Absolute Galapagos (Grand Daphne)

05/09/2021 through 02/19/2022
05/09/2021 through 03/10/2022
Intrepid Travel

Absolute Galapagos (Grand Daphne)

Discover the endemic wildlife, bizarrely beautiful landscapes and underwater treasures of the Galapagos Islands on this immersive 17-day cruise. Explore both the traveller’s favourites and quiter parts of the archipelago, all with a passionate local naturalist on hand to guide you over pahoehoe lava and through marine iguana colonies. Snorkel in clear waters off the coast of Isla Espanola, paddle through a green turtle breeding grove on Isla Floreana, look out for mottled Galapagos hawks on Isla Fernandina, and wander between sea lions lounging on beaches with red, black and white sand.

Activities

  • Isla Santa Cruz – Highlands Visit (3 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Floreana – Post Office Bay – Walk (1.5 hours) – Wet Landing
  • Isla Floreana – Post Office Bay snorkelling (45 mins)
  • Isla Floreana – Punta Cormorant walk (1.5 hours) – Wet Landing
  • Isla Floreana – Devil’s Crown snorkelling (1 hour)
  • Isla Espanola – Bahia Gardener – Walk (1.5 hours) – Wet Landing
  • Isla Espanola – Bahia Gardener – Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Espanola – Punta Suarez – Walk (3 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla San Cristobal – Kicker Rock – Snorkelling (45 minutes)
  • Isla San Cristobal – Interpretation Center Visit (1 hour) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Plaza Sur – Walk (2 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Santa Fe – Walk (1.5 hours) – Wet Landing
  • Isla Santa Fe – Panga ride (45 mins)
  • Isla Genovesa – Bahia Darwin – Walk (2 hours) Wet Landing
  • Isla Genovesa – La Barranco – Walk – Dry Landing
  • Isla Genovesa – Snorkelling (45 min)
  • Isla Rabida – Walk (1.5 hours) – Wet Landing
  • Isla Rabida – Snorkelling (1 hour)
  • Isla Santiago – Sullivan Bay – Walk (1.5 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Santiago – Sullivan Bay – Snorkelling (45 mins)
  • Isla Santa Cruz – Black Turtle Cove – Panga ride (1.5 hours)
  • Isla Santa Cruz – Bachas Beach Walk (1 hour) – Wet Landing
  • Isla North Seymour – Walk (2 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla North Seymour – Snorkelling (1 hours)
  • Isla Bartolome – Walk (1.5 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Bartolome – Snorkelling (1.5 hours)
  • Isla Santiago – Puerto Egas – Walk (1.45 hours) – Wet Landing
  • Isla Santiago – Puerto Egas – Snorkelling (1 hour)
  • Isla Sanitago – Espumilla Beach – Walk (1.5 hours) – Wet Landing
  • Isla Sanitago – Espumilla Beach – Snorkelling (45 mins)
  • Isla Sanitago – Buccaneer’s Cove – Sail (15 mins)
  • Isla Isabela – Tagus Cove – Walk (1.45 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Isabela – Tagus Cove – Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Fernandina – Punta Espinosa – Walk (2 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Fernandina – Punta Espinosa – Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Isabela – Elizabeth Bay – Panga Ride (2 hours)
  • Isla Isabela – Punta Moreno – Walk and Panga ride (2 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Isabela – Punta Moreno – Snorkel (45min)
  • Isla Isabela – Las Tintoreras visit (1.5 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Isabela – Sierra Negra Volcano Crater Walk (3.5 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Santa Cruz – Cerro Dragon – Walk (1.5 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Santa Cruz – Punta Carrion – Snorkelling (1 hour)
  • Isla Santa Cruz – Highlands Visit (1 hour) – Dry Landing

Highlights

  • With over two weeks spent on the archipelago, this trip takes a more leisurely pace. Spend more time on each island, soaking up the sun and the sea (lions).
  • Hike, snorkel, sleep, repeat – this isn’t your average cruise. Get active in the rugged and isolated Galapagos Islands.
  • Sea lions are like the dogs of the ocean: playful, goofy and curious. And while you can’t pat them, you’re bound to fall in love with these furry frolickers.
  • Pink flamingos, red-throated frigates and blue-footed boobies will have you craning your neck, snapping photos and contemplating a career in ornithology.
  • Towering cacti, rocky cliffs, red-sand beaches and more await you in this otherworldly archipelago.

Itinerary

Day 1 Quito
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Day 2 Isla Baltra/Santa Cruz Highlands
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Day 3 Isla Floreana
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Day 4 Isla Espanola
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Day 5 Isla San Cristobal
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Day 6 Isla Santa Fe/Isla Plaza Sur
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Day 7 Isla Genovesa
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Day 8 Isla Santiago/Isla Rabida
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Day 9 Isla Santa Cruz
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Day 10 North Seymour/Bartolome
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Day 11 Isla Santiago
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Day 12 Isla Isabela/Isla Fernandina
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Day 13 Isla Isabela
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Day 14 Isla Isabela
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Day 15 Isla Santa Cruz
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Day 16 Isla Baltra/Quito
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Day 17 Quito
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