Northern Galapagos Islands: Cruise on board Bonita

This tourist superior class cruise on board the M/Y Bonita brings you to the amazing and more remote northern Galapagos islands.

You will not only travel to the main island of Santa Cruz, but also the uninhabited islands of Genovesa, Plazas and Santiago.

  • Destination

  • Included

    24/7 Assistance
    English Speaking Guides
    Services as described
  • Not Included

    Domestic Flights
    International Flights
    Personal Expenses
    Services not described
    Travel insurance

Wednesday: Baltra - South Plazas

    AM: BALTRA AIRPORT Departure to the Galapagos Islands, arrival at Baltra airport, where our naturalist guide of the National Park will be waiting for you
    PM: PLAZAS Of the two twin islands, only South Plazas is allowed to be visited, while North plazas is kept exclusively for scientific research. This is a small islet, but it packs an impressive amount of wildlife. Right after you land, you will see Galapagos land iguanas waiting under prickly-pear cactus to feed on their fruits. A large colony of sea lions will give you the opportunity to see playful pups enjoying the tide pools, but also large grumpy males defending their territories. The trail will take you to a cliff where you can observe many sea birds, such as frigatebirds, red-billed tropicbirds, boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and pelicans. Reddish succulent vegetation with scattered cactus covers most of the islands like a carpet, giving this island a unique personality.
    Highlights: Galapagos land iguanas, sea lions, tropicbirds, pelicans, boobies, Galapagos shearwaters, swallow-tailed gulls.
    Trail: 1,4 km / 0,8 mi
    Meals: Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Yacht Bonita
    Level: 2
    Dry landing and hiking

Thursday: Black Turtle Cove - Santa Cruz Highlands

    AM: BLACK TURTLE COVE Black Turtle Cove gets its name from the abundance of green sea turtles, locally known as: “Tortugas Negras”. There is no landing here so you will be doing a boat tour on the dinghies, exploring shallow channels and small coves surrounded by beautiful mangrove forests. Reef sharks, sea turtles and several species of rays inhabit this beautiful area which is considered an important mating area for turtles and a nursery for several species of sharks. Herons, pelicans, and boobies are also common here as they pray in schools of anchovies.
    Highlights: White -tipped and black -tipped reef sharks, green sea turtles, rays, herons, blue -footed boobies, mangroves.
    Level: 1
    Panga Ride
    PM: HIGHLANDS Either if you do this visit starting from Baltra or from Puerto Ayora, a bus will take you to the highlands stopping along the way at one of the reserves to visit the lush highland forests where you will look for Galapagos Giant tortoises in their natural environment. This is the best place in the Galapagos to see these gentle giants (reaching over 300 kg / 600 pounds!) casually grazing and resting in freshwater ponds. This is also home to a great diversity of birds rarely found in the lowlands, including finches (tree, woodpecker, and vegetarian finches), flycatchers, and several species of water birds. You will visit a lava tunnel (depending on the itinerary) and learn how these extraordinary formations were created by ancient volcanic eruptions.
    Highlights: Giant tortoises, Darwin finches, barn owls, white -cheeked pintails, Galapagos flycatchers, and Lava tunnels.
    Trail: 1 -1,5 km / 0,6-0,9 mi
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Yacht Bonita
    Level: 1
    Dry landing and hiking

Friday: Genovesa Island - Darwin Bay - Barranco

    AM: DARWIN BAY Genovesa is a favorite island for birdwatchers as it is home to very large colonies of seabirds. From the minute you set foot at the beach you will be amazed by the noise of hundreds of boobies, gulls, and frigatebirds flying over your heads, perched in the bushes, or nesting on the sandy terrain. The trail is an ultimate wildlife experience as there are animals everywhere; sea lions and marine iguanas near the sea; night herons, lava & swallow-tailed gulls, Darwin finches, Galapagos doves, mockingbirds, and many more species inland.
    Snorkel: The bay offers several places to snorkel; from deep waters along the cliffs across the bay, to shallow waters by the beach. In either case, there are many fish to see and great chances of seeing sharks, rays, and sea lions.
    Highlights: Nesting great frigatebirds, red-footed & Nazca boobies, Galapagos sea lions, lava & swallow -tailed gulls, yellow -crowned night herons, Genovesa ground finch, Genovesa cactus finch, Galapagos mockingbirds.
    Trail: 1,2 km / 0,7 mi
    Level: 3
    Wet landing and hiking
    AM: EL BARRANCO El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay at Genovesa Island. The cliffs facing the sea are made of very fragile fractured lava, making it the ideal place for storm petrels to build their colonies, which attracts an important population of short -eared owls preying on the nesting birds. Red-footed and Nazca boobies are abundant along the trail. At the base of the cliffs, you can see Galapagos fur seals resting in shaded areas, as well as several species of seabirds. Snorkel: You can snorkel along the cliffs where there are many fish and great chances of seeing sharks, rays, and sea lions.
    Highlights: Nesting great frigatebirds, red-footed & Nazca boobies, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos fur seals, lava & swallow -tailed gulls, yellow -crowned night herons, Genovesa ground finch, Genovesa cactus finch, Galapagos mockingbirds.
    Trail: 1,2 km / 0,7 mi
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Yacht Bonita
    Level: 3
    Wet landing and hiking

