Departure early in the morning from your hotel and transfer to port of Itabaca channel to board the yacht where you will enjoy the tour with lunch included. At the end of the tour we will transfer you back to your hotel.
Below you can find our site options for this tour:
SANTA FE ISLAND
Departure at 08:00 am. We navegate for approximately 45 minutes in an exclusive artisan fishing yacht.
The tour begins with the arrival to Santa Fe, we will di some bird watching in the cliffs of the island. We will enter the Santa Fe Bay and do a dinghy ride where we will observe colonies of sea lions, blue footed boobies and marine iguanas. If conditions are favorable (clear wáter), we will be able to observe “Tintoreras” or Galápagos Sharks.
Without a doubt in this island we will find sea turtles, stingrays and a wide fish diversity. All this in the " Marine Aquarium area".
Finishing the tour will proceed to go to “Playa Escondida” or hidden beach for snorkeling, where we will be able to see Galapagos sharks, water has a depth of 1 meter and we will be accompanied by a colony of sea lions.
We will have a lunch break. And then return to Puerto Ayora in the afternoon.
Important Note: Snorkeling equipment (goggles and fins) is not included. Renting wetsuites are also recommended.
BARTOLOME ISLAND & BAHIA SULLIVAN
Bartolome is famous for Pinnacle Rock, a towering spearheaded obelisk that rises from the ocean’s edge and is the best known landmark in the islands. Galápagos penguins—the only species of penguin found north of the equator—walk precariously along narrow volcanic ledges at its base. Sea lions snooze on rocky platforms, ready to slide into the water to play with passing snorkelers. Just below the surface, shoals of tropical fishdodge in and out of the rocks past urchins, sea stars and anemones. A perfectly crescent, pink-and-white sandy beach lies just to the east of the pinnacle. Sea turtles use the beach as a nesting site and can sometimes be found wading in the shallow water near the shore, or resting in the sand to recover from the arduous task of digging nests, laying eggs and covering them over.
Penguins dot the nearby rocks of the next landing site, less than a kilometer along the eastern shore. Here the submerged walls of a tiny volcanic crater give the impression of a fountain pool. This dry landing—no wet feet!—is the entrance to a 600-meter (2000-foot) pathway complete with stairs and boardwalks leading to Bartolome’s summit. The route is not difficult and presents a museum of volcanology; a site left untouched after its last eruption, where cones stand in various stages of erosion and lava tubes form bobsled-like runs from the summit. At the top you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Santiago Island and James Bay to the west, and far below, Pinnacle Rock and our beach, where the crystal blue waters of the bay cradle your yacht.
SEYMOUR ISLAND & BACHAS
It was raised from the ocean layer by a seismic event. Several cliffs with few meters form the beach where swallow-tailed gulls resting on the edge. A small forest of silver and gray Palo Santo trees are very close to our
landing, usually without leaves, waiting for the rain to flower. In this island you may have to give their way to marine iguanas and sea lions, nesting blue-footed boobies and their courtship dance. Later, the rocky beach with white sand, and a large flock of pelicans will be willing to be photographed. On the path we find groups of shrubs in which the magnificent frigates nest. Additionally you will visit Las Bachas, a white coral beach is the best place for sea turtles spawn (specific season), here you can also snorkel.
PLAZAS ISLAND & PUNTA CARRION
This is the southern partner of two small crescent-shaped islands that lie just a few hundred meters off the east coast of Santa Cruz. The northern island is used for scientific purposes only. South Plaza is one of the smallest yet richest islands in the archipelago. Only 130 meters wide (426 feet), it was formed from uplifted seabed, giving it a titled tabletop quality. Our landing is in the channel between North and South Plaza, where the island tilts toward the water.
The approach makes for a lavishly colorful sight! The turquoise waters of the channel contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. The rocks have grown thick with green seaweed in places, speckled with bright orange “Sally light foot” crabs. Further up the shore a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-gray land iguanas sit beneath, waiting patiently for pears to drop.
The trail gradually follows the tilt of the island to the cliffs that overlook the ocean to the south, where swallow-tailed gulls nest. Red-billed tropic birds, masked and blue-footed boobies ride the windy currents. The overlook is a great place for spotting large marine life, including manta rays. Among Plazas Channel passes one of the largest colonies of sea lions in the islands, and about 1000 circulate continuously while males compete for females. The snorkel is prohibited on the island due to the large number of sea lions. Snorkel can be done in Punta Carrion, located 20minutes navigation from Plazas
DRAGON HILL-SANTA CRUZ ISLAND - Is located at northwest of Santa Cruz, dry disembark. The hiking takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes ascending a rocky path. Vegetation is dry. In the area it is possible to see marine iguanas, land iguanas (one of the biggest specie in the Islands), birds such as finches. The route goes by a lagoon where eventually, in cold weather, Flamingos can be seen. During December, January, February and March the road is muddy. Snorkeling activity will be done at the beach.
** IMPORTANT: Full Day yacht excursions are not recommended for children under 5 years old, elderly people, pregnant women or people with limited physical mobility.
Full-day excursions by yacht may be sold only as part of a program with accommodation, GRAY LINE ECUADOR not guarantee the specific location of this visit.
Daily - Pick-up time: 06:00 – 8:00am
Duration: Full Day
Regular tour leave and return only from the following hotels:Flamingo, Red Booby, Mainao, Galápagos Suites, Fernandina, Villa Laguna, Isla Sol, SolyMar, Angermeyer, Royal Palm.
CANCELLATION POLICY: ONCE THE RESERVATION IS CONFIRMED, APPLIES 100% PENALTY.