MV Santa Cruz 7-night Cruise Itinerary
Arrive by plane on Baltra Island and transfer to the dock to board the MV Santa Cruz. Today, visit Santa Cruz Island and Dragon Hill. Whilst exploring the northern shore of Santa Cruz, it is possible to see various types of birds including boobies, frigates and pelicans. The shallow water gives the opportunity to see turtles, rays and sharks. A landing and a walk will include a visit to a lagoon where you can see flamingos, Pintail ducks and a variety of other lagoon birds. Follow the trail to Dragon Hill which gives beautiful views of the bay and The Galapagos. This is a nesting site for a large number of Land iguanas.
Day 2 Bartolome Island and Puerto Egas
Today we will disembark at Bartolome Island and take a hike to the summit, well worth the effort for the view that is rewarded. Then down to the beach where you have the opportunity to snorkel with Galapagos penguins or take a trip in a glass bottomed boat. In the afternoon we will visit Puerto Egas, a great location to see shore birds, and a trail to see Galapagos sea lions. There is great snorkelling from the beach and in the evening, stargazing on deck.
Day 3 Darwin Bay and North Seymour Island
An early start today with a visit to Darwin Bay before breakfast. A stroll along the beach enables you to observe hundreds of birds. The more adventurous may snorkel amongst colourful fish and possibly hammerhead sharks. After lunch, spend time looking for Dolphins and Whales on the cruise to North Seymour Island. Take a walk to colonies of Blue-footed boobies, Frigate birds and Swallowtail gulls. The shoreline is plentiful with marine iguanas and Galapagos sea lions.
Day 4 Santa Fe Island and Puerto Ayora
An early start will take you to Santa Fe Island. The bay on the Northern coast is one of the most picturesque in the Galapagos. Here, there is a large Sea Lion Colony. A walk along the trail takes you through opuntia cacti, where large pale Land iguanas can be seen. After breakfast we sail to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. We will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise rearing programme. A bus ride to the highlands will take us to Narwhall Ranch for lunch. Then there will be an excursion to see giant Daisy trees, and twin craters followed by a trip to see Giant tortoises in their wild habitat.
Day 5 San Cristobal Island
This morning we will disembark at San Cristobal Island. The port of Baquerizo Moreno is the provincial capital of The Galapagos. We will visit the breeding centre for tortoises at Cerro Colorado. Other species endemic to this island are Mockingbirds, Lava lizards and Vermilion flycatchers. After lunch, at Stephen’s Bay, you can walk along the same shores that Charles Darwin sailed and walked upon where he first set foot in the islands in 1835.
Day 6 Punta Suarez and Gardner Bay (Hood Island)
After breakfast we will disembark at Punta Suarez. Walk along the lava terrain and visit albatross and Masked boobie colonies. See the ‘blowhole’ and take the trail to see Mockingbirds, Red-black-green marine iguanas and sea lions. Or you can take a dinghy ride along the coast. In the afternoon, take a walk along the pure shores of Gardner Bay. Here you can swim, snorkel, take a trip in a glass bottomed boat, or just relax on the beach.
Day 7 Isabela and Fernandina Island
A morning walk at Urbina Bay, the home of large and very colourful land iguanas and giant tortoises. Depending on sea conditions it is possible to swim or snorkel. After lunch we will sail along the Bolivar Channel where there are remarkable views of the Galapagos’ youngest Volcanoes. In the afternoon we visit Fernandina Island beginning with a dinghy ride to see Galapagos penguins and Flightless cormorants. Afterwards we take a walk amongst Marine iguanas, sea lions and Sally-light foot crabs. Once again, snorkelling will depend on sea conditions. There will be a farewell briefing and dinner tonight.
Arrival on Baltra and transfer to the airport for your flight to the mainland.
Images of MV Santa Cruz - main lobby & superior double cabin