Summary

Destinations: South America
  • 10 Days From
    R 87100
  • Trip code: WGBC
  • Activity: Wildlife Holidays, Marine Wildlife, Birdwatching
  • Min age: 16
  • Group size: 2 - 16
Leisurely

Sail around the Galapagos Islands by Tourist Superior Catamaran

This 8 day south-eastern tour aboard the catamaran Archipel II cruises along the oldest islands in the Galapagos. Visit three of the four inhabited islands of the archipelago, featuring their intriguing colonization history: San Cristobal, Floreana and Santa Cruz. Land at two untouched islands: the extraordinary crown-jewel of Santa Fe and the not to be missed highlight South Plaza. Visit the lively colonies of famous Espanola and the exclusive Pitt Point with its red-footed boobies. Lobos Islet gives the unforgettable opportunity to snorkel with playful Sea lions.

Key information
  • Travel by internal flight, motor yacht and minibus
  • 7 nights on board Archipel II in en suite, air-conditioned cabins, 2 nights comfortable hotel 
Activities
  • Travel by internal flight, motor yacht and minibus
  • 7 nights on board Archipel II in en suite, air-conditioned cabins, 2 nights comfortable hotel 
Highlights
  • Seven nights aboard Archipel II exploring the Galapagos Islands
  • Incredible wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities with near-tame animals
  • High chance of spotting: Waved albatross, Blue & Red footed boobies, Galapagos Sea lion, Great & American frigatebirds, Galapagos Giant tortoise, Land & Marine iguanas
  • Fantastic on-board service with experienced naturalist guide 
  • Small group – a maximum of 16 clients on board 
What's included
  • Food

Highlights

  • Seven nights aboard Archipel II exploring the Galapagos Islands
  • Incredible wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities with near-tame animals
  • High chance of spotting: Waved albatross, Blue & Red footed boobies, Galapagos Sea lion, Great & American frigatebirds, Galapagos Giant tortoise, Land & Marine iguanas
  • Fantastic on-board service with experienced naturalist guide 
  • Small group – a maximum of 16 clients on board 

Dates & Pricing

 
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31 Aug 2019
09 Sep 2019
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R 87100
 
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14 Sep 2019
23 Sep 2019
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R 87100
 
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23 Nov 2019
02 Dec 2019
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R 90900
 
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07 Dec 2019
16 Dec 2019
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R 90900
 
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04 Jan 2020
13 Jan 2020
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R 90900
 
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18 Jan 2020
27 Jan 2020
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R 90900
 
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21 Jan 2020
30 Jan 2020
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R 90900
 
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25 Jan 2020
03 Feb 2020
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R 90900
 
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08 Feb 2020
17 Feb 2020
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R 90900
 
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28 Mar 2020
06 Apr 2020
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R 90900
 
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31 Mar 2020
09 Apr 2020
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R 90900
 
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04 Apr 2020
13 Apr 2020
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R 90900
 
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25 Apr 2020
04 May 2020
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R 90900
 
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28 Apr 2020
07 May 2020
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R 90900
 
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02 May 2020
11 May 2020
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R 90900
 
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05 May 2020
14 May 2020
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R 90900
 
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09 May 2020
18 May 2020
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R 90900
 
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16 May 2020
25 May 2020
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R 90900
 
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19 May 2020
28 May 2020
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R 90900
 
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23 May 2020
01 Jun 2020
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R 90900
 
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04 Jul 2020
13 Jul 2020
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R 90900
 
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07 Jul 2020
16 Jul 2020
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R 90900
 
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11 Jul 2020
20 Jul 2020
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R 90900
 
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14 Jul 2020
23 Jul 2020
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R 90900
 
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18 Jul 2020
27 Jul 2020
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R 90900
 
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01 Aug 2020
10 Aug 2020
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R 90900
 
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04 Aug 2020
13 Aug 2020
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R 90900
 
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08 Aug 2020
17 Aug 2020
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R 90900
 
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11 Aug 2020
20 Aug 2020
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R 90900
 
