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Galapagos 8 Day Eastern Islands | Cormorant II

8 Days
From USD 10,745

STYLE: Small Ship Cruise

Trip Code: ECRGC8A

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

SHIP: Cormorant II

DestinationDestination

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

DestinationDeparture Date

Selected Saturdays

TransportAccommodation

Cabin on board ship



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OVERVIEW

The Galapagos islands evoke notions of wilderness, mystery and tropical biosphere of incredible wildlife opportunities. In 8 days you will explore this pristine and incredible archipelago on board the Cormorant II, one of the most modern vessels to enter the Galapagos. From rich history to an indescribable diverse array of natural wildlife, the Galapagos superimposes the idea of a remote paradise. 

ITINERARY

Arrival in Santa Cruz Island

Morning flight from either Quito or Guayaquil to Santa Cruz, Galapagos Island. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by our representative 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 head for Bachas Beach. Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, Las Bachas is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest off the beach.

Bartholomew Island and Sullivan Bay

In the morning you will arrive at Bartholomew Island. Home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one of the best views of the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkelling and possible sightings of the Galapagos penguin.

In the afternoon you will head for Sullivan Bay. A coral beach landing leads you towards a lava field as far as the eye can see. Hunt and peck over the two distinguished types of lava, pahoehoe and 'a'a, for signs of plant life that have managed to emerge over the past 100 years since the most recent volcanic explosion. A truly amazing volcanic experience.

South Plaza and Santa Fe

In the morning, 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. The most characteristic plant is Sesuvium. During the rainy season its colour is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.

In the afternoon you will arrive at Santa Fe Island. Santa Fe (Barrington) 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.

Witch Hill and Pitt Point

In the morning you will arrive at 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.

Pitt Point, situated on the north-eastern tip of the island, hosts frigatebirds, storm petrels, and all three types of booby birds: the Nazca, blue-footed and red-footed boobies. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area with an abundance of birds. This site is also great for snorkelling and scuba diving.

Turtle Breeding Centre, Lobos Island & Kicker Rock

The David Rodriguez Breeding Centre is a new visitor site in the northeast part of San Cristobal Island and can now be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. In the Breeding Center, you will be able to admire the hatchling turtles from their birth until the are 120 days old when the grown turtles are taken to their natural habit.

Afterwards you may head for Lobos Island. The name of this island means "Sea Lion Island." This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkelling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.

In the afternoon you will visit Kicker Rock. This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and scuba diving allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life.

Suarez Point and Gardner Bay

In the morning you will visit Suarez point. This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. A beautiful site on the ocean front, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.

Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. It has an ample white sandy beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkelling.

Cormorant Point and Post Office Bay

in the morning you will visit Cormorant point. This site hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The “Green Beach” named so due to its green colour, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral.

In the afternoon you will visit Post Office Bay. In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.

Tortoise Breeding Centre and Departure

In the morning you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.

In the afternoon you will be transferred to Baltra airport where you will board your departure flight.

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WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Undertake this incredible cruise on board the Cormorant II, one of the latest vessels to set sail in the Galapagos. Combining luxury, modernity and eco-friendly solutions this vessel offers a truly comfortable and luxurious experience.

  • Encounter the unique wildlife of the Galapagos including tortoise, marine iguanas, turtles, rays, flamingos, flightless cormorants and a vast array of multi-coloured fish and bird species.

  • This itinerary is easily combined with itineraries in mainland Ecuador or the greater South America. 

  • 8 Days offers an immersive view into the Galapagos you may not experience in shorter journeys, allowing greater opportunity to encounter unique wildlife and incredible natural landscapes. 

Cormorant II

Cormorant II

The Cormorant II mega-catamaran is one of the newest vessels in the Galapagos. Set to sail in late 2020, Cormorant II will be one of the most secure, comfortable and noiseless vessels in the pristine archipelago. Cormorant II offers an intimate and luxurious experience carrying just 16 passengers, allowing for remote travel and quieter landings larger vessels cannot achieve. 

Each of the Cormorant's 10 cabins come with private balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, panoramic views and a comfortable and modern design. The panoramic sun-deck and jacuzzi area provides a quaint and incredibly relaxing communal space when at sea. This is luxury in the Galapagos like you have never experienced before. 

Ice Class: Length: 148ft / 45m
Breadth: 44ft / 13.5m Max
Draft: Cruising
Speed: 16 knots
Electricity: Passenger
Capacity:
16

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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 8 Day Eastern Islands | Cormorant II from USD 10,745
Selected Saturdays

Important Info

  • Inclusions

    Cabin Accommodation on board ship 
    All meals whilst on board 
    Guiding and lectures by bilingual national park guide
    Airport transfers in Galapagos
    Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail
    Soft drinks
    Use of snorkelling equipment, underwater camera and wetsuit
    Galapagos National Park Fee (US$100 per person subject to change) 
    Galapagos Transit Control Card (US$20 per person subject to change) 
    VIP lounge at Galapagos airports for departure flight
    2 glasses of house wine per meal

    Exclusions

    International flights 
    Flights to/from Galapagos
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Alcoholic drinks
    Travel and medical insurance
    Personal expenses
    Tips

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request. Contact us for more details. 

  • Please note park entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.

    *Please note a complimentary pre-cruise night accommodation in Quito or Guayaquil is only available when purchasing Roundtrip airfare from Royal Galapagos.

  • Departure date, season and availability.