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Floreana Cruise

Economy Class Motor Yacht

The interior of the boat is finished in dark mahogany, giving it a rich and luxurious look. Each cabin has a double lower and single upper berth, as well as portholes that light up the room and give you a fantastic view of the islands as you pass by.

As with many Galapagos tour operators, a cruise on the Floreana begins on Santa Cruz, following a short flight from the Ecuadorian mainland.

The seven-night itinerary gives passengers an incredibly in-depth and comprehensive experience of the islands, taking in many of the most impressive highlights of the archipelago.

In fact, your adventure begins almost straight away as you visit the white, sandy beaches of Las Bachas to view a sea turtle nesting area and spot some of the local pink flamingos.

During your cruise you’ll also get the chance to see an inquisitive colony of sea lions on North Seymour, marine iguanas on Santa Fe and, if you’re lucky, some of the giant tortoises that give the islands their name.

Throughout your Galapagos tour operators , the cruise will show you everything that the islands have to offer, from their unique habitat to the animals that call them home.

Bilingual naturalists will help to guide you as you journey through the islands, or you can read up on the local wildlife in the ship’s very own library.

Galapagos tour operators know visitors love nothing better than to relax following a day of exploration and adventure by watching the sunset from one of the ship’s outside decks. After this you’ll be digging in to a delicious buffet in the elegant dining area and discussing your discoveries with your fellow passengers.

 16 passengers
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Two sundecks
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Affortable
Cold / Hot fresh water
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Wetsuit (for rent)
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Snorkeling equipment

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Floreana Galapagos Cruise
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  • 16 passengers
  • Cold / Hot fresh water
  • Two sundecks
  • Wetsuit (for rent)
  • Affordable
  • Snorkeling equipment

Floreana Cruise Information

1. Itinerary A  

2. Itinerary B  ▼

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Itinerary A
8 days – 7 nights

Day  1  Baltra Airport – Highlands of Santa Cruz
Day  2 Genovesa – Darwin Bay & El Barranco
Day  3 Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay & Bartholome Island
Day  4 Chinese Hat & Whale Bay
Day 5 Isabela:  Tintoreras / The Humedales / Breeding Center
Day 6 Fernandina Island:  Punta Espinosa & Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
Day 7 Santiago Island: Egas Port & Rabida Island
Day 8 Daphne Mayor – Transfer out
Day 1: Baltra Airport – Highlands of Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Highlands Galapagos Cruise

This is the second largest island in the Galapagos, and has the most developed vegetation zoning found in the archipelago…

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…On the short journey to the highlands you will drive through Coastal, Arid, Transition, Scalesia, Miconia, and Pampa Zones. During this visit you have the opportunity to see the famous giant tortoises (during the rainy season) in their natural environment; you will visit the twin craters, formed when large caverns left empty by flowing lava collapsed. You will also find Darwin’s finches, vermilion flycatcher, and the Galapagos Hawk.

Day 2: Genovesa – Darwin Bay & El Barranco
Darwin Bay | Genovesa Island | Galapagos

Darwin Bay is the caldera of a collapsed volcano, we land on a small coral beach, were we take an easy walk. For those that…

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… want this will lead into a more demanding walk over lava rock.  This will allow for stunning views from the cliffs and allow apple time and opportunity to photograph the amazing bird life such as swallow-tailed gulls, red-footed booby, nazca booby, large ground finch, large cactus finch, sharp-billed ground finch, small marine iguanas, and great frigate bird.

El Barranco, This is a demanding walk up a steep cliff, where tropicbirds, red-footed boobies and other nesting seabirds can be found. We follow the trail through a palo santo forest to a storm petrel colony passing boobies and great frigate bird along the way.

Day 3: Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay & Bartholome Island
sullivan-bay-galapagos-islands

Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay The main attraction of this bay is the broad, pahoehoe or rope lava flow. It is one of the most…

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…incredible places to compare the lava flows and their characteristics.

Bartholome Island, most likely the first of the islands to rise from the sea, Bartolome, is a small island that has beautiful white sand beaches and luxuriant green mangroves. Here, penguins may join us at the swimming beach, and a hike to the summit of a once-active volcano rewards us with beautiful panoramic views of the often-photographed Pinnacle Rock panoramic and it’s amazingly moon landscapes

Day 4: Chinese Hat & Whale Bay
Chinese Hat | Galapagos Islands

Chinese Hat Sombrero Chino gets its name from its appearance, which is that of a Chinese hat. Sitting just off the…

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… south-eastern tip of Santiago, this fairly recently formed island makes for a pleasant visit as the island itself is quite beautiful and is definitely worth a trip.

