Coral 4-day Cruise

Galapagos Ecuador: (ZZ-EC-GALP04-3)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/outdoor_ecuador_Galapagos_coral_cruise3.aspx

Introduction
Galapagos Ecuador
M/YCoral I   36 passengers
M/YCoral II  20 passengers


These unique and functional luxury yachts are a perfect combination of classic beauty and exquisite style. The materials used in their decoration convey a pleasing sensation of warmth and comfort that will transport you automatically into a marine environment. You will be a part of nature thanks to the ample panoramic windows. Every single detail has been taken into consideration to make your stay on board unique and unforgettable. The jacuzzi, sun and shadow decks will give you a perfect space to relax. The social areas and the bar will be a place to enjoy.

Relax
To relax in the sun or even bathe in the jacuzzi, head to the M/Y Coral I outside decks, where the natural wonders of the Galapagos can be enjoyed from a whole different perspective, whether by the handrail of their decks, the comfort of a sun-lounger or from the balcony at the bow. There’s a space for everyone on these deceptively large yachts. Our lounge offers indoor relaxation if you're wanting a break from the sun.

Enjoy
Enjoy the various activities on board. On board our ship, nights are magical, full of bright stars and countless constellations. You can go shopping at our boutique, or enjoy a freshening drink at the bar.

Learn
All of our highly-qualified multi-lingual naturalist guides are certified by the Galapagos National Park. On visits to the islands, they will accompany you every step of the way, taking time to explain the highlights as you wonder through this new and magical land. Every evening, these same guides will give you a lecture illustrated with multimedia presentation, imparting and sharing with you their knowledge of geology, history, evolution, flora and fauna of the islands. Enjoy our library to further enhance your experience.

Feel Safe
Our customers’ safety and the conservation and respect for the environment are our main priorities. Our vessels comply with local and international standards enforced by ISM (International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention). Our crews are all highly trained in safety procedures and have years of experience at sea.

Accomodation

The Coral I and the Coral II have a total of 18 and 11 cabins respectively. The Ocean View, air-conditioned cabins have lower beds and private facilities in which matrimonial, double or triple options are available. We have interconnecting doors suitable for families or friends traveling together. Each cabin includes: safe, entertainment system with LCD TVs, hair dryer, special bedding in each category, and remodeled furniture in each cabin. Our voltage is set for 110-220 volts/60 Hz.

Standard Cabin
2 cabins in the Coral I and 1 cabin in the Coral II, measuring an average of 7 m2 / 75ft2

render of Standard Cabin in Coral YachtsDeck Plan Standard Cabin in the Coral Yachts

GENERALS SPECIFICATIONS
Located on the Sea Deck.
Portholes.

Standard Plus Cabin
8 cabins in the Coral I and 4 cabins in the Coral II, measuring an average of 12 m2 / 128 ft2
render of Standard Plus Cabin in Coral YachtsDeck Plan Standar Plus Cabin in the Coral Yachts
GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS
Double & Triple options available.
Located on the Sea Deck.
Portholes.

Junior Cabin
8 in the Coral I and 7 in the Coral II, measuring an average of 12 m2 / 128 ft2
render of Junior Cabin in Coral YachtsDeck Plan Standar Plus Cabin
GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS
3 triple: 2 in Coral I, 1 in Coral II with an extra bed.
Picture windows.
Located on the Earth and Sky Decks.
8 Interconnected.
Average area of 12 m2 / 129 ft2.

Riding

Galapagos Animals and where to find them

Land Iguana: central + west + east itineraries

Blue Footed Booby:central + west + east + south itineraries (all)

Giant Tortoise: central + west + east + south itineraries (all)

Galapagos Albatross: south itinerary

Sea Lion
: central + west + east + south itineraries (all)

Galapagos Frigatebird: central + west + east + south itineraries (all)

Flightless Cormorant: west itinerary

Sea Turtle: central + west + east + south itineraries (all)

Red Footed Booby: south itinerary

Marine Iguana
: central + west + east + south itineraries (all)

Galapagos Penguin: central + west itineraries

Flamingo: central + south itineraries

Galapagos Pelican: central + west + east + south itineraries (all)

Fur Seal: central + west itineraries

Darwin Finch: central + west + east + south itineraries (all)

