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Discover the wildlife and vegetation-rich shores of the Galapagos Southeast Islands on this 8-day private cruise aboard the Nemo II. Enjoy opportunities to hike, snorkel, kayak, or sail on a panga boat while exploring volcanic landscapes, unique flora and fauna, historic sites, and stunning underwater beauty. South Plaza has one of the largest populations of Land Iguanas in the Galapagos. Observe South American fur seals, marine iguanas, Chatham lava lizards, East Galapagos snakes, blue-footed boobies, and common frigates in Lobos Island. Discover the private Finca “Las Primicias” to see the vast tortoises of Santa Cruz Island in their natural habitat. Enjoy stunning and surprising encounters with the unique Galapagos species on a more intimate and profound nature and cruise.
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Highlights
  • Dive and snorkel at Kicker Rock with your private group of up to 12 guests
  • Learn about the history of Post Office Bay
  • Inspect the ecosystem of sea lions in Gardner Bay
  • Hike on Chinese Hat and observe penguins on the rocky shoreline
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 | Embark | North Seymour

Arrival at the airport in Baltra, reception by the cruise guide, and transfer to the yacht.

The trail is approximately 2 km (1.25 miles) in length crossing the inland of the island and exploring the rocky coast. Along the way, the trail passes colonies of Blue-Footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds. The Magnificent Frigatebird, a large black bird with a long wingspan, and a hooked beak, is extremely fast and has excellent vision.
Frigatebirds are known for the large red pouch on their necks. Boobies and Frigates share an interesting relationship. Sharing the same nesting area on North Seymour Blue-Footed Boobies nest on the ground making their nests from the twigs of the Palo Santos Trees, while the Magnificent Frigatebird nests just above them in the saltbushes.
Afternoon activities: Navigation to Seymour Island, North of Baltra. Dry landing. Nature walk in North Seymour.

Guide briefing in the evening. Welcome cocktail. Dinner service and navigation to San Cristobal Island.

Day 2: Lobos Island | Kicker Rock | Brujo Hill

Lobos Island, as its name suggests is famous for its population of sea lions and fur sea lions. You will also encounter nesting grounds for the great Frigatebird and a small number of blue-footed boobies. Breeding Center, where will be explained, in a simple manner, the natural phenomena that created the Galapagos Islands. That is the geology and the series of natural processes, such as volcanic eruption and marine current locations that have led to the amazing islands that you are now visiting.
Morning activities: Dry landing, Nature walk, and more wildlife watching and Deep water snorkeling.

One of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin, Cerro Brujo is a beautiful white sand beach where Brown Pelicans, Blue‐Footed Boobies, sea lions, and marine iguanas are all found. An onshore version of nearby Kicker Rock, Cerro Brujo is a very striking, eroded tuff cone. There is no landing at Kicker Rock. Also known as León Dormido these rocks are located off the coast of San Cristobal. It is the remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, the two vertical rocks rising 500 feet from the ocean form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many Tropicbirds, Frigates, and Boobies that fill the surrounding air. Beneath the sea, the near-crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates.
Afternoon activities: Navigation to Cerro Brujo. Panga boat exploration rides. Wet landing. Nature walk and Deep water snorkeling.

Guide briefing in the evening. Dinner service and navigation to Floreana Island.

Day 3: Champion Islet | Cormorant Point | Post Office Bay | The Baroness Viewpoint

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Cormorant Point offers two contrasting beaches. Arriving on shore you will encounter a green sand beach (the green sand is caused by the olivine crystals derived from silicates or magnesium and iron). From here you will follow the trail leading to a lagoon where Pink Flamingoes and other shore birds can be seen in the distance making their home. If you look closely at the mud of this lagoon, there appear to be 'cracks' in the mud. These cracks are not caused by dryness but are actual flamingo footpaths.

This is also a good spot for seeing Large‐Billed Flycatchers, Small‐Ground Finches, Medium‐Ground Finches, or Cactus Finches. The walk continues to another beach on the other side made of fine white sand particles known as "Flour Beach". In the waters, Ghost Crabs and Rays can be seen swimming. Time and weather permitting you may even go for a swim or a snorkel. Other activities include a panga ride to Champion Point and kayaking at Baroness Viewpoint.
Morning activities: Wet landing, Nature walk. other possible activities: deep water snorkeling, kayaking, and panga boat exploration rides.

In 1793 British whalers established the Post Office Barrel to send letters to and from England. This tradition has continued over the years, and even today visitors may drop off and pick up letters, without stamps, to be carried to far destinations. This is one of the few visitor sites that is visited for its human history. Whaling Captain James Colnett established the wooden post barrel in early 1793. At the time whaling was a big industry, ships were typically gone for 2 years at a time. The Galapagos Islands were a frequent stop for these ships.

