Galapagos: Seaman Journey | 5 days

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

Sail away to an unforgettable Galapagos Islands vacation and discover a land that is a time capsule of natural history. Embarking from San Cristobal and taking in Espanola, Floreana and Santa Cruz Islands, this Galapagos cruise encompasses a perfect mix of what the Galapagos archipelago has to offer. Your vessel, the M/C Galapagos Seaman is a first class catamaran that is appointed by an experienced crew and creates an intimate small ship cruise setting for a maximum of 16 passengers.


During your cruise you will experience several highlights: Observe the giant Galapagos tortoises on Galapaguera, dive into the clear waters of Cerro Brujo and Gardner Bay for incredible swimming, snorkelling and kayaking among sea turtles, sea lions, birds and even sharks, marvel at the giant blowhole at Suarez Point, take a stroll along the curious green sand beach at Cormorant Point and post a letter in the old whaler's post box at Post Office Bay. You will love the bright, brilliant, curious or oblivious animals that make the Galapagos archipelago such a fascinating environment.

Viva's Best Bits...

Plan your visit between April and December so you will be able to see the Galapagos albatross, it can only be seen on Espanola Island!

Galapaguera on San Cristobal Island is a great spot to see Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat. It is also a nesting place for marine tortoises during Jan to May.

"Gardner Bay on Espanola Island has a beautiful beach with lots of playful sea lions, I just loved gazing into the eyes of the young pups and laughing at their antics!" Tara, Team Viva

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
San Cristobal Airport

Itinerary B - please ask us about other itineraries on the Seaman Journey.

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 San Cristobal 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 on the short bus ride to the harbour. Motorised rafts, called ‘pangas’ will transport you to the M/C Seaman Journey and our crew will welcome you on board. After departure and lunch, we make our first island visit.

PM: Interpretation Centre
Opened to the public in 1998, the Interpretation Centre is set in exuberant gardens with stunning ocean views. The Interpretation Centre presents a complete and documented history of the Galapagos, its flora, fauna and ecosystems. It focuses on the history of the archipelago from its volcanic origins to the present day with information on both the geological and human history as well as conservation facts and natural history.

Day 2
San Cristobal Island

AM: Galapaguera
The Galapaguera was built to increase the population of the Galapagos tortoise that is under threat from introduced species such as wild goats and cats. It is a breeding station and sanctuary for giant tortoises and provides a good place in which to observe Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat.

San Cristobal Island is the easternmost island in the Galapagos archipelago. It has some endemic species including the San Cristobal mockingbird, San Cristobal lava lizard, leaf-toed gecko and turtles. The beach is large and serves as a nesting site for sea turtles. The females lay their eggs in the sand dunes between January and May.

PM: Cerro Brujo
Cerro Brujo is a beautiful white coral sand beach, with good swimming and snorkelling in the turquoise waters. It is home to a colony of sea lions and blue-footed boobies and there are great egrets and great blue herons in the lagoon behind the beach. Nazca boobies, frigate birds and shore birds can also be observed. This is the first coast where Charles Darwin went ashore in 1835.

The salt water pools behind the sand dunes were used by the fishermen as a salt mine in order to preserve food for the local population. Here you may see the Chatham mockingbird and the San Cristobal lava lizard, both species being endemic to the island and unique to this area. You may also spot Galapagos turtles and with luck the small bird known as the Pájaro Brujo in Spanish, an endemic species from San Cristobal Island. The vegetation on the island includes candelabrum cacti and carob trees.

Located on the north coast of Isla San Cristobal, Cerro Brujo is a peaceful place with white sand and crystal water, a perfect combination for an incredible visit.

Day 3
Espanola Island

AM: Gardner Bay
Española Island is the southernmost of the Galapagos Islands and one of the oldest, and due to its isolation it has a large number of endemic species including the Española mockingbird, Española lava lizard and the waved albatross.

Located on the north-eastern coast of Española Island (or Hood Island as it was named by the English), Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkelling and kayaking. The beach attracts many sea lions and you may see sharks as well as green sea turtles in the crystal clear ocean waters.

PM: Suarez Point
This beautiful site on the ocean front is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. The large waved albatrosses breed on the island and use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, where waves crash into a lava fissure, creating a blowhole that spurts water 30-50 metres into the air. Suarez Point presents wonderful photographic opportunities.

Day 4
Floreana Island

AM: Cormorant Point
Cormorant Point on Floreana Island probably offers one of the largest and best flamingo lagoons in the Galapagos. It is situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various other species of shorebirds to observe including common stilts, white-cheeked pintail ducks, large-billed flycatchers, finches and other migratory birds. There are two distinct beaches: “Green Beach” (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and “Flour Beach” which is made up of fine, pulverised coral. Green sea turtles nest on Flour Beach and several species of rays can be seen in the waters.

PM: Post Office Bay
Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by marines and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Besides, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. This day’s afternoon is thought to be a relaxing time for visitors to enjoy the beach and the beauty of Galapagos.

Day 5
Santa Cruz Island Depart Baltra Airport

AM: Turtle's Trail
Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. This path offers the possibility to learn aspects and feel synchronized with nature.

After the morning excursion you will be taken to the airport for your flight to the mainland. Transfer to Baltra airport.

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, water, tea and coffee
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Daily excursions with professional English speaking guides
  • 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 or Guayaquil / Galapagos Islands
  • Included Copy 20 Return transfers from Galapagos Airport to port (applies to selected flights only)
  • Included Copy 31 Wetsuit rental available
  • Included Copy 20 Snorkelling and kayak equipment
Transportation
M/C Galapagos Seaman Journey | Galapagos Cruise Ship

16 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Snorkelling and swimming
  • Included Excursions by dinghy
  • Included Kayaking
  • Included Photography opportunities – AT Suarez Poin take some shots of the Galapagos albatross
  • Included Post a postcard, or pick one up from the iconic Post office box on Floreana Island.
  • Included Bird watching - Blue footed and Nazca boobies, Frigate birds, Galapagos albatross and more
  • Included Walks in the Galapagos
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Duration

5 days

Price from

$3,023 USD

Per person, twin share

Departs Mondays fortnightly in 2021