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Endemic Catamaran - 3 Nights Itinerary

Onboard the 16-passenger Galapagos Endemic catamaran, this 4-day/3-night luxury cruise will take you to the central and southern islands of the Galapagos archipelago. On daily land excursions onto the islands of Mosquera, North Seymour, Bartolome and Floreana, top-notch Galapagos National Park guides will introduce you to this unique archipelago and its equally unique wildlife, which includes giant Galapagos tortoises, frigatebirds, sea lions and Blue-footed boobies. A bucket-list tour that you shouldn’t miss.

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“I enjoyed the scenery and the exotic wildlife on the islands very much. The airport transfers in both directions went smoothly and the service on board was very good.”Nikola Dimitrov

Endemic Catamaran: Highlights

Galapagos, Bartolome Island, Floreana Island, North Seymour Island

Endemic Catamaran: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrival on Baltra Island – Bartolome Island
Day 2: Cormorant Point – Devil’s Crown – Post Office Bay – Baroness’ Lookout Point (Floreana Island)
Day 3: Chinese Hat Island – North Seymour Island
Day 4: Mosquera Island – Baltra Island (Departure)
Galapagos Map

Endemic Catamaran: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday
Arrival on Baltra Island – Bartolome 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, the Galapagos Endemic catamaran.

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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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Friday
Cormorant Point – Devil’s Crown – Post Office Bay – Baroness’ Lookout Point (Floreana Island)

AM: This morning we will visit Floreana Island, considered 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.  Our destination on Floreana is 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 we will sail to “Devil’s Crown” (Corona del Diablo), just off Floreana Island. Here, you will be able to take advantage of the great snorkeling opportunities around this broken volcanic cone, as it 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. In the late afternoon, we will visit the Baroness’ Lookout Point, where the controversial “Baroness” Eloisa de Wagner – one of the first human inhabitants of the Galapagos Islands – would spend several hours daily observing whales and dolphins.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Saturday
Chinese Hat Island – North Seymour Island

AM: We will make a wet landing on Chinese Hat Island, located southeast of Santiago Island. Its name describes the shape of the island, which you will be able to discern from a distance.  This island’s landscapes are dominated by volcanic formations and fragile lava tubes.  Because of this, it’s very important to stay on the paths. You will encounter a small colony of sea lions and then proceed to hike through this dark, unyielding island of solid rock.

PM: After a dry landing on North Seymour Island, we will take a short walk 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 4 - Sunday
Mosquera Island – Baltra Island (Departure)

AM This morning we will anchor off Mosquera Island, which is located near Itabaca Channel and in between the Baltra and Seymour islands. The island consists of a long narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and small lagoons with large populations of sea lions (in fact, this is one of the best places to take photos of these aquatic mammals). After a wet landing, a stroll down the beach will also permit views of Brown pelicans and Blue-footed boobies.

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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Breakfast

Endemic Catamaran: Prices

2018 - Price per person
RoomGolden Suites (Panoramic Suites)
4 DaysUS$ 3,390
Included in the price:
  • All shore excursions
  • All meals throughout cruise
  • All soft drinks and juices Champagne reception
  • Complimentary fruit basket
  • Top Galapagos National Park Guides
  • Use of snorkeling gear and wetsuits
Not included in the price:
  • $100 Galapagos National Park entrance fee
  • $20 Transit Control Card
  • Roundtrip airfare to/from the Galapagos Islands
  • Tips for the crew
  • Alcoholic beverages 
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