Nazca Booby: central + west + east + south itineraries (all)

Itinerary

 

CENTRAL ITINERARY


Day 1: Sunday
AM – Baltra Airport
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (approx. 2½-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturist guides and taken on a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II.
PM – Charles Darwin Research Station & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center (Santa Cruz Island)
Dry landing. Visit to the Galapagos giant tortoises and land iguanas breeding program, where the famous Lonesome George (last surviving specimen of Pinta Island) lived for decades. The center is managed by the Galapagos National Park´s (GNP) staff with the collaboration of scientists from the Charles Darwin Station (CDS). Here, eggs taken from Pinzon, Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands hatch without the danger of introduced species. After artificial incubation; the “galapaguitos” (newborntortoises) are reared until the age of 5, when they are released in their native habitats, having the enough capabilities to survive alone. Since the 70’s, more than 2,000 specimens have returned to their native islands. In addition, the Darwin Station works in several scientific projects and botanical research, providing environmental education to local communities, schools and tourists. If time helps, it is possible to visit Puerto Ayora town.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: flat
Duration: 1½-hour walk

Day 2: Monday
AM- Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)
Walk by a brackish lagoon to see flamingos. The trail leads across a typical dry zone vegetation. Keeping up until Dragon Hill, there will be an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchored boats and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2-hour walk
PM – Bartolome Island
Dry or wet landing. We discover a fascinating landscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones — that resembles the moon.  Going up to the summit there will be an impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies.
Beach time is a great opportunity to do snorkeling and see the famous Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best snorkeling experience. Crystal clear water is the perfect spot to appreciate the incredible marine life it has to offer.
Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable however, there are pioneer plants including the endemic Tiquilia nesiotica and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: trail made of 372 steps.
Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

Day 3: Tuesday
AM– Rabida Island
Also known as Jervis Island in English, Rabida is one of the most diverse in terms of volcanic activity as it lies at the very heart of the archipelago’s volcanic origin. In this deep red beach, surrounded by cliffs and steep slopes of volcanic cinder cones it is usual to find nesting colonies of brown pelicans, as well as, nine species of Darwin finches, fur seals, and Nazca boobies.
Snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active and colorful.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling / 1-hour dinghy ride
PM – Buccaneers Cove / Espumilla Beach ( Santiago Island)
This is an amazing location, featuring the remains of an eroded shoreline that is home to seabirds, fur seals and the playful sea lions.  Its different shapes have been made throughout a process caused by erosion of the waves and the wind.  Espumilla Beach is a white-sandy beach in James Bay and is a popular place among visitors.  There are mangroves and a small palo santo forest that lead to salty-water lagoons that are home to wading birds like flamingos.  In the upper dunes are a nesting site for sea turtles.  A good place to snorkel to see rays.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: white sand
Duration:1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling / beach time

Day 4: Wednesday
AM – Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island)
On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea, four species of mangrove crowd form an internal lagoon.   Turtles visit the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface, while the fish and rays circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, plus seabirds including pelicans, herons, and egrets feed from the cove.
This cove has been declared as a “Turtle Sanctuary.”
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: none
Duration: 1-hour dinghy ride
PM- Baltra Airport
After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport to their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.


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EAST ITINERARY

Day 1: Sunday
AM – Baltra airport
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the Coral I or II.
PM – Charles Darwin Research Station & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center (Santa Cruz Island)
Dry landing. Visit to the Galapagos giant tortoises and land iguanas breeding program, where the famous Lonesome George (last surviving specimen of Pinta Island) lived for decades. The center is managed by the Galapagos National Park´s (GNP) staff with the collaboration of scientists from the Charles Darwin Station (CDS). Here, eggs taken from Pinzon, Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands hatch without the danger of introduced species. After artificial incubation; the “galapaguitos” (newborntortoises) are reared until the age of 5, when they are released in their native habitats, having the enough capabilities to survive alone. Since the 70’s, more than 2,000 specimens have returned to their native islands. In addition, the Darwin Station works in several scientific projects and botanical research, providing environmental education to local communities, schools and tourists. If time helps, it is possible to visit Puerto Ayora town.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: flat
Duration: 1½-hour walk

