Cormorant - Central Galapagos Islands Cruise
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The Cormorant Central Galapagos Islands Cruise follows a Baltra to San Cristobal route to visit various central Galapagos Islands over 5 days. Enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, top naturalist guides and affordable luxury aboard the 16-guest Cormorant catamaran, which boasts the eco-friendly bonus of offsetting each of its guests' carbon emissions from the cruise. Highlights of this itinerary include hiking to views of Bartolome's famed Pinnacle Rock and seeing one of the largest sea lion colonies on South Plaza Island and exploring one of the nicest beaches in the archipelago at Witch Hill on San Cristobal.
The Cormorant Central Galapagos Islands Cruise comprises the first 5 days of Ocean Spray's 8-day South-Central itinerary. Visit our website to view details of Cormorant's other routes:
Cormorant - South-Central Galapagos Islands Cruise 8 day/7 night
Cormorant - Northwest Galapagos Islands Cruise 8 day/7 night
Cormorant - Southern Galapagos Islands Cruise 4 day/3 night
ADDITION RATE INFORMATION
Rates are $4165 - $4470
Day 1: Sat - Embark Baltra To Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Arrive at Baltra airport in the morning, where you're met by Cormorant's guides and transferred to the catamaran. Take some time to settle into your cabin before lunch and a welcome briefing. In the afternoon, visit Bachas Beach, which is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz and is a great swimming beach. One of the few remnants of World War II, a floating pier, presents itself here. You may see flamingos, Sally-Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest off the beach.
MEALS: lunch and dinner
Day 2: Sun - Bartolome & Sullivan Bay (Santiago)Santiago Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The morning visit includes Bartolome Island, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock. Bartolome consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. Take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes), where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach, surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see the Galapagos penguins.
In the afternoon head for Sullivan Bay. This site, located southeast of Santiago Island, is of great geological interest. The area is covered by pahoehoe lava flows (solidified lava in corrugated or accordion form). It was very active in the last 25 years of the nineteenth century. The Sullivan lava formed in 1897. This flow is geologically very young. The magma formed is flat, but the movement of underground lava, and rapid cooling and other eruptions led to the break in many places. Around the landing, you can see patterns of vegetation that were burned during the eruption. A visit to this area of black lava is preferable in the afternoon because the temperature is more pleasant and the light is better for photographs.
MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3: Mon - South Plaza & Santa FeSanta Fe Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Today head to South Plaza Island, a small island with steep cliffs that was formed by rising lava. South Plaza is now covered by opuntia cacti, and it is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone, and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.
The afternoon visit is to Santa Fe Island, formed by a volcanic uplift. Santa Fe (Barrington) is home to a small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island's northeast coast. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest. The island is home to a colony of sea lions who would be more than happy to join you for a swim. Santa Fe also has its own sub-species of land iguana.
MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4: Tue - Witch Hill & Pitt Point (San Cristobal)San Cristobal Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Visit Witch Hill (Cerro Brujo) in the morning where you will explore one of the nicest white-sand beaches in the Galapagos. With a colony of sea lions and blue-footed boobies, this scenic place is bustling with life. Just beyond the beach is a lagoon, thriving with egrets and great blue herons. The turquoise water and abundant marine life will invite you to snorkel.
In the afternoon anchor at Pitt Point, which holds its own as the northeastern-most site on San Cristobal. After an easy hike, you will be rewarded with a unique treat. Herein lays the only nesting site that hosts all species of Galapagos boobies. Photographers will be thrilled with this intimate natural experience. The attractive volcanic tuff formations will have geologists and laymen alike imagining the forces of nature that possessed the earth to create this land.
MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 5: Wed - Lobos Island & Disembark San CristobalSan Cristobal Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
In the morning visit Lobos Island, a rocky bay just a 30-minute walk from Puerto Baquerizo. Look for beautifully-colored plants, shore birds, marine iguanas and the enormous sea lion colony and nursery. After this final visit, you'll be transferred to San Cristobal's airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.
Itinerary Notes: Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.
Activities: Snorkeling gear and wetsuits are available for use aboard Cormorant, as are kayaks for further exploring the Galapagos Islands up close, off ship. Daily excursions with naturalist guides include hikes to view points and on beaches.
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