Saturday: Santiago - Sullivan Bay - Bartolomé Island

    AM: SULLIVAN BAY This hike is a journey into understanding the birth of these volcanic islands. You will walk in a very well-preserved flow of Pahoehoe lava, which will give you endless opportunities to see the delicate textures of these types of lavas which only appear in a few places throughout the world. At first sight, the barren landscape looks completely deprived of life, but look carefully for pioneer plants, lava lizards, and small birds. By the shore, you can find penguins, pelicans, and oystercatchers.
    Snorkel: You will have the option to swim or snorkel from a coral sand beach or from the dinghies. Getting underwater is like traveling to another world: if the land is almost lifeless, the sea is teeming with life, including large schools of fish, Galapagos penguins, reef sharks, turtles, and rays.
    Highlights: Pahoehoe lava, Galapagos penguins, oystercatchers, Galapagos hawks.
    Trail: 2,2 km / 1,4 mi
    Level: 3
    Dry landing and hiking
    PM: BARTOLOME Bartolome is one of the most iconic places in the Galapagos and one of the few where you can see penguins without going to the remote areas of western Isabela and Fernandina. You will get great views of Pinnacle Rock, located on the northern side of the island, right next to a beautiful peach - color sand beach. The hike to the top of the island is fantastic and will offer you incredible views of lunar landscapes with scattered volcanic cones. Many islands are visible from this outlook, as well as the bay of Sullivan and the Pinnacle rock. Snorkel: You will have the option to swim or snorkel from the beach. This area holds a well -deserved the reputation of being one of the best snorkeling places in the Galapagos, not only because it’s clear and calm water, but also because of the presence of penguins, which are relatively easy to find while snorkeling, along with an incredible diversity of fish, colorful invertebrates, sea lions, turtles, rays and reef sharks.
    Highlights: Galapagos penguins, volcanic landscapes, Pinnacle rock, blue - footed boobies, herons, sea lions, sharks.
    Trail: 1,5 km / 0,9 mi
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Yacht Bonita
    Level: 2
    Dry landing and hiking

Sunday: North Seymour - Baltra

    AM: SEYMOUR This island is home to large colonies of both magnificent and great frigatebirds and you can see them displaying their red balloons to attract a female. Blue-footed boobies nest in the ground and perform their famous dance in the open areas, while swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Land iguanas are common inland while their marine cousins bask in the rocks by the sea, close to sea lions, which often like to body surf in the waves.
    Hiking: This place is a really great location for a walk, as it has tremendous diversity and an amount of Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, magnificent & great frigatebirds, land & marine iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, shearwaters, Darwin finches.
    Trail: 1,4 km / 0,8 mi
    Then, transfer to the airport to take your flight back to continental Ecuador.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Level: 1
    Dry landing and hiking
  • Single supplement 50%
  • Round trip flight to Galapagos at US$ 550 per person
  • The handling fee for not issuing tickets with the cruise company is US$ 60 per person
  • Christmas and New Year surcharge 50%
  • Discount for children 10% (between 6 and 11 years old)
  • The first deposit required to confirm is US$ 650 per person
  • Balance must be paid 60 days prior to the cruise departure
90 days or more, before the cruise:
  • Cancellation: $200 per person penalty fee (Balance can be used as a credit or refunded) - the client should cover any fees related to the refund
  • Reschedule: No fees
89 to 60 days before the cruise:
  • Cancellation: $700 per person penalty fee
  • Reschedule: $200 per person penalty fee
Cancelations less than 60 days before cruise departure, penalty 100%
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