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Superb value first class yachts taking 20 or 36 guests. Enjoy al fresco dining and only 10-12 guests per naturalist guide.

Coral 1 & II are very comfortable sister yachts offering charming public areas over 3 decks and accommodating 36 and 20 guests respectively. You will enjoy the intimate experience of a private yacht, with delicious Ecuadorean and international cuisine served in elegant restaurants. The cuisine can be extended to a BBQ dinner on the open-air Moon deck. Both yachts offer very personalised service, with a 1 naturalist guide for a maximum of 10-12 guests, lower than most other vessels.

The air-conditioned cabins are well-appointed with picture windows, twin or full size beds and private facilities. 

The itineraries available range from 3 and 4 night cruises that can be combined to make 7, 10 or 11 night extended cruises exploring the North, East, West and South of the Galapagos Islands.

Good choice for families 

The Coral 1 & II vessels are ideal for family groups, with interconnecting cabins and discounts available for children.

 

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  • North Central

    3 Nights

    Galapagos Map with Corals A Itinerary

     

    Sunday – Wednesday

    Day 1 – Charles Darwin Research Centre

    Arriving in the Galapagos and transfer by your naturist guides to the pier to board the M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II.

    After lunch, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre, once home to the famous Lonesome George, the last tortoise of the Pinta race, the breeding and relocation centre is named in honour of his long-time guardian. The centre is set in the Galapagos National Park Service where various interpretative buildings are available to visit. The grounds, with large stands of native vegetation, are one of the better places to spot some of the seldom seen Darwin’s finches such as the woodpecker, cactus and vegetarian finches. 

    Day 2 – Dragon Hill and Bartolome Island

    We arrive at a small lava dock our first encounters are with marine iguanas that blend-in perfectly to the dark rock. As we walk past large prickly pear cacti we arrive to one end of a long, sickle-shaped, beach with Dragon Hill standing in the distance. Our walk takes us on a circular path, past a shallow lake where flamingos frequently feed. Waders such as stilts, turnstones and sandpipers work the muddy edges frenetically looking for food as we continue inland to a dry, forested habitat where land iguanas nest and burrow.

    After lunch, we explore what is considered the most iconic landscape of the entire archipelago. The view from the top of Bartolome Island, overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock and the austere Santiago Island beyond, is well worth the climb up the wooden boardwalk. This volcanic scene has often been likened to a lunar landscape. Our subsequent snorkel here might put us face to face with Galapagos penguins, white-tipped reef sharks and playful sea lions.

    Day 3 – Rabida Island and Buccaneers Cove

    Lying at the heart of the archipelago this dramatic island, with its distinctive red-sand beach, is home to sea lions, mockingbirds, finches, endemic Galapagos doves and vermillion flycatchers. A walk takes us through a forest of palo santo and cacti to a beautiful overview of the bay. Snorkelling here can be excellent, often with large schools of black-striped salemas, sea lions and the ubiquitous turtles.

    After lunch on board, we explore Buccaneers Cove - the remains of an eroded shoreline that is home to seabirds, fur seals and the playful sea lions.  Its different shapes have been made throughout a process caused by erosion of the waves and the wind.  Espumilla Beach is a white-sandy beach in James Bay and is a popular place among visitors.  There are mangroves and a small palo santo forest that lead to salty-water lagoons that are home to wading birds like flamingos.  In the upper dunes are a nesting site for sea turtles.  A good place to snorkel to see rays.

    Day 4 – Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island) and return to the mainland

    Here, we can find four species of mangrove in the extensive tidal lagoon system that stretches for almost a mile inland. During our panga ride through the labyrinth, we will spot many turtles, herons of several species, sharks and rays. The experience is otherworldly and seems to transport us back to the beginning of time. After the visit, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

  • West

    4 Nights

    Coral I & II B West Itinerary

     

    Wednesday – Sunday 

    Day 1 – Highlands Tortoise Reserve

    Arriving in the Galapagos and transfer by your naturist guides to the pier to board the M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II. After lunch and a welcome on board, we visit the central highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Here, we have our best opportunity to interact at close quarters with totally wild, Galapagos giant tortoises. A short walk among these huge, 600lb, reptiles will also offer the chance for more highland species, especially several species of the famed finches. A visit to the collapsed, twin sinkholes (Gemelos) puts us in a stunning forest of the endemic tree-forming Scalesia. Apart from the dramatic scenery, this area is well known for its diversity of passerine bird species.

