Grand Majestic

The Grand Majestic is the fastest and most modern vessel cruising the Galapagos Archipelago.

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The Grand Majestic is specifically designed for exclusive high end private charters. The guide, captain and crew are dedicated to providing the highest quality service.

Grand Majestic offers excellent four-, five-, and eight-day itineraries, led by a certified bilingual naturalist guide and a dedicated crew.

DECK AND CABINS

LOWER DECK

MAIN DECK

SUN DECK

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS    

Year of construction:2018
Length127′ (39 m)
Beam24′ (7.30 m)
Draft5′ 11″ (1.80 m)
Speed25 knots
Capacity16 passengers
9 Crew members + 1 Bilingual Guide
Main enginesMTU Series 2000 – 2400HP
Water maker2 X 1200 Gallons / day
ExteriorNaval Aluminium, GFRP (fiber reinforced polymer)
AccommodationLower Deck:  6 Staterooms

Cabins 1 & 2: 170 ft² / 15.75 m²

Cabin 3: 181 ft² / 16.85 m²

Cabin 4: 176 ft² / 16.30 m²

Cabin 5: 148 ft² / 13.75 m²

Cabin 6: 145 ft² / 13.50 m²

Main Deck: 1 Stateroom,1 Master Suite with his and her bathrooms

Cabin 7: 132 ft² / 12.25 m²

Master Suite: 420 ft² / 39 m²

Sun Deck: Jacuzzi
* All cabins with private bathrooms, hot water and air-conditioning.

ITINERARIES

Cruise (Mon–Thu) – 4 days / 3 nights

Day 1: Monday

– AM – San Cristobal Island

You will arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning.

After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by a Grand Majestic staff member and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing

– PM – El Juco Lagoon

Located in the highlands 19 kilometers from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, El Junco is located in the caldera of an extinct volcano.

Rainwater feeds the lagoon. There are many farms and ranches in this area of San Cristobal Island, and sometime cows can be found near the lagoon.

Possible Activities: Hike around the lagoon

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Type of Landing: Dry Landing

Highlights: Beautiful lagoon filling the crater of the extinct volcano. Frigates and occasionally some species of local water birds

Day 2: Tuesday

– AM – Post Office Bay

You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel used as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don’t forget your postcards, and don’t be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you even get home!

Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 miles / 1km) & snorkeling

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: Wet Landing

Highlights: Post office barrel, nice sandy beach

– PM – Cormorant Point

Cormorant Point hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The Green Beach is named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the Four Sand Beach is composed of white coral

Possible Activities: Dinghy ride & hike (1.25 mi /2 km)

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: Wet Landing

Highlights & Animals: Flamingoes, green-colored beach

– PM – Devil’s Crown

You will have a chance to snorkel around Devil’s Crown which is the rocky remains of an offshore volcano sticking out of the water. This is a great location to spot a wide range of marine creatures.

Possible Activities: Snorkeling, panga ride

Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult

Type of Landing: No Landing

Highlights & Animals: Large array or marine species

Day 3: Wednesday

– AM – Suarez Point

On the trail to Suarez Point you will have the chance to spot blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. This island is the breeding site of nearly all of the world’s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. You will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You will have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts sea water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.

Possible Activities: Hike (1,9 miles / 3 km)

Difficulty: Difficult

Type of Landing: Dry Landing

Highlights: Hood mockingbirds, Nazca boobies, waved albatrosses (approximately from the last week of April until the last week of January), red-billed  tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, blowhole, amazing landscape and maybe bluefooted boobies.

– PM– Gardner Bay, Gardner Islet & Osborn Islet

This excursion takes you to the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, you can walk across a lovely white-sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. You may also see curious mockingbirds on the beach.

Possible Activities: Snorkeling, panga ride, short hike (0,6 miles / 1km) and Kayaking

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: Wet Landing

Highlights: White sandy beach, sea lions, mockingbirds; snorkeling: colorful fish, sea lion nursery

Day 4: Saturday

– AM – Twin Craters (Santa Cruz Island)

You will visit the Twin Craters located opposite to each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers.

Possible Activities: Walking and scape viewing

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: Dry Landing

Highlights & Animals: Pit craters, Scalesia Forest

After this final visit, you will be transferred to the Baltra airport in time for your flight back to the mainland

Cruise (Thu– Mon) – 5 days / 4 nights

Day 1: Thursday

– AM – Santa Cruz Island

You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by a Grand Majestic staff member and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

– PM – Fausto Llerena Breeding Center

You will visit “Fausto Llerena” Giant Tortoises Creeding Center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity; this is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years-old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Possible Activities: Walking

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: Dry Landing

Highlights: Giant tortoises, finches, Galapagos rails

Day 2: Friday

– AM – El Barranco

El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, is a steep, rocky path that leads up a high cliff rock face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared owls, Galapagos storm petrels, and Galapagos doves.

