Galapagos 7
 

4 night cruise with Isabela Island


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Day 1

ARRIVAL

Arrive at the airport in Baltra & be transferred to the dock. Check-in to your cabin before attending an introductory briefing & saftey drill. Then take a Panga ride to Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island. This is one of the most beautiful marine sites in the Galapagos. It is a complex maze of tranquil salt-water inlets, surrounded by three different species of mangrove. Its waters are a nursery site for sea turtles, rays and sharks as well as a nesting site for sea birds.  Return on board for tomorrow's briefing before a welcome cocktail and dinner.

Overnight: MV Eclipse


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Day 2

RABIDA & SANTIAGO ISLANDS

Visit Rábida Island where you can snorkel and kayak. Rábida is a small island with red volcanic rocks surrounding a beautiful red sand beach, where there is a colony of sea lions and a pelican nesting site. The trail leads to a salt water lagoon where shore birds can be seen. Rábida is considered to be one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos Island. Take an afternoon excursion to Puerto Egas, Santiago Island, which has tidal pools which are home to organisms, including sea urchins, octopus and starfish. The trail leads to the Fur Sea Lion Grottos, one of the only places in the islands where these unique animals can be seen. After the walk, you will have time to swim or snorkel off the beach, where you will see sea lions, fish and maybe some turtles, rays and maybe some reef sharks.

Overnight: MV Eclipse


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Day 3

ISABELA & FERNANDINA ISLANDS

Take an optional excursion to Tagus Cove, Isabela Island for a power hike or kayaking. Tagus Cove was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers and whalers. Here you will see the names of hundreds of ships painted on the high ridges (a practice now forbidden).After breakfast kayak, snorkel or take a panga ride along the cliffs. While exploring the channel between Fernandina and Isabela Islands, we sometimes encounter dolphins and whales. In the afternoon visit Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island before dinner on board. Punta Espinoza is a narrow piece of land where some of the most unique Galapagos species can be seen, including the flightless cormorant.

Overnight: MV Eclipse


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Day 4

ISABELA ISLAND

Disembark at Urbina Bay, located in western Isabela, where at the foot of Alcedo volcano where you may be able to observe sea turtles nesting. You may also see wild roaming Galapagos tortoises which like to feed within the site's dense vegetation. Take a panga ride along Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island or deep water snorkel. Punta Vicente Roca is a wonderful snorkeling site, where you can usually see turtles as well as all kinds of fish and a panga ride will give you the opportunity to study some of the Galapagos' spectacular geological rock formations. Nazca boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and penguins are often seen in the area.

Overnight: MV Eclipse


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Day 5

DEPART

Disembark at Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.  After visiting the Charles Darwin Research Station, guests will be transferred to Baltra airport for departure back to the mainland.