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Petrel

Stylish, luxury cruising aboard a chic catamaran designed to sail the waters of the Galapagos.

Overview

The Petrel is a nine-cabin catamaran that welcomes up to 16 guests on luxury cruises throughout the Galapagos. With itineraries of four, five, six, and eight days, the Petrel offers a wide range of routes, allowing you to explore the parts of the archipelago that most entice you.

Life Aboard The MC Petrel Galapagos

As you board the Petrel, you are instantly surrounded by elegance. Suddenly, you are in a comfortable, sophisticated space that encourages you to connect with nature while also spoiling you while all the hallmarks of an upscale holiday.

Imagine waking up in your air-conditioned cabin, complete with modern décor and plush linens, and stepping out on your private balcony. It’s the perfect spot to sip a cup of coffee and listen as the wildlife around you rises for the day. Grab your camera and head to the partially-shaded sun deck. With a bit of luck, you may be able to snap a photo of a frigatebird as they escort the ship to your next destination.

Breathe in the warm sea air as you settle into the Jacuzzi for a relaxing soak. In the evening, enjoy Ecuadorian and international dishes, complete with a glass of wine. No matter where you are on the ship, you will have the attention of 11 crew members, including a concierge, who will work to make your holiday a success.

Excursions From Your Petrel Cruise Galapagos

With six different itineraries, ranging from four to eight days, the Petrel offers a more extensive range of options than many other boats in the area. A stop at Galapaguera on San Cristobal Island, which is included in several routes, is a chance to observe warblers, mockingbirds, and giant tortoises. At Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island, spot Nazca and red-footed boobies and get a peek at hammerhead sharks.

Visit Buccaneer Cove and see how sea turtles dig nests and lay eggs in the sandy beach. For many guests, a stop at Puerto Egas on Santiago Island is a highlight of their time in the Galapagos. Here, you may see fur seals and sea lions along with rays, marine iguanas, and reef sharks. Every activity is led by a naturalist guide, who will ensure your safety and share expert knowledge of the Galapagos’ flora and fauna.

Focus On Social Responsibility

The team behind the Petrel Catamaran is dedicated to protecting the ecosystem and culture of the Galapagos through careful exploration. In this spirit, the Petrel operates in an environmentally-conscious manner while also providing opportunities to local people and communities, and providing high-quality service to every guest.

Thanks to its twin hulls, the Petrel catamaran is a smooth-sailing, stable ship that will put even first-time cruisers and those with seasickness feel at ease. And, solo travelers will appreciate the single cabin. Whether you are a wildlife lover or looking for an exciting getaway, a Petrel cruise is an unforgettable experience.

Itineraries & Prices

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4-Day
5-Day
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6-Day
8-Day
8-Day

4 Day / 3 Night - Southern & Eastern

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: This morning you will arrive at San Cristobal airport where we will greet you, ready for your transfer to the boat. Enjoy your welcome drink and briefing on board.

PM: This afternoon we visit The Interpretation Center, which was opened in 1998 as a phase of the project “Interpretation and Environment Education Project.” Visitors enjoy expositions on natural history, human history, and conservation. The conservation efforts represent the movement to protect the wildlife and natural environment through means of population and tourist control. The Interpretation Center has an outdoor stadium, audio-visual equipment, and meeting rooms. Highlights include various interactive exhibits for all ages.

Afterward, we see La Galapaguera - a visitor site in the southeast part of San Cristobal Island. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warbler, finches, and mockingbirds, and on the trails, giant tortoises. Highlights include giant tortoises in captivity and land birds.

Petrel’s 4-Day Itinerary Day One - Embarkation.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
1 / 4

Gardner Bay, Osborne Islet & Suárez Point

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

After landing, you can walk across a lovely white sand beach at Osborne Islet, 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.