    Day 2 – Isabela and Fernandina Islands

    This is a spectacular visitor site, surrounded by immense cliffs of the eroded volcano. Studded with resting seabirds such as brown noddies and Nazca boobies, we will enjoy them in close proximity from our dinghies. Snorkelling here is superb, with certain species of fish only found in the west of the archipelago. We also have a very real chance of swimming with penguins and potentially a plethora of green turtles.

    After lunch, we visit Ferandina, the youngest island of Galapagos and one of the most pristine in the world. Fernandina is simply the marine iguana capital of the world. This desolate volcanic backdrop is home to a huge concentration of these enigmatic reptiles. Incongruously, sharing the same shoreline, we can find the diminutive Galapagos penguins. Here we also have the exciting opportunity to snorkel with marine iguanas feeding underwater, penguins, turtles and the bizarre, endemic, flightless cormorants. 

    Day 3 Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove, Isabela Island

    Morning visit to Urbina Bay. At the far end of a long, level hike we arrive at a strange phenomenon where large blocks of coral lie completely exposed after a dramatic geological uplift in 1954. Located at the western base of Alcedo Volcano we hope to run into a few very impressive land iguanas as well as some of the volcanoes endemic Galapagos giant tortoises during the wet season.

    In the afternoon, we visit a well-known hideout and deep-water anchorage in the days of pirates, Tagus Cove was also one of the few sites visited by Charles Darwin and the HMS Beagle in 1835. A beautiful hike leads us past an overview of Darwin Lake and on to a stunning volcanic landscape revealing Isabela Island’s dramatic northern volcanoes. Once back at sea level the perfect activity is to snorkel along a submerged wall with turtles, lots of fish, penguins and potentially flightless cormorants. You might even be tempted by a panga ride or kayak!

    Day 4 – Egas Port and Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island

    The black volcanic sand sets this landing apart from most as we arrive at Egas Bay. It is best known for the dramatic shoreline where we meet a host of species that chose to live between land and sea. Particular among these are the endemic Galapagos fur seals, which maintain a small colony at the end of our walk. Other species of note include American oystercatchers, sea lions, waders, herons, lava lizards and even Galapagos hawks. An optional visit takes us to an abandoned salt mine famous in its day for supplying salt to mainland Ecuador.

     

    After lunch, we explore Sullivan Bay Although, when viewed from the sea, the site does not look especially interesting visitors are always totally enthralled by the amazing beds of pahoehoe lava from the recent flow on the island. It is a landscape and macro photographer’s dream. The importance of pioneer plants such as the tiny Mollugo will be discussed as we hike over the lava. After our land visit we can enjoy a refreshing snorkel in the company of sea lions, turtles and rays.

    Day 5 – Bachas Beach Santa Cruz and return to the mainland

    Morning visit to Bachas Beach, named for some wrecked World War II barges whose ribs are still visible in the sand this visitor site offers great swimming, a lovely walk along the shore and a visit to a lagoon behind the high tide line with wading birds, marine iguanas and sometimes even flamingos. The two beaches are also favourite nesting sites for green turtles, which often leave tractor-like tracks in the sand. After the visit, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

     

  • East

    3 Nights

    map itinerary C Corals

    Sunday - Wednesday

    Day 1 – Charles Darwin Research Station

    Arrive on Baltra Island and transfer to the pier to embark the M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II. After lunch, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, once home to the famous Lonesome George, the last tortoise of the Pinta race; the breeding and relocation centre is named in honour of his long-time guardian. The centre is set in the Galapagos National Park Service where various interpretative buildings are available to visit. The grounds, with large stands of native vegetation, are one of the better places to spot some of the seldom seen Darwin’s finches such as the woodpecker, cactus and vegetarian finches.

