Galapagos: Isabela II | 5 days Northern

From Baltra to Baltra
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

With a capacity of only 40 guests, yacht Isabela II offers a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying an unforgettable Galapagos expedition.

Discover the Northern Islands of the Galapagos onboard the Isabela II. With a capacity of only 40 guests, yacht Isabela II offers a relaxed atmosphere with several indoor and outdoor communal spaces, while enjoying an unforgettable Galapagos expedition. Multiple guides onboard means that  guests have the added privilege of seeing the Galapagos in small groups,  around 11 guests per guide. Enjoy a wide variety of activities; swimming, kayaking, Glass Bottom Boat, panga rides, island walks, bird watching, and time to relax on the outdoor terrace, with a cocktail from the bar, or over a gourmet created meal by a Le Cordon Blue chef!

Visits include;  Santa Cruz Island: its highlands and Galapagos giant tortoises, Puerto Egas on Santiago Island with sleepy fur seals, snorkelling with Galapagos penguins and white-tipped reef sharks at Chinese Hat,  Genovesa, home to a huge variety of birds, also called ‘Bird Island’ and Santa Fe Island with sea lions and the land iguana. There will be plenty of wildlife to spot and fantastic vistas on this wonderful Galapagos expedition.

With two 5-day and one 7-day itinerary options carefully designed to help maximize wildlife viewing opportunities, the Isabela II is a wonderful choice for the Galapagos for couples, solos, and family groups alike!

Viva's Best Bits...

Great itinerary for birdwatchers! Look out for the three different species of Bobbies; the Blue footed, Red footed and Nazca booby on Genovesa!

With 3 guides onboard, they can offer multiple activities at the same time - Kayaking, Snorkelling, SUP, Glass bottom boats, hikes, swimming... means more choice and doing more of what you enjoy!

Santa Fe is the only island in the Galapagos archipelago where you can find two types of land iguanas.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Baltra Santa Cruz Island

YACHT ISABELA II Northern Islands. 5 Days/4 Nights (Monday to Friday)

*Galapagos excursions are subject to change without prior notice. Changes in plans may arise due to weather conditions, National Park regulations, or other unforeseen circumstances.

Baltra Airport and Santa Cruz Island
After landing at Baltra Airport, we drive to the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus ride takes us up to the fascinating, more humid Highlands of the island where we’ll learn about its unique ecosystems and biodiversity. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.

Highlands of Santa Cruz Island
After lunch, we drive to a nearby reserve that is one of the best places in the archipelago to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around, munching on grass and leaves and wallowing in small pools. There are several lava tunnels to explore in the reserve, too. A short bus ride takes us down to Puerto Ayora to board the Isabela II.

Day 2
Puerto Egas (Santiago Island) Chinese Hat Islet

Puerto Egas (Santiago Island)
Following a wet landing on a black, sandy beach, our trail takes us to enjoy close-up encounters with recently-reintroduced land iguanas, plus land and marine birds amid a landscape of tuff-stone layers, craggy rocks, and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds. We can also observe a colony of fur seals, usually dozing in the shade of some rocks.

Chinese Hat Islet
This islet, formed only fairly recently, makes a beautiful afternoon visit as we explore the wildlife along its 1,312 ft long (400 m long) trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped, white sandy beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities amid white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos penguins.

Day 3
Santa Cruz Island

Dragon Hill
The north coast of Santa Cruz hosts the fascinating landscapes of Dragon Hill. After disembarking, the first part of our walk passes a brackish-water lagoon frequented by shorebirds, ducks, and American flamingos, while further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago, as well as the chance of observing land iguanas (for which the visitor site is named, following a concerted effort to conserve them by the Galapagos National Park). After our walk, we can snorkel from the shore, looking out for rays, green turtles and sharks.

Punta Bowditch
We explore this rarely-visited beautiful bay and its mangrove and volcanic coastline by panga or glass-bottom boat, with luck spotting marine turtles, marine iguanas and sealions, pelicans, frigates and boobies swooping and diving above. We land to wander along the wild white-coral beach and explore the brackish lagoons. There’s also time to snorkel in the sheltered waters amid myriad species of fish and other marine creatures, as well as enjoy a paddle along the coastline with our kayaks.

Day 4
Santa Fe Island South Plaza Island

Santa Fe Island
We take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy-white beach populated by colonies of sea lions. Galapagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The Santa Fe land iguana may be spotted during our exploration. Following the walk, we can snorkel and swim along a natural wave barrier or ride the glass-bottom boat.

South Plaza Island
Following lunch and a rest, we disembark (dry landing) in this channel, whose turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. Beyond, a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-grey land iguanas sit beneath these, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coastline we find sea lion colonies, while frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters glide, playing with the thermals.

Day 5
Baltra Island

Baltra Island
Our journey ends at Baltra Island where we transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin on board
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals onboard
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Guided excursions with top Naturalist guides
  • Included Copy 20 Presentations and talks hosted by Galapagos National Park certified naturalist guides
  • Included Copy 20 Snorkeling gear
  • Included Copy 20 Onboard Medical Assistance*
  • Included Copy 20 Use of kayaks, glass bottom boat, dinghy rides
  • Included Copy 20 Transfers airport/yacht/airport in Galapagos
  • Included Copy 20 Internet in common areas*
  • Included Copy 20 Carbon offsetting included
  • Included Copy 7 Return flights to the Galapagos
  • Included Copy 7 Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee & TCT USD$220 (Subject to change)
  • Included Copy 31 Wetsuit rental available
Transportation

Isabela II

40 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Walk, hike or kayaking in the Galapagos
  • Included Chances to see Galapagos penguins
  • Included Swimming and snorkelling
  • Included 3 species of boobies; Blue footed booby, Red footed booby and Nazca
  • Included Excursions by dinghy or glass-bottom boat
  • Included Photography opportunities – photogenic large cactus, the Optunia Echios,
  • Included Bird watching - flamingos, Frigate birds, Galapagos hawks and more
  • Included Visit the Giant Tortoise Breading centre in the highlands of Santa Cruz
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Duration

5 days

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$4,514 USD

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