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Unique Wildlife Discovery in the Galapagos Islands

From Galapagos Islands to Galapagos Islands

8 Days

For unique wildlife and wonderful diving there is no other place quite like the Galapagos Islands. It is to experience these two sights that most travellers set sail for the remote islands and spend their time exploring the unusual world both above and below the water. Whether you are a nature-lover or are just in search of some rest and relaxation in one of the lesser explored regions of the world, an itinerary cruising the Galapagos Islands is an excellent option. Note that the sailing times between each destination are longer than most, usually totalling a few hours each day.

  • Day 1
    Santa Cruz - Hood Island
    Santa Cruz - Hood Island

    Begin your Galapagos voyage from the island of Santa Cruz. There is a fair sail between here and the next stop so it is best to depart at night to ensure you can make the most of the daylight the next day. Heading southeast you will find Hood (Espanola) Island and its Punta Suarez Bay.

  • Day 2
    Hood Island - Gardner Bay
    Hood Island - Gardner Bay

    Anchor in Punta Suarez in the morning and perhaps head shore for some hiking amongst the walking trail where Boobies are sure to be seen as well as cliffs and the distinctive blowhole. Alternatively, relax on the beach and try to catch a glimpse of the sea lions that call the waters home. You can also spot the rare Waved Albatross on the island. A short sail away is Gardner Bay with its lovely beach and ideal spot for launching some watertoys. Stay here overnight.

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  • Day 3
    Gardner Bay – Florean Islands – Punta Cormorant
    Gardner Bay – Florean Islands – Punta Cormorant

    Depart early, sailing west towards Florean Island which is steeped in pirate history. Just east is Punta Cormorant where you will discover a white sand beach frequented by sea turtles and another whose sand appears almost green in colour. For an amazing afternoon of snorkelling try Devil’s Crown, and anchor in Punta Cormorant overnight.

  • Day 4
    Punta Cormorant – Puerto Villamil
    Punta Cormorant – Puerto Villamil

    Set sail early once again for Puerto Villamil, a spot on the southeast tip of the Galapagos’s largest island; Isla Isabela which is one of the most volcanically active islands in the world. Try hiking up to Chico Volcano, where you can witness smoking fumaroles or enjoy dinner in one of the local seafood restaurants.

  • Day 5
    Puerto Villamil – Tagus Cove – Punta Vicente Roca
    Puerto Villamil – Tagus Cove – Punta Vicente Roca

    Another early morning; it is a long sail to get to Tagus Cove but dolphins and whales can often be spotted along the way. Onshore is a wonderful nature trail which leads to some brilliant scenery and panoramic views. You may see flightless cormorants, penguins and pelicans along the way. Next stop is the more northerly Punta Vicente Roca where great diving and snorkelling can be found amongst the sunken caves.

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  • Day 6
     Punta Vicente Roca –Tower Island
    Punta Vicente Roca –Tower Island

    The early mornings continue with a trip to Tower Island which is the longest distance to be covered yet. The island is home to indigenous birds not discoverable anywhere else in the world. Hike up the Prince Philip’s Steps for a view over Darwin Bay or try snorkelling along the cliffs or off the beach. Anchor in the bay here overnight.

  • Day 7
    Tower Island - South James Bay – Bartolome
    Tower Island - South James Bay – Bartolome

    Heading northwest will bring you to South James Bay with its black sand beach. Exploring the walking trails will afford you opportunities to discover the exciting Fur Seal Grottos. Heading northeast you will find Sullivan Bay where you can snorkel and swim amongst the local sea lions. Not far away is Bartolome where you can see perhaps the islands’ most famous landmark in Pinnacle Rock. The smallest species of penguin in the world can be found here, while turtles nest on the southern beach. Anchor in Bartolome Bay overnight.

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  • Day 8
    Bartolome – South Plaza – Santa Fe
    Bartolome – South Plaza – Santa Fe

    The final stop on this Galapagos journey is South Plaza, one of the smaller islands. Here you will find an impressive sea lion colony, and the colourful flora is breathtaking in the first half of the year. Cruising back towards Santa Cruz, make at the beautiful lagoon in Santa Fe. If you’re feeling adventurous take a long hike or swim in the tranquil bay.

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