This 5-day experience on board the recently refurbished M/Y Calipso is an amazing way to experience the Galapagos. A unique combination of both naturalist and luxury experiences, visiting the pristine waters of the Galapagos has never felt better. Whether its diving with sea lions, visiting the solidified lava flows of Isabela Island or taking a scenic walk on the beautiful beaches of the Santiago Islands, the M/Y Calipso offers a diverse and memorable experience.
You will arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning.
After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by a Calipso staff member and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing. In the afternoon you will set sights on Witch Hill. Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkelling.
This morning you will head to Bartholomew Island, where the famous Pinnacle Rock is found. Bartholomew consists of an inactive volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkelling where you may even see and swim with Galapagos penguins. Following this, you will be on your way to Chinese Hat Islet. This small islet is located near the southeast coast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet’s summit. This is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tunnels and lava flows. Some of the lava flows were formed underwater and subsequently raised above sea level.
Embark on an afternoon exploration of the captivating Puerto Egas, also known as James Bay. This remarkable location is not only home to the inquisitive Galapagos hawks and agile Galapagos lava lizards, but it also features a stunning coastline adorned with picturesque tide pools and enchanting grottos teeming with diverse fauna. As you wander along the trail, keep an eye out for the Galapagos fur sea lions basking in the warm sun, adding to the natural beauty of the area. For those seeking underwater adventures, Puerto Egas also offers an excellent snorkeling opportunity, immersing you in the mesmerizing marine world that surrounds the Galapagos Islands.
Crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, you will land at Espinoza Point, and after walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, you will reach the island’s highlight: the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk. In the afternoon, you will visit Tagus Cove on Isabela Island which is located across from Fernandina Island, near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s, using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views.
Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954 causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkelling. Later, you will visit Mareno Point. Moreno Point is located southwest 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. 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.
In North Seymour you may see Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent frigate birds which are abundant on this island. North Seymour was formed by a series of submarine lava flows containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.
After this final visit, you will be transferred to the Baltra airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.
The recently refurbished M/Y Calipso allows you to explore the Galapagos Islands in both Naturalist and Diving itineraries. Calipso boasts a spacious lounge, dining area, fantastic new dive deck, sundeck with a Jacuzzi, and 10 comfortable cabins to accommodate up to 16 passengers. Completely rebuilt, all systems and every inch of both the interior and exterior spaces are brand new. From accommodating dietary requests to crew member professionalism, we will stop at nothing in the pursuit of making your time onboard seamless and stress free.
The recently refurbished M/Y Calipso allows you to explore the Galapagos Islands in both Naturalist and Diving itineraries. Calipso boasts a spacious lounge, dining area, fantastic new dive deck, sundeck with a Jacuzzi, and 10 comfortable cabins to accommodate up to 16 passengers.
Completely rebuilt, all systems and every inch of both the interior and exterior spaces are brand new. From accommodating dietary requests to crew member professionalism, we will stop at nothing in the pursuit of making your time onboard seamless and stress free.
Length: 115 ft / 35 m
Breadth: 24 ft / 7.3 mMax
Electricity: 110 & 220 V Passenger
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Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.
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|Galapagos 5 Day Cruise | Calipso from USD 4,465|
All meals and excursions
Transfers in the islands
Bilingual National Park Guide
Use of snorkellin equipment/wetsuit
Use of underwater camera
Free Airport Assistance*
Hotel night in Quito or Guayaquil (the day before the cruise)*
2 Free transfers to Galapagos Flights*
*Applies when purchasing airfare from Royal Galapagos
Roundtrip airfare to/from Galapagos
Galapagos National Park Fee (USD$1oo per person subject to change)
Galapagos Transit Control Card (USD$20 per person subject to change)
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