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Cormorant: 8-Day Cruise to Eastern & Central Islands

Galapagos – Luxury

8-Day Galapagos Cruise to Eastern & Central Islands

Give yourself the gift of time and spend 8 days cruising the Galapagos Islands on the Cormorant on this very complete journey to the Eastern and Central islands. 

Endemic species such as the Santa Fe land iguanas, rice rat, and even the unique vegetation of Floreana Island, not to mention the famous classics such as blue footed boobies and Galapagos penguins, are just a few of the gems you’ll delight in.


Please note that the itinerary below is dependent on the Galapagos National Park regulations, weather and sea conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.

Cormorant catamaran lounge

AM: Baltra Island, Embarkation

Arrival in Baltra airport and transfer to the boat. Welcome drink & briefing onboard about the boat and the island.

PM: Santa Cruz Island, Bachas Beach – wet landing

Activities: swimming

Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, Las Bachas is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest off the beach. Highlights include World War II remnants, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, whimbrels, and sea turtles.

Galapagos animals

AM: Bartholomew Island – dry landing

Activities: hiking, panga exploration, snorkeling

Home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one of the best views of the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkeling and possible sightings of the Galapagos Penguin. Highlights include panoramic views, moonlike landscape, penguins, pioneer plants, lava cactus; snorkeling: penguins, reef sharks, rays, and great colorful fish.

PM: Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay – dry landing

Activities: hiking, snorkeling

Located southeast of Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay is of great geological interest. The area is covered by Pahoehoe lava flows combined with A’A lava.  It was very active 200 years ago. This flow is geologically very young. The magma formed is flat, but the movement of underground lava, the rapid cooling and other eruptions led to the break in many places. Pahoehoe lava flows, which have hardened in accordion like formation. Small glass-like bubbles of lava can be found, called "hornitos". Swimming with sea lions and other wildlife from the shore is a lovely way to finish off the tour.

Cormorant jacuzzi

AM: South Plaza Island – dry landing

Activities: hiking

In the morning, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red. Highlights include land iguanas, sea lion colony, Audubon´s shearwaters, swallow-tailed gulls, Nazca boobies, and amazing cliff landscapes.

PM: Santa Fe Island – dry landing

Activities: hiking

Santa Fe (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island’s northeast coast. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest. Highlights include Land Iguanas and giant tunas.

Galapagos hiking

AM: San Cristobal Island, Cerro Brujo – wet landing

Activities: hiking, kayaking, panga exploration, snorkeling

Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy swimming and snorkeling. Highlights include beautiful rock formations, sea lions, shore birds, finches and mockingbirds; snorkeling: nice tropical fish, anemones, and sponge coral.

PM: San Cristobal Island, Pitt Point – wet landing

Activities: hiking, kayaking, panga exploration, snorkeling

Pitt Point, situated on the north-eastern tip of the island, hosts frigatebirds, storm petrels, and all three types of Booby Birds: the Nazca, Blue-footed and Red-footed Boobies. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area with an abundance of birds. This site is also great for snorkeling and scuba diving. Highlights include Wonderful landscape, sea lion colony, and 3 possible species of Boobies.

Cormorant boat interior

AM: San Cristobal Island, Isla Lobos – dry landing

Activities: hiking, snorkeling

Isla Lobos or Lobos Island is named after the sea lions that rest and play on its rocky shores. It is also home to blue-footed boobies, great frigate-birds, brown pelicans, lava gulls, common noddies, yellow warblers and small and medium ground finches. There is good snorkeling in the clear waters of the channel and this is one of the best sites at which to swim with sea lions underwater.

PM: San Cristobal Island, Leon Dormido – no landing

Activities: panga exploration, snorkeling

This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal
tobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and scuba diving allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life. Highlights include great snorkeling: sharks, tropical fish, turtles, manta rays (occ.), hammerhead sharks, spectacular rock formations; sea birds: blue-footed Boobies, Nazca boobies, and frigatebirds.

Galapagos sunset

AM: Española Island, Suárez Point – dry landing

Activities: hiking

Punta Suárez is a spectacular walk into the intimacies of life at sea, with nesting sites of Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, as youll as the fascinating breeding rituals (April to December) of Waved Albatross. Lined with neon-colored marine iguanas (January), and lazy Galapagos sea lions, you walk up to an amazing viewpoint of the famous blowhole.

PM: Española Island, Gardner Bay – dry landing

Activities: hiking, kayaking, panga exploration, snorkeling

Spend the rest of the day in fantastic Española, starting with Gardner Bay, an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española Mockingbird.

PM: Española Island, Osborn Islet – wet landing

Activities: snorkeling, swimming

After landing, you can walk across a lovely white sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. This small island is a marine visit where you can enjoy fantastic snorkeling and swimming. Highlights include a white sandy beach, sea lions, and mockingbirds.

Cormorant luxury Galapagos vessel

AM: Floreana Island, Cormorant Point – wet landing

Activities: hiking, panga exploration

This site hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts, White-cheeked Pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The “Green Beach” named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral. Highlights include Flamingoes and a green-colored beach.

AM: Floreana Island, Champion Islet – no landing

Activities: panga exploration, snorkeling

A small island located very near Floreana, snorkeling and diving around Champion can be excellent. Champion Rock is a beautiful drift dive on a wall. The walls are covered with black coral bushes and yellow cup corals and if you take a close look you are likely to find a Pacific seahorse or some of several species of hawkfish, as well as green turtles, salema and surgeonfish. Highlights include coral wall dive, green turtles, salema, surgeonfish, and seahorse.

PM: Floreana Island, Post Office Bay – wet landing

Activities: hiking

In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home. Highlights include a nice sandy beach.

PM: Floreana Island, Baroness Viewing Point – wet landing

Activities: hiking

Baroness Viewpoint is a fantastic place to absorb the environment of the Galapagos. Once inhabited by an indulgent Baroness and her three lovers, the history of this island is intriguing. The legends about this baroness are associated with a fascinating murder mystery. There are easy trails in this area for exploring the flora and fauna of Floreana. Highlights include great views, sea turtles, and mysterious stories about the first inhabitants of the islands.

Galapagos landscapes

AM: Santa Cruz Island, Charles Darwin Station – dry landing

Activities: hiking

The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Sub-species of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own. Highlights include giant tortoises in captivity.

AM: Baltra Island, Transfer to the Airport

Be assisted to Baltra airport for your flight to the Ecuador mainland.

  • Please note that all cruise itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in ocean cruising conditions) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s discretion.
  • Passengers should also be aware that animal sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the unpredictability of wildlife behavior. 

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