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M/Y Coral I & Coral II Cruises to the Galapagos Islands

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4 Days / 3 Nights

Itinerary A

Itinerary A is one of our three Coral Cruises itineraries offered. This itinerary is perfect for those who are interested in exploring the Galapagos to see the marine and wildlife of the different islands in the Galapagos. On this cruise, spend 4 days / 3 nights (Sunday to Wednesday) exploring the south and east islands of the Galapagos, which are Santa Cruz Island and Rabida Island.

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This tour includes:

  • All nights accommodation on the Coral I or II cruise ship
  • All-inclusive program 
  • All on-board meals 
  • Daily excursion and activities 
  • Professional naturalist guides 
  • Lectures and conferences
  • Land and luggage transportation in the islands, airports, and cruise ship
  • Highlights:

    • Daily guided excursions
    • Hiking
    • Volcano explorations
    • Dinghy Ride
    • Snorkeling
    • Dragon Hill, Black Turtle Cove, and the Charles Darwin Station on Santa Cruz

    Excursion to visit Giant Tortoises in Ecuador

    Welcome to the Galapagos Islands

    Day 1

    Depart for Quito or Guayaquil to head on a 2 hour and 30-minute flight to Baltra Island. You will be picked up at the airport by a nature guide and head to board the Motor Yacht Coral I or Coral II.

    Your first stop will be to the Fausto Lierena Breeding Center to visit the giant Galapagos tortoises. This breeding program takes the eggs from Santiago, Santa Cruz, and Pinzon to their Center so that the eggs can hatch without any danger. When the tortoises are old enough, they are released to their native habitats. With over 2000 turtles returned, the center is a great way to learn about the endangered species. After touring the station, if there is time, visit the town of Puerto Ayora.

    Snorkeling with turtle underwater in the Galapagos Islands

    Dragon Hill & Bartolome Island

    Day 2 - Monday

    Hike to Dragon Hill to see the nests of iguanas. You will start your walk to a brackish lagoon that is a popular destination to spot flamingos. Keep an eye out for mockingbirds, yellow warblers, Galapagos doves, and Darwin's finches. When you reach Dragon Hill, you will see the land of the iguanas and a beautiful view of the neighboring islands.

    Later, head to Bartolome Island where you will feel like you are on the moon with all of its fascinating landscapes. Head to Pinnacle Rock, a popular destination in the Galapagos. This is among one of the best places to snorkel because of its clear water, flat waves, and its variety of sea animals. You can spot turtles, penguins, sharks, and a variety of fish.

    Bird conservation in Ecuador

    Rabida Island & Bachas Beach

    Day 3

    In the center of the Galapagos, Rabida is known for its diverse volcanic geology. With its unique dark-red sand and sea lion colonies, this island is a unique destination in the Galapagos. From July through September, see the nesting of brown pelicans and the famous Darwin finches. Take a dinghy ride along the marine cliffs to see the nesting of seabirds. Then, snorkel to see the marine life of the island.

    Head to the north side of Santa Cruz to Bachas Beach. You can see iguanas, a variety of birds, red and black mangroves, and salt bushes. You will have the rare experience by visiting the main turtle nesting sites. You will also see the remains of barges that sank when the United States Navy was there during World War II. Many native people changed the word 'barges' to 'Bachas'!

    Blue Footed Boobies perched in the Galapagos Islands

    Black Turtle Cove

    Day 4

    End your trip with a visit to the Black Turtle Cove on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. Take an hour boat ride to see turtles at this cove declared as a turtle sanctuary. Spot rays, fish, and reef sharks swim below you and see pelicans, herons, and egrets above you.

    After your amazing Galapagos adventure, you will be transferred to the airport to head back to Guayaquil or Quito. Once in mainland Ecuador, you can catch your international flight home, or you can continue your tour of Ecuador with one of our other fantastic Ecuador Tours.

    5 Days / 4 Nights

    Itinerary B

    The Coral Cruise "B" Itinerary route is a 5-day itinerary that visits several islands in the Galapagos archipelago. You'll see the islands of Santa Cruz, Fernandina, Santiago, and Isabela Islands. And the wildlife? Well, you can expect to see a wide variety: iguanas, sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos penguins, Galapagos Hawks, Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, terns, giant tortoises, Darwin's finches, mockingbirds, finches, vermillion flycatchers, egrets, and more!

