Sunday: AM Baltra Airport / PM Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center
Monday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill / PM Bartolome Island
Tuesday: AM Rabida Island / PM Santiago Island: Buccaneers Cove & Espumilla Beach
Wednesday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove / Baltra Airport
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (aprox. 2h30 flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturist guides and taken on a ten minutes bus drive to the pier to board the M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II.
Fausto Llerena Breeding Center / Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
Dry landing. There is a visit to the Galapagos giant tortoises breeding program, where the famous Lonesome George (last surviving specimen of Pinta Island) lived for decades. The center is conducted by the Galapagos National Park (GNP) staff with the collaboration of scientists from the Charles Darwin Station (CDS). Here, eggs taken from Pinzon, Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands hatch with no danger of harm, from introduced species. After artificial incubation, the “galapaguitos” (newborn tortoises) are reared until the age of 5 and then, they are released in their native habitats; having the enough capacities to survive alone. Since the 70s, more than 2,000 specimens have returned to their own islands thanks to this program. In addition, the Darwin Station works in several scientific projects and botanical research, providing environmental education to local communities, schools and tourists. If there is time, it is possible to visit the nearby town of Puerto Ayora.
Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)
Dry landing. Walk by a brackish lagoon to see flamingos. The trail leads across a typical dry zone vegetation. Keeping up until Dragon Hill, there will be important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchored boats and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves.
Dry or wet landing. Discover a fascinating landscape resembling the moon floor, formed by different volcanic parasitic cones, lava bombs, spatter formations and cinder cones. Hike to the top for impressive views of the nearby islands, including the eroded tuff cone of the Pinnacle Rock (perhaps the beast known postcard from the Galapagos). Here is possible to encounter lava lizards and blue-footed boobies. Beach time in Bartolome! It is a great opportunity to snorkel and have a close look to penguins, sea turtles and white-tipped reef sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. Possibly, the finest snorkeling experience around the world; the water is clear full of light and there are no big waves.
Due to its geographical location, it is immediately noticeable a lack of vegetation, just pioneer plants are observed. They include tiquilia nesiotica (silver look bush, which is endemic to the island) and chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge).
Wet landing. Dark-red sand covers the unique beaches of this island, home of sea lion colonies. Rabida is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nesting brown pelicans are found from July through September, plus nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches. Here, a dinghy ride along marine cliffs is done, to observe nesting seabirds. Snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active and colorful.
Buccaneers Cove & Espumilla Beach (Santiago Island)
This is an amazing location, featuring the remains of an eroded shoreline that is home to seabirds, fur seals and the playful sea lions. Its different shapes have been made throughout a process caused by erosion of the waves and the wind. Espumilla Beach is a white-sandy beach in James Bay and is a popular place among visitors. There are mangroves and a small palo santo forest that lead to salty-water lagoons that are home to wading birds like flamingos. In the upper dunes are a nesting site for sea turtles. A good place to snorkel to see rays.
Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island) / Airport
On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea, four species of mangrove crowd form an internal lagoon, turtles visit the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface while the fish and rays circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, plus sea birds including pelicans, herons and egrets. This cove has been declared a “turtle sanctuary”.
After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport to a return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.
- Cruise prices, Air tickets, National Park fee and TCT prices are subject to change without prior notice in the event of circumstances beyond our control
- Single Supplements applies
- Children are accepted from the age of 7 years old onwards
- Children under 12 years sharing the cabin with an adult will benefit from a discount
- Discount for third person sharing cabin with two-full-fare paying guests
- The accommodation for the third person is on a sofa bed
- Optional DIVING with extra charge: While cruising on board the M/Y Corals I & II, a scuba boat tour will pick up guests in order to take them for a dive (1-2 immersions + full equipment included). Enjoy a unique diving experience, with the possibility to see schools of hammerhead sharks, mantas, reefs, sea lions, and more depending on the diving site.
- Yacht assignment for M/Y Coral I & II and cabin number are within the sole discretion of GO considering factors such as charters, groups, language, age, interest, etc.
- Extended cruises 7 or more nights on board might require change of ship during the cruise between M/Y Coral I and II or M/V Galapagos Legend.
Standard (Sea Deck) $ 1662.00
Standard Plus (Sea Deck) $2058.00
Junior (Earth/Sky Deck) $2346.00
**High season supplement applies: Jan 01-05 / Apr 05 – May 25 / Jul 03 – Aug 26 / Oct 02 – Nov 22 / Dec 19-31
The rate includes:
- Accommodation in cabins with air conditioning and private bathroom
- All Meals on board
- Welcome & farewell cocktails, BBQ
- Coffee / tea station
- 2 daily excursions to the islands with multilingual speaking naturalist guides English-Spanish (French, German, Italian upon request)
- Snorkeling opportunities
- Outside decks for observation of the flora and fauna
- Briefings, lectures and activities on board
- Free shuttle service from Quito/Guayaquil Airport-roundtrip: when a domestic flight is purchased in combination with Coral I or II cruises.
- Air ticket from Quito / Guayaquil to Galapagos $449.00 per adult, $315.00 per child under 12, tickets issued by the cruise
- Galapagos National Park entrance Fee $100 per adult / $50 per child under 12 years, to be paid in cash upon arrival in Galápagos
- Galapagos Transit Control Card $20 per person (adults and children)
- Fuel surcharge: $50.00 for 3 or 4 nights cruise, $100 for 7 nights cruise
- Soft or alcoholic beverages
- Medical services
- Travel insurance and others not specified
- Kayak rental: $30.00 each use per person
- Internet: $32.00 for 10min