Petrel Galapagos 8 days: Western & Central Islands
Duration: 8 days
This cruise aboard the comfortable and luxurious Petrel Catamaran ensures a superb experience for your Galapagos adventure. Over 8 glorious days you can expect to encounter the endemic species for which the Galapagos is famous for including iguanas, sea lions, sally lightfoot crabs, penguins and a huge variety of birdlife. With luxury accommodation and impressive cuisine, the Petrel catamaran is the perfect base to relax after a long and exciting day of exploration and discovery
Cruise aboard one of the most luxurious and intimate vessels.
All cabins have private balcony Expert naturalist guides
Watch out for rare species such as the Galapagos tortoise and Galapagos penguin.
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Baltra - North Seymour Island
Day 2: Vicente Roca Point (Isabela) - Espinosa Point (Fernandina)
Day 3: Tagus Cove (Isabela) - Urbina Bay (Isabela)
Day 4: Elizabeth Bay (Isabela) - Moreno Point (Isabela)
Day 5: Sierra Negra Volcano (Isabela) - Wetlands (Isabela) - The Wall of Tears (Isabela)
Day 6: Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz) - Los Gemelos (Santa Cruz)
Day 7: South Plaza Island - Santa Fe Island
Day 8: Isla Lobos (San Cristobal) - transfer to airport
Day 1 : Baltra and North Seymour Island
Arrival in Baltra airport and transfer to the boat. Briefing on board about the boat and the island.
Galapagos Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds
are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series
of submarine lavas containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by
tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation
Day 2: Isabela and Fernandina Island
The largest in the archipelago, this seahorse-shaped island is also one
of the youngest and most volcanically active. The morning visit is to
Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a
large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea
turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (sunfish).
Crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina
Islands, we will land at Espinosa Point. After walking past a colony of
marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, we'll reach the island's
highlight: the Flightless cormorant nesting site. This area also
provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk.
Day 3: Isabela Island
Tagus Cove is located across from Fernandina Island, near the Bolivar
Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by
ships since the 1800s, using the area as an anchorage site. Trails
winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. Punta
Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another lovely beach surrounded by
Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west
coast, between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a
major uplift in 1954, causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast
expanded half a mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore.
This area is also a great place for snorkelling.
Day 4: Isabela Island
Elizabeth Bay is located on the east coast of Isabela Island. The bay
contains many islets, which can be visited by dinghy. Penguins and
Blue-footed Boobies can be spotted on the rocky islets. With an
abundance of marine life and clear water, the area is perfect for
snorkeling and viewing schools of colorful fish, sea lions, and perhaps
Moreno Point is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela
Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the
striking rocky shores or a hike along path through lava rock leading to
tide pools and mangroves create a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide
pools green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted.
Day 5: Isabela Island
The Sierra Negra Volcano boasts the largest basaltic caldera in
Galapagos at 9 x 10km. The site offers impressive views and the
opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of
vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most
recent volcanic activity in 2005.
The Wetlands of Isabela Island are located just outside of Puerto
Villamil. The Wetlands consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves and are
home to a variety of unique bird species such as Common Stilts,
Whimbrels, White-Cheeked Pintails, and Gallinules. The Wetlands can be
visited on foot via a path that winds through the swamps.
From 1945-1959, a penal colony hosted prisoners who were forced to build
this wall, stone by stone, in isolation. This now historical site (El
Muro de las Lagrimas), towering at 65 feet (25m) high, took the lives of
thousands during its construction. Locals claim to hear cries emanating
from the heavy energy surrounding the site.
Day 6: Santa Cruz
Morning visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station which is home to
turtles ranging from 3-inches to 4-feet long. Sub-species of turtles
interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed
to humans. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and
strong enough to survive on their own.
You’ll also visit the highlands. A place you can walk along a path,
observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is
home to giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings,
White-cheeked Pintail ducklings, Darwin finches, and many other species.
You will come upon the underground lava tubes, which are more than one
kilometer (half a mile) long. Local guides are will provide information
and flashlights. Walking through the lava tubes is a unique and
Day 7: South Plaza Island and Santa Fe Island
In the morning, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island
with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by
Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies
as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic
plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish
to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a
Santa Fe (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage
on the island’s northeast coast. The bay has two visitor trails, one
leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a
small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest.
Day 8: San Cristobal and Departure
Isla Lobos or Lobos Island is named after the sea lions that rest and
play on its rocky shores. It is also home to blue-footed boobies, great
frigate-birds, brown pelicans, lava gulls, common noddies, yellow
warblers and small and medium ground finches. There is good snorkelling
in the clear waters of the channel and this is one of the best sites at
which to swim with sea lions underwater.
You will be transferred to the airport to board your departure flight back to the mainland of Ecuador. Please keep in mind that your morning visit will be early and short since you need to be prepared before heading to the airport.
Departs - Selected dates (listed below)
SHIP CABINS: PETREL CATAMARAN
6 Double staterooms 30 sq. m.
1 Single staterooms 14 sq. m.
Elegant and relaxing interior
Twin bed/double bed available
2 Suites 43sq. m.
Personal lounge area
Elegant and relaxing interior
Double bed available
SHIP DECK PLAN: PETREL CATAMARAN
SHIP SPECIFICATIONS: PETREL CATAMARAN
Year of construction: September 2015
Type: Power Motor Catamaran
Gross tonnage: 170 tons
Capacity: 16 passengers
Main engines: Yanmar engines
Max speed: 14 knots
Water maker: 2000 Gallons/day
Exterior: fiber reinforced polymer
Crew: Captain, tour guide, quality control manager, 8 other crew
2 Suites 43 sq. m.
2 Double staterooms 30 sq. m.
Buffet area/ Dinning room
4 Double staterooms 30 sq. m.
1 Single staterooms 14 sq. m.
2 Suites 463ft² / 43m²
2 Double Staterooms 323 ft² / 30 m²
4 Double Staterooms 323 ft² / 30 m²
1 Single Staterooms 151 ft² / 14 m²
Jacuzzi (Please check with your Guide and Quality Control Manager for our Jaccuzi schedules.)