Possible Activities: Hiking (0,9 miles / 2 Km)

Difficulty: Moderate

Type of Landing: Dry and Wet Landing

Highlights: Red-footed boobies, short-eared owls, storm-petrels, Galapagos doves

– PM – Darwin Bay

Visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which includes a half mile trail (0,75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls, which can easily be spotted here. Further down the path we’ll find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.

Possible Activities: Hiking (0,9 miles / 1,5 Km), snorkeling, kayaking, and dinghy ride

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: Wet landing.

Highlights: Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, swallow-tail gulls, mangroves, coral pebble beach, snorkeling: rays, colorful reef fish, and hammerhead sharks occasionally.

Day 3: Saturday

– AM – Rabida

You will visit Rabida Island (or Jervis) which is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago as well as a great snorkeling site. We will start on Rabida’s famous maroon/red sand beach, and after an easy hike, you will arrive to a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some species are abundant such as a few varieties of finches, Galapagos vermilion flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.

Possible Activities: Snorkeling, panga ride & short hike (0,6 miles / 1km)

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Type of Landing: Wet Landing

Highlights: Snorkeling: white-cheeked pintail ducks, colourful fish, sea lions, brackish water lagoon, pelicans

– PM – Chinese Hat Islet

This small islet is located near the southeast coast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet’s summit. This small islet is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tunnels and lava flows. Some of the lava flows were formed underwater and subsequently raised above sea level. The presence of coral heads on the lava flow indicates this phenomenon.

Possible Activities: Hike (1,9 miles / 3 km)

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: Wet Landing

Highlights: Lava formations, great site for snorkeling with an abundance of marine species such as sea lions, sharks, rays and penguins.

Day 4: Sunday

– AM – Witch Hill

Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling.

Possible Activities: Hike, dinghy ride, snorkeling & kayaking

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: Wet Landing

Highlights: Beautiful rock formations, sea lions, shore birds, finches and mockingbirds; Snorkeling: nice tropical fish, anemones, sponges, coral

– PM – Lobos Island

You will take an excursion to Lobos Island which means “Sea Lion Island.” This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, playful, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies

Possible Activities: Short hike (less that 0,6 miles / 1 km), dinhy ride

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Type of Landing: Dry Landing

Highlights: Sea lions, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies

Day 5: Monday

– AM – Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center

This site is part of an environment project. The tour of this center will explore the natural history of the islands including human interaction and conservation efforts. The Museum of Natural History explains the volcanic origin of the archipelago, ocean currents, climate, and the arrival of endemic species. The Human History exhibit chronologically describes significant events such as discovery and colonization of the islands.

Possible Activities: Museum visit

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: Dry Landing

Highlights: Great exhibits about the archipelago’s natural history

After this final visit, you will be transferred to the San Cristobal airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

Cruise A (Mon– Mon) – 8 days / 7 nights

Day 1: Monday

– AM – San Cristobal Island

Morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Galapagos Islands. You will arrive at Santa Cristobal Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by a Grand Majestic staff member and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

– PM – El Juco Lagoon

Located in the highlands 19 kilometers from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, El Junco is located in the caldera of an extinct volcano.

Rainwater feeds the lagoon. There are many farms and ranches in this area of San Cristobal Island, and sometime cows can be found near the lagoon.

Possible Activities: Hike around the lagoon

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Type of Landing: Dry Landing

Highlights: Beautiful lagoon filling the crater of the extinct volcano. Frigates and occasionally some species of local water birds

Day 2: Tuesday

– AM – Post Office Bay

You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel used as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don’t forget your postcards, and don’t be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you even get home!

Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 miles / 1km) & snorkeling

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: Wet Landing

Highlights: Post office barrel, nice sandy beach

– PM – Cormorant Point

Cormorant Point hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The Green Beach is named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the Four Sand Beach is composed of white coral

Possible Activities: Dinghy ride & hike (1.25 mi /2 km)

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: Wet Landing

Highlights & Animals: Flamingoes, green-colored beach

– PM – Devil’s Crown

You will have a chance to snorkel around Devil’s Crown which is the rocky remains of an offshore volcano sticking out of the water. This is a great location to spot a wide range of marine creatures.

Possible Activities: Snorkeling, panga ride

Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult

Type of Landing: No Landing

Highlights & Animals: Large array or marine species

Day 3: Wednesday

– AM – Suarez Point

On the trail to Suarez Point you will have the chance to spot blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. This island is the breeding site of nearly all of the world’s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. You will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You will have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts sea water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.

Possible Activities: Hike (1,9 miles / 3 km)

Difficulty: Difficult

Type of Landing: Dry Landing

Highlights: Hood mockingbirds, Nazca boobies, waved albatrosses (approximately from the last week of April until the last week of January), red-billed  tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, blowhole, amazing landscape and maybe bluefooted boobies.

