Cruise the Southern waters of the Galapagos | Yolita Yacht - ll - Itinerary B - Yolita II Yacht

Cruise the Southern waters of the Galapagos | Yolita Yacht - ll - Itinerary B - Yolita II Yacht | Yolita II | Galapagos Tours Cruise the Southern waters of the Galapagos | Yolita Yacht - ll - Itinerary B - Yolita II Yacht | Yolita II | Galapagos Tours
From the beautiful marine arch at witch hill to the enchanting bay on Floreana island, this route covers amazing seascapes. Within this backdrop you will encounter blue footed boobies, frigate birds, the waved albatross, marine iguanas, giant tortoises and other rarities of the animal kingdom. Snorkeling is out of this world as you swim with eels, baracuda, reef sharks, turtles and sea lions. The Yolita is a turist superior yacht that offers lots of space and heartwarming service, ideal for the scholar traveler.

8 Day Galapagos Itinerary

Day 1: Baltra Airport & North Seymour Island

Take an early flight to the Galápagos Islands. In the afternoon, visit North Seymour Island to look out for blue-footed boobies.

North Seymour Island

Have an amazing wildlife experience visiting North Seymour Island–this island is teeming with life! Follow trails to see all the action (you may need to give way to a passing sea lion or marine iguana while walking). See blue-footed booby nests where mating pairs perform their courtship dance. Head to a rocky shore to see flocks of pelicans having lunch in a dive bomb feeding frenzy, then turn inland to a large nesting site of magnificent frigatebirds. These huge, dark acrobats have two-metre (6.5 ft) wingspans, and males, with their puffed-up scarlet throat sacks, sit precariously perched in low bushes to watch over their equally large chicks. Top off the excursion with a snorkel among sea lions and rays.

Day 2: San Cristobal Island: Witch Hill & Kicker Rock

Cerro Brujo

Visit Cerro Brujo to explore its coastline, and look for wildlife on the beach, in the water, and in the air. Learn about the human and natural history of the area from the Galápagos CEO. Take a refreshing dip in the turquoise water, and head out on a short walk to a freshwater lagoon–a great place to see flamingos.

Kicker Rock

Embark on a snorkelling adventure at Kicker Rock, one of the most stunning landmarks in the Galápagos Islands that’s home to an incredibly diverse range of marine life that inhabits the nutrient-rich water. Explore the rock which rises 150m (492 ft) above the ocean’s surface, and is divided into two parts by an arrow channel navigable by small vessels. See an array of sharks and fish that are drawn to the rock and provide for an exhilarating unique snorkelling experience.

Snorkel right off the beach at peaceful Isla Lobos, amid the families of sea lions and their inquisitive pups looking to play. Spot nesting frigate birds and the famous blue-footed boobies resting on the shore. Be sure to bring your camera to catch some snaps at this prime wildlife watching haven.

Explore this tiny island by foot and boat for some great wildlife encounters. Take a panga ride to view the sea and shore birds nesting and feeding. Spot a small colony of blue-footed boobies as well as two species of sea lions.

Day 3: Española Island: Bahía Gardner & Punta Suárez

Punta Suarez

Head to Punta Suárez on Española Island, the southernmost island in the Galápagos archipelago and home to several wildlife species. Hike to the top of the cliff for spectacular photo opportunities, and explore the island’s untamed natural beauty.

Gardner Bay

Visit Gardner Bay’s magnificent white sandy beach, home to sea lions and seabirds. Be sure to explore the beautiful turquoise water and its incredible sea life.Spot young sea lions and large schools of surprisingly big tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeon fish, king angelfish, and bump-head parrot fish.

Enjoy fantastic snorkelling at Gardner Bay. Further out towards Tortuga Rock and Gardner Island, see schools of large colourful tropical fish. Spot an occasional manta ray gliding by as well as white tip reef sharks napping on the bottom. Also, get the chance to swim with the sea lions–it’s an opportunity not to be missed!

Day 4: Santa Fe Island & South Plaza Island

South Plaza Island

Visit South Plaza, one of the smallest islands in the Galápagos, which has one of the largest populations of land iguanas. Walk along a path through a cactus forest and view a combination of dry and coastal vegetation on this lively island,home to a wide range of fauna, including incredible bird life. Spot red-billed tropic birds and indigenous swallow-tailed gulls resting on the cliffs, and sea lions playing in the waters.

