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Odyssey Southeastern

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from $4,000
6 days

Ship Name

M/Y Galapagos Odyssey

Trip Type

Sea

When To Go

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Thanks to Kristy for arranging this special trip for us. This was one of the best small boat cruises we have every taken. The absolute highpoint of the trip for me, was a particular snorkeling trip with orcas led by our very expereinced guide who told us that we might be in for a special treat-and we were!

John R.
Reno, NV

Trip Summary

This specially designed southeastern itinerary visits the most popular sites of Galapagos and combines the spectacular sea bird colonies of Española and North Seymour. The southwestern islands are geologically elder, eroded and overgrown, with almost extinguished volcanic activity. Striking beaches of white coral sand are favourite places for large colonies of Galapagos sea lions and surround breathtaking azure-coloured bays. This varied route is characterized by relatively shorter nightly navigations and even two nights of quiet rest at calm anchorage-sites.

Activities
Zodiac Tours
Snorkeling
Photography
Birding

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

San Cristobal

After arrival by air to the Galapagos you are transferred to the vessel.  After getting settled, visit the tortoise breeding center at Colorado Hill. This and similar breeding centers on Santa Cruz and Isabela are the most comfortable places where you can see Galapagos giant tortoises. All are created to rescue these endangered giants by collecting their eggs in the wild, reproduction in captivity and repopulation once the hatchlings are big enough and less vulnerable for predators. Around the large corral, there is also an interpretive botanical trail and an interesting visitor’s center. In here the natural history of the local giant tortoises is explained to you; including the relationship and evolutional differences between these and other (sub)species. On the trail you can spot songbirds as well, such as yellow warblers, endemic Galapagos large-billed flycatchers and the Chatham mockingbird (even ‘more’ endemic, while unique to this island alone), that put Darwin on track of his evolution theory.

Day 2

Espanola Island

In the morning, Suarez Point on Espanola Island. Huge ocean waves bang onto the southern basaltic cliffs of Suarez Point, forming a spectacular blowhole, where the water sprays meters high into the air (depending on the season, the tide and how strong the sea breeze pushes the waves). Española marine iguanas become bright red with a turquoise-colored crest and legs at the start of the breeding season (starting from Christmas). Hood lava lizards are the largest of the 7 endemic species in the islands, as well as the mockingbirds, that have turned to carnivorous behaviour! March to December you will have the chance to see the famour waved albatrosses that breed on Espanola. Suarez Point also forms the massive breeding site for Nazca and blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and red-billed tropicbirds.  In the afternoon, visit Gardner Bay, an important breeding site for Pacific green turtles. But without doubt its main attraction is the Galapagos sea lion colony. Females stay year round in this nursery, suckling their pups up to an age of 3 years, although these start to learn fishing already after 5 months. During the breeding- and mating season the colony becomes even more populous. The strongest bachelors and elder males return from their secluded bases and start again to conquer and defend their section of beach. Pregnant females choose the best territory to give birth, and will mate again with their landlord within a month.

Day 3

Floreana Island

The peninsula of Cormorant Point forms the extreme north cape of Floreana, which is pockmarked by numbers of smaller volcanic cones and covered by tropical dry forest (predominently palo santo). Comorant Point is one of the best places in Galapagos to observe American flamingos among other aquatic birds, such as pintails (or Bahama ducks). Its salty lagoon houses a breeding colony of dozens of these elegant and exotic, but nervous waders. At the landing beach you will be welcomed by a small Galapagos sea lion-colony. The green sand on this beach contains a high percentage of glassy olivine crystals that have been blown out by the surrounding tuff cones.  Parrotfishes have pulverized it, grinding the calcareous skeletons of living coral. In the surf you can recognize schools of sting rays that love the sandy bottom to hide themselves. During the first months of the year Pacific green turtles come ashore to burry their eggs. In the afternoon a stop at Post Office Bay, one out of three nearby visitor’s sites on Floreana’s northern coast. Bring your postcards and post them in the peculiar traditional barrel on this historic site. These might arrive home quicker than you! The barrel commemorates an improvised mail service that was set-up for communication between British 16th century whalers and poachers. The novel of Moby Dick is inspired on the whaling epoch around Galapagos. Proceeding by inflatable dinghy to Baroness Lookout you will follow the graceful arm around the sheltered bay to the entrance of a submerged tuff cone. Alongside you can spot Galapagos sea lions, Pacific green turtles, golden cownose rays, and you might even catch the surprising sight of a Galapagos penguin! This is the only spot on the south-eastern routes where some penguins residel 

