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Trip Advisor 2019

Cormorant Catamaran 3-Night Itinerary

The 16-passenger Cormorant catamaran offers the generous, comfortable accommodations of a larger ship while preserving the relaxed exclusivity of a smaller vessel. Her 8 cabins all have private bathrooms, individual climate controls, storage space and even private balconies – perfect for watching the spectacular scenery your Galapagos Islands cruise or viewing whales, dolphins and seabirds. During this 4-day/3-night Galapagos Islands cruise, you will be able to explore, hike, snorkel, and view extraordinary rich wildlife – such as lava lizards, Blue-footed boobies, sea lions and giant tortoises. On board the 16-passenger first-class Cormorant catamaran, you will disembark daily on different islands towards the south of the archipelago to discover some of the many species found here that exist nowhere else. At the same time, the volcanic landscapes, gorgeous lagoons and birdlife-rich forests that you discover on this Galapagos Islands tour will add to making you never want to leave.

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Cormorant Catamaran: Highlights

Galapagos Islands, San Cristobal (Kicker Rock), Española, Floreana (Post Office Bay) & Charles Darwin Station.

Cormorant Catamaran: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: San Cristobal Island: Arrival in airport and transfer to the M/C Cormorant / Leon Dormido (“Kicker Rock”)
Day 2: Española Island: Suarez Point – Gardner Bay
Day 3: Floreana Island: Post Office Bay – Baroness' Lookout Point – Cormorant Point – Champion Islet
Day 4: Santa Cruz Island: Twin Craters – Highlands // Baltra Island: Airport
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Cormorant Catamaran: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Wednesday
San Cristobal Island: Arrival in airport and transfer to the M/C Cormorant / Leon Dormido (“Kicker Rock”)

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 the entrance fee to the national park, a member of the ship's crew will welcome you and accompany you to your yacht: the M/C Cormorant.

PM: In the afternoon we will follow the route that Charles Darwin once took and sail around the massive tuff-rock called Kicker Rock, which is a nesting site for hosts of seabirds. Here, you will be able to find Blue-footed boobies, pelicans, and frigate birds.  This is a great site for scuba diving, and hammerhead sharks can be seen in the area.    

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Thursday
Española Island: Suarez Point – Gardner Bay

AM: 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, boasting a long list of species along its cliffs and its sand and pebble beaches. In addition to five species of nesting seabirds, there are the curious and bold Española Island mockingbirds, while other birding favorites 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. (Excursion duration: about 3 hours)

PM: This afternoon, we will land on Española Island’s eastern shore in 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.

 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Friday
Floreana Island: Post Office Bay – Baroness' Lookout Point – Cormorant Point – Champion Islet

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 first to Post Office Bay, where the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to put their mail in is still kept. You can 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. Snorkelers can swim on the main beach among playful sea lions. Next, we will visit the Baroness' Lookout Point where “Baroness” Eloisa de Wagner, one of the first human inhabitants in the Galapagos Islands would spend several hours daily observing whales and dolphins.

PM: Later we will visit Cormorant Point visitor site. After a wet landing on the beach, we will go down a 100-meter-long path to a mangrove lagoon, which 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 here, one can often find stingrays and Whitetip reef sharks now and then. The next spot is Champion Islet. Though the island itself is off limits to visitors, the waters around this small land mass are great places to snorkel with sea lions and to see colorful tropical fish.  Occasionally, dolphins are sighted as the boats approach the shore, and the cool currents here make Champion an excellent site for spotting schools of stingrays. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Saturday
Santa Cruz Island: Twin Craters – Highlands // Baltra Island: Airport

AM: This morning we will to the Santa Cruz Highlands and see the twin “Los Gemelos” craters, which will be explained by your naturalist guide. These craters are surrounded by scalesia forest, where also live Ruby tyrants and small and large Tree finches. While in 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.   

Afterwards, 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 the last look back at the “enchanted islands,” a unique paradise with inspiring natural wonders.   

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Breakfast

Cormorant Catamaran: Prices

2019 - Price per person
RoomStandardSuite
4 DaysUS$ 3,245US$ 3,500
Price per person based upon double occupancy.
Included in the price:
  • All meals, as indicated in the itinerary
  • All excursions
  • Transfers in the islands
  • Bilingual National Park guide
  • Use of snorkeling equipment/wetsuit
  • Use of underwater camera

 

Not included in the price:
  • Flights between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (Quito–Galapagos–Quito)
  • Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park ($100 per person)
  • Galapagos Immigration Control Card ($20 per person)
  • Alcoholic and bottled drinks
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel/medical insurance (highly recommended)
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