Galapagos - Coral 4 Day Cruise

  • days: 4
  • from: $3,295

Description

The Coral I & II is a blend of comfort and style. Incorporating teak-wood and modern decor and with a crew of 10, it offers the perfect combination for an intimate cruising experience. All cabins are fully air-conditioned with private facilities and can accommodate up to 36 passengers.

Itinerary A - Begins Sundays

2019 Departures:

06 and 20 January, 03 and 17 February, 03, 17 and 31 March, 14 and 28 April, 12 and 26 May, 09 and 23 June, 07 and 21 July, 04 and 18 August, 01, 15 and 29 September, 13 and 27 October, 10 and 24 November, 08 and 22 December

Day 1 Santa Cruz Island

Welcome to the Galapagos Islands! Today you’ll visit the Charles Darwin Centre where the Galapagos Giant Tortoise breeding program takes place. The Centre also educates communities and schools within the islands for future preservation. There’ll be many photo opportunities so keep your camera handy. Enjoy some free time in the town of Puerto Ayora to shop for souvenirs before returning back to the ship. [L,D]

Day 2 Santa Cruz Island (Dragon Hill) - Bartolome Island

Travel up to Dragon Hill this morning, walking by a brackish lagoon where you may be lucky enough to spot feeding flamingos. The trail passes through typical dry zone vegetation, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas. Dragon Hill offers lovely views of the anchorage and neighbouring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin's finches, Yellow Warblers, and Galapagos doves. Then discover a fascinating moonscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones - lava bombs, spatter and cinder cones – on a hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the famous eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. You will also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards and blue-footed boobies. Enjoy some beach time here where you can snorkel and see Galapagos penguins, sea turtles and white-tipped reef sharks, among a great variety of colourful fish. [B,L,D]

Day 3 Rabida Island - Santiago Island (Buccaneer Cove/Espumilla Beach)

Rábida Island is considered the epicentre of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. This morning you’ll witness the incredible dark red sand covering its unique beaches. Nesting brown pelicans are found from July through September and nine species of the famous Darwin's finches can be seen. You will also take a dinghy ride along the cliffs to observe nesting seabirds and snorkel off the coast where marine life is particularly active. In the afternoon you will land on Santiago Island at Playa Espumilla, one of the most idyllic beaches in the Galapagos. Here you’ll hopefully be able to see the flamingo and sea turtle nesting sites in the thick mangroves. You’ll then make your way to Buccaneer Cove to witness the towering cliff wall rock formations and enjoy more outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities. [B,L,D]

Day 4 Santa Cruz Island (Black Turtle Cove)

Begin the day on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea, where four species of mangrove grow from the shore out into the lagoon. Turtles love to swim in these calm waters, peeking their heads above the surface while fish, rays and small sharks circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, while sea birds including pelicans, herons and egrets, all feed in the cove. This cove has been declared a ‘Turtle Sanctuary’. A fascinating way to finish your visit to the memorable Galapagos! [B]

Itinerary C - Begins Sundays

2019 Departures:

13 and 27 January, 10 and 24 February, 10 and 24 March, 07 and 21 April, 05 and 19 May, 02, 16 and 30 June, 14 and 28 July, 11 and 25 August, 08 and 22 September, 06 and 20 October, 03 and 17 November, 01, 15 and 29 December

Day 1 Santa Cruz Island (Charles Darwin Centre)

Welcome to the Galapagos Islands! Today you’ll visit the Charles Darwin Centre where the Galapagos Giant Tortoise breeding program takes place. The Centre also educates communities and schools within the islands for future preservation. There’ll be many photo opportunities so keep your camera handy. Enjoy some free time in the town of Puerto Ayora to shop for souvenirs before returning back to the ship. [L,D]

Day 2 Mosquera Islet - North Seymour Island

This morning visit Mosquera Islet, located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands. This flat, sandy isle is home to a large colony of sea lions and an excellent spot to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. In the afternoon you will land on North Seymour, one of the busiest tourist destinations on the archipelago. North Seymour is the most accessible for day trips out of Santa Cruz’s main port, Puerto Ayora. A two hour walk (approximately) amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds and swallow-tailed gulls will provide an in depth insight into the sea bird breeding cycles in the Galapagos. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas and perhaps even a Galapagos Snake. [B,L,D]

Day 3 Santa Fe Island - South Plaza Island

Be greeted by a sea lion colony this morning on Santa Fe Island. Take a walk through an endemic cactus forest as you search for the Santa Fe land iguana, the largest in the islands and distinctively paler than other species. This island is home to a number of endemic species including Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Snake, rice rats, a variety of finches and one of the four species of Galapagos mockingbirds. In the afternoon visit South Plaza, located on the northern part of the Islet. Begin your walk through an impressive cactus forest home to many land and marine iguanas. As you reach its highest point, be on the lookout for tropic birds and a bachelor sea lion colony. In South Plaza there is also a large colony of the smaller sized land iguanas. The population is approximately 300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of vegetation, but during the dry season survive on the fruits and flowers of Opuntia cacti. Here you may also encounter the one and only Galapagos hybrid iguana. [B,L,D]

Day 4 San Cristobal Island

Discover more about the origins of the Galapagos at the Interpretation Centre in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, including a visit to the Museum of Natural History this morning. Then visit famous Kicker Rock and the Cerro Colorado Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre to learn about some of the National Park’s conservation programs. A fascinating way to finish your visit to the memorable Galapagos! [B]

Inclusions

  • Accommodation based on twin-share cabin with private facilities
  • All meals on board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • A program of included shore excursions and sightseeing
  • INGALA Galapagos Visitor Card Fee ($20pp US)

Exclusions

  • Airfares to the Galapagos Islands (approximately $745pp AU for cruises)
  • Galapagos Islands National Park entrance fee ($100pp US)

The Small Print: Prices are per person based on twin share with private facilities. Single traveller prices are available upon request. Seasonal surcharge may apply over peak travel periods, holiday seasons and special events. Itinerary is subject to change without notice. Cabin upgrades and itinerary length variations may be available, please contact Bunnik Tours for more details