    Day 2 - Mosquera Islet and North Seymour Island

    Morning visit to Mosquera Islet, a tiny, low lying islet, covered in coral sand, is set between North and South Seymour Islands. It is home to a group of sea lions that come to laze on the soft white sand. It is a good spot to observe shorebirds as well as herons, lava gulls, and boobies. Snorkelling or diving here one can often see sharks, rays, and barracudas.

    In the afternoon, explore North Seymour Island, an important spot to see both magnificent and great frigate bird males courting the females by clicking, bill-clapping, shuddering and flapping their wings, all while showing off their grossly inflated, bright red, gular pouch. We will also likely see courting blue-footed boobies displaying their unique feet while ‘dancing’ to a prospective mate. Sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, crashing surf and distant views of the Daphne Islands top off a great visit.

    Day 3 – Santa Fe Island and South Plaza Islet

    After a fabulous snorkel in the turquoise waters of the protected bay, we may have enjoyed time with sea lions, turtles, reef sharks and spotted eagle rays. Landing onto a sandy beach we are immediately distracted by the abundant sea lions there with us. We begin a walk past a forest of island-endemic giant Opuntia cacti. Here we search for another island-endemic the Santa Fe land iguana, paler than its cousins on other islands. Galapagos hawks and even endemic rice rats are also things to look out for.

    After lunch, we visit South Plaza Islet, where sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, and land iguanas are all present at the landing site.  The small island is covered with a carpet of a red succulent studded with Opuntia cacti. At the cliff edge, we spend time watching birds fly past at eye level in the up draught. These include frigate birds, flocks of Galapagos shearwaters and of particular note, flights of displaying red-billed tropicbirds. Back at sea level, we once again encounter land iguanas, some of which have hybridized with their resident marine cousins.

    Day 4 – Kicker Rock and Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve

    Kicker Rock can be seen directly from the vessel. In the sea northeast of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is this ancient and eroded volcanic tuff lava named Leon Dormido or Kicker Rock it is formed by two rocks approximately 148 m, named for its resemblance of a sleeping lion. It serves as home to many of the typical Galapagos sea animals, such as birds, sea lions, blue and Nazca boobies and frigate birds. With rare sightings of swallow turtle gulls, tropicbirds and pelicans.

    After the visit, you will transfer to San Cristobal Airport for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

  • South

    4 Nights

    Coral I & II D South Itinerary

    Wednesday - Sunday

    Day 1 – San Cristobel Island Interpretation Centre and Tijeratas Hill

    Arrive at San Cristobal airport and transfer to the pier to embark the M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II. After lunch, we visit the interpretation centre, full of interesting information and offer the perfect overview to the formation of Galapagos, its significance in the world, threats and conservation efforts. Followed by a hike to Frigate bird Hill (Cerro Tijeretas) we will have great looks at both species of frigate bird, with the bonus of a beautiful view of the bay below.

    Day 2 – Cerro Bruio and Punta Pitt (San Cristobel Island)

    From our pangas, as we head to shore, we are first humbled by the immensity of the stunning cliffs of “Sorcerer’s Hill”. We can enjoy simply sharing the beach with sea lions, snorkelling from shore or take a walk to a hidden lagoon where we might spot black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels and white-cheeked pintails.

    After lunch, we explore Punta Pitt. Sea lions will greet us as we land on the beach and prepare for our climb to a high point on the steep eroded tuff cone. This is the only place in the islands where we will enjoy the chance to see all three of the booby species in the same place. The red-foots will be perched on the Cordia lutea and small trees, the Nazca’s on the ground near the cliff edge while the blue-foots will be a little further inland. Frigate birds will be all around and the views are breathtaking.

