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Galapagos Extension - Santa Cruz II Cruise

The Santa Cruz II is one of the finest ships in her class to discover the Galapagos archipelago. The ship offers excellent standards, including first class service, an expert crew and knowledgeable multilingual naturalist guides. The ship contains five decks including a panorama deck which is perfect for whale and dolphin watching. Enjoy a BBQ while watching the sunset, enjoy a cocktail in the lounge bar or swot up on your wildlife knowledge in the expedition room - there is something for everyone on-board. 

Please see 2019 group tour departure dates below.

10, 24 June

08 July

28 October

25 November

09 December 

06,20 January'20

03 February'20

16, 30 March'20

13, 27 April'20

11,25 May'20

08, 22 June'20

06, 20 July'20

03,17,31 August'20

14, 28 September'20

12, 26 October'20

09 November'20

Duration
5 days
Options
Group basis, Escorted

Travelling by plane you will land in the morning at Baltra Island and transfer to the dock where you will board the Santa Cruz II. You will receive a welcome introductory followed by lunch. Your first stop will be Las Buchas, a beautiful visitor site located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, you may enjoy swimming at this beach. An expedition plan for the following day will be shared followed by dinner. 

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  • Santa Cruz II

After breakfast we will explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, whilst learning about the area's history. The cove is home to a large number of marine birds and sea lions. Enjoy an impressive natural cave and natural formation such as the 'Elephant Rock' and 'The Bishop'. You will have the opportunity for snorkeling or to ride on the panga or the glass bottom boat.

Once we disembark from the beach you can enjoy a swim or snorkel amid rocky shoreline of Puerto Egas, usually in the company of marine turtles! From here, you will head off on a walk, a great opportunity to see the land and marine birds, landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. At low tide you can observe marine iguanas grazing and a colony of fur seals.

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  • Santa Cruz II

Today some groups will go for a fascinating panga ride along the shores while others will disembark on Rabida Island's red coloured beach. The colouring, caused by the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. This walk will bring you close to a colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin's finches. Close to the beach a brackish lagoon occosionally hosts Amercian flamingos. A great place to snorkel from the beach, during navigation to our next island we can sometimes spot dolphins! 

This afternoon's activites on Bartholomew begin with a wet landing on the golden beach of this famous island, dominated by the imposing Pinnacle Rock. There’s snorkelling and swimming from the beach plus the chance to ride the glass-bottom boat. After returning to the ship, you will split into two groups, the first lands for a hike to the summit of this diminutive island that boasts fantastic views of the archipelago. This is a moderately steep climb aided by a wooden staircase, resting platforms and handrails – the view from the top is worth the effort! The second takes to the pangas to explore the rugged and volcanic shoreline. The groups then swap so that each one experiences the full beauty of this island.

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  • Santa Cruz II

The morning starts with a steep climb (only 90 feet) up Prince Philip Steps to reach a flat rocky plateau. Along our walk, we can observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels. Those not wishing to disembark can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs (depending on weather conditions). Kayaking activities are available also. 

In the afternoon, we land at this beautiful beach at Darwin Bay to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkelling.  Following our dip, we take an easy stroll to observe hundreds of birds, mainly frigate birds, red-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds.  Snorkelling, kayaking and swimming activities are available.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Santa Cruz II

We start our last morning at the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. After breakfast, your luggage will be taken to the airport, while you visit the Tortoise Reserve. A dry landing at a passenger’s wharf and a bus ride to the loftier region of the island will provide the last highlight of the cruise: giant tortoises in the wild. The windward slopes of the island are home to two species of giant tortoises. These lush highlands include dense forests of Galapagos daisies, orchids and bromeliads, and several endemic land birds. After this visit we will transfer directly to Baltra airport. Farewell to Galapagos.

Included

  • All meals and soft drinks
  • Shared transfers from main hotels in Quito and in Quayaquil to the airport for flights to/from Galapagos
  • Transfers in Galapagos
  • Guided excursions on the island in English

Not included

  • Galapagos Islands National Park entrance fee ($100 per person, subject to change without prior advise).
  • Transit Control Card in Galapagos ($20 per person).
  • Beverages
  • Domestic flights to/from Galapagos