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Itinerary: Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Voyagers Travel Specialists
Itinerary: Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Voyagers Travel Specialists
Itinerary: Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Voyagers Travel Specialists
Itinerary: Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Voyagers Travel Specialists
Itinerary: Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Voyagers Travel Specialists

Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Cruise

Enjoy an amazing and complete Galapagos experience on board one of the most renowned Luxury class cruises sailing the Archipelago. You will enjoy 9 different Islands filled with wildlife during a fantastic 8-days cruise between the Central and Southern Islands, satisfaction is guaranteed.

Activity level: Moderate
Ship: Cormorant Cruise information here



Itinerary
►  DAY 01: Santa Cruz Island   Details

Itinerary: Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Voyagers Travel SpecialistsArrival to Baltra Airport where the yacht’s Guide will be expecting you to take you to the Catamaran to start your amazing journey.

PM:Bachas Beach Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, Las Bachas is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest off the beach.


►  DAY 02: Genovesa Island:El Barranco & Darwin BayDetails

Itinerary: Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Voyagers Travel SpecialistsAM: 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.

PM: 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 03: South Plaza Island & Santa Fe Island Details

Itinerary: Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Voyagers Travel SpecialistsAM: South Plaza Island

In the morning, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas and you will also spot Nazca-Boobies and Swallowed-tailed Gulls. The most characteristic plant is Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.

PM: Santa Fe Island

Santa Fe is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island’s northeast coast. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest.


►  DAY 04:  San Cristobal Island: Witch Hill & Pitt Point  Details

Itinerary: Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Voyagers Travel SpecialistsAM: Pitt Point

Pitt Point, situated on the northeastern tip of the island, hosts frigatebirds, storm petrels, and all three types of booby birds: the Nazca, blue-footed and red-footed boobies. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area with an abundance of birds. This site is also great for snorkeling and scuba diving.

PM: Witch Hill

Pitt Point is situated on the northeastern tip of the island, hosts frigate birds, storm petrels, and all three types of boobies: Blue-footed, Nazca and Red-footed. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area with an abundance of birds and sea-lion colony. This site is also great for snorkeling!


►  DAY 05: Tortoise Breeding Center & Kicker Rock  Details

Itinerary: Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Voyagers Travel SpecialistsAM: Tortoise Breeding Center

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.

Lobos Island:The name of this island means “Sea Lion Island.” This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.

PM: Kicker Rock

This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and scuba diving allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life.


►  DAY 06: Española Island: Suarez Point & Gardner Bay  Details

Itinerary: Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Voyagers Travel SpecialistsAM: Suarez Point

This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. A beautiful site on the ocean front, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.

PM: Gardner Bay

Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. It has an ample white sandy beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkeling.


►  DAY 07:  Floreana Islands: Cormorant Point, Champion Islet, Post Office Bay, Baroness Overlook  Details

Itinerary: Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Voyagers Travel SpecialistsAM: Floreana Island: Post Office Bay / Baroness Viewing Point

In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.

Baroness Viewpoint is a fantastic place to absorb the environment of the Galapagos. Once inhabited by an indulgent baroness and her three lovers, the history of this island is intriguing. The legends about this baroness are associated with a fascinating murder mystery. There are easy trails in this area for exploring the flora and fauna of Floreana.

PM: Floreana Island: Cormorant Point / Champion Islet

This site hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The “Green Beach” named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral.

The Champion Island, named after the whaler Andrew Champion, is a small island located just offshore Floreana Island in the southern part of the Archipelago, considered as one of the most beautiful places on Galapagos for all snorkeling and diving fans and an excellent opportunity for dolphin watching.


►  DAY 08: Santa Cruz: Twin Craters & Transfer out  Details

Itinerary: Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Voyagers Travel SpecialistsLos 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.

After the morning excursion you will be taken to the airport for your flight to the mainland.

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Hiking

Itinerary: Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Voyagers Travel Specialists

Photography

Itinerary: Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Voyagers Travel Specialists

Snorkeling

Itinerary: Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Voyagers Travel Specialists

Kayaking

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Swimming

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Panga-ride

Itinerary: Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Voyagers Travel Specialists
Itinerary: Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Voyagers Travel Specialists

Highlights

  • Enjoy the unique views, sunrises and sunsets from your stateroom’s private balcony.
  • Snorkel in amazing sites in the Islands like Kicker Rock, Bartolome and Witch Hill.
  • Enjoy the beauty and magnificence of unique species like Waved Albatrosses, Land-Iguanas, Galapagos Penguins and much more!
  • Send a post-card to your loved ones from Floreana Island at Post-Office Bay.
  • Enjoy the comfort of stable sailing on board your Catamaran while tasting delightful Ecuadorian and International Cuisine.

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CRUISE INCLUDES

Itinerary: Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Voyagers Travel Specialists  All programed visits as per itinerary with specialized naturalist bilingual guide;
Itinerary: Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Voyagers Travel Specialists  Accommodation in twin/double cabin with private facilities;
Itinerary: Luxury Catamaran Southern Islands Voyagers Travel Specialists  All meals on board, drinking purified water, coffee and tea;