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Galapagos Travel

Coral Southern Islands

Itinerary D

from $2,215
5 days

Ship Name

M/Y Corals I & II

Trip Type

Sea

When To Go

Year-Round

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Trip Summary

This 5 day trip brings the best of the Southern Islands on 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 lava tubes, mangrove can cactus forests and a host of animal species including blue-footed boobies, waved albatross, penguins and flamingos.

Activities
Kayaking
Zodiac Tours
Snorkeling
Birding
Child Friendly

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

San Cristobal

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 visit the San Cristobal Tortoise Breeding Center; located in the vicinity of Cerro Colorado (reddish hill). This is one of the few places where you can see Calandriniagalapagosa, a plant endemic to San Cristobal that resembles a small tree. Passengers can learn about the National Park’s conservation programs and the assisted reproduction tortoise program. If there is enough time, passengers will have the opportunity to visit Puerto Baquerizo Town, to have time for a drink or shopping.

Day 2

San Cristobal

Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone that is composed of AA lava formations; it is close to a beautiful white sandy beach which is great for snorkeling and sunbathing. Nearby a lagoon ideal for migratory bird species can be seen, including: black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, sandpiper and white- cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, an islet in the adjacent southern coast of San Cristobal. In the afternoon a visit to Pitt Point where the trail goes through several magnificent viewpoints, including: an olivine beach and a path climbing to the top of a volcanic tuff. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together: Nazca, blue-footed, and red-footed; as well as the two species of frigate birds plus a sea lion colony; this is an excellent place for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.

Day 3

Espanola Island

Espanola is an island of great geological interest, being one of the oldest in Galapagos, it has a high percentage of endemism due to its isolation from the rest of the islands. Due to the great variety of wildlife this is one of the most attractive spots in the Galapagos. Here is possible to explore volcanic formations and see large colonies of sea lion and seabirds including the Española mockingbird, Nazca boobies, and the spectacular red-billed tropicbirds. Here, the singular marine iguanas have a turquoise color with reddish parts during breeding season, lava lizards, and the colorful Sally light foot crabs. A somewhat lengthy hike brings visitors to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birdwatchers favorites include the Galapagos dove, the Galapagos hawk, swallow-tailed gulls and the world’s largest colony of waved albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (April-December). Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous “Soplador,” a seaward blowhole that shoots water up to 23 m. (75 ft.) in to the air. Later you'll enjoy Gardner Bay, a beautiful white coral sandy beach guarded by a colony of sea Lions. Here, there are no trails, so visitors stay along the shore, spotting the Galapagos hawk, the American oystercatcher, the Galapagos dove, hood mockingbirds, yellow warblers, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin finches , cacti finch (Geospizafuliginosa), the small ground finch (Geospizafuliginosa) and the warbler finch (Certhideaolivacea). Swimming and snorkeling offers a great variety of Galapagos marine wildlife: king angelfish, creole fish, damsel fish and parrot fish.

Day 4

Floreana Island

Champion is a small islet located just offshore Floreana Island, dinghy rides and snorkeling here is done along a nice marine wall, filled with a variety of wildlife, like schools of the endemic black striped salemas, blue Lobster, long nose hawkfish, sea horses, coral hawkfish, sea lions, and the famous red-lipped batfish. Cormorant Point first impression is of an olivine green sand beach. From here, a hike next to black mangroves takes to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as the Scalesiavillosa, white mangrove, and palo santo trees. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of green Pacific sea turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the stingrays that may be hiding in the sand. From the beach is easy to spot sea turtles, blue-footed boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks searching for food along the shoreline. From here it is necessary to go back to the initial olive green sand beach to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of Galapagos penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well. In the afternoon you'll visit Post Office Bay, named like this because, in 1793, Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel, which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through, who would take the letters with them to their destinations. Nowadays, visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel, hoping that some other traveler, going to the letter destination, will take it back for free. The chances are that the letter, posted can take a long time to arrive to its destination. However, there have been cases where it has arrived before the sender.Here, it is possible to see Darwin finches, yellow warbler, and lava lizards. Great snorkeling opportunities with green Pacific sea turtles and on the main beach be around playful sea lions. Moreover, this island is best known for its unique endemic vegetation.

Day 5

Santa Cruz Island

On the Santa Cruz Island highlands it is possible to visit private farms- tortoise reserves “El Chato” / “Primicias”, where giant tortoises wander freely, passing from the National Park. In the mountains of the Galapagos is possible to admire different kinds of birds, such as: tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually on top the shells of the tortoises). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is relevant for birdwatchers, since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

Afterwards, you will go straight to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateStandard Standard PlusJunior Suite
 Feb 15 - Feb 192215 2743 3128
 Mar 1 - Mar 52215 2743 3128
 Mar 15 - Mar 192215 2743 3128
 Mar 29 - Apr 22215 2743 3128
 Apr 12 - Apr 162215 2743 3128
 Apr 26 - Apr 302215 2743 3128
 May 10 - May 142215 2743 3128
 May 24 - May 282215 2743 3128
 Jun 7 - Jun 112215 2743 3128
 Jun 21 - Jun 252215 2743 3128
 Jul 5 - Jul 92215 2743 3128
 Jul 19 - Jul 232215 2743 3128
 Aug 2 - Aug 62215 2743 3128
 Aug 16 - Aug 202215 2743 3128
 Aug 30 - Sep 32215 2743 3128
 Sep 13 - Sep 172215 2743 3128
 Sep 27 - Oct 12215 2743 3128
 Oct 11 - Oct 152215 2743 3128
 Oct 25 - Oct 292215 2743 3128
 Nov 8 - Nov 122215 2743 3128
 Nov 22 - Nov 262215 2743 3128
 Dec 6 - Dec 102215 2743 3128
 Dec 20 - Dec 242215 2743 3128
 Jan 3 - Jan 72215 2743 3128
 Jan 17 - Jan 212215 2743 3128
 Jan 31 - Feb 42215 2743 3128
 Feb 14 - Feb 182215 2743 3128
 Feb 28 - Mar 42215 2743 3128
 Mar 14 - Mar 182215 2743 3128
 Mar 28 - Apr 12215 2743 3128
 Apr 11 - Apr 152215 2743 3128
 Apr 25 - Apr 292215 2743 3128
 May 9 - May 132215 2743 3128
 May 23 - May 272215 2743 3128
 Jun 6 - Jun 102215 2743 3128
 Jun 20 - Jun 242215 2743 3128
 Jul 4 - Jul 82215 2743 3128
 Jul 18 - Jul 222215 2743 3128
 Aug 1 - Aug 52215 2743 3128
 Aug 15 - Aug 192215 2743 3128
 Aug 29 - Sep 22215 2743 3128
 Sep 12 - Sep 162215 2743 3128
 Sep 26 - Sep 302215 2743 3128
 Oct 10 - Oct 142215 2743 3128
 Oct 24 - Oct 282215 2743 3128
 Nov 7 - Nov 112215 2743 3128
 Nov 21 - Nov 252215 2743 3128
 Dec 5 - Dec 92215 2743 3128
 Dec 19 - Dec 232215 2743 3128

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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