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Private Charter - Southeastern Islands Aboard Isabela II

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Journey through the Galapagos’ Southeastern Islands, teeming with magnificent islands and endemic wildlife. Meet colossal giant tortoises at Cerro Colorado, a bevy of different booby species at Punta Pitt, and a range of magnificent views and wildlife on Española Island, from mockingbirds to its colorful marine iguanas. On the fourth day, wake up in Floreana, where historic Post Office Bay and the green beach at Cormorant Point await. Then Isabela II motors all the way to the west, where you can walk across young lava formations at Punta Moreno and explore the fascinating mangroves of southern Fernandina. The 7-day expedition concludes with a morning visit to Eden Islet and a high note: an afternoon wander across beautiful North Seymour.
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Highlights
  • Take an exploratory panga ride around Gardner Bay
  • Relax on the white-sand beach of Cerro Brujo
  • Go to the Charles Darwin Research Station to view giant tortoises
  • Explore Fernandina with your private group of up to 40 guests
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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 | Santa Cruz Island

Land at Baltra Island by plane in the morning and transfer to the nearby dock to board the Santa Cruz II, where you take part in an introductory briefing, boat drill, and lunch. 

Las Bachas is a beautiful visitor site located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, a glorious white beach with a couple of brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. You may enjoy swimming at this beach, too. Back on the ship, settle in with a welcome cocktail, a briefing on the next day’s expedition plan, and a delicious dinner.
Aquatic Activities: Snorkeling, Beach, Swimming

Day 2: Cerro Colorado | Pitt Point

Disembark at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and drive 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, visit the breeding center for highly endangered giant tortoises amid a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird, as well as the endemic San Cristobal lava lizard.

Land on the eastern tip of the island. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline and is the only site in the Galapagos where the 3 species of boobies can be found together, as well as the two frigatebird species, plus a colony of bachelor sea lions. If conditions are favorable, there is a chance to swim, kayak, or snorkel from the beach or take an inflatable dinghy ride.
Aquatic Activities: Snorkeling, Panga Ride, Kayaking, Beach, Swimming

Day 3: Gardner Bay | Suarez Point

In the morning, you'll set foot on Gardner Bay's beautiful, white coral beach, and go on a short walk to observe the sea lions, mockingbirds, and finches, or simply enjoy the beach. There is great snorkeling in this area. Kayaking, an inflatable dinghy ride, or a ride on the glass-bottom boat are also offered. 
Aquatic Activities: Snorkeling, Panga Ride, Kayaking, Glass-bottom boat, Beach, Swimming, Paddleboarding

Following lunch on board, your afternoon outing at Punta Suarez takes you on an exciting trail across lava/boulder terrain. Along the way, you can enjoy unique seabird colonies, including the beautiful, waved albatrosses, boobies, swallow-tail gulls, and the famous “blowhole”. This island is also famous for its colorful and sizeable marine iguanas. All in all, a fantastic visit.

Day 4: Cormorant Point | Post Office Bay & Baroness Cove

Disembark in the morning at Cormorant Point's curiously green-tinged, olivine-crystal beach that makes for an easy walk to a brackish water lagoon where bird species like American flamingos can be observed. Crossing over to the other side of the island, you come to a white-sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest. At Champion Islet, guests can choose between snorkeling, a panga ride, or a ride in the glass-bottom boat. 
Aquatic Activities: Snorkeling, Panga Ride, Glass-bottom boat, Beach, Swimming

After lunch, land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as an informal post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. Snorkeling off the beach will be offered afterward. 
Aquatic Activities: Snorkeling, Panga Ride, Kayaking, Beach, Swimming, Paddleboarding

Day 5: Punta Moreno | ​Punta Mangle

In the morning, following a meander through the mangroves in search of sea turtles, disembark at Punta Moreno amid a landscape dominated by the giant volcanoes of southern Isabela Island, some still active. The rugged trail loops inland from the coast, giving you plenty of opportunity to enjoy unique lava formations, pioneer lava cactus, and exotic scalesia trees, as well as plenty of wildlife: Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, brown pelicans, herons, sea lions, marine iguanas, and dozens of Sally Lightfoot crabs. The inland lagoons are home to Bahama-pintail ducks, common stilts, Galapagos flamingos, and even Galapagos hawks and mockingbirds. Following your walk, you can take to the glass-bottom boats or deep-water snorkel.
Aquatic Activities: Snorkeling, Panga Ride, Glass-bottom boat, Swimming

In the afternoon, you’ll explore Fernandina’s coastline aboard the pangas (inflatable dinghies). The archipelago’s youngest ecosystem is home to small Galapagos penguins and green-eyed flightless cormorants that rest on the shore’s black rocks. Beneath the waves, rays and sea turtles might glide by. The nutrient-rich waters of the Bolivar Channel, which separates Fernandina and Isabela islands, attract dolphins and whales. With luck, we’ll be able to spot them. Depending on sea conditions, you end your visit with a glass-bottom boat ride or deep-water snorkel.
Aquatic Activities: Snorkeling, Panga Ride, Swimming

Day 6: Eden Islet | North Seymour Island

A panga ride takes you to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where you can observe blue-footed boobies, reef sharks, and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel and, if weather conditions permit, to ride in the glass-bottom boat. The volcanic setting of this area is quite stunning. 
Aquatic Activities: Snorkeling, Panga Ride, Kayaking, Glass-bottom boat, Swimming, Paddleboarding

One of the best visitor sites in the archipelago for last is North Seymour Island. In the afternoon, disembark for a walk along the coast and the interior of this beautiful flat island, ambling between numerous nesting frigatebirds, some of the male frigatebirds displaying their balloon-like red gular sacs, as well as land iguanas and sea lion colonies along the coastline. Explore the coast by dinghy, too, seeking out fur seals, and enjoying a fun, deep-water snorkel. End the day with an evening briefing, cocktail, and dinner.
Aquatic Activities: Snorkeling, Panga Ride, Glass-bottom boat, Swimming

Day 7: Baltra Island | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your journey ends at Baltra Island where you're transferred to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland. 

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Enjoy a meal on the sun deck of the Isabela II.
Isabela II's fitness center.
Breakfast aboard the Isabela II.

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$242,921
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Standard Cabin
1 cabin with double bed. Located on the cabin deck.
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Classic Family Cabin
2 cabins on the Cabin Deck with one lower double bed. 128 sq. ft
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Classic Cabin
16 cabins on the Cabin Deck -- some with double beds and some with separate twins. Some cabins have an additional twin bed and can be used as a triple. Located on the cabin deck.
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Owner's Cabin
1 suite with double bed. Located on the main deck.

Notes

Please provide your wetsuite size in advance prior to trip

Child Discount

10% discount if sharing with two adults, 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
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Gear Rental: Snorkeling Gear
  • 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
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $200 per adult, $100 per child under 12 (fees of $100 per adult and $50 per child valid on arrivals through Aug 1, 2024). Payable upon arrival to the Galapagos, only in cash dollars. Subject to increase by Galapagos Park Service.
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available to rent on board - $22 for 5-day tours, and $41 for 7-day tours.
  • Fuel Surcharge - to be invoiced separately
  • Carbon Neutral Fee - To be invoiced separately

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