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Southeastern Galápagos (Isabella II)

Southeastern Galápagos (Isabella II)

From USD $5,142

Description

Our journey through Galapagos’ Southeastern Islands will be teeming with magnificent islands and endemic wildlife! During our first day, we’ll encounter giant tortoises at Cerro Colorado. After that, a fascinating array of different booby species wait for us at Punta Pitt. During the third day of our Galapagos expedition, a visit to Española Island will put us face to face with magnificent wildlife, from mockingbirds to colorful marine iguanas! On the fourth day, we’ll wake up in Floreana Island, where historic Post Office Bay and Cormorant Point’s green beach await. After this, we sail all the way to the west, where we’ll get to walk across young lava formations at Punta Moreno and explore the fascinating mangroves of southern Fernandina. Our Galapagos adventure concludes with a morning visit to Eden Islet and a high note: an afternoon wander across beautiful North Seymour Island.

Trip Name
Southeastern Galápagos (Isabella II)
Days
7
Overview
Vessel Type: Yacht Length: 55.9 meters Passenger Capacity: 40 guests Built: 1979 / 2000 / 2014 / 2018 Yacht Isabela II offers the perfect, intimate space for exploring Darwin’s islands in comfort. Traditionalists will enjoy feeling at home with a crew that has remained almost unchanged for years, leading to seamless attention to detail that will make your stay extra special. With just 20 guest cabins, the yacht’s convivial atmosphere leads to a close-up experience of this unique world. On board, guests find delicious cuisine, faultless service and excellent facilities, including a Hut Tub, fitness room, bar and outside deck for al fresco meals, drinks, and sunbathing. Your groups can expect top facilities and equipment, delicious meals, and safe and stimulating expert-planned expeditions on the islands. Scout the island sites for Big 15 wildlife in groups that average no more than 11-14 guests per naturalist guide which surpass the National Park standard, which permits up to 16 guests per guide. Explore the coast with your guides on our pangas, glass-bottom boat or kayaks, or get wet and snorkel. In 2018 Isabela II has undergone a 360-degree renovation. Our social areas have had some major changes. In our guest hallways, windows have been replaced and an aesthetic makeover will have our guests making their way about in a warm and modern atmosphere. Our library, which has also been beautified, has been enriched with new literature on natural history. Cabins have received an extreme makeover to provide greater comfort for our guests. In addition, we have listened to our explorers and acquired new expedition gadgets to make their trip a more enriching adventure. Ship’s features and services: * Bar – Lounge * Boutique/Gift Shop * Reading Room & Natural History Library * Hot Tub * Radio, telephone, E-mail, and Fax communications * PA System * Air conditioned throughout * Safety boxes * Hair dryers * Multimedia natural history lectures * Stargazing Programme * Glass bottom boat * Sea Kayaks * Snorkelling Equipment & wet suits * Digital camera and underwater housing for expedition documenting

