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Embark upon an 8 day cruise on this very spacious and comfortable “Superior First Class” motor yacht. With panoramic windows in the salon and great deck space, the Beluga yacht is a fantastic way to cruise the Galapagos islands in speed and style.

Follow in Darwin’s footsteps to the Central and Western islands, with visits to Isabela and Fernandina – two of the absolute highlights of Galapagos.
Along the journey, you will have the opportunity to see everything from penguins to the endemic tortoises, marine iguanas, sea lions, fish of all colours and sizes and even whales.

You will also be snorkling at some of the best spots in the world and not least – get to cross the Equator by boat.

 

DAY 1: Baltra / St. Cruz

You arrive in Baltra where you will be picked up by your guide. From here it’s a short trip to the island of St. Cruz where you will be able to see the giant tortoises in their natural habitat in the highlands.

The day also includes a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station for an educational tour.

 

DAY 2: Floreana

The island of Floreana is known for its colourful history og buccaneers, whalers, convicts and early colonists.

During your stay, you will visit three sites. At Punta Cormorant you will go to see the sea lions on the beach and venture indland to the large lagoon where the pink flamingos can be found.

To fully experience the Galapagos islands, you must also go beneath the surface. Of the shore of Floreana, you will go for a snorkeling adventure at Devil’s Crown. The submerged volcano has eroded to create the appearance of a jagged crown and is home to an abundance of colourful fish, playful sea lions, sea turtles, rays and small sharks.

Last visit of the day is to Post Office Bay, which is said to hold the oldest post box in the world. Here you will go to see the remains of a fishing village, then occupied by Norwegian whalers. Along the trail, you will have the possibility to encounter, iguanas, tortoises and birds.

After that, it’s back to Beluga for relaxation, sun bathing and discussions about the adventures of the day.

 

DAY 3: Isabela

Isabela Island is the largest of the Galapagos Islands formed by five active volcanoes fused together. Wolf Volcano is the highest point in the entire Galapagos at 1707m.

Today you will visit the Sierra Negra Volcano and experience the massive crater which, with its 10 km diameter, is the second largest on the planet. Along the trail you will be able to see how life has developed in this sometimes unwelcoming invironment.

After this, you venture down hill to Puerto Villamil. This small charming town is home to a beautiful sandy beach, the Tortoise Breed Station and flamingo lagoon. Depending on conditions, visit may include the Tintoreras or Los Humedales.

 

DAY 4: Isabela

Today includes a visit to Punta Moreno which is located in the central southwestern coast of Isabela Island. The site has spectacular views of volcanoes Alcedo, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul. You will also have the chance to experience some impressive lava flows, desolate and pristine landscape, as well as varied and unusual arid zone vegetation

Elizabeth Bay is the destination for todays final excursion. Here it’s possible to see penguins on the small islets in the bay. The end of the bay is long and narrow surrounded by three species of mangroves and offers a great opportunity to find Galapagos sea turtles and rays.

 

DAY 5: Isabela

Today we travel further North along the West coast of Isabela. Here we find Urbina Bay at the foothills of Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes. This is home to colourful land iguanas, Galapagos giant tortoises and the coral uplifting from 1954.

Our next visit is at Tagus Cove, which is a natural harbor where centuries ago whalers and pirates left their ship’s names painted or carved on the rocks. We will hike uphill to Darwin’s crater salt-water lake view to enjoy the spectacular view and not least the unique flora and fauna along our path.

 

DAY 6: Fernandina / Isabela

Close to Isabela, lies Fernandina which is the youngest of the Galapagos islands. The volcano is one of the most active in the world and is situated at the very hot spot of the creation of these enchanted islands.

Here we will visit Punta Espinoza – a place famous for its large colonies of marine iguanas and as the habitat of unique species like the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, among others.

In the afternoon we go back to Isabela Island and more specifically Punta Vicente RocaThis site is visited by dinghy along the cliffs or the partially sunken cave at the water’s edge. Nasca boobies, blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline. In the water we see sea lions, marine iguanas or even some of the larger animals that inhabit the sea.

 

DAY 7 : James / Bartolomé

James Island (named after England’s King James ll) is located between the Eastern side Isabela and St. Cruz. It’s home to a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas and fur seals.

Here we will visit Puerto Egas, where a walk along the rocky coast line will you show you a view of some of Galapagos’ best tide pools. During our excursion we will see the Sugar Loaf volcano, Galapagos fur seals, oystercatchers, the large marine iguana colony as well as the old salt mine.

Across the bay we find Bartolomé Island, where we will hike will take to the highest point of the island for a spectacular scenic view. Back at sea level, we will find sea lions and penguins swimming around the famous Pinnacle Rock. Enjoy this paradise on the sandy white beach or go for a snorkling adventure.

 

DAY 8 : North Seymour / Baltra

Our last day includes a visit to North Seymour. This flat piece of land originated after an uplifting event thousands of years ago. The island is home to endemic Palo Santo trees, colonies of blue-footed boobies, swallow tailed gulls, and the majestic frigate birds.

The boat will take you back to Baltra Airport where your trip originated. From here you can catch a flight to the mainland or venture on to the island of St. Cruz for more Galapagos adventures.

 

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Location: Galapagos.

Accommodation: double cabins.

Included: all excursions and activities. All meals while onboard. Bilingual naturalist guide. Snorkeling gear.

Not included: airfare. Galapagos National Park entry fee and Migratory Card fee. Bottled beverages onboard. Wetsuit rental. Tips.

Prices: $4,600 per person in double cabin.

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