Sunday: AM Baltra Airport / PM Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center
Monday: AM Mosquera Islet / PM North Seymour Island
Tuesday: AM Santa Fe Island / PM South Plaza Islet
Wednesday: AM San Cristobal Island: Kicker Rock Circumnavigation & Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve, Cerro Colorado / San Cristobal Airport
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (aprox. 2h30 flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturist guides and taken on a ten minutes bus drive to the pier to board the M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II.
Fausto Llerena Breeding Center / Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
Dry landing. There is a visit to the Galapagos giant tortoises breeding program, where the famous Lonesome George (last surviving specimen of Pinta Island) lived for decades. The center is conducted by the Galapagos National Park (GNP) staff with the collaboration of scientists from the Charles Darwin Station (CDS). Here, eggs taken from Pinzon, Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands hatch with no danger of harm, from introduced species. After artificial incubation, the “galapaguitos” (newborn tortoises) are reared until the age of 5 and then, they are released in their native habitats; having the enough capacities to survive alone. Since the 70s, more than 2,000 specimens have returned to their own islands thanks to this program. In addition, the Darwin Station works in several scientific projects and botanical research, providing environmental education to local communities, schools and tourists. If there is time, it is possible to visit the nearby town of Puerto Ayora.
Wet Landing. Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. There is no trail on the islet, visitor can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum plants grow on the sand.
North Seymour Island
Dry landing. Off the Baltra Island and not far from Santa Cruz Island, locates North Seymour. This landmass was formed by a series of underwater volcanic eruptions, which deposited layers of lava on the ocean floor. After arrival and an approximately two hours walk, large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls can be seen. Land iguanas and on a lucky day Galapagos snakes can be encounter along the path.
Santa Fe Island
Wet landing. Santa Fe shows white sandy beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies; through the island path an endemic cactus forest is passed. Home of the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for a number of species, including: the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago.
South Plaza Islet
Dry landing. There are two Plaza Islets (north and south) located east of Santa Cruz Island. On the northern part of the Islet, visitors begin the journey along an impressive cactus forest were colorful yellow and red land iguanas live, the population number is around 300 animals; during dry season they survive on fruits and flowers of the opuntia cacti. A peculiar thing to see in South Plaza is the hybrid iguana (sea and land). When reaching the highest point, tropicbirds can be seen. During the dry season (June – January) the usually greenish and yellowish vegetation change of color creating a bright red landscape (sesuviumedmonstonei plant).
Kicker Rock Circumnavigation & Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve, Cerro Colorado (San Cristobal Island) / Airport
Kicker Rock can be seen directly from the vessel. In the sea northeast of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is this ancient and eroded volcanic tuff lava named Leon Dormido or Kicker Rock it is formed by two rocks approximately 148 m, named for its resemblance of a sleeping lion.
It serves as home to many of the typical Galapagos sea animals, such as birds, sea lions, blue and Nazca boobies and frigate. With rare sightings of swallow turtle gulls, tropic birds, and pelicans.
Cerro Colorado is a dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristobal Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Enjoy a beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the village’s port, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.
After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport to a return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.
- Cruise prices, Air tickets, National Park fee and TCT prices are subject to change without prior notice in the event of circumstances beyond our control
- Single Supplements applies
- Children are accepted from the age of 7 years old onwards
- Children under 12 years sharing the cabin with an adult will benefit from a discount
- Discount for third person sharing cabin with two-full-fare paying guests
- The accommodation for the third person is on a sofa bed
- Optional DIVING with extra charge: While cruising on board the M/Y Corals I & II, a scuba boat tour will pick up guests in order to take them for a dive (1-2 immersions + full equipment included). Enjoy a unique diving experience, with the possibility to see schools of hammerhead sharks, mantas, reefs, sea lions, and more depending on the diving site.
- Yacht assignment for M/Y Coral I & II and cabin number are within the sole discretion of GO considering factors such as charters, groups, language, age, interest, etc.
- Extended cruises 7 or more nights on board might require change of ship during the cruise between M/Y Coral I and II or M/V Galapagos Legend.
Standard (Sea Deck) $ 1662.00
Standard Plus (Sea Deck) $2058.00
Junior (Earth/Sky Deck) $2346.00
**High season supplement applies: Jan 01-05 / Apr 05 – May 25 / Jul 03 – Aug 26 / Oct 02 – Nov 22 / Dec 19-31
The rate includes:
- Accommodation in cabins with air conditioning and private bathroom
- All Meals on board
- Welcome & farewell cocktails, BBQ
- Coffee / tea station
- 2 daily excursions to the islands with multilingual speaking naturalist guides English-Spanish (French, German, Italian upon request)
- Snorkeling opportunities
- Outside decks for observation of the flora and fauna
- Briefings, lectures and activities on board
- Free shuttle service from Quito/Guayaquil Airport-roundtrip: when a domestic flight is purchased in combination with Coral I or II cruises.
- Air ticket from Quito / Guayaquil to Galapagos $449.00 per adult, $315.00 per child under 12, tickets issued by the cruise
- Galapagos National Park entrance Fee $100 per adult / $50 per child under 12 years, to be paid in cash upon arrival in Galápagos
- Galapagos Transit Control Card $20 per person (adults and children)
- Fuel surcharge: $50.00 for 3 or 4 nights cruise, $100 for 7 nights cruise
- Soft or alcoholic beverages
- Medical services
- Travel insurance and others not specified
- Kayak rental: $30.00 each use per person
- Internet: $32.00 for 10min