Enchanted Galapagos Southern and Central Islands Cruise (2025) - Seaman Journey Catamaran

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Embark on a captivating 5-day expedition through the Galapagos Islands with Itinerary B, a thoughtfully curated journey that promises a harmonious blend of natural wonders, wildlife encounters, and historical marvels. From the initial flight to San Cristobal and the immersive exploration of Punta Pitt's volcanic landscapes to the serene beaches of Gardner Bay and the vibrant underwater world of Champion Islet, each day unfolds a unique chapter in this archipelago's story. With historical sites like Post Office Bay and the Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre adding cultural depth, Itinerary B ensures an enriching and diverse experience, making it an ideal adventure for those seeking the perfect harmony between exploration, relaxation, and conservation awareness in the Galapagos.

5 Day Galapagos Itinerary

Day 1: Gianni Arismendy Environmental Interpretation Centre

AM: Journey to the Galapagos

Today marks the beginning of your trip to the Galapagos Islands. As per the regulations set by the Galapagos Government, a fee of 20 USD is required for the migration control card.

Upon reaching San Cristobal, passengers will undergo an airport inspection to ensure the exclusion of foreign plants or animals in the archipelago. Additionally, at this inspection point, visitors must make payments for entry to the Galapagos National Park, with the fees set at $200 for foreign passengers and $100 for children under 12 years old as of September 2024.

Subsequently, your guide will meet you and assist with transferring your luggage to the bus. Passengers will then board a motorized boat, known as a panga, to reach the Catamaran Seaman Journey.

PM: Gianni Arismendy Environmental Interpretation Centre

In the afternoon, explore the Gianni Arismendy Environmental Interpretation Centre, characterized by lush gardens and breathtaking ocean views. This center serves as a repository of knowledge on the geological and human history of the islands, conservation efforts, and natural history. As the oldest Natural History museum in the Galapagos Islands, it is dedicated to preserving the archipelago. Witnessing their research and conservation initiatives is not only informative but also truly inspiring and motivational.

Day 2: San Cristobal Island: Punta Pitt & Lobos Island

AM: Exploration of Punta Pitt

Punta Pitt, situated at the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island, boasts a 90-meter beach and natural vantage points overlooking a weathered volcanic tuff hill. A 1,400-meter trail, named Oliviana, guides visitors from the beach to the summit, revealing diverse lava formations.

The hill, shaped by relentless winds, showcases awe-inspiring and otherworldly landscapes reminiscent of scenes from a science fiction film. Oliviana beach, adorned with an exquisite olive-yellow hue and bright crystals from lava and shell erosion, serves as a sunbathing spot for sea lions. Here, the spectacle unfolds as frigate birds, pelicans, herons, and seagulls soar overhead.

Pitt Islet stands out as a unique location where all three booby species (blue-footed, red-footed, and masked) and both frigate bird species coexist.

PM: Adventure on Lobos Island

Isla Lobos, a small and level islet, earns its name from the sea lions that playfully inhabit its beaches, their brown fur contrasting against the white sand. Accessible by a 20-minute boat ride (10 kilometers) from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island, it holds tourist diving status with two piers for underwater exploration accompanied by sea lions.

The protected channel surrounding the islet provides an exceptional snorkeling experience. A scenic 850-meter trail connects the piers, offering a one-hour walk to observe saltwater-tolerant coastal vegetation. The island derives its name from two sea lion species residing there—the California sea lions and the fur seals with dual fur layers, originating from Antarctica.

Day 3: Española Island: Osborn Islet, Gardner Bay & Suarez Point

AM: Leisure at Gardner Bay

Nestled on the northeastern coast of Hood Island, Gardner Bay presents an idyllic setting for relaxation, swimming, and kayaking, complemented by the chance to observe the charismatic sea lions (Zalophus wollebaki). The crystal-clear waters offer glimpses of sharks, adding an exciting element to the coastal experience.

Within this serene location, three species of Darwin finches can be spotted:

  • A subspecies of the large-billed cactus finch (Geospiza fuliginosa), resembling the terrestrial finch with a sizable bill.
  • The small-beaked ground finch (Geospiza fuliginosa).
  • The singing finch (Certhidea Olivacea), an endemic subspecies.

Both resident and migratory birds grace this area, providing ample opportunities for birdwatching.

PM: Discovering Suarez Point

Suarez Point stands as a prime location for observing blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. Situated along the oceanfront, it offers a captivating view of large waved albatrosses utilizing the cliffs as launchpads. The main attraction is the magnificent blowhole, sending water soaring to impressive heights of 50 to 75 meters. This spectacle not only provides a visual treat but also offers excellent opportunities for captivating photography.