To truly appreciate the shape of this island, visit the northern end of Sombrero Chino. Here there is a tiny sea lion colony on the north shore cove, where one can anchor their boats and land. Galapagos penguins can also be found swimming here sometimes.
Follow the trail around the cove and you will catch a glimpse of American oystercatchers in action, along with marine iguanas, lava lizards and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Starting from a crescent-shaped white sandy beach, this 400 meter long trail provides some wonderful landscapes to view. There are also some good swimming and snorkelling opportunities in the cove area amidst white-tipped reef sharks and tropical fish.

Whale Bay: On the cost of Santa Cruz Island, this is a semicircle beach, which is green in color, due to a high volume of olivine crystals.  It extends 25 meters from the base of the hill.  The beach has some historical interest as it was the first trail to the highlands used to search for fresh water.  There are a number of pieces of ceramics strewn about, although no verified information exists concerning the origins of the ceramic. Here can be found a curious galapagos Hawk.

Day 5: Isabela:  Tintoreras, The Humedales & Breeding Center
Tintoreras Galapagos Islands

Isabela, the largest island in the archipelago, occupies over fifty-eight percent of entire landmass of the Galapagos. It is a…

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…relatively recent island and consists of a chain of five fairly young and intermittently active volcanoes.

Tintoreras It takes approximately 10 minutes from Puerto Villamil to arrive at The Tintoreras. The islet of the Tintoreras is situated to the south of Puerto Villamil. It has a small lbya of completely tranquil turquoise water, where is possible to appreciate sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays, etc. This bay is connected to a shallow crevice of crystalline waters whose entrance closes when the tide is low. In this crevice, it’s possible to see sharks swimming with other small fish and sea lions.

It is not advisable to swim in these beaches because of the presence of the colonies of sea lions which may be disturbed.

Humedales: This site is a series of lagoons know for its migrant bird populations the black-necked is one of the most famous birds of the area.  The vegetation around the lagoons is dense and there are no trails, although the road to the highlands and the open beach does provide reasonable access

Breeding Center; the giant tortoise rearing center of Isabela is located 1.5 kilometers from Pto. Villamil, this important center has a captive breeding program for tortoises from the populations of southern Isabela.  In total there are 330 tortoises between juveniles and adults.

 

Day 6: Fernandina Island:  Punta Espinosa & Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
Tagus Cove | Isabela Island | Galapagos Islands | Galapagos Cruises

Punta Espinosa Fernandina Island is the youngest and most active volcano in the Galapagos, with eruptions taking place…

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…every few years. The flat lava of Punta Espinosa offers a stark and barren landscape, but here flightless cormorants build their nests on the point, sea lions sprawl on the beach or play in the tide pools and large numbers of marine iguanas dot the sand. We also will have the opportunity to compare the aa and pahoehoe lava types here.

Tagus Cove (Isabela Island) is situated directly east of Fernandina Island on the west coast of Isabela Island. It is a beautiful, well-protected cove sheltered by the shoulders of two volcanic craters and has been used as an anchorage for over 300 years. A nature trail here ascends through the typical dry vegetation zone and offers spectacular views of Darwin Lake, a saltwater crater lake and the long narrow inlet that appears to connect with it. At the top of the trail it is possible to observe the different vegetation zones, catch a glimpse of Darwin and Wolf volcanoes, and observe Galapagos penguins, Flightless cormorants and pelicans.

Day 7: Santiago Island: Egas Port & Rabida Island
Rabida Island Galapagos Cruise

Santiago Island: Egas Port, with its black sand beaches, was the site of a small salt mining industry in the 1960’s and a hike…

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…inland to the salt crater is an excellent opportunity to sight land birds such as finches, doves and hawks. Here we can also swim and play with Galapagos sea lions in a quiet grotto cut into the lava cliffs. We may see sea lions basking on the rocks beneath a natural rock bridge, diving blue-footed boobies, sally light foot crabs and colorful lava lizards scurrying at our feet.

Rabida Island, One of the special features of Rabida Island is its remarkable red color, which is a result of the high percentage of oxidized iron in the composition of lava. Here we will witness the nine varieties of finches also the large-billed flycatchers and brown pelicans. Here a small salt-water lagoon where greater Flamingos can be seen and a beautiful colony of sea lions.

