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Galaxy II Catamaran - 3 Nights Itinerary

Board the first-class Galaxy II catamaran and embark on a Galapagos Islands cruise through the archipelago's central, southern and eastern islands. This first-class catamaran can accommodate 16 passengers in eight (8) attractive and comfortable double cabins (4 cabins are located on the upper deck and 4 on the main deck). These guest rooms all have outside views and are furnished with lower twin and double beds. Each of these cabins has a private bathroom with hot & cold water, air conditioning, a hair dryer, a telephone for internal communications, a safety deposit box and a loud speaker. On this 4-day/3-night Galapagos Islands tour, the catamaran will carry you to islands such as Santa Cruz, Floreana, Española and San Cristobal, where you can snorkel with sea lions, choose to hike, come face-to-face with 150-year-old giant tortoises, or simply relax on white-sand beaches. All this makes a Galapagos Island cruise on board the Galaxy II motor catamaran a once in a life time experience.

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Galaxy II Catamaran: Highlights

Galapagos Islands, Baltra, Floreana, Española & San Cristobal Islands

Galaxy II Catamaran: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Baltra Island: Airport – Board Catamaran // Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station
Day 2: Floreana Island: Cormorant Point – Devil’s Crown – Post Office Bay
Day 3: Española Island: Suarez Point – Gardner Bay – Gardner Islet – Osborn Islet
Day 4: San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Center – Airport
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Galaxy II Catamaran: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday
Baltra Island: Airport – Board Catamaran // Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station

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 ship's crew will welcome you and accompany you to your vessel.

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 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 - Sunday
Floreana Island: Cormorant Point – Devil’s Crown – Post Office Bay

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 this morning, you will be able to take advantage of the great snorkeling opportunities at Devil’s Crown, 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: This afternoon 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 3 - Monday
Española Island: Suarez Point – Gardner Bay – Gardner Islet – Osborn Islet

AM: Española is the southernmost, oldest and Island, named 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. Española 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.

PM: On Española Island’s eastern shore, Gardner Bay 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.

Later we will head to the small Gardner Island, situated across from Espanola Island’s Gardner Bay and lined with vertical cliffs that drop to sandy ledges and large boulders.  While snorkeling, you are likely to encounter the smallest of the Galapagos garden eels, Snake eels, as well as Black-spotted morays, Galapagos puffer fish, Scorpion fish, Trumpet fish, 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 Puffer fish, and a variety of sea urchins and sea stars.

We will also 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, Surgeon fish, Sea urchins and starfish. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Tuesday
San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Center – Airport

AM: 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 nature 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.

From the dock on San Cristobal Island, we will take a short bus ride to the airport for your flight back to the mainland. Enjoy the last view of the “enchanted islands,” a unique paradise with fascinating natural highlights. 

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Breakfast

Galaxy II Catamaran: Prices

2018 - Price per person
RoomUpper Deck / Main Deck
4 DaysUS$ 2,151
Included in the price:
  • A cruise on board the Galaxy II
  • accommodations in a double cabin with private facilities
  • all meals indicated in the itinerary
  • all transfers in the Galapagos Islands
  • services of an English/Spanish-speaking level II naturalist guide on daily excursions and during briefings
  • use of snorkeling equipment and kayaks
  • free coffee
  • tea and purified drinking water.
Not included in the price:
  • Flights to/from the Galapagos Islands
  • entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100 USD per adult)
  • transit control card ($20 USD per person)
  • soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, single cabin supplement
  • tips and gratuities
  • personal items
  • travel/medical insurance
  • services not indicated in the itinerary. (An Isabela Island dock tax applies in itineraries B and D)
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