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Luxury catamaran Journey I – 4 days


Cost: from $ 2.075 AUD
Flights: no flights included (see below for more details)
Duration: 4 days
Departure: all year long
Location: Galapagos Islands

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Tour Description

Wildlife is the most notable feature on the Galapagos Islands. Giant tortoises meander distant highlands and iguanas sun themselves on black lava rocks along the shore. Flightless cormorants and tiny penguins dart through the waters while graceful red-billed tropicbirds screech across the sky. Come and discover the islands Journey I. The yacht is designed for 16 passengers and provides the highest standards of luxury and comfort. All cabins feature private facilities, locker and closet, air conditioned. It also carries snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, sea kayaks, etc. A superb experience is waiting for you - just board the boat!

Itinerary

Day 1 – Santa Cruz
After landing at Baltra you will move on in the afternoon to the second biggest island of the Galpagos, Santa Cruz Island. A hike expects you today. The trail to the highlands leaves from Bellavista and passes through the agricultural zone, near the National Park boundary, the Miconia Zone and then goes to the Fern and Sedge zone. With clear weather (unpredictable) this area offers beautiful scenes of rolling hills and extinct volcanic cones covered with grass and lush greenery all year round.

Den 2 – Santiago Island
Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino) - is a tiny island just off the south-eastern tip of Santiago Island. It is a recently-formed volcanic cone and its descriptive name accounts for the fact that it appears to take the shape of a downward-facing Chinese hat. Opposite Sombrero Chino, on the rocky shoreline, Galapagos penguins and eagle rays are often seen. The island is home to a large sea lion colony and plenty of marine iguanas which cover the volcanic landscape. There are some excellent snorkelling opportunities in the cove. Afterwards, the excursion to Puerto Egas with its black sand beaches leads to one of the most rewarding visits of the Galapagos. The island was the site of a small salt mining industry, one of several unsuccessful attempts to commercialize the Galapagos. A hike inland to the salt crater is an excellent opportunity to see land birds such as finches, doves, and hawks. A walk along the rugged shoreline, especially at low tide, will allow us to observe many marine species as iguanas bask on the rocks and sea lions laze in the tide pools. At the end of the trail there is a series of grottoes or sea caves where fur seals and night herons are regularly found resting on the shady ledges. For many, this is the only opportunity to see the Galapagos fur seal, once thought to be on the verge of extinction.

Day 3 – Santiago Island, Bartolome Island
The morning of day 3 will be spent at the Sullivan Bay. Visitors can view lava flows here that are approximately 100 years old. The lava flow solidified as a mostly ropey-like appearance; it is rare to the rest of the world but is common to the volcanoes of Hawaii and Galapagos. Only a few plants have managed to take root in this harsh environment. In the afternoon you continue to the Bartolome Island. On Bartolome, it seems like we are walking on the moon. This young island is inhospitable to most plants and animals. You can climb up a steep slope to the summit of a once active volcano. Pause along the way to marvel at lava bombs, spatter cones and cinder cones. From the top there is a beautiful outlook, including the famous "Pinnacle Rock" (an eroded tuff cone). Down below, crystal clear water invites you to snorkel with tropical fish. Penguins often swim in this area. On the other side of the island encounter sea turtles and white-tipped sharks.

Day 4 – Santa Cruz
Last trip takes you to the Bachas Beach, known for the sand which is made of decomposed coral. As a result the sand here is very white and soft, making it a favourite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there is a small water lagoon, where occasionally it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The cruise comes to an end. You will be heading to the airport in the afternoon to continue with your travels.

Catamaran Specifications:

Category: Luxury Class

Type: Motor Catamaran

Year: 2006

Capacity: 16 Passengers

Length: 90,50 ft/ 27.6 m

Beam: 36,08 ft/ 11 m

Speed: 10 knots

Crew: 8 + 1 naturalist bilingual guide

Accommodation: 16 passengers in 6 twin bed cabins on main deck and 2 suites on the upper deck.

Package Inclusions

3 Nights accommodation on the boat Journey I (in twin cabins); 4 Day long Galapagos cruise; Full board on the boat (B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner) except for alcoholic drinks; All services, transfers and excursions detailed in the program; Local English speaking guide; Snorkelling; Taxes.

Price per person (2 people in double/twin room)

Package Exclusions

Airfare; Tips; Insurance; Personal expenses; Galapagos National Park Entrance fee 100 USD; Optional Excursions.

Supplements

Single supplement – contact us for details

Upgrade to Deluxe Suite - $ 310 AUD

Extend this cruise to 5 day version - $ 665 AUD

Local flights Quito - Galapagos - Quito - from $ 450 AUD

Note

The price is subject to availability.


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