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Coral I & II Vessel - 3 Nights Itinerary A

Description: Cruising onboard the Coral I or II Galapagos yachts – noted for their great comfort, unique designs and intimate experiences – this exhilarating 4-day/3-night itinerary will introduce you to the best of the Galapagos Islands, one of the greatest wilderness travel destinations on earth. Sailing through the archipelago, the Coral will take you up close and personal to Giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station, sea lions & penguins on Rabida Islet, and to marine iguanas and different bird species on Espumilla Beach. On your daily land excursions, you will trek across striking volcanic islands while accompanied by a national park-certified naturalist tour guide, thus ensuring that you get full, complete and accurate explanations about this legendary destination.

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Coral I & II Vessel: Highlights

Galapagos Islands, Floreana (Devil´s Crown), Española Islands & Charles Darwin Station.

Coral I & II Vessel: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Baltra Island (Airport) // Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
Day 2: Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island) // Bartolome Island
Day 3: Rabida Islet // Buccaneer Cove (Santa Cruz Island) or Espumilla Beach (Santiago Island)
Day 4: Back Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island) // Baltra Airport (Baltra Island)
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Coral I & II Vessel: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Sunday
Baltra Island (Airport) // Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)

AM: In the morning, you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil (on the Ecuadorian mainland) to Baltra Island, in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago and the main point of entrance to this natural paradise. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will need to pay the national park entry fee, which goes to protecting both the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve.  A member of the Surtrek team will then welcome you and accompany you to your ship: Coral I or Coral II.

PM: This afternoon, we will head for one of the most visited spots in the islands. Located on Santa Cruz Island, the Charles Darwin Research Station is primarily an international scientific research station situated on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora. You will be taken to its visitor center to learn about the geology, climate, natural history and the conservation of the Galapagos Islands. However, the highlight of your visit here will undoubtedly be the research facility’s Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center, which breeds giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles can live up to 150- 200 years and weigh between 250 and 300 kg. Approaching them in their humid and forested spaces is always an inspiring adventure. For decades, the Fausto Center was home to “Lonesome George,” who finally died in 2012 as the last of his particular species. The tortoises you will see here are accustomed to humans, so it’s an excellent spot for visitors to take photographs with them. Remember that looking at the animals is allowed, but touching is not, and it’s absolutely forbidden to jump over the walls or open the pen doors at any time.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Monday
Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island) // Bartolome Island

AM: This morning we will explore the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island to visit Dragon Hill, which is an excellent spot for observing lava lizards, Darwin finches, and wading birds. On the way to Dragon Hill, we will rest at a small lagoon that’s a popular feeding place for colorful birds and flamingos.

PM: Upon arriving on Bartolome Island, you will discover a fascinating moonscape formed by various volcanic formations — including lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones — as we hike to the island’s summit for striking views of the surrounding islands, Sullivan Bay and the towering Pinnacle Rock. As the beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock boast some of the finest snorkeling in the islands, you can discover a marvelous underwater world here and have a good chance of finding sea turtles gliding gently alongside you. On the rocks beneath Pinnacle Rock, it’s quite possible to spot some of the quick-as-an-arrow Galapagos penguins; at around 25 centimeters tall, these are members of the second smallest species of penguin in the world.  Likewise, you’re likely to see harmless Whitetip reef sharks sunning in these waters. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best of snorkeling experiences, as the water here is generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Tuesday
Rabida Islet // Buccaneer Cove (Santa Cruz Island) or Espumilla Beach (Santiago Island)

AM: In the morning, we will take a trip to the dark-rust-colored beach of the small, volcanic Rabida Island. A short path leads to a small lagoon that is popular among flamingos. This beach is one of the most beautiful snorkeling places in the Galapagos Islands and it has a great abundance of tropical fish and sea lions. Rabida Island is also the only site where Batfish live

PM: After lunch, we will go to Buccaneer Cove, which in the 18th and 19th centuries was a shelter for pirates, whalers, and sailors. The bay is surrounded by high tuff cliffs where many seabirds nest. In the cliffs, you can try to find two rock formations that look like a monkey and an elephant. As an alternative afternoon excursion, we will visit Santiago Island’s Espumilla Beach, where marine iguanas relax and sea turtles nest. While snorkeling, you might come upon octopuses, morays and many types of tropical fish. There is also a Palo Santo forest close to this beach.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Wednesday
Back Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island) // Baltra Airport (Baltra Island)

AM: Today we will visit Santa Cruz Island, the second largest of the Galapagos Islands and located in the center of the archipelago. Located there is Black Turtle Cove, a nesting site for sea turtles, which peak their heads above the surface of the water while fish and other forms of marine life circle below.  With luck, the calm water will allow you to see different types of sharks (like the Whitetip reef shark) and schools of golden-colored Mustard rays. There are a number of mangrove forests here as well.

PM: 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 day
RoomJuniorStandardStandard Plus
4 DaysUS$ 2,346US$ 1,662US$ 2,058
Included in the price:
  • all meals indicated I the itinerary and snacks for the duration of the 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)
  • wetsuits (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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