Santa Fe Island

Visit Santa Fé for amazing wildlife watching opportunities. Hike towards the cliffs along the island’s northern shore to view the forest of giant prickly pear cactus (Opuntia), which is home to endemic land iguanas. It is also one of the best locations to see sea turtles, swim with sea lions, and get a glimpse of a white tip reef shark.

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island

Highlands Giant Tortoises

Head to Santa Cruz’s verdant highlands and the El Chato Reserve, a perfect place to see giant tortoises in their natural environment. Explore the reserve’s lagoon and lava tunnels, keeping an eye out for owls that often roost in the tunnels’ entrances.

The tiny town of Puerto Ayora offers some unique shopping opportunities and a fish market to checkout.

Charles Darwin Research Station

Visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Center a great place to observe many species of tortoises and land iguanas in captivity. Brought back from the brink of extinction,see the famous Galápagos tortoise up close–a corral houses adult tortoises,and a nursery cares for the young until around age three when their shells have hardened.

Day 6: Floreana Island: Punta Cormorant

Post Office Bay

Visit Post Office Bay and learn about its unique history. In the late 18th century,English whaling vessels placed a barrel here to be used as a post office. Today,the box is used mainly by tourists, who may drop off and pick up unstamped letters to be carried to far destinations. Continue the tradition–leave a letter and take one to deliver (be sure it makes it to the correct location)!

Devil's Crown

Enjoy an amazing snorkelling experience at the ‘Devil’s Crown’, an old underwater volcanic cone just north of the Punta Cormorant. Spot large schools of tropical fish, rays, reef sharks, and sea turtles that make their home among the coral reef. Be sure you’re a strong swimmer; the currents can be intense.

Day 7: Chinese Hat Islet & Santa Cruz Island: Cerro Dragon

Santa Cruz Island: Dragin Hill

Visit Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill) for some prime bird watching. Take a short walk from the beach to a hyper salinic(saltier than the ocean) lagoon frequented by pink flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks, and other species of birds. Pass through a Scalesia tree forest; endemic to the area, there are only 400 specimens of Scalesia trees left in the world.

Chinese Hat Islet

Explore Chinese Hat’s beautiful landscape and spectacular white-coral sand beach followed by snorkelling with sea lions and penguins and swimming opportunities in the cove.

Day 8: Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove

Explore the mangrove lagoon at Black Turtle Cove. In the afternoon, transfer fora flight back to Quito.

Explore the mangroves by panga to find rich marine wildlife between the fresh and salt waters. Keep any eye out for manta rays and sea turtles in this tranquil ecosystem. White tip reef sharks can also be seen gliding by.

Itinerary Map

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8 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.

8 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.

8 Day Galapagos Itinerary Highlights

  • Look for three different species of Darwin’s Finches and the Albatrosses at Española.
  • Contrast the lush rainforest in the Southern islands with the harsh lava fields in the central islands
  • Encounter both types of iguanas, land and marine througout this well planned program
  • Witness the magnificence of the waved Albatrosses at Española.
  • Wake up to a different sunset scene every day

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 7 Dinners
  • 8 Lunches
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Best trip ever
- Jermaine
This is by far the best vacation I’ve ever had and visiting the Galapagos was the crown on it all. I enjoyed every day of the cruise
- Ahmed Garba
The recreation on board was just what I needed to ease off. Have a few drinks, play a few games and mingle with people. Snorkeling was fun too
- Dean Fuel
I would certainly book the Yolita II Cruise all over again in a heartbeat. All the other travelers were nice and friendly. The crew wasn’t an exception either. Their attention to detail and ensuring your needs & desires are met is their priority.
Great service
- Ashanti Charles
I must commend the crew and staff for ensuring we all received proper and excellent service. Everything was great
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- Craig Stack
My girlfriend and I enlisted Voyagers Travel to help us out with our South American adventure. They helped us secure spots aboard the Yolita II, whose staff was very friendly and attentive to ensure everyone had a great time.
Very good service
- Toni Becker
I had the best experience on my cruise. The weather was flawless and the entire crew was friendly, well organized, and tuned in to every day. I also loved their ability to promptly change plans according to conditions and the opportunities available.

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