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Eastern Islands

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Solaris
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This 8-day Eastern islands Galapagos cruise on the ship, the Solaris, explores the wildlife-rich shores of Espanola, Floreana, Genovesa, and more! Walk on white coral beaches along with sea lions and marine iguanas, observe many unique bird species, and snorkel with many beautiful fish and Galapagos penguins. An awesome Galapagos Adventure!
Galapagos cruise traveler posing with Masked Boobiesan jose-ship photoSnorkeling in Belize(Santa Fe)A South Plaza land iguana
Highlights
  • Watch out for red footed-boobies, masked boobies & lava gulls
  • Snorkel with playful sea lions and tropical fishes
  • Visit Santa Fe, home of a number of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk
  • Observe some of the most beautiful scenaries of the Galapagos Islands
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Baltra | Mosquera

Arrive in Baltra and be escorted to the ship, the Solaris. Your first stop is Mosquera, an islet formed by a geological uplift. Here you will find a reef of rocks and coral as you walk along a great white sand beach. You may also find a population of sea lions, Sally light-foot crabs, and many species of shorebird.

Day 2: Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today explore the island of Genovesa. In the morning, head to Darwin Bay, a favorite for birdwatchers. Here, you may see wandering tattlers, lava gulls, red-footed boobies, masked boobies, whimbrels, sharp-beaked finches, Galapagos doves, swallow-tailed gulls, and yellow-crowned, blacked-crowned, and lava herons.

In the afternoon, climb Prince Phillip's Steps, where who can find a variety of birds nesting the the lava flows, including storm petrels and short-eared owls. You may also see large populations of red-footed and Nazca boobies hanging out in the trees.

Day 3: South Plaza | Santa Fe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start the day with a trip to South Plaza Island, where you may find large populations of Plazas land iguanas, marine iguanas, land iguanas, and hybrid iguanas, as well as many different kinds of tuna, iguana's favorite food! South Plaza is also home to a variety of sea birds, including Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds and brown pelicans.

After lunch, head to Santa Fe, where you may see many endemic species such as the Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats, two species of land iguanas, and the Galapagos hawk. As you walk along a beautiful trail, you may see many salt bushes, as well as giant prickly pear cactus. Take the opportunity to snorkel with playful sea lions and tropical fish in the clear waters of Santa Fe.

Day 4: San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, head to San Cristobal. Begin the day walking along the incredible beach at Cerro Brujo, which is composed of white coral and volcanic ash. Cerro Brujo is an eroded tuff cone that is partly composed of the a'a' lava type, creating a fascinating landscape. Here, you may find young sea turtles and rays, sea lions, warblers, finches, and many different sea birds. Then sail to Leon Dormido, an old lava cone that is now home to many birds such as blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, and frigate birds. The snorkeling is phenomenal, with great opportunities to see spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, tropical fish, and the Galapagos shark.

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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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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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
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 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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