learning about the area’s distant and recent history. The cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. Enjoy fantastic natural formations such as the “Elephant Rock”, “The Bishop” and an impressive natural cave. You will have the opportunity for snorkelling, and a ride on the panga.

After lunch, travel to Puerto Egas. Once you disembark at the beach, you can enjoy a swim or snorkel amid a rocky shoreline, usually in the company of marine turtles. From here, head off to your walk, a great opportunity to see land and marine birds amid landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and you can also observe a colony of fur seals. After the visit, you'll have some time for swimming and snorkelling.

Day 3 Rabida - Bartolome

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Go for a fascinating panga ride along the shores or disembark on Rabida Island’s red-coloured beach, caused by the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. Your walk will bring you close to a colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. Very close to the beach, a salt pond occasionally hosts American flamingos. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners as well as for experienced snorkelers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. During navigation to the next island, you can sometimes spot dolphins!

In the afternoon, sail for Bartolome. Begin with a wet landing on the golden beach of this famous island, dominated by the imposing Pinnacle Rock. There’s great snorkelling and swimming from the beach plus the chance to ride the glass bottom boat. After returning to the ship, split into two groups: the first lands for a hike to the summit of this diminutive island that boasts fantastic views of the archipelago. This is a moderately steep climb aided by a wooden staircase, resting platforms and handrails – the view from the top is worth the effort! The second group will take a panga ride to explore the rugged and volcanic shoreline. The groups then swap so that everyone experiences the full beauty of this island.

Day 4 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start the morning with a steep climb on Prince Philip Steps (only 90 feet) up some stairs to reach a flat rocky plateau. Along your walk, you can observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels. Those not wishing to disembark can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs (depending on weather conditions). Kayaking is optional.

After lunch, you will land at the beautiful beach of Darwin Bay to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkelling.  Following your dip, take an easy stroll to observe hundreds of birds, mainly frigate birds, red-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. You will have the opportunity for snorkelling, kayaking and swimming. 

Day 5 Disembark Santa Cruz | Baltra Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
Start your last morning at the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. After breakfast, your luggage will be taken to the airport, while you visit the Tortoise Reserve. A dry landing at a passenger’s wharf and a bus ride to the loftier region of the island will provide the last highlight of the cruise: giant tortoises in the wild. The windward slopes of the island are home to two species of giant tortoises. These lush highlands include dense forests of Galapagos daisies, orchids and bromeliads, and several endemic land birds. After this visit we will transfer directly to Baltra airport. Farewell to Galapagos

Santa Cruz II

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$3,873
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Horizon Deck Explorer Family Cabin
191.9 sq. ft. Two triple cabins on the Horizon deck with picture windows.
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Horizon Deck Explorer Cabin
163.2 sq. ft. 23 twin cabins on the Horizon deck with picture windows.
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Horizon Deck Voyager Cabin
127 sq. ft. Two Voyager single cabins on the Horizon deck one single bed. All have picture windows.
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Expedition Deck Explorer Cabin
163.2 sq. ft. 17 twin cabins on the Expedition deck with picture windows.
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Panorama Deck Explorer Cabin
163.2 sq. ft. Three twin cabins on the Panorama deck with picture windows. All cabins can interconnect with Darwin Suites.
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Panorama Deck Darwin Suite
325 sq. ft Three Darwin Suites on the Panorama Deck, with one large double bed and double picture windows. Can be interconnected with an Explorer double cabin to increase space by another 163 sq ft.

Notes

Please provide your wetsuite size in advance prior to trip

Child Discount

25% discount for children under the age of 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. Valid in low season only

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Santa Cruz 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
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Sea Kayaking

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • Wetsuits available - $22 for 5-day and 6-day tours
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $675
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $620

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