Galapagos cruise on board Coral I or II - 5 days

From San Cristobal Island to Santa Cruz Island
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Our Galapagos Coral Cruise itineraries offer unforgettable experiences, with our weekly departures allowing you to experience 3-, 4-, 7-, and up to 14 –nights tours including full board, two daily guided excursions with optional activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, dinghy rides and our new feature daily diving tours for license-holding divers.

When you visit Galapagos you can be as active or as relaxed as you like. Snorkel, swim, dive and kayak among playful penguins and fur seals, hike next to lava lizards and Giant Tortoises; or simply recline on the ship’s deck or on one of the famous Galapagos beaches. All of the cruise ship's facilities are at your disposal as well as our friendly crew and expert guide who will join you on daily excursions and educate you about the fascinating natural history. Enjoy a land of incredible biodiversity when you join us on a Galapagos cruise. 

 

 

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Ideal for families, teaching children about marine and birdlife

Opportunity to Dive deeper into the ocean (license & experience required)

With a combination of dry & wet landings, new adventures just keep getting better each day

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
San Cristobal Island

*EXAMPLE ITINERARY – ITINERARY MAY VARY DEPENDING ON DEPARTURE. A VARIETY OF 4-14 DAY ITINERARIES AVAILABLE. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE DETAILS**

Fly from Quito or Guayaquil to the San Cristobal (return flights are not included & will be added at the time of booking).

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

Afternoon - Interpretation Center & Frigatebird Hill (San Cristobal Island)
The interpretation center is full of interesting information and offers the perfect overview
to the formation of Galapagos, its significance in the world, threats and conservation
efforts. Followed by a hike to Frigatebird Hill (Cerro Tijeretas) we will have great looks at
both species of frigatebird, with the bonus of a beautiful view of the bay below.

Dinner is included today.

Day 2
Cerro Brujo, Punta Pitt and Islet

Morning: Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island)
Wet landing. From our pangas, as we head to shore, we are first humbled by the immensity of the stunning cliffs of “Sorcerer’s Hill”. We can enjoy simply sharing the beach with sea lions, snorkeling from shore or take a walk to a hidden lagoon where we might spot black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels and white-cheeked pintails.

Afternoon: Punta Pitt & Islet (San Cristobal Island)
Wet landing. Sea lions will greet us as we land on the beach and prepare for our climb to a high point on the steep eroded tuff cone. This is the only place in the islands where we will enjoy the chance to see all three of the booby species in the same place. The red-foots will be perched on the Cordia lutea and small trees, the Nazca’s on the ground near the cliff edge while the blue-foots will be a little further inland. Frigatebirds will be all around and the views are breathtaking

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner is included today.

Day 3
Punta Suarez, Gardner Bay, Osborn or Gardner Islets

Morning: Punta Suarez (Espanola Island)
Dry landing. One of the highlight visits of the trip. Punta Suarez seems to have everything – a naturalistís paradise. A slew of marine iguanas and sea lions greet us at the landing site from where our walk continues with close encounters of boobies, endemic lizards, gulls and even a dramatic blowhole. The oldest extant island in the archipelago it is our only opportunity to commune with the endemic waved albatross during their breeding season between April and December. With luck, we can watch their complex courtship display

Afternoon: Gardner Bay, Osborn or Gardner Islets (Espanola Island)
Wet landing. One of the most stunning beaches in all of Galapagos. The long, white, sandy beach, lapped by turquoise waters is home to a colony of Galapagos sea lions, indifferent to the humans that walk amongst them. The Hood mockingbirds, endemic to this particular island, will be eager to inspect the visitors and satisfy their innate curiosity. Darwinís finches may also join the throng including the reclusive warbler finch. We can also snorkel here from the beach, in the shallows of the bay.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner is included today.

Day 4
Punta Cormoran, Devil’s Crown,Champion and Post Office

Morning: Punta Cormoran/ Devil’s Crown/Champion (Floreana Island)
Wet landing. On arriving, the observant visitor will notice that olivine, a volcanic crystal, has proffered a subtle green hue on the dark beach. Our walk takes us past island-endemic Scalesia plants to a large, shallow, lagoon often inhabited by a variable number of shockingly pink greater flamingoes. We continue through a forest of palo santo trees to arrive at a powdery white beach, a nesting area of green turtles. As we paddle barefoot in the shallow water we will spot diamond stingrays and white-tipped reef sharks.This coral-sand beach marks the end of our trail, and we head back to the olivine beach we landed on, to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well.
One of the favorite snorkeling sites in the islands. Devil’s Crown, an eroded volcanic cone, is home to an abundance of fish and marine animals. We will swim with big schools of yellow-tailed surgeonfish, salemas and creole fish and with luck may spot turtles, spotted eagle rays, parrotfish, and even hammerhead sharks! The jagged ëcrowní is a roosting area for boobies, noddies, tropicbirds, and frigates.
A truly magical place to snorkel. We would expect to see here green turtles, harmless white-tipped reef sharks, an impressive diversity and abundance of fish as well as some playful sea lions often approaching very close, itching to show off their prowess in the water. Champion Islet also happens to be the last remaining home of the island-endemic Floreana mockingbird which we may be lucky enough to see from our pangas.


Afternoon: Post Office (Floreana Island)
Wet landing. A very short walk from the beach leads us to the famous Post Office Barrel. Claimed to have been the first set up in 1793 by Captain James Colnett it remains the oldest functioning ëpost officeí in the Pacific. The system was that whalers and fur-sealers would leave addressed letters in the barrel to be picked up by homeward bound colleagues. In the spirit of maintaining tradition visitors, today will often take letters and hand-deliver them in their home countries.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner is included today.

Day 5
Highlands Tortoise Reserve Depart Baltra Airport

Morning: Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)
Dry landing. In the central highlands of Santa Cruz Island, we have our best opportunity to interact at close quarters with totally wild, Galapagos giant tortoises. A short walk among these huge, 600lb, reptiles will also offer the chance for more highland species, especially several species of the famed finches.

OR (for Extended Cruises only)
Pit Craters (Santa Cruz Island)
A visit to the collapsed, twin sinkholes (Gemelos) puts us in a stunning forest of the endemic tree-forming Scalesia. Apart from the dramatic scenery, this area is well known for its diversity of passerine bird species.

After this visit, we will make our way to the Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.

Breakfast is included today.

*Although the flight is not included in the price, this will be added & included to your booking

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Standard Cabin
  • Included Copy 7 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals during the cruise
  • Included Copy 7 Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Included Copy 20 Coffee / tea station
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Two daily guided excursions with a certified English-speaking naturalist guide
  • Included Copy 7 Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee USD$100 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Return flights Quito / Galapagos Islands / Quito approx. USD$550
  • Included Copy 7 Tips and personal expenses
  • Included Copy 7 Medical Insurance
  • Included Copy 7 Ingala Tourist Card USD$20 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 OPTIONAL Diving on selected departures. Additional costs apply
Transportation
Coral I or Coral II

Coral I: 36 passengers Coral II: 20 passengers Passengers

Activities

  • Included Hiking
  • Included Swimming
  • Included Snorkeling
  • Included Kayaking
  • Included Diving
  • Included Dinghy rides
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Duration

5 days

Price from

$2,380 USD

Per person, twin share

Departures dates available on request