Day 2: Monday
AM- Mosquera Islet
Wet Landing, Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. There is no trail on the islet, the visitor can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum plants grow on the sand.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1 ½-hour walk & snorkeling
PM – North Seymour Island
Dry landing. This is perhaps one of the busiest tourist destinations on the archipelago. Off of Baltra Island (where the airport is located) and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is the most accessible for day trips out of Santa Cruz’s main port, Puerto Ayora.
 An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigatebirds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky ground
Duration: 2-hour walk / 30-minute snorkeling

Day 3: Tuesday
AM – Santa Fe Island
Wet landing. Santa Fe shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies; through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for a number of species, including the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour deep-water snorkeling
PM – South Plaza Islet
Dry landing on the northern part of the Islet. The walk begins with an impressive cactus forest* surrounded by land and marine iguanas; as we reach its highest point, be on the lookout for tropicbirds, a Nazca and blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls.
 In South Plaza there is a large colony of the smaller sized land iguanas. Approximately, there is a population of 300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of vegetation, but during the dry season survive on the fruits and flowers of Opuntia cacti. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where we will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana.
Difficulty level: intermediate.
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2-hour walk

Day 4: Wednesday
AM –  Kicker Rock Circumnavigation & Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal Island)
Kicker Rock can be seen directly from the vessel. In the sea northeast of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is this ancient and eroded volcanic tuff lava named Leon Dormido or Kicker Rock it is formed by two rocks approximately 148 m, named for its resemblance of a sleeping lion.
It serves as home to many of the typical Galapagos sea animals, such as birds, sea lions, blue and Nazca boobies and frigate. With rare sightings of swallow turtle gulls, tropic birds, and pelicans.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of Terrain: water
Duration: 1-hour circumnavigation
Cerro Colorado is a dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristobal Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Enjoy a beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the village’s port, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of Terrain: sandy
Duration: 40-minute bus drive to the Reserve / 1-hour visit
PM - San Cristobal Airport
After the visit, you will go to San Cristobal Airport for the return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.


Rates and Dates for Coral 4-day Cruise

Rates include:

Deluxe 3-night cruise, accommodation in cabins with air-conditioning & private facilities. All meals, welcome & farewell cocktails, BBQ, coffee / tea station. Two daily excursions to the islands, multilingual speaking naturalist guides English-Spanish (French, German, Italian, upon request), snorkeling opportunities, optional DIVING. Fuel surcharge, CGG Migration Control Card, Free Shuttle service from Quito/Guayaquil Airport-roundtrip: when domestic flight is purchased in combination with Cruises

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20194 day Deluxe Cruise, Standard Cabin- Central$1770
    • Upgrade to Standard Plus, pp$420
      Upgrade to Junior Suite, pp$730
  • B
    20194 day Deluxe Cruise, Standard Cabin- Central (High Season)$1855
    • Upgrade to Standard Plus, pp$445
      Upgrade to Junior Suite, pp$765
  • C
    20194 day Deluxe Cruise, Standard Interior- East$1770
    • Upgrade to Standard Plus, pp$420
      Upgrade to Junior Suite, pp$730
  • D
    20194 day Deluxe Cruise, Standard Interior- East (High Season)$1855
    • Upgrade to Standard Plus, pp$445
      Upgrade to Junior Suite, pp$765

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Entrance fee to Galapagos (Mandatory)
- to be paid locally
$100
2019 Entrance fee to Galapagos (child under 12)
- to be paid locally
$50
2019 Air ticket from Quito/ Guayaquil to Galapagos, pp, roundtrip $540
2019 Transfer from Quito/ Guayquil Airport- roundtrip (if airfare not booked) (Mandatory) $90
2019 Single Supplement: +50% on standard, +75% on high season $0
2019 Child (Under 12): -50% discount with 2 full-fare paying guests $0
2019 Triple room discount: -25% for third person sharing with 2 full-fare paying guests $0
2019 Fuel surchage and CGG Migration Card (mandatory) $70