Outbound ships would drop off letters after rounding the cape and the ships returning home would mail them. Over the years thousands of ships have stopped to send and receive mail at Post Office Bay. Many have posted a sign of driftwood or other materials memorializing their visit. This is the only area in the Galapagos where graffiti is still acceptable.

Arriving at Post Office Bay you will land on a brown sand beach, passing the sea lions lying in the sun. At the post barrel, the guide will pull a handful of letters for the group. Continuing the tradition, the letters are brought home with the traveler and then mailed to the addressee. Visitors also have the opportunity to send letters of their own. There are also the remains of a Norwegian Fishing Village a commercial fishing operation established in 1926 and abandoned a couple of years later. The group of Norwegians arrived with dreams of riches and started a fishing and canning operation for $900 each. The tough Galapagos life and a few misfortunes had them abandon their dreams. Time and weather permitting you may have the opportunity to snorkel again from the beach.

The Baroness Viewpoint the tough Galapagos life and a few misfortunes had them abandon their dreams. This site is especially attractive because aside from its impressive scenic beauty, it has a history. It is known by letters that Baroness Eloisa von Wagner (referring to “The Galapagos Affair” by John Treherne) loved this place, where she spent several hours where she could acquire knowledge of vessels approaching the island. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as the House of the Baroness.
Afternoon activities: Panga boat ride to Post Office Bay, Visit the Baroness Viewpoint, Wet landing, Nature walk, and Snorkeling from the beach.

Guide briefing in the evening. Dinner service and navigation to Espanola Island.

Day 4: Osborn Islet | Gardner Island | Gardner Bay | Suarez Point

Osborn Islet is located to the southeast of Gardner Bay, near Española Island. Since landing is not allowed on this site, the visit consists of a tranquil panga ride that will allow us to enjoy the panoramic views and the many species that inhabit the place. The islet was named after Henry Fairfield Osborn, a true lover of nature and animal species. William Beebe worked for him and named the islet after traveling to discover Galapagos. There are many different schools of fish and other animal species, such as parrotfish, sea lions, butterfly fish, corals, green pencil urchins, and many other colorful fish. This site is also great for snorkeling and swimming around the abundant marine life, as its waters are very calm.

Gardner Island is located a few hundred meters north of Española Island and faces Gardner Bay. Just like Española, Gardner Island is uninhabited and accessible only by cruise. Is a natural islet close to Española, the southernmost island of the Galápagos. It is one of the best spots in the archipelago to snorkel with sea lions. Playful and inquisitive, they often join the snorkelers in the water.

Gardner Bay, which is a 45‐minute boat ride from Punta Suarez. It has a white sand beach and a small colony of sea lions. The possibilities for swimming or scuba diving are excellent here. Visitors find migrant, resident, and endemic wildlife including brightly colored Marine Iguanas, Española Lava Lizards, Hood Mockingbirds, Swallow Tailed Gulls, Blue Footed and Masked Boobies, Galapagos Hawks, a selection of Finch, and Waved Albatross. Snorkel and go on a panga ride in Gardner Islet, and at Osborn Islet snorkel once more.
Morning activities: Deep water snorkeling, and panga boat exploration rides to Gardner Bay. Dry landing in Gardner Islet and Osborn Islet with nature walk and swimming.

Suarez Point is located on the western tip of Española and it offers great wildlife viewing of such species as Sea Lions, Sea Birds, and the largest Marine Iguanas of Galapagos. This is one of the best sites in the Galapagos. The amount of wildlife is overwhelming. Along the beach, there are many Sea Lions and large, colorful Lava Lizards and Marine Iguanas. As you follow the trail to the cliff's edge Masked Boobies can be found nesting among the rock formations. After a short walk down to a beach and back up the other side Blue‐Footed Boobies are seen nesting just off the trail.
Afternoon activities: Dry landing, Nature walk.

Guide briefing in the evening. Dinner service and navigation to Santa Cruz Island.

Day 5: Santa Cruz, Highlands | Charles Darwin Station

The highlands of Santa Cruz have incredible zones of vegetation. This reserve offers you one of the best possibilities to see the huge turtles of Santa Cruz Island in their natural habitat. You can observe them from very close.
Morning activities: Visit Santa Cruz Highlands. Dry landing.

The main visit to Puerto Ayora is to Charles Darwin Station. An excellent way to begin learning about the islands, their origin, and their formation. You will learn about how the Galapagos turtles are raised and meet Jorge, the famous solitary turtle. The Scientific Station has its own beach that receives many visitors on weekends.
Afternoon activities: Visit Charles Darwin Scientific Station and Breeding Center. Dry landing.

Guide briefing in the evening. Dinner service and navigation to South Plaza.

Day 6: South Plaza | Santa Fe

Visit to South Plaza begins with a dry landing. The rocky trail circumnavigates the island displaying a combination of dry and coastal vegetation zone. South Plaza has one of the largest populations of Land Iguanas in the Galapagos. The iguanas seem to be everywhere once you land. These larger-than-average yellow‐brown land iguanas feed on the fruit and pads of the prickly pear cactus.