    Day 3 – Punta Suarez and Gardener Bay (Espanola Island)

    One of the highlight visits of the trip. Punta Suarez seems to have everything – a naturalist’s paradise. A slew of marine iguanas and sea lions greet us at the landing site from where our walk continues with close encounters of boobies, endemic lizards, gulls and even a dramatic blowhole. The oldest extant island in the archipelago it is our only opportunity to commune with the endemic waved albatross during their breeding season between April and December. With luck, we can watch their complex courtship display.

    In the afternoon, we visit Gardener Bay, one of the most stunning beaches in all of Galapagos. The long, white, sandy beach, lapped by turquoise waters is home to a colony of Galapagos sea lions, indifferent to the humans that walk amongst them. The Hood mockingbirds, endemic to this particular island, will be eager to inspect the visitors and satisfy their innate curiosity. Darwin’s finches may also join the throng including the reclusive warbler finch. We can also snorkel here from the beach, in the shallows of the bay. 

    Day 4 – Punta Cormoran/Devil’s Crown and Post Office on Floreana Island

    Today we explore Floreana Island. The observant visitor will notice that olivine, a volcanic crystal, has proffered a subtle green hue on the dark beach. Our walk takes us past island-endemic Scalesia plants to a large, shallow, lagoon often inhabited by a variable number of shockingly pink greater flamingos. We continue through a forest of palo santo trees to arrive at a powdery white beach, a nesting area of green turtles. As we paddle barefoot in the shallow water we will spot diamond stingrays and white-tipped reef sharks. This coral-sand beach marks the end of our trail, and we head back to the olivine beach we landed on, to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well.

    One of the favourite snorkelling sites in the islands. Devil’s Crown, an eroded volcanic cone, is home to an abundance of fish and marine animals. We will swim with big schools of yellow-tailed surgeonfish, salemas and creole fish and with luck may spot turtles, spotted eagle rays, parrotfish, and even hammerhead sharks! The jagged crown is a roosting area for boobies, noddies, tropicbirds, and frigates.

    A truly magical place to snorkel. We would expect to see here green turtles, harmless white-tipped reef sharks, an impressive diversity and abundance of fish as well as some playful sea lions often approaching very close, itching to show off their prowess in the water. Champion Islet also happens to be the last remaining home of the island-endemic Floreana mockingbird which we may be lucky enough to see from our pangas.

    After lunch, we take a short walk from the beach leads us to the famous Post Office Barrel. Claimed to have been the first set up in 1793 by Captain James Colnett it remains the oldest functioning post office in the Pacific. The system was that whalers and fur-sealers would leave addressed letters in the barrel to be picked up by homeward bound colleagues. In the spirit of maintaining tradition visitors, today will often take letters and hand-deliver them in their home countries.

    Day 5 – Highlands Tortoise Reserve and Pit Craters (Santa Cruz Island)

    Morning visit to the central highlands of Santa Cruz Island, where we have our best opportunity to interact at close quarters with totally wild, Galapagos giant tortoises. A short walk among these huge, 600lb, reptiles will also offer the chance for more highland species, especially several species of the famed finches.

    After the visit, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

    Guests on extended cruises

    Extended cruises only will also visit the collapsed, twin sinkholes (Gemelos) puts us in a stunning forest of the endemic tree-forming Scalesia. Apart from the dramatic scenery, this area is well known for its diversity of passerine bird species.

     

     

  • North & West

    7 Nights

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Day 1 - Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz Island)

    Arrive at Balta Airport and transfer to the pier to embark the M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II. After lunch, visit the Charles Darwin research Station, where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his species) lived for decades. The program is conducted by GNP staff with the collaboration of scientists from the CDRS. Eggs are brought from the Galapagos Islands of Pinzon, Santiago and Santa Cruz to the station. The eggs are incubated artificially; the “galapaguitos” (little Galapagos) are born and reared until the age of 5 years; they are released in their native areas when they are capable of surviving the effects of introduced predators (rats, pigs and dogs). Since 1970, more than 2000 “galapaguitos” have returned to the native areas. Moreover, admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin Finches and other land birds. In addition, the Darwin Station works in providing environmental education to communities, schools within the Islands and tourists who are visiting the Galapagos Islands. If there is enough time, you can visit the town and shop for souvenirs.

