M/Y Galaven (Capacity: 20 passengers) Itinerary A: 4 Days / 3 Nights

M/Y Galaven (Capacity: 20 passengers) Itinerary A: 4 Days / 3 Nights

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The Galaven is for adventurers with a mid-range budget who want to visit the Galapagos Islands

This 88-foot motorized, 20-passenger yacht offers high-polished wood trim and floors, a library with TV and DVD player, and sun deck with chaise lounges. The spacious dining area allows you to comfortably eat while marveling at the stunning views of the Galapagos archipelago.

The eleven double cabins spread over the ship’s three decks have air conditioning and private bathrooms with hot water.

The Galaven has two different eight-day itineraries, as well as four- and five-day excursions. Two bilingual national park naturalist guides will show you the wonders of the Galapagos. Also accompanying you on the cruise are the captain and eight crew members.

Highlights

Santa Cruz (Black Turtle Cove, Charles Darwin Station, El Chato, Dragon Hill, Bachas Beach, Twin Craters, Interpretation Center Fausto Llerena), Genovesa Island (Darwin Bay, El Barranco), Bartolome (Pinnacle Rock), Rábida, Plaza Sur, Santa Fe, Española (Punta Suarez, Gardner Bay), Floreana (Punta Cormorant, Devil´s Crown, Post Office Bay), Isabela (Moreno Point, Sierra Negra, Wetlands, Wall of tears, Breeding Center, Tagus Cove, Punta Vicente Roca), Fernandina (Punta Espinosa), Santiago (Espumilla Beach or Buccaneer Cove), North Seymour, San Cristobal (Interpretation Center, Breeding Center Jacinto Gordillo)

Highlighted species

Galapagos Sea Lion, Galapagos Giant Tortoises, Marine Iguanas, Blue-Footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-Footed Boobies, Galapagos Hawks, Galapagos Albatrosses (From April to January), Greater & Magnificent Frigatebirds, Galapagos Doves, Galapagos Mockingbirds, San Cristobal Mockingbirds, Española Mockingbirds, San Cristobal Lava Lizard, Española Lava Lizard, Darwin Finches, Short-Eared Owls, Brown Pelicans, Swallow-Tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls, Lava (striated) Herons, Green prickly pears land iguanas, Deep red Sesuvium and coppery‐orange land iguanas, flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, Hawks, Sootycolored Marine Iguanas, bright red‐orange Sally Lightfoot crabs, Yellow Warblers, Galapagos flycatcher, Darwin finches, Vermilion flycatcher.

Itinerary

Tuesday: AM Baltra Island: Airport / PM Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove

Wednesday: AM Genovesa Island: El Barranco / PM Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay

Thursday: AM Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay / PM Rabida Island

Friday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Fausto Llerena Breeding Center / Airport

Baltra Airport

Assistance at the airport by our representative for your Galapagos flight. You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by the Galaven staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island)

In the afternoon you will visit the Black Turtle Cove in the northern part of Santa Cruz. This inlet is surrounded by mangroves and is only accessible by dinghy. The shallow cove is a haven for young marine life. Black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.

El Barranco (Genovesa Island)

Genovesa Island is located at the inner part of Darwin Bay. This area contains an abundance of frigatebirds and other interesting seabirds. Behind the small beach filled with nesting areas for frigates, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls are a number of tide pools. At high tide it is likely that the trail will be covered with water. Your morning visit is to El Barranco which is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, El Barranco’s steep and rocky path leads up to a high cliff-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 lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

In the afternoon, you will head to Darwin Bay.  This white-sand coral beach heads a half mile trail (0.5 miles / 0.75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallowtailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully and at the end there is a spectacular view off the cliff.

Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)

The morning visit heads to Santiago Island – 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 form of small volcanoes, formed by the lava flows.

Rábida Island

In the afternoon you will visit Rabida Island (or Jervis) which is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago as well as a great snorkeling site. You will start on Rabida’s famous maroon sandy beach and after an easy hike you will arrive to a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing 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.

The Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island) 

Today you will visit The Charles Darwin Research Station. This is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of 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 here until they are about four years-old and strong enough to survive on their own.

After visiting the Charles Darwin Research Station, you will be transferred to the Baltra airport to catch your flight to Guayaquil or Quito on mainland Ecuador.

Important notes:

  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy
  • Children under 12 have a discount
  • Single supplement may apply

Standard Cabin $ 1945.00

The rate includes:

  • All meals & excursions
  • Transfers in the islands
  • Bilingual National Park Guide
  • Use of snorkeling equipment
  • Harbor Fee Puerto Villamil, Isabela
  • Free airport Assistance
  • Free transfers
  • Roundtrip Airfare to / from Galapagos
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • $100 Galapagos National Park fee
  • $20 Transit Control Card
  • Travel / medical insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses

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