Day 4: Floreana Island: Cormorant Point, Champion Islet, Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout

AM: Exploration of Cormorant Point & Champion Islet

Cormorant Point stands out as a remarkable site, boasting arguably the finest flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos and ranking among the largest across the islands. Nestled between two tuff lava cones, the area exudes a unique atmosphere. In addition to observing flamingos, visitors can delight in the presence of various shorebirds, including common stilts, white-cheeked pintail ducks, and migratory bird species. The site's distinct beaches, namely "The Green Beach" (characterized by a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the "Flour Sand Beach" made up of coral, add to the fascinating landscape.

Following the intriguing walk, the journey proceeds to Champion Islet, an ideal spot for snorkeling and exploring underwater wildlife. Sea turtles, sea lions, and a variety of fish abound, thanks to the vibrant coral reef nearby.

PM: Visit to Post Office Bay

Historically significant, Post Office Bay is home to a wooden barrel placed by the crew of an 18th-century whaling ship. Since then, mariners and tourists have utilized it as a post office, carrying letters or postcards to their destinations by hand. Additionally, this area served as the landing site for some of the first colonists. The afternoon at Post Office Bay offers a leisurely opportunity for visitors to appreciate the beach and the natural beauty of the Galapagos Islands.

Day 5: Fausto Llerena Nurturing Centre

AM: Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre Experience

Situated within the Galapagos National Park, along Charles Darwin Avenue, and a mere 1 km from the Gus Angermeyer Tourist Pier, the Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre is a key attraction forming part of the Charles Darwin Foundation's network of visitor sites. A 40-minute walk from the pier leads visitors to this captivating center.

The journey commences at the information booth of the Galapagos National Park Service (SPNG). Following a trail that passes through the Van Straelen Interpretation Centre, visitors arrive at the breeding centre. Here, an elevated circular wooden path unfolds, providing panoramic views of Lonesome George and the tortoises native to Española Island. The path concludes at the tortoise exhibition corral, offering a comprehensive and educational experience for all visitors.

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5 Day Galapagos Itinerary Includes

  • All programed visits as per itinerary with specialized naturalist bilingual guide
  • Accommodation in twin/double cabin with private facilities (surcharge for suite)
  • All meals on board, drinking purified water, coffee and tea
  • Snorkeling equipment (fins, mask & snorkel) & sea-kayaks
  • Transfers within the islands on cruise dates as per itinerary
  • Personalized 24/7 assistance during tour

5 Day Galapagos Itinerary Does not Include

  • Airfare to/from Galapagos from/to Mainland Ecuador (to be added)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee US$100 per person (in cash only upon arrival)
  • Galapagos Migration Card US$20 in cash per person (at Mainland’s Airport)
  • Alcoholic/soft drinks, personal expenses, extras, and tips
  • All sizes wet-suits for rent on board (in cash)
  • Travel, medical & cancelation Insurance and any services on Mainland
  • Other services not specified in the program

5 Day Galapagos Itinerary Highlights

  • Enjoy snorkeling with sea turtles, sea lions, and vibrant underwater wildlife.
  • Enjoy snorkeling with sea turtles, sea lions, and vibrant underwater wildlife.
  • Spot blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies, witness the magnificent blowhole.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 4 Dinners
  • 5 Lunches
Punta Cormorant | Galapagos Islands
Leon Dormido | Hammerhead Sharks | Galapagos Islands
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Punta Pitt | Pitt Point | Galapagos Islands

Reviews

Friendly and Professional
- Michael Pupcheck
We loved our experience traveling on board the Seaman Journey. The ship was nice and very comfortable to stay, the common areas were perfect spaces to enjoy the views and the weather. Everybody was friendly and nice to talk with, the crew provided a remarkable service and are ready to help. Meals were offered on time and they were actually really good, we noticed they accommodate to special diet requirements too. An unforgettable experience in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Thanks Seaman’s team!
I'll definitely recommend this cruise
- Laurel & Derek
My husband and I loved our 8 day/7 night cruise. We chose a catamaran as they’re more stable than single hull yachts, although the seas are calmer and warmer from December to March. Nature doesn’t always cooperate but we experienced everything we wanted and more. Glad that the yacht owner, hires all staff from the Galapagos Islands. Our guide Enrique was very knowledgeable and passionate about the area, all staff were highly competent, safety conscious and fun. Will definitely recommend this cruise to others.
We loved the excursions
- Rain Mckay
Everything aboard the Seaman Journey was exceptional: and so were the excursions off of the ship. I will definitely use it again for another trip in the near future. I want to come back to Galapagos, it is definitely the best place ever
A great ship
- Kimberley Chelsea
Seaman Journey was a great ship to travel with. Easy & quick to book, very hard to beat communication skills when it came to communicating about the pre-trip info, and all our inquiries were addressed in a timely manner

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Enchanted Galapagos Southern and Central Islands Cruise (2025) - Seaman Journey Catamaran
5 Days (B)
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