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: Friday – Welcome to Baltra Island
Arrival at Baltra 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. Begin your explorations with a visit to Garrapatero Beach. Situated on the northern side of Santa Cruz, El Garrapatero is a gorgeous sandy beach surrounded by mangroves. A fresh water lake behind the beach home to flamingos, herons, stilts and other shore birds. The beautiful turquoise waters provide a good opportunity for swimming and snorkelling.
DAY 2: Saturday – Santa Cruz Island
In the morning you will visit the Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island. The visitors’ site at Dragon Hill is located on the north-western part of the Island and consists of a trail that runs through three different environments at just 1,600 m in length. The beach is very rocky and at high tide it's the perfect place for snorkelling. At this visiting site you can find typical vegetation to the intertidal zone and dry zone. During the afternoon, you will visit Bachas Beach. Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, this is a swimming beach. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest off the beach.
DAY 3: Sunday – Floreana Island
Today visit the famous Post Office Bay. You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don´t forget your postcards, and don´t be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you even get home!
DAY 4: Monday – Espanola Island
Española Island is the southernmost island of the Galapagos and is the breeding site of nearly all of the Waved Albatrosses in the entire world. Española is densely populated with mockingbirds, Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, Darwin finches, Galapagos Doves, hawks, red and green marine iguanas, and loads of sea lions. This morning’s trip will head to Suarez Point on a trail where you will have further opportunities to see blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca Boobies. We will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You’ll have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts water into the air. The landscape is great for photography. Afternoon visit to the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, you can walk across a lovely white-sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. It is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatrosses.
DAY 5: Tuesday – San Cristobal Island
The Interpretation Centre was opened in 1998 as a phase of the project “Interpretation and Environment Education Project.” Visitors enjoy expositions on natural history, human history, and conservation. The conservation efforts represent the movement to protect the wildlife and natural environment through means of population and tourist control. The Interpretation Centre has an outdoor stadium, audio-visual equipment, and meeting rooms. After this final visit, you will be transferred to the 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.