    Day 2 - Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) and Bartolome Island

    Morning walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingoes can be occasionally found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation* up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas*, offering lovely views of the anchorage and neighbouring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warblers, and Galapagos Doves.

    In the afternoon, discover Bartolome Island, a fascinating moonscape* formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones —as we hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock*. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies*. Beach time is a great opportunity to snorkel and see (perhaps swim with) Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colourful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best of snorkelilng experiences*; the water here is generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life. Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable. Pioneer plants are observed, so called because they are the first to establish roots on new ground. They include Tiquilia nesiotica (which is endemic to the island) and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes. Behind the beach, we have dunes covered by mangroves.

    Day 3 - Rábida Island and Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)

    Dark-red sand covers these unique beaches with the incredible landscape; Rábida Island is considered the epicentre of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nesting Brown Pelicans are found from July through September and nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches can be seen. We will also take a dinghy ride along cliffs to observe nesting seabirds, and snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active.

    After lunch, we visit the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lie two small flamingo ponds with iguanas, coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native and endemic vegetation, red and black mangroves, salt bushes, and much more. This beach is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles* in the Galapagos. A female can lay eggs 3 or 4 times with an average of 70 eggs each, but then spend 3 or 5 years without breeding. At this paradisiacal site, we will also find the remains of barges that sank long ago, once the property of the United States Navy when they operated an airbase on Baltra Island during World War II. That is why the beach is called “Bachas” because the word “barges” in English was hard to pronounce for the local people.

    Day 4 - Black Turtle Cove and Eden Islet/Ballena Bay - Santa Cruz

    On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea where four species of mangrove crowd from the shore out into the lagoon, turtle enjoy swimming in the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface while fish, rays and small sharks circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, sea birds, including pelicans, herons and egrets, all feed in the cove. This cove has been declared as a “Turtle Sanctuary”.

    Off the western coast of Santa Cruz, Eden Islet offers opportunities to see Nazca and Blue-footed boobies, Reef sharks, and Endemic Salemas, either from the dinghy or during snorkelling. Wet landing in “Ballena” (Whale) Bay, this is a beautiful green sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach contains a large amount of olivine crystals of volcanic origin. The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground. The content is magnesium, iron, and silica. Small populations of tortoises from Pinzón Island lived at the site but were probably taken by whalers or previous inhabitants. Opportunity to see marine iguanas and sea birds followed by snorkelling.

    Day 5 - Vicente Roca Point and Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island) 

    This point is a promontory with two protected turquoise coves on either side of the remains of a tuff cone. One of them, the Bolivar Channel (one of the richest marine ecosystems on Earth), is accessible from the sea by water-filled subterranean passages, so it is a marine-only visitor site with really great opportunities for deep-water snorkelling. In this part of the Galapagos, the upwelling of cold water currents from the West, offer an abundant food supply for marine species that supports a wide variety of marine life like: Red-lipped batfish, Seahorses, Frogfish, Nudibranchs and Octopi; the Mola mola or Sunfish, have also been spotted close to the rock walls. It is common to observe groups of dolphins, Sea Lions, and tunas feeding here. The geological formations here are very impressive; a sheer cliff provides the perfect setting for a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds, to name a few, we have: the Noddies, Brown pelicans, Galapagos Penguins, and Flightless Cormorants. Marine birds such as Pelicans or Nazca and Blue-footed boobies are often seen feeding all at once in these waters. There are whale-watching opportunities during the cold season (May - December) while navigating from Vicente Roca Point to Espinosa Point.

