Isabela II – Central Galapagos Islands

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OVERVIEW:

Our itinerary begins on Santa Cruz Island, the most populated island in the archipelago. Here, we first explore the lush vegetation of the highlands before venturing down to the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station to meet giant tortoises face-to-face.

After that, we’ll hop aboard Yacht Isabela II at the end of the day and begin our overnight journey to Santa Fe Island. The next morning, we’ll wake up to visit the sandy white beach of this island with its numerous sea lion harems, which also makes for a wonderful spot to go for our first snorkeling, kayaking or glass-bottom boat excursion.

In the afternoon, we disembark amid the waters of Plaza Island, with its yellow and prickly-pear-eating land-iguanas as well as a coastline where we can find sea lion colonies and dozens of sea birds.

A favorite among many visitors to the archipelago is our visit to North Seymour Island, which starts with an enjoyable walk along the coast and then the interior of this island, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and marine iguanas.

Later on, we disembark on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, at the glorious white beach of Las Bachas, which makes for a great spot to go for a swim or go snorkeling. We begin Thursday’s expedition at Bartolome Island, with its unbeatable volcanic viewpoint on a hill, golden-sandy beach and excellent wildlife exploration for guests that either wish to go snorkeling or take a ride on our glass-bottom boat.

After lunch, we land at the white-coral-sand beach of Sullivan Bay, complete with a trail that goes over a dramatic lava field and is ideal for swimming or snorkeling. This last site rounds out our Central Islands itinerary!

ITINERARY IN BRIEF:

Day 1: Baltra Island - Santa Cruz Island
Day 2: Santa Fe Island - South Plaza Islands
Day 3: North Seymour Island - Santa Cruz Island
Day 4: Bartolome Island - Santiago Island
Day 5: Depart Baltra airport

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

  • Baltra Island - Santa Cruz Island

    AM: Baltra Airport
    You arrive at Baltra Airport and are shuttled down to the Itabaca Channel where we’ll assist you in taking a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus ride will then take us up to a restaurant in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy lunch. Afterwards, we will continue down to the town of Puerto Ayora.

    PM: Puerto Ayora & the Charles Darwin Research Station
    After driving down from the highlands, we will get the chance to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the numerous giant tortoises that reside there. The Station also serves as the headquarters for scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Afterwards, we will take a stroll down the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking Yacht Isabela II. After checking in, you’ll be invited to the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and then dinner. (L. D.) (Private Transfer) (Shared Guide)

  • Santa Fe Island - South Plaza Island

    AM: Santa Fe Island
    We’ll hop aboard the dinghy and shuttle on over to the idyllic white-sand beach of Santa Fe Island, which itself is populated by colonies of sea lions. Galapagos hawks are often easily observed here, typically found sitting perched atop the salt bushes. The brilliantly yellow Santa Fe land iguana, which is exclusive to just this island (in the whole world!), might also be spotted during the walk. Following the walk, you’ll have the choice of swimming and snorkeling along a natural wave barrier. Alternatively, you can choose to take a ride aboard Yacht Isabela II’s glass-bottom boat.

    PM: South Plaza Island
    The turquoise waters of the channel here contrast brilliantly with the white sand beach and volcanic rocks that make up the shoreline. A carpet of scarlet-colored sesuvium succulents sits at the base of a large cluster of luminescent-green prickly-pear cacti. Crawling around this entire scene are the yellow-greyish land iguanas. Along the coastline, we’ll walk right by sea lion colonies while seabirds play along the cliffs of this small but spectacular island. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • North Seymour Island - Santa Cruz Island

    AM: North Seymour Island
    After breakfast, the morning excursion begins with our disembarking and enjoying a walk along the coast and inner area of this beautiful and relatively flat island. Throughout the excursion, you will get to observe numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and land iguanas. There are opportunities for snorkeling, dinghy coastal exploration or a glass-bottom boat ride for great views of the underwater world.

