Galapagos cruise onboard Seaman | 11 days

From Santa Cruz Island to San Cristobal Island
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

Visit Galapagos aboard M/C Galapagos Seaman and enjoy an extended itinerary which gives you more opportunities to experience the magic of the Galapagos archipelago. From the moment your Galapagos Islands vacation begins you will meet the astounding wildlife that inhabit the islands. At North Seymour Island you can watch body surfing sea lions and courting blue-footed boobies. At Punta Vicente Roca you may be lucky and spot a sunfish or one of the incredible feeding frenzies between fish, dolphin and whale. Search the tidal pools at Puerto Egas for trapped stingrays and turtles.


All of this unique wildlife inhabits a land as unique as themselves. Your Galapagos cruise takes you to not often visited Punta Moreno where grass fringed lagoons dot the lava landscape and make homes for several species of birds. You can see natural bridges at Puerto Egas and explore volcanically active Santiago Island. M/C Galapagos Seaman is a first-class catamaran that offers superior comfort, style and stability, with the friendliness of a small ship cruise. Sail away to an unforgettable Galapagos Islands vacation.

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Witness the amazing wildlife

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Santa Cruz Island

**ITINERARY EXAMPLE – Itinerary may change depending on the departure date. Please contact us for updated details**

AM: Flight to Galapagos / Ranch Mazanillo
Take a morning flight to the Galapagos from Quito or Guayaquil Airport. The flight from Quito to the Galapagos is approximately 2 ½ hours and from Guayaquil it is approximately 1 ½ hours.

Please note that before taking the flight you must pay the INGALA Tourist Control Card Fee at the Galapagos Government Council counter. This is currently US$20 per person but subject to change.

On arrival at Baltra Airport, travellers pass through an airport inspection point to ensure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands and to pay the Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee. This is currently US$100 per person but subject to change.

Guides will meet you, collect your luggage and escort you to the bus that transports you to the ferry across Itabaca Channel. On arrival you will be met and driven to Ranch Mazanillo where you can see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and light clothing and carry a waterproof jacket, sunscreen lotion, a camera and insect repellent. Please note that your main luggage is taken directly to the Seaman Journey catamaran. The visit to Ranch Mazanillo includes a picnic lunch and a short walk before you board the Seaman Journey, where you will be welcomed by our crew.

PM: Highlands - Santa Cruz
Journeying across Santa Cruz into the highlands, visitors are delighted by the island's variety of life and geology. Beginning at the coast and travelling across Santa Cruz the road departs from Puerto Ayora climbing through the agricultural lands and into the mist covered forests. Santa Cruz possesses all of the various life zones present in the archipelago. As you travel through these zones birders are enchanted. Whether it's the bright red feathers of a vermillion flycatcher or one of Darwin's finches, almost every bird present in the Galapagos can be found here.

Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities for viewing and tracking wild Galapagos tortoises. There are plenty of lava tubes, sinkholes and craters to explore. Theses eerie formations offer a fascinating insight into the volcanic make-up of the island.

Day 2
Fernandina Island

AM: Mangle Point
Mangle Point lies off the eastern coast of Fernandina and is a superior snorkelling site and a beautiful location to ride in a panga or Zodiac through a forest of mangrove trees. You are likely to see penguins, sea lions, pelicans, rays, marine iguanas and numerous birds.

PM: Punta Moreno
Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between Sierra Negra Volcano and Cerro Azul Volcano. A trail runs along a pahoehoe lava flow (solidified lava with a smooth, shiny or swirled surface), into a complex of coastal lagoons. The main attractions are several species of birds that can be found around the lakes and mangroves. Three species of cactus are also found here.

Day 3
Isabela Island

AM: Urbina Bay
Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast of Isabela Island, between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. The most unique feature at Urbina Bay resulted from a major uplift of the island in 1954, when a 6km stretch of coral reef rose up 5 metres, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore and coral exposed on the land. Urbina Bay has a path that starts at the beach where a wet landing is made, and takes you through the sand, pumice, lava, coral and vegetation. Flightless cormorants, pelicans, Darwin’s finches, giant tortoises and land and marine iguanas can be seen on land, whilst rays and turtles can be seen in the bay. It is an ideal place to see red and blue lobsters and a great place for snorkelling. There is also a large amount of interesting vegetation including chamomile and rosewood, as well as the beautiful flowers of the Galapagos or Darwin’s cotton, endemic to the Galapagos Islands.

