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Southern Islands

Example 5 Day Cruise aboard Solaris
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This 5-day Southern Islands Galapagos cruise on the ship, Solaris, explores the wildlife-rich shores of San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, and more! Observe many unique and rare bird species, swim with sea lions, investigate amazing lava flows, and snorkel with beautiful tropical fish.
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Highlights
  • Swim and snorkel, and observe sea lions at Gardner Bay
  • Visit Punta Cormorant the best Flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos
  • Observe marine turtles as well as a very small colony of Galapagos penguins
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Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: San Cristobal

Arrive in San Cristobal and be escorted to the ship, the Solaris.

Head to the Interpretation Center in the afternoon, where you can learn all about how the islands were formed, ocean currents, the arrival of different species in the Galapagos, and many other natural circumstances that have made the Galapagos Islands what they are today.

Day 2: Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, relax, swim, and snorkel in the beautiful Gardner Bay. You may even be able to observe sharks in the crystal clear waters.

After lunch, visit Suarez Point. This rocky area sustains one of the most varied and impressive colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Climb the high cliffs to get a spectacular view of the soaring birds, and the blowhole that spouts water up to 75 feet into the air.

Day 3: Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your morning with a visit to Cormorant Point, where you can observe one of the best flamingo lagoons in the Galapagos. The lagoon is situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. Besides flamingos, you may also see common stilts, white-checked pintails and other migratory birds. Then walk along two distinct beaches. One is a green-colored olivine beach, and the other an iron-red beach.

Begin the afternoon in Post Office Bay, where British whalers set up a barrel as the island's post office. The tradition continues today, and you could even send a post card home! Then head to Baroness Lookout, which offers one of the most beautiful views of the Galapagos.

Day 4: Santiago | Bartolome

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your day in Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island, one of the most amazing volcanic sites in the Galapagos. Walk around the remarkable lava flow and admire the amazing geological formations that have created Santiago Island.

Then head to Bartolome, where you have the chance to enjoy a beautiful view that includes volcanic cones, lava fields, lunar-like craters, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. Bartolome is also home to two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles and a small colony of Galapagos penguins live.

Day 5: Santa Cruz | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Spend the morning in Black Turtle Cove, a gorgeous red mangrove lagoon. Since the lagoon is so quiet and calm, it is the perfect place for shark and ray nurseries. The clear waters allow for great views of golden rays, spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, pelicans, herons, and white-tip reef, black-tipped, and hammerhead sharks.

After this last excursion, transfer to the airport for your connecting flight to either Quito or Guayaquil.

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Solaris

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Upper Deck Ocean View Suite
3 cabins (21 m2) with queen bed and single bed. 2 cabins (26 m2) with queen bed and single bed. All cabins with ocean view, and private facilities.
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3 cabins (21 m2) with queen bed and single bed. 2 cabins (26 m2) with queen bed and single bed. All cabins with ocean view, and private facilities.
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Main Deck Ocean View Single
5 cabins (11 m2) with single bed, ocean view, and private facilities.

Child Discount

A discount for children under 12 years of age is available. Contact us for details. 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
  • 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: $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- $24 for 4-day tours, $30 for 5-day tours, and $48 for 8-day tours.

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