8 Days Western and Northern Galapagos Islands catamaran cruise - Cormorant II Catamaran

8 Days Western and Northern Galapagos Islands catamaran cruise - Cormorant II Catamaran | Cormorant II | Galapagos Tours 8 Days Western and Northern Galapagos Islands catamaran cruise - Cormorant II Catamaran | Cormorant II | Galapagos Tours
Board an expedition to the more remote areas of the Galapagos island chain, the trip includes visits to Fernandina, Isabela, Santiago and Genovesa Islands amongst other iconic visitor sites. Most shore excursions on this itinerary cannot be reached on a day tour. Encounter red footed boobies, penguins, flightless cormorants, giant tortoises and more. Swim with sea lions, marine iguanas, turtles and tropical fish. You will have the stability of a luxury catamaran for smooth navigation in between islands.

Day by day

Day 1: Baltra Island & Santa Cruz Island: Twin Craters & Highlands

Santa Cruz: Twin Craters

Los Gemelos, or the Twin Craters, are located opposite 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. The view is breathtaking.

Santa Cruz Island: Highlands

Reached by bus from Puerto Ayora, the highlands of Santa Cruz are a deep green contrasting beautifully with much of the dry, lower islands. The dominant vegetation in the highlands is the forest of Scalesia trees creating the lush green color. The lava tubes, over half a mile long, are underground and walking through them is a unique, surreal experience.

Day 2: Isabela Island: Tintoreras Islet, Sierra Negra Volcano & Arnaldo Tupisa Breeding Center

Tintoreras Islet

The Tintoreras Islet, located a short distance from Puerto Villamil, is home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tip reef sharks, Galapagos penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches surrounded by mangroves is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.

Sierra Negra Volcano

The Sierra Negra Volcano boasts the largest basaltic caldera in Galapagos at 9 x 10 km. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005.

Wetlands

The Wetlands of Isabela Island are located just outside of Puerto Villamil. The Wetlands consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves and are home to a variety of unique bird species such as common stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, and gallinules. The Wetlands can be visited on foot via a path that winds through the swamps.

Arnaldo Tupisa Breeding Center

This center was created to protect animals in their first years of life from the threats of foreign species such as pigs and donkeys. Giant tortoise eggs are collected and brought to the center where they are hatched and kept for five years before being released to their natural environment.

Day 3: Isabela Island: Punta Moreno & Elizabeth Bay

Moreno Point

Moreno Point is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves create a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide pools, green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted.

Elizabeth Bay

Elizabeth Bay is located on the east coast of Isabela Island. The bay contains many islets which can be visited by dinghy. Penguins and blue-footed boobies can be spotted on the rocky islets. With an abundance of marine life and clear water, the area is perfect for snorkeling and viewing schools of colorful fish, sea lions, and perhaps even sharks.
Day 4: Fernandina Island & Isabela Island: Mangle Point & Urbina Bay

Fernandina Island: Mangle Point

A visit to Mangle Point allows visitors to witness the amazing views and wildlife on the Coast of Fernandina Island. This is a small inlet on Fernandina’s coast where you can snorkel to your hearts delight and watch playful sea lions, curious penguins, and also catch a glimpse of where flight less cormorants reside.

Isabela Island: Urbina Bay

Located on the northwestern coast of the island and comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (sunfish) may be spotted here. This bay is great for diving and snorkeling.

Day 5: Fernandina Island & Isabela Island: Espinoza point & Vicente Roca Point

Fernandina Island: Espinosa Point

This is a new visitor site in the northeast part of San Cristobal Island and can now be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. In the Breeding Center, you will be able to admire the hatchling turtles from their birth until the are 120 days old when the grown turtles are taken to their natural habit.

Isabela Island: Vicente Roca Point

Located on the northwestern coast of the island and comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (sunfish) may be spotted here. This bay is great for diving and snorkeling.
Day 6: Santiago Island: Egas Port, Espumilla Beach & Buccaneer cove

Puerto Egas

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

Espumilla Beach

Espumilla Beach is a popular place for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. The crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eels, and sharks, snorkeling is highly recommended.

Buccaneer Cove

Buccaneer Cove is a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers. These pirates would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat among other things. The steep cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach, are a magnificent site.

Day 7: Genovesa Island :El Barranco & Darwin Bay

El Barranco

Also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, El Barranco’s steep, rocky paths leads up to a high cliff-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 lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

Darwin Bay

This white sand coral beach heads a half mile trail (0.75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view off a cliff.

Day 8: North Seymour Island & Transfer out
Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lava containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

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Includes

  • All excursions
  • All transfers in the islands
  • All meals throughout cruise
  • Onboard internet service
  • Bilingual National Park Guide
  • Wetsuits, Snorkeling, Kayaks & Standup paddle board
  • Soft drinks
  • Non-premium alcoholic drinks
  • Safety Box, hair dryer
  • Underwater camera
  • Binoculars (Premium Suites only)

Does not Include

  • Mainland-Galapagos-Mainland airfare
  • Premium alcoholic drinks
  • Travel / medical insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses

Highlights

  • Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, whimbrels, sea turtles.
  • Variety of lava formations and landscapes, pahoehoe lava which is found primarily in Hawai’i and the Galapagos islands, ‘a’a lava, and pristine coral sand beach.
  • Land iguanas, sea lion colony, Audubon’s shearwaters, swallow-tailed gulls, Nazca boobies, amazing landscape with cliffs.
  • Beautiful rock formations, sea lions, shore birds, finches and mockingbirds; snorkeling: nice tropical fish, anemones, sponge coral.
  • Giant tortoises in captivity, snorkeling with sea lions, land and sea birds, blue-footed boobies, hatchling turles.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 7 Dinners
  • 8 Lunches
North Seymour | Galapagos Islands
Punta Vicente Roca | Nazca boobies | Galapagos Islands
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El Barranco | Red footed booby | Galapagos Islands
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8 Days Western and Northern Galapagos Islands catamaran cruise - Cormorant II Catamaran
8 Days (B)
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