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Galapagos Travel

Coral Central Islands

Itinerary A

from $1,662
4 days

Ship Name

M/Y Corals I & II

Trip Type

Sea

When To Go

Year-Round

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Trip Summary

This 4 day trip brings the best of the Central Islands on a small nimble motor yacht. You'll enjoy guided walks on land with naturalists, chances to snorkel, kayak, swim or relax on a beach.  You'll marvel at Pinnacle Rocks, Dragon Hill lava tunnels, a turtle sanctuary and a host of animal species including blue-footed boobies, flamingos, penguins, sea lions and land iguanas.

Activities
Kayaking
Zodiac Tours
Snorkeling
Birding
Child Friendly

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Baltra & Santa Cruz

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the ship.  In the afternoon a 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to the northwest of Puerto Ayora, where we will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and therefore approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always aninspiring adventure. They can weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150-200 years. Additionally, travelers can walk inside surprising lava tubes; we also visit Pit Craters created from the collapse of surface materials into chamber fissures underground. It’s a great place to spot Vermilion Flycatcher as we walk inside an endemic Scalesia forest. 

Day 2

Dragon Hill & Bartolome

Walk by a brackish lagoon to see flamingos. The trail leads across a typical dry zone vegetation. Keeping up until Dragon Hill, there will be important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchored boats and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves. In the afternoon,  travel back in time to lava tube formations, spatter cones and the remains of two types of hardened lava: AA and pa-hoe-hoe. You will experience beautiful and breathtaking landscapes as you climb up the Summit Trail in a moon-like scenery. The natural life in the island includes: tiquilia and spurge plants, various cactus species,lava lizzards and blue-footed boobies. The tall, leaning spike, known as Pinnacle Rock is possibly the best know spot in the Galapagos. 
For many, this may turn out to be the best snorkeling experiences because is the best chance to see zigzagging penguins chasing small schools of fish, white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, just to mention some.

Day 3

Rabida Island & Bachas Beach

Also known as Jervis Island in English, Rábida is one of the most diverse in terms of volcanic activity as it lies at the very heart of the archipelago’s volcanic origin. In this deep red beach, surrounded by cliffs and steep slopes of volcanic cinder cones it is usual to find nesting colonies of brown pelicans, as well as, nine species of Darwin finches, fur seals, and Nazca boobies. After lunch, visit Bachas Beach. Behind this beach lie two small flamingo ponds were iguanas sunbathe, and coastal birds such as: Darwin finches, mockingbirds, gulls, etc.   The native vegetation like the red and black mangrove can be also seen. This beach is one of the main sea turtles nesting sites in the Galapagos. A turtle can lay eggs 3 to 4 times per season with an average of 70 eggs. At this paradisiacal site, we will also find the remains of barges that were sank during World War II, when the United States Navy operated a base on Baltra Island. Local people modified the word barges to “bachas,” hence its name.

Day 4

Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz

On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea, four species of mangrove crowd form an internal lagoon. Turtles visit the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface, while the fish and rays circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, plus sea birds including pelicans, herons and egrets feeding from the cove. This cove has been declared as a “Turtle Sanctuary.”

Later, a transfer to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateStandard Standard PlusJunior Suite
 Feb 19 - Feb 221662 2058 2346
 Mar 5 - Mar 81662 2058 2346
 Mar 19 - Mar 221662 2058 2346
 Apr 2 - Apr 51662 2058 2346
 Apr 16 - Apr 191662 2058 2346
 Apr 30 - May 31662 2058 2346
 May 14 - May 171662 2058 2346
 May 28 - May 311662 2058 2346
 Jun 11 - Jun 141662 2058 2346
 Jun 25 - Jun 281662 2058 2346
 Jul 9 - Jul 121662 2058 2346
 Jul 23 - Jul 261662 2058 2346
 Aug 6 - Aug 91662 2058 2346
 Aug 20 - Aug 231662 2058 2346
 Sep 3 - Sep 61662 2058 2346
 Sep 17 - Sep 201662 2058 2346
 Oct 1 - Oct 41662 2058 2346
 Oct 15 - Oct 181662 2058 2346
 Oct 29 - Nov 11662 2058 2346
 Nov 12 - Nov 151662 2058 2346
 Nov 26 - Nov 291662 2058 2346
 Dec 10 - Dec 131662 2058 2346
 Jan 7 - Jan 101662 2058 2346
 Jan 21 - Jan 241662 2058 2346
 Feb 4 - Feb 71662 2058 2346
 Feb 18 - Feb 211662 2058 2346
 Mar 4 - Mar 71662 2058 2346
 Mar 18 - Mar 211662 2058 2346
 Apr 1 - Apr 41662 2058 2346
 Apr 15 - Apr 181662 2058 2346
 Apr 29 - May 21662 2058 2346
 May 13 - May 161662 2058 2346
 May 27 - May 301662 2058 2346
 Jun 10 - Jun 131662 2058 2346
 Jun 24 - Jun 271662 2058 2346
 Jul 8 - Jul 111662 2058 2346
 Jul 22 - Jul 251662 2058 2346
 Aug 5 - Aug 81662 2058 2346
 Aug 19 - Aug 221662 2058 2346
 Sep 2 - Sep 51662 2058 2346
 Sep 16 - Sep 191662 2058 2346
 Sep 30 - Oct 31662 2058 2346
 Oct 14 - Oct 171662 2058 2346
 Oct 28 - Oct 311662 2058 2346
 Nov 11 - Nov 141662 2058 2346
 Nov 25 - Nov 281662 2058 2346
 Dec 9 - Dec 121662 2058 2346
 Dec 23 - Dec 261662 2058 2346