Day 4

Santa Cruz

In the morning Barrington Bay on the island of Santa Fe off Santa Cruz Island. Practically every animal on the extraordinary island of Santa Fe is unique; endemic to Galapagos, or even to this island alone and therefore extremely vulnerable! Geologists have determined that Santa Fe is the remnant of probably the most ancient volcano of Galapagos; the 850 ft high hill is all that remains from its former cone. Almost every visitor of Santa Fe would like to get a glimpse of the rare Barrington land iguana. But this pale version is not as easy to spot as its modelling counterparts on South Plaza.  You will land right into a Galapagos sea lion colony on the beach, attentively being stared by surprisingly tame Galapagos hawks. From their outlooks in the salt bush– and palo santo-branches on the beach ridge these are ready for snatching away a not to be despised lava lizard; not worrying that even these tiny reptiles are unique. Snorkelling in the paradisiacal bay gives the opportunity to amplify your quickly growing spot list with (harmless) whitetip reef sharks, spotted eagle rays and lots of colourful tropical reef fish. Maybe a curious Galapagos sea lion is willing to play with you!

At South Plaza in the afternoon there are several large Galapagos sea lion colonies, and this islet is best place to encounter the endemic Galapagos land iguana. Beware as well for some unique hybrids, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana. Clouds of petrels, storm petrels, shearwaters and brown noddies make spectacular flights and sometimes appear to walk on the waves. Take your binoculars and don’t miss the red-billed tropicbird with its graceful long tail and spectacular mating fights. These cliffs are also a nesting place for the endemic swallow-tailed gull, the most beautiful gull in the world. Its neatly lined eyes are perfectly adapted for its exceptional nightly fishing habits. From bird’s-eye perspective it is even possible to discover schools of surgeonfishesGalapagos mullets and when you are lucky even a jumping manta ray!

Day 5

North Seymour

The former seabed of the uplifted tabletop of North Seymour is strewn with boulders and overgrown by dry shrubs. Nevertheless this islet is one of most visited sites, and overloaded with bird life. An easy circular path takes you through the archipelago’s most extensive colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds. At the start of the (shifting) breeding season adult frigatebird-males blow up their vivid red pouches to impressive football-sized balloons. This is one of the few spots (besides Genovesa and Pitt Point) where you can compare the magnificent and the rarer great frigatebird breeding next to each other. Frigatebirds rather attack returning boobies and conduct aerial battles than fishing themselves and get a wet suit. The even more popular blue-footed boobies show their cute courtship rituals, in which their remarkable feet play an important role. Moreover you can spot lots of other seabirds, such as brown pelicans, red-billed tropicbirds, endemic swallow-tailed gulls and seasonally even Nazca boobies. Between the shrubs you might perceive a Galapagos land iguana

In the afternoon the blinding white Bachas Beach appears full of natural life. You will reach a brackish lagoon in the dunes, with different species of wade and shore birds, including gracious and noisy black-necked stilts, white-cheeked pintails (or Bahama ducks) and hunting herons. Migratory aquatic birds that winter in Galapagos, such as whimbrels, also frequent this pond. As soon as the water level drops and becomes saltier in the dry season, you might even encounter some American flamingos tirelessly filtering water to catch shrimp and algae! ‘Bachas’ refers to the ‘minefield of nest holes’ in the dunes strip; though others argue that it is a ‘Spanglish’ mispronunciation of ‘barks’, referring to two rusty landing vessels that have been left on the longer second beach in World War II, when the American US Air Force used BALTRA as a strategic base to defend the Panama Canal.

Day 6

Mosquera Islet

Mosquera and North Seymour offer a very different experience; diverging habitats attract different residents. While North Seymour contains large breeding colonies for boobies and frigatebirds, Mosquera stands out by one of the largest concentrations of Galapagos sea lions in the entire archipelago. It’s also one of the few spots inside the National Park where you can stroll around freely, without being restricted to a trail. Galapagos sea lions are real beach lovers and Mosquera offers beautiful white coral sand beaches contrasting with the azure coloured water. During a beach walk you can also expect shorebirds and waders, such as groups of sanderlings that steadily have to interrupt their foraging efforts and run to escape each next breaker. Between the rocks wait lots of other intertidal hunters such as striking orange sally lightfoot crabs, ready to play seek and hide with you when you want to picture them. If a dinghy-ride is programmed, Mosquera might surprise with some more exotic species as well. The endemic and vulnerable lava gull nests on this island, but counts only with a few hundreds of pairs and is the rarest species of gull all over the world. With some luck you can approach a yellow-crowned night heron keeping an eye on one of the tidal pools, or you even might catch the view of a strayed red-footed booby!

