M/Y Coral I: 4 Nights Cruise


Departure: Wednesday

Day 1 - Wednesday

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra airport in Galapagos. (aprox. 2 and a half hours flight). Passengers will be received by guides at the airport and transferred to the Baltra port to embark on Coral I and Coral II.

Santa Cruz (Dragon Hill)
During this excursion visitors head for Dragon Hill. After a dry landing, passengers walk to a hypersalinic lagoon behind the beach. Occasionally visited by pink flamingos.The trail then leads up to Dragon Hill, which offers a beautiful view of the bay, This area is a nesting site for a large number of land iguanas that where reintroduced by the Charles Darwin Research Station. There is also a bizarre scalesia tree forest.

Santa Cruz (Venice)
This excursion provides passengers with a "dinghy" ride to travel around the islet and along the coast of Santa Cruz. The land iguanas that live in Venice were protected from the feral dogs that live on the island of Santa Cruz, It is possible to observe the vegetation and marine animals like: spotted eagle rays and golden rays, mullets, white tipped reef sharks and pacific green sea turtles which rest in the calm waters of the coves and channels.

Day 2 - Thursday

Rábida (Jervis)
Wet landing at the dark red colored beach of volcanic origin frequented by sea lions. It is often considered the geographic center of Galapagos because it has the most diversified volcanic rocks of all the Islands.
A short trail leads to a salt water lagoon, where you will occasionally find flamingos.
July thru September is a good time of the year to observe how brown pelicans nest in the salty bushes found at the far side of the salty lagoon. Also to be observed are boobies and 9 species of Darwin's finches.
Dinghy ride by the reefs and an excellent opportunity for snorkeling, This activity is from the beach getting deeper places.

Santiago (Egas Port)
Visit the dark sand beach at Egas Port during a wet landing. Most of the landscape is tuff-stone layers and lava flows, the surrounding area is prime for spotting and observing hunting herons, great blue herons, lava herons, oyster catchers, and the yellow crowned night herons.

Day 3 - Friday

Fernandina (Espinosa Point)
After a dry landing at Espinosa Point, passengers will see the biggest marine iguanas mingling with sally-light foot crabs. They will also enjoy the flightless cormorants nesting sites, the Galapagos penguins, Galapagos hawks, and sea lions. Among the flora and volcanic formation observers will note brachycereus cactus and two kinds of lava formations "pa-hoehoe" lava and "AA". Numerous mangrove beds extend into the sea, depicting a healthy and thriving eco-system.

Isabela (Tagus Cove)
This is the largest island in the Galapagos.At Tagus Cove, passengers enjoy a dry landing.Visitors will learn more about the eruption of five volcanoes that flowed together to form this land mass.
The marked trail leads to Darwin's salt water lagoon and an excellent view of the lava fields, scoured with unique volcanic formations.

Day 4 - Saturday

Dry landing. Arriving on this island, passengers will see volcanic formations including lava bombs, spatter, and cinder cones. After a hike to the summit visitors available to enjoy an impressive view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock. During the hike to the summit, travelers will often see large colonies of marine iguanas, lava lizards, tiquilla, bushes and various cacti.
Visitors will also enjoy a chance to cool off while snorkeling. Here it is possible to see the Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, and white tipped reef sharks from a safe distance.

Santa Cruz (Black Turtle Cove)
Arrive at Black Turtle Cove located near Las Bachas beach in the north coastline of Santa Cruz Island. This excursion provides passengers with a "dinghy" ride though the mangrove, during which the outboard motor of the small boat is turned off. This allows the close observation of marine turtles, white tipped reef sharks, spotted eagle rays, and yellow rays.

Day 5 - Sunday

Disembark at the docks (Baltra). Passengers will take a bus to the airport for their flight back to mainland via Guayaquil to Quito.

* Note: for passengers cruise Sun to Sun: the visit is to Rancho Primicias (highlands) on the second Sunday Travelers will have the chance to investigate the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, staffed with international scientists conducting biological research and conservation projects. Here you can also admire giant tortoises that are part of the breeding program.

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