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The Galaven is a modern expedition vessel accommodating a maximum of 20 passengers in 11 double cabins, all with private bathrooms, air-conditioning and ocean views. With its spacious outdoor and interior areas, it's a very comfortable way to enjoy the majesty of the Galapagos Islands. Your expert bilingual guide will ensure a fantastic experience as you travel to the Eastern Islands between Santa Cruz and San Cristobal on this 5 day cruise
Recently renovated vessel taking only a maximum 20 passengers
Cruise takes in many of the highlights without spending too much time cruising.
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Baltra - El Chato
Day 2: Dragon Hill & Bachas beach
Day 3: Post Office Bay - Cormorant Point or Devil's Crown
Day 4: Suarez Point - Gardner Bay
Day 5: Interpretation Center - Departure
Day 1 - Friday
Baltra - El Chato
Morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra. Assistance at the airport by our representative for your Galapagos flight.
You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by Galaven staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.
In the afternoon you will visit El Chato. The El Chato reserve is divided into two areas: Caseta and Chato. The trail begins at Santa Rosa (13.7 miles / 22 km) from Puerto Ayora, with the Caseta route being the more challenging. The reserve allows visitors to observe giant tortoises in the wild during the dry season and is also a good place to spot short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, Galapagos rails and paint-billed crakes.
Day 2 -Saturday
Dragon Hill & Bachas Beach
In the morning we will visit Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island. The visitor site at Dragon Hill is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that runs through three different environments at just 1,600m long. The beach is very rocky. At high tide it's a nice place for snorkelling. At this visiting site you can find vegetation typical of the intertidal zone and dry zone.
The afternoon visit, Bachas Beach, located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on the beach.
Day 3 - Sunday
Post Office Bay - Cormorant Point or Devil's Crown
We will visit two sites on Floreana Island. In the morning, we will visit the famous Post Office Bay. You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So don´t forget your postcards, and don't be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you even get home!
In the afternoon, we will head to Cormorant Point. Here you will enjoy a hike to a saltwater lagoon which is home to flamingos. You will also get to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Devil's Crown. This extinct volcano peaks out of the waters just off of Floreana's coast and offers a magnificent snorkelling experience.
Day 4 - Monday
Suarez Point - Gardner Bay
Española Island is the southernmost island of the Galapagos and is the breeding site of nearly all of the waved albatrosses in the entire world. Española is densely populated with mockingbirds, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, Darwin finches, Galapagos doves, hawks, red and green marine iguanas, and loads of sea lions.
The morning trip will head to Suárez Point on a trail where you will have the chance to see blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. It is the breeding site of nearly all of the world's 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. We will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You'll have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.
In the afternoon, we will visit the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing you can walk across a lovely white sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. You may also see some curious mockingbirds on the beach.
Day 5 - Tuesday
Interpretation Center - Departure
In the morning we will visit the Interpretation Center which was opened in 1998 as a phase of the project “Interpretation and Environment Education Project.” Visitors enjoy expositions on natural history, human history, and conservation. The conservation efforts represent the movement to protect the wildlife and natural environment through means of population and tourist control. The Interpretation Center has an outdoor stadium, audio-visual equipment, and meeting rooms.
After this final visit, you will be transferred to San Cristóbal’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.
Departs - Fortnightly (Fridays)
The Galaven offers 11 double cabins, all with private bathrooms, air-conditioning and ocean views.
Ship Deck Plan: Galaven
The Galaven is a 88 ft. expedition vessel for 20 passengers accommodated in 11 double cabins, all with private bathrooms, air-conditioning and ocean views.
The Galaven offers spacious outdoor seating areas with sun chairs, large interior dining room and a library equipped with a TV & DVD player for daily briefing and presentations.
Bilingual Galapagos National Park guides accompany you to all visitor sites.
Year of construction: 2000
Type: Mid-Range Expedition Vessel
Length: 88 feet (27 m)
Beam: 22 feet (7 m)
Draft: 6 feet (2 m)
Gross tonnage: 171 tons
Capacity: 20 passengers
Safety & Navigation
All equipment meets / exceeds the international safety standards
Fire detection and prevention systems.
All meals during the voyage
English-speaking guided tours
Use of snorkelling and kayak equipment
What's not included?
International and internal airfares
Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable