AM: San Cristobal
Arrive to the Enchanted Islands and transfer to your lovely Yacht where the friendly Staff will meet & greet you.
PM: Tortoise Breeding Center:
A new and interesting 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, the Capital of Galapagos. In the Breeding Center, you will be able to admire the hatchling turtles from their birth until they are 120 days old when the grown turtles are taken to their natural habit.
AM: North Seymour Island
at North Seymour you will be amazed by the abundant colonies of Frigate-Birds and Blue-footed Boobies and Marine & Land Iguanas. 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.
PM: Black Turtle Cove
Black Turtle Cove is situated in the northern part of Santa Cruz. This inlet is surrounded by mangroves and is only accessible by dinghy. The shallow cove is a safe haven for young marine life. White & Black tipped reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of Rays are often spotted here.
AM: Bartolome Island
Home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartolome Island is an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one of the best views of the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkeling and possible sightings of Reef-sharks, the Galapagos Penguin and more.
PM: Egas Port
In Santiago Island, Egas Port, also known as James Bay, is home to the magnificent Galapagos Hawk and speedy 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.
AM: Tagus Cove
Tagus Cove is located across from Fernandina Island near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands; This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800’s using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another lovely beach surrounded by mangroves.
PM: Urbina Bay
Located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954 causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkeling along the Coral Reef and see Sea-Turtles, Rays and Tropical fish.
AM: Espinoza Point
No foreign species have ever invaded Fernandina Island, and therefore it is one of the world’s most pristine island ecosystems. “La Cumbre” volcano dominates an unreal landscape with lava fields reaching the ocean. The island’s highlight features a Flightless Cormorant nesting site plus Penguins, Marine Iguanas and Galapagos Hawk.
PM: 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.
AM: Bucaneer Cove & Espumilla Bay
Buccaneer Cove is a proof 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 are home to hundreds of seabirds that perch in front of the dark-red sand beach.
Espumilla Beach is a popular place for Sally Lightfoot crabs and Marine iguanas. The crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including sharks, moray-eels and octopi so snorkeling is highly recommended.
PM: Espumilla Beach
A picturesque Coral beach landing leads you towards a lava field as far as the eye can see. Hunt and peck over the two distinguished types of lava, pahoehoe and ‘a’a, for signs of plant life that have managed to emerge over the past 100 years since the most recent volcanic explosion. A truly amazing volcanic experience…up close and personal!
AM: 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.
PM: Charles Darwin Station
Fausto Llerena Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.
AM: 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. Afterwards, transfer to the Airport for your flight back to Mainland.