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Cruises

Petrel (6A; Fri to Wed)

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

6 days

Summary

Itinerary includes Santa Cruz, North Seymour, Isabela and Fernandina 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
  • Magnificent Frigatebirds, Blue-footed Boobies, Flightless Cormorant, Galapagos hawks
  • Galapagos Penguins, sea lions, Land & marine iguanas, Rays, reef shark, fish, garden eels, coral reef and Galapagos giant tortoises
  • Active Volcano & Lake
  • Bird watching

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

PM: North Seymour Island:
Explore the rocky coast, passing colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds and Galapagos Sea Lions. The island was formed by a series of submarine lavas containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterised by its arid vegetation zone. (Dry landing & snorkelling opportunity).

Day 2 Fernandina Isl./Galapagos Islands

AM: Vicente Roca Point
The remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay protected from ocean swells. The largest in the archipelago, this Seahorse shaped island is also one of the youngest and most volcanically active. The morning visit is to Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for Seahorses, Sea Turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (sunfish). (Panga ride & snorkelling opportunity)

PM: Espinosa Point
A narrow stretch of land where hundreds of marine iguanas gather largely on black lava rocks. Crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, we will land at Espinosa Point. After walking past a colony of Marine Iguanas and a group of Sea Lions, you’ll reach the island’s highlight: the Flightless cormorant nesting site. This area also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk. (Dry landing).

Day 3 Isabela Isl./Galapagos Islands

AM: Tagus Cove
An opportunity to see penguins as well as marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and Sea Lions. Tagus Cove is located across from Fernandina Island, near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s, using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another lovely beach surrounded by mangroves.(Dry landing & snorkelling opportunity).

PM: Urbina Bay
Its waters are a good place to see turtles and rays. Ashore you will find a short trail leading to a coral reef. Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast, between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954, causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkelling. (Wet landing & snorkelling opportunity).

Day 4 Isabela Isl./Galapagos Islands

AM: Elizabeth Bay
As you enter the bay, hawks soar overhead and schools of fish can be seen swimming beneath the surface. Elizabeth Bay is located on the east coast of Isabela Island. The bay contains many islets, which can be visited by dinghy. Penguins and Blue-footed Boobies can be spotted on the rocky islets. With an abundance of marine life and clear water, the area is perfect for snorkelling and viewing schools of colourful fish, Sea Lions, and perhaps even Sharks. (Panga ride).

PM: Moreno Point
Beautiful rocky shores where penguins and shore birds, including blue herons, are usually spotted. Moreno Point is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves create a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide pools Green Sea Turtles or White-tip Sharks can be spotted. (Dry landing & snorkelling opportunity).

Day 5 Isabela Isl./Galapagos Islands

AM: Sierra Negra Volcano & The Wetlands
The Sierra Negra Volcano boasts the largest basaltic caldera in Galapagos at 9 x 10km. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005. (Dry landing)
The Wetlands of Isabela Island are located just outside of Puerto Villamil and consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves and are home to a variety of unique bird species such as Common Stilts, Whimbrels, White-Cheeked Pintails, and Gallinules. The Wetlands can be visited on foot via a path that winds through the swamps. (Dry landing).

PM:The Wall of Tears
From 1945-1959, a penal colony hosted prisoners who were forced to build this wall, stone by stone, in isolation. This now historical site (El Muro de las Lagrimas), towering at 65 feet (25m) high, took the lives of thousands during its construction. Locals claim to hear cries emanating from the heavy energy surrounding the site. (Dry landing).

Day 6 Santa Cruz Isl.

AM: Charles Darwin Station
The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 7cm (new hatchlings) to over 1 metre long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own. (Dry landing). Then you will be transferred to Baltra Airport for your ongoing flight.

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