– PM– Gardner Bay, Gardner Islet & Osborn Islet

This excursion takes you to the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, you can walk across a lovely white-sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. You may also see curious mockingbirds on the beach.

Possible Activities: Snorkeling, panga ride, short hike (0,6 miles / 1km) and Kayaking

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: Wet Landing

Highlights: White sandy beach, sea lions, mockingbirds; snorkeling: colorful fish, sea lion nursery

Day 4: Saturday

– AM – Twin Craters (Santa Cruz Island)

You will visit the Twin Craters located opposite to each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers.

Possible Activities: Walking and scape viewing

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: Dry Landing

Highlights & Animals: Pit craters, Scalesia Forest

– PM– Fausto Llerena Breeding Center

You will visit “Fausto Llerena” Giant Tortoises Creeding Center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity; this is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years-old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Possible Activities: Walking

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: Dry Landing

Highlights: Giant tortoises, finches, Galapagos rails

Day 5: Friday

– AM – El Barranco

El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, is a steep, rocky path that leads up a high cliff rock face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared owls, Galapagos storm petrels, and Galapagos doves.

Possible Activities: Hiking (0,9 miles / 2 Km)

Difficulty: Moderate

Type of Landing: Dry and Wet Landing

Highlights: Red-footed boobies, short-eared owls, storm-petrels, Galapagos doves

– PM – Darwin Bay

Visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which includes a half mile trail (0,75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls, which can easily be spotted here. Further down the path we’ll find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.

Possible Activities: Hiking (0,9 miles / 1,5 Km), snorkeling, kayaking, and dinghy ride

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: Wet landing.

Highlights: Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, swallow-tail gulls, mangroves, coral pebble beach, snorkeling: rays, colorful reef fish, and hammerhead sharks occasionally.

Day 6: Saturday

– AM – Rabida

You will visit Rabida Island (or Jervis) which is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago as well as a great snorkeling site. We will start on Rabida’s famous maroon/red sand beach, and after an easy hike, you will arrive to a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some species are abundant such as a few varieties of finches, Galapagos vermilion flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.

Possible Activities: Snorkeling, panga ride & short hike (0,6 miles / 1km)

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Type of Landing: Wet Landing

Highlights: Snorkeling: white-cheeked pintail ducks, colourful fish, sea lions, brackish water lagoon, pelicans

– PM – Chinese Hat Islet

This small islet is located near the southeast coast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet’s summit. This small islet is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tunnels and lava flows. Some of the lava flows were formed underwater and subsequently raised above sea level. The presence of coral heads on the lava flow indicates this phenomenon.

Possible Activities: Hike (1,9 miles / 3 km)

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: Wet Landing

Highlights: Lava formations, great site for snorkeling with an abundance of marine species such as sea lions, sharks, rays and penguins.

Day 7: Sunday

– AM – Witch Hill

Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling.

Possible Activities: Hike, dinghy ride, snorkeling & kayaking

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: Wet Landing

Highlights: Beautiful rock formations, sea lions, shore birds, finches and mockingbirds; Snorkeling: nice tropical fish, anemones, sponges, coral

– PM – Lobos Island

You will take an excursion to Lobos Island which means “Sea Lion Island.” This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, playful, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies

Possible Activities: Short hike (less that 0,6 miles / 1 km), dinhy ride

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Type of Landing: Dry Landing

Highlights: Sea lions, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies

Day 8: Monday

– AM – Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center

This site is part of an environment project. The tour of this center will explore the natural history of the islands including human interaction and conservation efforts. The Museum of Natural History explains the volcanic origin of the archipelago, ocean currents, climate, and the arrival of endemic species. The Human History exhibit chronologically describes significant events such as discovery and colonization of the islands.

Possible Activities: Museum visit

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: Dry Landing

Highlights: Great exhibits about the archipelago’s natural history

After this final visit, you will be transferred to the San Cristobal airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

Cruise B (Mon– Mon) – 8 days / 7 nights

Day 1: Monday

– AM – San Cristobal Island

Morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Galapagos Islands. You will arrive at Santa Cristobal Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by a Grand Majestic staff member and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

– PM – David Rodriguez Breeding Center “La Galapaguera”

Breeding Center David Rodriguez – “La Galapaguera”, in Cerro Colorado, is a new visitor site in the southeast part of San Cristobal Island and can now be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warblers, finches and mockingbirds. Giant tortoises can be observed on the trails. They live there wild but in a protected area to ensure their survival by sealing them off from introduced predators like pigs and goats.