PM: Tagus Cove
Tagus Cove is located west of Darwin Volcano on Isabela Island. Its name originated from a British warship that went through the islands in 1814 looking for the Galapagos tortoise for food. This was a favourite spot for pirates and whalers who etched their names into the cliffs and inside caves. Due to explosive eruptions that have occurred at the site, the substrate has a large amount of volcanic rocks of different sizes. Among the most common are small spherically shaped balls known as the "lapilli" or petrified rain.

A short, steep hike brings you past Darwin Lake, a deep saltwater lake and a great spot for viewing land birds such as ground and tree finches, hawks, large-billed flycatchers, yellow warblers and sometimes the woodpecker finch.

Day 4
Fernandina Island Isabela Island

AM: Espinoza Point
Espinoza Point is famous for its large colonies of marine iguanas and as the habitat of species such as the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk and Galapagos snake. Other attractions include sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Espinoza Point is one of the best places to see the lava cactus. La Cumbre volcano dominates the landscape.

PM: Punta Vicente Roca
This is one of the most impressive and spectacular places in the enchanting Galapagos Islands, with high cliffs, tuff stone, ash and lava formations giving the area a majestic touch. Located on the north-western coast of the island, this large bay has spectacular marine life with seahorses, sea turtles and the strange yet fascinating "mola-mola" or sunfish. It is a great place for snorkelling. It is common to see ‘’feeding frenzies” with groups of whales, dolphins, sea lions, tuna, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, pelicans and other marine birds all feeding simultaneously.

Day 5
Santiago Island

AM: Playa Espumilla / Puerto Egas
Espumilla Beach is located on the northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. The beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles. A walk through the mangrove forest leads to a lagoon usually inhabited by a group of flamingos as well as pintail ducks and common stilts.

PM: Puerto Egas, Santiago Island
Named after Hector Egas who attempted to mine salt from the island, Puerto Egas is a long, black lava shoreline located on the west side of the island. The tidal pools are populated by fur seals and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Colonies of land iguanas are often seen basking in the sun. Birds include the Galapagos dove and Galapagos hawk, oyster catchers and the night heron.

The island's natural landscape features brown layered tuff stone and black basalt volcanic rock that creates apertures, crevices and natural bridges. Tours begin on a trail that runs along the coastline to one of the best tidal pool areas in the Galapagos. The black lava towers, basins and craters are filled with crystal-clear seawater.

Day 6
Rabida Island

AM: Rabida
Rabida Island is unique because of the red colour of the rocks and sand. The volcanic material on this island is extremely porous and external factors such as rain, salt water and sea breeze have acted as an oxidizing agents.

A short walk along a trail leads you to a coastal lagoon behind the beach where you can observe land birds such as finches, doves, yellow warblers and mockingbirds. At the lagoon is a colony of flamingos.

PM: Chinese Hat
Sombrero Chino is a small islet (1 sq km) located just off the south eastern tip of Santiago Island and composed of delicate lava and spatter cones. It is a recent volcanic cone, shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from the north side. It is an excellent site for interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lion colonies, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins.

Day 7
Santiago Island

AM: Sullivan Bay
Santiago, also called James, or San Salvador Island, is located in the western central part of the Galapagos archipelago. It is the fourth largest island in the archipelago (following Isabela, Fernandina and Santa Cruz). Along with some of the large western volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina, Santiago is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen, particularly along the south, west and east coasts. A number of historic eruptions have been reported over the last 2 centuries. Lava is the main focus of the visit here with reddish-yellow tuff cones standing out in the middle of the lava flow and tiny Mollugo plants growing out of the fissures.

PM: Bartolome
Bartolome Island is situated across from Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 metres and is famous for its distinctive Pinnacle Rock. From the island’s summit there are spectacular views of Pinnacle Rock, the vast black lava flows at Sullivan Bay and the rest of Santiago Island. There are volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields and lava flows. There is very little vegetation on this island but the tequila plant grows here as does the lava cactus. Marine turtles are found here as well as a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.

