Galapagos onboard Santa Cruz II | 5d Nth

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

Explore Northern Galapagos on this 5 day journey! Visit the highlights including Bartolome's Pinnacle Rock, Darwin's Bay Crater Anchorage, Buccaneer Cove and the Giant Tortoise Reserve at Cerro Colorado. Get up close and take pictures of unique Galapagos wildlife such as blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and sea lions. The ship is designed exclusively for exploring the Galapagos, the M/V Santa Cruz II offers comfortable accommodation for up to 90 passengers. This cruise offers a wide range of unique excursions to suit all travellers.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Baltra Island

We land at Baltra Island by plane in the morning and transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz, where we receive a welcome introductory briefing and lunch.
Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island) is a beautiful visitor site, located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island: a glorious white beach with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with snorkelling gear and techniques. Welcome cocktail, expedition plan for Tuesday and dinner.

Day 2
Santiago Island

Buccaneer Cove (Santiago Island)
After breakfast, we explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, learning about the area’s distant and recent history. The cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. Enjoy fantastic natural formations such as the “Elephant Rock”, “The Bishop” and an impressive natural cave. This is a great site for snorkeling or panga ride.
Puerto Egas (Santiago Island)
Once we disembark at the beach, we can enjoy a swim or snorkel amid a rocky shoreline, usually in the company of marine turtles. From here, we head off for our walk, a great opportunity to see land and marine birds amid landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and we can also observe a colony of fur-sea lions. Non-snorkellers can enjoy a longer walk.

Day 3
Rábida Island & Bartolomé Island

Rábida Island
After breakfast, we land on Rábida Island’s red-coloured beach, caused by the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. Our walk brings us close to a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. Very close to the beach, a salt pond hosts migrating greater flamingos at certain times of year. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners as well as for experienced snorkellers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. Non-snorkellers will enjoy a ride on the glass bottom boat or a panga ride. During navigation to our next island, dolphins are often spotted!

We land at Bartolomé Island for a hike to the summit of this diminutive island that boasts fantastic views of the archipelago. This is a moderately steep climb aided by a wooden staircase, resting platforms and handrails – the view from the top is worth the effort! Following our walk, we take to the pangas and the glass bottom boat for a ride around the colossal Pinnacle Rock, and then land on the beach to enjoy some swimming, snorkelling or just relaxing (possibly with Galápagos penguins in attendance).

Day 4
Genovesa Island

Prince Philip Steps (Genovesa Island)
The morning starts with a panga ride along the cliffs of this dramatic island, followed by landing with a steep climb (90 feet) up some stairs to reach a flat plateau. Along our walk, we can observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels. Those not wishing to disembark can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs (depending on weather conditions). After the walk, we can snorkel along the dramatic cliffs where there are chances of spotting lots of fish, including hammerhead sharks.
Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)
In the afternoon, we land at this beautiful beach to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkelling. Following our dip, we take an easy stroll to observe hundreds of birds, mainly frigate birds, red footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. There’s an optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else we can return to the beach or enjoy a panga ride.

Day 5
San Cristóbal Island Depart

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno & Tortoise Breeding Centre (San Cristóbal Island)
After breakfast, there’s an optional departure to see the breeding programme of giant tortoises at Cerro Colorado. Here, we learn about this endangered species and its promising recovery. Following the visit, we return to town and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 Cabin on board
  • Included Copy 20 All meals
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Island sightseeing
  • Included Copy 20 Naturalists and lecture services
  • Included Copy 20 Snorkeling gear
  • Included Copy 20 Luggage handling
  • Included Copy 20 Medical care on board (not including the cost of medication)
  • Included Copy 20 Taxes
  • Included Copy 20 Transfers in the islands
  • 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
Santa Cruz II | Galapagos Cruise Ship

90 Passengers

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5 days

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$3,785 USD

Per person, twin share

Departure dates available on request
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