Bonita – Cruise the Southern Galapagos Islands
This tourist superior class cruise on board the M/Y Bonita brings you to the spectacular and nature rich islands in the south of the Galapagos archipelago.
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Day 1 Sunday: Baltra - Santa Cruz - Highlands
Your adventure begins today! You will catch your flight from mainland Ecuador right into the Pacific Ocean, 1000km off the coast, to the magical Galapagos islands. At Baltra Airport (GPS), your guide will already wait for you. (Domestic flights included) He will escort you to your vessel, the Bonita. After a tasty lunch, you will start for your first excursion: The highlands of Santa Cruz! Here, in the foggy grasslands, the natural habitat of the giant tortoises, you will be able to discover these amazing beauties and, of course, take pictures with them. In the evening, you will have dinner on board and can enjoy a drink on the upper deck, watching the sunset on the first night of your Galapagos adventure.
Day 2 Monday: Floreana - Cormorant Point - Devil’s Crown - Post Office Bay
Cormorant Point in the west of Floreana is on this morning's schedule. You will spot sea lions, sea iguanas and pelicans on a very unique dark green beach, which has its colour from olivine crystals. You will have the possibilities of taking a short hike as well as some snorkeling. Later, you will take a panga ride around Devil’s Crown, a small islet off Floreana. Due to constant erosion, the rock formation looks like a crown, and you can swim or snorkel within the rocks. It’s also a great place for shallow diving. In the afternoon, after lunch on board, you will visit Post Office Bay, where an empty vessel, installed over 200 years ago, serves as a mailbox. You can leave post cards for friends and family without a stamp here, someone will eventually pick them up and hopefully deliver correctly.
Day 3 Tuesday: Espanola - Suarez Point - Gardner Bay
Today, after breakfast, prepare for a hike to see the famous blue-footed boobies near Suarez Point. The albatross also lives here, the biggest bird in the world. A huge colony of around 12000 couples inhabit Espanola. Unfortunately, between January and March, when its non-breeding season, the albatrosses are not around. But, there’s loads of other animals to discover, like marine iguanas, zayapas, masked boobies, finches, Espanola cucuves, and seagulls unique to the islands. Walking on lava, right next to lava tubes, this is really a spectacular hike. In the afternoon you will head to Gardner Bay. Here, you can have a walk, swim, snorkel, and observe a seal colony.
Day 4 Wednesday: San Cristobal - Interpretation Center - Kicker Rock - Lobos Island
In the morning you will have a dry landing in San Cristobal and you will head to the Interpretation Center. The center offers expositions on natural history and conservation and explains the history of the settlements of the islands. You will learn about the volcanic formation of the islands and the evolution of the species. After lunch, you go on to Kicker Rock, where you can snorkel and swim alongside Hammerheads, Galapagos shark or whitetip reef sharks. Kicker Rock itself is a stunning rock formation in the middle of the ocean. Later, you will have a panga ride to Lobos Island, where you will take a walk around, and spot seals, frigates, marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the small endemic Galapagos snake. Here as well, you have the opportunity to jump into the water and snorkel a bit.
Day 5 Thursday: Santa Cruz - Bachas Beach
Today, after a hearty breakfast, you will head out for your last tour, Bachas Beach. This beach is one kilometer long, and got the name when the US-american navy left two barges there during World War II. The settlers at the time couldn’t pronounce barges properly, so it was simply changed to Bachas. Here is where your adventure ends! You will be brought to Baltra Airport, where you will catch your flight back to mainland Ecuador, with loads of memories in your bags!