Galapagos, North, Central and South Islands 8 days
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Galapagos, North, Central and South Islands 8 days aboard Majestic
A perfect, all-round Galapagos Islands itinerary, taking in a selection of the best islands for the widest variety of wildlife, scenery and culture.
Note: All visitors must pay $100 Galapagos National Park fee and $20 Transit Control Card
- Spot rare birds such as red-footed boobies and waved albatross
- Land and marine iguanas
- Snorkelling with sharks, rays and turtles
- Walk amongst giant tortoises
- Spectacular volcanic scenery
- All meals throughout cruise
- All excursions shown on itinerary
- Use of snorkelling equipment
- Use of underwater camera
- National Park Guide
- Pre-cruise hotel night in Quito or Guayaquil
ITINERARY7 Nights 8 Days
- Day 1 San Cristobel. Arrive and transfer to MV Majestic.
- El Junco Lagoon.
- Day 2 Floreana - Post Office Bay, Cormorant Point
- Day 3 Espanola - Suarez Point, Gardner Islet, Osborn Islet, Gardner Bay
- Day 4 Santa Cruz - Los Gemelos, Interpretation Center
- Day 5 Genovesa - El Barranco, Darwin Bay
- Day 6 Rabida Island, Chinese Hat
- Day 7 San Cristobel - Witch Hill, Lobos Islands
- Day 8 San Cristobel - Interpretation Center and transfer to airport
Arrive at San Cristobel Airport and transfer to boat. Later, land and walk up to El Junco Lagoon - at 700m above sea level, this is one of the few permanent freshwater lakes in the Galapagos. See your first frigate birds and white-cheeked pintails.
Sail to Floreana Island and land at Post Office Bay, where there is a barrel, originally used by whalers in the 18th and 19th centuries to post messages to be picked up and delivered by later passing boats. Today you can post and collect cards too.
Land at Cormorant Point, where there is a large flamingo lagoon with other birds too. Here also are different coloured beaches - Four Sand Beach, with its white coral and Green Beach named because of the olivine crystals in the sand.
Land for a walk at Suarez Point on Espanola Island, a great place for spotting blue-footed and Nazca boobies as well as the large waved albatrosses, Galapagos hawks and other birds. An attraction here is the landscape and a spectacular blowhole sending water high into the air.
In the afternoon, visit Gardner Bay on the eastern side of Espanola Island.the breeding site for virtually all the world's population of waved albatross during the months of April to December.There is a sweeping white sand beach with hundreds of sealions. Great snorkelling from the beach.
Wake up at Santa Cruz, the main island in the group and travel up to Los Gemelos, the twin craters, a geological feature high up on the island in the native scalesia forest, with super long views.
Later, walk to the Charles Darwin Research Station and see giant tortoises from all over the islands, along with land iguanas. Some great photo opportunities.
After and overnight sail, arrive at the northern island of Genovesa, one of the few islands where red-footed boobies breed. Walk amongst these at El Barranco (also known as Price Phillip's Steps) and enjoy the views from the cliff-top. Stroll through the palo santo vegetation and look out for short-eared lava owls, storm petrels and Galapagos doves as well as frigate birds and Nazca boobies.
After lunch, land at Darwin Bay, a nesting area for boobies and frigate birds. Go snorkelling off the beach and see colourful tropical fish, rays and maybe, hammerhead sharks. Go kayaking beneath the cliffs and see tropic birds swooping from the rocks
Rabida Island and Chinese Hat
Rabida is one of the most colourful and geologically varied island in the archipelago with deep red sandy beach and amazing volcanic scenery. there are nine varieties of finch to be seen here plus the rare large-billed flycatcher, Galapagos hawks and white-cheeked pintail ducks. Snorkelling here too with a great chance of seeing Galapagos penguins.
Chinese Hat is named for its distinctive shape and is a great place to walk amongst lava tubes, lava flows and clamber amongst the rocks.
Overnight, we have returned to San Cristobel island for a visit to Witch Hill on the northern coast, one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos. Kayaking and dinghy rides from here as well as snorkelling - look out for rays, turtles and colourful fish and coral. Mockingbirds, finches and many other birds here.
Land on Lobos (sealion) Island and walk amongst the noisy sea lions, frigate birds, blue footed boobies etc. Snorkelling and dinghy rides.
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to mainland.
What Our Customers
• Denise and I have been on many guided tours across the world but this one went well beyond all of them. Our guide made us feel so welcome from the beginning and was genuinely excited to share his home with us (Galapagos) and his passion for its amazing wildlife, we feel very privileged to have spent a week with someone so caring and knowledgeable.
We just wanted to let you know that we are now back from our special holiday and would like to thank you very much for all your help and information in making this holiday so wonderful. Absolutely everything went smoothly, all the flights, transfers etc. All the research into the itineraries and boats paid off tenfold as our Yacht Beluga was excellent.We had such a special time, we are finding it difficult to come back to planet earth (as you know having been yourself) and we are going to save up because we really want to go back.
WOW, where to start, without a doubt my best holiday EVER!!!! The Galapagos is just amazing, no other destination can surely compare. I just couldn’t believe how close we got to all the wildlife, I literally found myself stepping over nesting albatrosses at one point. It is well documented that you can get close to the wildlife but you never expect it to be that friendly, even the fish in the water don’t seem to care about human presence. Snorkelling with the baby sea lions was amazing, a dream come true. My only regret is only doing one week, I now need to go back and do the western islands!
We had an amazing time in the Galapagos, thank you.We really enjoyed ourselves and will certainly come back to you next year.
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