Galapagos Islands Cruise
The Galapagos Islands are a great destination for adventurers. You sail on board a comfortable live-aboard yacht and visit unique sites each day. From white sandy beaches to volcanic rock formations, on these islands it feels like going back in time to when animals roamed the earth.
Exploring the Galapagos IslandsYour days exploring the islands will be filled with exciting moments! From all over the world people come to discover the beauty of the archipelago, and for good reason. Image encounters with sea-lions on the beach, or to snorkel with turtles and manta rays in the clear blue sea.
Led by naturalist guides we go out to find remarkable wildlife and explore the unique islands of the Galapagos. We do this by zodiac rides along the coast, hiking the highlands and snorkeling at the most idyllic beaches. There will also be plenty of time for bird-watching and photographing all this natural beauty.
Galapagos Islands WildlifeThe Galapagos Islands are a true wildlife paradise. Some species are not found anywhere else on earth. Like the Galapagos Marine Iguana which you are almost certain to encounter on this explorer cruise. The most iconic is probably the Galapagos Giant Tortoise. They can reach an age of 100 years old and are mostly found on the greener islands such as Isabela and Santa Cruz. A real highlight of your trip when you see them in real life.
In the Galapagos we offer 4, 5 and 8 day itineraries. The below schedule is an example of a 8 day live-aboard journey. Please note this is a sample itinerary, depending on the ship you choose, you might visit different islands. We do our utmost to ensure the best experiences, however landing sites and excursions may change during the voyage.
Arrival & visit North Seymour
Most cruises in the Galapagos start either from Isla Baltra or San Cristobal. From here you go to the yacht and get comfortable in your cabin. Afterwards we set sail to North Seymour island, a very popular island which is teeming with birdlife. There are large colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds. You can easily take a walk to explore this relatively flat island.
South Plaza & Santa Fe
In the morning we go ashore on South Plaza. Although it's not a big island, you will find some of the most unique wildlife of the Galapagos islands here. Animals you might encounter are sea-lions and different types of iguanas. The vegetation on the island consitst mostly of brush plants and huge cactus forest, which provides food for the iguanas. You'll have the opportunity to hike up to the cliffs where many seabirds have their nest.
In ther afternoon we continue to Santa Fe Island, know for 2 species of animals that specifically occur on this island, the Santa Fe Island Iguana and the Santa Fe Rice Rat. Furthermore we could encounter Galapagos Hawks, Darwin's Finches, Galapagos Mockingbirds and also Sea Lions.
Santa Cruz & Floreana Island
Santa Cruz is one of the larger islands of the Galapagos and also the place where we will visit Charles Darwin Research Center. Here you can learn everything about exhibits about the geography and geology of the Galapagos and the evolution of the unique animal species. Next to the research center there is also a Giant Tortoise Breeding Center where amazing work is being done to preserve these vulnerable animals.
In ther afternoon we'll continue on to Floreana where you'll have time to snorkel in the beautifull turqoise water around the island. With a bit of luck some sea lions might join you for a swim.
Dragon Hill & Chinese Hat
Today we visit Dragon Hill, on the northwest side of Santa Cruz island, where land iguanas live in large numbers after being almost extinct a few decades ago. There is a long trail that takes you to the top of Dragon Hill, through the desert-like landscape, past cacti forests and fragrant Palo Santo trees.
Later we continue on to 'Chinese Hat', an island that is easy to recognise by it's name. This is one of the smaller islands of the Galapagos, but very much worth while as you can hike a trail to the top of 'the hat'. Starting at a beautiful beach where you often see red Sally Lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas. At the top of the hill you will be rewarded with an unforgettable view!
Cowley Islet & Santiago Island
The little island Cowley is located just off the coast of Isabela. It's a very popoular diving location where you find many species of marine life. Here you can enjoy a swim with sea lions, or go snorkeling to see sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, manta rays, and possibly even sea horses!
We continue on to Santiago Island where we will explore Albany Rock and Buccaneer cove. Both great sites for snorkeling and relaxing on the beach.
Egas Port & Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)
There is more to explore around Santiago Island! Ever since the 1600's this island was often used by pirates and other sailers as a layover. In the 20th century there were several attempts to mine salt from a volcanic cove on the island, however these were never very succesfull.
Sullivan Bay, a bit mor to the east, looks as if a volcano erupted yesterday. Even though the last eruption was around 150 years ago, the landscape still consists almost entirely of solidified lava, creating an alien scenery.
Rabida & Bartolome
A deep red sand shore and high red cliffs are probably most striking about Rabida Island. When the island was formed, iron oxidation turned the soil red, creating a unique landscape. Lined by green bushes and trees, this place attracts many species of birdlife. Rabida is one of the best places to spot pelicans and with some luck you might also see flamingos in the shallow waters.
In the afternoon we sail to Bartolome Island, not famous for it's wildlife, but a place with an incredible landscape and high peak called 'Pinnacle Rock'. If you like a good walk you can hike up to the viewpoint which give a spectacular sight over the island and surrounding landscape.
Mosquera Islet & end of the voyage
Mosquera Islet features a beautiful long white beach where many sea lions come to take a nap in the sun. A great place for a nice beach walk.
After your final visit you will return to Baltra Island or San Cristobal to catch a flight home, or on to your next destination.
In the Galapagos we offer 4, 5 and 8 day itineraries. Most 8 day voyages depart weekly the whole year round. There are several different ships which sail various routes. Please contact us for availability and prices.
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