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Private Charter - Isabela & Fernandina Islands Aboard Petrel

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On this private 6-day expedition aboard the Petrel, explore Isabela and Fernandina Islands. Remnants of ancient volcanoes, abundant wildlife and marine life, spectacular views, and hiking and snorkeling adventures await you on this Galapagos tour.
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Highlights
  • Explore Elizabeth Bay with your private group of up to 16 guests
  • Hike through lava rock to tide pools and mangroves
  • Visit the Sierra Negra Volcano and see up to seven species of finch
  • Cross the Bolivar Channel and land at Espinosa Point
Places Visited
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Baltra Island | Embark | North Seymour Island

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  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Assistance will be provided upon your arrival by a Petrel representative after passing through immigration and baggage claim. When ready, you will be transferred to the yacht. You will then be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before the welcome briefing and lunch.

The island was named after the English nobleman Lord Hugh Seymour. Formed by uplifted submarine lava, the island is home to a huge colony of about 2,500 land iguanas and large populations of sea lions, blue-footed boobies, common noddies, and frigatebirds. Along the coast, it is possible to see land and marine iguanas and the biggest colony of Magnificent Frigatebirds.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride, hike
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Land and marine iguanas, frigate birds, Blue-footed Boobies, common noddies, and sea lions. Snorkeling: Rays, reef sharks, fish, and garden eels.

Day 2: Vicente Roca Point, Isabela | Espinosa Point, Fernandina

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Isabela Island: This is the largest of all the Galapagos Islands, about 120 km long, and is peculiarly shaped like a sea horse! It is one of the few islands that are populated. The last census that was taken estimated about 2,200 people living on the Southern part of the Island. The island was formed by 6 different shield volcanoes from North to South that erupted continuously, eventually joining together to form an entire land mass. Of all the islands in the archipelago, Isabela is the most active with the latest eruption coming from Wolf Volcano in May 2015. There is a lot of unique wildlife on Isabela such as the pink iguana, and more wild tortoises than on any other island with different types of species near each of the 6 volcanoes.
On Vicente Roca Point the geological formations are simply outstanding and it is a great place to view various bird species such as blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, gulls, storm petrels, and brown noddy terns. Activities here are all done on the water by either dinghy or panga, or snorkeling. On this western part of the island, the Cromwell Current provides cold water and many nutrients. Due to this, it is possible to see various feeding frenzies of an assortment of animals such as whales, dolphins, sea lions, and marine birds diving. At times it may also be likely to see fur seals.
Possible Activities: Snorkelling and dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: No landing
Highlights: Blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, sea lions, fur seals, whales. Snorkel - various tropical fish, sea turtles, and other marine animals.

No foreign species have ever invaded Fernandina Island and therefore it is one of the world’s most pristine island ecosystems. It is one of the most active islands and is the westernmost island in the archipelago. The volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landscape with lava fields reaching the ocean. The Cromwell Current also flows on the west making the cold and nutrient-rich water an ideal habitat for the Galapagos Penguin and Flightless Cormorant that nests here.
Espinosa Point area on Fernandina also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk. Land iguanas are found on the inner parts of the island near the volcanoes caldera and marine iguanas will nest on the coast during certain times of the year. There is only one visitor site to Fernandina which may involve a hike or snorkeling opportunity, making the rest of the island unspoiled in a most natural state.
Possible Activities: Hike and Snorkel
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry/Slippery
Highlights: Flightless cormorant, Active Volcano “La Cumbre”, various types of impressive lava formations, AA lava, Marine Iguanas, occasional land iguanas, Galapagos penguins, sea lions, and sally light foot crabs. Snorkel – marine iguanas, colorful species of fish, eagle rays, sea turtles

Day 3: Tagus Cove | Urbina Bay, Isabela

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This visitor site is located on the upper west part of the island and was named after an English warship that used to pass the islands in the 1800s. This was a famous spot for many pirates and sailors who have even left their names and the names of the ship inscribed on volcanic rock. There are many different characteristics of the island here from various volcanic activities such as large volcanic rocks or small little balls of petrified rain. On the hike, the path leads to Darwin Lake with a tuff cone.
Possible Activities: Hike, Kayaking, Dinghy Ride, and Snorkel
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry
Highlights: Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, finches, land iguanas, large-billed flycatchers, hawks, land birds, and remnants of past pirates and sailors. Snorkel – Galapagos penguins, various species of fish, and sea turtles.