Possible Activities: Short hike (0,6 mi / 1 Km)

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Type of Landing: Dry Landing

Highlights: Giant tortoises, finches, warblers, mockingbirds

Day 2: Tuesday

– AM – North Seymour

In North Seymour you may see Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent frigate birds which are abundant on this island. North Seymour was formed by a series of submarine lava flows containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

Possible Activities: Dinghy ride & hiking (1.5 miles / 2.41 km)

Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult

Type of Landing: Dry Landing

Highlights: Land & marine iguanas, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, sea lions; snorkeling: rays, reef sharks, fish, garden eels.

– PM – Black Turtle Cove

Visit Black Turtle Cove in the northern part of Santa Cruz. This inlet is surrounded by mangroves and is only accessible by dinghy.

The shallow cove is a haven for young marine life. Black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.

Possible Activities: Dinghy ride

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: No Landing

Highlights: Baby hammerhead shark, rays, sea turtles, sea birds

Day 3: Wednesday

– AM – Pinnacle Rock

You will head to Bartholomew Island where the famous Pinnacle Rock is found. Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see and swim with Galapagos penguins.

Possible Activities: Dinghy ride, snorkeling & hiking (1.2 miles/ 2 km)

Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult

Type of Landing: Dry & Wet Landings

Highlights: Pinnacle Rock, panoramic view, moonlike landscape, penguins, pioneer plants, lava cactus; snorkeling: penguins, reef sharks, rays, and great colorful fish.

– PM – Egas Port

Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to the coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos furseals bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.

Possible Activities: Snorkeling, hiking (1.2 miles/2 km)

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Type of Landing: Wet Landing

Highlights: Furseals, Galapagos sea lions, tidal pools and grottos, Galapagos hawks, oyster catchers, marine iguanas, finches; snorkeling: reef sharks, turtles, rays, nice underwater formations.

Day 4: Saturday

– AM – Tagus Cove

In the morning, you will visit Tagus Cove on Isabela Island which is located across from Fernandina Island, near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s, using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views.

Possible Activities: Long hike, snorkeling, panga ride, kayaking (depending on weather conditions

and time availability).

Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult

Type of Landing: Dry Landings

Highlights: Penguins, flightless cormorants, Darwin Volcano & Lake

– PM – Urbina Bay

Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954 causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkeling.

Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & hike, 2 trails: short (0.6mi/1 km), long (1.9mi/3km)
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Type of Landing: Wet Landing

Highlights: Land iguanas (the biggest in the Galapagos), hawks, coral reef, giant tortoises; snorkeling: turtles, rays, tropical fish

Day 5: Friday

– AM – Espinoza Point

Crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, you will land at Espinoza Point, and after walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, you will reach the island’s highlight: the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.

Possible Activities: Hike (approximately 1.2 miles / 2 km)

Difficulty: Moderate

Type of Landing: Dry Landings

Highlights: Flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins, active volcano “La Cumbre”.

– PM – Vicente Roca Point

Comprised of two separate coves, Vicente Roca Point is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (or sun fish) while you snorkel.

Possible Activities: Snorkeling & dinghy ride

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Type of Landing: No Landing

Highlights: Penguins, blue-footed boobies, terns, Nazca boobies, two types of sea lions. Sea turtles, rays and puffer fish.

Day 6: Saturday

– AM – Espumilla Beach

In Espumilla Beach marine iguanas lounge and the Sally Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkeling is highly recommended as you could come face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark and a variety of other species of tropical fish.

Possible Activities: Snorkeling and swimming

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: Wet Landing

Highlights: Snorkeling

– PM – Sullivan Bay

You will visit Sullivan Bay located on the southeast part of Santiago. This place is interesting for its geology because the area is covered by lava flows. This place has elevations in the form of small volcanoes formed by the lava flows.

Possible Activities: Hiking

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Type of Landing: Dry Landing

Highlights: Lava flows, small volcanoes

Day 7: Sunday

– AM – Bachas Beach

Bachas Beach is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz and is a beach for swimming. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on the beach.

Possible Activities: Hiking

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: Wet Landing

Highlights: World War II remnants. Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, whimbrels, sea turtles

– PM – Fausto Llerena Breeding Center

You will visit “Fausto Llerena” Giant Tortoises Creeding Center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity; this is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years-old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Possible Activities: Walking

Difficulty: Easy

Type of Landing: Dry Landing

Highlights: Giant tortoises, finches, Galapagos rails

Day 8: Monday

– AM – Kicker Rock

This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and snorkeling allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life.

Possible Activities: Snorkeling and dinghy ride

Difficulty: Difficult

Type of Landing: No Landing

Highlights: Great snorkeling: sharks, tropical fish, turtles, manta rays (occ.), hammerhead sharks, spectacular rock formations; sea birds: blue- footed boobies, Nazca boobies & frigate birds.

After this final visit, you will be transferred to the San Cristobal airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

 

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Itineraries and activities subject to change without prior notice.