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Coral I & II Vessel - 4 Nights Itinerary B

Description: Sailing through the Galapagos archipelago, the Coral I & II yachts take you up close and personal to Giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas and different bird species. Similarly, on their daily land excursions, these upscale vessels allow you to trek across striking volcanic islands while accompanied by a national park-certified naturalist tour guide. Cruising onboard the Coral I or II Galapagos yachts – noted for their great comfort, unique designs and intimate experiences – this exhilarating 5-day/4-night itinerary will introduce you to the best of the Galapagos Islands. Highlights of this tour include the San Cristobal Interpretation Center, the Twin Craters of Santa Cruz Island, “Wizard Hill” and Post Office Bay …sites and experiences that will remain etched in your memory forever.

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“Everything went off without a hitch. Accomodation was just what we wanted. Clean, great location and within our budget. The dive master was great. ”Sarah Darwin

Coral I & II Vessel: Highlights

Galapagos Islands, Bartolome (Pinnacle Rock), San Cristobal (Pitt Point) & Santa Cruz (Tortoise Reserve).

Coral I & II Vessel: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: San Cristobal Airport – Interpretation Center (San Cristobal Island)
Day 2: Cerro Brujo – Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island)
Day 3: Suarez Point – Gardner Bay – Osborn or Gardner Islets (Española Island)
Day 4: Cormorant Point – Devil's Crown – Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
Day 5: Highlands (Santa Cruz) // Baltra Airport (Baltra Island)
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Coral I & II Vessel: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Wednesday
San Cristobal Airport – Interpretation Center (San Cristobal Island)

AM: In the morning you will fly from either Quito or Guayaquil (on the Ecuadorian mainland) to the Galapagos Islands. At the airport on San Cristobal Island, after you will pay your entrance fee to the national park, a member of the Surtrek team will welcome you and accompany you to your ship: the Coral I or the Coral II.

PM: At the port of Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of Ecuador’s Galapagos Province, we will visit San Cristobal Island’s Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about the natural and settlement history of the archipelago. Here you will discover displays that provide information about the volcanic origins of the islands, the ocean’s currents, the archipelago’s climate, and facts concerning the arrival of different species. The islands’ human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and settlements of the Galapagos. 

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Thursday
Cerro Brujo – Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island)

AM: This morning we will make a wet landing on San Cristobal Island to visit Cerro Brujo (“Wizard Hill”), a fascinating lava hill located on the northeastern coast of San Cristobal Island. Here you will find exceptional views of Kicker Rock, as well as the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast. On this site’s rocks, you can observe Blue-footed boobies, seagulls, Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species, White-cheeked pintails and some pelicans. The protected bay is also popular among young sea turtles and rays, which makes swimming and snorkeling here particularly exciting.

PM: After lunch, we will visit Punta Pitt, on the eastern side of San Cristobal Island. After a high-intensity hike on rocky terrain along a 1.4 km-long path and several magnificent lookout points, we will make our way through colonies of Frigatebirds and Fork-tailed seagulls. What’s more, this is probably the only site in the world where you can see all three species of boobies – Masked, Red- and Blue-footed ones. In addition to its great range of seabirds, Punta Pitt is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Friday
Suarez Point – Gardner Bay – Osborn or Gardner Islets (Española Island)

AM: Española Island is the southernmost, oldest and one of the most bio-diverse islands of the Galapagos archipelago. Its English name is “Hood Island,” in honor of the British admiral Samuel Hood.  Because of its isolated position, there is much endemic wildlife to be explored here – in addition to great snorkeling from Española’s remarkably beautiful beaches. After breakfast, we will go on an excursion to Suarez Point. One of the archipelago’s most outstanding wildlife areas, this site boasts a long list of species along its cliffs and its sand and pebble beaches. In addition to five species of nesting seabirds, the curious and bold Española Island mockingbirds are found here, as are other birding favorites that include Galapagos doves, Galapagos hawks, Swallow-tailed gulls and the world’s largest colony of Waved albatross – an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December). Several types of reptiles are unique to this island, including the marine iguana and the oversized lava lizard. In fact, this is also the only site where you will be able to see “red” sea iguanas. In addition, when heavy swells are running, Suarez Point is the site of a spectacular blowhole whose thundering spray shoots 30 yards up into the air. The trek here is on a stony path about a mile long, though the duration of this excursion is about 3 hours. Located on Española Island’s eastern shore is Gardner Bay, which is noted for its turquoise-colored waters and its magnificent beach, which we will visit in the afternoon. Around the bay’s small nearby islets, snorkelers will find an abundance of fish, as well as the occasional sea turtle and benign sharks. The bay is also frequented by a transient colony of Galapagos sea lions who love to swim with people. Birds, like the endemic Española mockingbird and different species of Darwin finches, are omnipresent.

