Galapagos Cruise aboard the Beagle Yacht
The Galapagos is an unforgettable adventure. On your comfortable Galapagos Cruise tour aboard the Beagle Yacht, you’ll have the chance to explore wildlife, relax, and kayak in amazing places. On white sand beaches, you can observe the major nesting site for the great green sea turtles as well as other spectacular animals. You will visit natural treasures and admire impressive geological formations where the only way to enter is by a dinghy ride. These mix of wonderful places with beautiful marine life in the Galapagos is just the beginning of such an overwhelming travel experience.
On a Galapagos Islands Ecuador Vacation
Before diving into the wonders of this beautiful and remote part of the world, you will need some information on the Galapagos islands.
Famous for its stunning wildlife, both on land and under the sea, the Galapagos islands are unparalled as a scub diving paradise. There are numerous famed scuba diving sites all over the islands, as well as cruise ships specifically designed for this activity.
The best time of year to go to the Galapagos islands is now, tomorrow, or any time. June to December are the colder, dryer months. January to May are warmer and wetter. Each season has something to offer visitors. The wet season is not particularly wet, and in fact receives more sunshine than the dry season, because the rains are generally short-lived. These dynamic conditions bring about spectacular sunsets and lightshows and the wildlife is often more active during these periods.
The wildlife and biodiversity is spectacular. The marine life includes stingrays and mantarays, whales, whalesharks, octopi, reef sharks, hammerhead sharks and all manner of tropical fish. You will be able to swim with sea lions, fur seals, iguanas and green sea turtles. To name but a few. There is an astounding range of birdlife that mates and nests on the islands, most of it unique to Ecuador’s the Galapagos islands. Inland, you will be able to see the timeless giant turtles. These creatures carry a wisdom in their reptilian heads beyond what humans can comprehend.
At different times of year you will be able to see the mating habits of differing creatures. April is the best month for seeing turtle eggs hatching and the desperate plight of the little hatchlings as they make their do-or-die dash to the ocean. In September, sea lion pups begin to make an appearance.
Best of all, all this diverse wildlife, first documented and marvelled over by Charles Darwin as far back as 1835, is now entirely comfortable and even curious with a human presence, meaning that these creatures will not flee from you but will allow you to get up and close and sometimes interact with them.
The Galapagos islands tourist attractions include active and dormat volcanoes, incredible reefs and islets, unique geographical features and much more.
Highlights of the Galapagos Cruise Aboard the Beagle Yacht:
Explore the biodiversity of the Galapagos on a Galapagos cruise aboard a comfortable, steal-hulled brigantine; the Beagle Yacht, and admire the white sand beaches and experience this major nesting site as the green sea turtles do.
Experience the natural treasures of James Bay with sea lions sleeping on grottos. Observe the beautiful marine life as you snorkel and kayak in the Galapagos. Stand in disbelief atop the second largest volcanic crater in the world — a place where Giant Tortoises have taken refuge.
Witness the tremendous diversity of birdlife that birdwatching in the Galapagos offers.
Click through to “Tour Plan” to see the full itinerary for the Galapagos Cruise Aboard the Beagle Yacht.
Day 1 | Baltra to Isla Santa Cruz: Travel from Baltra to Isla Santa Cruz where you will relax on the beautiful Las Bachas beach, and take a refreshing swim.
Day 2 | Isla Santa Cruz to Isla Genovesa: Visit the iconic Prince Philip’s Steps where you can see short-eared owls and nesting birds. Then, you will travel to Darwin Bay to spot frigate birds, red-footed boobies, and more.
Day 3 | Isla Genovesa to Isla Isabela via Isla Santiago: Venture to James Bay to see birdlife, marine iguanas and Sea Lion Grottos before traveling to Isla Isabela.
Day 4 | Isla Isabela: Venture to Punta Vicente Roca for a dinghy ride and snorkelling. Take an easy hike at Tagus Cove where you will get supreme views of Darwin Volcano and Darwin Lake, and witness vast birdlife.
Day 5 | Isla Isabela: Travel to Isla Fernandina to explore a site with sea lions, marine life, flightless cormorants, penguins, and other diverse species.
Day 6 | Isla Isabela: Journey to Elizabeth Bay, home to an important penguin colony, and experience the quiet lagoons and the wildlife that calls it home.
Day 7 | Isla Isabela to Isla Santa Cruz: Head for the Sierra Negra Volcano where you’ll enjoy a relaxing nature walk before seeing the giant tortoises at the Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center. Enjoy a swim before traveling back towards Isla Santa Cruz.
Day 8 | Isla Santa Cruz: Explore the depths of the Gemelos Craters and look for the Galapagos hawk and barn owl. Depart for Baltra airport or continue on for another week of exploring the Galapagos aboard the Beagle yacht.
Beagle Galapagos Cruise (8 Days / 7 Nights Itinerary) -Northwest
BEAGLE YACHT SPECIFICATIONS
ABOUT THE BEAGLE YACHT: A comfortable steel-hulled brigantine
LENGTH AND WIDTH: 105 feet/22 feet
CAPACITY: 14 passengers, 5 crew members, 1 guide
ACCOMMODATIONS: 6 double cabins and 1 single cabin; private bathroom & A/C
CRUISING SPEED: 9 Knots
GENERATOR OUTPUT: 220 and 110 volt outlets (fit US appliances)
WHY TAKE YOUR GALAPAGOS CRUISE ON THE BEAGLE YACHT
* The Beagle is the only vessel with permission to snorkel in Fernandina at Punta Espinoza. Masks, fins and snorkels are available on board, but we suggest you bring your own equipment for best fit and hygiene.
* The Beagle Yacht always has four double kayaks aboard. In recognition of its exceptional practices within the Galápagos National Park, The Beagle Yacht has been granted permission to carry up to eight double kayaks. It is possible to make arrangement for special kayak tours if you are interested in kayaking in the Galapagos.
DepartureBaltra / Baltra
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Day One : Tuesday - Arrive to Baltra / Las Bachas ( Santa Cruz) -(L,D)
Day Two: Wednesday - Genovesa : Prince Philip's Steps / Darwin Bay (B, L ,D)
Day Three: Thursday - Egas Port ( Santiago ) / Navigation (B,L,D)
Day Four : Friday - Punta Vicente Roca ( Isabela ) / Fernandina (B ,L,D)
Day Five: Saturday - Isabela : Tagus Cove / Urbina Bay (B ,L,D)
Day Six: Sunday - Elizabeth Bay / Punta Moreno (B,L,D)
Day Seven: Monday - Isabela : Sierra Negra / Villamil (B, L ,D)
Day Eight: Tuesday - Twin Craters (Santa Cruz ) / Return to Mainland (Baltra) (B)