Cruising Galapagos: M/C Seaman
- 4-8 Days
- 4 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 3,012
Discover the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands aboard the MC Seaman. Choose from three itineraries and follow in the footsteps of Darwin as you explore these islands and discover volcanic landscapes populated by giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, land iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.
The M/C Seaman offers three comprehensive itineraries, ranging from 4-8 days, which take you throughout the islands to see a variety of landscapes and wildlife. Explore the world’s greatest natural playground aboard the M/C Seaman.
Departing from Baltra Island, this 5-star ocean vessel offers excellent service and maximum comfort while exploring the islands. The itineraries are as follows:
North Seymour – Genovesa – Santa Cruz – South Plaza – Santa Fe – San Cristobal
Your journey begins by heading to North Seymour Island to see some of the most unique animals living in the islands, including blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, and sea lions. On Genovesa, you’ll hike across a lava flow at El Barranco and spot storm petrels and red-footed boobies before continuing to Darwin Bay to spot even more fascinating birds, from Galapagos doves to lava herons. Spot the diminutive land iguanas of South Plaza before stopping on Santa Fe, where you’ll hike through prickly pear cactus groves and spot the land iguanas that feast on them. You’ll also have a good chance of spotting swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, and shear-water petrels. Close out your exploration of the islands on San Cristobal, home to the capital of the islands. Visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the islands’ history and have a chance of spotting some frigate birds, with their magnificent swollen red throats, before bidding farewell to the Galapagos and connecting back to the mainland.
San Cristobal – Lobos – Espanola – Floreana – Santa Cruz
Start your journey on San Cristobal, where you’ll admire the rock formation of Kicker Rock, which resembles a mighty lion, before connecting to nearby Lobos, to explore its hiking trails and spot blue-footed boobies and frigate birds. Take a planta ride and share the waters with brown pelicans, sea turtles, and manta rays. Then connect to San Cristobal and Cerro Brujo, where Charles Darwin first stepped foot on the islands. At nearby Punta Pitt, you’ll have the chance to spot rare red-footed boobies. On Espanola, explore the geologically-oldest island in the archipelago. At Punta Suarez, you’ll see the nesting grounds of the waved albatross, which can only be found on the island. Nearby Gardener Bay offers a great spot to snorkel and swim, sharing the water with sea lions and reef sharks. Continue to Floreana, where you’ll see the green beach at Cormorant Point, which is made from the abundance of olivine crystals in the sand. You’ll also stop by Post Office Bay, home to a barrel that has served as a post office since whaling times (you can even post a letter here!), and Baroness Lookout, for some beautiful views of the island. Close out your exploration of the islands on Santa Cruz, where you’ll visit Charles Darwin Station, home to the giant tortoise breeding center that cares for the population of these massive reptiles. Then explore the twin craters of the highlands and hike across lava tunnels before connecting back to the mainland to close out your vacation.
Santa Cruz – Fernandina – Isabela – Santiago – Rabida – Chinese Hat – Bartolome – North Seymour
Start your journey through the Galapagos on Santa Cruz, hiking through the highlands to spot giant tortoises and Darwin finches. On Fernandina, stop by Mangle Point and snorkel through the waters and share the ocean with manta rays and sea lions. Continue to Moreno Point to explore the crystal tide pools and see what sea life they reveal. On nearby Isabela, explore the largest of the Galapagos Islands. You’ll have a good chance of spotting seahorses and sunfish in Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove, before heading to Espinoza Point, where you’ll discover Galapagos penguins, Galapagos hawks, and the elusive flightless cormorants. Continue to Santiago, one of the most popular islands, where you’ll spend some time on the beaches of Espumilla or Bucanero, having a chance to spot marine turtles who nest on the sands. At Puerto Egas, you’ll discover a stunning black sand beach. Birdwatchers will love Rabida, with its red beaches and large population of birds ranging from Jervis finches to brown pelicans to Galapagos hawks. Continue to Chinese Hat, an islet to the southeast of Santiago that resembles a rice-picker hat. You’ll spot some of the large colonies of sea lions before returning to Santiago to explore Sullivan Bay, with its active lava flows and surplus of volcanoes. On the last leg of your exploration, explore the moon-like landscape of Bartolome and gaze upon Pinnacle Rock, which towers over the population of Galapagos penguins. Then pass by North Seymour to spot some blue-footed boobies before returning to the mainland.
- 4-8 Days
- 4 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 3,012
Itinerary View Trip Map
Mainland to Galapagos
The flight from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos is approximately 2.5 hours. Upon arrival at Baltra, you will pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands. Guides will meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbor. Motorized rafts, called 'Pangas' will transport you to the Seaman Journey and your crew will welcome you onboard. After departure and lunch, the first island visit is made.
