Eastern Galápagos 2018 (Santa Cruz ll)

Eastern Galápagos 2018 (Santa Cruz ll)

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From Baltra, a quick jump by ship brings us to Mosquera Islet where we check out the sea lions before sailing towards San Cristobal. A stop at the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Breeding Centre will open our eyes to the beauty of the Galapagos giant tortoise and to the important scientific work that continues to be performed on the islands. In the afternoon, we travel to the most eastern tip of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, the only stop on this journey where we can see red-footed boobies. From here, it’s on to the central islands, starting with Santa Fe, with its beautiful tranquil bay, before continuing to the wild cliffs of South Plaza with their lofty cacti, land iguanas and stunning marine birds. The following day we visit the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. Española Island, voted the #1 island by guides and expedition leaders, awaits us with its remarkable visitor site of Punta Suarez, home to hundreds of marine iguanas, sea lions, marine birds, and even albatross (between April and December) – a truly stunning site! In the afternoon, we enjoy the water in Gardner Bay. The following morning we will wake up at Eden Islet and finish the day at North Seymour, famous for its land iguanas and sea lions as well as bird colonies of blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and Nazca boobies. We finish at Baltra after a moving and memorable experience.

Please Note: during peak season (Dec 24 – Jan 03) there will be a surcharge of US$167 pp

Trip Name
Eastern Galápagos 2018 (Santa Cruz ll)
Vessel Type: Expedition Vessel Length: 71.8 meters Passenger Capacity: 90 Built / Refurbished: 2002 / 2015 Conceived for operations in remote areas, our state-of-the-art expedition vessel evinces the perfect infrastructure for Galápagos exploration. Carrying its crew’s heritage of decades of experience working in the islands and just over 70 metres long, the generous, five-deck craft holds 50 cabins for 90 guests and features ample, luxury-sized social areas indoors and out that allow guests to make the most of their Galápagos cruise experience. From top to bottom, the Santa Cruz II features ample, indulgent spaces. Modern, generous social areas laid out with choice contemporary materials feature prominently on four of its five decks. With an intelligent layout, including wide hallways and broad stairwells, guests will immediately know their way around. From dining areas indoors and out, the fitness room and Jacuzzis to the elegant bar and lounge, not to forget the well-stocked library, the ship is designed to please with sophisticated simplicity. Luxury ratios of crew and guides to passengers guarantee quality individual attention. Facilities & Amenities: • Bar & Lounge • Restaurant • Al fresco dining-BBQ • Gift shop • Fitness Room • 24h Coffee station (free coffee, tea, and water) • Satellite telephone • WiFi hotspot (intermittent/low bandwidth) • PA system • Snorkelling equipment • Hair dryer • iPod/MP3 docking station • Safe deposit box (in cabin) • Hot tub (2) • Reading room and natural history library • Multiple purpose room • Air conditioned throughout • Wetsuit rental • Glass bottom boat • Kayaks


