Galapagos Cruise Coral I or II : Eastern Route (4)

Tour from Baltra Island to San Cristóbal Island, Ecuador

About this activity

Discover the islands of Santa Fé, Plaza, North Seymour, Santa Cruz, and San Cristóbal onboard Coral I or II

Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO

Day 1

Transfer to the yacht

After arriving in the Baltra Airport, transfer to the harbour to board the Coral.

North Seymour Island

Afternoon: The small island of North Seymour is one of the most diverse islands in the Galapagos archipelago. It is only about two square kilometers in size and above all known for of the intensive courtship rituals of many magnificent frigatebirds, taking place here during mating season. The island is also home to large colonies of land iguanas, marine iguanas and sea lions. The characteristic bush landscape features diverse species of animals amongst the aromatic endemic balsa trees.

Day 2

Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz

Morning: At Charles Darwin Station, scientists from around the world research the many tortoise subspecies that are endemic to the Galapagos islands. The highlight of the research center is the breeding station, Fausto Llerena, where baby turtles take a training course over rocks, branches and sandy stairs in preparation for their upcoming release in to the wilderness.

Visitors leave the station with a stronger understanding of the tortoises, iguanas and much of the flora native to the islands. You'll be impressed by the tiny tortoises, often only the size of your hand, who will grow over the next 100 years to become as large as 400kg!

Mosquera Islet

Afternoon: Between the two islands North Seymour and Baltra lies the small island Mosquera. The narrow island's coastline stretches out with white sand beaches, lava rocks and tide pools. Created by Geological uplift, the island has a relatively flat landscape. Mosquera is a great place for snorkeling, strolling on the beach, and enjoying the animal life without the tourist crowds that are common on many of the more popular islands. This islet is home to a huge colony of resident sea lions, and is also home to many shorebirds.

Day 3

Plaza Sur Island

Morning: One of the smallest and most colourful islands in the archipelago, Plaza Sur, or 'South Plaza' in English, is just a short sail from Santa Cruz. Reaching dry land, you will come across some of the island’s friendly sea lions, one of the many types of animals in South Plaza for you to discover.

Wander by the nesting places of swallow-tailed gulls, audubon shearwaters, red-tailed tropicbirds, masked boobies and frigatebirds. The entire island is carpeted with dense sesuvium plants. From June to November, during the colder and drier season, the plants turn a deep red color which gives the island a dramatic, fascinating atmosphere. Watch the iguanas searching high up in the opuntia trees for fruit - a sight you'll never see anywhere else in the world.

Santa Fé Island

Afternoon: Upon arrival at the white sand beach you will be greeted by a large colony of sea lions. A trail leads you from the beach into a forest of prickly pears and Palo Santo trees. It is not rare to spot Galapagos hawks and even owls in the salt bushes. Even harmless snakes and the endemic rice rat can be discovered with a little luck while exploring the island. Arguably the most special, however, is the Santa Fé iguana. This species differs from its peers due to its significantly lighter color and distinct dorsal spines. Snorkeling and swimming on the beach, kayaking or a tour with the glass bottom boat make this trip unforgettable.

Please Note: The Galapagos National Park has placed a temporary ban on swimming, snorkeling or diving in the waters around Santa Fé.

Day 4

Islet Lobos

Morning: The small island of Lobos, near the island of San Cristóbal, is not only home to a sea lion colony, but also a pair of fur seals find their rest here. Amid these large sea dwellers, there are also nesting blue-footed boobies that raise their young here. One or two paths lead to the centre of the island, where you can enjoy the tranquillity of the Galapagos archipelago. It is a popular place for visitors to simply become aware of nature and the wonders of the islands.

Back at the beach, the island's positioning close to San Cristóbal Island makes it a great place to snorkel and marvel at the underwater world. The water is clear and calmer than in other areas of the archipelago, providing perfect conditions to see seahorses and a variety of colourful tropical fish.

Transfer to the Airport

The cruise will conclude in the harbor of San Cristóbal. From there, transfer to the airport in time for your return flight to the mainland, or continue with your planned route through the Galapagos.

Nature & Wildlife
Outdoor Activities & Sports
Aerial Tours
Day Trips & Excursions
Boat Tours