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Odyssey Western

from $4,000
6 days

Ship Name

M/Y Galapagos Odyssey

Trip Type

Sea

When To Go

Year Round

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Trip Summary

This specially designed western itinerar  is an adventurous mini-expedition along the remote and geologic young western coast of Isabela (clockwise around this largest island) and the very pristine Fernandina. This adventurous route is different than mainstream and contains longer nightly navigation stretches. It also visits the northern island of Santiago and ends at the easternmost San Cristobal.

Activities
Zodiac Tours
Snorkeling
Photography
Birding

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Santa Cruz

After arrival by air to the Galapagos you are transferred to the vessel.  After getting settled, a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) and the headquarters of the Galapagos National Park Service. 

Day 2

Isabela Island

In the morning, a memorable visit to "whitetip reef shark channel"  a group of islets that protrude just above the ocean. These barely noticeable rocks form one of the most emblematic sites that you will visit during your cruise. The jagged black formations, dotted with mangrove and candelabra-cactus, are the remnants of a lava stream that has ended up into the ocean. Meanwhile these are being demolished by the waves, and a collapsed lava tube forms a channel that fills-up on high tide, while the entrance is closed on low tide. Marine life gets trapped, including spectacular whitetip reef sharks. Sometimes turtles and elegant white-spotted eagle rays or golden rays glide back and forth through this calm channel, as well as smaller fish and Galapagos sea lions. In the afternoon a somewhat muddy trail to the rim will lead you through an unexpected, evergreen cloud forest that only exists in the highlands of the main islands. The dense and rich vegetation includes ferns, tree ferns and endemic scalesia trees laden with epiphytes like lichens, orchids and bromeliads. The fog and drizzle – more frequent in the cool garúa season (June-December) – contributes to the mysterious atmosphere. En route you can also spot striking song birds as the vermilion flycatcher, the yellow warbler and the woodpecker finch (among six more species of Darwin’s finches); this peculiar one hammers on branches like a woodpecker and uses twigs as tools to capture insects!

Day 3

Isabela Island

Moreno Point tells you the intriguing story how the famous lunatic lava fields of Sullivan Bay (Santiago) could develop in future, when parts of the crust break and fall into the undermining lava tunnels. Pits and holes close to the coast gradually fill-up with seawater. The once lifeless area becomes dotted with tidal pools and filtration lagoons that offer new opportunities to pioneer vegetation such as lava cacti. Fringes of reed, sea grass and mangrove bushes surround the picturesque lagoons that have been transformed in lush oases. Your pictures get the perfect finish touch when bright American flamingos and aquatic birds have come to forage in the largest lagoon as well. In the wet season the fresh, promising greens become even more intense and contrast strongly with the dead, pitch-black lava. In the afternoon a Zodiac ride through the Marielas Islets, an excellent place to spot marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins, which prefer places in the front row at the base of the cliffsNext the calm estuary of Elizabeth Bay to explore the lagoons and shallow creeks here. Graceful Pacific green turtles swim in slow motion around, sometimes popping-up their heads for breathing. In December and January you stand a fair chance to encounter them mating at the surface. Maybe you can also see spotted eagle rays or sharks, looking for protected inlets to give birth and leave their young alone. Brown pelicans and blue-footed boobies show diverging plunge-diving techniques, while lava herons and great blue herons prefer to wait patiently for what comes along. You can also compare the huge red mangroves (with their characteristic prop roots) with blackwhite and button mangroves

Day 4

Fernandina & Isabela Islands

Fernandina harbours one of the worlds most virgin, untouched ecosystems, and is therefore very well protected. Here you'll see the emblematic flightless cormorant that lives exclusively in the remote west of Galapagos, and could be considered as the ‘holy grail of evolution’. Besides the endemic wildlife, you will also love the almost unworldly views with the dominating cone of Volcán La Cumbre as a spectacular backdrop. In the afternoon you'll head to Isabela again, where on the eastern shore of the Bolivar Channel are two tuff cones containing ultra saline crater lakes: Tagus Cove and Beagle Crater. Both present spectacular layered cliffs at their sea faces, providing plenty nesting places for sea and coastal birds. From the inflatable dinghy you can observe marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins and storm petrels. It’s impressive to see flocks of blue-footed boobies and brown pelicans plunge diving from considerable altitudes.

Day 5

Santiago Island

Espumilla Beach is a visitor’s site at the northern end of James Bay, on the western coast of Santiago. This beach has revived as an important breeding site for turtles, as it is no longer suffering from digging wild pigs. The turtles return year after year to burry their eggs into the cinnamon coloured sand dunes. About two months later (roughly from February to August) the eggs hatch at once. Most vulnerable hatchlings never will reach sea, and form a banquet for predators such as herons, frigatebirds, mockingbirds and ghost crabs. The beach ridge hides a mangle with two picturesque lagoons on the backside. The colony of American flamingos and aquatic birds used to be its main attraction, but after the climate phenomenon of El Niño, strong sedimentation altered the brackish water environment, and it no longer contains their food.

In the afternoon Santiago and its surrounding islets stand out by their spectacular and unique volcanic and coastal landscapes, and Puerto Egas is no exception. The masterly sculptured coastline of black basalts, polished multi-coloured ash-layers, collapsed lava tunnels, natural arches, caves and blowholes such as ‘Darwin’s toilet’ and tidal pools form again very photogenic scenery. If you are rather a wildlife lover, you will also fully enjoy this unique place that probably will become your favourite on this island. You will find lots of representative members of the Galapagos-population. Right below a spectacular rock arch in a grotto at the end of the beach a colony of Galapagos fur seals has occupied the shade, sheltering from the equatorial sun. Unlike the more common Galapagos sea lion this smaller species of seal is no beach lover at all, due to their adorable, but insulating coats. Ossified night herons and lava herons keep an eye on the tidal pools that are refilled every flood again with small fish, octopuses, star fish, snails, urchins, shells, green algae and many other snacks for all tastes. Noisy oystercatchers, turnstones, plovers and whimbrels inspect these pools zealously. Hundreds of sally lightfoot crabs seem even brighter orange against the pitch-black rocks (the immature are dark-coloured)

Day 6

Lobos Islet

Lobos Islet harbours a colony of Galapagos sea lions. Two other emblematic species of Galapagos also breed here. Male blue-footed boobies and great frigate birds try to impress the females (and tourists) with clumsy dances heaving their striking blue feet or blow-up their balloon-sized scarlet pouches. Later in the breeding season the fluffy and hungry chicks cry for food and when their wings get strong enough these will learn to fly.You can also find a lot of life in the intertidal zone, including striking bright orange sally lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas on the boulders. Sand dollars (a kind of sea urchin) among other marine life have been washed ashore on the beach and remained at low tide. It doesn’t matter that these dollars are not be made of brass, hence it’s strictly forbidden to take home everything you find in the National Park. On the horizon you can distinguish the contours of 6.2 mi distant Kicker Rock. 

Later in the morning a transfer to the airport on San Cristobal. 

Dates & Rates

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 Aug 3 - Aug 8400050004000
 Aug 17 - Aug 22400050004000
 Aug 31 - Sep 5400050004000
 Sep 14 - Sep 19400050004000
 Sep 28 - Oct 3400050004000
 Oct 12 - Oct 17400050004000
 Oct 16 - Oct 31400050004000
 Nov 9 - Nov 14400050004000
 Nov 23 - Nov 28400050004000
 Dec 7 - Dec 12400050004000
 Dec 21 - Dec 26400050004000
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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

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