Explore the Galapagos in style on board this luxury motorised Catamaran
The best way to see the Galapagos Islands is on board a luxury cruise. Travel in comfort to the different islands, where you can experience up-close encounters with blue-footed boobies, iguanas, giant tortoises, whales and more.
The Petrel offers a deluxe way to visit these magical islands. Named after a sea bird common to Galapagos, the Petrel is like its namesake: elegant, swift and silent at sea. A motorized catamaran, the Petrel is designed for comfort and stability and is outfitted with spacious cabins, a comfortable lounge, and Jacuzzi.
07 and 21 October, 04 and 18 November, 02, 16 and 30 December
Day 1 Baltra Island - Santa Cruz Island
Upon arrival to the airport in Baltra you will be greeted by a Petrel representative and taken across the Itabaca Channel to visit the Island of Santa Cruz before boarding. The visit includes a short hike. Dress appropriately with sturdy shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt due to the climate of this area. You will visit a site called Highlands. The Highlands of Santa Cruz is a very interesting site due to the rich wildlife, hills, ferns, volcanoes and lava tubes present. Exploring the lava tubes is a surreal and unique experience. Here you can see all the different agricultural zones that are present in the Galapagos in one place. The variety of birds makes this a bird watchers delight. After the visit to the Highlands you will be transferred to the yacht. You will then be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before the welcome briefing. [L,D]
Day 2 Santiago Island - Bartolome Island
The morning begins at Sullivan Bay, a satellite island of Santiago. This is one of the best places to see the Galapagos fur seal. There is not much wildlife to see here, but the old lava formations are quite a site to see with tuff cones, pyroclastic cones, and other volcanic landscapes. In the afternoon we visit Bartolomew Island, another satellite island that derives from Santiago Island. It is home of the famous Pinnacle Rock and is named after James Sullivan, a friend of Charles Darwin who was also aboard the HMS Beagle. Of all the islands, this is the most photographed and is also featured in the 2003 movie “Master and Commander”. Pinnacle rock is a volcano cone formed by magma expelled by an underwater volcano. The sea cooled the hot lava and as it exploded from contact, the pieces formed together this huge rock of many, many layers of basalt. The huge rock also has a beach where a small population of green sea turtles will nest. Galapagos penguins gather here and swimming can offer beautiful sights of colorful schools of fish and curious sea lions. [B,L,D]
Day 3 Genovesa Island
This horse-shoe shaped island was formed by the eruption of a shield volcano with large slopes formed by gradual lava flows. It is known as “Bird Island” due to the wide variety of birds that can be seen. The only reptile on the entire island is the marine iguana and it is one of the very few places red-footed boobies gather in one large mass. The morning excursion is to Darwin Bay. Darwin Bay is the result of the shield volcano where one of the sides of the caldera collapsed after years of erosion. It is one of the places in the Galapagos where red-footed boobies can be guaranteed to be seen. Over 200,000 red-footed boobies are estimated to be living in the trees and bushes of Genovesa. After lunch we visit El Barranco. Better known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, a steep and rocky path leads up to a cliff with a marvellous view. There is also a Palo Santa forest that is home to nesting red-footed boobies and other birds. [B,L,D]
Day 4 Santiago Island
Today begins with a visit to Egas Port also known as James Bay. It is home to quick footed Galapagos lava lizards, Galapagos fur seals along the grottos and tide pools and is a great snorkelling site. We then continue with an excursion to Buccaneer Cove. This cove is better known for excellent snorkelling opportunities and was once known as a refuge for British buccaneers or pirates. The underwater formations are amazing and many different species of fish gather here. We will also visit Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and the Sally-Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons and perform the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkelling is highly recommended as you could find yourself face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark, or a variety of other species of tropical fish. [B,L,D]
Day 5 Santa Cruz Island - Baltra Island
The morning begins at Carrion Point. There is no place to land here so either a panga ride or snorkelling will take place. It is a sheltered lagoon with beautiful turquoise water on the Northern coast of Santa Cruz at the entrance of the Itabaca Channel. Afterwards we will be transferred to the airport for the flight back to the mainland. [B]
- 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
- 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.
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