Galapagos - Fragata 5 day Cruise

  • days: 5
  • from: $3,885

Description

The Fragata offers a relaxed yet intimate atmosphere with a crew of 7 and can accommodate up to 16 passengers. Features include a well-equipped dining room, bar, saloon, small library, sundeck, TV, full air-conditioning and a diving platform.

Itinerary B - departs Fridays

2019 Departures: 

18 January, 01 February, 01 and 29 March, 10 and 24 May, 07 and 21 June, 05 July, 02, 16 and 30 August, 13 and 27 September, 11 and 25 October, 08 and 22 November, 06 and 20 December

Day 1 Arrive Galapagos - Mosquera

Welcome to the Galapagos! Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to the pier to embark the MV Fragata, your home for the next four nights. Baltra, known as South Seymour is the main gateway where tourists and colonists arrive and depart in the Galapagos Islands. After lunch, you disembark at Mosquera Island which is located between North Seymour and Baltra. The island consists of a long narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and tide pools. Created by Geological uplift the island has a flat look to it rather than the conical shape of the volcanically formed islands. It is a great place for snorkelling, strolling on the beach, and enjoying the animal life without the tourist crowds common at many of the more popular islands. This islet is actually home to a huge population of sea lions and is also home to many shorebirds. [L,D]

Day 2 Isabela Island - Fernandina Island

After breakfast you enjoy a visit to Vicente Roca Point by small boat. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life, observing seahorses, sea turtles, rays, puffer fish and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (or sunfish). You may also see penguins, blue-footed boobies and nazca boobies. After lunch on-board you take a walk to see lava flows, a colony of marine iguanas (nesting time: January to June), penguins, pelicans and colonies of cormorants and lava cactus. There will later be time for snorkelling before heading back to the ship for dinner. [B,L,D]

Day 3 Isabela Island

Today begins with disembarking at Urbina Bay, located in the west of Isabela Island, at the foot of the Alcedo volcano. Walk on a sandy and rocky defined path, observing calcareous organisms (shells, corals) exposed above water. In this area you may see a large colony of land iguanas, Darwin's finches, giant tortoises (between June – September) and flightless cormorants. After the hike, there will be time for snorkelling along the shoreline where you may observe penguins and flightless cormorants. After lunch you visit Tagus Cove that was once a port where whaling ships arrived and left their ships’ names in a cave in 1800. In the high part is the Darwin Lake, a round salt water crater. You disembark and walk from the shore by a wooden stairway that rises to the dusty trail passing through Palo Santo Forest to reach the Darwin Lake. Continue on the trail around the lake through the dry vegetation zone. You will receive panoramic views of the Darwin and Wolf volcanoes. Later, take a small boat ride through the cliffs to observe the historical graffiti, penguins, flightless cormorants, boobies, pelicans and Sally Lightfoot crabs. [B,L,D]

Day 4 Santiago Island

This morning you continue to see the black beaches of Puerto Egas, near the west side of Santiago Island. Hector Egas owned a salt mine here for a few years in the 1960s, before leaving his name behind as well as the ruined buildings and rusty equipment. The mine itself, a volcanic cone that has a small, shallow lake which fills up with salt water, is off limits to visitors because it is now home to the flamingos. In the afternoon you visit Sombrero Chino, where you will be able to observe lava tunnels, lava cactus, Galápagos Sesuvium and enjoy time to swim and snorkel. [B,L,D]

Day 5 Santa Cruz - Depart Baltra

After breakfast, you walk for approximately 20 minutes to The Charles Darwin Research Centre. It is formed by an information centre, a museum, a library and a tortoise breeding station. At the tortoise breeding station you can encounter tortoises of different subspecies, which are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. Later today you will be transferred to Baltra airport to meet your onward flight. [B]

Inclusions

  • Accommodation based on twin-share cabin with private facilities
  • All meals on board/in hotel (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • A program of included shore excursions and sightseeing

Exclusions

  • Airfares to the Galapagos Islands (approximately ($820pp AU for cruises)
  • Galapagos Islands National Park entrance fee ($100pp US)
  • INGALA Galapagos Visitor Card Fee ($20pp US)
  • Isabela Island fee ($10pp US)
  • Shuttle bus ticket Galapagos airport to Itabaca Canal ($5pp US)

The Small Print: Prices are per person based on twin share. Single Supplement on request. Seasonal surcharges apply. Cabin upgrades and itinerary length variations may be available. Please contact our office for details.