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Private Charter - Eastern Islands II

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Discover the eastern islands of the Galapagos on a private cruise aboard Archipel I. Enjoy numerous options for snorkeling, swimming, and island exploration. Your adventure begins with a visit to the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, dedicated to tortoise conservation. A sea lion colony awaits the next day upon landing at Cormorant Point's green olivine sand beach, north of Floreana. Proceed to Suarez Point, one of the archipelago's most remarkable wildlife places, before arriving at Pitt Point, one of only two locations where all three varieties of boobies breed, as well as a sighting location for great frigate birds and swallow-tailed gulls. Your excursion concludes on the underwater treasures surrounding Lobos Islet in San Cristobal.
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Highlights
  • Visit Post Office Bay´s mailbox used by pirates & whalers with your private group of up to 16 guests
  • Swim and snorkel with sea lions at the small islets near Gardner Bay
  • Explore Charles Darwin Station, where Lonesome George once lived
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Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Baltra Airport | Embark | Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today your guide awaits you at Baltra Airport and takes you to the Archipel Catamaran, anchoring in Puerto Ayora harbor. After arrival on board, check-in and receive general information, then enjoy your first lunch on board.

Afterward, get ready for your first excursion visit to the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center. One of the main attractions is the famous embalmed Lonesome George. Estimated to have died between 93 and 109 years of age, it is recognized as the last of its kind and a symbol of the efforts invested in conserving endangered species. The captive tortoises are used to the presence of visitors, so it's a great place to take photos with them.

Day 2: Cormorant Point and Devil's Crown | Post Office Bay and Baroness Lookout, Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today land at Cormorant Point's green olivine sand beach. The peninsula of Cormorant Point forms the extreme north cape of Floreana, which is formed by a number of smaller volcanic cones covered by tropical dry forest (palo santo). At the landing beach, be welcomed by a small Galapagos sea lion colony. Devil's Crown offers one of the best snorkeling spots in the Galapagos due to the coral reef in its center, which attracts a lot of marine life. Here you can spot Galapagos penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, much different colorful fish, and even some dolphins. The current can be a bit strong sometimes, so it should not be attempted by novice swimmers.

In the afternoon, visit Post Office Bay, one out of three nearby visitor's sites on Floreana's northern coast. Bring your postcards and post them in the peculiar barrel on this historic site. The barrel commemorates an improvised mail service set up for communication between British 16th century whalers and poachers. You can also relax on the beach, where in addition to Galapagos sea lions, Pacific green turtles, and golden rays, you may see Galapagos penguins. This is the only place in the southeastern archipelago where penguins reside. You can also climb the small basaltic cone of the Baroness Lookout and enjoy the coastline's paradisiacal views. This viewpoint was the favorite spot of Floreana's first settlers, the eccentric baroness and self-proclaimed "Empress of Galapagos" Eloisa von Wagner, who even built her house a few meters further back.

Day 3: Gardner Bay | Suarez Point, Española

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The striking white beach at Gardner Bay is an important breeding site for Pacific green turtles. However, without doubt, its main attraction is the Galapagos sea lion colony. Females stay year-round in this nursery, suckling their pups up to the age of 3 years, although these start to fish after five months of their birth. During the breeding- and mating season, the colony becomes even bigger.

Afterward, visit Suarez Point, one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago. Huge ocean waves bang onto the southern basaltic cliffs of Suarez Point, forming a spectacular blowhole, where the water sprays meters high into the air (depending on the season, the tide, and how strong the sea breeze pushes the waves). Take your time for a meditative break in silence on this emblematic viewpoint, and convert this unforgettable moment into a lifetime experience.

Day 4: Pitt Point | Witch Hill, San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning stop at Pitt Point, one of the only two sites where all of the three types of boobies breed, and it is also the site where great frigate birds and swallow-tailed gulls are seen. Two wind sculptured tuff cones at Pitt Point make up the extreme eastern end of San Cristobal, and thus, the archipelago as well. These cliffs were the first sight of land when HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin arrived on September 15, 1835. On the small green sand beach, be welcomed by a group of barking Galapagos sea lions. This is a bachelor colony, where males usually relax and prepare themselves for fighting and mating.

From saltbush and spiny shrubs behind the beach, a trail leads up to an area of tropical dry forest vegetation: most of the year leafless palo santo trees, yellow cordia shrubs, tiny prickly pear cacti, and carpetweed that turns red in the dry season. After the pretty steep climb through a gully to the clifftop, you can wander around the only colony in Galapagos that counts with all three species of boobies: blue-footed, red-footed, and Nazca booby; as well as both species of frigate bird (great and magnificent), famous because of their scarlet balloon-sized pouches during mating season. Frigate birds would rather attack returning boobies and conduct aerial battles than fish for themselves.

Afterward, visit Witch Hill, one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin. The primary attraction of this site is the coral sand beach, an excellent place to swim and snorkel. Witch Hill is the remains of a tuff cone and one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin. It has an impressive landscape, where it is often possible to see coastal and migratory birds, including pelicans, blue-footed boobis, and swallow-tailed gulls, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas. At times, the lagoon is completely dry, and deposits of salt may be found in the bottom. The people of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno used to use the lagoon as a salt mine.

Day 5: Lobos Islet | Disembark | San Cristobal Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
The Lobos Islet beach harbors a colony of Galapagos sea lions. As in other colonies in the archipelago, you can approach nurturing females within a few meters. In the breeding season, this colony is also visited by territorial males, defending and mating the harem on their part of the beach. This low islet houses more than just Galapagos sea lions. Two other emblematic species breed here. Male blue-footed boobies and great frigate birds try to impress the females (and tourists) with clumsy dances heaving their striking blue feet or blow-up their balloon-sized scarlet pouches. During the breeding season, the fluffy and hungry chicks cry for food, and when their wings get strong enough, they learn to fly.

Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crewmembers disembark and transferred to San Cristobal Airport.

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Archipel I

Enjoy sightseeing on the deck with a delicious snack.
Dining area on the Archipell I
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8 cabins with twin or double beds. Feature private facilities with hot & cold water, A/C.

Child Discount

20% 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, 3 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
  • 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 - $10/day per person.

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