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Private Charter - Western Galapagos Islands Cruise Aboard Corals

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Get ready to see an abundance of unique wildlife on the younger, more westerly islands of the Galapagos famed for their volcanic landscapes, stunning beaches, and giant uplifted coral beds during this 5-day private voyage aboard the Corals yacht. Observe Galapagos Giant Tortoises at the Tortoise Highlands Reserve, land iguanas, and the peculiar flightless cormorant on Urbina Bay's volcanic black sand beach, as well as flamingos, coastal birds, Darwin finches, and mocking birds in Bachas Beach's native vegetation. Enjoy guided excursions and optional activities such as dinghy rides, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and diving. There is always the option to relax by the shore and enjoy the magnificent Pacific sun too.




 
Travelers being guided across the volcanic landscape.Curious sea lion during a snorkeling outingExtinct cinder cone in the GalapagosHanging with a giant Galapagos tortoiseCorals during the sunset
Highlights
  • Snorkel at one of the richest marine ecosystems on Earth
  • Visit Fernandina, the island with the highest number of endemic species
  • Find giant tortoises and land iguanas on Urbina's volcanic black beach
  • Explore Santiago's shores during your private charter
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  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Baltra | Embark | Highlands Tortoise Reserve, Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in the Galapagos and transfer by bus to your ship, the Corals, to start your private Galapagos adventure!

Once the ship sets sail, head to Santa Cruz Island and visit the Highlands Tortoise Reserve. In the mountains of the Galapagos, it is possible to admire different kinds of birds, such as tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island provides about the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos Giant Tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a birdwatchers’ haven since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, visit Vicente Roca Point, a high peak of land created from the remains of a tuff cone, with two protected turquoise coves on both sides. One of them, the Bolivar Channel, is one of the richest marine ecosystems on Earth. This place is only accessible by water, with great opportunities for deep-water snorkeling. In this part of the Galapagos, the upwelling of cold water currents from the west offer an abundant plankton supply for marine species like red-lipped batfish, seahorses, frogfish, nudibranchs, octopus, and the mola-mola or sunfish. It is common to observe dolphin pods, sea lions' rafts, and tuna banks. The dinghy ride along the coast allows observing a great diversity of seabirds like noddies, brown pelicans, Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, Nazca, and blue-footed boobies are often seen feeding all at once during the cold season (May – December). Whale watching is also common while navigating.

In the afternoon, visit Espinosa Point on Fernandina Island, which boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. Here, the largest, most primitive-looking marine iguanas are found mingling with sea lions and Sally lightfoot crabs. Fernandina displays a wonderful opportunity to encounter flightless cormorants at their nesting sites, Galapagos penguins, and the "King" of predators on the islands, the Galapagos hawk. Pa-hoe-hoe and AA lava formations cover the majority of Fernandina terrain. Vegetation is scarce inland, with few brachycereus cacti, and where mangrove can be found on the shore.

Day 3: Urbina Bay | Tagus Cove, Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today visit Isabela Island, stopping at Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove. In the morning, explore Urbina Bay's volcanic black sand beach in search of giant tortoises, land iguanas, and the unusual flightless cormorant. After a short walk inland, it's snorkeling time, a chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features various plants with different colors in flowers, attracting other insects, birds, and reptiles. One of the island's highlights is the uplifted coral reef that resulted from the 1954 seismic activity; here, the views of the Alcedo Volcano are remarkable. When navigating from Urbina to Tagus Cove, whale watching is usual in May – December.

This afternoon, make your way over to Tagus Cove and learn about the volcanoes that formed Isabela Island. Follow a trail that leads to Darwin's salt-water crater lake for excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations. Return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife. Admire a variety of seabirds, such as blue-footed booby, brown noddy, terns, flightless cormorant, and depending on the season, many Galapagos penguins, which are only 35 cm tall; the only penguin species in the world to live in the tropics. Afterward, have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water.

Day 4: Egas Port, Santiago | Sullivan Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, travel to Santiago Island, stopping at Egas Port, a black volcanic sand beach, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first section of the trail is formed of volcanic ash (eroded tuff), and the other half is an uneven terrain of basaltic volcanic rock. Santiago shore's unique, truly striking layered terrain is home to a variety of animals, including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron and marine wildlife, including lobster, starfish, and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally light-foot crabs. It is easy to see colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water volcanic rock pools.

This afternoon, visit Sullivan Bay. Although, when viewed from the sea, the site does not look especially interesting, visitors are always totally enthralled by the amazing beds of pahoehoe lava from the recent flow on the island. It is a landscape and macro photographer’s dream. The importance of pioneer plants such as the tiny Mollugo is discussed as you hike over the lava. After your land visit, enjoy a refreshing snorkel in the company of sea lions, turtles, and rays.

Day 5: Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning cruise to Bachas Beach, home to two small flamingo ponds where iguanas sunbathe, see coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native vegetation like red and black mangrove, salt bushes. This beach is one of the main sea turtles' nesting sites in the Galapagos. At this paradisiacal site, you can also find the remains of barges that sank a long time ago, when the United States Navy operated a base during World War II on Baltra Island. Local people modified the word barges to "Bachas".

After the visit, passengers transfer to the airport for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

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Book now and receive an Early Bird discount of 5% for 2022 departures. Some restrictions may apply. Please contact us for details.
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Crewed Charter Price starting at
$45,073
or $2,817 per person based on 16 max passengers
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Standard Cabin
Two on Coral I and one on Coral II. Portholes, located on the Sea Deck. Average area of 75 sq ft.
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Standard Plus Cabin
Eight on Coral I and four on Coral II. Portholes, located on the Sea Deck. Average size 128 sq ft.
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Junior Cabin
Eight on Coral I and seven on Coral II. Three triple cabins available. Picture windows, located on Earth & Sky Decks. Average size 129 sq ft.

Child Discount

Children under 12 years old receive a 50% discount (25% for holiday season) when sharing a cabin with two full-fare paying guests. 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
  • Gear Rental: Snorkeling Gear
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming, Snorkeling, Glass Bottom Boat and Kayaking
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available to rent on board - $25 for 4-day and 5-day tours, $50 for 8-day, 11-day, and 12 day tours, and $75 for 15-day tours. 
  • Kayak available for $30/use

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