The Coral I and II yachts are right up there among the finest and most comfortable cruise experiences at the Galapagos Islands. The spacious social areas and sundecks, cosy living are..
First-Class Galapagos Cruise | Coral I and II Yachts
- 4 nights accommodation in onboard as per itinerary
- 4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner
- Naturalist bilingual (English-Spanish) permanent guide on boat for excursions all transfers to/from Galapagos airport and to/from yacht
- Snacks after visits
- Water, tea, coffee on the boat
- Snorkeling gear and kayaks
- INGALA Transit Card (USD 20)
- Soft- and alcoholic drinks
- Galapagos National Park fee (USD 100 per person)
- Travel and medical insurance
Optional (Available upon request)
- Flights starting from USD 520
- Single Cabin Supplement: 80% on top of normal rate
- Extension: Island Hopping program
- Extension: accommodation in hotel at Puerto Ayora & San Cristobal
- 4 day cruise on Coral I & II
Baltra Island: Airport | Santa Cruz Island: Eden Islet or Ballena Bay
In the morning, you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil (on the Ecuadorian mainland) to Baltra Island, in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago and the main point of entrance to this natural paradise. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will need to pay the national park entry fee, which goes to protecting both the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve. A member of the ship's crew will welcome you and accompany you to your vessel: the Corral I or II. This afternoon’s visit will be to either Eden Islet or Ballena Bay, depending on the weather. Eden is a small islet that, while not having any visitor points, allows for a scenic and exciting zodiac ride around it. This is a place where Galapagos fishermen used to go, as there are many marine species found here. Nesting on these rocks are different marine birds, like Frigatebirds, pelicans, sea gulls and petrels. Other marine species — like spotted eagle rays and marbled rays — add to making this islet an interesting excursion. As an alternative, we will go to the small Ballena Bay (“Whale Bay”), on the western coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach has a greenish tint due to the presence of olivine crystals that resulted from volcanic activity. The remains of clay goods are often found near the beach, indications of the settlements of people who lived there in the mid-1800s. According to old sailor stories, there is a path up to the island’s highlands where people used to collect fresh water. At this bay lives a small population of turtles from Pinzón Island, which were most likely brought over by whalers or former inhabitants of the bay.
Isabela Island: Tagus Cove | Fernandina Island | Espinoza Point
After a dry landing, we will visit Isabela Island’s notorious Tagus Cove, which was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers and whalers. Still exiting here is some graffiti that is believed to have been left by 19th-century pirates a curious reminder of an intriguing past. Perched on the ledges of the cliffs around this deep blue bay, you can observe a large number of Blue-footed boobies, as well as marine iguanas, brown pelicans, brown noddy terns, swallow-tailed gulls and tiny Galapagos penguins (members of the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the equator). A steep trail also passes through an area of dry vegetation and volcanic landscapes with scalesia woods and cactuses. Fernandina Island is not only the westernmost island, but also the youngest and most pristine island in the Galapagos. Huge fields of lava were created here by the La Cumbre Volcano’s 2005 eruption, which was followed on April 11, 2009 when the volcano flared up again, forming a cloud of ash and steam as hot lava flowed down the slopes of the volcano into the ocean. Nonetheless, an abundance of wildlife call this island home, including the famous Flightless cormorants, penguins, pelicans, marine iguanas and sea lions. You can also find mangroves on Fernandina Island, in addition to a great diversity of wildlife – such as orcas and whale sharks (which can sometimes be seen while snorkeling and when they surface). This afternoon we will make a dry landing on Espinoza Point, one of Fernandina Island’s visitor points. It is filled with fascinating scenery, such as cactuses growing on the surface of lava. One gets a sense of how life fought to begin when seeing these plants emerging from crevices in this barren landscape. Within this unique scenery you will encounter numerous animals – the highlights being sea lions, Galapagos penguins, Flightless cormorants (especially in the spring and summer), and one of the largest iguana colonies in the Galapagos Islands. In fact, on this small strip of land that constitutes Espinoza Point, you can find literally thousands of marine iguanas, which gather in large groups.
Isabela Island: Elizabeth Bay | Urbina Bay
Today we will head to the mangrove area of Elizabeth Bay and visit the small islands offshore. You are likely to see dwarf penguins as well as schools of manta rays, turtles and other giants of the ocean – possibly even surfacing whale sharks. The mangrove woods are also home to various species of seabirds and herons. After lunch, we will make a wet landing in Urbina Bay. Coral reefs are visible here as a result of an especially violent eruption of the Alcedo Volcano in 1954, when large sections of Isabela Island’s coast were suddenly raised about four meters. These reefs are now covered with poison apple and muyuyo trees. You can also observe land iguanas and the rare Mangrove finch up close here. From January to June, land turtles occasionally visit the bay, descending from their higher mountain living environments. After a short walk inland, we will have some time for snorkeling, giving you yet another chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions and countless tropical fish.
Santiago Island: Buccaneer Cove | Espumilla Beach | Sullivan Bay
This morning we will land on the fourth largest island in the Galapagos: Santiago Island, also known as “James Island” or “San Salvador Island.” The old rusted machines and run-down buildings of former salt mine workers are still apparent on the island, though the last attempts to populate Santiago Island were given up on forty years ago. On Santiago, we will go to Buccaneer Cove, which in the 18th and 19th centuries was a shelter for pirates, whalers and sailors. The bay is surrounded by high tuff cliffs where many sea-bird nest. In the cliffs, you can try to find two rock formations that look like a monkey and an elephant. In the afternoon we will visit Santiago Island’s Espumilla Beach, where marine iguanas relax and sea turtles nest. While snorkeling, you might come upon octopuses, morays and many types of tropical fish. There is also a Palo Santo forest close to this beach. We will then proceed to Sullivan Bay, located on the eastern coast of Santiago Island. Its lava field, covered with lava cactuses, has a variety of interesting patterns of important geologic interest, as you will be able to observe the contrasting lava landscapes from an older eruption and a newer one formed during the last quarter of the 19th century. After exploring these lava flows, you can swim or snorkel with playful sea lions.
Santa Cruz: Highlands | Baltra Island: Airport
This morning we will visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island, where the lush landscape is a welcome contrast to the arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands. On the way, we will cross through different vegetation zones – from the dry lower region full of cactuses, to the scalesia woods in the Highlands. There one can find two small agricultural communities that grow the famous organic Galapagos coffee. While in the Highlands you will have the option of visiting one of two tortoise breeding centers: El Chato or Rancho Las Primicias. At either site, approaching these enormous and slow-moving reptiles is always an inspiring adventure. The El Chato tortoise reserve was founded in 1964 to allow visitors observe the island’s huge Galapagos turtles and White herons in their natural habitat. You will also be able to walk through nearby underground lava tunnels formed during volcanic eruptions. As the outside of the lava hardened, the inside continued to flow to the ocean, creating these tunnels. Alternatively, Rancho Primicias is a great place to see about ten to fifteen Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild. In addition to being able to view the ocean from this location in the Highlands, you can walk through a lava cave that was formed by a volcanic eruption. Concluding this amazing experience in the Galapagos Islands, you will be transferred to the Baltra Island airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland. Enjoy your last look back at the “enchanted islands,” a unique paradise with inspiring natural wonders.