Galapagos: Endemic | 6 days luxury

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

Join this 6-day luxury Galapagos cruise on the M/C Endemic, she is one of the newest catamaran sailing in the Galapagos Islands and accommodates a maximum of 16 passengers. Explore the enchanted islands in luxury, all of the ship's cabins have wall to wall sliding glass doors with outdoor balconies, perfect for taking in the scenery, watching those soaring frigate birds and spotting sea turtles and manta rays. 

An adventure awaits you; hike Bartolome Island and enjoy amazing views, later snorkel with sea turtles, tropical fish and hopefully some Galapagos penguins. Learn about Galapagos history on Floreana and snorkel the famous Devil's Crown with an array of marine wildlife. Walk over lava tubes on Chinese Hat Islet and enjoy exploring with dinghy ride or some kayaking. No Galapagos Islands visit would be complete without meeting blue-footed boobies, land iguanas and frigate birds.  Drift through quiet waters at Black Turtle Cove, looking out for a variety of rays, sharks, turtles and herons. After an overnight cruise you arrive on Genovesa, the Bird Island, where you will have plenty of time on land to stretch your legs and take a scenic hike. It is here that you will be able to see the red-footed and Nazca booby and many more bird colonies. Finish your journey with a trip through the highlands of Santa Cruz.

Throughout your journey you will be treated to world class service, ample space and comfort, from your panoramic suite, to the open sky lounge with Jacuzzi, and fabulous cuisine.

 

 

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"What better way to experience the Galapagos, in a stylish and luxurious catamaran with an amazing sky lounge and jacuzzi. All 8 cabins have a balcony and wall to wall sliding glass doors. " Tara, Team Viva

Snorkel with sea turtles, playful sea lions and with a bit of luck the Galapagos Penguin at Bartolome Island.

Watch the amazing blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance when nesting conditions are right! Be amazed by the magnificent frigate birds displaying their red pouches.

Tour Itinerary

Day

Day
Baltra Airport Bartolome Island

AM Visit: Baltra Island Airport.
Meet upon arrival to Baltra airport and transfer to the Galapagos Endemic catamaran.

PM Visit: Bartolomé Island.
Bartolome is a small but scenic island, home to the iconic, pointy Pinnacle Rock. There are only two visitor areas on Bartolome: a series of wooden steps leading to a scenic overlook and a small, sandy beach. There’s not a lot of wildlife on the way up the steps – look for lava lizards – but the view is spectacular. The small beach is one of the better snorkeling spots in the Galapagos, as there is a small penguin colony there and the penguins enjoy darting around snorkelers underwater. You can also see any number of fish and rays, and maybe even a shark or two if you’re lucky.

Day
Floreana Island

AM Visit: Corona del Diablo/Devil’s Crown, off of Floreana Island
The Devil’s Crown is a jagged set of rocks in a roughly circular shape off of Floreana Island: they are the final remnants of an ancient volcanic crater mostly eroded over the ages. It’s a marvelous snorkeling spot: the deep water on one side is good for seeing large rays, sharks and other spectacular large marine life, while the interior of the ‘crown’ is calm and often full of playful sea lions.

PM Visit: Mirador de la Baronesa/The Baroness’ Overlook, Floreana Island.
From a sandy beach, a short trail leads to the Baroness’ overlook, where visitors will get a good view of the Floreana coastline. Ask your guide for the story of the “Baroness of the Galapagos.” It’s a murder mystery which is unsolved to this day! After a visit to the overlook, there will be the opportunity to take a panga ride along the coast or take out one of the sea kayaks.

Later in the afternoon: Bahía Post Office/Post Office Bay, Floreana Island.
Back in the day, whalers and other ships roamed the seas, often for years at a time. For the men who worked these ships, communication with home was very difficult and they would leave letters in certain places around the globe: one such drop off was a barrel at what came to be known as “Post Office Bay.” The barrel is still there: leave your own letter for a loved one! The site also features a nice sandy beach perfect for relaxing or snorkeling.

Day
Chinese Hat Islet North Seymour Island

AM Visit: Sombrero Chino/Chinese Hat, off Santiago (James) Island.
Chinese Hat, named for its distinctive conical shape, is a visitor site memorable for geology and animal life. The island is known for lava tubes and pillow formations, meaning that it likely was formed underwater and later was pushed to the surface by geological forces. Besides being an informative case study in volcanic geology, Chinese Hat is home to sea lions, penguins and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. The hike is followed by panga rides, snorkeling and, kayaking.