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 Baltra Airport and Santa Cruz Island & Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island)
Baltra Airport and Santa Cruz Island We land at Baltra Island by plane in the morning and transfer to the nearby dock to board Yacht Isabela II, where we receive a welcome introductory briefing, boat drill, and lunch.Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island)This beautiful visitor site is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, a glorious white beach with a couple of brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. You may enjoy swimming at this beach, too. Back on the ship, we will settle in with a welcome cocktail, a briefing on the next day’s expedition plan, and a delicious dinner.
Day 2 - Day 2 Cerro Colorado (San Cristobal Island) & Punta Pitt (San Cristobal)
Cerro Colorado (San Cristobal Island)We disembark at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and drive 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, we visit the breeding center for highly endangered giant tortoises amid a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird, as well as the endemic San Cristobal lava lizard.Punta Pitt (San Cristobal)In the afternoon, we land on the eastern tip of the island. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline and is the only site in the Galapagos where the 3 species of boobies can be found together, as well as the two frigatebird species, plus a colony of bachelor sea lions. If conditions are favorable, there is a chance to swim, kayak, or snorkel from the beach or take an inflatable dinghy ride.
Day 3 - Day 3 Gardner Bay (Española Island) & Punta Suarez (Española Island)
Gardner Bay (Española Island)In the morning, we’ll set foot on this beautiful, white coral beach and go on a short walk to observe the sea lions, mockingbirds, finches, or enjoy the beach. There is excellent snorkeling in this area. Kayaking, an inflatable dinghy-ride, or a ride on the glass-bottom boat are also offered.Punta Suarez (Española Island)Following lunch on board, our afternoon outing at Punta Suarez takes us on an exciting trail across lava/boulder terrain. Along the way, we can enjoy unique sea bird colonies, including the beautiful waved albatrosses, boobies, swallow-tail gulls, and the famous “blowhole”. This island is also renowned for its colorful and sizable marine iguanas. All in all, a wonderful visit.
Day 4 - Day 4 Cormorant Point (Floreana Island) & Post Office Bay & Baroness Cove (Floreana Island)
Cormorant Point (Floreana Island)We disembark in the morning at the curiously green-tinged, olivine-crystal beach that makes for an easy walk to a brackish water lagoon where bird species like American flamingos can be observed. Crossing over to the other side of the island, we come to a white-sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest. At Champion Islet, guests can choose between snorkeling, a panga ride, or a ride in our glass-bottom boat.Post Office Bay & Baroness Cove (Floreana Island)After lunch, we land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as an informal post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. Snorkeling off the beach will be offered afterward.
Day 5 - Day 5 Punta Moreno (Isabela Island) & Punta Mangle (Fernandina Island)
Punta Moreno (Isabela Island)In the morning, following a meander through the mangroves in search of sea turtles, we disembark amid a landscape dominated by the giant volcanoes of southern Isabela Island, some still active. The rugged trail loops inland from the coast, giving us plenty of opportunity to enjoy unique lava formations, pioneer lava cactus, and exotic scalesia trees, as well as plenty of wildlife: Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, brown pelicans, herons, sea lions, marine iguanas, and dozens of Sally Lightfoot crabs. The inland lagoons are home to Bahama-pintail ducks, common stilts, Galapagos flamingos, and even Galapagos hawks and mockingbirds. Following our walk, we can take to our glass-bottom boats or deep-water snorkel.Punta Mangle (Fernandina Island)In the afternoon, we’ll explore Fernandina’s coastline aboard our pangas (inflatable dinghies). The archipelago’s youngest ecosystem is home to small Galapagos penguins and green-eyed flightless cormorants that rest on the shore’s black rocks. Beneath the waves, rays and sea turtles might glide by. The nutrient-rich waters of the Bolivar Channel, which separates Fernandina and Isabela islands, attract dolphins and whales. With luck, we’ll be able to spot them. Depending on sea conditions, we end our visit with a glass-bottom boat ride or deep-water snorkel.
