GALAPAGOS DAILY TOURS
We offer four possible islands for the daily tour, they are near Santa Cruz Island. You will be able to admire the great diversity of flora and fauna in this unique paradise with great comfort. In a one day tour you will be able to visit one of these islands: Plazas, Santa Fe, Bartolome, Seymour North and Pinzon, where you will be able to enjoy activities such as walking, swimming, snorkel and kayaking. Departures every day of the week.
Builder: Hattaras, North Carolina – USA, 1988 Remodeled: Guayaquil – Ecuador, 2010 Maximum Velocity: 12 Knots
Engines: 2- Detroit Diesel 8V71
Length Over All (LOA): 17.67 meters (54.4 feet) Beam (width): 4.57 meters (14.9 feet)
Weight: 30 tons
Passenger Capacity: 16
Crew: 4 plus Naturalist Guide
Social Areas: Air – conditioned inside dining lounge. Bow and upper sun deck
Restrooms: 2 male – female restrooms
AM: You will have the possibility of snorkeling in the calm waters of Punta Carrión where you will be able to observe a variety of tropical fish and possibly white tip reef sharks that peacefully rest on the sandy bottom.
PM: Located a few hundred meters away from the Eastern cost of Santa Cruz Island, South Plazas and North Plazas islands were formed from uplifted seabed, giving it a tilted tabletop quality. You will disembark on South Plazas where you will be greeted by a colony of sea lions. Further up the shore a carpet of scarlet Sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-gray land iguanas sit beneath, waiting patiently for pears to drop.
The trail takes you gradually towards the southern cliff of the island where you will be able to observe nesting swallow-tailed gulls and several sea birds such as tropic birds, Nazca and blue footed boobies fly by.
- Dry landing
08h20: Meeting point in Puerto Ayora
9h30: Snorkeling in Punta Carrión
12h00: South Plazas Island visit - Lunch
16h00: (aprox) Arribal at Puerto Ayora
AM: Santa Fe offers a beautiful bay where the yacht anchors and where the visit of the island begins. You will disembark on a small sandy beach where you will be able to see a colony of sea lions and the possibility of seeing the Galapagos hawk. Following the trail, the endemic species of land iguanas from the island of Santa Fe wait beneath the large opuntia cactus to eat its fallen pads or flowers.
After the visit on land you will be taken to enjoy snorkeling in the clear waters of the anchoring site of Santa Fe. You will be able to see a variety of tropical fish and a possibility of seeing sea lions underwater.
- Wet landing / snorkeling
07h50: Meeting point in Puerto Ayora 10h00: Santa Fe visit
15h30: (aprox) Back in Puerto Ayora
AM: North Seymour Island was lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event, that is why it has a low and flat profile. Swallow-tailed gulls sit perched in ledges of the cliffs only a few meters high form the shoreline. A forest of Palo Santo trees stand just above the landing site, usually without leaves, waiting for the rain to bring them into bloom. Amongst the emblematic fauna of the island you will be able to see sea lions, land iguanas and blue footed boobies. The trail turns inland where you will find active and dynamic colonies of both species of “magnificent” and “great” frigate birds.
- Dry landing
PM: Las Bachas Beach - the visitor site Las Bachas is located in the northern part of Santa Cruz island, it consists of two beaches that have a combined length of about 1 km long.
The name Las Bachas has its origin in the Second World War, when the American army left two barges discarded on the beach. The first settlers could not pronounce the name correctly in English, which resulted in Las Bachas Beach.
The predominant vegetation belongs to the coastal zone. It stands as one of the main sea turtle nesting sites (Chelonia mydas) on Isla Santa Cruz. It is a good place to see flamingos as well as migratory and aquatic birds.
- Wet Landing
07h50: Meeting point in Puerto Ayora 10h00: North Seymour Island visit 13h00: Lunch
14h00: “Las Bachas Beach” visit
16h00: (aprox) Back in Puerto Ayora
AM: Bartolome offers one of the most emblematic sceneries of the Galapagos Islands. A 600 meter pathway complete with stairs and a boardwalk will take you to the highest point of the island. There, you will be able to learn from first hand about the volcanic origins of the Galapagos Islands.
After the walk, a dingy ride along the coastline will give you the opportunity to see the Galapagos penguins. This singular bird nest amongst the fissured lava flows and ventures into the crystal clear waters of Bartolome to fish.
PM: A wet landing in the main beach of the island will give you the opportunity of enjoying the sandy beach where sea lions rest and a variety of wade birds feed on the shore line. The still waters offer a great snorkeling experience where you will enjoy observing several tropical fish, sea stars and the opportunity of seeing penguins under water.
- Dry landing / Wet landing
06h50: Meeting point in Puerto Ayora 10h00: Bartolome island visit
13h00: Lunch / snorkeling
18h00: (aprox) Back in Puerto Ayora
Daily excursions on board include the following services:
Land transportation from the main public dock of Puerto Ayora to Itabaca Channel.
Bilingual naturalist guide (Spanish – English) authorized by the Galapagos National Park.
Towels and snorkeling equipment: masks, snorkels and fins (wetsuits aren’t included).
Snacks, lunch, and non alcoholic beverages: water, juice, coffee, tea.
Services DO NOT include:
Entrance fee Galapagos, USD 100 per pax
Transit Control card, USD 20 per pax
Transfers in pangas dock – boat – dock – boat in Puerto Ayora.
Ferry Baltra/Santa Cruz/Baltra
Any type of alcoholic or sparkling beverages. You will be able to buy certain alcoholic beverages and coke or sprite in our on board bar.
Vaccination certificate or PCR test.
Schedule varies according to the established itinerary.
Our offer depends on availability.
The price of the offer might change if there is no space available at the hotels included in our offer at the moment the clients decide to confirm their trip.
Only cash or bank deposit. We accept credit cards.