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Day 8: Daphne Mayor – Transfer out
Daphne Island Galapagos Islands

Daphne Mayor, is a volcanic tuff cone, formed by successive explosions produced by the mixture of lava and water. On this…

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…island, Dr. Peter Grant has made a long-term study of Darwin’s finches, which is why you can see these birds are banded. The palo santo present herein Bursera malacophyla is endemic to the Daphne Islands, North Seymour and Baltra. The blue-footed booby nests inside the craters and the masked booby nests on the flanks of the cone and the edge of the craters and the tropical bird that nests in cavities in the cliffs.

1. Itinerary A  ▲

2. Itinerary B  

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Itinerary B
8 days – 7 nights

Day  1 Baltra Airport -Las Bachas
Day  2 North Seymour Island & Dragon Hill
Day  3 Charles Darwin Research Station & El Chato
Day  4 Floreana Island: Cormorant Point & Post Office Bay
Day  5 Española Island: Suarez Point & Gardner Bay
Day 6 San Cristobal Island –  Breeding Center & Lobos Island
Day 7 Santa Fe Island & South Plazas
Day 8 Black Turtle Cove – Transfer out
Day 1: Baltra Airport -Las Bachas
Bachas Beach Galapagos Islands

The visitor site Las Bachas is located in northern part of Santa Cruz Island, it consists of two beaches that have a combined…

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…length of about 1 km long. The name Las Bachas originates from the Second World War, when the American army left two barges discarded on the beach, the first settlers could not pronounce the name correctly in English, which resulted in Las Bachas Beach. The predominant vegetation is of the coastal zone. It represents one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) on Isla Santa Cruz. It is a good place to see flamingos, as well as migratory and aquatic birds.

Day 2: North Seymour Island & Dragon Hill
Dragon Hill | Santa Cruz Island | Galapagos Island | Galapagos Cruises

North Seymour’s topography is flat and strewn with boulders due to its origins as an uplifted, not volcanic, island.  You…

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…should expect to see large populations of magnificent Frigate birds due to the idea nesting sites, Blue- footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the outer shore.  Sea lions and Marine iguanas can also be seen hauled out on the beach.

Dragon Hill-  The visitors site at Dragon Hill is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island, and consists of a trail that runs through three different environments at just 1,600 m long.

It gets its name because in 1975, was one of the only places in the Santa Cruz Island where there were land iguanas (Conolophus subcristatus) in healthy state. That same year, the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation initiated a program to conserve land iguanas. The iguanas on North Seymour (originally from Baltra), iguanas from Cartago Bay (Isabela Island) and iguanas of Santa Cruz Island were studied and then transported to pens especially designed for these animals to breed in captivity. By 1979 first iguana were born.

The entire iguana population of Cerro Dragon was transported to the Venice Islet to keep the away from the wild dogs which in those days abounded in the place. Soil from the base of Cerro Dragon was also transported to Islet to create an appropriate environment for nesting iguanas. It was necessary to separate the Venice Islet from Santa Cruz Island with a barbed wire fence to prevent predator dogs from crossing to the Islet, which is separated from the island by a very narrow channel. Several iguanas that were reproduced in Venice were returned to Cerro Dragon in 1990.

Currently there are no dogs in Cerro Dragon, and the Galapagos National Park Service performs constant monitoring of cats and donkeys.

In the lagoons at this site, there is shrimp (Artemia salina), the same as is the food of flamingos; at certain times of year they are more abundant and therefore the population of these birds is larger. During rainier times the water of the lagoons become too sweet and therefore shellfish populations decline, and shorebirds also become scarce

Day 3: Charles Darwin Research Station & El Chato
Charles Darwin Station Galapagos Islands

Charles Darwin Research Station was founded more than Twenty years ago to assist the National Park Service in its efforts to…

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…save Galapagos wildlife, the station plays an important part in monitoring and assessing the state of the islands.  Today you will find buildings housing the different scientific areas of the station, a library and homes of scientists and tortoise keepers. The museum at the station has a facility for rearing tortoises, a project to increase the depleted population.   Also the world famous lonesome George can be found with in the stations breading program.

El Chato: An amazing opportunity to see the magnificent giant land tortoise in its natural habitat, having just seen the tortoise in the breading program in the station, you can now see them bathing and eating in the wild (depending on the season).  This area is vegetated with transition zone vegetation and is located in the humid zone of the highlands of Santa Cruz.   The walk to the reserve is one of the best places to observe ground birds, tree and ground finches, the vermillion flycatcher, cattle egrets and occasionally galapagos rails.