PM: North Seymour
An uplifted (as opposed to volcanic) island and so is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing.
|Meal Plan||Lunch and Highlight Dinner|
M/C Galapagos Seaman Journey
M/C Galapagos Seaman Journey
M/C Galapagos Seaman Journey is a first class catamaran that began sailing the Galapagos Islands in January 2008. It is a Boutique Yacht Catamaran offering superior comfort, size, style, and stability. The Galapagos Seaman Journey makes it possible to enjoy several cruises in the Galapagos …
M/C Galapagos Seaman Journey is a first class catamaran that began sailing the Galapagos Islands in January 2008. It is a Boutique Yacht Catamaran offering superior comfort, size, style, and stability. The Galapagos Seaman Journey makes it possible to enjoy several cruises in the Galapagos with different itineraries that include amazing land tours on most of the Galapagos Islands. During these Galapagos Cruises, guests encounter many endemic species like Galapagos Giant Tortoises, Penguins, Land and Marine Iguana's, Frigate Birds, Blue Footed Boobies, and much more!
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AM: El Barranco
The visitor site of El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay from Genovesa Island. The trail is on volcanic rock, consists of 1.5 km and can be done in about 2 hours. The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, lies on this area. The cliff is located in the south, are composed of very fragile lava. The natural erosion in these lava flows has become the ideal place for nesting Storm Petrels. You can see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava.
One of its main predators is the short-eared owl. The red-footed booby nests only in the outer islands of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, Gardner (Floreana), Wolf, Darwin and Genovesa. Also present on this island is the masked booby. During the "panga rides" along the cliffs, fur sea lions and several species of seabirds can be seen.
PM: Darwin Bay
This bay has its origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers that allow the following species to be seen: red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow-crowned, and black-crowned lava herons, and yellow warblers.
Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls. Reaching the end of the trail, at the cliff's edge an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there can be observed.
|Meal Plan||Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner|
Santa Cruz and Sante Fe
AM: Plazas, Santa Cruz
Plazas is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than its relatives found at other islands.
Throughout the island are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, they are unique, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana's crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food. Swallow tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along with other seabirds as: Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans.
PM: Santa Fe Island
Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an uplift instead than a volcanic origin, this is why it is mostly flat. There are some theories which assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is the home of a number of endemic species like the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats, and one of the two species of land Iguanas of the islands.
After disembarking in the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well giant Pickly pear cactus: gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fish.
|Meal Plan||Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner|
Galapagos to Mainland
AM: Interpretation Center
Travel this morning to the Interpretation Center. The lush gardens and sweeping ocean views stand in strong contrast to the 1960's style buildings at the Charles Darwin Center. Visitors to the Interpretation Center can learn about both the geological and human history of the islands, conservation issues, and natural history. The older Museum of Natural History attempts to preserve the natural history of the islands.
After the morning excursion you will be taken to the airport for your return flight to the mainland.
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- Nightly on board accommodation
- All meals as indicated in itinerary
- Local guides
- Activities as per itinerary
- Galapagos National Park entrance fee
- Visitors ticket
- Domestic flights
- International Airfare and taxes
- Travel Insurance
- Gratuities unless otherwise stated
- Items of a personal nature
- Optional excursions
- Meals and beverages not listed
- Quito transfers
- Passport and visa costs
- Vaccination costs
- Airport departure taxes
- Border taxes or fees
M/C Galapagos Seaman Journey is a first class expeditionary catamaran offering superior comfort, size, style, and stability. The Galapagos Seaman Journey’s different itineraries include amazing land tours on most of the Galapagos Islands where guests encounter the many endemic species like Galapagos Giant Tortoises, Penguins, Land and Marine Iguana’s, Frigate Birds, Blue Footed Boobies, and much more!
With a maximum capacity of 16 passengers, spacious sun decks, mini library, bar and lounge and air conditioned cabins with private facilities Make the Seaman the perfect choice for your intimate Galapagos Cruise.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
The domestic flights Quito - Galapagos - Quito (approx. $550 USD), Galapagos Park entrance fee of $100 USD and visitors ticket of $20 USD are included in the trip price. (Subject to change).
Itineraries: Due to government regulations designed to control and protect the impact of tourism, each vessel, based on length of cruise has its own distinct itinerary. The itineraries are designed to allow visitors to visit all regions of the islands and we suggest you request the advice of Goway's Latin specialists as to which itinerary would suit you best.
Prices are “from” per person and based on twin share based on current exchange rates and subject to change. Single rates available on request. Subject to availability, limited seats available, seasonal surcharges may apply.
3 Dec 2021