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With a capacity of only 40 guests, the luxurious Isabela II offers a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying an unforgettable Galapagos expedition, where guests fully experience their sense of discovery and bonding with nature. This 5 day cruise travels from Baltra to San Cristobal Island covering such highlights as Santa Cruz, Floreana and Espanola Islands in between
Learn from some of the highest quality guides on the Islands
Get up close with Sea lions, Iguana's and the other various species of wildlife on the Galapagos Islands
Explore this marine wilderness by zodiac, glass bottom boat or kayak
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Arrive Baltra - Charles Darwin Station
Day 2: Post Office Bay, Punta Cormorant & Champion Islet, Floreana Island
Day 3: Punta Suárez & Gardner Bay, Española Island
Day 4: Punta Pitt & Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal Island
Day 5: Depart San Cristóbal
Day 1: Arrive Baltra - Charles Darwin Research Station
We arrive at Baltra airport and then we take you to the Itabaca
Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus
ride takes us to a restaurant in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to
enjoy lunch, and then continue to Puerto Ayora.
After driving down from the highlands, we visit the Charles Darwin
Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant
prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the
headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National
Park administration. Late afternoon we stroll along the main street of
Puerto Ayora before embarking on Yacht Isabela II. We review the
expeditions plan for next day, and enjoy the Captain’s welcome cocktail
Day 2: Post Office Bay, Baroness Cove & Punta Cormorant
After breakfast, we land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel
that has served as an informal post office in the archipelago for over
two centuries. Snorkelling off the beach.
Our visit to Punta Cormorant takes in an olivine-crystal beach for an
easy walk by a brackish water lagoon where bird species like stilts and
American flamingos may be observed. On the other side of the island, we
come to a white-sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest.
Snorkeling will happen at lovely “Champion Islet” site, or ride in the
panga or glass-bottom boat.
Day 3: Punta Suárez - Gardner Bay
Our morning outing at Punta Suarez provides an exciting walk on
lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including
the Galapagos albatross (April - January), boobies, swallow-tail gulls,
mockingbirds, and the famous “blowhole”. Also, look for red-green-black
marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.
In the afternoon, we set down at this beautiful, white coral beach for a
short walk to observe Galapagos sea lions, finches, maybe a hawk or
just enjoy the beach. There is great snorkelling in this area, or else
there’s time to kayak, or enjoy the glass-bottom boat. The turquoise
colour of the waters at this location will be a favourite one to
Day 4: Punta Pitt - Cerro Brujo
In the morning, we land on the eastern tip of the island. The trail that
ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline and
is the only site in the Galapagos where the three species of boobies can
be found together, joined by the two frigatebird species plus a colony
of bachelor sea lions. After the walk, if conditions are favourable,
there is a chance to swim, kayak or snorkel from the beach or hop onto
the panga for a ride along the coast.
In the afternoon, following lunch on board, we set out on a panga ride
along the shores of tuff-stone layers which take us to Cerro Brujo's
expansive, white coraline beach, great for walking, with rewarding
birdwatching including good views of both sea and shore birds. Also,
keep your eyes open for Galapagos sea lions. These are the same shores
that Charles Darwin walked upon, back in September 1835. After the walk,
there is a chance to swim and snorkel.
Day 5: Depart San Cristobal
After breakfast, departure to the port and airport to take the flight back to the mainland.
Departs - Fridays (fortnightly)
Ship Cabins: Isabela II
The Cabin Deck features 16 Classic Cabins and 2 Classic Family Cabins,
as well as 1 Standard Cabin, arrayed around outer corridors. On the Main
Deck, the Owner’s Cabin is situated right next to the yacht’s social
areas, a perfect option for guests who prefer to deal with fewer stairs.
Double or twin bed configuration
Area size 12.05m²
Located on the cabin deck
Double or twin bed configuration
Area size 12.8m²
Located on the cabin deck
Small sofa bed
Can be converted into a family cabin upon request
Double bed configuration
Area size 18.9m²
Located on the main deck
Perfect option for those who prefer fewer stairs
Ship Deck Plan
Reconstruction: Pensacola, Florida, 1988
Refurbishment: Panama, March 2000
Gross Tonnage: 1.025 tons.
Type of Vessel: Motor Yacht
Capacity: 40 guests
Length: 53.72 meters (166 feet)
Beam: 11.58 meters (38 feet)
Speed: 10 knots
Electricity: 110 Volts 60 Hz.
Engines: 2 GM Detroit Diesel 900 BHP each
Navigation Equipment: Gyrocompass, Automatic Pilot, radar, and GPS
Safety Certificates: SOLAS 74 - ISM
Fire Detector: Automatic with control from the bridge.
Life Jackets: In each cabin
Lifeboats: 2 units semi enclosed
Landing Craft: 3 Zodiacs + glass bottom boat
Owner: ETICA / Metropolitan Touring
Decks: 3 (Sun deck, Cabin deck, Main deck)
Medical Officer: Permanently on board
Transfers to/from islands
English-speaking guided tours
Activities as specified
Meals as specified
Use of kayaks and snorkel equipment
What's not included?
International and internal airfares
Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable
Galapagos National Park entrance fee US$100 per person