Galapagos - Legend 5 Day Cruise

  • days: 5
  • from: $4,235

Description

The Legend I is a luxury-class ship accommodating up to 100 passengers. Featuring broad observation decks, alfresco dining and an outdoor swimming pool, this is Galapagos cruising at its best.

Itinerary B - Begins Thursdays

2019 Departures:

10 and 24 January, 07 and 21 February, 07 and 21 March, 04 and 18 April, 02, 16 and 30 May, 13 and 27 June, 11 and 25 July, 08 and 22 August, 05 and 19 September, 03, 17 and 31 October, 14 and 28 November, 12 and 26 December

Day 1 Mosquera Islet

Welcome to the Galapagos Islands! Your adventure begins today with a visit to the Mosquera Islet. Set between the North and South Seymour Island, this tiny, low-lying islet is covered in coral sand and home to group of sea lions. There’s plenty of shore birds to see here, such as herons, lava gulls and boobies, and if you decide to go snorkelling you may see some barracuda and sting rays. [L,D]

Day 2 Santiago Island (Egas Point) - Rabida Island

Begin the day with a visit to Egas Point on Santiago Island. The first part of the Egas Port trail is comprised of volcanic ash and the other half of the trail is a partially uneven terrain that leads to the best tidal pool areas in the Galapagos. Here it is possible to see fur seals and Sally Lightfoot crabs. The unique terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of birds, including the bizarre Yellow-crowned night heron and the Galapagos hawk. Colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks can also be seen. Rábida Island is considered the epicentre of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. This afternoon 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. [B,L,D]

Day 3 Isabela Island (Urbina Bay/Tagus Cove)

Today visit Urbina Bay, unique for its volcanic black beach. Depending on the season, you may find giant tortoises, land iguanas and the unusual flightless cormorant. After a short walk inland, snorkelling time is allotted, giving you the chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay also features a wide variety of plant life that changes depending on the season. You can observe the beautiful colours of plants that attract different insects, birds and reptiles. You will explore the uplifted coral reef that resulted from 1954 volcanic activity, with a spectacular view of Alcedo Volcano.  This afternoon continue to Tagus Cove, where you will learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that formed Isabela Island. The trails leads to Darwin salt-water Crater Lake and offer excellent views of lava fields and volcano formations. This is a great site to see land birds such as Galapagos hawks, Large-billed flycatchers and Yellow warblers. [B,L,D]

Day 4 Fernandina Island (Espinosa Point) – Isabela Island (Vicente Roca Point)

This morning anchor at Espinosa Point on Fernandina Island, where you can see the island of Isabela across the Bolívar Channel. This area boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. The largest, most primitive-looking race of marine iguanas can be found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs - a wonderful opportunity for photos! In the afternoon visit Vicente Roca Point, a promontory with two protected turquoise coves on either side of the remains of a tuff cone, with one of them only accessible from the sea. It offers great opportunities for snorkelling, showcasing a wide variety of marine life such as red-lipped batfish, sea horses and sun fish. The geological formations also provide the perfect setting for a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds such as noddies, brown pelicans and Galapagos penguins. [B,L,D]

Day 5 Santa Cruz Island

This morning visit the Santa Cruz highlands. Take the trail leaving from Bellavista and pass through the agricultural zone near the National Park boundary, the ‘Miconia Zone’, and then continue through the ‘Fern’ and ‘Sedge’ zones. Dependent on weather conditions, you’ll be able to admire the beautiful scenes of the rolling hills and extinct volcanic cones covered by lush greenery. The highlands are also a natural reserve for giant tortoises. These enormous, slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and approaching them in their humid, forest abode is always an inspiring adventure. They weigh between 250 and 300 kilograms and can live between 150 and 200 years. A fascinating way to finish your memorable visit to Galapagos! [B]

Itinerary D - Begins Thursdays

2019 Departures:

03, 17 and 31 January, 14 and 28 February, 14 and 28 March, 11 and 25 April, 09 and 23 May, 06 and 20 June, 04 and 18 July, 01, 15 and 29 August, 12 and 26 September, 10 and 24 October, 07 and 21 November, 05 and 19 December

Day 1 San Cristobal Island

Welcome to the Galapagos Islands! Your adventure begins today on the island of San Crisobal. 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. The centre displays information about the volcanic origins of the islands and the arrival of the different species, amongst other points of interest. Then take a hike through the beautiful scenery up Tijeretas Hill and enjoy the magnificent views from the top, which is also home to a frigate bird nesting colony. [L,D]

Day 2 Espanola Island (Gardner Bay/Suarez Point)

This morning discover Gardner Bay, landing on a beautiful white coral sand beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are no trails so you’ll spend time along the shore where you can spot Galapagos hawk, American oystercatcher, Galapagos dove, hood mockingbird, yellow warbler, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin finches. Swimming and snorkelling you’ll see a great variety of Galapagos marine wildlife including king angelfish, creole fish, damsel fish and parrot fish. This afternoon you will visit Suarez Point on Española, an island of geological interest. It is one of the oldest in the Galapagos and one of the most isolated in the archipelago. Combined with the great variety of wildlife found, makes this site one of the most attractive in the Galapagos. You will explore volcanic formations and admire riveting wildlife: large colonies of sea lion and seabirds including Española mockingbird, Nazca boobies, and the spectacular red billed tropic bird. You will also encounter singular marine iguanas which are turquoise in colour, turning red in the breeding season, lava lizards, and the colourful Sally Lightfoot crabs. On a hike you’ll discover Nazca and blue-footed boobies and the nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favourites include Galapagos dove, Galapagos hawk, swallow-tailed gulls and the world's largest colony of waved albatross. Admire the island's dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous ‘Soplador’, a seaward blowhole that shoots water at some 23 metres in the air. [B,L,D]

Day 3 Floreana Island (Post Office Bay/Cormorant Point)

This morning discover Post Office Bay on the north side of Floreana, named due to a wooden barrel installed in 1793 by Captain James Colnett which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through, who would take the letters with them to their destinations. Nowadays, visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel, hoping that some other traveller going to the letter’s destination will take it back for free. Here you will also have great snorkelling opportunities. You’ll then visit Cormorant Point, an olivine green sand beach. Take a hike along the black mangroves to a brackish lagoon that is usually home to one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as the Scalesiavillosa, white mangrove, and palo santo trees. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of green Pacific sea turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the stingrays that may be hiding in the sand. From the beach is easy to spot sea turtles, blue-footed boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks searching for food along the shoreline. Upon return to the olivine beach you’ll have the opportunity to swim or snorkel with the local marine life. [B,L,D]

Day 4 Santa Cruz Island

This morning land on Santa Cruz and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station 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 travelling through the highlands to visit a private farm where giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat. The road to the reserve is also one of the best places to observe land birds. Tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers and Cattle egrets inhabit the area. [B,L,D]

Day 5 Santa Cruz Island

Carrion Point is a rocky cliff that is a great opportunity for you to discover more of the marine biodiversity of the islands. You will be able to snorkel among a variety of colourful fish, stingrays, and if you’re lucky, you may see the magnificent White-tipped shark. A fascinating way to finish your memorable visit to 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)
  • Galapagos Islands National Park entrance fee ($100pp 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.