M/V Corals Cruise West Galapagos (Route B)


With a destination as exotic and fascinating as the Galapagos Islands, the best tours are the ones that give you choices as to how you can take advantage of all that these islands have to offer.

Highlights:

  • Spend a morning at the incomparable Espinosa Point, where you snorkel, see lava formations, go on a tropical safari, and maybe even see whales come to feed offshore!
  • Hike along Urbina Bay for fantastic encounters with the giant tortoises, iguanas, and other exotic wildlife that make a home here!
  • Walk along the lava-coated beaches of Sullivan's Bay or swim in the beautiful blue seas!

Itinerary


Cities Covered Baltra Island ,  Santa Cruz Island

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are approximate and subject to change based on availability and conditions at the destination.

AM– Baltra Airport

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (2½-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturist guides and taken in a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II.

 

 PM – Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kinds of birds, such as tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos Giant Tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a birdwatchers’ haven since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: flat & muddy (depending on season)

Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 ½-hour walk

Cities Covered Isabela Island ,  Fernandina Island

AM– Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island)

Vicente Roca point is a high peak of land created out of remains of a tuff cone, with two protected turquoise coves on both sides. One of them, the Bolivar Channel is one of the richest marine ecosystems on Earth. This place is only accessible by water, with great opportunities for deep-water snorkeling. In this part of the Galapagos, the upwelling of cold water currents from the west, offer an abundant plankton supply for marine species like red-lipped batfish, seahorses, frogfish, nudibranchs, octopus, and the mola-mola or sunfish. It is common to observe dolphin pods, sea lions rafts, and tuna banks. The dinghy ride along the coast will allow observing a great diversity of seabirds like noddies, brown pelicans, Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, Nazca and Blue-footed boobies are often seen feeding all at once during the cold season (May – December). Whale watching is also common while navigating.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: none

Duration: 1-hour snorkeling / 1-hour dinghy ride

 

 PM – Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island)

Dry landing. From Espinosa Point, is possible to admire a wide view of Isabela Island across the Bolivar Channel, an area that hosts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. Here, the largest most primitive-looking marine iguanas are found mingling with sea lions and sally Lightfoot Crabs. Fernandina island displays a wonderful opportunity to encounter flightless cormorants at their nesting sites. The Galapagos penguins and the “King” of predators on the islands, the Galapagos Hawk, can also be spotted. Pa-hoe-hoe and AA lava formations cover the majority of Fernandina terrain. Vegetation is scarce inland, with the exception of a few brachycereus cacti. In the shore, mangrove can be found.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: rocky

Duration: 2-hours walk / 1-hour snorkeling

Cities Covered Isabela Island

AM– Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)

Wet landing (might be difficult due to the tide). Volcanic black beach, depending on the season, it is possible to find giant tortoises, land iguanas, and the unusual flightless cormorant. After a short walk inland it´s snorkeling time, a chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plants with the different range of colors in flowers, attracting different insects, birds, and reptiles. One of the highlights of the island is the uplifted coral reef that resulted from the 1954 seismic activity; here the views of Alcedo Volcano are remarkable. When navigating from Urbina to Tagus Cove whale watching is usual in May – December.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: flat & rocky

Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

 

PM – Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)

Dry landing on Galapagos’ largest island where we will learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that form it. The trail leads to Darwin’s salt-water crater lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations.We will return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where we will admire a variety of seabirds, such as Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, terns, Flightless Cormorant and depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins which are only 35 cm tall; the only penguin species in the world to live in the tropics.

The population of penguins on the islands is about 2,000 individuals, most of which live on this western portion of Isabela; others are scattered further south. We will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water. Graffiti believed to have been left by 19th-century pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past.

