Price

M/Y Eric & Letty

$6729AUD per person twin share – Iguana Deck

$6347AUD per person triple share (Iguana Deck only)

$4771AUD single supplement (Iguanna Deck only)

$7207AUD per person twin share – Booby Deck

$7914AUD per person twin share – Dolphin Deck

Children under 11yrs receive a 25% discount

Between 12-17yrs receive 15% discount

 

M/Y Origin

$10,914AUD per person twin share

$10,629AUD per person triple share

$8236AUD single supplement

Children under 11yrs receive a 25% discount

Between 12-17yrs receive 15% discount

Inclusions

  • 7-night expeditions depart every Sunday from San Cristobal
  • Fully-stocked bar and boutique, 24 hour coffee & tea station
  • Lounge for briefings with TV, DVD, games and library
  • Wildlife observation areas, open and shaded sun deck with loungers
  • Three meals served daily, after-excursion snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties
  • House wine and local beer served during dinner
  • Guided excursions and daily briefings with English-speaking expert naturalists
  • Low guide to passenger radio (max. 10 guests per guide)
  • Complimentary mask, fins and snorkels, 3mm custom full wet suits
  • Multiple kayaks

Exclusions

  • Tourist visa
  • International / Domestic flights, taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • All expenses not mentioned above
  • Wetsuits available for rent
  • National Park Entrance fee $100USD (subject to change without notice payable direct)
  • Migration control card ($10USD)

Explore the enchanted Southern and Central Galapagos Islands, a treasure-trove of natural history where unique wildlife wanders freely and the landscape is dramatic but beautifully desolate. Witness a frigate bird in courtship, the spectacular dive of a blue-footed booby fishing close to shore, or the graceful waved albatross – so comical and clumsy when taking flight.

Hike through ancient lava fields, walk along beaches of black, red and green sand. Snorkel with playful sea lions, dolphins, whales and tame sharks in the marine reserve surrounding these extraordinary islands. Slip into a sea kayak and discover hidden tide pools, mangrove forests, beaches and the hardened lava fields smeared onto the edges of the shores. Step over prehistoric marine and land iguanas as they spurt salt water from their nose and nod cheekily as you walk past.

Experience moment after moment of wonder in a land where time stands still. Venture ashore in small groups of no more than ten fellow explorers, experiencing this magical realm in the most authentic and educational way possible.

Come and experience a world of evolutionary enchantment with us.

Day 1 - San Cristobal

Welcome to the Galapgos! Upon arrival to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the dock, where you will board a zodiac to your yacht anchored in the bay. After a welcome briefing and safety drill, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before heading back to land by zodiac.

Travel by bus to Cerro Tijeretas, also known as ‘Frigatebird Hill’ as this is where you can spot the nesting colonies of both species of Frigate birds (Great and Magnificent). Continue on foot to the beautiful vistas offered by Punta Carola, some of the wildlife you will see will include Lava Lizards, the Medium Ground Finch and Chatham Mockingbird.

Returning to the yacht, enjoy dinner and a cocktail party hosted by your captain, followed by a briefing about tomorrows activities. (L,D)

Day 2 - Cerro Brujo, Punta Pitt

This morning you will arrive at the breathtaking white coral beach Cerro Brujo. Considered one of the most spectacular beaches of the Galapagos, it is perfect for a peaceful walk offering expansive views and good bird watching. You may also choose to kayak from the beach or swim with sea lions, and a zodiac ride will take you through a cave called The Cathedral before returning to the yacht for lunch.

During lunch you will make your way toward the north eastern tip of San Cristobal to Punta Pitt. Considered to be a first class site for birds, this spectacular tuff cone formation (created by magma-water eruptions) serves as a nesting site for many sea birds including all three types of boobies: Blue Footed, Nazca and Red Footed, both Frigate species, Swallow Tailed Gulls, Storm Petrels, Shearwaters and Brown Pelicans. You may also snorkel at Pitt Rock with Sea Lions and colourful fish such as the King Angel and Surgeon fish.

Return to the yacht to cruise around Leon Dormido or ‘Kicker Rock’, a vertical tuff cone formation that rises abruptly almost 150m out of the ocean. On the cliffs, spot Blue Footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies and Magnificent Frigate birds. This evening enjoy dinner and a briefing on tomorrows activities. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Espanola

This morning you will explore Punta Suarez, Espanola, home to the highest rate of endemic species in the Galapagos. Sea Lions noisily greet you as you land on their beach, while curious Hood Mockingbirds peck at your shoelaces. From April to December Waved Albatross, found only on Espanola, perform their wild mating ritual. Colonies of Blue Footed Boobies engage in ‘sky-pointing’ to show off for potential mates and Nazca Boobies busily care for their young. Stunning Swallow Tailed Gulls are the only nocturnal gulls in the world and fish at night. Red Billed Tropicbirds take shelter under the cliffs. You will also find Darwin’s Finches, Galapagos Doves and Galapagos Hawks. Observe a unique species of Marine Iguana identified by their red and green colourings, and the even more colourful Sally Light Foot Crabs scuttling along the shoreline near to the famous ‘blow hole’.

