Short and luxurious Galapagos islands cruise Elite catamaran 4 day south route


In just 4 days you will be able to explore the southern islands of the Galapagos archipelago on a liveboard adventure. Use the ancient post office barrel to send yourself a gift (to be delivered by a fellow traveler), watch the worlds only waved Albatross nesting site and swim with sea lions, turtes and manta rays. Meet the giant tortoises in the Santa Cruz highlands. The Elite catamaran will offer luxury on board and the islands will amaze you with unique nature.
Day 1: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno airport - San Cristobal Island: Galapago Tortoise Breeding Center
AM: Arrive at San Cristobal airport where you will be transferred to the vessel.

PM: David Rodriguez Breeding Center

A visit to the David Rodriguez Breeding Center provides information about the origin and evolution of the giant tortoise and explains why the center is so vital in safeguarding the future of these incredible creatures. 

Walking through the trails of the reserve, you can see baby tortoises being reared in semi-natural conditions - a brilliant demonstration of the commitment the local people have to preserving the wildlife that makes the Galapagos so special.   

 
Day 2: Española Island - Suarez Point & Gardner Bay and Osborn Islets
AM: Española - Suarez Point

Suarez Point is packed with wildlife and is best explored by following the circular walking trail. This memorable walk will take you past nesting sites of large colonies of nazca and blue-footed boobies and mockingbirds.
Unique to Española island are also the beautiful waved albatross, that can be seen majestically launching themselves out across the ocean from the cliffs and the red and green marine iguanas.
A geological highlight are several blow holes, capable of shooting water 25m into the air, that make for a spectacular photo.
PM: Gardner Bay, Gardner and Osborn Islets

The pristine white sandy beach of Gardner Bay dotted with sea lions provides a perfect spot to relax and kayaking or paddle boarding is a fantastic way to observe the large number of waved albatross who use this beach as a breeding site.
A short panga ride will take you to the Gardner and Osborn Islets, which are superb locations for snorkeling with young sea lions and a variety of colourful tropical fish and corals.
Day 3: Floreana Island - Cormorant Point / Champion islet/ Post Office Bay / The Baroness’ Lookout
AM: Floreana - Cormorant Point / Champion islet

Cormorant Point features two contrasting beaches: one with green-tinted sand due to the high content of olivine crystals, and another with pure white sand (commonly known as ‘Flour Beach’) derived from pulverized coral.

The saltwater lagoon is a must-see as it is frequented by one of the largest population of Galapagos flamingos as well as other shorebirds such as stilts, white-cheeked pintails and large-billed flycatchers.
A panga ride to Champion Islet, an extinct shield volcano, provides a fantastic opportunity for snorkeling in an area that is known for having a high diversity of fish.

PM: Post Office Bay / The Baroness’ Lookout
Post Office Bay is a man-made site that offers an insight into a remarkable mailing tradition developed by British whalers in the 18th century, that visitors can still take part in today. The beach here provides for good snorkeling and kayaking and it is also possible to descend into and walk through a lava tube.

Next, take a panga ride to the Baroness’ Lookout, a volcanic rock formation named after an Australian baroness, who visited the island in the 1930’s and is believed to have mysteriously disappeared.
A short trail leads to a brilliant vantage point with panoramic views of the surrounding mangroves and coastline.
Day 4: Mosquera Islet , Santa Cruz - Baltra Airport
AM: Mosquera Islet

Mosquera islet is a small, flat, sandy islet located between Baltra and North Seymour islands.
With no fixed trail, you are free to explore the beautiful surroundings on foot, where you will encounter a large population of sea lions, shorebirds and the striking Sally Lightfoot crabs that cling to the dark rocks. 
The numerous coral reefs also make it a fantastic site for snorkeling and catching sight of a range of marine life including sharks, turtles and rays.

AM: Santa Cruz - Baltra Airport

Transfer from the yacht to the airport

Included

  • Double or single accommodations
  • All meals and snacks
  • Programmed visits to the islands with a Certified Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Transfers between Galapagos airport and cruise
  • Snorkeling gear (masks, fins, and snorkel)
  • Wetsuits

Not Included

  • Air ticket to/from Galapagos
  • National Park Entrance fee
  • Transit Control Card
  • Personal Expenses and tips
  • Alcoholic and Bottled Beverages
  • Travel and health insurance

Highlights

  • Visit a giant tortoise breeding project and observe both baby and adult specimens
  • Hike to the nesting area of the waved albatross and feel the adrenaline of watching the juveniles learn to fly as they escape crashing into the reef
  • Walk the white sand beach at Gardner bay as mocking birds try to steal your water bottle
  • Snorkel at the world famous devils crown off Floreana islands and possibly spot hammer head sharks algonside sea lions and sea turtles