PM Visit: Seymour Norte/North Seymour Island.
Another visitor favorite, North Seymour has something for everyone. The Frigate Birds and Blue-Footed Boobys nest right next to the rocky trail, allowing for spectacular photographs. The island is home to a booming population of Land Iguanas, often seen contentedly munching on cactus pads. There are usually dozens of sea lions near the landing site and along the beach. As if that’s not enough, the snorkeling is excellent!

Day
Santa Cruz Island

AM visit: Caleta Tortuga Negra/Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island.
Black Turtle Cove is a lagoon on Santa Cruz Island. It is a maze of mangroves, and pangas are forced to paddle so that their motors do not disturb the wildlife there. You never know what you’ll see in Black Turtle Cove: there might be sharks, sea turtles, herons or even a school of Golden Rays gently gliding through the water. There is no swimming or snorkeling permitted in Black Turtle Cove.

PM visit: Playa las Bachas/Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island.
The name “bachas” is derived from the English word ‘barges’ and dates from World War Two, when the USA had a military base in the Galapagos Islands. Bachas is a lovely beach, great for swimming or some easy snorkeling off shore. Shore birds like whimbrels and stilts are common, as are sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. A brackish lagoon popular with flamingos is a short walk from the main beach.

Day
Genovesa Island

AM visit: Bahía Darwin/Darwin Bay, Genovesa (Tower) Island.
The long-eroded remnants of a prehistoric volcanic crater, Genovesa Island has a distinctive crescent shape. A memorable visitor site on the bay leads through some mangroves and past many nesting birds including Red-footed and Nazca Boobys, Frigate Birds, gulls and more. From February to June, the Frigate Birds inflate their bright red throat pouches. Look for stingrays trapped in tidal pools at low tide. Following the visit, our guests will have the opportunity to snorkel, kayak or take a panga ride around the tranquil bay. Snorkelers sometimes see Hammerhead sharks!

PM Visit: El Barranco/Prince Philip’s Steps, Genovesa (Tower) Island.
Across Darwin Bay from the morning visitor site, Prince Philip’s Steps is a spectacular site for bird lovers. After a brief clamber up a rocky bluff, visitors emerge onto a plateau where they can see the elusive Short-eared Owl: this site is one of the only places in Galapagos where these birds are commonly seen. Look for Red-footed and Nazca Boobys, storm petrels and Tropic Birds. The visit is followed by the chance to do some more snorkeling or kayaking in the bay.

Day
Santa Cruz Island Baltra Airport

AM Visit: Los Gemelos/The Twins, Santa Cruz Island.
The “twins” of the leafy highlands of Santa Cruz island are two sinkholes created long ago by underground lava tunnels which collapsed. A shady trail covers the short distance between the main road and the two sinkholes. Your guides will explain about the special forest found in and around the sinkholes: it is home to many Scalesia pedunculate trees, endemic to Galapagos. The Twins visitor site is a good place to see finches, Vermilion Flycatchers and mockingbirds.

After our visit you will be transferred to Baltra airport to take your return flight to mainland Ecuador. Assistance and farewell at the airport.

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What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Suites on board
  • Included Copy 31 Accommodation upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals and snacks, soft drinks and juices
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Guided excursions with top Naturalist guides and crew
  • Included Copy 20 Stand up Paddle-board, transparent sea kayaks
  • Included Copy 20 Airport reception and assistance
  • 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 Expedition Binoculars
  • Included Copy 20 Snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins & wet suits)
Transportation
M/C Endemic | Galapagos Cruise Ship

Activities

  • Included Swimming and snorkeling
  • Included Kayaking and stand up paddle boarding
  • Included Excursions by dinghy
  • Included Bird watching: Three different types of boobies, frigate birds, petrels etc.
  • Included Photography opportunities: Famous Pinnacle Rock, Red footed Booby, Historic Post Office Barrel
  • Included See 3 species of boobies; Blue footed booby, Red footed booby and Nazca
  • Included Walk over lava fields and hike the 'Philip's Steps'
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Duration

6 days

Price from

$5,869 USD

Per person, twin share

Departs Thursdays fortnightly