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Galapagos 4 Day Cruise A | Coral I & II

4 Days
From AUD 2,630

Trip Code: ECTSC4D

DIFFICULTY RATING: 1 (easy)

SHIP: Coral I & II

DestinationDestination

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

DestinationDeparture Date

Selected Sundays

TransportAccommodation

Cabin on ship



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OVERVIEW

Cruise the Galapagos Islands with this 4 day itinerary full of beautiful nature and exploration. At Charles Darwin Station you will learn about the efforts that have been done to restore the tortoise populations in the Islands and at Floreana Island you will learn interesting stories about the human history of the Galapagos. At Cormorant Point you might find migratory birds, a green sand beach made of olivine and behind the flamingo lagoon, a white sand beach where nesting sea turtles and sting rays might be found.

ITINERARY

Baltra Airport / Santa Cruz Island

Take a flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra. The flight from Quito to the Galapagos is approximately 2 ½ hours and from Guayaquil approximately 1 ½ hours. Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are met at the airport by our naturalist guides and driven ten minutes by bus to the pier to board the M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II.

PM - Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre - Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his species) lived for decades. The program is conducted by Galapagos National Park staff with the collaboration of scientists from the Charles Darwin Research Station. Eggs are brought from the Galapagos Islands of Pinzon, Santiago and Santa Cruz to the station where they are incubated artificially. The “galapaguitos” (little Galapagos) are hatched and reared until the age of 5 years when they are released in their native areas when they are capable of surviving the effects of introduced predators (rats, pigs and dogs). Since 1970, more than 2,000 “galapaguitos” have returned to their native areas. On the visit you can admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and a variety of Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works to provide environmental education to communities, schools within the Islands and tourists who are visiting the Galapagos. If there is enough time, you can visit the town and shop for souvenirs.

Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)

Dry landing. We walk past a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingos can occasionally be found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, and offering scenic views of the anchorage and neighbouring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers and Galapagos doves.

PM - Bartolomé

Dry or wet landing. Here we discover a fascinating moonscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones - lava bombs, spatter cones and cinder cones as we hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We may also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards and blue-footed boobies.

Beach time is a great opportunity to snorkel and see Galapagos penguins, sea turtles and white-tipped reef sharks as well as a great variety of colourful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best of snorkelling experiences as the water here is generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life.

Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable. Pioneer plants can be seen, so called because they are the first to establish roots on new ground. They include Tiquilia nesiotica (known as gray matplant and which is endemic to the island) and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus and Scalesia bushes. Behind the beach are dunes covered by mangroves.

Rábida

Wet landing. Dark red sand covers these unique beaches with their incredible landscape. Rábida is considered the epicentre of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nesting brown pelicans are found from July to September and 9 species of the famous Darwin’s finches can be seen. We take a dinghy ride along the cliffs to observe nesting seabirds and snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active.

PM - Buccaneers Cove/ Espumilla Beach

This is an amazing location, featuring the remains of an eroded shoreline that is home to seabirds, fur seals and the playful sea lions. Its different shapes have been made throughout a process caused by erosion of the waves and the wind. Espumilla Beach is a white-sandy beach in James Bay and is a popular place among visitors. There are mangroves and a small palo santo forest that lead to salty-water lagoons that are home to wading birds like flamingos. In the upper dunes are a nesting site for sea turtles. A good place to snorkel to see rays.

Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz)

Black Turtle Cove is found on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island and accessible only by sea. Four species of mangrove crowd from the shore out into the lagoon. Here turtles enjoy swimming in the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface while fish, rays and small sharks circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can sometimes be seen beneath the boat. Seabirds including pelicans, herons and egrets all feed in the cove. This cove has been declared a “Turtle Sanctuary”.

After the visit you are transferred to Baltra Airport for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

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Coral I & II

Coral I & II

These unique and functional yachts are a perfect combination of classic beauty and exquisite style. The materials used in their decoration convey a pleasing sensation of warmth and comfort that will transport you automatically into a marine environment. You will be a part of nature thanks to the ample panoramic windows. Every single detail has been taken into consideration to make your stay on board unique and unforgettable. The jacuzzi, sun and shadow decks will give you a perfect space to relax. The social areas and the bar will be a place to enjoy. Cards and cash are accepted for extra spending money while on board.

 

Ice Class: Length: Coral I: 39 metres, Coral II: 34 metres.
Breadth: Coral I: 8.9 metres, Coral II: 6.3 metres.Max
Draft: Cruising
Speed: 12 knots (both ships)
Electricity: N/A Passenger
Capacity:
36 (Coral I), 20 (Coral II)

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Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

Standard

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.

Superior

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.

Deluxe

Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.

Pricing per person & date

Galapagos 4 Day Cruise A | Coral I & II from AUD 2,630
Selected Sundays

Important Info

  • Shipboard accommodation 
    All meals whilst on board including snacks 
    All shore excursions
    Guiding and lectures by Galapagos Naturalist Guide 
    English-speaking Expedition team
    Fuel surcharge 
    Welcome and farewell cocktails 

    Exclusions

    Return airfares from mainland Ecuador 
    Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US$100 per person subject to change) 
    Galapagos Transit Control Card (US$20 per person subject to change) 
    Visa Fees (if applicable)
    Travel insurance
    Gratuities for the crew
    Optional activities whilst on board 

  • Available upon request

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  • Season and availability