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Snorkel the crystal, warm waters of the Galapagos archipelago

North & Central Islands + Floreana

Example 6 Day Cruise aboard M/C Galapagos Endemic
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Swim with sea turtles and manta rays, explore tidal pools and lush mangroves and observe giant tortoises. Be one of the few to experience why Darwin was so inspired by these spectacular islands. Visit one of the most unusual islands in the Galápagos on the North Central Route: Genovesa with its collapsed caldera. The island is a birder’s paradise. Immerse yourself in nature’s most spectacular wonders and enjoy the opportunity to admire sea lion families and famed giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Become king of the world as you climb Prince Philip’s Steps arriving at a thriving seabird colony!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra Island Airport | Embark | Bartholomew Island
Day 2 : Cormorant Point | Devil's Crown | Post Office Bay | The Baroness’ Overlook, Floreana Island
Day 3 : Chinese Hat | North Seymour Island
Day 4 : Black Turtle Cove | Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz
Day 5 : Darwin Bay | El Barranco, Genovesa Island
Day 6 : The Twins, Santa Cruz Island | Disembark | Baltra Island Airport

Highlights

  • Admire the unique Red-footed and Blue-footed Boobies
  • Swim and snorkel in tranquil, clear waters full of stunning natural beauty
  • Take spectacular photographs of the exclusive wildlife of North Seymour
  • Climb Prince Philip’s Steps to see a thriving seabird colony

Ship

M/C Galapagos Endemic

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Chinese Hat
  • Darwin Bay
  • Devil's Crown
  • El Barranco
  • Floreana
  • Genovesa
  • Los Gemelos (Twin Craters)
  • North Seymour
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Snorkel the crystal, warm waters of the Galapagos archipelago A male frigatebird rests in the trees of the Galapagos Hiking through cacti in the Galapagos Sea lions bask in the sun on the beach Flamingo Lagoon

Day 1 Baltra Island Airport | Embark | Bartholomew Island

Arrival to Baltra airport and transfer to the Galapagos Endemic Catamaran. Then head to Bartholomew, a small but scenic island, home to the iconic, pointy Pinnacle Rock. There are only two visitor areas on Bartholomew: a series of wooden steps leading to a scenic overlook and a small, sandy beach. There’s not a lot of wildlife on the way up the steps – look for lava lizards – but the view is spectacular. The small beach is one of the better snorkeling spots in the Galapagos, as there is a small penguin colony there and the penguins enjoy darting around snorkelers underwater. You can also see any number of fish and rays, and maybe even a shark or two if you’re lucky.

Day 2 Cormorant Point | Devil's Crown | Post Office Bay | The Baroness’ Overlook, Floreana Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cormorant Point features two beaches and a flamingo lagoon, but oddly enough, no cormorants (which are found mostly in the western islands of Fernandina and Isabela). Cormorant point is sort of like two sites in one: the landing site is a green sandy beach popular with sea lions, but a short walk takes you to the other side of the point and a gorgeous white sand beach. You can wade in up to your ankles, but don’t go any deeper: the waters off this beach are full of stingrays! On most days, you can see dozens of them just off the beach.

The Devil’s Crown is a jagged set of rocks in a roughly circular shape off of Floreana Island: they are the final remnants of an ancient volcanic crater mostly eroded over the ages. It’s a marvelous snorkeling spot: the deep water on one side is good for seeing large rays, sharks and other spectacular large marine life, while the interior of the ‘crown’ is calm and often full of playful sea lions.

At one time, whalers and other ships roamed the seas, often for years at a time.  For the men who worked these ships, communication with home was very difficult and they would leave letters in certain places around the globe: one such drop off was a barrel at what came to be known as “Post Office Bay.” The barrel is still there: leave your own letter for a loved one! The site also features a nice sandy beach perfect for relaxing or snorkeling.

From a sandy beach, a short trail leads to the Baroness’ overlook, where visitors will get a good view of the Floreana coastline. Ask your guide for the story of the “Baroness of the Galapagos.” It’s a murder mystery which is unsolved to this day! After a visit to the overlook, there will be the opportunity to take a panga ride along the coast or take out one of the sea kayaks.

Day 3 Chinese Hat | North Seymour Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Chinese Hat, named for its distinctive conical shape, is a visitor site memorable for geology and animal life. The island is known for lava tubes and pillow formations, meaning that it likely was formed underwater and later was pushed to the surface by geological forces. Besides being an informative case study in volcanic geology, Chinese Hat is home to sea lions, penguins and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. The hike is followed by panga rides, snorkeling, and kayaking.

Another visitor favorite, North Seymour has something for everyone. The Frigate Birds and Blue-Footed Boobies nest right next to the rocky trail, allowing for spectacular photographs. The island is home to a booming population of Land Iguanas, often seen contentedly munching on cactus pads. There are usually dozens of sea lions near the landing site and along the beach. As if that’s not enough, the snorkeling is excellent!
 

Day 4 Black Turtle Cove | Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, enjoy the visit to Black Turtle Cove, which is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz. It is a living illustration of how mangroves alter the marine environment to create a rich and unique habitat. Three mangrove species crowd the area from the shore out into the lagoon, which reaches almost a mile inland.

As you drift through quiet waters in the zodiac, you are likely to see spotted eagle rays and diamond-shaped mustard rays, which swim in a diamond formation. White-tipped reef sharks slip beneath the boat and Pacific green sea turtles come to the surface for air and to mate. Waterfowl, including pelicans, herons and egret, all feed in the cove. This is a peaceful place that will make you feel calm.

In the afternoon, visit Las Bachas, which is a beautiful white-sand beach, located on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. There you can go for a stroll or do some easy snorkeling in the gentle surf. Sea turtles lay their eggs at the edge of the vegetation. You can also look for a rusted pontoon, a relic of the Second World War. In fact, “bachas” is a poor pronunciation of “barges,” two of which were wrecked offshore at that time: the locals mispronounced the name and it stuck.

Day 5 Darwin Bay | El Barranco, Genovesa Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit Darwin Bay, which is the only sandy beach found in the caldera on Genovesa. Colonies of the Great Frigates are found along the beach. Male exhibit their red balloon pouch to females for the hope of a match.

Red-footed boobies nest in the trees in contrast to the other two booby species which do so on the ground. 

In the afternoon, go to El Barranco (Prince Philip’s Steps), a carved out of stone stair. This leads you to a wide plateau, where you can observe large colonies of masked boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels and ducks. During this easy stroll, you will cross a small Scalesia forest, habitat of the short-eared owl. The same path will lead you back to your boat.

Day 6 The Twins, Santa Cruz Island | Disembark | Baltra Island Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
The “twins” of the leafy highlands of Santa Cruz island are two sinkholes created long ago by underground lava tunnels which collapsed. A shady trail covers the short distance between the main road and the two sinkholes. Your guides will explain about the special forest found in and around the sinkholes: it is home to many Scalesia pedunculate trees, endemic to Galapagos. The Twins visitor site is a good place to see finches, Vermilion Flycatchers, and mockingbirds. After your last visit, continue your journey to Baltra airport.

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Notes

Rates do not include: 
-Round trip flight to Galapagos
-Galapagos National Park Entrance fee
-Transit Control Card
-Alcoholic and bottled beverages
-Tips for guides and crew
-Travel insurance

Child Discount

25% Discount applies when traveling with two adults. Children must be under 12 years old by the time they cruise

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board M/C Galapagos Endemic 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
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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