Day 1,Flight to Baltra Airport Galapagos and Santa Cruz Highlands
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
It is the center of the Archipelago with a diversity of wildlife and with amazing vegetation. This is the second largest island after Isabella, the most visited and offers lots of interesting places to visit. Puerto Ayora is the capital and it is in front of the sea, offering a relaxed and peaceful coastal town feeling.
The highlands of Puerto Ayora are very interesting, you will see different vegetation, altitudes, weather and fauna. We can also admire the Giant Galapagos Tortoise roaming in its natural habitat. You can also explore a cavernous underground Lava Tunnel where you can view one of the geological wonders of our volcanic islands. You will also be able to explore some of the “backroads” of Santa Cruz on the way to Puerto Ayora
We are Blue Spirit LLC, a legally constituted company in USA (Florida) which operates and commercializes cruises for diving and naturalist itineraries on the Galapagos Islands. Our team, with European management, is a group of experienced, confident and passioned professionals who love what they do, below and above the surface; we want to exceed your expectations!
Our renovated Motor Yacht, the M/Y Blue Spirit Galapagos is one of the exclusive yachts which deals with both itineraries – diving and natural cruises-. Our clients can enjoy the best of the Galapagos, at once, with amazing true-life experiences!
Day 1,Flight to Baltra Airport Galapagos and Santa Cruz Highlands
Day 2,Santiago and Rabida Islands
Santiago or “San Salvador” has an area of 585 square meters and an altitude of 907 meters. Dolphins, sharks, sea lions and flamingos are part of the wildlife of the island. Santiago has evidence of the pahoehoe lava flow. The lava shoreline has provided the island many of its attractions.
Tourists can be delighted by the incredible lava formations of Sullivan Bay.
Jervis Island or Rabida Island is located at the south of Santiago, it is relatively a tiny Island with a rocky coastline. Its distinctive red appearance comes through the presence of iron on the surface of the craters that presented in the area. It has an area of 4.9 square kilometers and an altitude of 367 meters. Visitors have the single opportunity to see pelicans. Here nine of the fourteen species of finches are found.
The reddish hue of the sand of the soil of the island combined with the amazing flora and fauna, gives as result a beautiful landscape full of wonders
Day 3,Isabela and Fernandina Islands
Isabela Island was named in this way in honor of Queen Isabela of Spain. Isabela has an area of 4,640 square kilometers and an altitude of 1,707 meters. This island occupies the 60% of the area of Galapagos making it the largest island of the archipelago. The Equator passes directly through Isabela.
Isabela is one of the inhabited Island in its port, called Puerto Villamil.
Punta Vicente Roca: After breakfast, passengers will explore the island by boat, while a naturalist guide explains different aspects of its geology. This site is very well known, for the bird nesting sites specially for cormorants and Galapagos penguins. The climate will offer to the passengers the possibility of snorkeling in the cliffs of the area that will show you an abundant marine life, many of the times you can see sea turtles and the “sunfish” (mola mola). This is one of the most impressive and beautiful sites in the Galapagos Islands.
Fernandina is the third largest island of the Archipelago. This island has an area of 642 square kilometers and an altitude of 1,494 meters and offers the opportunity to see small volcanic eruptions; also, this island is the home of Galapagos penguins, sea lions and many other extraordinary species.
Punta Espinosa is in the northeast of Fernandina. In this place you will have the opportunity of seeing hundreds of marine iguanas gathered at the sand.
Day 4, Isabela Island
Las Tintoreras is a small rocky islet where is easy to find white tip fin sharks.
The wetlands in this island form a network of trails that are essential for the maintenance of the wildlife of Galapagos.
Day 5,Mosquera and North Seymour Islands
Mosquera is located between Baltra and North Seymour Islands. Mosquera is a reef of rocks, sand and corals. It is a flat island product of a geological elevation. It has a length of 160 meters and a width of 600 meters.
Mosquera has one of the largest populations of sea lions, Lava Gulls, sea fishes, coastal birds and Crabs, among others.