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    This tour includes:

  • 5 day cruise All meals aboard the cruise Daily guided excursions All transfers
  • Highlights:

    • 5 day cruise
    • Wildlife sightseeing
    • Daily guided excursions
    • Amply snorkeling opportunities

    Tourist snorkeling with turtles in the Galapagos

    Arrive in Baltra & Begin the Journey

    Day 1

    Take a 2.5-hour flight from Quito or Guayaquil and land in Baltra, the main airport in the Galapagos. Once on the islands, you'll meet your guide. All guides on the Galapagos are Ecuadorian and are certified naturalists. Your guide will help you board the Motor Yacht Coral at the nearby harbor. Get comfortable on the boat, which has multiple decks for lounging, hob-nobbing with fellow cruisers, and viewing wildlife.



    In the afternoon, the journey begins at the Ballena (Whale) Bay and Eden Islet on Santa Cruz Island. The Ballena Bay is a sandy beach on the western side of Santa Cruz. The beach has olivine crystals that make the sandy appear green. There once were tortoises that lived here, but whalers and fishers looking to harvest valuable tortoise meat have eliminated the tortoises in this area. But you can still see marine iguanas, sea birds, and other wildlife. Enjoy an hour of swimming and snorkeling in the cove after an hour walk around the beach.

    Blue Footed Boobies perched on rock

    Espinosa Point on Fernandina Island

    Day 2

    In the morning, the exploration starts with Espinosa Point, on Fernandina Island. From this viewpoint, you can look across the channel and see Isabela Island. Espinosa is home to marine iguanas, sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos penguins, and the Galapagos Hawk. Your guide will take you on a 2 hour walk over rocky terrain (with designated footpaths), where you can see the different types of lava formations, cacti, and mangroves. There will also be time for snorkeling before lunch.



    The afternoon is dedicated to exploring Isabela Island, which has 5 volcanoes. Starting at the M Tagus Cove, walk past crater lakes and lava fields. A small boat will pick you up at the end of the walk and take you along the shore to see some of the nesting sites for Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, terns, Flightless Cormorants, and sometimes Galapagos Penguins. These little penguins are only 35 cm tall, and they are the only type of penguin that is found this far north. There also will be opportunities for snorkeling offshore.

    Galapagos Tortoise Portrait

    Elizabeth Bay and Urbina Bay on Isabela Island

    Day 3

    Today's land-based excursions begin with a dinghy ride along the mangrove-covered coastline of Elizabeth Bay, which is also on Isabela Island. Say "good morning!" to animals such as Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos Penguins, and sea turtles. Then in the afternoon, the cruise boat will head to Urbina Bay, a black volcanic beach. Depending on the season, you may be greeted by giant tortoises, land iguanas, Flightless Cormorants, and more. After a short walk, you'll have the chance to go snorkeling along side tropical fish, friendly sea lions, and sea turtles. There is also a view of the Alcedo Volcano from here.

    Darwin Finch in the Galapagos Islands

    Buccaneer Cove & Espumilla Beach on Santiago Island

    Day 4

    Aptly named for the 18th- and 19th-century pirates that landed here, Buccaneer Cove is covered in mangroves and has scenic views all around. The beach is a dark burgundy color. There are Darwin's finches, mockingbirds, and White-checked Pintails here, as well as a lagoon where flamingoes are sometimes spotted. Take a scenic walk along the beach, and then spend about an hour relaxing or snorkeling.



    After lunch, head to the southeastern part of the island, to Sullivan Bay. There are some lava flows that formed at the end of the 19th century. Take a walk along rocky terrain and over the lava flows, covering about 1.5 km. There will also be time for snorkeling in this bay.

    Huge Tortoise Visit with Tourist in the Galapagos

    El Chato on Santa Cruz & Depart

    Day 5

    Today, you'll get to walk around the highlands of Santa Cruz, one of the most fertile areas in the archipelago. Here are several farms, and your group will visit a private reserve, Primicias, where giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat. While taking a drive through the highlands, make sure to look for finches, vermillion flycatchers, and cattle egrets. Take a walk around the tortoise reserve for about 1.5 hours.



    This morning, transfer from your hotel directly to the Baltra airport for your flight back to Guayaquil or Quito. From there, you can spend a few days exploring the many treasures in mainland Ecuador, or even continue your journey to Peru, where you can see the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.

    4 Days / 3 Nights

    Itinerary C

    Itinerary C is one of three Coral Cruise itineraries that we offer. This 4 days / 3 nights cruise is perfect for those who want to explore Santa Cruz Island, Mosquera Islet, Seymour Island, and Santa Fe Island.

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    We include what others call optional

    This tour includes:

  • Guided tours
  • 3 nights aboard the cruise 
  • All meals aboard the cruise
  • All transfers
  • Highlights:

    • 4 day cruise
    • Wildlife sightseeing
    • Snorkeling
    • Hikes
    • Nature walks

    Excursion to visit Giant Tortoises in Ecuador

    Arrive in the Galapagos & Visit Charles Darwin Station

    Day 1

    Take a 2 hour and 30-minute flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Airport. Meet your nature guides at the airport and take a 10-minute bus ride to the pier to board Motor Yacht Coral I or Coral II.

