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Galapagos Travel

Coral Western Islands

Itinerary B

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 Western Islands on a stable comfortable boutique expedition vessel. You'll enjoy guided walks on land with naturalists, chances to snorkel, kayak, swim or relax on a beach.  You'll marvel at the red sand beaches, Scalesia forest, lava flows and a host of animal species including blue-footed boobies, sea lions, penguins and land iguanas.

Activities
Kayaking
Zodiac Tours
Snorkeling
Birding
Child Friendly

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Santa Cruz Island

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 the western coast of Santa Cruz, where Eden Islet offers opportunities to see Nazca and blue-footed boobies, reef sharks, and banks of endemic bream fish, either from the dinghy or while snorkeling. Later a wet landing in “Bahia Ballena,” Whale Bay, a beautiful greenish sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach contains a large amount of volcanic olivine crystals, formed when the magma was still underground. Its content is magnesium, iron, and silica. A small tortoise population from Pinzon Island lives in the area, probably left by whalers or previous inhabitants. There is the opportunity to see marine iguanas and sea birds, followed by snorkeling.

Day 2

Isabela & Fernandina Islands

Vicente Roca point is a promontory created form the remains of a tuff cone, with two protected turquoise coves on either side. One of them, the Bolivar Channel is one of the richest marine ecosystems on Earth. This place is only accessible by water, with great opportunities for deep-water snorkeling. In this part of the Galapagos, the upwelling of cold water currents from the west, offer an abundant plankton supply for marine species like: red-lipped batfish, seahorses, frogfish, nudibranchs, octopus, and the mola-mola or sunfish. It is common to observe dolphin pods, sea lions rafts, and tuna banks feeding. The sheer cliffs provides the perfect setting for dinghy rides along the coast, observing a great diversity of sea birds, like: noddies, brown pelicans, Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, Nazca and Blue-footed boobies are often seen feeding all at once in these waters during cold season (May – December). Whale watching is also common while navigating. In the afternoon Espinosa Point, where it is possible to admire a wide view of Isabela Island across the Bolivar Channel, an area that hosts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. Here, the largest most primitive-looking marine iguanas are found mingling with sea lions and sally Lightfoot Crabs. Fernandina island displays a wonderful opportunity to encounter flightless cormorants at their nesting sites. The Galapagos penguins and the “King” of predators on the islands, the Galapagos Hawk, can also be spotted. Pa-hoe-hoe and AA lava formations cover the majority of Fernandina terrain. Vegetation is scarce inland, with the exception of a few brachycereus cacti. In the shore, mangrove can be found.

Day 3

Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove - Isabela

A wet landing this morning on a volcanic “black” beach. Depending on the season, we may find giant tortoises, land iguanas and the unusual Flightless Cormorant. After a short walk in land, snorkeling time is allotted, giving you yet another chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plant life that changes depending on the season. We can observe the beautiful colors of plants that attract different insects, birds and reptiles. We will explore the uplifted coral reef that resulted from 1954 volcanic activity, with a spectacular view of Alcedo Volcano. In the afternoon, a true highlight of the archipelago,Tagus Cove.  Here, the trail leads to Darwin’s salt-water crater lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations. We will return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where we will admire a variety of seabirds, such as Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, terns, Flightless Cormorant and depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins- the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the equator.  We will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water. Graffiti believed to have been left by19th-century pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past.

Day 4

Santiago Island

On a black volcanic sandy beach, the remains of salt mines still can be seen. This is a historically important site; on 1683 the British buccaneer William Ambrose Cowley named the bay as James. Since then, this location became an anchor base to recollect water, tortoises, and salt from the salt-lake that locates in a closer crater. Charles Darwin visited this place in 1835. The first part of the trail is comprised of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half is comprised of volcanic basaltic rock on the shoreline; creating the best tidal pool area in the Galapagos. Here, the fur seals and sally lightfoot crabs populations thrive. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds, including the Galapagos hawk and the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron. Snorkeling in this place is a highlight; it is frequent to see lobsters, starfish, octopuses, squids, and marine iguanas on algae beds. Santiago is one of the few places where fur seals (actually, a kind of sea lion) and Galapagos sea Lions can be found. After lunch Sullivan Bay. This site located at the southeastern portion of Santiago Island is of important geologic interest. It features extensive relative young pa-hoe-hoe lava flows formed during the last quarter of the 19th century. In the middle of the lava flow, older reddish-yellow-colored tuff cones appear. Mollugo plants with their yellow-to-orange whorled leaves usually grow out of the fissures. Walking on the solidified lava gives the impression of been in another planet. Tree molds are found, indicating that in that position large size plants grew in small crevices, until the lava flow of past eruptions burned down the flora of the island.

Day 5

Santa Cruz Highlands

After a dry landing a 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands to visit private farms- tortoise reserves “El Chato” / “Primicias,” where giant tortoises wander freely in the National Park. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different types of birds, such as: tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually on the shells of the tortoises). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in its 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.

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

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateStandard Standard PlusJunior Suite
 Feb 22 - Feb 262215 2743 3128
 Mar 8 - Mar 122215 2743 3128
 Mar 22 - Mar 262215 2743 3128
 Apr 5 - Apr 92215 2743 3128
 Apr 19 - Apr 232215 2743 3128
 May 3 - May 72215 2743 3128
 May 17 - May 212215 2743 3128
 May 31 - Jun 42215 2743 3128
 Jun 14 - Jun 182215 2743 3128
 Jun 28 - Jul 22215 2743 3128
 Jul 12 - Jul 162215 2743 3128
 Jul 26 - Jul 302215 2743 3128
 Aug 9 - Aug 132215 2743 3128
 Aug 23 - Aug 272215 2743 3128
 Sep 6 - Sep 102215 2743 3128
 Sep 20 - Sep 242215 2743 3128
 Oct 4 - Oct 82215 2743 3128
 Oct 18 - Oct 222215 2743 3128
 Nov 1 - Nov 52215 2743 3128
 Nov 15 - Nov 192215 2743 3128
 Nov 29 - Dec 32215 2743 3128
 Dec 13 - Dec 172215 2743 3128
 Dec 27 - Dec 312215 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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