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NATURALIST CRUISE A

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CRUISE A – ITINERARY

 

ITINERARY A- Naturalist Cruise (8 Days/ 7 Nights)

Wednesday A.M. Flight to Baltra Airport Galapagos  
P.M. Santa Cruz Highlands
Thursday A.M. Santiago Sullivan Bay
P.M. Rabida Rabida
Friday A.M. Isabela Punta Vicente Roca
P.M. Fernandina Punta Espinosa
Saturday A.M. Isabela Las Tintoreras
P.M. Isabela Wet Lands
Sunday A.M. Mosquera Mosquera
P.M. North Seymour North Seymour
Monday A.M. Floreana Post Office Bay
P.M. Floreana Punta Cormorant
Tuesday A.M. South Plazas South Plazas
P.M. Santa Fe Santa Fe
Wednesday A.M. Santa Cruz Bachas Beach
Flight back to mainland Ecuador  

 

As a resume, our dates will have the following details:

  • 06h30 First dive – Full breakfast
  • 10h30 Dives
  • 12h00 Lunch
  • 19h00 Dinner.

 

 

GEAR AND PACKING

Activities

  • Panga Ride (PR)
  • Snorkeling (SN)
  • Soft Trekking (ST)
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Day 1,Flight to Baltra Airport Galapagos and Santa Cruz Highlands

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
It is the center of the Archipelago with a diversity of wildlife and with amazing vegetation. This is the second largest island after Isabella, the most visited and offers lots of interesting places to visit. Puerto Ayora is the capital and it is in front of the sea, offering a relaxed and peaceful coastal town feeling.
The highlands of Puerto Ayora are very interesting, you will see different vegetation, altitudes, weather and fauna. We can also admire the Giant Galapagos Tortoise roaming in its natural habitat. You can also explore a cavernous underground Lava Tunnel where you can view one of the geological wonders of our volcanic islands. You will also be able to explore some of the “backroads” of Santa Cruz on the way to Puerto Ayora

PLACE ACTIVITY DIFICULTY
Puerto Ayora`s Highlands ST Moderate
Puerto Ayora`s Lava Tunnel ST Moderate
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Day 2,Santiago and Rabida Islands

SANTIAGO ISLAND
Santiago or “San Salvador” has an area of 585 square meters and an altitude of 907 meters. Dolphins, sharks, sea lions and flamingos are part of the wildlife of the island. Santiago has evidence of the pahoehoe lava flow. The lava shoreline has provided the island many of its attractions.

Quick Facts
Tourists can be delighted by the incredible lava formations of Sullivan Bay.

RABIDA ISLAND
Jervis Island or Rabida Island is located at the south of Santiago, it is relatively a tiny Island with a rocky coastline. Its distinctive red appearance comes through the presence of iron on the surface of the craters that presented in the area. It has an area of 4.9 square kilometers and an altitude of 367 meters. Visitors have the single opportunity to see pelicans. Here nine of the fourteen species of finches are found.

Quick Facts
The reddish hue of the sand of the soil of the island combined with the amazing flora and fauna, gives as result a beautiful landscape full of wonders

PLACE ACTIVITY DIFICULTY
Sullivan Bay ST Moderate
SN Moderate
Rabida ST Moderate
PR Moderate
SN Moderate
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Day 3,Isabela and Fernandina Islands

ISABELA ISLAND
Isabela Island was named in this way in honor of Queen Isabela of Spain. Isabela has an area of 4,640 square kilometers and an altitude of 1,707 meters. This island occupies the 60% of the area of Galapagos making it the largest island of the archipelago. The Equator passes directly through Isabela.

Isabela is one of the inhabited Island in its port, called Puerto Villamil.

Punta Vicente Roca: After breakfast, passengers will explore the island by boat, while a naturalist guide explains different aspects of its geology. This site is very well known, for the bird nesting sites specially for cormorants and Galapagos penguins. The climate will offer to the passengers the possibility of snorkeling in the cliffs of the area that will show you an abundant marine life, many of the times you can see sea turtles and the "sunfish" (mola mola). This is one of the most impressive and beautiful sites in the Galapagos Islands.

FERNANDINA ISLAND
Fernandina is the third largest island of the Archipelago. This island has an area of 642 square kilometers and an altitude of 1,494 meters and offers the opportunity to see small volcanic eruptions; also, this island is the home of Galapagos penguins, sea lions and many other extraordinary species.

Punta Espinosa is in the northeast of Fernandina. In this place you will have the opportunity of seeing hundreds of marine iguanas gathered at the sand.

PLACE ACTIVITY DIFICULTY
Punta Vicente Roca PR Moderate
SN Moderate
Punta Espinosa ST Moderate
SN Moderate
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Day 4, Isabela Island

Quick Facts
Las Tintoreras is a small rocky islet where is easy to find white tip fin sharks.
The wetlands in this island form a network of trails that are essential for the maintenance of the wildlife of Galapagos.

