Cruise Galapagos Islands on-board Isabela II.
It's a 40-guest vessel, with 20 outside cabins plus an owner's suite, it's the most luxurious yacht cruising the Galapagos
This exclusive yacht offers an elegant and a truly relaxed atmosphere for experiencing the full adventure of the Enchanted Galapagos Islands.
Cruise Galapagos in a yacht which is fully air-conditioned, all cabins are spacious and have private bathrooms. Its three public decks offer the amenities of a larger vessel, including bar-salon, dining room and sun deck.
The library contains a large selection of reference books on Galapagos and Ecuador as well as excellent nature and conservation videos, making this reference library the most complete source of information of any Galapagos vessel.
From dining room to stateroom, one senses the superior quality at all levels of service. Cruise Galapagos Islands with ISABELA's trained chefs who prepare a superb a-la-carte selection of meals.
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Our helpful, warm staff attends to your every need. The sun deck is comprised of a bar with ample outdoor seating, an observation area for whale and dolphin watching, a Jacuzzi and solarium.
As an alternative to snorkeling, the glass-bottom boat offers another opportunity to cruise Galapagos Islands observing the Galapagos rich marine life.
The Expedition Team consists of three SC Naturalists.
All will delight guests with diverse natural history explanations, superb on-deck talks, and eye-catching lectures regarding natural history issues.
Their multimedia presentations and recaps will complement the day's activities. At night, when pitch-dark starry skies are seen, Stargazing in Galapagos is an amazing nocturnal activity. The southern skies are beautifully arranged with exuberant constellations.
Cruise Galapagos Islands in Seven Nights of Enchantment
The Isabela II exclusive yacht now will cruise Galapagos islands into exclusive week voyages. With this variation, we want to provide a complete Galapagos Expedition Experience.
Why? Well, we have reviewed the itineraries, queried our visitors, listened to our SC Naturalist and reached the conclusion that the ISABELA II will best satisfy our guests by operating 7-night voyages only.
This decision will provide greater value for the Galapagos Expedition Experience, and will allow guests on the full week voyage to fully understand the diversity and uniqueness that Galapagos is famous for.
The significant "variety of species" between the easterly islands and the westerly Islands - with different life forms, sea currents and geological characteristics can be more fully appreciated on a week voyage.
This comprehensive discovery trip will give guests a chance to see the giant tortoises, land iguanas, flamingos, albatrosses, boobies, Galapagos penguins, and more in one expedition alone, as the wildlife seen on the week program will be its prime highlight.
Of course, if you prefer a shorter Galapagos Expedition, the Santa Cruz Ship will continue offering its regular three and four night tours
With this change we will further cruise Galapagos Islands in an innovate concept, and will adopt the full expedition approach, guests will set their own pace by indulging more in all aspects of the Galapagos Islands: discovery, adventure, environmental interpretation, aquatic activities, relaxation, life-lasting memories, superb service and much more.
Plus, our SC Naturalist will enhance their interpretative skills with the use of state-of-the-art-expedition equipment and lead guests to become participants, and not mere observers.
Morning arrival to Baltra Island by TAME or Aerogal flight and transfer to the dock to board the ISABELA II.
Start with a nice welcome to cruise Galapagos Islands.
North Seymour Island
Afternoon disembarkation (dry landing) for a walk along the coast and the interior of the Island.
Observe bird colonies of blue footed boobies, frigate birds, swallow tailed gulls and also sea lions and marine iguanas.
Gardner Bay (Hood Island)
After breakfast, disembark (wet landing) at a white coral beach where you can take a short walk and watch the sea lions, mockingbirds, finches or enjoy the beach.
There is great snorkeling in this area (snorkeling equipment is available for our guests), or ride the glass-bottom boat around Gardner or Tortuga islets.
Punta Suarez (Hood Island)
Afternoon dry landing for an exciting walk on lava terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including the Waved Albatrosses (May - December) and the famous blowhole. A shorter walk is also available.
For those not planning to walk there will be panga (dinghy) ride along the coastline of Punta Suarez.
Point Cormorant (Floreana Island)
After breakfast, disembark at Punta Cormorant (wet landing) for an easy walk to see the flamingos that inhabit a brackish-water lagoon, and other birds like ducks, stilts, sandpipers, etc.
Great snorkeling from the beach or near by, at Champion Islet or the Devil's Crown. Those who do not snorkel can enjoy a ride on the glass-bottom boat.
Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
Wet landing at the historical Post Office Bay to learn about the human side of the Islands, its early inhabitants and the adventures of pirates and whalers.
Then, a panga ride will take you to nearby islets to observe sea lions, rays and sea turtles, boobies and the Galapagos penguins.
Santa Cruz Island
After breakfast, disembark (dry landing) to visit the Charles Darwin Foundation and the giant tortoise pens, an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest and land birds like Darwin's Finches, Galapagos Mockingbirds and Flycatchers.
Then a stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora. Lunch at Finch Bay Hotel
Spend the afternoon in the highlands, visiting the Scalesia forest and the twin pit craters Los Gemelos.
Land birds of the highlands may include the Vermilion Flycatcher, Tree Finches and possibly the elusive Woodpecker Finch and of course the Galapagos Giant tortoises in the wild.
Darwin Bay (Tower Island)
Morning wet landing for an easy stroll observing thousands of bird life, mainly frigate birds, red footed and masked boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds.
If you wish you can continue walking over sharp lava and uneven terrain, or just go back to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkeling at this beautiful natural harbor.
Those most adventurous can look for Hammerhead sharks, snorkeling along the cliffs.
Prince Philip's Steps (Tower Island)
The afternoon starts with a very interesting panga ride along the cliffs and then disembark (dry landing) on rocks for a steep climb (90 feet) and then a leveled walk for about a mile to the other side of this small Island observing large colonies of masked boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels and the short-eared owl.
Early risers will enjoy the dramatic landscape of the youngest volcanoes in Galapagos, and it is here where the coolest waters are found. Great chance for whales and dolphins.
Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)
The morning brings us to the youngest island, Fernandina. Disembark (dry landing) for a one-mile walk. Punta Espinoza has an amazing combination of barrenness with lots of wildlife.
Having no introduced mammals, Fernandina has a very unique environment with the highest density of marine iguanas, sharing their space with sea lions, sally-light foot crabs, hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorant.
Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)
After lunch, scenic cruise Galapagos islands along Bolivar Channel and possible observation of whales and/or dolphins.
Disembarkation (wet landing) for a medium-length walk at Urbina Bay to look for giant tortoises and land iguanas.
This place went through a volcanic uplifting event back in 1954 leaving gaunt marine skeletons, which make the walk remarkably interesting.
Puerto Egas (James Island)
Wet landing for a mid-length walk. Most of the landscape is tuff-stone layers and lava flows. This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds.
At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and there is a colony of fur-sea lions.
Disembark at Bartolome Island (dry landing) for a hike to the summit. This is a steep climb aided by a wooden staircase; the view from the top is worth the effort.
There will be time for a panga ride around Pinnacle Rock to observe penguins, to enjoy the beach (wet landing), snorkeling and swimming from the beach, or a ride on the glass-bottom boat.
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to local airport for flight back to the continent. And sadly your cruise Galapagos Islands adventure, has finished.
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