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Experience more than just the highlights of the Galapagos' eastern islands with this 8-day adventure. Teeming with wildlife, volcanic wonders, and breathtaking landscapes, the eastern islands are an excellent place to spend a vacation! Snorkel, kayak, and become acquainted with the archipelago's endemic wildlife species including spotting sea lions, flamingos, sharks, frigatebirds and a spectrum of species unique to the Galapagos.
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Highlights
  • Discover Bachas Beach, where you can appreciate the Flamingos lagoon
  • Admire the archipelago's unique wildlife, including frigate birds & boobies
  • Walk through South Plaza to observe many species of tropical birds
  • Visit the Interpretation Center of Human History of the Islands
Places Visited
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 | Bachas Beach

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Flight from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra. Your guide meets you at the arrival gate, your crew takes care of your luggage. Your guide conducts you to a bus and after a short 5-kilometer ride to the pier; you board the Yacht immediately. As the crew weighs anchor, enjoy the first orientation and a light snack.

After navigating, disembark on Playa Las Bachas, a place where you can appreciate a Flamingos lagoon. During all walks, your guide explains details about the lives of the birds and animals. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel, in the evening you have an orientation about the Galapagos Islands in general: their origin and evolution. Welcome cocktail with the entire crew, and dinner.
Activities: Snorkeling, Walking

Day 2: Prince Phillip's Steps | Darwin Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, take a panga ride and make a dry landing on Prince Phillips’s Steps (Barranco), you walk and observe the interesting lives of the birds here. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel or kayak.
Activities: Walking, Kayaking, Panga Ride, Snorkeling

You come on board for a delicious lunch. Later in the afternoon, you make a wet landing on Darwin Bay to walk and observe frigate birds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies, shorebirds, turtles, marine iguanas, etc. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Dinner on the Yacht, and then your orientation about conservation efforts made to protect the Islands.
Activities: Walking, Kayaking, Panga Ride, Snorkeling

Day 3: South Plaza | Santa Fe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, make a dry landing on the pier of the South Plaza, where you can enjoy the antics of sea lions. A walk through a cactus forest allows you to observe land iguanas and many species of tropical birds. Return to the Yacht for lunch.
Activities: Walking

Then, you make a wet landing on Santa Fe Island to visit the cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas native to Santa Fe. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. At the end of the afternoon, return to the Yacht for dinner.
Activities: Walking, Kayaking, Panga Ride, Snorkeling

Day 4: Twin Craters | Tortoise Breeding Center, Santa Cruz Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, you will disembark to take the bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a visit to the native forests, Twin Craters, then, you will go to enjoy the giant tortoises in the wildlife on a farm. You will be delighted with lunch on the farm.
Activities: Walking

After lunch, you will return to Puerto Ayora to start the visit to the Interpretation Center Fausto Llerena inside the Charles Darwin Research Station. You return to the Yacht for dinner and your nightly orientation.
Activities: Walking

Day 5: Baroness Point | Post Office Bay | Cormorant Point | Champiom Islet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, you make a wet landing, you will continue to the Baroness Point view, named due to the presence of a particular character who lived on Floreana Island, it is the Baroness Eloisa von Wagner, you will enjoy of the beautiful landscape and the ruins of her house; then, you will stop at Post Office Bay, a historic site that recalls the days of the whalers, who presumably placed a wooden barrel in the 18th century to use it as a post office. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel. Then, you take a bus for a short ride from the small town of Puerto Velasco Ibarra to the Asilo de la Paz. It’s is a human historic site, this area was inhabitant by the early settlers who found a freshwater spring and refuge in the “cave of pirates”, this was the home of the first settlers of the island, Patrick Watkins lived there first, then Dr. Ritter and his companion Dora Strauch and then the Wittmer family. You walk through a path and you visit the cave of pirates and a corral built by the National Park Service where you can see Galapagos tortoises (from various islands) in captivity. Return to the Yacht for lunch.
Activities: Baroness Point (Walking, Kayaking, Panga Ride), Post Office Bay (Walking, Snorkeling)

In the afternoon, you make a wet landing on Cormorant Point for a short walk to the Flamingo Lagoon of this island. You then continue the walk until you reach the beach called "La Picona" to see marine turtles and their spawning grounds. Then, you make a panga ride on Champion Islet, a small island off the Coast of Floreana Island. The principal attraction of Champion Islet is the nearly-extinct Charles (Floreana) Mockingbird. Visitors can also observe bird species such as Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies or Brown Noddies. It is a great place for snorkeling; you will see sea turtles, reef fishes, Galapagos Penguins, and white-tipped reef sharks. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. You return to the Yacht for dinner and your nightly orientation.
Activities: Cormorant Point (Walking, Panga Ride, Snorkeling), Champion Islet (Panga Ride, Snorkeling)

Day 6: Suarez Point | Gardner Islet | Osborn Islet | Gardner Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, you make an early dry landing on Punta Suarez to walk along lava beds where you will observe unique colonies of marine birds, including Albatross (May - December). Return to the Yacht for lunch.
Activities: Walking

In the afternoon, you make a panga ride around the islet of Gardner. Then, you make a wet landing in Gardner Bay for a walk on the beach and observe a colony of sea lions, which inhabit the beach in great quantity during the breeding season; this is also an important nesting area for sea turtles. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. After this, you will make a panga ride around Osborn Islet. Return to the Yacht for dinner and your nightly orientation.
Activities: Gardner Islet (Panga Ride, Snorkeling), Gardner Bay (Walking, Kayaking, Snorkeling), Osborn Islet (Snorkeling)

Day 7: Kicker Rock | Cerro Brujo | | Gianny Arismendi Interpretation Center

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, your experienced Captain sails easily around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), a massive tuff-rock that juts abruptly almost 500 feet straight from the ocean. Kicker Rock serves as a nesting place for many seabirds. Then you make a wet landing on Cerro Brujo to walk on a white sand beach and observe sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel.
Activities: Cerro Brujo (Walking, Kayaking, Panga Ride, Snorkeling), Kicker Rock (Panga Ride)

In the afternoon, you make a dry landing at San Cristobal port, and after a short drive, you arrive at Gianni Arismendi Human Interpretation Center; this tour takes you through the geological and human history of the islands and their conservation. You return to the Yacht for dinner and your nightly orientation.
Activities: Walking

Day 8: Black Turtle Cove | Disembark | Baltra

After breakfast, you make a panga ride on Black Turtle Cove, a series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets; here you can observe white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, spotted eagle rays, and yellow cow-nosed rays.
Activities: Panga Ride

You return to the Yacht for disembarking on the pier at 09:00. Your guide accompanies you on the bus ride directly to the airport.

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Tip Top V

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Child Discount

50% 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
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 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
  • Use of all on-board water toys, such as snorkeling gear, kayaks, paddle boards, etc.
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador
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: $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.
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available to rent on board - $30 short and $35 long size for 4-day tours; $35 short and $40 long size for 5-day tours; $40 short and $50 long size for 8-day tours; $65 short and $75 long size for 11-day tours; and $70 short and $80 long size for 15-day tours.

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