 

Day 4: Floreana Island: Cormorant Point & Post Office Bay
Post Office Bay | Floreana Island | Galapagos Island | Galapagos Cruise

As one of the oldest islands, Floreana has the most interesting human history.  It has stories of marooned whales, prisoners…

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…and colonists as well as bizaree disaperances and even murders!  It is made up of numerous extinct volcanic cones and has an established extensive scrubby vegetation.

Cormorant Point; offers two highly contrasting beaches. The landing beach is of volcanic origin and is composed of olivine crystals, giving it a greenish tinge. At the end of the short trail is a carbonate beach of extremely fine white sand, formed by the erosion of coral skeletons, it is a nesting site for green sea turtles.

Post Office Bay; significant for its human history. In 1793, James Colnett, the captain of a whaling vessel, established the wooden post barrel on Floreana. Whaling ships, typically offshore for two years at a time, frequented the archipelago Outbound ships would drop off letters after rounding the cape and the ships returning home would mail them. Over the years, thousand of ships have stopped to send and receive mail at Post Office Bay. This will be your opportunity to partake in this amazing postal service.  You will be given letters to take home and mail to their intended recipients, and also have the opportunity to drop off letters ourselves.

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Day 5: Española Island: Suarez Point & Gardner Bay
Gardner Bay | Española Island | Galapagos

Española, the southernmost island, has the densest and most diversified concentration of wildlife. Suarez Point; is home to…

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… Blue footed boobies, Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, oystercatchers and the majestic waved albatross breeding grounds.  This makes this site one of the richest wildlife locations in the Galapagos Islands. The area is famous for it marine iguanas with unique copper-red patches.

Gardner Bay; An amazing white sand beach with stunning turquoise shallows beautiful to walk, swim or snorkel. You could just sit and admire the extrovert mockingbirds and the sea lions.

Day 6: San Cristobal Island:  Breeding Center & Lobos Island
Lobos Islands Galapagos Islands

Breeding Center: here it is explained, in a simple manner, the natural phenomena that created the Galapagos Islands. They…

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…explain the series of natural processes, such as volcanic eruption and marine current locations that have lead to the amazing islands that you are now visiting.

Lobos Island as its name suggests is famous for its population of sea lions and fur sea lions.  You will also encounter a nesting ground for the great frigate bird and a small number of blue footed boobies

Day 7: Santa Fe Island & South Plazas 
Plazas Island | Galapagos Islands

Santa Fe Island: This Island offers the unique opportunity to see the hybrid iguana, a land and marine iguana mix.  There is…

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…also the opportunity to see an unusual prickly pear cactus forest.

South Plazas, an uplifted island, like Baltra, it is highly populated by sea lions, over 1000 inhabit this island residing in 10 harems each one attended by a male. One of the characteristics of this island is its vegetation of Opuntia Cactuses and sesuvium plants. This small island offers cliffs with swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds

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Day 8: Black Turtle Cove – Transfer out 
Black Turtle Cove Galapagos Islands

Black Turtle Cove is one of the most beautiful marine sites; located in a small mangrove lagoon. It is a nursery grounds for…

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… many marine species such as sharks, spotted eagle rays and sting rays. Also it is a favored breeding ground for the sea turtle.  It is also a wonderful site for watching, herons, finches and blue-footed boobies feeding.  This site does not involve a land visit; it is all seen from the small zodiac boats.

Return to Baltra Island and finally your flight home. We Hope you enjoy your visit with us.

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Technical Specification

  • Rebuilt : 1998 – Length : 72,84 ft.
  • Type : Motor Yacht – Beam : 15,69 ft.
  • Motor : Scania marine engine, 550 HP – Generators : 2 Perkins 42 KVA
  • Speed : 10 knots – Electricity : 12 VDC / 110 VAC / 220 VAC
  • Capacity : 16 passengers – Crew : 6 + 1 naturalist guide (Spanish – English)
  • Accommodation: 8 double cabins with bunk beds, – Safety : SOLAS Requirements.
  • Private Bathroom, hot water and CAPAYO & SUBSECRETARIA DE PUERTOS
  • Central air conditioner
  • Medical Equipment: Full oxygen equipments, AMBU (Manual ventilation), Automatic heart rate meter and automatic no invasive blood pressure meter.
    Facilities: TV, DVD, radio, hot and cold fresh water, bar service, 2 ample sundecks, wetsuit (for rent).

Deck Plans

All rates are referential, please contact us to find the best available offers with this incredible Cruise.

 RACK RATE 8 Days 16 Days
Double cabin 2.750 5.500
Single cabin 4.800 9.600
Charter 41.251 82.500

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