Grand Majestic – Central & South Galapagos Islands

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OVERVIEW:

Cruise all around the Galapagos Islands on this 4 day cruise aboard the Grand Majestic Galapagos Yacht. Visit a total of 4 islands on this exciting itinerary. Though this itinerary is the shortest of them all, travelers will get to see quite a lot during their time. Starting from the island of Floreana and its impressive landscapes to the islands of Espanola and Santa Cruz, where you will find blue footed boobies, sea lions and tortoises, this will be an unforgettable experience.

ITINERARY IN BRIEF:

Day 1: San Cristobal Airport - San Cristobal: El Junco Lagoon 
Day 2: Floreana: Post Office Bay - Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown 
Day 3: Suarez Point - Gardener Bay, Osborn Islet, Gardener Islet
Day 4: Santa Cruz - Departure

NOTE: Long itineraries are the combination of short ones; please let us know if you would like to book a long cruise.

  • San Cristobal Airport - El Junco Lagoon

    AM: Arrive San Cristobal:
    You will arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by the Natural Paradise staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

    PM: El Junco Lagoon
    Located in the highlands 19 kilometers from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, El Junco is located in the caldera of an extinct volcano. Rainwater feeds the lagoon. There are many farms and ranches in this area of San Cristobal Island, and sometime cows can be found near the lagoon.

    Possible Activities: Hike around the lagoon

    Difficulty: Easy / Moderate

    Type of Landing: Dry Landing

    Highlights & Animals: Beautiful lagoon filling the crater of the extinct volcano. Frigates and occasionally some species of local water birds

  • Floreana: Post Office Bay - Floreana: Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown

    AM: Post Office Bay
    You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel used as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don’t forget your postcards, and don’t be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you even get home!

    Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 miles / 1km) & snorkeling

    Difficulty: Easy

    Type of Landing: Wet Landing

    Highlights & Animals: Post office barrel, nice sandy beach

    PM: Cormorant Point
    Cormorant Point 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 is named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the Four Sand Beach is composed of white coral.

    Possible Activities: Dinghy ride & hike (1.25 mi /2 km)

    Difficulty: Easy

    Type of Landing: Wet Landing

    Highlights & Animals: Flamingoes, green-colored beach

    PM: Devil’s Crown
    You will have a chance to snorkel around Devil’s Crown which is the rocky remains of an offshore volcano sticking out of the water. This is a great location to spot a wide range of marine creatures.

    Possible Activities: Snorkeling, panga ride

    Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult

    Type of Landing: No Landing

    Highlights & Animals: Large array or marine species

  • Espanola: Suarez Point - Espanola: Gardner Bay

    AM: Suarez Point
    On the trail to Suarez Point you will have the chance to spot blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. This island is the breeding site of nearly all of the world’s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. You will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You will have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts sea water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.

    Possible Activities: Hike (1,9 miles / 3 km)

    Difficulty: Difficult

    Type of Landing: Dry Landing

    Highlights & Animals: Hood mockingbirds, Nazca boobies, waved albatrosses (approximately from the last week of April until the last week of January), red-billed tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, blowhole, amazing landscape and maybe blue- footed boobies.

    PM: Gardner Bay, Gardner Islet & Osborn Islet
    This excursion takes you to the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, you can walk across a lovely white-sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. You may also see curious mockingbirds on the beach.

    Possible Activities: Snorkeling, panga ride, short hike (0,6 miles / 1km) and Kayaking

    Difficulty: Easy

    Type of Landing: Wet Landing

    Highlights & Animals: White sandy beach, sea lions, mockingbirds

    snorkeling: colorful fish, sea lion nursery

  • Santa Cruz: Twin Craters - Transfer to Baltra Airport

    AM: Twin Craters
    You will visit the Twin Craters located opposite to 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.

    Possible Activities: Walking and scape viewing

    Difficulty: Easy

    Type of Landing: Dry Landing

    Highlights & Animals: Pit craters, Scalesia Forest

    PM: Transfer to Baltra Airport:
    Your cruise has officially come to an end. We hope you enjoyed your Galapagos Cruise! We will now transfer you to your scheduled departure from Baltra Airport to mainland Ecuador. Safe travels!

SPECIFICATION:

  • Year of construction: 2018
  • Type: Broward 603, USA
  • Length: 127′ (39 m)
  • Beam: 24′ (7.30 m)
  • Draft: 5′ 11″ (1.80 m)
  • Max Speed: 25 knots
  • Capacity: 16 passengers + 9 Crew members + 1 Bilingual Guide
  • Main engines: MTU Series 2000
  • Water maker: 2 X 1200 Gallons / day
  • Exterior Naval Aluminium, GFRP (fiber reinforced polymer)
  • Sun Deck: Jacuzzi (Please check with your Guide and Quality Control Manager for our Jaccuzi schedules.)

CABINS DETAILS:

Stateroom Cabin

13.7m² – 18.4m², bathroom with hot water, air conditioning & porthole window.

Master Suite

38m², located on the main deck, one king bed, hot water, air conditioning, panoramic window, his and her bathrooms & private bathtub.

Layout: 2 Decks / 8 Cabins
Lower deck: Cabin 1,2,3,5 & 6 = Twin or Double staterooms
Lower deck: Cabin 4 = Twin or Double stateroom
Main deck: Cabin 7 = Twin or Double stateroom
Main deck: Cabin 8 = Master suite stateroom
Beds layout: Convertible Twins or doubles
Rooming: Private cabins
Sharing: Not applicable

DECKPLAN

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • All meals and excursions
  • Transfers in the islands
  • Bilingual National Park Guide
  • Use of snorkeling equipment & Wetsuit
  • Use of underwater camera
  • Free airport Assistance*
  • Hotel night in Quito or Guayaquil (the day before the cruise)*
  • 1 Free Transfer Out for the Galapagos Flight (applicable on regular cruise departure day only)*

*Applies when purcharsing airfare from South America Tours 

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Roundtrip Airfare to / from Galapagos
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • USD $100 Galapagos National Park fee
  • USD $20 Transit Control Card
  • Travel / medical insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  • Discount for groups from 6 to 14 passengers 10% 
  • Discount for children under 12 years 20%

Long itineraries are the combination of short ones; please let us know if you would like to book a long cruise.

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