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Majestic Galapagos: 8-Day Cruise (A)

Galapagos – Superior

8-Day Galapagos Cruise (A)

Bounce all around the Galapagos Islands on this complete 8 day cruise aboard the Majestic Cruise, a combination of the 4 and 5-day itineraries,

From San Cristobal Island and its impressive landscapes to the southeastern island of Española where you will find blue footed boobies and unforgettable birdlife, this journey takes it all in.

Note:

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.


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DAY 1: MONDAY
AM: San Cristobal Island, Embarkation

Arrival in San Cristobal Airport and Transfer to the boat

 

PM: San Cristobal Island, The Junco Lagoon – dry landing

The Junco Lagoon, located about 700 m above sea level, is one of the few permanent freshwater bodies in the Galapagos. Frigate birds are often seen here washing the salt from their feathers as well as white-cheeked pintails and common gallinules. Its name comes from a type of plant that is common in this area called “junco”.
 

Highlights: One of the few permanent freshwater lakes, frigates, white-cheeked pintails
Activities: Bird watching
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Easy
 

Galapagos wildlife

DAY 2: TUESDAY
AM: Floreana Island, Post Office Bay– Wet landing

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: Post office barrel, nice sandy beach
Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 miles/1 km) & snorkeling
Difficulty: Easy

 

PM: Floreana Island, Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown, Snorkeling– Wet landing

This site hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and 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: Flamingos, green-colored beach
Activities: Dinghy ride & hike (1.2 miles /2 km)
Difficulty: Easy

 

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: The best snorkeling site in Galapagos Islands with sharks, rays, rock formations, lots of tropical fish.
Activities: Snorkeling
Difficulty: Moderate / difficult

 

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DAY 3: WEDNESDAY
AM: Española Island, Suarez Point – dry landing

This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. A beautiful site on the ocean front, 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: Hood mockingbirds, Nazca boobies, waved albatrosses, red-billed tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, blue-footed boobies, blowhole, amazing landscape
Activities: Hike (1.9 miles/3 km)
Difficulty: Difficult

 

PM: Española Island, Gardner Bay, Snorkeling – Wet landing

Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. It has an ample white sandy beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkeling. 
 

Highlights: White sandy beach, sea lions, mockingbirds; snorkeling: colorful fish, sea lion nursery
Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride, kayaking, short hike of (0.6 miles/1 km)
Difficulty: Easy

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DAY 4: THURSDAY
AM: Santa Cruz Island, Twin Craters– Dry landing

Los Gemelos, or the Twin Craters, are located opposite each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.
 

Highlights: Pit craters, Scalesia forest
Activities: Short hiking
Difficulty: Moderate

 

PM: Santa Cruz Island, Charles Darwin Station– Dry landing

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

 

Highlights: Giant tortoises in captivity
Activities: Walking
Difficulty: Easy

Galapagos crabs

DAY 5: FRIDAY
AM: Genovesa Island, El Barranco– Dry landing

Also known as Prince Phillip's Steps, El Barranco’s steep, rocky paths leads 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.
 

Highlights: Red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, storm-petrels, Galapagos doves
Activities: Hiking (0.9 miles/2 km)
Difficulty: Moderate

 

PM: Genovesa Island, Darwin Bay, Snorkeling – Wet landing

This white sand coral beach heads a half mile trail (0.75km) 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: Nazca boobies, red- footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, mangroves, coral pebbles beach, snorkeling: rays, colorful reef fish and hammerhead sharks
Activities: Hiking (0.9 miles/1.5 km), snorkeling, kayaking & dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy / moderate

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DAY 6: SATURDAY
AM: Rabida Island, Snorkeling– Wet landing

Rabida Island (Jervis) is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago and a great snorkeling site. Its famous maroon sandy beach and stunning lookouts provide wonderful landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance, such as nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.
 

Highlights: Snorkeling: white-cheeked pintail ducks, colorful fish, sea lions, brackish water lagoon, penguins, Galapagos hawk
Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & short hike (0.6 miles /1 km)
Difficulty: Easy / moderate

 

PM: Chinese Hat Islet– Wet landing

This small islet is located near the southeast coast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet's summit. This small islet is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tubes and lava flows.

Activities: Hike & snorkeling (1,9 miles / 3 km)
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate

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DAY 7: SUNDAY

AM: San Cristobal Island, Witch Hill, Snorkeling– Wet landing

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 for enjoying swimming and snorkeling. 
 

Highlights: Beautiful rock formations, sea lions, shore birds, finches and mockingbirds; snorkeling: nice tropical fish, anemones, sponge coral
Activities: Hike, dinghy ride, snorkeling & kayaking
Difficulty: Easy walk along the beach

 

PM: San Cristobal Island, Lobos Island, Snorkeling– Dry Landing

The name of this island means "Sea Lion Island." This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.
 

Highlights: Snorkeling with sea lions, frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies
Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 miles/1 km), dinghy ride and / or snorkeling.
Difficulty: Easy / moderate

Galapagos hiking

DAY 8: MONDAY

AM: San Cristobal Island, Interpretation Center– Dry landing

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.
Activities: Short walk
Difficulty: Easy
Highlights: Information and history about the Galapagos Islands.

 

PM: San Cristobal Island, Transfer to Airport

Transfer to the San Cristobal Airport


  • 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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