The Tower Itinerary 8 Days - Beluga Yacht - Galapagos Cruise

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The M/Y Beluga Tower itinerary is an 8-day, 7-night cruise that takes you to the highlights of the Galapagos Islands. You will visit Santa Cruz Island, San Cristóbal Island, Española Island, Floreana Island, Santiago Island, and Genovesa Island. You will see a variety of wildlife, including giant tortoises, sea lions, iguanas, penguins, boobies, frigatebirds, and sharks. You will also have the opportunity to hike, snorkel, and kayak. This is a great trip for anyone who wants to experience the unique beauty and wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.

8 Day Galapagos Itinerary

Day 1: Baltra Island & Santa Cruz Island: Highlands / Darwin Station

Arrive at Baltra airport

Highlands of Santa Cruz

Galapagos giant tortoises can be seen in the wild in the highlands of Santa Cruz.

Charles Darwin Station

Visit the Charles Darwin Station is a research facility and National Park Information center. The Charles Darwin Station has a giant tortoise and land iguana breeding program and interpretation center.

Day 2: South Plaza Island & Santa Fe Island

South Plaza Island

Plazas consists of two very small islands that were uplifted from the sea, separated by a channel. Only South Plazas has a visitor site. The highlights include tall Opuntia cactus, land and marine iguanas, rocky cliff that looks out towards open ocean which is also a nesting site for red-billed tropic birds and gulls, and a seal lion bachelor colony.

Santa Fe Island

Santa Fe is a smaller island of 24 km2. The visitor site Santa Fe is located on the northeast end of the island. Highlights include Santa Fe land iguanas, pelican nesting site, sea lion colony, mockingbird, and Palo Santo trees.

Day 3: San Cristobal Island: Cerro Brujo, Galapaguera & El Junco

San Cristobal Island

San Cristóbal is the easternmost island of Galapagos and also one of the oldest.

Cerro Brujo

Cerro Brujo is a volcanic cone that looks over a beautiful white sand beach on the west side of San Cristóbal. Highlights include: Sally Lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas, and sea lions, Chatham mockingbird, lava lizards

Galapaguera & El Junco

The lagoon is the only fresh water reservoir in Galapagos and has great views from its altitude of 700m in the highlands of San Cristóbal. Rainwater has collected in the caldera for hundreds of years and formed this lagoon.

Galapaguera is a good area to see tortoises in their natural environment.

Day 4: Española Island: Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez

Española Island

Española is the oldest of the Southern Islands and is the southernmost in the archipelago. Because of its remote location a unique range of endemic species evolved here

Gardner Bay

Located on the northeast of the island, the site has a long and beautiful white sand beach inhabited by sea lion colonies.

Islote Garnder and Islote Osborn

These islets are snorkeling sites where visitors will see an abundance of tropical fish, reef sharks, and turtles.

Punta Suarez

The wildlife at Punta Suarez is plentiful and varied. Along the cliff visitors can enjoy the blowhole where seawater is forced about 20m into the air. The highlights are the Waved albatross (April-Dec) that are only found on Hood, Galapagos Hawks, blue-footed boobies, Nascar boobies, and Española lava lizards.

Day 5: Floreana Island: Punta Cormorant & Post Office Bay

Floreana Island

Floreana is best known for its colorful history of buccaneers, whalers, convicts, and early colonists.

Punta Cormorant

Punta Cormorant has two contrasting beaches and a large inland lagoon where pink flamingoes can be seen.

Devils Crown

This is a snorkeling site located just off Punta Cormorant. The site is a completely submerged volcano that has eroded to create the appearance of a jagged crown.

Post office bay

This is one of the few sites visited for its human history. Visit the wooden mail barrel where letters are dropped off and picked up and remains of the Norwegian fishing village.

Day 6: Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill & Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay

Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill

Dragon Hill is located in the northwestern side of Santa Cruz Island. Some highlights include small lagoons with flamingos, Palo Santo trees, and Opuntia cactus.

Santiago Island

Santiago Island is located between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands.

This Island offers a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas and fur seals.

Sullivan Bay

This site is of great geological interest. Highlights: 100 hundred year old lava flow field, pahoehoe formations, lava bubbles

Day 7: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay & Prince Phillip's Steps

Genovesa Island

Genovesa is an eroded flat volcanic island, with a natural harbor, which is actually the submerged caldera of this volcanic island.

Darwin Bay

The steep cliffs of this area dominate the island. This area is home to thousands of frigate birds, red-footed boobies, Noddy terns, lava gulls, tropicbirds, doves, storm petrels and

Darwin's finches.

El Barranco

There is a good possibility of seeing the unique "Short eared owl” at this site. During the dinghy rides along the cliffs fur seals and several species of seabirds can be spotted.

Day 8: Santa Cruz Island: Turtle Cove / Baltra Island

Santa Cruz Island: Caleta Tortuga

Turtle Cove is a red mangrove lagoon on Santa Cruz and a perfect example of how mangroves alter the marine environment to create a rich and unique habitat.

Baltra Island

Return flight to Quito

Itinerary Map

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8 Day Galapagos Itinerary Includes

  • Accommodation (sharing double cabins)
  • Meals
  • Excursions led by professional Naturalist guide
  • Use of snorkel equipment
  • Wetsuit
  • Use of kayaks
  • All transport between visitor sites and yacht
  • Tea, coffee, water and natural juices
  • Welcome cocktail

8 Day Galapagos Itinerary Does not Include

  • Air tickets to and from the Galapagos. Tickets have to be bought with Enchanted Expeditions - US$50 dollars net surcharge per pax if not
  • National Park fees (US$100)
  • Transit Control Card (US$20)
  • Bottled beverages on board
  • Isabela Municipal dock fee (US$10 per person)

8 Day Galapagos Itinerary Highlights

  • Land iguanas, marine iguanas, lava lizards, sea lions, fur seals, giant tortoise, Galapagos snake.
  • Golden mustard rays, eels, white tip reef sharks, sea turtles, possible hammerheads, varieties of fish.
  • Waved albatross (March to December), darwin finches, bluefooted/ redfooted/ nazca boobies, swallowtailed gulls, redbilled tropic birds, hood mockingbirds, galapagos dove, galapagos hawk, short eared owl, lava herons
  • Tall opuntia cacti, salt bush, lantana, prickly pear cactus, manzanillo, palo santo, thorn bush, yellow cordia
  • Walking, hiking, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking (certain sites), relaxing

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 7 Dinners
  • 8 Lunches
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Reviews

Delightful trip!
- Darius Jakovchuk
All the tour guides were exceptional. I could see in Ecuador, people study at the University to become a qualified tour guide, so it was amazing being guided by professionals. Andrea was our tour guide during our cruise it the Beluga, she is knowledgeable and very funny, she definitely exceeded our expectations
Fantastic
- Jesse Bougardt
The Beluga was exactly what we wanted. Great itinerary and great crew, they went above and beyond to accommodate my complex situation.

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