PM: Suárez Point is a great spot for finding blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca Boobies. A beautiful sight on the oceanfront, the large Waved Albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities. Highlights include Hood Mockingbird, Nazca Boobies, Waved Albatross, Red-billed tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos Hawk, blue-footed boobies, blowhole, and amazing landscapes.

Petrel’s 4-Day Itinerary Day Two - Sea Lion Sighting.
Location
Española
Day
2 / 4

Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown & Post Office Bay

AM: Cormorant Point hosts a large flamingo lagoon where birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked Pintails can be seen. The beaches on this island are distinctive: The 'Green Beach', named after 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.

Devil's Crown is one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos, this volcanic crater has been eroded by the waves leaving the northern and southern sides poking out of the water. The coral reef in the middle is perfect for attracting marine life. Snorkelers enjoy the variety of marine life and exciting currents that rush through the crown, creating an exhilarating experience. Highlights include snorkeling with sharks, rays, rock formations, and lots of tropical fish.

PM: Our final outing is at Post Office Bay. In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mailbox. 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.

Petrel’s 4-Day Itinerary Day Three - Flamingo Sighting.
Location
Floreana
Day
3 / 4

Disembarkation

AM: 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.

After the morning excursion, you will be assisted to Baltra airport for your flight to the mainland.



Petrel’s 4-Day Itinerary Day Four - Disembarkation.
Location
Santa Cruz - Baltra
Day
4 / 4
1 / 4

5 Day / 4 Night - Northern

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Embarkation

AM: This morning you will arrive at Baltra airport where our crew will meet you for your transfer to Santa Cruz. Here you will visit the highlands before boarding the ship. We ask that you dress appropriately for a hike!

PM: At the Highlands of Santa Cruz, you can walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, White-cheeked Pintail ducklings, Darwin finches, and many other species. Highlights include wild turtles and the tortoises breeding center.

Petrel’s 5-Day Itinerary Day One - Embarkation.
Location
Baltra - Santa Cruz
Day
1 / 5

Sullivan Bay & Pinnacle Rock

AM: Located southeast of Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay is of great geological interest. The area is covered by Pahoehoe lava flows combined with 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 breakage in many places. Pahoehoe lava flows, which have hardened in an 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.

PM: Home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartolomew 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, snorkeling with penguins, reef sharks, rays, and great colorful fish.

Petrel’s 5-Day Itinerary Day Two - Kicker Rock.
Location
Santiago - Bartolomew
Day
2 / 5

Darwin Bay & Prince Phillip’s Steps

AM: Darwin Bay's white-sand coral beach heads a half-mile trail that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view off a cliff. Highlights include Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, mangroves, coral pebbles beach, snorkeling: rays, colorful reef fish, and hammerhead sharks.

PM: Also known as El Barranco, Prince Phillip's Steps' steep, rocky paths lead up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared Lava Owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

Petrel’s 5-Day Itinerary Day Three - Blue-Footed Booby Sighting.
Location
Genovesa
Day
3 / 5

Egas Port, Espumilla Beach & Buccaneer Cove

AM: Also known as James Bay, Egas Port is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos Lava Lizards. The trail leads to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos Fur Sea Lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site. Highlights include fur sea lions, Galapagos sea lions, tidal pools and “grottos”, Galapagos Hawk, oystercatchers, marine iguanas, finches; snorkeling: reef sharks, turtles, rays, and nice underwater formations.

PM: Espumilla Beach is a popular place for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. The crabs attract the hunting herons, performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eel, and shark, snorkeling is highly recommended. A highlight is snorkeling.

Years ago Buccaneer Cove was a haven where pirates in the 1600 and 1700s would stake out on the Northwestern side of Santiago Island. Sea turtles now take the pirates' place and dig their nests for their eggs near the Mangrove trees. It is a great location for snorkeling and many marine birds and sea lions can be found here. Highlights include rock formations, tropical fish, turtles, and sting-rays while snorkeling.