Day 8
Santa Cruz Island

AM: Bachas Beach
Bachas Beach is found to the west of Turtle Cove. The sandy white-coral beach is a major nesting site for sea turtles. There is a small lagoon behind the beach where it is possible to observe flamingos and other birds such as black-necked stilts, white-cheeked pintail ducks and whimbrels. Remains of a floating dock and old abandoned barges used by the Americans during WWII are found here.

PM: North Seymour
North Seymour was created by seismic uplift, as opposed to being of volcanic origin. It was formed by uplift of a submarine lava formation. It is fairly flat and the whole island is covered with low, bushy vegetation. The island teems with life and it is home to one of the largest populations of nesting blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing. Marine iguanas are also common and North Seymour boasts a large colony of land iguanas. Flocks of pelicans feed off shore, and Nazca boobies can also be seen.

Day 9
Genovesa Island

AM: El Barranco
Genovesa Island is a horse-shoe shaped island formed from the eruption of a shield volcano. Also known as Prince Philip’s Steps, El Barranco has a steep rocky path leading up to a high cliff face. The cliffs are composed of very fragile lava and the natural erosion that has occurred in these lava flows has created the ideal nesting site for storm petrels. Red-footed, Nazca and masked boobies are all found here as well as red-billed tropicbirds, short-eared owls and wedge-rumped storm petrels that are active during the daytime. During the panga rides along the cliffs, fur seals may be seen as well as several species of seabirds.

PM: Darwin Bay
The eventual collapse of one side of the caldera resulted in a submerged crater that formed Darwin Bay. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favourite site for birdwatchers as red-footed boobies, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow-crowned and black-crowned lava herons, swallow-tailed gulls and yellow warblers can be seen in the area.

The trail climbs gradually to the edge of the cliff where you may see red-footed boobies nesting in the mangrove trees below. Other birds sighted here include sharp-beaked finches, large cactus finches, ground finches, Galapagos doves and Galapagos swallows. Reaching the end the trail at the cliff's edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.

Day 10
Santa Cruz Island Santa Fe Island

AM: Plazas
Plazas is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The South Plaza land iguanas are the smallest in the archipelago. Marine iguanas are also abundant, as well as an occasional hybrid, a cross between a marine and a land iguana. They are unique, recognisable at first glance by their black/grey colour, with a land iguana's crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The large population of iguanas is due to the presence of tuna; their favourite food. Swallow-tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along with other sea birds such as Audubon’s shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds and brown pelicans.

PM: Santa Fé
Santa Fé or Barrington Island is a small, relatively flat island in the centre of the Galapagos archipelago. It is one of the oldest volcanoes. Santa Fé is home to two species endemic to the island - the Santa Fé land iguana and the Santa Fé rice rat. The Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake and Galapagos mockingbird are also found here.

The visit begins with a wet landing at Barrington Bay. Sea lions are found on the beach here in large numbers. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well as the giant Santa Fé Opuntia (prickly pear) cactus. Snorkelling is an option here, with great possibilities of snorkelling with playful sea lions and tropical fish.

Day 11
San Cristobal Island Depart

AM: Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Centre
In 2004 the Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Centre (named after the famous colonist) was inaugurated, located in the north east of San Cristóbal Island, to care for the smallest tortoises on the island. The breeding program on the island began in 2008 with the hatching of the first tortoise in captivity.

After the morning excursion you will be taken to Baltra Airport for your flight to Quito or Guayaquil.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 On board Galapagos Seaman in a standard twin cabin
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Daily excursions
  • Included Copy 7 Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee USD$100 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Ingala Tourist Card USD$20 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Return flights Quito / Galapagos Islands / Quito approx. USD$550
  • Included Copy 20 Return transfers from Galapagos Airport to port (applies to selected flights only)
  • Included Copy 20 Professional English speaking guides
  • Included Copy 31 Itinerary varies depending on the date of departure. Please contact us for more details
  • Included Copy 31 Similar 12 day itineraries also available
Transportation
M/C Galapagos Seaman Journey | Galapagos Cruise Ship

16 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Snorkelling
  • Included Panga Ride
  • Included Kayaking
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Duration

11 days

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$7,199 USD

Per person, twin share

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