Difficulty level: intermediate/difficult

Type of terrain: steep/steep

Duration: 2-hour walk / 40-minutes dinghy ride / 1-hour deep water snorkeling

Cities Covered Santiago Island

AM– Egas Port (Santiago Island)

Wet landing. Egas Port is a black volcanic sand beach, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first section of the trail is formed of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half is an uneven terrain of volcanic basaltic rock. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago shore is home to a variety of animals including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron and marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally light-foot crabs. It is easy to see colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water volcanic rock pools.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: flat & semi-rocky

Duration: 1½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

 

PM – Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island) 

Wet landing. This site located at the southeastern portion of Santiago Island is of important geologic interest. It features extensive relative young pa-hoe-hoe lava flows formed during the last quarter of the 19th century. In the middle of the lava flow, older reddish-yellow-colored tuff cones appear. Mollugo plants with their yellow-to-orange whorled leaves usually grow out of the fissures. Walking on the solidified lava gives the impression of been in another planet. Tree molds are found, indicating that in that position large size plants grew in small crevices, until the lava flow of past eruptions burned down the flora of the island.

Difficulty level: difficult

Type of terrain: flat volcanic lava

Duration: 1½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling / beach time

 

Cities Covered Baltra Island ,  Santa Cruz Island

AM– Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)

Wet landing. On the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lies two small flamingo ponds were iguanas sunbathe, see coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native vegetation like red and black mangrove, salt bushes. This beach is one of the main sea turtles nesting sites in the Galapagos. A turtle can lay eggs 3 or 4 times per season with an average of 70 eggs each time. At this paradisiacal site, we will also find the remains of barges that sank a long time ago, when the United States Navy operated a base during World War II on Baltra Island. Local people modified the word barges to “Bachas”.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: sandy

Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling/ beach time

 

Baltra Island Airport

After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.


Departure Dates and Rates

Departures
Dec 201826Jan 20199, 23Feb 20196, 20
Mar 20196, 20Apr 20193, 17May 20191, 15, 29
Jun 201912, 26Jul 201910, 24Aug 20197, 21
Sep 20194, 18Oct 20192, 16, 30Nov 201913, 27
Dec 201911, 25

All Rates in US$ per person including ALL taxes and surcharges

ClassDatesSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
Junior Suite
For departure December 26,2018 US$ 5,748 US$ 3,285 US$ 3,012
For departures January 9,2019 through April 3,2019 US$ 5,474 US$ 3,128 US$ 2,868
For departures April 17,2019 through May 15,2019 US$ 5,748 US$ 3,285 US$ 3,012
For departures May 29,2019 through June 26,2019 US$ 5,474 US$ 3,128 US$ 2,868
For departures July 10,2019 through August 21,2019 US$ 5,748 US$ 3,285 US$ 3,012
For departures September 4,2019 through September 18,2019 US$ 5,474 US$ 3,128 US$ 2,868
For departures October 2,2019 through November 13,2019 US$ 5,748 US$ 3,285 US$ 3,012
For departures November 27,2019 through December 11,2019 US$ 5,474 US$ 3,128 US$ 2,868
For departure December 25,2019 US$ 5,748 US$ 3,285 US$ 3,012
Standard
For departure December 26,2018 US$ 4,071 US$ 2,326 US$ 4,390
For departures January 9,2019 through April 3,2019 US$ 3,877 US$ 2,215 US$ 4,181
For departures April 17,2019 through May 15,2019 US$ 4,071 US$ 2,326 US$ 4,390
For departures May 29,2019 through June 26,2019 US$ 3,877 US$ 2,215 US$ 4,181
For departures July 10,2019 through August 21,2019 US$ 4,071 US$ 2,326 US$ 4,390
For departures September 4,2019 through September 18,2019 US$ 3,877 US$ 2,215 US$ 4,181
For departures October 2,2019 through November 13,2019 US$ 4,071 US$ 2,326 US$ 4,390
For departures November 27,2019 through December 11,2019 US$ 3,877 US$ 2,215 US$ 4,181
For departure December 25,2019 US$ 4,071 US$ 2,326 US$ 4,390
Standard Plus
For departure December 26,2018 US$ 5,041 US$ 2,881 US$ 2,641
For departures January 9,2019 through April 3,2019 US$ 4,801 US$ 2,743 US$ 2,515
For departures April 17,2019 through May 15,2019 US$ 5,041 US$ 2,881 US$ 2,641
For departures May 29,2019 through June 26,2019 US$ 4,801 US$ 2,743 US$ 2,515
For departures July 10,2019 through August 21,2019 US$ 5,041 US$ 2,881 US$ 2,641
For departures September 4,2019 through September 18,2019 US$ 4,801 US$ 2,743 US$ 2,515
For departures October 2,2019 through November 13,2019 US$ 5,041 US$ 2,881 US$ 2,641
For departures November 27,2019 through December 11,2019 US$ 4,801 US$ 2,743 US$ 2,515
For departure December 25,2019 US$ 5,041 US$ 2,881 US$ 2,641

