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Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island, Galapagos, Sea Lion

Southern Islands

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This 5-day itinerary through the southern islands visits the Charles Darwin Research Station in Santa Cruz, and combines the incredible shark canal off the coast of Isabela with the best flamingo lagoons of the Galapagos and spectacular snorkeling around Devil’s Crown on Floreana Island. The albatrosses, booby colonies, and marine iguanas on Española promise to be a highlight!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Santa Cruz | Embark
Day 2 : Las Tintoreras | Isabela
Day 3 : Florena
Day 4 : Espanola
Day 5 : Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

Highlights

  • Land at Bachas Beach and look for sea lions, marine iguanas, and sharks
  • Land in the Tintoreras islets and observe resting white-tip reef sharks
  • Enjoy a relaxing walk on Cormorant Point's green and 'flour sand' beach
  • Take a meditative break on the basaltic cliffs of Suarez Point

Ship

Nemo I

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island, Galapagos, Sea Lion sally lightfoot crab Kayaking and snorkeling in the Galapagos. Floreana Lodge Galapagos Tortoise, El Chato Reserve

Day 1 Baltra | Santa Cruz | Embark

Upon arrival in Baltra, a naturalist guide from the Nemo I greets you and transfers you to the harbor. Then, take a dinghy to the yacht and head to your first stop, Las Bachas in Santa Cruz. These two small beaches are composed of sand made from decomposed coral, making it soft and a favorite nesting place for sea turtles. Walk to a brackish water lagoon, where you may find flamingos, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels.

Day 2 Las Tintoreras | Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your day with a dinghy ride to Las Tintoreras, a small bay on an islet, to observe a colony of white-tipped sharks along with many other marine animals, including sea turtles, sea lions, rays, and marine iguanas. Las Tintoreras is one of Isabela's most beautiful spots for sightseeing and relaxing. The rocky shoreline with its intertidal life attracts Sally Lightfoot crabs, lava herons, and occasional Galapagos penguins. Galapagos sea lions occupy the sand beach and complete this stereotypical Galapagos image.

In the afternoon, tour the Arnoldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center, where you can visit about 300 tortoises of all ages and sizes. Isabela is the only island in the world that has 5 different species of giant tortoises. Visit the native botanic garden of this breeding center. It also attracts colorful songbirds such as yellow warblers, Darwin’s finches, and Galapagos and vermillion flycatchers. Finally there is no greater counterpart to the cumbersome tortoises as the graceful American flamingos that frequently filter the saline waters of the adjacent lagoon for shrimp and algae.

Day 3 Florena

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning exploring Cormorant Point and Devil´s Crown on the gorgeous island of Floreana. Cormorant Point is home to the best and one of the largest flamingo lagoons in the Galapagos, as well as to many other shorebirds. After observing the wildlife and walking along the very distinct "Green Beach" and "Flour Sand Beach", head towards Devil´s Crown for some great snorkeling surrounded by colored tropical fish, such as yellowtail surgeon fishes, king angelfishes, and many other species. On the seabed you can distinguish resting white-tip reef sharks, different species of ray, and starfishes. A Pacific green turtle or Galapagos sea lion might swim by, and don’t scare when you encounter scalloped hammerhead sharks!

In the afternoon, sail past Post Office Bay and bring your unstamped postcards and post them in the peculiar barrel on this historic site. Together with James Bay (Santiago) this used to be a popular base to complement stocks. Its present barrel commemorates the improvised mail service between British 16th-century whalers and poachers. 

Day 4 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, walk along the shores of Suarez Point and observe one of the most impressive colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Suarez Point is also a massive breeding site for Nazca and blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and red-billed tropicbirds. Blue-footed boobies don’t bother to breed in the middle of the trail. Especially during the food-abundant garúa-season, you can admire amusing courtship dances, mating, breeding, emerging from the eggs, nurturing, or first flight-attempts.

Spent the afternoon relaxing, snorkeling, and swimming in the crystal clear waters of Gardner Bay. Admire colorful reef fish, snorkel side-by-side with a Pacific green turtle, or find yourself in the middle of playful Galapagos sea lions. The striking white coral sand beach is an important breeding site for Pacific green turtles. But without doubt its main attraction is the Galapagos sea lion colony. 

Day 5 Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

Start today visiting the wild Galapagos giant tortoises, roaming through pastures in the agricultural zone and in the transition zone of El Chato Tortoise Reserve. The pond in the native forest reserve is the most authentic setting, but sometimes also requires an adventurous quest for these silent heavyweights. Listen carefully for the sound of heavy footsteps and of shrubs being slowly crushed. 

Then visit Charles Darwin Station and learn about the biological research and indispensable conservation management of this unique archipelago. The complex houses a bunch of interpretation and information centers about the National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve. This is a wonderful way to end your Galapagos cruise before heading to the Baltra airport to fly back to Quito or Guayaquil.

Nemo I

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Cabins
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Child Discount

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Nemo I 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

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
  • Wetsuits available - $24 for 4-day tours, $30 for 5-day tours, and $48 for 8-day tours
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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