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Galapagos Luxury Catamaran Circumnavigation

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Cormorant
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Explore the Galapagos Islands on an the Islands Circumnavigation Tour on the Cormorant. This 15-day voyage treats travelers to volcanic formations, white sand beaches and abundant wildlife. There are many opportunities to snorkel, swim, kayak, hike and learn on the tour. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Santa Cruz Island | Bachas Beach
Day 2 : El Barranco | Darwin Bay
Day 3 : South Plaza Island | Santa Fe
Day 4 : Pitt Point | Witch Hill, San Cristobal
Day 5 : San Cristobal
Day 6 : Suarez Point | Gardner Bay, Espanola
Day 7 : Floreana
Day 8 : Santa Cruz Island | Fausto Llerena Breeding Center
Day 9 : Tintoreras Islet | Sierra Negra Volcano, Isabela
Day 10 : Moreno Point | Elizabeth Bay, Isabela
Day 11 : Espinosa Point | Vicente Roca Point
Day 12 : Egas Port | Espumilla Beach | Buccaneer Cove, Santiago
Day 13 : Bartolomew | Sullivan Bay
Day 14 : Chinese Hat | Dragon Hill
Day 15 : North Seymour | Baltra

Highlights

  • Venture up 375 wooden stairs for beautiful views of Bartolome
  • Visit the home to one of the largest sea lion colonies in the Galapagos
  • Experience the "blowhole" in Espanola that spurts water into the air
  • Snorkel with white-tipped sharks, penguins, marine turtles and sea lions

Ship

Cormorant

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Buccaneer Cove
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Chinese Hat
  • Darwin Bay
  • Dragon Hill
  • El Barranco
  • El Chato Tortoise Reserve
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Espanola
  • Espinosa Point
  • Espumilla Beach
  • Fernandina
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Genovesa
  • Isabela
  • Las Tintoreras
  • Leon Dormido
  • North Seymour
  • Post Office Bay
  • Puerto Egas
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Moreno
  • Punta Pitt
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Interpretation Center
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • Santiago
  • Sierra Negra Volcano
  • South Plaza Island
  • Sullivan Bay
  • Vicente Roca Point
  • Witch Hill

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

(Santiago) This iguana is part of the unique local wildlife of the Galapagos. Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal Kayak and snorkel in clear blue waters Sea lion encounter while snorkeling
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Day 1 Baltra | Santa Cruz Island | Bachas Beach

Arrive at Baltra Island Airport and transfer to the Cormorant.

Set sail for Bachas Beach, an excellent location for swimming. View flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels as they wander around the rocks. Explore the floating pier, a remnant World War II.

Day 2 El Barranco | Darwin Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, is a steep, rocky path that leads up a high cliff rock face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared owls, Galapagos storm petrels, and Galapagos doves.

Visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which includes a half mile trail (0,75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls, which can easily be spotted here. Further down the path we’ll find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.

Day 3 South Plaza Island | Santa Fe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to South Plaza, a small island covered in Opuntia cacti. The island is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies in the Galapagos archipelago and also features many colorful yellow and red land iguanas. Take a brief hike over the terrain for views of the island.

In the afternoon, set sail for Santa Fe Island and hike its two visitor trails.

Day 4 Pitt Point | Witch Hill, San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Witch Hill. Eroded by the sea, Witch Hill features white powdery sand and a picturesque beach. Snorkel alongside sea turtles and rays, and view various types of Booby Birds from the shore.

Travel to Pitt Point and hike up a trail up to the face of a cliff. This hike offers superb views of the island. Snorkel in the clear waters and hope to meet some playful sea lions.

Day 5 San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning visit the Breeding Center Jacinto Gordillo - “La Galapaguera” in Cerro Colorado. It is a new visitor site in the southeast part of San Cristobal Island and can now be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warblers, finches, and mockingbirds. Giant tortoises can be observed on the trails. They live there wild but in a protected area to ensure their survival by sealing them off from introduced predators like pigs and goats.

Then, take an excursion to Lobos Island which means “Sea Lion Island.” This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, playful, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.

In the afternoon, visit Kicker Rock. This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. 

Day 6 Suarez Point | Gardner Bay, Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey to Suarez Point to view Blue-footed Boobies, albatrosses and Nazca Boobies. The most famous attraction on Espanola is a magnificent blowhole which spurts water high into the air. Bring your camera! Take a two mile hike across the island.

In the afternoon, travel to Gardner Bay, the breeding site of most of the world´s 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatrosses. Gardner Bay features a large white sandy beach and the reef makes this location ideal for snorkeling and swimming with curious sea lions.