    Then, visit the Galapagos giant tortoises and iguanas at the Fausto Lierena Breeding Center. This program takes the eggs from Santiago, Santa Cruz, and Pinzon to their center to be hatched without any danger. When they reach the age of 5, they are returned to their natural habitats. This center is a great way to learn about the endangered species and learn about how they returned over 2,000 animals. Also, the Charles Darwin Station provides environmental education to communities and schools in the Galapagos. If there is time, visit Puerto Ayora town.

    Cactus in the Galapagos

    Mosquera Islet & North Seymour Island

    Day 2

    Start you day with a visit to Mosquera Islet, located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. It is known for its large colony of sea lions and shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. Spend some time snorkeling to see the marine life of this island. Most of the islet is made up of sand and lava rocks.

    Then, visit North Seymour Island, which was formed by underwater volcanic eruptions. You will be able to see layers of lava on the ocean floor. Take a 2-hour walk to see the nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls. During your walk, spot land iguanas and Galapagos snakes.

    Blue footed boobies wildlife found in the Galapagos

    Santa Fe Island & South Plaza Islet

    Day 3

    Start your day on Santa Fe Island with sea lions resting on white sandy beaches. Take a walk to see the cactus forest, Santa Fe land iguanas, Galapagos hawks, Galapagos snakes, rice rats, and a variety of birds! Deep-water snorkel for an hour in the blue waters of the Galapagos to see the marine life of Santa Fe Island.

    Then, visit the northern part of the Islet to see the cactus forest, colorful red and yellow iguanas, and other animals. During the dry season, see the fruits and flowers bloom on the opuntia cacti. Then, head to the South Plaza to see the hybrid iguana that can travel on both land and sea! When we reach the highest point of the Islet, we can spot tropical birds. During the dry season, from June to January, you can see the yellow and green plants change to bright red.

    San Cristobal

    Interpretation Center, Tijeretas Hill, & San Cristobal Airport

    Day 4

    Visit the home of the capital town of the Galapagos, San Cristobal. Start by visiting the Interpretation Center to learn about the history and nature of the Islands. You will learn about their volcanic formations, climate, ocean currents, species, and its highlights. Later, hike to Tijeretas Hill to see the beautiful landscapes of the Galapagos.

    After your Galapagos adventure, we will head to the San Cristobal Airport for your flight to return to Quito or Guayaquil. Once in mainland Ecuador, you can catch your international flight home, or you can continue your tour of Ecuador with one of our other fantastic Ecuador Tours.

    5 Days / 4 Nights

    Itinerary D

    As one of our three Galapagos Coral Cruise itineraries, this 5 days / 4 nights itinerary is perfect for those looking for a nature exploration in the north and central islands of the Galapagos: San Cristobal Island, Espanola Island, Florena Island, and Santa Cruz Island.

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    Per Person Pricing Options

    We include what others call optional

    This tour includes:

  • All nights accommodation on the Coral I or II cruise ship 
  • All-inclusive program 
  • All on-board meals 
  • Daily excursion and activities 
  • Professional naturalist guides 
  • Lectures and conferences 
  • Land and luggage transportation in the islands, airports, and cruise ship
  • Highlights:

    • Daily guided excursions
    • Volcano explorations
    • Snorkeling
    • Exotic plants and wildlife

    Tourist visiting the giant Galapagos tortoises

    Arrive & Visit Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve

    Day 1

    Take a 2 hour and 30-minute flight from Guayaquil or Quito to San Cristobal. Meet your guide at the San Cristobal Airport and head to board the Motor Yacht Coral I or Coral II.

    First, head to Cerro Colorado to visit the San Cristobal Tortoise Breeding Center where you can learn about its conservation program and tortoise breeding programs. You will also be able to spot the rare Calandriniagalapagosa. It is a small plant that resembles a small tree in San Cristobal. After your tour, if there is time, shop in the town of Puerto Baquerizo.

    Snorkeling with sea creatures in the Galapagos

    Snorkel in the Waters of San Cristobal Islands

    Day 2

    See the lava formations and white sandy beaches of Cerro Brujo. We will visit a lagoon where you can spot many birds such as the ruddy turnstones, sandpiper, White-cheeked Pintails, whimbrels, and black-necked stilts. Snorkel for an hour or relax on the beach. Then, walk along the trail to see the olive sandy beach, volcanic rocks, three booby species, and a sea lion colony. Snorkel and kayak in the blue waters of Pitt Point.