Petrel’s 5-Day Itinerary Day Four - Lava Lizard Sighting.
Location
Santiago
Day
4 / 5

Disembarkation

AM: Carrion Point creates a sheltered lagoon with beautiful turquoise water. During this visit, you can snorkel and see a variety of fish, rays, and perhaps the harmless white-tip reef sharks. The point is on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island at the entrance of the Channel of Itabaca. Highlights include snorkeling with colorful fish, rays, and white-tip reef sharks.

After your morning excursion, you will be assisted to Baltra airport for your flight to the mainland.

Petrel’s 5-Day Itinerary Day Five - Disembarkation.
Location
Santa Cruz - Baltra
Day
5 / 5
1 / 5

6 Day / 5 Night - Western & Central 'A'

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: This morning you will arrive at Baltra airport where we will greet you, ready for your transfer to the boat. Enjoy your welcome drink and briefing on board.

PM: Galapagos Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies, and Magnificent Frigatebirds are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lavas containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone. Highlights include land and marine iguanas, frigatebirds, Blue-footed Boobies, sea lions; snorkeling: Rays, reef shark, fish, and garden eels.

Petrel’s 6-Day Itinerary A Day One - Embarkation.
Location
Baltra - North Seymour
Day
1 / 6

Vicente Roca Point & Espinosa Point

AM: At Punta Vicente Roca you will do a panga ride around the beautiful coastline before jumping into the water to enjoy one of the best snorkeling sites of the Galapagos. The underwater cliffs found here are filled with enough colors and life to amaze everyone looking at them for the first time.

PM: Crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, we will land at Espinosa Point. After walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, we'll reach the island's highlight: the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk. Highlights include flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins, and active volcano “La Cumbre”.

Petrel’s 6-Day Itinerary A Day Two - Marine Iguanas in the Sunset.
Location
Isabela - Fernandina
Day
2 / 6

Tagus Cove & Urbina Bay

AM: Tagus Cove is located across from Fernandina Island, near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s, using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another lovely beach surrounded by mangroves. Highlights include penguins, flightless cormorants, Darwin's Volcano, and Lake.

PM: Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast, between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954, causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. Highlights include land iguanas (the biggest in Galapagos), hawks, coral reefs, giant tortoises, and snorkeling with turtles, rays, and tropical fish.

Petrel’s 6-Day Itinerary A Day Three - Galapagos Penguin Sighting.
Location
Isabela
Day
3 / 6

Elizabeth Bay & Moreno Point

AM: Elizabeth Bay is located on the east coast of Isabela Island. The bay contains many islets, which can be visited by dinghy. Penguins and blue-footed boobies can be spotted on the rocky islets. With an abundance of marine life and clear water, the area is perfect for snorkeling and viewing schools of colorful fish, sea lions, and perhaps even sharks. Highlights include mangrove foarests (unique in Galapagos), sea turtles, penguins, rays, herons, and sea lions.

PM: Moreno Point is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along a path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves create a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide pools, green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted. Highlights include flamingoes, gallinules, pintail ducks, turtles, and whitetip reef sharks.

Petrel’s 6-Day Itinerary A Day Four - Fish.
Location
Isabela
Day
4 / 6

Sierra Negra Volcano, The Wetlands, Villamil Lagoons & Giant Tortoise Conservation Center

AM: The Sierra Negra Volcano boasts the largest basaltic caldera in the Galapagos. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005. Highlights include Basaltic caldera, stunning views, and finches.

PM: The Wetlands of Isabela Island are located just outside of Puerto Villamil. The Wetlands consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves and are home to a variety of unique bird species such as Common Stilts, Whimbrels, White-Cheeked Pintails, and Gallinules. The Wetlands can be visited on foot via a path that winds through the swamps. Highlights include giant mangroves and shorebirds.

