Isabela II – Southern Galapagos Islands

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OVERVIEW:

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

After hopping aboard Yacht Isabela II at the end of the day, we sail south to the island of Floreana, where we disembark at Post Office Bay the following morning and then Cormorant Point in the afternoon – both of which are full of life and history.

We then head west to Española Island, with its remarkable visitor site (a favorite of many guests): Punta Suarez. Here, we’ll wander along the rugged coastline, home to hundreds of marine iguanas, sea lions, marine birds, and even albatrosses (at certain times of year).

In the afternoon, Gardner Bay provides a wonderful setting for a combination of beach-time, swimming, snorkeling or exploration aboard the glass-bottom boat. San Cristobal Island is next, which is the capital of the Galapagos Province.

We explore the northern shores of the island, visiting the fascinating sites of Punta Pitt and Cerro Brujo, taking us back down the steps of Charles Darwin’s visit in 1835. We end our journey at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to round out our Southern Galapagos itinerary.

ITINERARY IN BRIEF:

Day 1: Baltra Island - Santa Cruz Island
Day 2: Floreana Island
Day 3: Española Island
Day 4: San Cristóbal Island 
Day 5: Depart San Cristóbal 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
    We arrive at Baltra Airport and hope aboard an airport transfer bus to the Itabaca Channel. From here, we’ll take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus ride takes us to a restaurant in the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy lunch.

    PM: Charles Darwin Research Station
    After lunch, you will head down to the town of Puerto Ayora to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and get a chance to check out the breeding program for giant tortoises. The Station will also give you a good sense of the efforts and progress that the Foundation and National Park have made in terms of conservation. After this, we’ll take a transfer dinghy from the town’s port to board Yacht Isabela II. Once aboard, guests will check in, partake in the Captain’s welcome cocktail and then have dinner. (L. D.) (Private Transfer) (Shared Guide)

  • Floreana Island

    AM: Post Office Bay
    After breakfast, guests will disembark at Post Office Bay to visit the historic “Post Office Barrel” that has functioned as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries! There’s great swimming and snorkeling from the beach here as well.

    PM: Cormorant Point & Champion Islet
    Later on, we will visit Cormorant Point, which has an olivine-crystal beach and a brackish-water lagoon where bird species like American flamingos can be spotted. A brief walk to the other side of the island rewards guests with a beautiful, white-sand beach that is often the spot for sea turtles to come and nest. Afterwards, at Champion Islet, guests can choose to snorkel, ride along the coast in dinghies or observe the underwater world from the comfort of Yacht Isabela II’s glass-bottom boat. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • Española Island

    AM: Punta Suarez
    The morning outing at Punta Suarez provides an exciting walk across lava terrain to visit the unique seabird colonies that populate this area. Waved albatrosses (visible from April until January), boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and the famous “blowhole” geological formation await! Also, you will definitely want to keep an eye out for the red-green-black marine iguanas! Many regard this site as one of the best in all Galapagos. Afterwards, we will head back onboard for lunch.

    PM: Gardner Bay
    In the afternoon, we will disembark at this beautiful, white coral beach for a short walk to observe the sea lions, mockingbirds and finches. You can also choose to simply enjoy the beach. There is great snorkeling in this area. Alternatively, you can opt to kayak or take a ride aboard our glass-bottom boat. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • San Cristobal Island

    AM: Punta Pitt
    We land at the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island on this morning. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline, allowing us to observe frigatebirds plus a colony of bachelor sea lions. After the walk, there is a chance to swim along the beach and snorkel or take a ride aboard the dinghy, weather permitting.

    PM: Cerro Brujo
    After lunch, a dinghy ride along the shores will take us over to Cerro Brujo’s expansive, white coral beach. This is a great site for walking, with rewarding birdwatching opportunities that feature plenty of seabirds and shorebirds. Galapagos sea lions will also be present. History Fact: These are the same shores that Charles Darwin walked along back in September of 1835. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • San Cristobal Island - Depart San Cristobal Airport

    AM: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
    After breakfast, we will depart to the pier and then assist you with your transfer to the airport for 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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