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Private Charter - Eastern Islands

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard M/Y Passion
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Embark on an 8-day private cruise through the Eastern Galapagos Islands aboard the M/Y Passion. The adventure starts at Baltra, leading to Santa Cruz, home to Puerto Ayora and tourist attractions. Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz showcases mangroves and abundant marine life. Genovesa Island offers Darwin Bay with diverse bird species, including frigate birds and boobies. Bartolome presents panoramic hikes and encounters with sea lions and penguins. Other stops feature unique landscapes and wildlife, from Sombrero Chino's sea lions and penguins to Rábida's flamingoes and sea lions. The journey includes the Charles Darwin Station and highlights the archipelago's conservation efforts. The voyage ends with a return flight to Quito or Guayaquil.
Sea lions in the GalapagosGiant TortoiseFrigate bird showing offFlamingo LagoonSea lion on the beachBoat at South Plaza, Galapagos IslandsHiking the stunning landscape of the GalapagosBlue-footed booby mating dance
Highlights
  • Witness the vibrant ecosystem of Caleta Tortuga's mangrove lagoon
  • Encounter Galapagos giant tortoises in the Santa Cruz highlands
  • Observe frigate birds, red-footed boobies, and more wildlife in Darwin Bay
  • Discover Genovesa Island's unique submerged caldera and wildlife
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 | Black Turtle Cove

Arrive at Baltra airport. Visit the largest of the central islands, Santa Cruz, home to many tourist visitor sights and the largest human settlement, Puerto Ayora. 

Caleta Tortuga (Turtle Cove) is a red mangrove lagoon on Santa Cruz and a perfect example of how mangroves alter the marine environment to create a rich and unique habitat. You will have the opportunity to see sea turtles, rays, sharks, and sea birds.

Day 2: Darwin Bay | El Barranco

Genovesa Island (Tower) is an eroded flat volcanic island, with a natural harbor, which is the submerged caldera of this volcanic island.

In Darwin Bay, the steep cliffs of this area dominate the island. This area is home to thousands of frigate birds, red-footed boobies, Noddy terns, lava gulls, tropicbirds, doves, storm petrels and Darwin's finches.

There is a good possibility of seeing the unique "Short-eared owl” at El Barranco. During the dinghy rides along the cliffs fur seals and several species of seabirds can be spotted.

Day 3: Bartolome Island | Chinese Hat

A hike will take you to the highest point on Bartolome for a spectacular view. Sea lions and penguins can be seen around Pinnacle Rock. There is a sandy beach with great swimming and snorkeling.

Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat) is a small volcanic island just off the southeast tip of Santiago. The name of the island describes the shape of the island. Fauna includes Sea lions, marine iguanas, and the Galapagos penguin.

Day 4: Rábida | Dragon Hill

Rábida is a small island with a dark red coral sand beach. Highlights include the lagoon with flamingoes, a pelican nesting site, a sea lion bachelor colony, and a snorkeling site at the end of the beach.

Dragon Hill is located on the northwestern side of Santa Cruz Island. Some highlights include small lagoons with flamingos, Palo Santo trees, and Opuntia cactus.

Day 5: Santa Cruz Highlands | Charles Darwin Station

Galapagos giant tortoises can be seen in the wild in the highlands of Santa Cruz.

Visit the Charles Darwin Station which is a research facility and the National Park Information Center. The Charles Darwin Station has a giant tortoise and land iguana breeding program and interpretation center.

Day 6: Punta Suarez | Gardner Bay

Española Island (Hood) is the oldest of the Southern Islands and is the southernmost in the archipelago. Because of its remote location, a unique range of endemic species evolved here.

Gardner Bay is located on the northeast of the island, the site has a long and beautiful white sand beach inhabited by sea lion colonies.
Islote Garnder and Islote Osborn are snorkeling sites where visitors will see an abundance of tropical fish, reef sharks, and turtles.

The wildlife at Punta Suarez is plentiful and varied. Along the cliff, visitors can enjoy the blowhole where seawater is forced about 20m into the air. The highlights are the Waved albatross (April-Dec) that are only found on Hood, Galapagos Hawks, blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, and Española lava lizards.

Day 7: Santa Fe | South Plaza

Santa Fe is a smaller island of 24 km2. The visitor site Santa Fe is located on the northeast end of the island. Highlights include Santa Fe land iguanas, pelican nesting site, sea lion colony, mockingbird, and Palo Santo trees.

South Plaza Island consists of two very small islands that were uplifted from the sea, separated by a channel. Only South Plazas has a visitor site. The highlights include tall Opuntia cactus, land and marine iguanas, a rocky cliff that looks out towards the open ocean which is also a nesting site for red-billed tropic birds and gulls, and a seal lion bachelor colony.

Day 8: Twin Craters (Los Gemelos) | Disembark | Baltra

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Surrounded by the endemic Scalecia trees, these two sunken craters are known as the twins. They are naturally beautiful and home to yellow warblers and finches.

Return flight to Quito or Guayaquil.

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Notes

Important notes:
  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy
  • Children under 12 traveling in the same stateroom/suite in triple occupancy have a 40% discount off the published rate (gross rate)
  • Single supplement +80%
  • A fuel surcharge may apply in case of a drastic increase in Ecuador`s fuel price
  • Christmas and New Holidays (from Dec. 23th to January 6th) have an additional surcharge of 10% of the published rate

Child Discount

Children under 12 traveling in the same stateroom/suite in triple occupancy have a 40% discount off the published rate (gross rate)

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
  • Tea, coffee, water, and natural juices.
  • Snorkel gear (mask, snorkel, and fins), Short wet suits (shorties), kayak equipment.
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
  • Fuel Surcharge - to be invoiced separately
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverages
  • Long wetsuits (available for rent)

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