Enjoy your Galapagos adventure with Style on board the Galaven expedition yacht. The Galaven is an 88 ft. expedition vessel for 20 passengers accommodated in 11 double cabins, all with private bathrooms, air-conditioning and ocean views. It offers spacious outdoor seating areas with sun chairs, a large interior dining room and a library equipped with a TV & DVD player for daily briefing and presentations. Bilingual Galapagos National Park guides accompany you to all visitor sites.
DAY 1: Tuesday – Welcome to San Cristobal Island
Arrival at San Cristobal Island and our local representative will meet you and take you to the yacht where we will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.
Enjoy an afternoon visit to the north-eastern part of San Cristobal Island. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warblers. Finches and mockingbirds can be observed and on the trails, as well as giant tortoises. They live in a protected area to ensure their survival is not threatened by introduced predators such as pigs or goats. If the tortoise perceives danger, it goes into its defensive stance, retreating into its hard shell.
DAY 2: Wednesday – Santa Fe & South Plaza Islands
Morning visit to Santa Fe Island, which is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island’s northeast coast. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest. In the afternoon, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colourful yellow and red land iguanas.
DAY 3: Thursday – Santa Cruz Island
Visit Charles Darwin Research Station; home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. In the afternoon, visit a site called Los Gemelos. These sinkholes are often referred to as craters, though the term is only descriptive, not literal. They were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The endemic Scalesia Forest surrounds the site, where you may see Vermillian Flycatchers, Short-eared Owls, and finches.
DAY 4: Friday – Isabela Island
This morning we visit The Wall of Tears; an important piece of island history. In the afternoon we will head to Sierra Negra Volcano, boasting the largest basaltic caldera in Galapagos at 9 x 10km. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005.
DAY 5: Saturday – Isabela Island
In the morning we will visit Moreno Point, located south west of Elizabeth Bay. Here, a dry landing onto what was once flowing lava is possible. The lava has left craters in its wake, which formed crystal tide pools. By looking into the pools, you can peer into another world, as the marine life drifts by your window. In the brackish pools of this area, you may see pink flamingos, White-Cheeked Pintails, and Common Gallinules. If you look carefully into the pools you may see white-tip reef sharks and some sea turtles.
DAY 6: Sunday – Fernandina Island
No foreign species have ever invaded this island and therefore it is one of the world's most pristine island ecosystems. Fernandina is the youngest island in Galapagos. Access to this site is extremely restricted by the Galapagos National Park and you will be one of those very lucky visitors. The volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landscape with lava fields reaching the ocean. Crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands we will land at Espinosa Point, and after walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, reach the island´s highlight: the Flightless Cormorant nesting site. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk. The morning’s visit is to Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (or sunfish).
DAY 7: Monday – Santiago, Espumilla Beach
Enjoy a morning visit to Espumilla Beach, where marine iguanas lounge and the Sally Lightfoot Crabs attract the hunting herons, performing the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkelling is highly recommended as you could find yourself face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark, or a variety of other species of tropical fish. In the afternoon we will head for Bartholomew Island, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock.
DAY 8: Tuesday – Daphne Island
Daphne is made up of two islands, Major and Minor. Daphne Minor is partially eroded and smooth, while Daphne Major has maintained an archetypal volcanic shape, called a tuff cone. Daphne is home to Red-billed Tropicbirds peeking out of crevices and Nazca Boobies nesting along the rim. Under the water there are sharp recesses and steep cliffs. It is highly likely that you will see white tip, Galápagos, and possibly even hammerhead Sharks. There is also a wealth of sea turtles, and rays.
After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.
Please note that the below itinerary is for your reference and is subject to change.