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Trip Advisor 2019

Majestic Yacht 7-Night Itinerary

Colorful frigatebirds, tiny Galapagos penguins, playful sea lions and green sea turtles are just some of the fascinating wildlife that you will be treated to on this wonderful Galapagos diving cruise. On board the 16-passenger Majestic Motor Yacht, for eight (8) days and seven (7) nights you will sail to and dive off the coast of at least seven major islands and islets in the central and northern regions of the archipelago. Swim and snorkel among some of the richest marine life on Earth and on land, and become transfixed by the wealth of birdlife that populates the stunning forests on your Galapagos vacation.

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“We had an absolutely amazing trip! Surtrek coordinated a Galapagos Cruise on the Natural Paradise yacht and then a stay at the Napo Wildlife Center. Everything was beyond our expectations!! I highly recommend Surtrek.”Janda Terese Stevens

Majestic Yacht: Highlights

Galapagos Islands, Floreana (Devil´s Crown), Española, Genovesa, San Cristobal (Kicker Rock) & Charles Darwin Station.

Majestic Yacht: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Baltra Island – Punta Carrion (1 Check Out Dive)
Day 2: North Seymour Island (2 Morning Dives) – Land Tour
Day 3: Wolf Island (4 Dives)
Day 4: Darwin Island (4 Dives)
Day 5: Wolf Island (3-4 Dives)
Day 6: Fernandina Island: Cabo Douglas (2 Dives) & Vicente Roca Point (1-2 Dives)
Day 7: Santiago Island: Cousins Rock (2 Dives) – Highlands of Santa Cruz Islands
Day 8: Baltra Island (Departure)
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Majestic Yacht: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday
Baltra Island – Punta Carrion (1 Check Out Dive)

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.  Your dive guides will be there to meet you at the airport and escort you to the Galapagos liveaboard, Majestic Explorer. After boarding the vessel, you’ll have lunch and be briefed on the activities in store.

PM: After these briefings, we will go on a check out dive at Punta Carrion, a rocky reef where you can see the smaller sea life and might even sight larger pelagics thanks to the visibility water (from 5-10 meters or more depending on weather). Punta Carrion also will give you your first chance to dive with curious sea lions, which come from the shore to play with diver´s fins, bubbles and cameras. Similarly, sea turtles, eagle rays and dolphins often emerge from out in the blue, as do benign whitetip reef sharks and hammerhead sharks. The maximum depth is approximately 30 meters/100 ft. but the sightings of marine life occur at around 10-20 meters (33-65 ft), where the waters off Punta Carrion are rich with a wide variety of fairly bold sea life – so you won´t need to look too far for some amazing encounters and fabulous photographs. After returning to the ship for dinner, the vessel will depart to the next scheduled destination.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Sunday
North Seymour Island (2 Morning Dives) – Land Tour

AM: Suitable for beginners and more advanced divers alike, North Seymour Island is famous for its many Black and Whitetip reef shark and countless Green sea turtles. If you’re lucky, you may even witness an entire school of Spotted eagle rays, which are often accompanied by Manta and Devil Rays. Smaller schools of Hammerhead sharks have also been seen here in. Also, you may want to point your camera up every once in a while, as Blue-footed boobies can be seen dramatically diving into the waters to catch some of the many colorful fish found here. 

PM: After a dry landing onto North Seymour Island, we will take a short land tour along its coast, where you will encounter Swallow-tailed gulls, sea lions and Cliff crabs. This part of Seymour Island is also known for being a major nesting site for Blue-footed boobies and one of the largest colonies of Magnificent frigatebirds (a species different from the Great frigatebird). As you enjoy this relaxing hike around various nesting sites, you can also spot both of the endemic species of iguanas: marine iguanas and land iguanas. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Monday
Wolf Island (4 Dives)

AM/PM: Wolf Island is located in the extreme northern part of the archipelago. There are no land visits to this island, and it is only visited by liveaboard dive ships. Wolf Island is one of those magical islands, with several dive sites to choose from. If you want to see sharks, you're in the right spot. This is a place for schooling hammerhead sharks, large aggregations of Galapagos sharks, and occasionally whale sharks. Seeing dolphins, large schools of tuna, spotted eagle rays, barracudas, sea lions and sea turtles is common. The bottom is littered with hundreds of moray eels, many of them free swimming. Being several degrees warmer than the central islands, you can look for many representatives of the Indo-Pacific underwater fauna. This is a dive site only for experienced divers, as the surge is heavy, the currents can be quite strong, and the visibility is often limited. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Tuesday
Darwin Island (4 Dives)

AM/PM:  Considered by many experienced divers as the very best dive site in the world, the Arch at Darwin Island (actually several dive sites depending on where you enter, currents, etc.) lives up to its reputation. Warmer by a few degrees than the central islands, in one single dive you can find schooling Hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, large pods of dolphins, thick schools of Skipjack and Yellowfin tuna, Big eye jacks, mobula rays, and Silky sharks. From June to November, it is not uncommon to encounter whale sharks in multiple numbers on a single dive. The presence of occasional Tiger sharks, Black and Blue marlin, and Killer whales add to this amazing diving experience. If you still have time to look for smaller stuff, you’ll find octopus, flounders, and an enormous variety and abundance of tropical fish. As you'll discover, Darwin Island is the biggest jewel in the Galapagos crown.    