After lunch, you will make a wet landing on Gardner Bay, Espanola, greeted once again by Sea Lions as you walk along this seemingly endless stretch of white sandy beach. There is no trail to follow here, so this is a chance to explore or take a long walk. You may find Galapagos Hawk, Darwin’s Finches and Hood Mockingbirds. Swim with Sea Lions right from the beach, explore the bay and islets by kayak or just relax on the beach. There is an excellent snorkelling site off Gardner Islet with a colourful diversity of sea life near Tortuga Rock and you can explore caves covered with invertebrates by zodiac.

Return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Floreana

This morning you will visit Floreana, one of the few populated islands in the Galapagos, it offers a human history rich with mystery and intrigue. Arriving at the green sand beach of Punta Cormorant that is alive with Sea Lions, Lava Herons, Yellow Crowned Night Heron, Blue Footed Boobies and Penguins. Continue on foot to a brackish lagoon that is home to Bahama Ducks, Common Stilts, Galapagos Flycatchers, Yellow Warblers and Greater Flamingos, the pinkest in the world! Discover a rich variety of plants including Morning Glory, Cut Leaf Daisies, Black, Red and White Mangroves, Palo Verde and Scalesia. The trail will lead you to the soft sands of a beach where Sea Turtles come to lay their eggs and Sting Rays swim in the shallow waters. After the walk, you have an opportunity to snorkel at Devil’s Crown or Champion, a shallow sunken crater colonised by a brilliant array of colourful fish and coral, White Tipped Sharks, Sea Turtles, Spotted Eagle Rays and Sea Stars.

Returning to your yacht, enjoy lunch served on the sundeck (weather permitting), after which you will visit Post Office Bay. It may not be the most scenic spot of the Galapagos, but it is certainly one of the most famous sites! It is here, in the late 18th century, that a post barrel was erected by English whaling vessels. You are invited to leave a post card of your own, addressed to yourself or friends and family, and to pick up any mail from your home area, the idea being that your post card eventually finds its destination only through those who have been lucky enough to visit this unique post box! There is also the chance to swim here from the beach with Sea Lions and Turtles.

Late afternoon, take a Zodiac ride near Baroness Point to spot Sea Turtles and Rays. Return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Santa Cruz

Travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. The scenery gradually changes as you wind your way through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos. Here, you visit the tortoise reserve at ‘Las Primicias’ one of the private farms in the highlands where you encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Stop at ‘the tunnels’, the largest lava tubes found in Galapagos, and visit Los Gemelos, Spanish for ‘The Twins’, a pair of large pit craters where you may see the red male vermilion flycatcher.

Next, you visit Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena (aka the Charles Darwin Research Station). Visit the tortoise and land iguana corrals and the breeding centre with new hatchlings and miniature tortoises not yet ready to be repatriated. Lonesome George is no longer with us but there is Diego, ‘The Professor’ who has been more successful at mating. Puerto Ayora is the social heart of the islands with the largest population of 24,000. After lunch and briefing on board, return to town to shop for souvenirs or stop at an internet cafe. You have the option to remain in town on your own account to stimulate the local economy or you can return to the boat for dinner. There is a schedule for zodiac transportation from the yacht to town later in the evening. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Bartolome

Disembark at Bartolome, where it seems like you are walking on the moon. This young island is inhospitable to most plants and animals. After a dry landing, climb 30 minutes up stairs leading to the summit of a once active volcano. Along the way, pause to marvel at lava bombs, spatter cones and cinder cones. From the top of the wooden stairs, gaze out across the island for a panoramic view of the island and ‘Pinnacle Rock’, an eroded tuff cone. Crystal clear water is an invitation to snorkel from the beach with schools of tropical fish and Galapagos Penguins or take a Zodiac ride. After lunch, visit Las Bachas, Spanish for ‘barges’. There is a long stretch of a soft white sand beach and interior lagoons where you find the Greater Flamingo. There is also a wonderful chance to snorkel here from the beach. Located off the Southern tip of Santiago is Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat) that owes its name to its shape. After a wet beach landing with sea lion colonies, the trail gives way to a primeval landscape of volcanic rubble including cracked lava formations and lava tubes. You will find marine iguanas and pairs of oystercatchers. You can choose to snorkel at a site that is frequented by Galapagos penguins. There is a briefing followed by dinner while we anchor in a calm protected area. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - South Plaza Island

Today you visit South Plaza, a small geological uplift with tall cliffs offering spectacular views. After a dry landing, the trail leads you through Prickly Pear or Opuntia and Sesuvium. Here you can find the Galapagos Land Iguana feeding on the cactus leaves. Toward the end of the hill, you will encounter a colony of bachelor sea lions. The dominant bulls are in various stages of recovery from battles lost over prime beach territory. You will also find Swallow tailed gulls, Shearwaters and Red-billed tropicbirds who build their nests along the cliffs. After lunch, you have a dry landing at North Seymour, a small geological uplift. Follow a trail that leads you to Swallow-tailed gulls, Blue-footed boobies and the endemic Land iguanas. Visit the largest colony of Magnificent Frigate birds found in Galapagos. As you stroll along the beach, you find Marine Iguanas and sea lions body surfing the northern swells. Return to the yacht for the Captain’s Farewell cocktail party and dinner as well as a special slide show presentation by your guides. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - San Cristobal

Today you visit the Interpretation Centre opened on San Cristobal Island in 1999. Here you gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the Islands. Afterwards, spend time in port before heading to the airport for your flight back to the mainland departing before noon time on Aerogal. (B)