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Galapagos West Cruise B (Coral I & II)

Galapagos West Cruise B (Coral I & II)

From USD $2,381

Description

Tagus Cove is a historical site visited by Charles Darwin in 1835. There is a visit to Darwin Lake, known in the past as a hideout for whalers and pirates. Great place for deep-water snorkeling; unique opportunity to admire seabirds such as brown noddy, terns, flightless cormorant.

Trip Name
Galapagos West Cruise B (Coral I & II)
Days
5
Overview
Vessel Type: Yachts Length: 40m & 24m Passenger Capacity: 36 & 20 Built: 2005 The sister ships Coral I and Coral II are the perfect combination of classic beauty and exquisite style. Built in Germany and Holland respectively, each ship surpasses all the standards you would expect from a high-class yacht in order to make your cruise among the enchanted islands extraordinary. Every cabin features handsome wood decration, along with air-conditioning, a private bathroom, safe deposit box, telephone, and your choice of background music.  Additionally, the Corals have plenty of room to relax with three sundecks (some shaded), a Jacuzzi, comfortable dining room and lounge. To make sure that all the passengers for the Coral I and Coral II have the same experience, both yachts do the same itinerary. For this reason, passengers can be placed on either yacht.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 Baltra Airport & Highlands Tortoise Reserve & Pit Craters (Santa Cruz Island)
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (2½-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturist guides and taken in a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II.Dry landing. In the central highlands of Santa Cruz Island we have our best opportunity to interact at close quarters with totally wild, Galapagos giant tortoises. A short walk among these huge, 600lb, reptiles will also offer the chance for more highland species, especially several species of the famed finches. A visit to the collapsed, twin sinkholes (Gemelos) puts us in a stunning forest of the endemic tree-forming Scalesia. Apart from the dramatic scenery, this area is well known for its diversity of passerinebird species.
Day 2 - Day 2 Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island) & Punta Espinosa (Fernandina Island)
This is a spectacular visitor site, surrounded by immense cliffs of the eroded volcano. Studded with resting seabirds such as brown noddies and Nazca boobies, we will enjoy them in close proximity from our dinghies. Snorkeling here is superb, with certain species of fish only found in the west of the archipelago. We also have a very real chance of swimming with penguins and potentially a plethora of green turtles.Dry landing. The youngest island of Galapagos and one of the most pristine in the world. Fernandina is simply the ëmarine iguana capital of the worldí. This desolate volcanic backdrop is home to a huge concentration of these enigmatic reptiles. Incongruously, sharing the same shoreline, we can find the diminutive Galapagos penguins. Here we also have the exciting opportunity to snorkel with marine iguanas feeding underwater, penguins, turtles and the bizarre, endemic, flightless cormorants.
Day 3 - Day 3 Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
Wet landing. At the far end of a long, level hike we arrive at a strange phenomenon where large blocks of coral lie completely exposed after a dramatic geological uplift in 1954. Located at the western base of Alcedo Volcano we hope to run into a few very impressive land iguanas as well as some of the volcanoís endemic Galapagos giant tortoises during the wet season.Dry landing. A well-known hideout and deep water anchorage in the days of pirates, Tagus Cove was also one of the few sites visited by Charles Darwin and the HMS Beagle in 1835. A beautiful hike leads us past an overview of Darwin Lake and on to a stunning volcanic landscape revealing Isabela islandís dramatic northern volcanoes. Once back at sea level the perfect activity is to snorkel along a submerged wall with turtles, lots of fish, penguins and potentially flightless cormorants. You might even be tempted by a panga ride or kayak!
Day 4 - Day 4 Egas Port & Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)
Wet landing. The black volcanic sand sets this landing apart from most. It is best known for the dramatic shoreline where we meet a host of species that chose to live between land and sea. Particular among these are the endemic Galapagos fur seals which maintain a small colony at the end of our walk. Other species of note include American oystercatchers, sea lions, waders, herons, lava lizards and even Galapagos hawks. An optional visit takes us to an abandoned salt mine famous in its day for supplying salt to mainland Ecuador.Wet landing. Although, when viewed from the sea, the site does not look especially interesting visitors are always totally enthralled by the amazing beds of pahoehoe lava from the recent flow on the island. It is a landscape and macro photographer’s dream. The importance of pioneer plants such as the tiny Mollugo will be discussed as we hike over the lava. After our land visit we can enjoy a refreshing snorkel in the company of sea lions, turtles and rays.
Day 5 - Day 5 Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island) & Baltra Airport
Wet landing. Named for some wrecked World War II barges whose ribs are still visible in the sand this visitor site offers great swimming, a lovely walk along the shore and a visit to a lagoon behind the high tide line with wading birds, marine iguanas and sometimes even flamingoes. The two beaches are also favorite nesting sites for green turtles which often leave tractor-like tracks in the sand.After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.
Day 6 - Please Note:
We reserve the right to change itineraries without prior notice if considered appropriate due to National Park rules, force majeure or any consideration at Captain’s discretion, without being liable for refunds of any kind.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
29-09-202103-10-2021USD $2,381Standard Cabin
29-09-202103-10-2021USD $2,948Standard Plus Cabin
29-09-202103-10-2021USD $3,362Junior Cabin
13-10-202117-10-2021USD $2,381Standard Cabin
13-10-202117-10-2021USD $2,948Standard Plus Cabin
13-10-202117-10-2021USD $3,362Junior Cabin
27-10-202131-10-2021USD $2,381Standard Cabin
27-10-202131-10-2021USD $2,948Standard Plus Cabin
27-10-202131-10-2021USD $3,362Junior Cabin
10-11-202114-11-2021USD $2,948Standard Plus Cabin
10-11-202114-11-2021USD $3,362Junior Cabin
10-11-202114-11-2021USD $2,381Standard Cabin
24-11-202128-11-2021USD $2,381Standard Cabin
24-11-202128-11-2021USD $2,948Standard Plus Cabin
24-11-202128-11-2021USD $3,362Junior Cabin
08-12-202112-12-2021USD $2,381Standard Cabin
08-12-202112-12-2021USD $2,948Standard Plus Cabin
08-12-202112-12-2021USD $3,362Junior Cabin
22-12-202126-12-2021USD $2,381Standard Cabin
22-12-202126-12-2021USD $2,948Standard Plus Cabin
22-12-202126-12-2021USD $3,362Junior Cabin

Inclusions

    • Enjoy full board, two daily guided excursions with optional activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, dinghy rides and our new feature daily diving tours for license-holding divers
    • Meet Giant tortoises, tree & ground Darwin finches, Nazca and blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants
    • Discover remnants of ancient volcano, turquoise coves along the cliff

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