An interpretive trail runs from Puerto Villamil, through the Lagoons, and ends at the Tortoise Center, approximately 1.5 km from the town. The beach and lagoons near Villamil are the best sites in the archipelago to view migratory birds. Black-necked stilts and flamingoes are two of the most common resident species. The Tortoise Center of Isabela was completed in 1994 and houses tortoises from the populations of southern Isabela, many of which have experienced relatively high levels of poaching within the last 10-20 years. Visitors can see both hatchlings tortoises and the older breeding animals.

Petrel’s 6-Day Itinerary A Day Five - Flamingo Sighting.
Location
Isabela
Day
5 / 6

Disembarkation

AM: 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 captivation and discovering the center.

AM: After your morning excursions you will be assisted to Baltra airport for your flight to the mainland.

Petrel’s 6-Day Itinerary A Day Six - Disembarkation.
Location
Santa Cruz - Baltra
Day
6 / 6
1 / 6

6 Day / 5 Night - Eastern & Central 'B

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: This morning you will arrive at Baltra airport where our crew will meet you for your transfer to Santa Cruz. Here you will visit the highlands before boarding the ship. We ask that you dress appropriately for a hike!

PM: You’ll also visit the Los Gemelos highlands. A place you can walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, White-cheeked Pintail ducklings, Darwin finches, and many other species. You will come upon the underground lava tubes, which are more than one kilometer (half a mile) long. Local guides are will provide information and flashlights. Walking through the lava tubes is a unique and surreal experience. Highlights include pit craters and Scalesia forest.

Petrel’s 6-Day Itinerary B Day One - Embarkation.
Location
Baltra - Santa Cruz
Day
1 / 6

South Plaza Island & Santa Fe Island

AM: 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 Sesuvium. During the rainy season, its color is greenish to a 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 (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.

Petrel’s 6-Day Itinerary B Day Two - Sea Lion Sighting.
Location
South Plaza - Santa Fe
Day
2 / 6

Lobos Island, Interpretation Center & La Galapaguera

AM: 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: The Interpretation Center was opened in 1998 as a phase of the project “Interpretation and Environment Education Project.” Visitors enjoy expositions on natural history, human history, and conservation. The conservation efforts represent the movement to protect the wildlife and natural environment through means of population and tourist control. The Interpretation Center has an outdoor stadium, audio-visual equipment, and meeting rooms. Highlights include various interactive exhibits for all ages.

La Galapaguera is a visitor site in the southeast part of San Cristobal Island that can be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warbler, finches, and mockingbirds, and on the trails, giant tortoises. Highlights include giant tortoises in captivity and land birds.

Petrel’s 6-Day Itinerary B Day Three - Pelican Sighting.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
3 / 6

Gardner Bay, Osborne Islet & Suarez Point

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

After landing, you can walk across a lovely white sand beach at Osborne Islet, 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.

PM: Suárez Point is a great spot for finding blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca Boobies. A beautiful sight on the oceanfront, the large Waved Albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities. Highlights include Hood Mockingbird, Nazca Boobies, Waved Albatross, Red-billed tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos Hawk, blue-footed boobies, blowhole, and amazing landscapes.

Petrel’s 6-Day Itinerary B Day Four - Beach Walk.
Location
Española
Day
4 / 6

Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown & Post Office Bay

AM: Cormorant Point hosts a large flamingo lagoon where birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked Pintails can be seen. The beaches on this island are distinctive: The 'Green Beach', named after 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.

Devil's Crown is one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos, this volcanic crater has been eroded by the waves leaving the northern and southern sides poking out of the water. The coral reef in the middle is perfect for attracting marine life. Snorkelers enjoy the variety of marine life and exciting currents that rush through the crown, creating an exhilarating experience. Highlights include snorkeling with sharks, rays, rock formations, and lots of tropical fish.

PM: Our final outing is at Post Office Bay. In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mailbox. 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.

Petrel’s 6-Day Itinerary B Day Five - Snorkelling with Sea Lions.
Location
Floreana
Day
5 / 6

Disembarkation

AM: 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.

