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Isabela II

Northern Galapagos 7 Day Cruise (departing Tuesdays)

The Isabela II is one of the most luxurious yachts operating in the Galapagos Islands. From dining room to stateroom, guests aboard the Isabela II will enjoy superior quality at all levels of service. Specifically designed for the longer 7-night Galapagos cruise expedition, this vessel features three public decks, 20 outside twin cabins and a library containing a large selection of reference books on the Galapagos and Ecuador as well as excellent nature and conservation videos. Guests can also make use of the snorkeling equipment, glass bottom boat and kayaks. The Isabela’s expedition team consists of three Naturalists who will delight guests with diverse natural history explanations, while the Captain and crew members are on hand to attend to your every need. The

 

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Embark

Embark in San Cristobal Island.

Day 1: Puerto Basquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island

Arrive at San Cristobal Island and transfer to the dock to board the Isabela II. On board you will have a welcome introductory briefing followed by lunch. After lunch make a dry landing at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, followed by a 40 minute bus journey to the south shore of the island, passing the historical highlands. Visit the breeding centre for endangered giant tortoises at Cerro Colorado, lying in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest. The area is also home to dozens of bird species and the endemic San Cristobal lava lizard. Return to the ship for a welcome cocktail, briefing and dinner.

Day 2: Genovesa Island

Overnight navigation northbound to the amazing bird island, Genovesa, crossing the equator on the way. The morning starts with a very interesting panga ride along the cliffs, followed by a steep climb up some stairs (90 feet). Once at the top of the stairs the ground is flat and you will hike for another mile or so observing large colonies of Nazca boobies, red footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels. Snorkeling, kayaking or riding a glass bottom boat is also available. Return to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, make a wet landing at Genovesa Island for an easy stroll observing a variety of bird species including frigate birds, red footed boobies, Nazca boobies, lava gulls, herons and finches. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing in the beautiful natural harbour, sunbathing, snorkeling and swimming. Return to the ship for dinner.

Day 3: Santiago Island

After a hearty breakfast, explore the impressive cliffs at Bucaneer Cove. Learn about the history of Santiago Island and its relevance to whalers, pirates and early researchers, including Darwin's epic voyage in 1835. You will also learn about the conservation projects that helped to eradicate feral species such as the enormous goat population. Today the island is free of feral goats and the cove is now home to a large number of marine birds and mammals. After lunch on board the ship, you will make a wet landing at Puerto Egas. Marvel at the impressive lava landscape and the abundant land and marine birds. Enjoy snorkeling and swimming from the beach. Return to the ship for dinner.

Day 4: Fernandina Island - Isabela Island

The ship sails overnight to the north shore of Isabela Island, crossing the equator twice in the process. Land on the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina for a one mile walk. The barren landscape is actually home to lots of wildlife including sea lions, sally light-foot crabs and flightless cormorants. Snorkeling is a refreshing reward near the lava shores. After lunch the vessel crosses the narrow Bolivar Channel, on the northwest of the island to Tagus Cove, once a favourite anchorage point for pirates and whalers. Take an optional hike to the Darwin Crater, where the views are impressive. You will also enjoy a panga ride along the volcanic cliffs of Tagus Cove where you will be able to sight penguins, martins, terns, iguanas and sea lions. It will also be possible to snorkel, kayak and swim here. Return to the ship for dinner.

Day 5: Isabela Island

Make a wet landing at Urbina Bay, located at the foot of the Alcedo and Darwin volanoes. The area is home to Galapagos land iguanas, giant tortoises and an excellent place to observe Darwin's finches. Along the shore, after a hike, guests may encounter flightless cormorants and spot penguins while snorkeling in this beautiful cove. Return to the ship for lunch. Depending on weather conditions it may be possible to go snorkeling along the cliffs of the partly sunken volcano on the northern tip of Isabela Island. As there is no shore line, coastal exploration is by dinghy. The area is a nesting site for flightless cormorants and a variety of local wildlife including Galapagos fur seals, Galapagos penguins, blue footed and Nazca boobies.

Day 6: Rabida Island - Santa Cruz Island

Arrive at Rabida Island, for a stroll along a red-coloured beach. Here you observe a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mocking birds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin's finches. Close to the beach is a salt pond where at times, greater flamingos migrate. This a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners as well as for experienced snorkelers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. You may also enjoy a glass bottom boat, a panga ride along the coast or paddle out on a sea kayak. Lunch is back on the vessel. Sail to the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. You will make a dry landing and follow a trail that passes a brackish lagoon, frequented by stilts, pintail ducks and sandpipers. Further inland the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago. Return to the ship for a farewell cocktail and dinner.

Day 7: Baltra Island

After a final breakfast on board the ship, it is time to disembark in Baltra Island for your onward journey.

Disembark

Disembark in Baltra Island.

Includes

  • 6 Nights' accommodation on board the Isabela II
  • Full board (from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 7)
  • Transfers in the islands
  • Excusions as listed in the itinerary
  • Naturalists and lecture services
  • Use of snorkeling gear
  • **The itineraries and programme are subject to change without prior notice, due mainly to adjustments in the policies and regulations of the Galápagos National Park, weather conditions, seasonal changes and safety reasons

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks
  • Guests who wish to bring bottles of wine and/or spirits on board the vessel will be charged a USD27pp corkage fee (plus taxes)
  • Galapagos National Park admission fee of USD100 per person (subject to change without notice) must be paid upon arrival at the airport in the Galapagos
  • Transit Control Card for Galapagos (USD20 per person)
  • Wet suits
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Fuel surcharge (if fuel prices change dramatically then you may charged an additional fee)
 

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