Day 6 - Day 6 Eden Islet & North Seymour Island
Eden IsletA panga ride takes us to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where we can observe blue-footed boobies, reef sharks, and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel and, if weather conditions permit, to ride in the glass-bottom boat. The volcanic setting of this area is quite stunning.North Seymour IslandWe have saved one of the best visitor sites in the archipelago for last. In the afternoon, we disembark for a walk along the coast and the interior of this beautiful flat island. We’ll be able to see numerous nesting frigatebirds as well as land iguanas and sea lion colonies along the coastline. We can explore the coast by dinghy, too, seeking out fur seals, and enjoying a fun, deep-water snorkel. Evening briefing, farewell cocktail, and dinner.
Day 7 - Day 7 Baltra Island
Baltra IslandOur journey ends at Baltra Island where we transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.
Day 8 - Please Note:
Galápagos Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, logistical or operational reasons.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
23-04-202129-04-2021USD $5,142Standard Cabin
23-04-202129-04-2021USD $5,454Classic Family Cabin
23-04-202129-04-2021USD $5,454Classic Cabin
23-04-202129-04-2021USD $5,712Owner’s Cabin
04-06-202110-06-2021USD $5,142Standard Cabin
04-06-202110-06-2021USD $5,454Classic Family Cabin
04-06-202110-06-2021USD $5,454Classic Cabin
04-06-202110-06-2021USD $5,712Owner’s Cabin
18-06-202124-06-2021USD $5,454Classic Cabin
18-06-202124-06-2021USD $5,712Owner’s Cabin
18-06-202124-06-2021USD $5,142Standard Cabin
18-06-202124-06-2021USD $5,454Classic Family Cabin
02-07-202108-07-2021USD $5,142Standard Cabin
02-07-202108-07-2021USD $5,454Classic Family Cabin
02-07-202108-07-2021USD $5,454Classic Cabin
02-07-202108-07-2021USD $5,712Owner’s Cabin
16-07-202122-07-2021USD $5,142Standard Cabin
16-07-202122-07-2021USD $5,454Classic Family Cabin
16-07-202122-07-2021USD $5,454Classic Cabin
16-07-202122-07-2021USD $5,712Owner’s Cabin
30-07-202105-08-2021USD $5,142Standard Cabin
30-07-202105-08-2021USD $5,454Classic Family Cabin
30-07-202105-08-2021USD $5,454Classic Cabin
30-07-202105-08-2021USD $5,712Owner’s Cabin
13-08-202119-08-2021USD $5,142Standard Cabin
13-08-202119-08-2021USD $5,454Classic Family Cabin
13-08-202119-08-2021USD $5,454Classic Cabin
13-08-202119-08-2021USD $5,712Owner’s Cabin
27-08-202102-09-2021USD $5,142Standard Cabin
27-08-202102-09-2021USD $5,454Classic Cabin
27-08-202102-09-2021USD $5,454Classic Family Cabin
27-08-202102-09-2021USD $5,712Owner’s Cabin
10-09-202116-09-2021USD $5,142Standard Cabin
10-09-202116-09-2021USD $5,454Classic Family Cabin
10-09-202116-09-2021USD $5,454Classic Cabin
10-09-202116-09-2021USD $5,712Owner’s Cabin
24-09-202130-09-2021USD $5,142Standard Cabin
24-09-202130-09-2021USD $5,454Classic Family Cabin
24-09-202130-09-2021USD $5,454Classic Cabin
24-09-202130-09-2021USD $5,712Owner’s Cabin
08-10-202114-10-2021USD $5,142Standard Cabin
08-10-202114-10-2021USD $5,454Classic Cabin
08-10-202114-10-2021USD $5,454Classic Family Cabin
08-10-202114-10-2021USD $5,712Owner’s Cabin
22-10-202128-10-2021USD $5,142Standard Cabin
22-10-202128-10-2021USD $5,454Classic Family Cabin
22-10-202128-10-2021USD $5,454Classic Cabin
22-10-202128-10-2021USD $5,712Owner’s Cabin
05-11-202111-11-2021USD $5,142Standard Cabin
05-11-202111-11-2021USD $5,454Classic Cabin
05-11-202111-11-2021USD $5,454Classic Family Cabin
05-11-202111-11-2021USD $5,712Owner’s Cabin
19-11-202125-11-2021USD $5,142Standard Cabin
19-11-202125-11-2021USD $5,454Classic Family Cabin
19-11-202125-11-2021USD $5,454Classic Cabin
19-11-202125-11-2021USD $5,712Owner’s Cabin
03-12-202109-12-2021USD $5,142Standard Cabin
03-12-202109-12-2021USD $5,454Classic Family Cabin
03-12-202109-12-2021USD $5,454Classic Cabin
03-12-202109-12-2021USD $5,712Owner’s Cabin
17-12-202123-12-2021USD $5,142Standard Cabin
17-12-202123-12-2021USD $5,454Classic Family Cabin
17-12-202123-12-2021USD $5,454Classic Cabin
17-12-202123-12-2021USD $5,712Owner’s Cabin
31-12-202106-01-2022USD $5,142Standard Cabin
31-12-202106-01-2022USD $5,454Classic Cabin
31-12-202106-01-2022USD $5,454Classic Family Cabin
31-12-202106-01-2022USD $5,712Owner’s Cabin

Inclusions

    • Santa Cruz Island
    • San Cristobal Island
    • Española Island
    • Floreana Island
    • Isabela Island
    • Fernandina Island
    • North Seymour Island

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