After the morning excursion, you will be assisted to Baltra airport for your flight to the mainland.

Petrel’s 6-Day Itinerary B Day Six - Disembarkation.
Location
Santa Cruz - Baltra
Day
6 / 6
1 / 6

8 Day / 7 Night - Western, Eastern & Central 'A'

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: This morning you will arrive at Baltra airport where we will greet you, ready for your transfer to the boat. Enjoy your welcome drink and briefing on board.

PM: Galapagos Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies, and Magnificent Frigatebirds are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lavas containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone. Highlights include land and marine iguanas, frigatebirds, Blue-footed Boobies, sea lions; snorkeling: Rays, reef shark, fish, and garden eels.

Petrel’s 8-Day Itinerary A Day One - Embarkation.
Location
Baltra - North Seymour
Day
1 / 8

Vicente Roca Point & Espinosa Point

AM: At Punta Vicente Roca you will do a panga ride around the beautiful coastline before jumping into the water to enjoy one of the best snorkeling sites of the Galapagos. The underwater cliffs found here are filled with enough colors and life to amaze everyone looking at them for the first time.

PM: Crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, we will land at Espinosa Point. After walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, we'll reach the island's highlight: the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk. Highlights include flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins, and active volcano “La Cumbre”.

Petrel’s 8-Day Itinerary A Day Two - Marine Iguana Sighting.
Location
Isabela - Fernandina
Day
2 / 8

Tagus Cove & Urbina Bay

AM: Tagus Cove is located across from Fernandina Island, near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s, using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another lovely beach surrounded by mangroves. Highlights include penguins, flightless cormorants, Darwin's Volcano, and Lake.

PM: Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast, between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954, causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. Highlights include land iguanas (the biggest in Galapagos), hawks, coral reefs, giant tortoises, and snorkeling with turtles, rays, and tropical fish.

Petrel’s 8-Day Itinerary A Day Three - Fernandina Island Excursion.
Location
Isabela
Day
3 / 8

Elizabeth Bay & Moreno Point

AM: Elizabeth Bay is located on the east coast of Isabela Island. The bay contains many islets, which can be visited by dinghy. Penguins and blue-footed boobies can be spotted on the rocky islets. With an abundance of marine life and clear water, the area is perfect for snorkeling and viewing schools of colorful fish, sea lions, and perhaps even sharks. Highlights include mangrove foarests (unique in Galapagos), sea turtles, penguins, rays, herons, and sea lions.

PM: Moreno Point is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along a path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves create a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide pools, green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted. Highlights include flamingoes, gallinules, pintail ducks, turtles, and whitetip reef sharks.

Petrel’s 8-Day Itinerary A Day Four - Reef Shark Sighting.
Location
Isabela
Day
4 / 8

Sierra Negra Volcano, The Wetlands, Villamil Lagoons & Giant Tortoise Conservation Center

AM: The Sierra Negra Volcano boasts the largest basaltic caldera in the Galapagos. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005. Highlights include Basaltic caldera, stunning views, and finches.

PM: The Wetlands of Isabela Island are located just outside of Puerto Villamil. The Wetlands consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves and are home to a variety of unique bird species such as Common Stilts, Whimbrels, White-Cheeked Pintails, and Gallinules. The Wetlands can be visited on foot via a path that winds through the swamps. Highlights include giant mangroves and shorebirds.

An interpretive trail runs from Puerto Villamil, through the Lagoons, and ends at the Tortoise Center, approximately 1.5 km from the town. The beach and lagoons near Villamil are the best sites in the archipelago to view migratory birds. Black-necked stilts and flamingoes are two of the most common resident species. The Tortoise Center of Isabela was completed in 1994 and houses tortoises from the populations of southern Isabela, many of which have experienced relatively high levels of poaching within the last 10-20 years. Visitors can see both hatchlings tortoises and the older breeding animals.