Day 7 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th-century whalers placed a wooden barrel used as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don’t forget your postcards, and don’t be surprised if the postcard arrives at its destination before you even get home!

Baroness Viewing Point is a fantastic place to absorb the environment of the Galapagos. Once inhabited by an indulgent baroness and her three lovers, the history of this island is intriguing. The legends about this baroness are associated with a fascinating murder mystery. There are easy trails in this area for exploring the flora and fauna of Floreana.

Cormorant Point hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The Green Beach is named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the Four Sand Beach is composed of white coral.

Champion Islet, named after the whaler Andrew Champion, is a small island located just offshore Floreana Island in the southern part of the Archipelago. Considered as one of the most beautiful places on Galapagos for all snorkeling and diving fans and an excellent opportunity for dolphin watching..

Day 8 Santa Cruz Island | Fausto Llerena Breeding Center

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You will visit “Fausto Llerena” Giant Tortoises Creeding Center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity; this is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four-years-old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Day 9 Tintoreras Islet | Sierra Negra Volcano, Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey to Tintoreras Islet, located a short distance from Puerto Villamil, home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches, surrounded by mangroves, is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.

Visit the Sierra Negra Volcano, boasting the largest basaltic caldera in Galapagos at 9 x 10km. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005.

Next arrive at the Tortoise Breeding Station (Puerto Villamil), created to protect animals in their first years of life from the threats of foreign species such as pigs and donkeys. Giant tortoise eggs are collected and brought to the center where they are hatched and kept for five years before being released to their natural environment.

Conclude the day by visiting the Wetlands of Isabela Island, located just outside of Puerto Villamil. They consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves and are home to a variety of unique bird species such as common stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, and gallinules. The Wetlands can be visited on foot via a path that winds through the swamps.

Day 10 Moreno Point | Elizabeth Bay, Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Moreno Point is located southwest of Elizabeth Bay. Here a dry landing onto what was once owing lava is possible. The lava has left craters in its wake which formed crystal tide pools. By looking into the pools, you can peer into another world as the marine life drifts by your window. In the brackish pools of this area, you may see pink flamingos, white-cheeked pintails, and common gallinules. If you look carefully into the pools, you may see white-tip reef sharks and some sea turtles.

Elizabeth Bay is located on the east coast of Isabela Island. The bay contains many islets, which can be visited by dinghy. Penguins and blue-footed boobies can be spotted on the rocky islets. With an abundance of marine life and clear water, the area is perfect for snorkeling and viewing schools of colorful fish, sea lions, and perhaps even sharks.

Day 11 Espinosa Point | Vicente Roca Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
No foreign species have ever invaded Fernandina Island, and therefore it is one of the world's most pristine island ecosystems. The volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landspace with lava fields reaching the ocean. The island's highlight features the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.

Located on the northwestern coast of the island and comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (sunfish) may be spotted here. This bay is great for diving and snorkeling.

Day 12 Egas Port | Espumilla Beach | Buccaneer Cove, Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
No foreign species have ever invaded Fernandina Island, and therefore it is one of the world's most pristine island ecosystems. The volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landspace with lava fields reaching the ocean. The island's highlight features the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.

Located on the northwestern coast of the island and comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (sunfish) may be spotted here. This bay is great for diving and snorkeling.

Day 13 Bartolomew | Sullivan Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You will head to Bartholomew Island where the famous Pinnacle Rock is found. Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see and swim with Galapagos penguins.

You will visit Sullivan Bay located on the southeast part of Santiago. This place is interesting for its geology because the area is covered by lava flows. This place has elevations in the form of small volcanoes formed by the lava flows.

Day 14 Chinese Hat | Dragon Hill

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This small islet is located near the southeast coast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet’s summit. This small islet is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tunnels and lava flows. Some of the lava flows were formed underwater and subsequently raised above sea level. The presence of coral heads on the lava flow indicates this phenomenon.

The visitors’ site at Dragon Hill is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island and consists of a 1,600 m long trail that runs through three different environments. The beach is very rocky. At high tide it’s a nice place for snorkeling. At this visiting site you can find vegetation of the typical intertidal zone and dry zone.

Day 15 North Seymour | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Sail for North Seymour Island to view Galapagos Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds. Characterized by its arid vegetation zone, North Seymore is unique in landscape and in feeling.

Transfer to the airport and connect back to the mainland.
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Notes

Please provide your wetsuite size in advance prior to trip

Child Discount

25% discount for children under 12 years at time of Galapagos cruise traveling with two adults. 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

  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
  • 14 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, and kayaks are all included in the cruise cost and are available for you use on board.
  • 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
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Diving is not included in the cost but may be available upon request, please inquire for information.
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