    In the afternoon, we visit Espinosa Point, the only spot that we visit on Fernandina, and from it, we can see the island of Isabela across the Bolívar Channel, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. The largest, most primitive-looking race of marine iguanas are found mingling with Sea Lions and Sally Lightfoot Crabs; a wonderful opportunity to encounter Flightless Cormorants at their nesting sites, Galapagos Penguins and the “King” of predators on the Islands, the Galapagos Hawk.  “Pa-hoe-hoe” and “AA” lava formations cover the majority of the terrain. Vegetation is thus scarce inland, but we encounter Brachycereuscacti and extensive mangrove beds lining the shores.

    Day 6 - Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)

    Morning visit to a volcanic black beach at Urbina Bay. Depending on the season, we may find Giant tortoises, Land iguanas, and the unusual Flightless Cormorant. After a short walk inland, snorkelling time is allotted, giving you yet another chance to swim with Sea turtles, Sea lions, and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plant life that changes depending on the season. We can observe the beautiful colours of plants that attract different insects, birds, and reptiles. We will explore the uplifted coral reef that resulted from 1954 volcanic activity, with a spectacular view of Alcedo Volcano. There are whale-watching opportunities during the cold season (May - December) while navigating from Urbina Bay to Tagus Cove.

    After lunch, we make a dry landing on Galapagos’ largest Island where we will learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that formed it. The trail leads to Darwin salt-water Crater Lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations. This is a great site to see land birds such as Galapagos Hawks, Ground and Tree finches, Large-billed flycatchers and Yellow warblers. We will return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where we will admire a variety of Seabirds such as Blue-footed boobies, Brown Noddies, Terns, Flightless Cormorants and, depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins (which are about 35 cm tall). Most of the Galapagos penguins live on this Western portion of Isabela, others are scattered further South on the Island; they are the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the Equator. Moreover, they lay their eggs in small cracks of lava, on the lower parts of the island near the shoreline so the ocean waves won’t reach them. Finally, we will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water. Graffiti believed to have been left by19th-century pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past. Many names of the early visitors to this site, pirates, and whalers, are written on the cliffs along the shore.

    Day 7 -Egas Port and Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)

    Wet landing on a beach of black volcanic sand, visited by Darwin in 1835. Salt Mines visitor site has an important history, on 1683; William Ambrose Cowley visited this place and named the bay with the English name of James. British buccaneers anchored in this whole area during the 1600s since it was a good place to provide them with water, tortoises, and salt from the salt-lake that locates down into the crater. The first part of Egas Port trail is comprised of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half is partially uneven terrain, comprised of volcanic basaltic rock that lies on the shoreline and takes you to the best tidal pool areas in the Galapagos that are populated by Fur Seals and Sally Lightfoot crabs. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds including the Galapagos hawk and the bizarre Yellow-crowned Night Heron. Snorkeling in this place is a highlight, astounding array of marine wildlife, including Lobsters, Starfish, and Marine iguanas graze on algae beds alongside Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Snorkelling also offers rarities such as Octopus or Squid. At this visitor site, you can observe the two species of sea lions: Fur “seals” and Galapagos Sea Lions. You can watch colonies of Endemic Fur Seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks.

    In the afternoon, we visit the Southeastern portion of Santiago Island is of important geologic interest, features extensive Pahoehoe lava flows is believed to have been formed during the last quarter of the 19th century. In the inland section of the trail and in the middle of the lava flow, older reddish-yellow-coloured tuff cones appear. In this place, Mollugo plants and their yellow-to-orange whorled leaves which usually grow out of the fissures. Walking on the lava is breathtaking, this flow is geologically very young, the magma formed is flat but the movement of underground lava, the rapid cooling, and other eruptions make it look like it just solidified.

