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Exploring tidal pools for critters in the Galapagos

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The wildlife, remote shores, and clear waters of the Galapagos await your arrival for this special 5-day cruise perfect for those shorter on time. With expert crew and knowledgeable guides, explore the Galapagos archipelago aboard the Majestic motor yacht. Departing from Santa Cruz Island, spend the day exploring two famous Galapagos sites. Relax on the beautiful white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay. Visit Rabida Island, one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago and a great snorkeling site.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Santa Cruz Island
Day 2 : Genovesa
Day 3 : Rabida | Chinese Hat
Day 4 : San Cristobal | Leon Dormido
Day 5 : San Cristobal | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the Charles Darwin Station to observe tortoise research
  • View Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls
  • Hike up the steep rocky face to the top of Prince Phillip's Steps

Ship

Majestic

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Chinese Hat
  • Genovesa
  • Leon Dormido
  • Rabida
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Exploring tidal pools for critters in the Galapagos Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino) Island, Galapagos Moreno Point, Isabela Island, Galapagos, Sally Lightfoot Crab Galapagos tidepool SEA LION RESTING ON A BENCH, PUERTO BAQUERIZO MORENO

Day 1 Baltra | Santa Cruz Island

Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the boat. After settling in enjoy a visit to the Charles Darwin Station, where you can observe tortoise research and breeding programs. Scientists, park rangers, and park managers, among others, work to conserve the islands and maintain its integrity as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 2 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land on the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay. Set out on foot through the mangroves and view Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls. Tidal pools are teeming with young sea lions and reef fish, and the occasional hammerhead shark can be found among the rocks.

Continue to El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip's Steps. Hike up the steep rocky face to the top of a cliff where you can see red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

Day 3 Rabida | Chinese Hat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The first stop for the day is at one of the most recognizable islands in the Galapagos, with its gently sloping cone rising out of the clear water below. Located just off Rabida Island is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago and a great snorkeling site. Its famous maroon sandy beach and stunning lookouts provide wonderful landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance, such as nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks, and brown pelicans.

Journey to Mosquera Islet, a reef of rocks and coral. This islet houses one of the largest populations of sea lions and many sea birds make their nests along the rocky shore.

Day 4 San Cristobal | Leon Dormido

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Cerro Brujo (Wizard Hill), a collapsed volcano with white-sand beaches just north of Kicker Rock. It is home to sea lions, blue footed boobies, marine iguanas, brown pelicans, Sally Lightfoot crabs, sea turtles, and rays.

Then sail to Lobos Island - the name of this island means "Sea Lion Island." This appropriately-named island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who 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.

Day 5 San Cristobal | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Stop at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, which is also the capital of the province Galapagos. Enjoy a visit to the Interpretation Center which was recently opened by the Galapagos National Park. This is an amazing educational and informational contribution to the island community and travelers. Continue from the center to the airport for your return flights home.

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Galapagos Savings - Book now and receive a complimentary hospitality package: airport assistance, airport transfers pre/post Galapagos cruise, and a one-night stay in either Quito or Guayaquil before your cruise.
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Notes

Solo travelers can opt for a single cabin at 1.7 the posted fare

Please provide your wetsuite size in advance prior to trip

Child Discount

20% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

Included

  • Accommodations on board Majestic based on double occupancy
  • Meals while in the Galapagos
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Shore Excursions
  • Swimming and Snorkeling
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Wetsuit
  • Sea Kayaking

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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