Wednesday: AM San Cristobal Airport / PM San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill
Thursday: AM San Cristobal Island: Cerro Brujo / PM San Cristobal Island: Pitt Point
Friday: AM Española Island: Suarez Point / PM Española Island: Gardner Bay, Osborn or Gardner Islets
Saturday: AM Floreana Island: Cormorant Point, Champion Islet / PM Floreana Island: Post Office
Sunday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Highlands / Baltra Airport
San Cristobal Airport
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal (2.30 hours flight). Arriving in Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken to the pier to board the M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II.
Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill (San Cristobal Island)
Dry landing. San Cristobal is home of the capital town of the Galapagos Province, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the interpretation center, which is an excellent place to learn about the nature and history of the islands, displaying information of Galapagos volcanic origins, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, arrival of the original species, among other points of interest. The human interaction is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events about the colonization of the islands.
Tijeretas Hill is a high-intensity hike that can be done to visit a beautiful landscapes ending with a magnificent view of a nearby large frigate bird colony and, if lucky, the San Cristobal mockingbird.
Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island)
Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone that is composed of AA lava
formations; it is close to a beautiful white sandy beach which is great for snorkeling and sunbathing. Nearby a lagoon ideal for migratory bird species can be seen, including: black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, sandpiper and white- cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, an islet in the adjacent southern coast of San Cristobal.
Pitt Point (San Cristobal Island)
Wet landing. The trail goes through several magnificent viewpoints, including: an olivine beach and a path climbing to the top of a volcanic tuff. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together: Nazca, blue-footed, and red-footed; as well as the two species of frigate birds plus a sea lion colony; this is an excellent place for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.
Suarez Point (Española Island)
Dry landing. An island of geological interest, being one of the oldest in Galapagos, it has a high percentage of endemism due to its isolation from the rest of the islands. Due to the great variety of wildlife this is one of the most attractive spots in the Galapagos. Here is possible to explore volcanic formations and see large colonies of sea lion and seabirds including the Española mockingbird, Nazca boobies, and the spectacular red-billed tropicbirds. Here, the singular marine iguanas have a turquoise color with reddish parts during breeding season, lava lizards, and the colorful Sally light foot crabs. A somewhat lengthy hike brings visitors to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birdwatchers favorites include the Galapagos dove, the Galapagos hawk, swallow-tailed gulls and the world’s largest colony of waved albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (April-December). Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous “Soplador,” a seaward blowhole that shoots water up to 23 m. (75 ft.) in to the air.
Gardner Bay (Española Island)
Gardner Bay consists of an extensive beach of whitish coralline sand with several colonies of Galapagos sea lions. Here, we can also observe the endemic mockingbird of Española, usually in small groups defending their territories. Snorkeling is recommended, especially around the small semi submerged tuff cone located in front of the beach. Where we could see reef white-tipped sharks, rays, sea lions and a variety of colorful reef fish. It’s basically a day of sun and beach, along snorkeling and kayaking activities. At certain rocky points of the shoreline, we can also see marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies plunging in the water, Sally light-foot crabs, and small coastal birds and wandering tattlers (vagabundos) and turnstones (vuelvepiedras).
Champion / Cormorant Point (Floreana Island)
Champion is a small islet located just offshore Floreana Island, dinghy rides and snorkeling here is done along a nice marine wall, filled with a variety of wildlife, like schools of the endemic black striped salemas, blue Lobster, long nose hawkfish, sea horses, coral hawkfish, sea lions, and the famous red-lipped batfish.
Wet landing. Cormorant Point first impression is of an olivine green sand beach. From here, a hike next to black mangroves takes to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as the Scalesiavillosa, white mangrove, and palo santo trees. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of green Pacific sea turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the stingrays that may be hiding in the sand. From the beach is easy to spot sea turtles, blue-footed boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks searching for food along the shoreline. From here it is necessary to go back to the initial olive green sand beach to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of Galapagos penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well.
Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
In the north side of Floreana, there is the Post Office Bay. Its name gets in 1793, by the Captain James Colnett, who installed a wooden barrel that will serve sailors’ as a post office. Seamen will drop-off letters there, in other for another sailor, who would be headed back home, to take the letter with him and deliver it to the recipient. Nowadays, the tradition is still alive and tourist will leave behind letters and postcards, with the hope that other tourists will take them, for free, back to their country. The delivery time can take days, weeks or even up to years! However, there has been cases where the letter arrives back home before the sender does!
Here, it is possible to see Darwin finches, yellow warblers and lava lizards. There are great snorkeling opportunities to see green pacific sea turtles and playful sea lions on main beaches. Moreover, this island is best known for its endemic vegetation: Scalesiavillosa, Leococarpuspinnati dus and the Galapagos millwork.
Highlands (Santa Cruz) / Baltra Airport
Dry landing. On the highlands of Santa Cruz Island it is possible to visit private farms- tortoise reserves “El Chato” / “Primicias,” where giant tortoises wander freely in the National Park. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different types of birds, such as: tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually on the shells of the tortoises). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in its ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is relevant for birdwatchers, since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.
After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport for the 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) $ 2215.00
Standard Plus (Sea Deck) $2743.00
Junior (Earth/Sky Deck) $3128.00
**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