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Cruises

Petrel (5; Mon to Fri)

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

5 days

Summary

Itinerary includes Santa Cruz, Santiago, Bartolome and Genovesa Galapagos Islands

About the vessel:
This beautiful boat offers a deluxe way to visit these magical islands. Named after a sea bird common to Galapagos, the Petrel is like its namesake: elegant, swift, and silent at sea. A motorized catamaran, the Petrel is designed for comfort and stability and is outfitted with 8 spacious cabins, a comfortable lounge, and Jacuzzi. Explore the remarkable Galapagos with the selected guides who are knowledgeable about biology and ecology in addition to having excellent language skills and client reviews. The use of snorkelling gear and wetsuits is included.

Highlights

  • Appreciate firsthand the wildlife in the Galapagos Islands.
  • Giant tortoises, Darwin finches, Nazca and red footed boobies, Galapagos doves and Swallows
  • Galapagos penguin, fur seal, Sally lightfoot crabs, white-tip reef sharks and colourful fish
  • White-sand coral beach, lava formations and volcanic landscapes

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in selected cabin
  • All meals throughout the cruise and soft drinks and juices
  • All shore excursions with English speaking Naturalist guide
  • Use of snorkeling gear, wetsuits and kayaks

ITINERARY

Day 1 Santa Cruz Isl./Galapagos Islands

Your Galapagos Cruise include: Accommodation in selected cabin, all meals with soft drinks and juices, Island sightseeing, Naturalist guides and lecture services in English, wet suit and snorkelling gear and transfers in the islands.

Please remember that the exact route and program may vary according to weather and ocean conditions and the wildlife we encounter.
There are two types of landings throughout your Galapagos tour:
Dry landing: guests step from the dinghy onto rocks or a dock.
Wet landing: as the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, guests step into knee-deep water and wade ashore.

On arrival, you will be picked up at Baltra airport by your naturalist guides and taken to the pier to board the Petrel where you will have lunch.

PM: Highlands
Here at the Highlands, you can walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, White-cheeked Pintail ducklings, Darwin finches, and many other species.

Day 2 Bartolome Isl./Galapagos Islands

AM: Sullivan Bay
Sullivan Bay is a satellite island of Santiago. This is one of the best places to see the Galapagos fur seal. There is not much wildlife to see here, but the old lava formations are quite a site to see with tuff cones, pyroclastic cones, and other volcanic landscapes.

PM: Pinnacle Rock
Home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one o the best views of the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkelling and possible sightings of the Galapagos Penguin.

Day 3 Genovesa Isl./Galapagos Islands

AM: Darwin Bay:
This white-sand coral beach winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view off a cliff.

PM: El Barranco
Better known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, a steep and rocky path leads up to a cliff with a marvellous view. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, Galapagos Swallows, and Galapagos Doves.

Day 4 Santiago Isl./Galapagos Islands

AM: Egas Port
Also known as James Bay, Egas Port is home to the curious Galapagos Hawks and Quick-footed Galapagos Lava Lizards. The trail leads to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos Fur Sea Lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkelling site.

PM: Buccaneer Cove & Espumilla Beach
This cove is better known for excellent snorkelling opportunities and was once known as a refuge for British buccaneers or pirates. The underwater formations are amazing and many different species of fish gather here.
Espumilla Beach is a popular place for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. The crabs attract the hunting herons, performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eel, and shark, snorkeling is highly recommended.

Day 5 Santa Cruz Isl.

AM: Carrion Poin
Carrion Point creates a sheltered lagoon with beautiful, turquoise water. During this visit you can snorkel and see a variety of fish, rays and perhaps the harmless white-tip reef sharks. The point is on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island at the entrance of Channel of Itabaca. Then you will be transferred to Baltra Airport for your ongoing flight.

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