South Plaza is also home to Marine Iguanas living along the coast and Hybrid Iguanas whose fathers are Marine Iguanas and whose mothers are Land Iguanas. As the walk continues along the sea cliffs Swallow‐tailed Gulls, Frigatebirds, Audubon Shearwaters, Red‐billed Tropicbirds, Brown Pelicans, and Blue‐Footed and Masked Boobies are frequently seen. Beneath along the shore, a colony of Bachelor Sea Lions can be seen.
Morning activities: Dry landing, Visit to South Plaza, Nature walk, and Deep water snorkeling.

Santa Fe Island is home to one of the most beautiful coves in all of the Galapagos. It is located in the southeastern part of Galapagos, 2 1/2 hours from Santa Cruz and 3 hours from San Cristobal. Santa Fe was formed from an uplift (rather than a volcano) giving the island a relatively flat surface rather than the typical conical shape of the other islands. Visits to Santa Fe begin with a panga boat ride across the lovely turquoise lagoon. Once ashore you are brought into contact with one of the many sea lion colonies in the Galapagos. Bulls compete for the right of the beach master while cows lounge in the sun. It is quite a fascinating sight! The loop trail around the island leads past the salt bushes where Galapagos Hawks can be approached easily.
Santa Fe is home to endemic Land Iguanas. These iguanas are the largest in the islands and they are beige to chocolate brown in color and resemble small dinosaurs. Reaching the summit there is a stunning view of the cove beneath.
Afternoon activities: Wet landing, Nature walk, and Deep water snorkeling.

Guide briefing in the evening. Dinner service and navigation to Santiago Island.

Day 7: Bartolome | Chinese Hat

This desolate island with few plants is the most visited and most photographed island in the Galapagos. The island consists of an extinct volcano and a variety of red, orange, green, and glistening black volcanic formations. The best-known of the island's features is the Tuff Cone known as Pinnacle Rock. This large black partially eroded lava formation was created when magma expelled from the volcano reached the sea. When the seawater cooled the hot lava it caused an explosion. The exploded particles eventually fasten together forming a rock composed of thin layers.

Bartolome's Pinnacle Rock has become one of the best-recognized and most photographed sights on the islands. A prominent sight it was used as a target for US airmen during WWII. Lying beside the Pinnacle Rock are twin half-moon-shaped beaches.
The northern beach is a popular snorkeling site where you have the opportunity to swim with fish, Sea Lions, and Galapagos Penguins. Much larger animals can be found near the southern beach including stingrays, spotted eagle rays, white‐tipped sharks, and black‐tipped sharks. Little vegetation grows in this barren place. Mangroves border the beach and the small shrub Tiguilia grows in the volcanic sands. The seeds and tiny white flowers of the Chamaesycae provide food for the island's finch. These plants are common in arid regions and are able to survive in these harsh volcanic conditions.
Morning activities: Deep water snorkeling, Visit to Bartolome, Dry landing, and Nature walk.

Visit Chinese Hat, a tiny island just off the southeast tip of Santiago. Its name describes the island's shape. Those visitors who travel to the island will find its special landscape worth the visit. Though centrally located it is one of the least visited sites in the area. National Park Service restrictions have limited the number of visitors to Chinese Hat. Multi‐day cruises with 14 passengers or less are the only ones permitted at this site. The landing is on a beautiful crescent‐shaped white sand beach, home to Sea Lions and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. The trail on Sombrero Chino explores its volcanic origin, one of the most evident in the islands.
The lava rock is very fragile and tends to break off when people walk over it. The sharp outcroppings caused by these breaks make it necessary to wear good walking shoes. Patches of Pahoehoe Lava, cracked lava and lava tubes can be found on the island. While the path does not lead up the striking red rust sides of the Chinese Hat to the caldera, it does venture high enough on the island to offer some spectacular views of the waves crashing below. Snorkeling in the waters near Chinese Hat can create a stir; white‐tipped sharks frequent the area, as do the playful Galapagos Penguins and Sea Lions.
Afternoon activities:  Wet landing at Chinese Hat, Nature walk, and Deep water snorkeling.

Guide briefing in the evening. Farewell cocktail and Dinner service.

Day 8: Daphne Island | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Among the central islands of the Galapagos Archipelago, Daphne Island sits north of Santa Cruz Island and west of Baltra Island. In reality, there are two islands: Daphne Major and Daphne Minor. They are one of the more accessible Galapagos Islands and are easily reached by most tour boats and cruises. Please note that disembarkation on these islands is not possible, therefore we will sail around them for one last look at the beautiful vistas of the Galapagos.

Return to Baltra and disembark the Nemo II and continue your independent travels.

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Child Discount

25% discount for children under 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
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • 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.
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  • 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: $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 for rent on board - $5/day per person.

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