Galapagos cruise on board Alya | 5 days

From Baltra Island to Baltra Island
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

Embark on an incredible 5 day Galapagos cruise in comfort and style aboard the luxurious Alya catamaran. This Galapagos Islands vacation will encompass all the popular spots such as Santa Cruz, Genovesa Island and Bartholome Island. Uncover the wonders of the Galapagos archipelago, its unique wildlife and remarkable landscapes.

As your Galapagos cruise whisks you from island to island you can relax in the comfort of this purpose built small ship and take in the amazing vistas. Then each day as landings are made on the various islands you can realise what is the main reason to visit Galapagos: the locals. The native fauna is so stunning, so unique to the Galapagos Islands and most of all, so unfazed by human visitors. As you hike and explore through the Galapagos national park get up close and personal with blue-footed boobies, marine and land iguanas, crabs, several species of birds such as penguins, frigate birds and flamingos. Then make use of your cruise ship's snorkelling and kayaking equipment and encounter sea lions, sea turtles, reef sharks and so many more creatures that will make your Galapagos Islands vacation, one in a lifetime.

 

 

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Baltra Airport Black Turtle Cove

Arrival on the Baltra Island and transfer to the boat.

BLACK TURTLE COVE: After lunch our first visit is to Black Turtle Cove which is situated in the northern region of Santa Cruz. This bay is surrounded by mangroves and is accessible only by dinghy only. The shallow cove is a safe refuge for marine life. Black-tip reef sharks, marine turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.
Return to Alya.
Dinner.

Day 2
Genovesa Island

DARWIN BAY: wet landing, coral beach, activities for this day: short walks, photography, swimming, snorkeling. Genovesa is a small island in the north of the Galapagos. Our unloading in Darwin Bay will be wet. Near the beach is a mangrove swamp where we will find a colony of frigates, marine iguanas, red-footed boobies and mask boobies, the great terrestrial finch, seagulls, herons, and cactus finch. Following the land visit, our passengers can enjoy a swim in the bay. Snacks and refreshments are available. Lunch.

BARRANCO: dry landing, activities: hiking. Also known as Prince Phillip’s stairs. Here, we will go for a walk on the Barranco path. On our journey we will observe tropical birds, petrels, common frigate, red-foot boobies, mask boobies, doves, and finches. Dinner.

Day 3
Santiago Island Bartolome Island

SANTIAGO ISLAND: SULLIVAN BAY: wet landing and hiking. Description: Virtually uneroded lava flows cover an extensive area of this island. Lava pahoehoe (basaltic lava that has a smooth, billowy, undulating or ropy surface), hornitos, and mollugo (a lava colonizer) can be seen. Snacks and refreshing beverages await you on board the ship. Lunch.

BARTOLOME ISLAND: dry landing, wet landing for the beach. Activities on this island include: walking, swimming, snorkeling, and photography. We will follow a path to the top (114m) where we can see pioneering plants such as tiquilia, chamaesyce, and scalesia. The island has been formed by cones, lava pipes where lava once flowed. Following the wet landing at the beach, we will follow a path through mangrove swamps and sand dune vegetation, to the south beach. At the north beach, guests can enjoy swimming and snorkeling. From the top of Bartolome, we will be able to see the islands of Santiago, Rabida, and Isabela. We will see penguins in the Rock Pinnacle. Dinner.

Day 4
Dragon Hill Santa Cruz Island: Chinese Hat

CHINESE HAT: A small islet located near the south-east coast of Santiago. It’s shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from afar. It is an island consisting of a cone type “Splatter” (lava ejected as drops which fall close to where they came from, which form an inclined cone) that forms the summit and many lava tubes that go down to the coast.

On the west side you can see pillow-type lava formations, which are an indicator that the flows were formed under the sea and have been raised upward, which is why coral heads are found on the lava. This visit provides an excellent opportunity for the interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows.
The trail is 700 m (round trip) and the minimum time it takes for this trek is 30 minutes.
Return Alya.
Lunch

Day 5
Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station BaltraAirport

After breakfast, we will visit Charles Darwin Station which is located in the main port on Santa Cruz Island; we will take a private bus to the entrance of the breeding center where we will see tortoises and land iguanas in captivity. This center is the main breeding site on the islands. Animals that were in danger of extinction on the various islands are maintained in captivity. Thanks to the dedicated work of several institutions, some species are being saved. Here lived Lonesome George, the famous last survivor of the giant tortoise species found on Pinta Island. Transfer to the airport.

** This itinerary is subject to change without notice; due to seasonal changes, weather conditions or Galapagos National Park regulations. **

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin on board
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals throughout the cruise
  • Included Copy 20 Coffee, tea and soft drinks
  • Included Copy 7 Alcoholic drinks
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All excursions
  • Included Copy 20 Bilingual national park guide
  • Included Copy 20 Use of kayak, snorkeling equipment and wetsuits
  • Included Copy 20 Transfers in the islands
  • Included Copy 7 Mainland - Galapagos - Mainland flights
  • Included Copy 7 $100 Galapagos National Park fee
  • Included Copy 7 $20 Transit Control Card
  • Included Copy 7 Tips and personal expenses
  • Included Copy 7 Travel and medical insurance
Transportation
Alya | Galapagos Cruise Ship

16 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Kayaking
  • Included Snorkeling
  • Included Hiking
  • Included Dinghy ride
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Duration

5 days

Price from

$3,945 USD

Per person, twin share

Departure dates available upon request