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Cormorant II 8 Day Eastern Islands

8 Days FROM USD 9,245

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. 

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ECRGC8A

Travel Style: Small Ship Crusie

Location: Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

Ship: Cormorant II

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise. Contact us today to discuss.

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-colored 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. 

CRUISE ITINERARY

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.

Arrival in Santa Cruz Island

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.

Bartholomew Island and Sullivan Bay

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.

South Plaza and Santa Fe

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.

Witch Hill and Pitt Point

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.

David Rodriguez Breeding Centre, Lobos Island and

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.

Suarez Point and Gardner 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.

Cormorant Point and Post Office Bay

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.

Tortoise Breeding Centre and Departure
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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Why not add a trip to Peru onto this amazing itinerary? Experience the unique cultural and scenic offerings of one of South Americas most popular destinations. Visit amazing cities like Lima and Cusco where a unique blend of urban modernisation meets, undertake the incredible journey to the Sacred valley and of course, bare witness to the archaeological marvel that is Machu Picchu. Find out more.

  • Experience unique Andean lifestyles and Ecuadorian culture on an authentic and historic Hacienda. Hacienda Zuleta has been owned by the same family for over 100 years. Enjoy Ecuadorian cuisine from the Haciendas organic garden, visit a cheese factory, take a horse ride to an Andean Condor reserve. This offers an intrinsic cultural experience to any Ecuadorian itinerary. Find out more.

  • Upgrade your Ecuadorian  experience to include a unique Amazon luxury lodge. Mashpi lodge is located on a scenic plateau. The lodge experience uniquely interweaves Ecuadorian history with exotic wilderness experiences. Enjoy sightings of nocturnal animals and witness the jungle come to life in one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World. Find out more.

Pricing & date

Cormorant II 8 Day Eastern Islands from USD 9,245

Important Information

  • Cabin Accommodation on board ship 
    All meals whilst on board 
    Guiding and lectures by bilingual national park guide
    Airport transfers
    Use of snorkelling equipment, underwater camera and wetsuit
    *1 hotel night in Quito or Guayaquil (day before the cruise) 
    *Free airport transfer for Galapagos flight

    Exclusions

    International flights 
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Alcoholic drinks
    Galapagos National Park Fee (US$100 per person subject to change) 
    Galapagos Transit Control Card (US$20 per person subject to change) 
    Travel and medical insurance
    Personal expenses

  • Available upon request. Contact us for more details. 

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

    *Please note Quito/Guayaquil hotel night only available when purchasing Roundtrip airfare from Royal Galapagos

  • Departure date, season and availability.

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Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

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