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Wednesday
Wolf Island (3-4 Dives)

AM/PM: Today we will return to Wolf Island for sightings of schools of hammerhead sharks, as well as Whitetip and Galapagos sharks. Like with Darwin Island, whale sharks may also be seen here during the May-November diving season. Divers should also be on the lookout for red-lipped batfish, barracudas, moray eels and dolphins!

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Thursday
Fernandina Island: Cabo Douglas (2 Dives) & Vicente Roca Point (1-2 Dives)

AM: Cabo (Cape) Douglas dive site is located on the north-west side of Fernandina Island. One of the central Galapagos islands, Fernandina has an active shield volcano "La Cumbre," which has been subject to eruptions within the last ten years. There are no people living on Fernandina, but the eruptions and lava flows have threatened the unique species living here.  Most Galapagos dives are special for their schools of sharks and thrilling aquatic displays, though Cabo Douglas is special in a very different way. While you’re not likely to see large pelagics here, you can expect to find waters filled with sea lions, seahorses, Green sea turtles, Horn sharks, and Red-lipped batfish. Also, keep an eye out for chevron barracuda, snappers, Yellowfin tuna, Rainbow runners, and wahoos, as well as smaller fish like creoles, parrot fish, scrawled filefish, pacific boxfish and tiger snake eels. The dive sites are around a maximum 33 meters (110 ft), making for exceptional photography. In shallower waters of around 5-10 meters (16-30 feet), you can dive with surprisingly prehistoric looking Marine iguanas. In addition, Flightless cormorants and tiny Galapagos penguins can be encountered closer to shore, flapping around divers while searching for food.

 PM: Located at the “mouth” of the head of the seahorse that forms the northern part of Isabela Island is Vicente Roca Point, an interesting rock formation. Here, the remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves, with a bay that’s well-protected from the ocean swells. With a bit of luck, you can see Galapagos penguins, while Masked- and Blue-footed boobies, as well as pelicans, sit perched along the point and its sheer cliffs, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline. The upwelling of currents of cool water in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life, which makes Vicente Roca Point a great area for deep-water snorkeling. This afternoon, we will visit Vicente Roca Point for up to two (2) dives. This is the coldest yet a rapidly increasing favorite dive for its steep, deep vertical wall covered in soft coral, sponges and endemic black coral. At this site are regular sightings of mola mola (oceanic sunfish,) seahorses, bullhead sharks, Red-lipped batfish, various shrimp and many other marine invertebrates. Keep your eyes open for fly-bys of flightless cormorants, penguins and maybe even a marine iguana. The after-dive panga ride offers great topside photo ops for penguins, flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, sea lions, blue-footed & Nazca booby birds, magnificent frigates and noddy terns. The diving here is chilly (particularly below the thermocline) but not to be missed!

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 7 - Friday
Santiago Island: Cousins Rock (2 Dives) – Highlands of Santa Cruz Islands

AM: This morning we will dive off Cousins Rock, itself the protruding remains of a small eroded crater sticking up out of the sea.  Though its appeal is under the sea, a small number of birds, sea lions and even fur seals find reprise here. This dive off Cousins Rocks is an itinerary favorite, as it's done along a beautiful wall that allows for great viewing opportunities of corals, frogfish, seahorses, scorpion fish and octopus. It is also a great dive for sighting large schools of Barracuda and Hammerhead sharks. Sea lions will be your companions upon entry and on the safety stops. 

PM: This afternoon, we will travel by bus to the Highlands of Santa Cruz Islands to visit Giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat. 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. Afterwards, you will be driven to the charming port town of Puerto Ayora, which – with more than 20,000 inhabitants – is the most populous human settlement in the Galapagos Islands. It also has the best-developed infrastructure in the archipelago – with schools, hotels, restaurants, stores and clubs – and is the best place to communicate with the outside world via a number of Internet cafés and telephone offices. Following dinner on your own in Puerto Ayora, we will return to the Majestic Explorer at 8:30 pm.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 8 - Saturday
Baltra Island (Departure)

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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Breakfast

Majestic Yacht: Prices

2019 - Price per person
RoomLower DeckMain Deck
8 DaysUS$ 5,145US$ 5,645
Price per person based upon double occupancy.
Included in the price:
  • 7 nights/8 days cruise aboard the Majestic Explorer vessel (accommodations in a double cabin with private facilities)
  • all meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • use of tanks, weights and belts
  • alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, purified drinking water
  • services of an English/Spanish-speaking naturalist guide on daily excursions and during briefings
Not included in the price:
  • airport transfers on non-charter days
  • transfers from hotels to the vessel
  • hotel accommodations
  • flights to/from Galapagos
  • last evening meal
  • rental, instruction, nitrox and retail charges
  • crew gratuities
  • trip cancellation & dive accident insurance
  • Galapagos National Park fees
  • TCT tourist card
  • environmental fuel use surcharge
  • chamber support fee
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