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
D 2019 08/25 - 08/28 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Expired
A 2019 09/01 - 09/04 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Expired
C 2019 09/08 - 09/11 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Expired
A 2019 09/15 - 09/18 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Expired
C 2019 09/22 - 09/25 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Expired
A 2019 09/29 - 10/02 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Expired
D 2019 10/06 - 10/09 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Expired
B 2019 10/13 - 10/16 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Expired
D 2019 10/20 - 10/23 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Expired
B 2019 10/27 - 10/30 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
D 2019 11/03 - 11/06 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
B 2019 11/10 - 11/13 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
D 2019 11/17 - 11/20 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
A 2019 11/24 - 11/27 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
C 2019 12/01 - 12/04 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
A 2019 12/08 - 12/11 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
C 2019 12/15 - 12/18 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
B 2019 12/22 - 12/25 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve
D 2019 12/29 - 01/01 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 8 /36 Reserve

Dates Note:
Weekly departures Sunday to Wednesday

Rates do not include:

Air ticket from Quito/ Guayaquil to Galapagos, Galapagos Entrance Fee, Tips, medical services, travel insurance and others not specified. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, Gratuities to guides and crew members, Snorkelling equipment & wet suits, kayak rentals, diving equipment

Other Info
Meeting: Baltra
Airport: Baltra
Transfer: Baltra

Climate:
                                        Galapagos area
 

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

86

86

88

88

79

79

79

79

79

81

82

84

Average Low Temperature (°F)

72

75

75

75

72

70

66

66

66

68

70

72

Average High Temperature (°C)

30

30

31

31

26

26

26

26

26

27

28

29

Average Low Temperature (°C)

22

24

24

24

22

21

19

19

19

20

21

22

Source: www.galapagosislands.com


Seasons
You will be in a sunny year round destination; the warmest months are from December to April. January to March can be hot and humid, but also mostly green at this time. The months from July to November are cooler. The average year-round temperature is 24°C. (76°F).

Galapagos Dry Season (June to December)
From June to December the southern trade winds bring the colder Humboldt Current north to the Galapagos. This means that the water is cooler, and a layer of high atmosphere mist pervades the island skies. In effect, the highlands of the larger islands are kept green and lush while the sea level islands and shorelines have little precipitation. Thus, June to December is generally called the "dry season" which is known for its blue skies and mid-day showers.
During this season the tourists may observe a large number of species around the islands and in the sea such as giant tortoises, humpback whales, blue-footed boobies, cormorants, oyster catchers, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, masked boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, sea lions, lava herons, brown noddies, and penguins. Due to the water temperature, it is the perfect time for diving.

Galapagos Wet Season (December to May)
This period is considered the "wet (warm) season." During this warmer season, the Galapagos' climate is more tropical with daily rain and cloudier skies. Also, the ocean temperature is warmer for swimming and snorkeling
During this season the tourists may observe a large number of species around the islands such as marine iguanas, sea turtle, land iguanas, flamingos, white-cheeked pintails, masked boobies, marine iguanas, albatross, and blue-footed boobies. Since the water's warmer, snorkeling is highly recommended during these months.


Special note - Galapagos Weather for Divers

The Humboldt Current's influence brings cold waters especially during the misty, rainy season (cool weather) from July to December. "El Niño" current may bring warm waters to the Galapagos and will make the surface warmer and rainfall increase (January to June).
The water temperature varies during the year:
January to June: from 70°F (21°C) to 80°F (27°C)
July to December: from 65°F (18°C) to 75°F (23°C)

What To Bring:
We advise you to bring comfortable breathable clothes; shorts, T-shirts, swimsuits and good hiking shoes are required to walk over the lava rock paths, personal medication, a good camera and plenty of memory sticks or film, sun block, sunglasses, binoculars. It is also a good idea to bring water shoes or sport shoes that can be wet, for the wet landings.
Galapagos means nature, moving, enjoying and relaxation, therefore you don’t have to worry about dressing up. Casual and light clothing is recommended on board the ship.
For dinning: you will need a semiformal wear and a sweater or jacket for windy nights.
For shore excursions comfortable clothing is a must, preferably shorts, bathing suits, head covering, walking shoes, tennis shoes, windbreaker type jacket, binoculars, camera and plenty of film. Sun rays are very strong in the Galapagos Islands. Do not forget to take with you enough high grade sun block. Also, put your cameras in self-sealing plastic bags to protect them from the water, especially during landfalls.

Internet is not available yet, but you can always get internet in Puerto Ayora and San Cristóbal.