View Rate Notes

The above rates are per person, based on double occupancy and in US dollars unless indicated otherwise.

Deposit: 25% of fare per person, higher for Peak Season / Holiday Sailings. Deposits may be paid by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Final Payment: Due 90 days prior to departure.  For Peak Season / Holiday Sailings due 120 days prior to departure.  Final payment is payable by check or wire only.

Additional Costs:

  • Single: Twin / Double Cabins for single use have a surcharge of 50% (Holiday sailings 75%)
  • Triples: 25% discount for the third person sharing cabin with two full-fare paying guests
  • Quadruples: Junior Suites only, 25% discount for 3rd & 4th guests sharing cabin with 2 full fare-paying guests, or child discount (see below) applies.
  • Peak season / Holiday surcharge: 5% over cabin rate per person
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100 per adult | $50 per child 11 and under
  • Transit Control Card: $20 per person
  • Fuel Surcharge: $50 per person
  • Airfare to the Galapagos: $449 per adult | $315 per child 11 and under
  • Gear Rentals: Kayaks $30 per use per person / Wet suits $25 per person
  • Optional Half-Day Diving Package: $360 per person (includes all gear). Inquire for details.
  • Pre and Post Hotels and Transfers: Package rates available

Peak Season / Holiday Dates: Jan 1 -5, April 5 - May 25, July 3 - Aug 26, Oct 2 - Nov 22, Dec 18 - 31, 2017

Child Policy: Children accepted, infants on request. Children under 12 sharing a cabin with their parents or guardians are 50% off with two full fare-paying guests (25% off on holiday sailings). 

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, welcome & farewell cocktails, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish (French, German, Italian upon request), snorkeling gear, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication), taxes and shuttle transfers in the islands.  

Not Included: Wet suits (available to rent $25 per person per departure), Kayaks ($30 per use per person), air to the galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee ($100 adult / $50 child), Transit Control Card $20, Fuel Surcharge $50, alchoholic beverages, internet / wifi, international air, hotels in Quito or Guayaquil pre and post cruise, transfers (other than indicated above),Optional Diving Package

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are refundable up to 120 days, less a per person operator fee (varies by operator) ranging from $250 - $500 per person. Reservations cancelled after final payment due date will lose the full cruise fare.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

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Ship Information

M/Y Corals I & II - 36 or 20 guests

These two comfortable yachts offer charming areas and accommodations distributed on three decks, with both open and interior spaces, allowing you to have an intimate expedition experience. They offer dining on the deck and in the interior restaurant, sun and shadow decks for relaxing, a hot tub and an interior bar and lounge. Please note that these ships are used interchangeably for the same set of itineraries. We cannot guarantee which ship you will be placed on, however we can make requests. One yacht is slightly larger in size and passenger capacity than the other, but the guide to guest ratio remains low on each. The ships are similar in decor, amenities, facilities and identical in 'class'. 

Accommodations

Trip Policy

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, welcome & farewell cocktails, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish (French, German, Italian upon request), snorkeling gear, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication), taxes and shuttle transfers in the islands.  

Not Included: Wet suits (available to rent $25 per person per departure), Kayaks ($30 per use per person), air to the galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee ($100 adult / $50 child), Transit Control Card $20, Fuel Surcharge $50,, alchoholic beverages, internet / wifi, international air, hotels in Quito or Guayaquil pre and post cruise, transfers (other than indicated above), Optional Diving Package

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are refundable up to 120 days, less a per person operator fee (varies by operator) ranging from $250 - $500 per person. Reservations cancelled after final payment due date will lose the full cruise fare.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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