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15 Aug 2020
24 Aug 2020
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R 90900
 
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26 Sep 2020
05 Oct 2020
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R 90900
 
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29 Sep 2020
08 Oct 2020
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R 90900
 
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03 Oct 2020
12 Oct 2020
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R 90900
 
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06 Oct 2020
15 Oct 2020
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R 90900
 
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10 Oct 2020
19 Oct 2020
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R 90900
 
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24 Oct 2020
02 Nov 2020
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R 90900
 
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07 Nov 2020
16 Nov 2020
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R 90900
 
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21 Nov 2020
30 Nov 2020
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R 90900

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Accommodation

Catamaran - Archipel II

The *Archipel II* is a Tourist Superior Catamaran with an outside lounge and dining area, an inside lounge/bar area and a spacious sun deck, perfect for relaxing and observing the incredible Galapagos landscape. There are two cabins with double beds and six twin cabins with two single beds. All cabins have air conditioning and en suite bathrooms. Beach towels are provided and there are also two sea kayaks on board for passenger use.

Please note that a lot of the travelling between islands is done overnight, so some cabin noise and movement should be expected.

Boat specifications:

Tourist Superior Catamaran 16 passenger capacity with 2 double cabins and 6 twin cabins.  Crew: 9 + 1 naturalist guide  Length: 27m  Beam: 11m 

 

Essential Info

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners included.

On board meals are plentiful with a wide choice of international and local cuisine. Breakfasts will usually consist of cheese, meats, eggs, cereal, toasts, yoghurts and fruits. Snacks are provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and for lunches and dinner soup usually precedes the main course.

Alcoholic drinks are available on board (approx. US$4 per beer, US$35 for a bottle of wine, around US$8 for selected cocktails) and the crew request that you do not bring your own alcohol with you. Drinking water, tea, coffee and juice is freely available at no additional charge.

The chef can prepare meals for vegetarians and those with other dietary requirements provided advance notice is given - please inform us at the time of booking.

Is this trip for you?

This trip has been graded 1 (Leisurely) with a Safari Rating of 5.

This trip is great for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and those with an interest in history or geology. Though you do not need to be particularly fit, you should note that due to the volcanic nature of the Galapagos islands there will be some walking on rough ground and sharp volcanic rocks. The ability to withstand high temperatures and to swim will maximize your enjoyment. Due to local regulations in the Galapagos we have specific time slots for making our landings and site visits. There is usually very little disruption to the schedule, but this can mean little room for deviation in the event of poor weather or other circumstances.

In the Galapagos, each day will feature a mixture of walking, snorkelling and exploring the islands by boat. To get closer to the designated landing sites on each of the islands we disembark into small pangas (motorised dinghys). Landings on the islands are divided into two types - wet and dry. For dry landings, the panga will take you right up to a landing stage or rocky outcrop where you can disembark without getting wet. However in some places where there is no landing stage the panga will stop close to a beach and you will be expected to walk through shallow water (generally no more than ankle-deep) to the shore. The leader will always advise conditions prior to leaving and it is possible to skip any particular excursion if you would rather relax on board the boat.

There are plenty of opportunities for snorkelling in the Galapagos and this is one of the best ways to experience the marine life. A mask and snorkel will reveal an exciting underwater world with Sea lions, rays, turtles, Marine iguanas and a colourful array of fish. On most days of the itinerary there will be one or two snorkelling sessions.  Snorkelling in the Galapagos does not require any special skills, however, at times you will be snorkelling in open water where there are fairly strong currents. Before going into the water, the guide will evaluate the strength of the currents and the general condition of the sea to make sure they are right for this to be a safe and enjoyable activity. The dinghy will remain very close at all times; if you get tired or feel like coming out of the water you only have to raise your arm and they will come to pick you up so you can rest for a while before going back in or stay in the dinghy until it is time to return to the boat. Snorkelling equipment (snorkel, fins and masks) is provided, however, is advisable to wear a wetsuit which not only protects you from the cold but also makes floating much easier without as much effort.

