With our cruise you will be exploring many of the different islands of the archipelago, in a way that we believe is the best for experiencing the magnificent Galapagos nature, flora and fauna, and of course its famous endemic animals - all first-hand and up close.
- Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner.
- Purified water, juice, coffee and tee.
- Accommodation on the yacht in double cabins.
- Flights from and to the mainland to the Galapagos Islands.
- National Park entrance fee (100$).
- Transit Control Card (10$).
- Wetsuits and snorkeling gear.
- Alcoholic beverages and sodas.
- Optional tips.
Wednesday:BALTRA You will arrive at Baltra Airport, where you will be welcome by the Daphne’s Naturalist Guide. Then you will go on board and start your cruise on the Galapagos Islands.
BACHAS Your first visit is on Bachas Beach at Santa Cruz Island. You will disembark on this white sand beach where green sea turtles nests and enjoy a walk along the beach and swim/snorkel at the end. Flamingos, marine iguanas, sally light foot crabs, pelicans, blue footed boobies and other shore birds are likely to be spotted during this visit.
Thursday: DRAGON HILL It’s located in the northwest of Santa Cruz Island. Dragon Hill is one of the best places to see land iguanas especially around the hill. In order to reach the hill you will walk –inland- on a rocky terrain through the dry vegetation zone, where you can encounter land birds and pass by a small lagoon that is often frequented by shorebirds and flamingos. After this you will reach the top of the hill which rewards you with a great view of the bay..
SOMBRERO CHINO ISLET A small islet located near the south-east coast of Santiago. It's shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from afar. This visit provides an excellent opportunity for the interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The trail is short and after the hike you will have the opportunity to snorkel near the shore of Santiago Island and find a variety of marine species. Possible to see: Sea lions, marine iguanas, sally lightfoot crabs, lava lizards, penguins and hawks.
Friday: DARWIN BAY (Genovesa) You will continue exploring this untouched island among astonishing seabird’s colonies. You disembark on a small beach and then slowly walk close to the mangroves area where red footed boobies nest and close by frigate birds and Nazca boobies shared the nesting area. Following your walk you can either swim/snorkel.
EL BARRANCO (Genovesa) Genovesa Island is a pristine island and the best island for ornithologist and bird watchers. You will see large colonies of seabirds all around. During the hike you will easily spot red footed boobies, Nazca boobies, frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, storm petrels and herons. After the hike you will go deep water snorkeling inside the bay and see how amazing it is underwater as well.
Saturday: EGAS PORT (Santiago)You will land at a black sand beach (volcanic ash) and start walking on the coast to explore around a black lava landscape. There are natural pools where you can find sea lions and many marine iguanas. Good change to spot land birds such as finches, doves and mocking birds. After your walk you will have an opportunity to snorkel and see more of the wonderful Galapagos marine life.
ESPUMILLA BEACH (Santiago) Is on the northern coast of Santiago Island, the landing on the beach can be difficult when the surf is strong. The main attrations here are the Palo Santo forest (dry vegetation zone), the beach (an important site for nesting marine turtles), the landscape and the land birds
BUCCANEER' S COVE (Santiago) For this visit you will disembark at the beach. Bucaneer’s Cove served as a safe haven for pirates, sailors and whalers during the 18th and 19th century. The cove is very scenic with steep cliffs made of tuff formations, where hundreds of seabirds perch. Two of the more recognizable rock formations are known as the "Monk" and "Elephant Rock". After a short walk along the beach you can go swimming or snorkeling.
Sunday: TAGUS COVE (Isabela) It’s a protected cove that was visited by pirates and whalers. On this spot you will hike besides Darwin Lake (salt water) and climb towards to an spectacular viewpoint. Afterwards you will go for a dinghy ride and snorkeling inside the calm waters of the cove, where you can also find similar species as at Vicente Roca Point.
