Galapagos - Isabela II – 5 day Cruise

  • days: 5
  • from: $5,515

Description

Visit the most remote of the Galapagos Islands on board this luxurious yacht. Isabella-II boasts a large Sundeck that offers more space, comfort, seating, and freedom for “al fresco” events such as meals, cocktails, and even presentations from expedition staff.  More time outdoors means more time for guests to connect with the unique landscapes and environments of the Galápagos. Isabella-II also includes all the comforts including reception, gift shop, natural history library, bar salon & dining room. Your journey through the Galapagos Islands will truly be an unforgettable experience on-board this luxury yacht.

Itinerary Central Galapagos - Monday Departure

2019 Departures:

07 and 21 January, 04 February, 04 and 18 March, 01, 15 and 29 April, 13 and 27 May, 10 and 24 June, 08 and 22 July, 05 and 19 August, 16 and 30 September, 14 October, 11 and 25 November, 09 December

Day 1 Santa Cruz Island

We arrive at Baltra Airport and then we take you to the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus ride takes us to a restaurant in the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy lunch, and then continue to Puerto Ayora. After driving down from the highlands, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. The campus houses the islands’ headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Late afternoon we stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking on Yacht Isabela II. We review the expeditions plan for next day, Captain's welcome cocktail and dinner. [L,D]

Day 2 Santa Fe Island - South Plaza Island

A stunning anchorage at Santa Fe Island provides our jumping-off point for our visit to this sandy white beach with many sea lion harems. Galápagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the walk. Snorkelling and swimming from the beach, kayaking or a ride in our glass-bottom boat rounds off the rewarding experience. The turquoise waters of the channel here at South Plaza Island contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline, while a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus beyond, populated by yellow-gray land iguanas. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while sea birds play with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but amazing island. [B,L,D]

Day 3 North Seymour Island - Santa Cruz Island

The morning starts with an enjoyable walk along the coast and the interior of North Seymour Island, a favourite of many visitors, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and marine iguanas. There are opportunities for snorkelling or coastal exploration. We can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world. After WWII, US military barges were beached and abandoned here. Locals referred to the beach as the barges beach, a name that morphed to "bachas". Today it is an important nesting area for the east Pacific green sea turtle. Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, it is a glorious white beach, with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. We can swim and/or snorkel from the beach. Thursday's expedition plan review and dinner. [B,L,D]

Day 4 Bartolome Island - Santiago Island

This morning, a Galápagos icon awaits for us: Bartolomé Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the view from the top is worth the effort! Following the walk, we take the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, followed by time we will enjoy on the beach and with some snorkelling. We can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world. After lunch, we get on board the inflatable dinghies to land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach great for swimming, and with a trail over a lava field that flowed here less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galápagos while observing its wildlife. [B,L,D]

Day 5 Baltra Island

After breakfast, we leave for the airport to take the flight back to the mainland. [B]

 

Itinerary Southern Galapagos - Friday Departure

2019 Departures:

26 July, 20 September, 15 and 29 November, 13 and 27 December

Day 1 Santa Cruz Island

We arrive at Baltra Airport and then we take you to the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus ride takes us to a restaurant in the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy lunch, and then continue to Puerto Ayora. After driving down from the highlands, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. The campus houses the islands’ headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Late afternoon we stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking on Yacht Isabela II. We review the expeditions plan for next day, Captain's welcome cocktail and dinner. [L,D]

Day 2 Floreana Island

After breakfast, we land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has been serving as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. There will also be an opportunity for snorkelling off the beach. After lunch our visit to Punta Cormorant takes in an olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk by a brackish water lagoon where bird species like greater flamingos may be observed. On the other side of the island, we come to a white-sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest. We can usually snorkel at the "Champion Islet" site, inflatable dinghy ride or ride in our glass-bottom boat.[B,L,D]

Day 3 Espanola Island

Our morning outing at Punta Suárez provides an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including the waved albatrosses (April - January), boobies, swallow-tail gulls, and the famous "blowhole". Also, look for red-green-black marine iguanas. In the afternoon, we set down at this beautiful, white coral beach for a short walk to observe the sea lions, mockingbirds, finches or enjoy the beach. There is great snorkelling in this area, or else there's time to kayak, inflatable dinghy-ride or ride the glass-bottom boat. [B,L,D]

Day 4 San Cristobal Island

In the morning, we land on the eastern tip of the island at Punta Pitt. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline and is the only site in the Galápagos where the three species of boobies can be found together, as well as the two frigate species, plus a colony of bachelor sea lions. After the walk, if conditions are favourable, there is a chance to swim, kayak or snorkel from the beach or an inflatable dinghy ride. In the afternoon, following lunch on board, a dinghy ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers takes us to Cerro Brujo's expansive, white coraline beach, great for walking, with rewarding birdwatching including good views of seabirds and shore birds. Also, look out for Galápagos sea lions. These are the same shores that Charles Darwin walked upon, back in September 1835. After the walk, there is a chance to swim and snorkel. [B,L,D]

Day 5 San Cristobal Island

After breakfast, we leave for the airport to take the flight back to the mainland. [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

Exclusions

  • Airfares to the Galapagos Islands (approximately $820pp AU)
  • Galapagos Islands National Park entrance fee ($100pp US)
  • INGALA Galapagos Visitor Card Fee ($20pp 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.