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation for the duration of your tour in all-inclusive sea view cabins
  • Two daily excursions to the islands
  • Briefings, lectures, and activities on board
  • All meals for the duration of your tour, as described in the itinerary
  • BBQ
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • Complimentary coffee and tea
  • The services of multilingual certified, naturalist guides
  • Baggage handling, transfers, and dinghy rides from Galapagos ports to the cruise vessel (So long as airfare is arranged by Palace Tours*).

 

Exclusions:

  • Airfare (Domestic or international) to or from Ecuador
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance fees
  • Any meals not specifically listed as part of the tour itinerary
  • Beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic
  • Gratuities
  • $20 Galapagos Migration Card (payable in cash at the time of arrival in the Galapagos Islands)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee: $ 100 adult, $ 50 children under 12 (payable in cash at the time of arrival in the Galapagos Islands)
  • Fuel surcharges ($ 50 for 3 or 4 night cruises, $ 100 x 7 nights.)
  • Medical fees, as applicable
  • Any items or services of a personal nature, such as souvenirs
  • Any items not specifically described in the tour itinerary.
  • Unless specifically mentioned, any flights, transfers to or from the airport, pre- or post-tour accommodations, or tour extensions are not included in the price of your journey, but can be arranged for an additional fee.
  • All Ecuadorian citizens participating on this journey must pay an additional tax equivalent to 12% of their total tour price.

*Please note that while airfare from Quito or Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands is not included in the price of your journey listed above, all guests are required to arrange airfare, at an extra fee, through Palace Tours: $490 per adult and $350 per child under 12 (These rates are subject to change). This fee also includes transfers for both passengers and luggage to and from the ship at the beginning and end of the tour. Any passengers who do not arrange their airfare through Palace Tours will be charged a flat fee of $90 per person and will be responsible for their own transfers to and from the airport to the dock. Palace Tours is not responsible if passengers miss their cruise because of delays resulting from independent airfare or transfer arrangements. 
 

Optional services onboard (net per person in US$ subject to change)

  • Scuba Diving during cruises: $ 326 half day tour with 1-2 immersions and equipment included.
  • Wet suits rental: $ 25 for 3 or 4 night cruises, $ 50 x 7-10-11 nights, $ 75 x 14 night cruises.
  • Kayak rental: $ 30 each use per person.
  • WI-FI Internet aboard M/V Galapagos Legend ( Social Areas) from $40 per device
  • Alcoholic / non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Tips: Suggested per day per person $ 15 for crew / $ 10 for guide.
Terms and Conditions

Payment Terms:

  • 30% of the total tour cost is due at the time of booking
  • 70% is due no later than 68 days prior to the tour's departure date.

If a customer wishes to change their tour dates and their original departure date between 125 and 68 days away, then they will be charged a $200 fee per person. 
If a customer wishes to change their tour dates and their original departure date is less than 68 days away, then relevant cancellation fees will apply.

Cancellation Policy:

i) More than 68 days prior to the date of departure: 15% as a cancellation fee of the total tour cost or the amount already paid, if the service is cancelled.

ii) Less than 68 days from the date of departure: Palace Tours will not issue a refund if the service is cancelled and customers will still be required to pay 100% of their original total tour cost.

The above times are based on local time of the destination where the tour is provided. In order to provide enough time for processing cancellation, guests need to add 3 business days to the above timeframes. An administration fees of 15% on any monies to be refunded to the client will be charged prior to refund.

Itineraries:
All itineraries are approximate and subject to change based on availability and conditions at the destination.

Travel Insurance:
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover the losses incurred in case of cancellation. For more information on travel insurance, please visit www.palacetours.com/insurance.






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