ESPINOZA POINT (Fernandina) Located on the youngest island of Fernandina (most active/pristine), it gives you a clear idea of how the other islands where at the beginning. The walk is on lava flows covered with the largest marine iguana colony in the Galápagos and brightly colored Sally Lightfoot crabs. You will stumble upon sea lions playing along the coast, flightless cormorants, penguins, hawks and herons.
Monday: ELIZABETH BAY (Isabela), is located on the west coast of Isabela Island. You will visit this site only by dinghy; the bay contains many islets where penguins and blue footed boobies can be spotted. Inside there’s an area covered by a large mangrove forest which is a resting place for marine turtles.
MORENO POINT (Isabela) is located near Elizabeth Bay. You will explore this place by dinghy along the striking rocky shores covered by a great quantity of birds (penguins, flightless cormorants, blue footed boobies). The hike is through lava rocks leading to tide pools where green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted and various brackish water ponds. The majority of the vegetation that grows in this lava flows is endemic.
Tuesday: TINTORERAS It’s located a short distance from Puerto Villamil and you will reach this site by dinghy. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, penguins, rays, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches is surrounded by mangroves and marine iguanas.
WETLANS/ HUMEDALES The Wetlands are located just outside of Puerto Villamil. It consists of lagoons, swamps, and mangrove areas and is the home to a variety of unique bird species such as common stilts, whimbrels, white cheeked pintail ducks, gallinules, sanderlings and plovers
THE WALL OF TEARS This is a place of historical interest. In Puerto Villamil from 1944 up to 1959 a penal colony hosted prisoners who were forced to build a wall, lava rocks had to be stacked upon lava rocks without any type of cement to hold them together. This penal colony was famous for cruelty and torture practice against the prisoners. Locals claim to hear cries emanating from the heavy energy surrounding the site.
SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO (Isabela) The caldera of Sierra Negra Volcano is 10km in diameter and is the second largest in the world. This active volcano offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe finches and a rich display of vegetation. Long walk/horseback ride.
Wednesday: TORTOISE REARING CENTER AT CDRS (Santa Cruz) You will disembark at Puerto Ayora the largest town in the Galapagos. In this town are located the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galapagos National Park headquarters, this institutions work together for the conservation and protection of the islands. One of their projects is the “Fausto Llerena Tortoise Rearing Center”, where you can meet Lonesome George, Super Diego and the baby tortoises. Departure from Baltra Airport
Wednesday: BALTRA You will arrive at Baltra Airport, where you will be welcome by the Daphne’s Naturalist Guide. Then you will go on board and start your cruise on the Galapagos Islands.
Highlands (Santa Cruz) You will take a bus ride to reach the highlands of Santa Cruz and then explore in the moist vegetation zone where you will find the dome-shaped giant tortoises. Then it will be time to see remarkable volcanic formations (Lava Tunnels and “The Twins”).
Thursday: ASILO DE LA PAZ (Floreana) A road leads from Puerto Velasco Ibarra to the highlands of Floreana. Asilo de la Paz is a cone of 450 meters of altitude. The trails to the tops of some of the hills provide excellent views of the island and provide access to one of the only endemic snails on the islands. The caves and tunnels used by pirates and buccaneers in the 17th and 18th century offer a glimpse into the human history of the islands.
ALIERI HILL (Floreana) is located east of Puerto Velasco Ibarra, reaching an altitude of 340m. The walk’s difficulty level is medium to high. On this site 48 species of plants had been identified, 56% are native and 33% are endemic. The precipitation in the area can reach up to 500mm per year, so the road may be muddy and it may rain. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for this kind of weather.
POST OFFICE BAY (Floreana) In the morning you will visit the mysterious Floreana Island. Here you will see one of the historic landmarks Post Office Barrel, which has been running since 1792 and was frequently visited by whalers, buccaneers and pirates. Nowadays is use by visitors who can traditionally mailed postcards and letters (No stamps needed).