    Sea lions in Patagonia

    See the Unique Wildlife and Marine Life of Espanola Island

    Day 3

    Suarez Point

    As one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos, Espanola Island is known for its collection of unique species. It is an attractive part of the Galapagos because its variety of wildlife. You will be able to see many seabirds, sea lions, iguanas, lizards, crabs, and more. Take a beautiful hike to explore the wildlife and vegetation of the island. You will be able to see the nesting grounds of the Galapagos doves, hawks, gulls, and albatrosses during the mating season from April to December. Then, see the famous blowhole called the 'Soplador'. It can shoot up water up to 75 feet into the air.



    Gardner Bay & Osborn or Gardner Islets

    Gardner Bay is known for its sea lions lying on the white sandy beaches. There are no trails here, so visitors sit along the shore to spot the variety of birds around the island such as the hood mockingbird, yellow warbler, Darwin finches, small ground finch, and cacti finch. You can also swim and snorkel to see the parrot fish, creole fish, damsel fish, and king angelfish.

    Galapagos Island Crabs

    Swim with Sealions and Penguins around Florena Island

    Day 4

    Champion & Cormorant Point

    Start your day by visiting an islet just offshore Floreana Island called Champion. It is known for its variety of wildlife like blue lobsters, long nose hawkfish, coral hawkfish, seahorses, and red-lipped batfish. Take a dinghy ride or snorkel to discover these amazing animals for a unique experience.

    Cormorant Point is known for its green sand beach. Hike to a brackish lagoon to see the largest flamingo population in the Galapagos. Hike along the black mangroves, white mangroves, and palo santo trees. Reach a white-sand beach that is one of the main nesting sites for the green Pacific sea turtles. Stay along the beach to see stingrays, small reef sharks, and sea turtles. Then, head back to the green sand beach to snorkel or swim for an hour with the sea turtles, sea lions, penguins, and white-tipped reef sharks.



    Post Office Bay

    On the northern part of the island is Post Office Bay, named after Captain James Colnett placed a wooden barrel to serve as a post office. Sailors would take those letters with them to where the letter need to go. Today, visitors leave unstamped postcards in the barrel hoping that tourists will send that letter. You will also be able to spot lava lizards! It is also a great place to snorkel with playful sea lions and sea turtles.

    Galapagos Island Landscape

    Santa Cruz Island & Baltra Island Airport

    Day 5

    Visit the Santa Cruz highlands to go to the private tortoise reserves where turtles wander throughout the National Park. In the mountains, spot ground finches, flycatchers, cattle egrets, yellow warblers, and other different types of birds. We will drive along the road from the coast to an agricultural zone. On the way, you can see pastures and land birds.

    We will then head back to the airport, and you will board your flight to return to Quito or Guayaquil. Once in mainland Ecuador, you can catch your international flight home, or you can continue your tour of Ecuador with one of our other fantastic Ecuador Tours.

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    Standard Cabin

    Itinerary A $ 1662

    Itinerary B $ 2215

    Itinerary C $ 1662

    Itinerary D $ 2215

    There are two standard cabins on the Coral I and one on the Coral II. All are located on the "Sea Deck." Each has an average area of 7 square meters (75 square feet). These cabins feature panoramic skylights, a full or two twin beds, air conditioning, phone service for on-board, local, and international dialing, safe deposit boxes, private bathrooms, and a video system with LCD TVs, music, games, and ship info.

    Standard Plus Cabin

    Itinerary A $ 2058

    Itinerary B $ 2743

    Itinerary C $ 2058

    Itinerary D $ 2743

    There are eight standard plus cabins on the Coral I, and four on the Coral II. They are all situated on the "sea deck." Two of the standard plus cabins are interconnected. The average area of each is 12 square meters (128 square feet). Each has panoramic skylights, twin beds or queen beds, air conditioning, phone for on-board, local, and international calls, a safe deposit box, private bathroom, and a video system with LCD TV, music, games, and ship info.

    Junior Cabin

    Itinerary A $ 2346

    Itinerary B $ 3128

    Itinerary C $ 2346

    Itinerary D $ 3128

    There are eight junior cabins on the Coral I ship, and 6 on the Coral II. They are located on the "Earth" and "Sky" decks. There are 3 interconnected cabins, while the others are single cabins. The average area of each cabin is 12 square meters (128 square feet).



    All feature: panoramic windows; twin beds or queen-sized bed; air conditioning; phone available for on-board, local, and international dialing; a video system with LCD TV, music, games, ship info; safe deposit box; and private bathroom.

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