Day 1 - Day 1 - Baltra & Mosquera
Baltra IslandWe arrive by plane at Baltra Island and transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II where we receive our welcome introductory briefing and lunch.MosqueraAfter lunch and your introductory briefing on board, Santa Cruz II will relocate only four nautical miles from Baltra, next to Mosquera Islet, a small volcanic uplift between Baltra and North Seymour. The island is a long and narrow sand bank surrounded by lava reefs. Our groups will approach the island from its western shore, a long shallow reef, the perfect rookery for young sea lions. After a wet landing, our guides will lead you past the sea lion colonies, where you will learn more about the fragile marine and terrestrial ecosystems of Galapagos. The walk is easy as it is restricted to a few hundred metres of flat sandy dunes. This will also be a great opportunity for an introduction to snorkelling.
Day 2 - Day 2 - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno & Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island)
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal Island)After breakfast, we disembark (dry landing) at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the island’s capital, and drive 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, we visit the breeding centre for highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird, and the San Cristobal lava lizard, both island endemics.Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island)In the afternoon, we disembark (wet landing) on the eastern tip of the island at Punta Pitt, an eroded tuff cone, whose trail provides spectacular views of the shoreline. This is the only site in the Galapagos where the three species of boobies can be found together. We can walk or enjoy a panga ride along the coast. Opportunity for snorkelling, swimming and kayaking.
Day 3 - Day 3 - Santa Fe Island & South Plaza Island
Santa Fe IslandAfter breakfast, we take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy-white beach populated by many sea lions (wet landing). The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the morning walk amid the giant prickly pear cactus. Snorkelling and swimming from the panga rounds off our rewarding experience, or if guests prefer, the glass bottom boat is available for non-snorkelers. Opportunity for kayaking.South Plaza IslandFollowing lunch and a rest, we disembark (dry landing) in this channel, whose turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. Beyond, a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-grey land iguanas sit beneath these, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters glide, playing with the thermals.
Day 4 - Day 4 - Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)In the morning, we disembark (dry landing) for our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre 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. Following our visit, we board our transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.Santa Cruz IslandWe have several options available for the afternoon, which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. At the end of the afternoon’s activities, we return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz II.
Day 5 - Day 5 - Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay – Osborn Islet (Española Island)
Punta Suarez (Española Island)(Dry landing) – An exciting walk awaits at this site, where we enjoy its unique sea bird colonies, including Galapagos albatross (April-December), Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls as well as a view of the Galapagos’ famous “blow-hole”. Also, look out for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.Gardner Bay – Osborn Islet (Española Island)(Wet landing) In the afternoon, the picture-postcard white coral beach of Gardner Bay and the nearby islet of Osborn provides a beautiful setting for observing sea lions, mockingbirds, and finches as we relax. We can expect great snorkelling in this area. Opportunity for swimming and kayaking as well.
Day 6 - Day 6 - Eden Islet (Santa Cruz Island) & North Seymour Island
Eden Islet (Santa Cruz Island)After breakfast, a panga ride takes us to Eden Islet, a small islet located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where we can observe blue-footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel and, if weather condition permits, ride in the glass-bottom boat and kayak.North Seymour IslandNorth Seymour was lifted from the ocean floor by a volcanic event, and its origins as a seabed give the island its low, flat profile. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stands just above the landing (dry landing), usually without leaves, waiting for the rains to burst into bloom. This is a great introductory site to the islands and their wildlife, full of bird colonies of blue footed boobies, two species of frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas.
Day 7 - Day 7 - Baltra
Baltra IslandOn our last day, we disembark at Baltra Island and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the continent.
Day 8 - Please Note:
Please remember that the exact route and programme may vary according to weather and ocean conditions and the wildlife we encounter. It’s also subject to change without previous notice due mainly to readjustment of the National Park policies and regulations.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
02-11-201808-11-2018USD $0Horizon Deck Explorer Family
02-11-201808-11-2018USD $0Horizon Deck Explorer
02-11-201808-11-2018USD $0Expedition Deck Explorer
02-11-201808-11-2018USD $0Panorama Deck Explorer
02-11-201808-11-2018USD $0Horizon Deck Voyager
02-11-201808-11-2018USD $0Panorama Deck Darwin Suite
16-11-201822-11-2018USD $0Horizon Deck Voyager
16-11-201822-11-2018USD $0Panorama Deck Darwin Suite
16-11-201822-11-2018USD $0Horizon Deck Explorer Family
16-11-201822-11-2018USD $0Horizon Deck Explorer
16-11-201822-11-2018USD $0Expedition Deck Explorer
16-11-201822-11-2018USD $0Panorama Deck Explorer
30-11-201806-12-2018USD $0Horizon Deck Explorer Family
30-11-201806-12-2018USD $0Horizon Deck Explorer
30-11-201806-12-2018USD $0Expedition Deck Explorer
30-11-201806-12-2018USD $0Panorama Deck Explorer
30-11-201806-12-2018USD $0Horizon Deck Voyager
30-11-201806-12-2018USD $0Panorama Deck Darwin Suite
14-12-201820-12-2018USD $0Horizon Deck Explorer Family
14-12-201820-12-2018USD $0Horizon Deck Explorer
14-12-201820-12-2018USD $0Expedition Deck Explorer
14-12-201820-12-2018USD $0Panorama Deck Explorer
14-12-201820-12-2018USD $0Horizon Deck Voyager
14-12-201820-12-2018USD $0Panorama Deck Darwin Suite
28-12-201803-01-2019USD $0Horizon Deck Explorer Family
28-12-201803-01-2019USD $0Horizon Deck Explorer
28-12-201803-01-2019USD $0Expedition Deck Explorer
28-12-201803-01-2019USD $0Panorama Deck Explorer
28-12-201803-01-2019USD $0Horizon Deck Voyager
28-12-201803-01-2019USD $0Panorama Deck Darwin Suite


    • Discover the oldest islands in the Archipelago
    • Visit the sea lions of Mosquera Islet before heading to see the red-footed boobies in San Cristobal, the island where Darwin first set foot in the Galapagos
    • Meet the endemic land iguanas of Santa Fe, observe the colours of South Plaza, and stop in at the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz, before heading on to top-rated Española and North Seymour, with an in-between stop at Eden Islet