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Private Charter - Galapagos Western Islands Aboard Corals

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Embark on the Corals to discover the incredible history of the Galapagos Islands, see an abundance of unique animals, and enjoy daily land and sea excursions on this 8-day private trip combining the western and eastern islands. Beginning in Baltra, head to the Highlands Tortoise Reserve in Santa Cruz to see the Galapagos Giant Tortoise. The next day, enjoy great deep-water snorkeling in Vicente Roca and Espinosa Point in the islands of Isabela and Fernandina. Spot the unusual flightless cormorant in Urbina Bay's volcanic black sand beach. Continue towards the North Seymour Island's enormous nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies and beautiful frigatebirds. Kicker Rock is the final stop on your journey before you dry land in San Cristobal and disembark.
Sea Lion resting on Red SesuviumBeach on Isabela islandBlue-footed booby mating danceKicker rockSwimming sea turtleCorals during the sunset
Highlights
  • Discover Vicente Roca Point with your private group of up to 36 guests
  • Take a dinghy ride along the coast of Isabela & admire the beautiful scenery
  • Explore the volcanic, black sand beach of Urbina Bay
  • Enjoy Santa Fe´s white beach and find yourself surrounded by sea lions
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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 adventure!

Once the ship sets sail, head to Santa Cruz Island and visit the Highlands Tortoise Reserve. In the mountains of Galapagos, 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 excellent opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to 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 an excellent 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 mangrove can be found on the shore.

Day 3: Urbina Bay | Tagus Cove, Isabela

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today visit Isabela Island, stopping at Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove. Explore Urbina Bay's volcanic black sand beach in the morning, searching for 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, where you can admire a variety of seabirds, such as blue-footed booby, brown noddy, terns, flightless cormorant and depending on the season, a large number of 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 | Sullivan Bay, Santiago

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, travel to Santiago Island, stopping at Egas Port, a black volcanic sand beach, visited 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. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago shore 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.

It has the biggest and longest lava flow, located in Sullivan Bay. Geologically speaking, this island is one of the most beautiful and unbelievable formations. The vast basaltic landscape performs smooth and unbroken surfaces with undulations and nods formed by the fluid lava that created the sculpture. It is located on the central west of the archipelago and is formed by two overlapping volcanoes. It is the 4th biggest of the archipelago.

Day 5: Bachas Beach | North Seymour

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning cruise to Bachas Beach, home to two small flamingo ponds were 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”.

In the afternoon cruise to North Seymour is the most accessible for day trips out of Santa Cruz’s main port, Puerto Ayora. An approximately two-hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies*, magnificent and great frigatebirds,* and swallow-tailed gulls for an in-depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also encounter sea lions, and land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake.

Day 6: Charles Darwin Research Station & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center | El Chato | Mosquera

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land in Charles Darwin Station and Fausto Llerena Breeding Center where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his species) lived for decades. Here you will be able to see tortoises through all their stages including hatchings, juveniles, and full-grown individuals.

In the afternoon, visit Mosquera Islet is a tectonic uplift of sands, coral reefs and rocks, located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands. This flat 0.022 mi (0.06 km ) white-sand island has one of the largest colonies of sea lions. Because of this, there are occasional reports of killer whales seen around this islet. It is also an excellent site for observing shorebirds such as herons and Lava Gulls. You can also spot marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and sally light food crabs.

Day 7: Santa Fe | South Plaza

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning enjoy Santa Fe´s white sand beach and find yourself surrounded by a sea lion colony. Continue walking through an endemic cactus forest and searching for the endemic Santa Fe land iguana (the largest island). This island is home to several endemic species, including Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, rice rats, a variety of finches, and one of the four mockingbird species of the Galapagos.

In the afternoon, walk through an impressive cactus forest surrounded by the colorful yellow and red land iguanas and marine iguanas and keep a lookout for tropicbirds and one of the largest sea lion colonies. Encounter the one and only Galapagos hybrid iguana and stumble upon a bright red landscape characteristic of the island during the dry season.

Day 8: Lobos Island | Disembark | San Cristobal Airport

This morning sail through the Lobos Island, approximately 20 minutes by boat from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The length of the trail is 850 meters, and the estimated travel time is one hour. There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and common frigatebirds nest at this site. You can see the two species of sea lions present in the Archipelago. During the boat ride, you can see brown pelicans and several species of shorebirds.
 
After your visit, transfer to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.

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Corals during the sunset
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$73,358
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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
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals 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 and Glass Bottom Boat
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
  • 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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