PM: After lunch, we will ride around Osborn Islet, located close to Española Island. It is made of volcanic rock and is a popular fishing site among local small-scale fishers. On this Galapagos islet, you will have a chance to go snorkeling and see schools of tropical fish, Manta rays, Green turtles, Surgeonfish, Sea urchins, and starfish. Alternatively, we can visit Small Gardner Islet, situated across from Espanola Island’s Gardner Bay. The islet is lined with vertical cliffs that drop to sandy ledges and large boulders.  We will go snorkeling here, where you are likely to encounter the smallest of the Galapagos garden eels, Snake eels, as well as Black-spotted morays, Galapagos puffer fish, Scorpionfish, Trumpetfish, cornetfish and Red-lipped batfish. You will be able to see plenty sea lions lying lazily on the beach.  On the north end of the island are twisting tunnels, and to the south are caves, which all make for a remarkable excursion. The area has an abundance of fish including schools of snappers, Creole fish, King angelfish, large Pufferfish, and a variety of sea urchins and sea stars.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Saturday
Cormorant Point – Devil's Crown – Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)

AM: Today we will visit Floreana Island, considered to be one of the most exotic in the Galapagos archipelago.  Countless legends are part of the history of this island, as pirates and buccaneers were drawn to here in search of for food and water. Later the island was colonized by Norwegians, Brits, Germans and others who were in search of ways to make money from what they hoped to discover here. The name Floreana is in honor of Juan Jose Flores, Ecuador’s first president.  This morning’s excursion is to the Cormorant Point visitor site. After a wet landing on the beach, we will go down a 100-meter-long path to a mangrove lagoon that is home to Galapagos ducks, black herons, oystercatchers, and plovers.  With a little bit of luck, you might also see flamingos. Another path leads to a small beach that is an important nesting site for sea turtles. In the shallow water there, one can often find stingrays and Whitetip reef sharks. Later, you will be able to take advantage of the great snorkeling opportunities at “Devil’s Crown” (Corona del Diablo), a broken volcanic cone that is one of the most beautiful places for snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands. The underwater world here includes reef sharks, starfish, sea turtles, sea lions and a host of tropical fish species.

PM: Later we will visit Post Office Bay, where the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to put their mail in is still kept. After a wet landing, you can walk just off the beach to leave a letter here in hopes that it will make to its destination via another tourist.  …So don’t forget to bring postcards along. Snorkelers can take a dip on the main beach among the playful sea lions and green sea turtles.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Sunday
Highlands (Santa Cruz) // Baltra Airport (Baltra Island)

AM: On this last day, we will start with a visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island, where the lush landscape is a welcome contrast to the arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands. On the way, we will cross through different vegetation zones – from the dry lower region full of cactuses to the scalesia woods in the Highlands.  There one can find two small agricultural communities that grow the famous organic Galapagos coffee. While in the Highlands you will have the option of visiting one of two tortoise breeding centers: El Chato or Rancho Las Primicias. At either site, approaching these enormous and slow-moving reptiles is always an inspiring adventure. The El Chato tortoise reserve was founded in 1964 to allow visitors to observe the island’s huge Galapagos turtles and White herons in their natural habitat. You will also be able to walk through nearby underground lava tunnels formed during volcanic eruptions. As the outside of the lava hardened, the inside continued to flow to the ocean, creating these tunnels. Alternatively, Rancho Primicias is a great place to see about ten to fifteen Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild. In addition to being able to view the ocean from this location in the Highlands, you can walk through a lava cave that was formed by a volcanic eruption. 

Concluding this amazing experience in the Galapagos Islands, you will be transferred to the Baltra Island airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland. Enjoy your last look back at the “enchanted islands,” a unique paradise with inspiring natural wonders.

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Coral I & II Vessel: Prices

2018 - Price per person
RoomJuniorStandardStandard Plus
5 DaysUS$ 3,128US$ 2,215US$ 2,743
Included in the price:
  • all meals indicated I the itinerary and snacks for the duration of your cruise
  • sea view cabin in double accommodations
  • welcome and farewell cocktails
  • 2 daily excursions onto the islands with a bilingual (English/Spanish-speaking) naturalist guide
  • transfers to/from airport
  • activities on board
Not included in the price:
  • flights to/from the Galapagos
  • admission fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100 USD per adult)
  • transit control card ($20 USD per person)
  • wet suits (can be rented)
  • tips and gratuities
  • personal expenses
  • bottled and alcoholic beverages
  • travel/medical insurance
  • medical services
  • any other expenses not specified in the itinerary.
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