In the late morning, assisted by the guide and some crew-members the inflatable dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, where we take the airport shuttle. Your guide will accompany you to the check-in counters in the departure hall.

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateStandard SuiteSingle
 Mar 7 - Mar 12400050004000
 Apr 18 - Apr 23400050004000
 May 2 - May 7400050004000
 May 16 - May 21400050004000
 May 30 - Jun 4400050004000
 Jun 13 - Jun 18400050004000
 Jun 27 - Jul 2400050004000
 Jul 11 - Jul 16400050004000
 Jul 25 - Jul 30400050004000
 Aug 8 - Aug 13400050004000
 Sep 5 - Sep 10400050004000
 Sep 19 - Sep 24400050004000
 Oct 3 - Oct 8400050004000
 Nov 14 - Nov 19400050004000
 Nov 28 - Dec 3400050004000
 Jan 4 - Jan 9offer3995 4995 3995
 Jan 18 - Jan 23offer3995 4995 3995
 Feb 1 - Feb 6offer3995 4995 3995
 Feb 15 - Feb 20offer3995 4995 3995
 Mar 1 - Mar 6offer3995 4995 3995
 Mar 15 - Mar 20offer3995 4995 3995
 Mar 29 - Apr 3offer3995 4995 3995
 Apr 12 - Apr 17offer3995 4995 3995
 Apr 26 - May 1offer3995 4995 3995
 May 10 - May 15offer3995 4995 3995
 May 24 - May 29offer3995 4995 3995
 Jun 7 - Jun 12offer3995 4995 3995
 Jun 21 - Jun 26offer3995 4995 3995
 Jul 5 - Jul 10offer3995 4995 3995
 Jul 19 - Jul 24offer3995 4995 3995
 Aug 2 - Aug 7offer3995 4995 3995
 Aug 16 - Aug 21offer3995 4995 3995
 Aug 30 - Sep 4offer3995 4995 3995
 Sep 13 - Sep 18offer3995 4995 3995
 Sep 27 - Oct 2offer3995 4995 3995
 Oct 11 - Oct 16offer3995 4995 3995
 Oct 25 - Oct 30offer3995 4995 3995
 Nov 8 - Nov 13offer3995 4995 3995
 Nov 22 - Nov 27offer3995 4995 3995
 Dec 6 - Dec 11offer3995 4995 3995
 Dec 20 - Dec 25offer3995 4995 3995

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 100%. No supplement on Single Lower Deck cabin. 
  • Solo travelers allowed to book twins at twin rate on a sharing basis. Inquire for details.
  • Triples:  third person pays standard or suite twin rate
  • Peak season / Holiday surcharge: $400 per person Standard & $500 per person Suite
  • Child Discount: Children under 12 are 20% off when sharing with 2 full paying adults
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100 per adult | $50 per child 11 and under
  • Transit Control Card: $20 per person
  • Airfare to the Galapagos: $500 per adult
  • Wet suit rental: $30 per person
  • Pre and Post Hotels and Transfers: Package rates available

Peak Season / Holiday Dates: Dec 21 - 31, 2017 & Dec 31 - Jan 4, 2018

Child Policy: Children accepted, infants on request. Children under 12 sharing a cabin with their parents or guardians are 20% off with two full fare-paying guests.

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish, snorkeling gear, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication), taxes, and shuttle transfers in the islands, transfers in Quito or Guayaquil.  

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

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 Galapagos Odyssey - 16 Passengers

This large First Class 16 passenger yacht is designed in 2008 for cruising in the Galapagos and offers ample space for sun and shaded terraces, a whirlpool, outdoor dining and wildlife observation.  Cabins offer panoramic windows, air conditioning and generous storage space.  Interior social areas include a lounge, dining area and a bar area. The Odyssey features a beautiful modern design that doesn't compete with the unique landscapes of the Galapagos Islands. 

Accommodations

Trip Policy

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish, snorkeling gear, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication), taxes, and shuttle transfers in the islands, transfers in Quito or Guayaquil.  

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

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

Trip Testimonials

John R.

January 2017 | Reno, NV

Thanks to Kristy for arranging this special trip for us. This was one of the best small boat cruises we have every taken. The absolute highpoint of the trip for me, was a particular snorkeling trip with orcas led by our very expereinced guide who told us that we might be in for a special treat-and we were!

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