    PM: Las Bachas
    After WWII, US military barges were beached and simply abandoned here. Today it is an important nesting area for the east Pacific green sea turtles. Las Bachas, located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, comes complete with a glorious white-sand beach, with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds for various wading birds, from stilts all the way to flamingos. You are welcome to swim or snorkel from the beach here. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • Bartolome Island - Santiago Islands

    AM: Bartolome Island
    On this morning, an iconic and postcard-worthy Galapagos feature awaits: Bartolome Island. We will disembark from our dinghy shuttle boat and begin a steep climb up a wooden staircase where the view from the top makes it well worth the effort! Following the walk, we will once again hop aboard the dinghies for a ride around the colossal Pinnacle Rock. After this, there will be time for you to enjoy the beach as well as do some snorkeling. You can also choose to ride aboard the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world without getting wet.

    PM: Sullivan Bay
    After lunch, we will board the dinghy to disembark at Sullivan Bay over on the east coast of Santiago Island. This visitor site comes complete with a white coral-sand beach, which is great for swimming and snorkeling. Additionally, there’s a trail that goes over a lava field that once flowed here less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos while observing its wildlife. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • Baltra Island

    AM: Baltra Island
    The journey ends at Baltra Island, where you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight back to the mainland. Safe travels! (B.) (Shared Guide)

SPECIFICATION

  • Construction: 1979
  • Renovation: 2014
  • Category: Deluxe
  • Gross Tonnage: 1,025 tons.
  • Type of Vessel: Expedition Yacht
  • Capacity: 40 guests / 20 cabins
  • Length: 55.94 m (183 ft)
  • Beam: 11.58 m (38 ft)
  • Speed: 10 knots
  • Electricity: 110 – 220 V / 60 Hz
  • Engines: 2 CUMMINS, KTA-38-M1, 1000 HP
  • Navigation Equipment: Radar ARPA, Radar, Satellite Compass, Magnetic Compass, Automatic Pilot, Echo-sonar, 2 GPS, AIS
  • Fire Detector: Installed throughout the ship
  • Life Jackets: In each cabin
  • Lifeboats: 2 semi-enclosed units / capacity for 27 persons each
  • Life Rafts: Two 25-man, one 20-man
  • Owner: ETICA / Metropolitan Touring
  • Decks: 3 (Boat deck, Cabin deck, Main deck)
  • Naturalist Guides: 3 (includes Expedition Leader)
  • Crew: 26
  • Passenger/Crew Ratio: 3:2
  • Medical Officer: Permanently on board
  • Safety Certificates: SOLAS 74, ISM, ISPS, MARPOL

CABINS DETAILS:

Standard Cabin

128 sqft / 12.05sqm, located on cabin deck, one bed, private en-suite, desk and view window.

Classic Cabin

139sqft / 12.8sqm, located on cabin deck, two beds, private en-suite, small sofa bed, desk and view window.

Classic Family Cabin

139sqft / 12.8sqm, located on cabin deck, private en-suite, desk and view window. Recommended for two adults and one child under 12 years of age.

Owners Cabin

170sqft / 18.9sqm, located on main deck, one bed, private en-suite, television, seating area, desk and view window.

Layout: 2 Decks / 20 Cabins
Cabin deck: Classic cabin 1 to 10 / 16 to 21 – Twins
Cabin deck: Classic family cabin 11,12 – Double/Triple
Cabin deck: Standard cabin 14, 15 – Singles
Main deck: Owner’s cabin = Double
Beds layout: Twins, doubles & triples
Rooming: Private cabins only
Sharing: Not allowed

DECKPLAN

 

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Activities
  • Bilingual naturalist guides
  • Conferences and lectures
  • Visits to the islands mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation to/from the airport in Galapagos on cruise arrival and departure dates
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Internet (via Computer Station, low-bandwidth)
  • Onboard Medical Assistance
  • Luggage handling

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Airline tickets to/from Galapagos
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US$100 USD per person)
  • Transit Control Card for Galapagos (US$20 USD per person)
  • Wetsuits (available for rent)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages*** (you can also ask your destination expert to include a drinks package in your quote. Ask us about all the available options we have for you!)
  • Tips
  • Gifts and additional items
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Laundry
  • Wi-Fi internet (Intermittent and low-bandwidth. Available for an additional fee)

NOTE: 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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