    Day 8 - Highlands (Santa Cruz) and return to the mainland

    This morning we visit the Santa Cruz highlands and visit a private farm and natural tortoise reserve “El Chato” / “Primicias”, where Giant Tortoises are found in their natural habitat, as well as land birds such as Tree and Ground Finches, Vermillion Flycatchers, Paint-billed Crakes, Yellow Warblers and Cattle Egrets. The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems, life, and geology. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense forests of the highlands that emerge from a light fog. Often, tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the agricultural zone. Land birds can also be observed along the excursion. This visit is actually of important interest for birdwatchers since they can observe almost every land bird present on the island. After this early visit, you will be transferred to Baltra airport for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Coral I & II
Useful Information

Boat Description

Offering superb value for money, first class quality for the price of a tourist class yacht, the Coral 1 & 11 yachts are a big favourite of Veloso Tours clients.

Coral 1 carries up to 36 guests (18 cabins), whilst Coral II accommodates just 20 guests (11 cabins). Whichever yacht you choose, you will enjoy a cozy ambiance, superb dining options in the dining room and on the sun deck al fresco, expertly led shore excursions from the on board naturalist guides and a wide range of activities including welcome and farewell cocktails, kayaking, snorkelling, diving, dinghy rides, swimming and hiking.

Other public areas include a stargazing area, observation deck, boutique, bar, lounge, library and jacuzzi.

With a maximum guide to guest ratio of maximum 12 guests, you are assured a very personable expert who will showcase to you the natural treasures of these wonderful islands.

The cabins are all air-conditioned and include an ocean view window, private bathroom with shower and twin or full size beds. Triple bedded cabins are also available. Cabins also include a safe, entertainment system, hair dryer and special luxury bedding.

Ideal for families 

Coral I & II are ideal for families, with interconnecting cabins and discounts for children available. Please our travel advisors for a quotation.

What's included

  • All meals including al fresco dining
  • Snacks
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • Ice cream festival during the cruise
  • Transfers from Galapagos Airport to/from the ship
  • All shore excursions as described in the itinerary
  • Nightly lecture programme from expert naturalist guides
  • Unlimited water, tea and coffee
  • Use of kayaks and snorkelling equipment 

Other information - M/Y Coral I

  • Rebuilt - 2004, refurbished 2016
  • Length - 40 metres
  • Width - 8.5 metres
  • Decks - 4 
  • Crew - 11
  • Speed - 12 knots
  • Guides - 3 naturalist guides
  • Life rafts - 4 for 25 pax each
  • Dinghies - 2 for 20 pax each
  • Kayaks - 2 double, 1 single
  • Safety - ISM, SMC, ISSC, IOPP, DOC
  • Electricity - 110v and 220v

Other information - M/Y Coral II

  • Rebuilt - 2006, refurbished in 2017
  • Length - 34.4 metres
  • Width - 6.3 metres
  • Decks - 4
  • Crew - 9 
  • Speed - 12 knots
  • Guides - 2 multilingual naturalist guides
  • Life rafts - 2 for 25 pax each; 2 for 8 pax each
  • Dinghies - 2 for 17 pax each
  • Kayaks - 2 double, 1 single
  • Safety - ISM, SMC, ISSC, IOPP, DOC
  • Electricity - 110v and 220v 

Deck plan and cabins

The cabins are all air-conditioned and include an ocean view window, private bathroom with shower and twin or full size beds. Triple bedded cabins are also available. Cabins also include a safe, entertainment system, hair dryer and special luxury bedding.

Sea deck - Coral 1

Coral Yachts Earth Deck Plan

 

Sea Deck - Coral II

Coral Yachts Earth Deck Plan

Earth deck - Coral I - boutique, bar, lounge, library and Jacuzzi

Coral Yachts Earth Deck Plan

Earth deck - Coral II - boutique, bar, lounge, library and Jacuzzi

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Sky deck - Coral I - observation deck and roofed terrace

Coral Yachts Earth Deck Plan

Sky deck - Coral II - observation deck and roofed terrace

Coral Yachts Earth Deck Plan

Moon deck - Coral I - sun terrace, al fresco BBQ and stargazing area

Coral Yachts Earth Deck Plan

Moon deck - Coral II - sun terrace, al fresco BBQ and stargazing area

Coral Yachts Earth Deck Plan