Petrel’s 8-Day Itinerary A Day Five - Finch Sighting.
Location
Isabela
Day
5 / 8

Charles Darwin Research Station & Los Gemelos

AM: 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 captivation and discovering the center.

PM: You’ll also visit the Los Gemelos highlands. A place you can walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, White-cheeked Pintail ducklings, Darwin finches, and many other species. You will come upon the underground lava tubes, which are more than one kilometer (half a mile) long. Local guides are will provide information and flashlights. Walking through the lava tubes is a unique and surreal experience. Highlights include pit craters and Scalesia forest.

Petrel’s 8-Day Itinerary A Day Six - Giant Tortoise at Charles Darwin Station.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
6 / 8

South Plaza Island & Santa Fe Island

AM: 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 Sesuvium. During the rainy season, its color is greenish to a 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 (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.

Petrel’s 8-Day Itinerary A Day Seven - Sunset in the Galapagos Islands.
Location
South Plaza - Santa Fe
Day
7 / 8

Disembarkation

AM: 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.

After the morning excursion, you will be assisted to San Cristobal airport for your flight to the mainland.

Petrel’s 8-Day Itinerary A Day Eight - Disembarkation.
Location
Lobos Island - San Cristobal
Day
8 / 8
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8 Day / 7 Night - Eastern & Central 'B'

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: This morning you will arrive at San Cristobal airport where we will greet you, ready for your transfer to the boat. Enjoy your welcome drink and briefing on board.

PM: This afternoon we visit The Interpretation Center, which was opened in 1998 as a phase of the project “Interpretation and Environment Education Project.” Visitors enjoy expositions on natural history, human history, and conservation. The conservation efforts represent the movement to protect the wildlife and natural environment through means of population and tourist control. The Interpretation Center has an outdoor stadium, audio-visual equipment, and meeting rooms. Highlights include various interactive exhibits for all ages.

Afterward, we see La Galapaguera - a visitor site in the southeast part of San Cristobal Island. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warbler, finches, and mockingbirds, and on the trails, giant tortoises. Highlights include giant tortoises in captivity and land birds.

Petrel’s 8-Day Itinerary B Day One - Embarkation.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
1 / 8

Gardner Bay, Osborne Islet & Suárez Point

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

After landing, you can walk across a lovely white sand beach at Osborne Islet, 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.

PM: Suárez Point is a great spot for finding blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca Boobies. A beautiful sight on the oceanfront, the large Waved Albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities. Highlights include Hood Mockingbird, Nazca Boobies, Waved Albatross, Red-billed tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos Hawk, blue-footed boobies, blowhole, and amazing landscapes.

Petrel’s 8-Day Itinerary B Day Two - Sea Lion Puppies.
Location
Española
Day
2 / 8

Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown & Post Office Bay

AM: Cormorant Point hosts a large flamingo lagoon where birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked Pintails can be seen. The beaches on this island are distinctive: The 'Green Beach', named after 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.

Devil's Crown is one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos, this volcanic crater has been eroded by the waves leaving the northern and southern sides poking out of the water. The coral reef in the middle is perfect for attracting marine life. Snorkelers enjoy the variety of marine life and exciting currents that rush through the crown, creating an exhilarating experience. Highlights include snorkeling with sharks, rays, rock formations, and lots of tropical fish.

PM: Our final outing is at Post Office Bay. In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mailbox. 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.

Petrel’s 8-Day Itinerary B Day Three - Flamingo Sighting.
Location
Floreana
Day
3 / 8

Charles Darwin Research Station & Highlands

AM: 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.

PM: At the Highlands of Santa Cruz, you can walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, White-cheeked Pintail ducklings, Darwin finches, and many other species. Highlights include wild turtles and the tortoises breeding center.

Petrel’s 8-Day Itinerary B Day Four - Galapagos Lanscape.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
4 / 8

Sullivan Bay & Pinnacle Rock

AM: Located southeast of Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay is of great geological interest. The area is covered by Pahoehoe lava flows combined with 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 breakage in many places. Pahoehoe lava flows, which have hardened in an 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.