CORMORANT POINT (Floreana) On this site you can walk along a green sand beach that contains olivine crystals and a spectacular white sand beach a turtle’s nesting area, close by is a brackish water lagoon where flamingos, white cheeked pintail ducks and black-necked stilts are found.
DEVIL’S CROWN (Floreana) This is a spectacular snorkeling site. In this location you will snorkel around and inside an almost submerged volcanic cone and discover wonderful schools of fish. Devil’s Crown is considered one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos.
Friday: SUAREZ POINT (Española) This is one of the highlights of your cruise do to the amazing diversity and quantity of wildlife. You will easily encounter Nazca boobies, Española lava lizards, Española mocking birds, sea lions, Española marine iguanas, blue footed boobies and the famous Waved albatrosses that have made this island its mating and nesting place (from late March to late December).
GARDNER BAY (Española) Now it´s time to go snorkeling along Gardner Islet. It’s very likely that you will snorkel with playful sea lions in this location. After that you will disembark at one of the most beautiful beaches for a pleasant stroll among sea lion or you can go for a swim/snorkel.
Saturday: CERRO BRUJO (San Cristóbal) Before disembarking you can go around Cerro Brujo an eroded tuff cone. The landing is on a striking white sand beach a good place for swimming or snorkeling. You can observe here sea lions and shorebirds.
LOBOS ISLAND Also known as the “Sea Lions Island” for its large population of sea lions (Galapagos Sea Lions and Fur Sea Lions). The walk is along a rocky trail where can find blue footed boobies and frigate birds.
KICKER ROCK This islet is an eroded volcanic tuff formation, formed by two rocks of 148 meters. This is a favorite place for sea lions and several different seabirds, due to the abundant marine life. You can approach this impressive islet by dinghy and have an amazing time snorkeling.
INTERPRETATION CENTER (San Cristóbal)This islet is an eroded volcanic tuff formation, formed by two rocks of 148 meters. This is a favorite place for sea lions and several different seabirds, due to the abundant marine life. You can approach this impressive islet by dinghy and have an amazing time snorkeling.
Sunday: SANTA FÉ ISLAND In the afternoon you will enjoy snorkeling inside a calm bay and hiking at a small but fascinating beach home to sea lions, as well as through a dense forest of the giant Preakly Pear Cactus. Here you will look for two endemic species to the island: Santa Fe land iguana and rice rat.
SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND Despite its small size (0.13 km) South Plaza is home to a large number of species and it is famous for its extraordinary flora. On this site we will explore along the island’s edge and cliff, making a loop trail. The main attractions are the land iguanas, sea lions, red-billed tropicbirds, swallow-tailed gulls, shearwaters and more..
Monday: NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND, This island has the largest gathering of magnificent frigate birds in the Galapagos as well as nesting blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. Lots of sea lions and marine iguanas. Rocky Terrain.
BARTHOLOMEW ISLAND On this island it is possible to see interesting volcanic formations (lava and ash cones). You will climb a wooden stairway to the top and witness a marvelous view of nearby islands and bays.
Tuesday: SULLIVAN BAY (Santiago)This is one of the best locations to learn about the geology of the islands. The landing can be performed either in the rocky shore (dry landing) or the white sand beach (wet landing). The length of the trail is approximately 1.5 km. The area is covered by Pahoehoe lava flows. The area is flat, but the movement of underground lava, the rapid cooling and other eruptions led to the break in many places.
RÁBIDA ISLAND You will land on the bright red volcanic sand beach, where you will snorkel among the friendly sea lions and take a scenic hike into the island to search for hawks and other land birds. Along the beach the salt bushes have become a nesting site for pelicans and behind it there is a large saltwater lagoon where sometimes you may be find flamingos.
Wednesday: BLACK TURTLE COVE (Santa Cruz) Black Turtle Cove is a mangrove estuary on the northern shores of Santa Cruz Island. You will visit this site by dinghy but with the engines turned off inside the cove. Many rays, marine turtles, reef sharks, pelicans and other wildlife live among the mangroves. Departure from Baltra Airport