PLACE ACTIVITY DIFICULTY
Las Tintoreras ST Moderate
PR Moderate
SN Moderate
Wetlands ST Moderate
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Day 5,Mosquera and North Seymour Islands

Mosquera
Mosquera is located between Baltra and North Seymour Islands. Mosquera is a reef of rocks, sand and corals. It is a flat island product of a geological elevation. It has a length of 160 meters and a width of 600 meters.

Quick Facts
Mosquera has one of the largest populations of sea lions, Lava Gulls, sea fishes, coastal birds and Crabs, among others.

North Seymour
North Seymour is covered with bushy vegetation and many endemic species that make it remarkable and it is the home of one of the largest populations of blue-footed booby birds, noddies, swallow-tailed gulls and magnificent frigate birds. The same thing with Land Iguanas, where you will find many of them.

Quick Facts
Bird species have an interesting way of interacting.

PLACE ACTIVITY DIFICULTY
Mosquera ST Moderate
PR Moderate
SN Moderate
North Seymour ST Moderate
PR Moderate
SN Moderate
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Day 6, Floreana Island

Floreana
Floreana is one of the oldest of the Archipelago as well as one of the smallest islands. It has an area of 173 km squared and an altitude of 640 meters. It supports an abundant wildlife, with a variety of native and introduced species like: Shorebirds, flamingos, stilts, owls, rails, white-cheeked pintail ducks, migratory birds and nesting sites; sea lions, owls and wide forest of Palo Santo.

Quick Facts
  • Floreana is known for its traditional pirate stories, and for being the home of one of the oldest settlements of the island.
  • Post office Bay, located in the northern part of Floreana, is one of its attractions with the famous post office barrel.
  • Punta Cormorant at the north has a green beach that contains many olive crystals.
PLACE ACTIVITY DIFICULTY
Post Office Bay ST Moderate
SN Moderate
Punta Cormorant ST Moderate
PR Moderate
SN Moderate
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Day 7 ,South Plazas and Santa Fe Island

South Plazas
South Plazas is a small island with an area of 0,119 km squared and an altitude of 23 meters that was formed by a stream of lava from the bottom of the ocean. Depending of the season, the vegetation changes its color. This island is the home of many species such as: land iguanas, swallow Tailed Gulls, sea birds, brown pelicans, red-billed tropicbirds and frigate birds.  

Quick Facts
  • It offers the opportunity of a direct interaction, almost face to face with sea lions.
  • There are an enormous variety of birds that inhabit the rocky walls of the south side of the island.
  Santa Fe
Santa Fe is a small island with 1,9 kilometers squared and an altitude of 24 meters. Opuntia Cactus is part of its characterized dense forest vegetation; there are also salt bushes along the trail as well giant prickly pear cactus. Talking about fauna, this island is the home of one of the most beautiful coves and endemic species like Galapagos snake, the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos mockingbird, sea lion colonies, rice rats and one of the two species of lands Iguanas of the islands.  

Quick facts
  • A lot of sea lions are found on the beaches
  • Home of two endemic species; Santa Fe Rice Rat and Land Iguana.
 
PLACE ACTIVITY DIFICULTY
South Plazas ST Moderate
Santa Fe ST Moderate
PR Moderate
SN Moderate
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Day 8 ,Bachas and Flight back to Mainland

Quick Facts
  • Bachas Beach a unique landscape with white-coral sand in a magnificent beach where you can also observe many endemic species like sea turtles, migratory birds, ducks, flamingos, the enchanted islands.
Transfer to the airport.
PLACE ACTIVITY DIFICULTY
Bachas Beach ST Moderate
SN Moderate
 

JOSE SOLIS

My name is Jose Solis and I am Quiteño - galapagueño. My passion is diving because the underwater encounters make me discover an entire new universe in the ocean at the time that it allows me to have a new way to see the world. I have dedicated a large part of my life to search the simple details that make the sub aquatic experience a trip to enjoy every day in my life with another perspective.
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EDUARDO MAHAUAD

I was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. My father is a mainlander and my mother is an islander. I belong to the 3rd generation of “Galapagueños”. I am a liberal Art student and a man passionate for SCUBA diving and for the nature in general. I work as a naturalist and adventure guide (SCUBA instructor) at the Galapagos Islands. I am an amateur guitar and drum player, keen to music, literature and the mesmerizing experience of discovering the wonders of the nature. Currently, I am living and working on Santa Cruz island.

Additional Info

  • Duration : 8 Days, 7 Nights
  • Availability : 16
  • Price From: $4.900
  • Location : Galapagos Islands

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