ITINERARY

B – WEST

(Wed – Sun) – 5 days / 4 nights

Our Galapagos Coral Cruise itineraries offer unforgettable experiences, with our weekly departures allowing you to experience 3-, 4-, 7-, and up to 14 –nights tours including: full board, two daily guided excursions with optional activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, dinghy rides and our new feature daily diving tours for license-holding divers.

DAY BY DAY

First day on board and you already wonder how the week is going to be in your adventure through the islands.

DAY 1

Wednesday

AM- Baltra Airport

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (2½-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturist guides and taken in a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II.

AM – Highlands Tortoise Reserve & Pit Craters (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. In the central highlands of Santa Cruz Island we have our best opportunity to interact at close quarters with totally wild, Galapagos giant tortoises. A short walk among these huge, 600lb, reptiles will also offer the chance for more highland species, especially several species of the famed finches. A visit to the collapsed, twin sinkholes (Gemelos) puts us in a stunning forest of the endemic tree-forming Scalesia. Apart from the dramatic scenery, this area is well known for its diversity of passerine
bird species.

  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Type of terrain: flat & muddy (depending on season)
  • Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 ½-hour walk

DAY 2

Thursday

AM- Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)

This is a spectacular visitor site, surrounded by immense cliffs of the eroded volcano. Studded with resting seabirds such as brown noddies and Nazca boobies, we will enjoy them in close proximity from our dinghies. Snorkeling here is superb, with certain species of fish only found in the west of the archipelago. We also have a very real chance of swimming with penguins and potentially a plethora of green turtles.

  • Difficulty level: moderate
  • Type of terrain: water
  • Duration: 1-hour snorkeling / 1-hour panga ride

PM – Punta Espinosa (Fernandina Island)

Dry landing.  The youngest island of Galapagos and one of the most pristine in the world. Fernandina is simply the ëmarine iguana capital of the worldí. This desolate volcanic backdrop is home to a huge concentration of these enigmatic reptiles. Incongruously, sharing the same shoreline, we can find the diminutive Galapagos penguins. Here we also have the exciting opportunity to snorkel with marine iguanas feeding underwater, penguins, turtles and the bizarre, endemic, flightless cormorants.

  • Difficulty level: moderate
  • Type of terrain: rocky
  • Duration: 2-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

DAY 3

Friday

AM – Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)

Wet landing.  At the far end of a long, level hike we arrive at a strange phenomenon where large blocks of coral lie completely exposed after a dramatic geological uplift in 1954. Located at the western base of Alcedo Volcano we hope to run into a few very impressive land iguanas as well as some of the volcanoís endemic Galapagos giant tortoises during the wet season.

  • Difficulty level: moderate
  • Type of terrain: flat & rocky
  • Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

PM – Tagus Cove (Isabela)

Dry landing.  A well-known hideout and deep water anchorage in the days of pirates, Tagus Cove was also one of the few sites visited by Charles Darwin and the HMS Beagle in 1835. A beautiful hike leads us past an overview of Darwin Lake and on to a stunning volcanic landscape revealing Isabela islandís dramatic northern volcanoes. Once back at sea level the perfect activity is to snorkel along a submerged wall with turtles, lots of fish, penguins and potentially flightless cormorants. You might even be tempted by a panga ride or kayak!

  • Difficulty level: moderate/demanding
  • Type of terrain: steep
  • Duration: 2-hour walk / 40-minute panga ride / 1-hour deep water snorkeling

DAY 4

Saturday

AM –  Egas Port (Santiago Island)

Wet landing. The black volcanic sand sets this landing apart from most. It is best known for the dramatic shoreline where we meet a host of species that chose to live between land and sea. Particular among these are the endemic Galapagos fur seals which maintain a small colony at the end of our walk. Other species of note include American oystercatchers, sea lions, waders, herons, lava lizards and even Galapagos hawks. An optional visit takes us to an abandoned salt mine famous in its day for supplying salt to mainland Ecuador.

  • Difficulty level: moderate
  • Type of terrain: flat & semi-rocky
  • Duration: 1½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

PM – Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)

Wet landing.  Although, when viewed from the sea, the site does not look especially interesting visitors are always totally enthralled by the amazing beds of pahoehoe lava from the recent flow on the island. It is a landscape and macro photographer’s dream. The importance of pioneer plants such as the tiny Mollugo will be discussed as we hike over the lava. After our land visit we can enjoy a refreshing snorkel in the company of sea lions, turtles and rays.

  • Difficulty level: difficult
  • Type of terrain: flat volcanic lava
  • Duration: 1½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling/beach time

DAY 5

Sunday

AM – Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)

Wet landing.  Named for some wrecked World War II barges whose ribs are still visible in the sand this visitor site offers great swimming, a lovely walk along the shore and a visit to a lagoon behind the high tide line with wading birds, marine iguanas and sometimes even flamingoes. The two beaches are also favorite nesting sites for green turtles which often leave tractor-like tracks in the sand.

  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Type of terrain: sandy
  • Duration: 1-hour walk

 

Baltra Airport

After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.


B   WEST 5 days / 4 nights
Wednesday - Sunday
 

Flight to / from Baltra: AV1632, departing Quito 6:50 / Guayaquil 8:25, arriving Galapagos 9:30.

Return flight: AV1633, departing Galapagos 10:20, arriving Guayaquil 13:00 / Quito 14:50.

DAY TIME VISIT ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS TERRAIN DIFFICULTY
LEVEL
ACTIVITIES
TYPE DIVING
SITE LEVEL
WED AM Baltra airport Baltra Meet and greet, bus transfer to the port, check-in on board. - - - Seymour & Daphne medium
PM Highlands Santa Cruz Giant tortoises, tree & ground Darwin finches. flat & muddy easy
  • trekking
- -
               
THU AM Vicente Roca Point Isabela Nazca and blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants. Remnants of ancient volcano, turquoise coves along the cliff. water low
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkel
- -
PM Espinosa Point Fernandina Pristine island, largest marine iguana colony, whales seasonal (feeding area) pahoehoe and AA lava formations, unique lava cactus. rocky & lava moderate
  • trekking
  • snorkel
- -
FRI AM Urbina Bay Isabela Land iguanas, giant tortoises, sea birds, cormorants, 2 trails for trekking. flat easy
  • trekking
  • snorkel
- -
PM Tagus Cove Isabela Calm water, pirates history, lots of seabirds: blue-footed boobies, brown noddy terns, flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguins depending on season; marine iguanas. steep & lava moderate
  • trekking
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkel
  • kayak
- -
SAT AM Egas Port Santiago Landscape tuff cone (volcanic ash) and lava, sea lions. flat & rocky moderate
  • trekking
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkel
  • kayak
- -
PM Sullivan Bay Santiago Walk on lava flows, pahoehoe, great geological place, penguins. flat & lava demanding
  • trekking
  • snorkel
- -
SUN AM Bachas Beach Santa Cruz One of the main nesting sites of sea turtles and flamingoes. sandy easy
  • trekking

Seymour & Mosquera

Gordon Rocks or
Daphne & Mosquera

- advanced
- medium
Baltra airport Baltra Check-out, transfer to airport
from Puerto Ayora. 7-night guests Baltra’ shore.
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