PM: Home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartolomew 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, snorkeling with penguins, reef sharks, rays, and great colorful fish.

Petrel’s 8-Day Itinerary B Day Five - Kicker Rock.
Location
Santiago - Bartolomew
Day
5 / 8

Darwin Bay & Prince Phillip’s Steps

AM: Darwin Bay's white-sand coral beach heads a half-mile trail that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view off a cliff. Highlights include Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, mangroves, coral pebbles beach, snorkeling: rays, colorful reef fish, and hammerhead sharks.

PM: Also known as El Barranco, Prince Phillip's Steps' steep, rocky paths lead up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared Lava Owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

Petrel’s 8-Day Itinerary B Day Six - Red-Footed Booby Sighting.
Location
Genovesa
Day
6 / 8

Egas Port, Espumilla Beach & Buccaneer Cove

AM: Also known as James Bay, Egas Port is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos Lava Lizards. The trail leads to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos Fur Sea Lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site. Highlights include fur sea lions, Galapagos sea lions, tidal pools and “grottos”, Galapagos Hawk, oystercatchers, marine iguanas, finches; snorkeling: reef sharks, turtles, rays, and nice underwater formations.

PM: Espumilla Beach is a popular place for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. The crabs attract the hunting herons, performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eel, and shark, snorkeling is highly recommended. A highlight is snorkeling.

Years ago Buccaneer Cove was a haven where pirates in the 1600 and 1700s would stake out on the Northwestern side of Santiago Island. Sea turtles now take the pirates' place and dig their nests for their eggs near the Mangrove trees. It is a great location for snorkeling and many marine birds and sea lions can be found here. Highlights include rock formations, tropical fish, turtles, and sting-rays while snorkeling.

Petrel’s 8-Day Itinerary B Day Seven - Sally-Lightfoot Crab Sighting.
Location
Santiago
Day
7 / 8

Disembarkation

AM: Carrion Point creates a sheltered lagoon with beautiful turquoise water. During this visit, you can snorkel and see a variety of fish, rays, and perhaps the harmless white-tip reef sharks. The point is on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island at the entrance of the Channel of Itabaca. Highlights include snorkeling with colorful fish, rays, and white-tip reef sharks.

After your morning excursion, you will be assisted to Baltra airport for your flight to the mainland.

Petrel’s 8-Day Itinerary A Day Eight - Disembarkation.
Location
Santa Cruz - Baltra
Day
8 / 8
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Sun Deck
Lounge
Jacuzzi
Exterior
Entrance
Dining Room
Balcony
Sun Deck
Sitting area of the lounge
Jacuzzi on the sun deck
The ship seen from the water level
Entrance to the ship
Dining room onboard
Balcony onboard

Suites & Cabins

Petrel's Standard Cabin - Twin. Petrel's Standard Cabin - Single.

Standard Cabin

Guests
2
Size
30 m² / 323 ft²
Beds
Double / Twin

Enjoy the extensive Staterooms with huge windows allowing natural light to flow into the room. You can also enjoy the privacy of your own terrace while enjoying the oceanic views. The room features a safety deposit box, a spacious wardrobe to fit all your items.

Petrel's Suite.

Premium Suite

Guests
3
Size
43 m² / 463 ft²
Beds
Double / Triple

The Petrel Suites come with a large panoramic view of the ocean and a private balcony. It also features an ensuite living room, a large wardrobe, and a safe deposit box. The bathrooms are equipped with a hot shower ensuring you enjoy a refreshing shower.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Deck plan

Features

  • Cabins with balconies
  • Air conditioning
  • Pool / Jacuzzi
  • Lecture room

Equipment

  • Diving gear
  • Satellite phone
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Wetsuits
  • Stand up paddleboard
  • Kayaks / Canoes
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details