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Cruises

Tip Top II (Mon to Fri)

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

5 days

Summary

You will have different visits to the islands with a bilingual naturalist guide. The naturalist guides on board are trained for the excursions and certified by the Galapagos National Park. Through this itinerary, you will discover the unique Galapagos marine life while snorkelling, panga raiding or kayaking in a friendly and familiar atmosphere.

Highlights

  • Appreciate firsthand the wildlife in the Galapagos Islands.
  • Enjoy swimming with sea lions, observing Blue-footed Boobies or Frigates nesting areas.
  • Admire the incredible life under the sea, while snorkelling with Rays, tSea Turtles and Sharks.
  • Admire the Galapagos Marine Iguanas are the world’s only marine lizards.
  • Enjoy and relax at the beautiful beaches that Galapagos offer. Magnificent long white sandy beaches.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Santa Cruz Isl./Galapagos Islands

Very early this morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Galapagos.

Your Galapagos Cruise include: Accommodation in selected cabin, all meals, Island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English and shared transfers in the islands.

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.
Please remember that the exact route and program may vary according to weather and ocean conditions and the wildlife we encounter.

Morning arrival to Baltra Island by plane and immediate transfer to the dock to board your cruise. Welcome introductory briefing and lunch.

Dragon Hill
In the afternoon, you will make a dry landing on Dragon Hill, where you can see Land Iguanas. Walk to a hypersaline lagoon (saltier than the ocean), where you will be able to observe Flamingos, Common Stilts, Pintail Ducks and other species of birds. You will also have time for swim and/or snorkel. Board the yacht for dinner and the first of your nightly orientations.

Day 2 Galapagos Islands

AM: Post Office Bay – Baroness Viewpoint
After breakfast, you will make a wet landing on Post Office Bay, a historic site that recalls the days of the whalers, who presumably placed a wooden barrel in the 18th century to use it as a post office. After the visit, you can swim and/or snorkel. Then, make a panga ride on La Loberia, where you can observe Sea Lion rookeries (the main attraction) on the beach and in the bay of the Loberia, Sea Turtles and Marine Iguanas. Return to the yacht for lunch.

PM: Devil’s Crown / Point Cormorant
In the afternoon, visit the Devil’s Crown, a submerged volcano for snorkelling (this is one of the best snorkelling sites in the Islands), then make a wet landing on Point Cormorant for a short walk to the Flamingo Lagoon of this island. Continue the walk until you reach the beach called “La Picona” to see Marine Turtles and their spawning grounds. Return to the Yacht for dinner and your nightly orientation.

Day 3 Galapagos Islands

AM: Punta Suarez
After breakfast, make an early dry landing on Punta Suarez to walk along lava beds where you will observe unique colonies of marine birds, including Albatross (May – December). Return to the yacht for lunch.

PM: Garden Bay
In the afternoon, make a wet landing in Gardner Bay for a walk on the beach and observe a colony of Sea Lions, which inhabit the beach in great quantity during the breeding season; this is also an important nesting area for Sea Turtles. Make a panga ride around the Osborn Islet and the islets of Gardner. Return to the yacht for dinner and for your nightly orientation.

Day 4 Galapagos Islands

AM: Port Baquerizo – Breeding Centre Interpretation Center
After breakfast, make a dry landing San Cristobal port, after a short drive you will arrive at Jacinto Gordillo Turtle Breeding Centre where you will learn about its reproductive process and the programs to maintain the species. Take the bus back to the port to visit the Interpretation Centre of Human History of the Islands; this tour takes you through the geological and human history of the islands and its conservation. Come aboard for a delicious lunch.

PM: Kicker Rock – Cerro Brujo
In the afternoon, arrive to Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), a massive tuff-rock that juts abruptly almost 150 metres straight from the ocean. Kicker Rock serves as nesting place for many sea birds. You can also swim and snorkel. After the visit, make a wet landing on Cerro Brujo to walk on a white sand beach and observe Sea Lions, Brown Pelicans, Marine Iguanas and Blue-footed Boobies. Return to the yacht for dinner and your nightly orientation.

Day 5 Galapagos Islands

AM: North Seymour
After breakfast, make an early dry landing for a walk along the coast and the interior of North Seymour Island, a low, flat island that was uplifted from the sea by underground seismic activity. You will be able to observe Red Footed Boobies (they nest from May to November), Marine Iguanas, Pelicans, Frigate Birds, shore birds, Sea Lions and endemic Palo Santo. Return to the yacht for disembarking on the pier at 09:00. Your guide accompanies you on the bus ride directly to the airport for your ongoing flight.

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