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Wildlife in the Galapagos

Central Islands + Genovesa

Example 5 Day Cruise aboard Cormorant
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Sail the central islands on your Galapagos tour. View abundant wildlife, snorkel with sea lions and learn about the unique history of this tropical archipelago.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Santa Cruz Island | Bachas Beach
Day 2 : El Barranco | Darwin Bay
Day 3 : South Plaza Island | Santa Fe
Day 4 : San Cristobal
Day 5 : San Cristobal | Lobos Island | Disembark

Highlights

  • Hike over volcanic terrain for striking views of the islands
  • View abundant wildlife, including flamingos, iguanas, penguins, and more!
  • Snorkel and swim in clear waters alongside sea turtles, rays, and sea lions

Ship

Cormorant

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Darwin Bay
  • El Barranco
  • Genovesa
  • Punta Pitt
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • San Cristobal Interpretation Center
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza Island
  • Witch Hill

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Wildlife in the Galapagos Kayaking the warm waters of the Galapagos Can you see them? They're blending. Enjoying a day of snorkeling. South Plaza Island

Day 1 Baltra | Santa Cruz Island | Bachas Beach

Arrive at Baltra Island Airport and transfer to the Cormorant.

Set sail for Bachas Beach, an excellent location for swimming. View flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels and explore the floating pier, a remnant of World War II.

Day 2 El Barranco | Darwin Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, is a steep, rocky path that leads up a high cliff rock 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 owls, Galapagos storm petrels, and Galapagos Doves.

Visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which includes a half-mile trail (0,75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls, which can easily be spotted here. Further down the path, we’ll find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.

Day 3 South Plaza Island | Santa Fe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to South Plaza Island, a small island covered in Opuntia cacti. The island is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies and also features many colorful yellow and red land iguanas. Take a brief hike over the terrain for views of the island.

In the afternoon, set sail for Santa Fe Island and hike its two visitor trails.

Day 4 San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Witch Hill. Eroded by the sea, Witch Hill features white powdery sand and a picturesque beach. Snorkel alongside sea turtles and rays, and view various types of booby birds.

Travel to Pitt Point and take a trail up to the face of a cliff. This hike offers superb views of the island. Snorkel in the clear waters and hope to meet some playful sea lions.

Day 5 San Cristobal | Lobos Island | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Sail for Lobos Islandis - named after the sea lions which rest and play on its rocky shores. The island is also home to blue-footed boobies, great frigatebirds, brown pelicans, lava gulls, common noddies, yellow warblers, and small and medium ground finches. There is good snorkeling in the clear waters of the channel and this is one of the best sites at which to swim with sea lions underwater.

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

Cormorant

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$4,375
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(cabins 1 to 6) All feature private balconies and en-suite bath facilities.
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Suites
(cabins A and B) Spacious suites located on the main deck include a sitting area, private balcony and en-suite bath facilities.

Notes

Please provide your wetsuite size in advance prior to trip

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

Galapagos Flights

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

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