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Sea lions on Fernandina Island

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Example 5 Day Cruise aboard Bonita
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Board the Bonita for an unforgettable 5-day cruise through the Galapagos. Encounter distinctive biodiversity including giant tortoises and abundant marine life. Enjoy opportunities to kayak, stand up paddleboard, and snorkel over coral reefs, taking in the unique landscapes and beauty of the islands.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Santa Cruz Highlands | Embark
Day 2 : Cormorant Point | Devil's Crown | Post Office Bay
Day 3 : Suarez Point | Gardner Bay
Day 4 : Interpretation Center | Lobos Island
Day 5 : Daphne OR Bachas | Disembark

Highlights

  • Hike across islands covered in cacti
  • Kayak and stand up paddle board along island coastlines
  • Admire the distinctive biodiversity of the Galapagos

Ship

Bonita

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Daphne Island
  • Devil's Crown
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Highlands
  • Isla Lobos
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Interpretation Center
  • Santa Cruz

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sea lions on Fernandina Island Devil's Crown Galapagos Galapagos beach Wildlife in the Galapagos Unique landscape and cactus found on the Galapagos Islands
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Day 1 Santa Cruz Highlands | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After your arrival and lunch on board, visit the interesting highlands, hike and encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat, a natural wonder. For this visit, we recommend using sport shoes, long pants, raincoat, hat, and sunblock.

Day 2 Cormorant Point | Devil's Crown | Post Office Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cormorant Point. Wet landing, snorkeling, and short trekking. This point is located at west of Floreana Island and it is famous for its dark green beach (due to the great number of olivine crystals). You can see many marine invertebrates, as well as sea lions, sea iguanas, the frigates and pelicans.

Second visit, Devil's Crown enjoy a panga ride and optional swimming. Enjoy a panga ride around a small island, a satellite islet of Floreana Island. Here, we will find a group of rocks that resemble a Crown due to the constant erosion caused by the sea. It is one of the better places to snorkel (shallow diving) in the interior and around the crown. Excellent visibility allows guests to admire a great variety of fish and sea animals.

On the afternoon explore Post Office Bay and enjoy a short walk, swimming, snorkeling, explanation of the mail system. Description: Mail Bay is located on the north side of Floreana Island. Captain James Colnett installed an empty barrel to be used as a post office for the whaling fleets that stopped at the Galapagos Islands. You can leave postcards to your friends and relatives here and/or pick up mail to deliver. Back at the ship, Delicious snacks and beverages are waiting for you.

Day 3 Suarez Point | Gardner Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning discover Suarez Point. There is no color more amazing and outstanding in this tropical desert island than that of the blue-foot boobies. These birds have an impressive form of “greeting” and it is a real thrill to see their mating dance. The blue-footed booby can be seen on several of the islands as nesting grounds and feed is located in several coastal locations. The albatross, an aristocratic bird weighing up to four kilograms, can be observed here. One of the largest birds of the islands, approximately 12,000 couples nest on Espanola Island and a smaller number nest on Silver Island, near mainland Ecuador. This species is considered endemic to this island; during your walk, observe these fantastic birds while taking in the beautiful landscapes offered by this island. It is important to note that albatrosses will not be seen between January and March (non-breeding) season. See colonies of marine iguanas, zayapas, masked boobies, finches, Espanola cucuves, and seagulls unique to the islands. Our walk will be on lava rock where we will be able to see lava tubes. Red mangroves are found here. Delicious snacks and fresh beverages are waiting for you on the ship.

The sea lion is one of the animals in Galapagos which gets the total attention of the visitors in the Galapagos: they are curious and playful, but at times aggressive; they are nice and loving, but also lazy. In Gardner Bay, you are going to find many of them relaxing on the beach enjoying the sun. In addition to observing these fascinating animals, while snorkeling, be able to swim with sea lions, sea turtles, a diversity of tropical fish, marine iguanas, etc.

Day 4 Interpretation Center | Lobos Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This center is a location in the main port. After breakfast, our first visit is to the Interpretation Center of San Cristobal. This modern and sophisticated architectural space was designed for the natural interpretation of the Galapagos. You will learn about the volcanic formation of the islands, the evolution of the species, the history of human settlement, and complex systems and management models.

At Lobos Island, you can walk, swim and snorkel among the seals, frigates, marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the small endemic Galapagos snake. Here, you can swim and snorkel in the same place it.

Day 5 Daphne OR Bachas | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Daphne Major is a rather large tuff cone somewhat eroded by the sea. Nazca boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, and blue-footed boobies can be found nesting here. Nearly all of the finches on the island are banded. At Daphne Major, you can also observe sea lions, sea turtles, Eagle Rays, various species of sharks, and other pelagic species.
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This beautiful sandy white-coral beach is located in the north of Santa Cruz Island; the beach is one km long. The site was named during WWII (World War II) when the American army left two barges on the beach. The early colonists couldn’t pronounce barges correctly, so they called the area “Bachas”. It is considered as one of the nesting sites for sea turtles. Observe, flamingos, seabirds and white-cheeked pintail ducks.

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Cabins #7 & 8 have two twin lower beds and porthole windows. Cabins # 9 & 10 have two twin lower beds and one upper berth with porthole windows. These two cabins can be sold as triples. (Cabins average 110 square feet.)
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Upper & Main Decks
Cabins # 5 & 6 cabins have one double bed and picture windows. (Cabins average 90 square feet.) Cabins #1,3 & 4 have two twin lower beds and picture windows. Cabin # 2 has one double bed and picture window. (Cabins average 95 square feet.)

Notes

Stand-up paddleboarding equipment is included on this voyage.

Child Discount

10% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. Child discounts are conditional and may not apply on certain departures. Please contact us for more information.

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.

Included

  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling and kayaking equipment is included in the cruise cost and available for your use on board.

Excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
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