Southern Galápagos (Isabella II)

Southern Galápagos (Isabella II)

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Our itinerary together begins on Santa Cruz Island, the most populous in the archipelago. Here, we first explore the highlands of the islands with their lush vegetation before venturing down to the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station to meet giant tortoises face to face. After embarking at the end of the day, we sail south to the island of Floreana, where we disembark at Post Office Bay in the morning and Cormorant Point in the afternoon – both full of life and history. We then head west to Española Island, with its remarkable visitor site (a favourite of many visitors): Punta Suárez. Here, we’ll wander along the rugged coastline, home to hundreds of marine iguanas, sealions, marine birds, and even albatross (at certain times of year). In the afternoon, Gardner Bay provides a wonderful setting for a combination of beach-time, swimming, snorkelling or exploring aboard the glass-bottom boat. San Cristóbal Island is next, the capital of the Galápagos Province. We explore the northern shores of the island, visiting the fascinating sites of Punta Pitt and Cerro Brujo, taking us back to the young Charles Darwin’s visit of 1835. We end our journey at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Wherever we sail, whatever we do, all the crew aboard the Isabela II will do our utmost to ensure your Galápagos experience is truly deeply moving and memorable.

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Southern Galápagos (Isabella II)
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


Day 1 - Day 1 Baltra Airport & Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station
Baltra Island Airport & Santa Cruz IslandWe arrive at Baltra airport and then we take you to the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus ride takes us to a restaurant in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy lunch, and then continue to Puerto Ayora. Depending on local weather conditions up in the highlands, we may include a short hike which will be a great introduction to some Galapagos wildlife. Our Expedition Team will advise accordingly.Note: Please dress with comfortable shoes and clothes, bring a small backpack with any medicine you might be taking, sunblock, insect repellent and anything you need during the excursion as you will go on board Yacht Isabela II and the end of the day.Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station After driving down from the highlands, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Late afternoon we stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking on Yacht Isabela II. We review the expeditions plan for next day, and enjoy the Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner.
Day 2 - Day 2 Post Office Bay, Baroness Cove and Cormorant Point (Floreana Island)
Post Office Bay & Baroness Cove (Floreana Island) After breakfast, 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.Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island) Our visit to Punta Cormorant takes in an olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk by a brackish water lagoon where bird species like stilts and American flamingos may be observed. On the other side of the island, we come to a white-sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest. Snorkeling will happen at lovely “Champion Islet” site, or ride in the panga or glass-bottom boat.
Day 3 - Day 3 Punta Suárez and Gardner Bay (Española Island)
Punta Suarez (Española Island) Our morning outing at Punta Suarez provides an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including the Galapagos albatross (April - January), boobies, swallow-tail gulls, mockingbirds, and the famous “blowhole”. Also, look for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.Gardner Bay (Española Island) In the afternoon, we set down at this beautiful, white coral beach for a short walk to observe Galapagos sea lions, finches, maybe a hawk or just enjoy the beach. There is great snorkeling in this area, or else there’s time to kayak, or enjoy the glass-bottom boat. The turquoise colour of the waters at this location will be a favourite one to photograph.
Day 4 - Day 4 Punta Pitt and Cerro Brujo (San Cristóbal Island)
Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island) In the morning, 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 three species of boobies can be found together, joined by the two frigatebird species plus a colony of bachelor sea lions. After the walk, if conditions are favourable, there is a chance to swim, kayak or snorkel from the beach or hop onto the panga for a ride along the coast.Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island) In the afternoon, following lunch on board, we set out on a panga ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers which take us to Cerro Brujo's expansive, white coraline beach, great for walking, with rewarding birdwatching including good views of both sea and shore birds. Also, keep your eyes open for Galapagos sea lions. These are the same shores that Charles Darwin walked upon, back in September 1835. After the walk, there is a chance to swim and snorkel.
Day 5 - Day 5 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristóbal-Chatham Island)
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristóbal- Chatham Island) After breakfast, we depart to the pier and airport for our flight back to the mainland.
Day 6 - Please Note:
Galápagos Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, logistical or operational reasons.

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    • Highlight Sites: Post Office Bay, Charles Darwin Research Station, Kicker Rock
    • Icon Species: Galápagos sea lion, Gant tortoises, Marine iguanas, Blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, Red-footed boobies, Galápagos doves, Galápagos mockingbirds, San Cristóbal mockingbirds, Española mockingbirds, Floreana Mockingbirds, Darwin finches, Galápagos hawks, Brown pelicans, Galápagos penguins, Swallow-tailed gulls, Lava gulls, Lava (striated) herons, Waved albatrosses (April to January)