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Coral Eastern Islands

Itinerary C

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 Eastern 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 the white sand beaches, cactus forest, Kicker Rock and a host of animal species including blue-footed boobies, sea lions and land iguanas.

Activities
Kayaking
Zodiac Tours
Snorkeling
Birding
Child Friendly

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Baltra & Charles Darwin Station

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 visit to the Galapagos giant tortoises and land iguanas breeding program, where the famous Lonesome George (last surviving specimen of Pinta Island) lived for decades. The center is managed by the Galapagos National Park´s (GNP) staff with the collaboration of scientists from the Charles Darwin Station (CDS). Here, eggs taken from Pinzon, Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands hatch without the danger of introduced species. After artificial incubation; the “galapaguitos” (newborntortoises) are reared until the age of 5, when they are released in their native habitats, having the enough capabilities to survive alone. Since the 70’s, more than 2,000 specimens have returned to their native islands. In addition, the Darwin Station works in several scientific projects and botanical research, providing environmental education to local communities, schools and tourists. If time permits, it is possible to visit Puerto Ayora town.

Day 2

Mosquera Islet & North Seymour Island

Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. There is no trail on the islet, visitor can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum plants grow on the sand. After lunch you'll motor near Baltra Island and not far from Santa Cruz Island, to North Seymour Island. This landmass was formed by a series of underwater volcanic eruptions, which deposited layers of lava on the ocean floor. After arrival and an approximately two hours walk, large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls can be seen. Land iguanas and on a lucky day Galapagos snakes can be encounter along the path.

Day 3

Sante Fe Island & South Plaza

Santa Fe shows white sandy beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies; through the island path an endemic cactus forest is passed. Home of the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for a number of species, including: the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago. In the afternoon South Plaza Islet. There are two Plaza Islets (north and south) located east of Santa Cruz Island. On the northern part of the Islet, visitors begin the journey along an impressive cactus forest were colorful yellow and red land iguanas live, the population number is around 300 animals; during dry season they survive on fruits and flowers of the opuntia cacti. A peculiar thing to see in South Plaza is the hybrid iguana (sea and land). When reaching the highest point, tropicbirds can be seen. During the dry season (June – January) the usually greenish and yellowish vegetation change of color creating a bright red landscape (sesuviumedmonstonei plant).

Day 4

San Cristobal Island

San Cristobal is home of the capital town of the Galapagos Province, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the Interpretation Center, which is an excellent place to learn about the nature and history of the Islands, displaying information of Galapagos volcanic origins, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, arrival of the original species, among other points of interest. The human interaction is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events about the colonization of the islands. Later on a high-intensity hike can be done to visit Tijeretas Hill, a beautiful landscapes ending with a magnificent view of a nearby large frigatebird colony. If there is enough time, a town visit can be planned.

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 15 - Feb 181662 2058 2346
 Mar 1 - Mar 41662 2058 2346
 Mar 15 - Mar 181662 2058 2346
 Mar 29 - Apr 11662 2058 2346
 Apr 12 - Apr 151662 2058 2346
 Apr 26 - Apr 291662 2058 2346
 May 10 - May 131662 2058 2346
 May 24 - May 271662 2058 2346
 Jun 7 - Jun 101662 2058 2346
 Jun 21 - Jun 241662 2058 2346
 Jul 5 - Jul 81662 2058 2346
 Jul 19 - Jul 221662 2058 2346
 Aug 2 - Aug 51662 2058 2346
 Aug 16 - Aug 191662 2058 2346
 Aug 30 - Sep 21662 2058 2346
 Sep 13 - Sep 161662 2058 2346
 Sep 27 - Sep 301662 2058 2346
 Oct 11 - Oct 141662 2058 2346
 Oct 25 - Oct 281662 2058 2346
 Nov 8 - Nov 111662 2058 2346
 Nov 22 - Nov 251662 2058 2346
 Dec 6 - Dec 91662 2058 2346
 Dec 20 - Dec 231662 2058 2346
 Jan 3 - Jan 61662 2058 2346
 Jan 17 - Jan 201662 2058 2346
 Jan 31 - Feb 31662 2058 2346
 Feb 14 - Feb 171662 2058 2346
 Feb 28 - Mar 31662 2058 2346
 Mar 14 - Mar 171662 2058 2346
 Mar 28 - Mar 311662 2058 2346
 Apr 11 - Apr 141662 2058 2346
 Apr 25 - Apr 281662 2058 2346
 May 9 - May 121662 2058 2346
 May 23 - May 261662 2058 2346
 Jun 6 - Jun 91662 2058 2346
 Jun 20 - Jun 231662 2058 2346
 Jul 4 - Jul 71662 2058 2346
 Jul 18 - Jul 211662 2058 2346
 Aug 1 - Aug 41662 2058 2346
 Aug 15 - Aug 181662 2058 2346
 Aug 29 - Sep 11662 2058 2346
 Sep 12 - Sep 151662 2058 2346
 Sep 26 - Sep 291662 2058 2346
 Oct 10 - Oct 131662 2058 2346
 Oct 24 - Oct 271662 2058 2346
 Nov 7 - Nov 101662 2058 2346
 Nov 21 - Nov 241662 2058 2346
 Dec 5 - Dec 81662 2058 2346
 Dec 19 - Dec 221662 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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