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Galapagos 4 Day Cruise A | Coral I & II

4 Days
From CAD 3,318

Trip Code: ECTSC4D

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

Start: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Finish: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

SHIP: Coral I & II

DestinationDestination

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

DestinationDeparture Date

Selected Sundays

MealsMeals

All meals, water, tea & coffee while onboard your Galapagos cruise

TransportTransport

Group transfers in the Galapagos to & from your vessel 

TransportAccommodation

Cabin on board ship



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Included SightseeingIncluded Sightseeing

Daily excursions, panga rides, shore landings and expert briefings while onboard

 

* Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions and government regulations.

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 is subject to change depending on weather conditions and government regulations.

ITINERARY

Baltra Airport & Punta Carrion

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.

This afternoon, we will take a dinghy ride through the entry of the Itabaca Channel, a lagoon area with beautiful blue turquoise waters. Here we can observe and spot many different kinds of fish, sharks and blue-footed boobies.

Genovesa Island & Darwin Bay

This morning, we head to El Barranco Prince Philip's Steps on Genovesa Island. Be marvelled at the variety of sea life that uses the crevices of the lava cliffs for shelter. Red-billed Tropicbirds fly overhead, switching between their nests and the bay, and a small colony of fur seals may be found near the landing site.

You will be dropped off at a steep stairway that begins on rocks at the foot of a path that leads through a seabird colony full of Nazca and Red-footed Boobies. At the plateau, the trail continues inland allowing you to see more nesting booby colonies in the thin Palo Santo forest. Near the end of the trail, over a rocky lava plain, Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels can be observed flying in all directions. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a Short-eared Owl.

This afternoon we continue our explorations, heading for Darwin Bay. Disembark onto a small sand and coral beach, follow a short trail heading west along a tidal lagoon and then up a rocky hill that leads to a point overlooking the cliffs of Darwin Bay. Along the trail near the tidal lagoon, visitors will see pairs of Swallow-tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls, Yellow-crowned and Lava Herons. The trail continues through Palo Santo trees, Opuntia cacti, and Saltbushes inhabited by Great Frigate birds and Red-footed Boobies. This is one of the few places on the islands where visitors are guaranteed to see Red-footed Boobies. It is estimated that more than 200,000 Red-footed Boobies live in the trees and bushes of Genovesa.

Rabida Island & Bartolome Island

This morning, enjoy a wet landing at Rabida Island. 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.

This afternoon, embark on a dry or wet landing depending on your preference. We discover a fascinating landscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones — that resemble the moon. Going up to the summit here gives an impressive view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We will also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies in this area. Beach time allows for a great opportunity to do some snorkelling and see the famous Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles, and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colourful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best snorkelling experience. Crystal clear water is the perfect spot to appreciate the incredible marine life it has to offer.

Highlands Tortoise Reserve & Baltra Airport

In the mountains of the Galapagos it is possible to admire different kinds of birds, such as tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shells). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers with the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Galapagos giant tortoises are often seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a birdwatchers’ haven since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

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 CAD 0
Selected Sundays

Important Information

  • INCLUSIONS

    Shipboard accommodation
    All meals whilst on board including snacks 
    All excursions
    Guiding and lectures by Galapagos Naturalist Guide 
    English-speaking Expedition team
    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 
    Wet suit rental 
    Soft drink & alcoholic drinks  
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for crew/guides

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • A single supplement surcharge applies and is subject to availability. Please contact us for more information.

  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.

    Please note kayak activities are subject to weather conditions. 

    Prices are based on per person, twin share* (unless otherwise stated) 

    Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at any time

     

    * Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions and government regulations.

  • Seasonality, fuel surcharges, currency fluctuations and availability at time of booking. 

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