A bit more south of Tagus Cove is Urbina Bay. Urbina Bay is an interesting site due to the uplifts of the island caused by volcanic and tectonic activity. When it rose, so did the corals and reefs that were under the surface. You can still see them although they are beginning to deteriorate due to air exposure. There are chances of seeing giant tortoises, land iguanas, and more flightless cormorants near the coast.
Possible Activities: Hiking and snorkeling
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet
Highlights: Exposed coral reef, giant tortoises, Galapagos hawk, land iguanas, flightless cormorants. Snorkel – green sea turtles, larger fish, Galapagos penguins.

Day 4: Elizabeth Bay | Moreno Point, Isabela

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A visitor site on the way down to the southern parts of Isabela Island is Elizabeth Bay. There are a series of islets, a lagoon, and mangroves surrounding it. The mangroves provide a great place to observe many birds and at the lagoon, it is possible to see sea turtles resting and feeding.
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: No Landing
Highlights: Sea turtles, red and black mangroves, lava herons, Galapagos penguins, rays, flightless cormorants.

On the South Western point of Isabela Island is Moreno Point. With striking black geological features, it is home to endemic species known only to the barren lava flows found here. Various activities are possible such as a hike, a panga ride to better see various sea birds, and geological features, and snorkeling to view the vibrant underwater life.
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride, Hike, and Snorkelling
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Common gallinules, flamingos, paint-billed crakes, white-cheeked pintails, sea turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, and pintail ducks. Snorkeling – an assortment of fish, sea lions, green sea turtles, and sharks.

Day 5: Sierra Negra Volcano | Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center & Wetlands, Isabela

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sierra Negra is located on the South of the Island and is two of the oldest of all Isabela’s volcanoes. A hike will show different types of vegetation and geological zones and possibly inside the caldera where petrified lava is present.
Possible Activities: Hike
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Various types of vegetation, geological zones, Volcano Chico and Sierra Negro – oldest volcanoes of Isabela Island, panoramic views.

The Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center, where two species of giant tortoise are bred to increase the population of these incredible animals, plays an essential role in protecting the future of the Galapagos. As you walk around the Centre you will also be able to enjoy the beautiful gardens that boast a wide variety of native plants. Just outside Puerto Villamil, you can also take a walk around the Isabela wetlands, comprised of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves, which have become a paradise for migratory birds such as stilts and flamingos.
Possible Activities: Hike
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Various vegetation on a hike, flamingos, oystercatchers, ghost crabs, green turtle nesting site, Galapagos penguin.

Day 6: Charles Darwin Research Station, Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
Today Santa Cruz is one of the most popular tourist sites. With a population of about 12,000 Galapagos natives, it has the longest paved road in the entire archipelago. One of the biggest conservation efforts is to eliminate all non-native plants and animals that are destroying native and endemic species on the island. There is no longer any volcanic activity but that does not mean there is no evidence. Santa Cruz means holy cross, but its English name comes from the British vessel – Indefatigable.
Charles Darwin Research Station conducts many different research projects and provides assistance to other researchers and governmental institutions and agencies, especially the Galapagos National Park. Many of the results are later published online, in magazines, and in popular scientific journals. The research station also plays a big part in educating the community and public schools in Galapagos. There is also the longtime-running Giant Tortoise restoration program that includes various stages of the giant tortoise from eggs, hatchlings, and adults.
Possible Activities: Hike Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry
Highlights: See the latest advances in research at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Also, see Giant Tortoises and land iguanas.

Your cruise has officially come to an end. Hope you enjoyed your Galapagos Cruise! They will now transfer you to your scheduled departure from Baltra Airport to mainland Ecuador. Safe travels!

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Motor Catamaran PETREL
  • Capacity for 16 guests.
  • Cruise Concierge onboard.
  • 11 Crew Members.
  • 4, 5, 6, & 8 Day Journeys.
  • Expedition equipment.
  • Activities equipment.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Rates are subject to change regardless of circumstances. (Airfare, Control Visitor card, Galapagos Entrance Fee)
Keep in mind that for individual bookings, children must be at least 7 years old to participate in the tour
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Child Discount

25% Discount applies when traveling with two adults. Children must be under 12 years old by the time they 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
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, kayaks, and paddleboards are all included in the cruise cost and are available for your use onboard.
  • 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
  • Soft drinks and juices
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12. Payable upon arrival to the Galapagos, only in cash dollars. Subject to increase by Galapagos Park Service.
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675

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