We offer this Galapagos cruise in conjunction with our Ecuadorian partners, and Exodus participants will join an international group, not all of whom have booked through Exodus. Occasionally some of these may be younger than Exodus' minimum age for this trip.

*Deposit terms*

At the time of booking we will ask you for the standard Exodus deposit plus an extra 10% of the trip cost in order to secure your space on the boat. If for any reason we are unable to secure the space and we have to cancel the trip, you will of course receive a full refund.

*Cancellation terms*

Due to the nature of this holiday, this trip has slightly different cancellation charges to those listed in the standard Exodus Booking Conditions. After booking, if cancelling your travel arrangements, you will have to pay cancellation charges as follows:

* More than 70 days – loss of deposit * 70 days or less (or failure to join the holiday) – 100% of the holiday cost

*Islands Visited on this Itinerary:*

*Santa Cruz:* The second-largest island in the archipelago, Santa Cruz is home to Puerto Ayora – where most Galapagos ships are docked for embarkation – and the Charles Darwin Research Station, which conducts tortoise research programmes and is heavily involved in the management and conservation of the islands along with the national park authorities. The Santa Cruz highlands are much greener than the dry lowlands of the other islands and are home to freely-roaming groups of tortoises. In common with the rest of the group, Santa Cruz has many interesting volcanic features such as pit craters and lava tunnels, and there is also a noted flamingo lagoon at Cerro Dragón.

*Floreana:* One of the first islands to be inhabited, the human history of Floreana is as interesting as its natural history. At Post Office Bay, 18th-century sailors (and now tourists) left mail in a wooden barrel so it could be picked up by other ships and delivered to its final destination. It's still common practice for visitors to see if there are postcards or letters from their home town and deliver them on their return from the Galapagos. Notable wildlife on the island includes large flamingo colonies, the Galapagos petrel and, between December and May, nesting Green turtles. Just off Floreana's coast is the Devil's Crown, an underwater coral-filled crater that offers some of the best snorkelling on the islands.

*Española:* The southernmost island of the chain, Española is also the oldest. As it is relatively isolated from the other islands, it has developed its own endemic fauna, including the only Marine iguanas that change colour in order to attract mates during the breeding season. The island is the favoured breeding ground for almost the entire world population of Waved albatross due to its easy access to prime fishing grounds and the steep cliffs that provide an ideal place for the large birds to take off. There are also large colonies of mockingbirds, boobies, Darwin finches and doves, as well as Sea lions, which surf the breaking waves.

*San Cristóbal:* The easternmost island of the archipelago and the first landing point for Charles Darwin in 1835. The Galapagos Islands' provincial capital, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, is on San Cristóbal, and the town is home to the excellent Galapagos Interpretation Centre. Popular sites for visitors to the island include El Junco Lake (one of the archipelago's few freshwater lagoons), Frigatebird Hill (unsurprisingly named for the large colonies of magnificent and great frigatebirds), and Kicker Rock, a towering split rock that rises over 100m from the ocean. The highland cloud forests provide a natural habitat for giant tortoises. Huge numbers of Sea lions are also present on San Cristóbal and nearby Isla Lobos, reachable by boat, is a big nesting site for Blue-footed boobies.

*South Plaza:* A tiny island formed of lava and carpeted with cacti and plants that give it a luxurious red surface. There is abundant bird life on South Plaza (including Tropic birds and Swallow-tailed gulls), as well as a large number of land and Marine iguanas that feed on the cacti.

*Santa Fe:* The dense vegetation of Santa Fe is made up of some of the largest species of cactus, including a forest of prickly pear. Large numbers of the endemic Santa Fe land iguana reside here – one of the largest land iguanas found on the islands.  

*Santiago:* Home of the Galapagos Fur seal, which likes the rocky shoreline and shady spots of Santiago. Around 30,000 to 40,000 Fur seals live on the islands, and the majority can be found close to Puerto Egas, either on the rocks or on its black beaches. The island is a good place to see Galapagos hawks and Darwin finches, and there’s a popular snorkelling site called Chinese Hat where penguins, rays, turtles and playful Sea lion pups reside.