North Seymour is covered with bushy vegetation and many endemic species that make it remarkable and it is the home of one of the largest populations of blue-footed booby birds, noddies, swallow-tailed gulls and magnificent frigate birds. The same thing with Land Iguanas, where you will find many of them.
Bird species have an interesting way of interacting.
Day 6, Floreana Island
Floreana is one of the oldest of the Archipelago as well as one of the smallest islands. It has an area of 173 km squared and an altitude of 640 meters. It supports an abundant wildlife, with a variety of native and introduced species like: Shorebirds, flamingos, stilts, owls, rails, white-cheeked pintail ducks, migratory birds and nesting sites; sea lions, owls and wide forest of Palo Santo.
•Floreana is known for its traditional pirate stories, and for being the home of one of the oldest settlements of the island.
•Post office Bay, located in the northern part of Floreana, is one of its attractions with the famous post office barrel.
•Punta Cormorant at the north has a green beach that contains many olive crystals.
Day 7 ,South Plazas and Santa Fe Island
South Plazas is a small island with an area of 0,119 km squared and an altitude of 23 meters that was formed by a stream of lava from the bottom of the ocean. Depending of the season, the vegetation changes its color. This island is the home of many species such as: land iguanas, swallow Tailed Gulls, sea birds, brown pelicans, red-billed tropicbirds and frigate birds.
•It offers the opportunity of a direct interaction, almost face to face with sea lions.
•There are an enormous variety of birds that inhabit the rocky walls of the south side of the island.
Santa Fe is a small island with 1,9 kilometers squared and an altitude of 24 meters. Opuntia Cactus is part of its characterized dense forest vegetation; there are also salt bushes along the trail as well giant prickly pear cactus. Talking about fauna, this island is the home of one of the most beautiful coves and endemic species like Galapagos snake, the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos mockingbird, sea lion colonies, rice rats and one of the two species of lands Iguanas of the islands.
•A lot of sea lions are found on the beaches
•Home of two endemic species; Santa Fe Rice Rat and Land Iguana.
Day 8 ,Bachas and Flight back to Mainland
•Bachas Beach a unique landscape with white-coral sand in a magnificent beach where you can also observe many endemic species like sea turtles, migratory birds, ducks, flamingos, the enchanted islands.
Transfer to the airport.
OUR CRUISE RATE INCLUDES
Cabin with private facilities, accommodation; all meals, water, coffee and tea (including one soft drink during lunch and a glass of national brands of wine, during dinner); all excursions as mentioned in the itinerary with English speaking dive masters/naturalist guides, licensed by the National Park; filled tanks, weights, weight belt, compressor, up to four dives per day on 5.5 days for 7-night cruise (night dives optional), land excursions. All transfers in Galapagos (airport-yacht-airport transfers if the national flight has been booked through us, on the same departure dates), amenities.
OUR RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE
Roundtrip flight to Galapagos Islands; Galapagos National Park entrance fee (USD 100 pp, subject to change); Transit Control Card (USD 20 pp, subject to change). We can add those amounts in our invoice and organize the payments directly; travel insurance and other items of personal nature. International airfare to Ecuador, hyperbaric chamber fee ($35 p.p), gratuities to guides and crew, purchases at the bar and store, Nitrox USD 150 per week (subject to change), dive gear equipment rentals, camera equipment. Extra courses scheduled on board
POINTS TO BE CONSIDERED
Rates could vary without preliminary notice. All rates are in US Dollars per person.
The itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions, National Park directions or extra circumstances beyond our control.
You can apply for same gender, willing to share requests in our cabins. Single passengers who prefer not to share with a same -gender passenger, must pay a 50% supplement
Blue Spirit will issue tickets in order to accomplish with the airline agreements. All departures are already reserved. In case you will decide for direct bookings, there will be a fee of USD 60, – per person plus Taxes. Be advise of the following options: – For earlier arrivals to Galapagos, you will have to wait for the normal airline schedules. – If your flight is delayed, you will have to cover additional expenses, such us meals, transportation, etc. directly, in case it will be necessary. Same thing on departure flights, from the Islands to the mainland.