This Galapagos private cruise takes you beyond the highlights of the Western Islands with 8 days of exciting activity. This cruise features some of the most sought after destinations in this region. Enjoy the company of friendly sea lions while snorkeling and make friends with the gentle giant tortoises at Isabela and Santa Cruz. These islands are rich with an abundance of wildlife both in and out of the ocean including flamingos, iguanas, sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks.
Snorkel and swim on North Seymour, surrounded by the stunning landscapes
Navigate around Buccaneer Cove an area of steep cliffs and dark beaches
Visit Vicente Roca Point with your private group of up to 16 guests
Start your private Galapagos adventure at the Baltra airport, a guide will be waiting to escort you to the bus that take you to the yacht.
North Seymour Island observe blue footed boobies (they nest from May to November), marine iguanas, pelicans, frigatebirds, shore birds, sea lions, and endemic Palo Santo. During all walks, the guide explain details about the lives of the birds and animals. There is the option to enjoy some time swimming and snorkeling if you are in the mood.
Start your day with a wet landing on James Bay (Puerto Egas) to walk and observe sponges, snails, hermit crabs, a variety of shore birds, barnacles, the endemic four-eyed blenny, marine iguanas, and sea lions.
Then make a wet landing on Espumilla, a brown sand beach. This beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles. Here, observe land birds such as yellow warblers, Darwin’s finches, and Galapagos flycatchers. A trail takes us through a Palo Santo forest. Walk behind the beach to a saltwater lagoon, where occasionally flamingos are seen. Then visit an abandoned Salt Mine. Return to the yacht and then navigate around Buccaneer Cove (Caleta Bucanero), an area of steep cliffs and dark beaches. The cliffs and pinnacle are used as nesting areas by several species of seabirds. This was a popular place for 17th & 18th century buccaneers to careen their vessels.
After breakfast, take a panga ride through Tagus Cove, a protected cove between the shoulders of two volcanic craters which protect it from the open sea; observe penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions, and a variety of birds including flightless cormorants and blue footed boobies. Then make a wet landing on Urbina Bay to take a walk and observe a coral area, land iguanas, flightless cormorants, and giant tortoises.
After lunch, ride around the islets of Elizabeth Bay to see marine iguanas, penguins, marine turtles, seabirds and shorebirds, herons and blue-footed boobies.
Make a wet landing on Urbina Bay to take a walk and observe a coral area, land iguanas, flightless cormorants and giant tortoises. Sail to Punta Moreno, again we make a wet landing. Make a walk along shore lagoons located among petrified lava flows where different type of birds can be seen. On top we have a panoramic view of the famous volcanoes Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul, as well as the highest part of Fernandina Island.
After breakfast, make a wet landing on Point Cormorant for a short walk to the Flamingos Lagoon. Continue walking until you reach the beach called "La Picona" and see marine turtles and their spawning grounds. Later, take a panga ride to Champion Islet, a small island off the Coast of Floreana Island. The principal attraction of Champion Islet is the nearly-extinct Charles (Floreana) mockingbird. Visitors can also observe bird species such as swallow-tailed gulls, Nazca boobies or brown noddies. It is a great place for snorkeling, as well as searching for sea turtles, reef fishes, Galapagos penguins, and white-tipped reef sharks.
In the afternoon, make a wet landing on Post Office Bay, a historic site that recalls the days of the whalers, who presumably placed a wooden barrel in the 18th century to use as a post office.
Day 8: Santa Cruz Island | Disembark | Baltra
Disembark and take a bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a visit to the native forests and twin craters. Then the bus takes you directly to the airport (Baltra). The guide accompanies you on this ride. Make your way to the airport in Baltra and head home.
Wetsuits are not included but are available to rent on board - $30 short and $35 long size for 4-day tours; $35 short and $40 long size for 5-day tours; $40 short and $50 long size for 8-day tours; $65 short and $75 long size for 11-day tours; and $70 short and $80 long size for 15-day tours.
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!