AQUA NATURALIST ROUTE B5

Itinerary B5 / 5D – 4N / Naturalist

Five nights aboard M/Y Aqua will in no doubt provide you with the BEST memories! This route is known as “The Heart of the Archipelago”- Discover the uniquely shaped Chinese Hat, extraordinary wildlife above and under the waves, and much more! This itinerary is sure to make your stay that of a lifetime!

Highlights
  • Meet incredible animals during your island excursions!
  • Take incredible photos of Bartholomew’s spectacular views.
  • Interact with wildlife – above AND under the waves!
  • Venture into the spectacular world of marine life at Bartholomew!

High chance of spotting

Brown
pelican
Brown Pelican Galapagos

American
flamingo
American Flamingo Galapagos

Galapagos
sea lion
galapagos sea lion

Land
iguana
iguana galapagos islands

Galapagos
giant tortoise
galapagos giant tortoise giant turtle
Legend

Arrival

Snorkeling

snorkeling galapagos islands

Hike

Kayak

kayak galapagos islands

Departure

VISITORS SITES MAP

Day 1 - Friday

AM: Arrival at Baltra Airport (GPS)

PM: CC Fausto Llerena hike galapagos islands

Day 2 - Saturday

AM: Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM: Sullivan Bay (Santiago) hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Day 3 - Sunday

AM:  Egas Port (Santiago) hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM: Chinese Hat hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Day 4 - Monday

AM: Rabida hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM: Bartholomew hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Day 5 - Tuesday

AM: Mosquera Islet hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Tour ends. Transfer to Baltra Airport

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ISLANDS OVERVIEW AND ACTIVITIES

Itinerary B5 / Naturalist

Friday

AM: Arrival at Baltra Airport

Upon arrival, you will have to pay your Galapagos National Park entrance fee and your luggage will be inspected to make sure no foreign substances are introduced.

Activities:

Difficulty: – –

Baltra Galapagos Islands Aqua Yacht
PM: CC Fausto Llerena

A tour at Fausto Llerena Breeding Center you can see the tortoises of Española Island, ending in the tortoise exhibit corral. Tortoises of this corral are accustomed to humans; it is an excellent spot to be photographed with them!

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

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Saturday

AM: Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)

Thanks to the successful breeding programme, Dragon Hill is still populated by the largest wild population of Galapagos land iguanas on Santa Cruz.

Activities: hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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PM: Sullivan Bay (Santiago)

The arrival in Sullivan Bay is like a moon landing. The desolate, sprawling fields seem to be mostly lifeless, but this island, which is particularly popular among photographers, still offers a lot to see. Green sea turtles burrow in the small white sand beach, where you can also find crabs, blue herons and oystercatchers.

Activities: hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Aqua Yacht Sullivan Bay galapagos

Sunday

AM: Egas Port (Santiago)

You will have a “wet-landing” and take an easy walk along trails and on the beautiful shoreline of the black sand beach, where you can see birds, sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas and Galapagos fur seals.

Activities: hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Egas Port Galapagos Aqua Yacht crab
PM: Chinese Hat

Chinese Hat is a volcanic cone, forming another islet off the rocky coast of Santiago, where a small colony of Galapagos penguins has settled. This is an excellent place to learn more about volcanoes, lava bombs and lava tunnels.

Activities: hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

chinese hat Aqua Yacht galapagos islands

Monday

AM: Rabida

Oxidised iron particles give the rocks and sand their rusty colour. The beach wall holds a shallow green-fringed lagoon; this oasis is the most fertile place on the otherwise arid islet. The salty pool attracts all kind of aquatic birds, like pintails and sometimes American flamingos.

Activities: hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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PM: Bartholomew

Expert divers consider this site to be the best in the world. Just in one dive, you can find schooling hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, large pods of dolphins, mobula rays, silky sharks, and more!

Activities: hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Moderate

Bartolome Galapagos Aqua yacht

Tuesday

AM: Mosquera Islet

Galapagos sea lions are true beach lovers and Mosquera offers beautiful white coral sand beaches that contrast with the blue water and attract numerous sea lions. During a beach walk, you can observe numerous species of waders and sanderlings.

Activities: hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Sea lion mosquera islands Aqua yacht
Transfer out to Baltra Airport

Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, where we take the airport shuttle. Your guide will accompany you to the check-in counters in the departure hall.

You will return home with stunning pictures and unforgettable lifelong memories!

Activities:

Avianca Galapagos Aqua Yacht diving
DAY 1

Friday

AM: Arrival at Baltra Airport

Upon arrival, you will have to pay your Galapagos National Park entrance fee and your luggage will be inspected to make sure no foreign substances are introduced.

Activities:

Difficulty: – –

Baltra Galapagos Islands Aqua Yacht
PM: CC Fausto Llerena

A tour at Fausto Llerena Breeding Center you can see the tortoises of Española Island, ending in the tortoise exhibit corral. Tortoises of this corral are accustomed to humans; it is an excellent spot to be photographed with them!

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

Fausto Llerena galapagos islands safe travels Ecuador ATC Cruises Aqua Yacht naturalist itineraries
DAY 2

Saturday

AM: Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)

Thanks to the successful breeding programme, Dragon Hill is still populated by the largest wild population of Galapagos land iguanas on Santa Cruz.

Activities: hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Dragon Hill galapagos islands safe travels Ecuador ATC Cruises Aqua Yacht naturalist itineraries
PM: Sullivan Bay (Santiago)

The arrival in Sullivan Bay is like a moon landing. The desolate, sprawling fields seem to be mostly lifeless, but this island, which is particularly popular among photographers, still offers a lot to see. Green sea turtles burrow in the small white sand beach, where you can also find crabs, blue herons and oystercatchers.

Activities: hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Aqua Yacht Sullivan Bay galapagos
DAY 3

Sunday

AM: Egas Port (Santiago)

You will have a “wet-landing” and take an easy walk along trails and on the beautiful shoreline of the black sand beach, where you can see birds, sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas and Galapagos fur seals.

Activities: hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Egas Port Galapagos Aqua Yacht crab
PM: Chinese Hat

Chinese Hat is a volcanic cone, forming another islet off the rocky coast of Santiago, where a small colony of Galapagos penguins has settled. This is an excellent place to learn more about volcanoes, lava bombs and lava tunnels.

Activities: hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

chinese hat Aqua Yacht galapagos islands
DAY 4

Monday

AM: Rabida

Oxidised iron particles give the rocks and sand their rusty colour. The beach wall holds a shallow green-fringed lagoon; this oasis is the most fertile place on the otherwise arid islet. The salty pool attracts all kind of aquatic birds, like pintails and sometimes American flamingos.

Activities: hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Rabida galapagos islands safe travels Ecuador ATC Cruises Aqua Yacht naturalist itineraries
PM: Bartholomew

Expert divers consider this site to be the best in the world. Just in one dive, you can find schooling hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, large pods of dolphins, mobula rays, silky sharks, and more!

Activities: hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Moderate

Bartolome Galapagos Aqua yacht
DAY 5

Tuesday

AM: Mosquera Islet

Galapagos sea lions are true beach lovers and Mosquera offers beautiful white coral sand beaches that contrast with the blue water and attract numerous sea lions. During a beach walk, you can observe numerous species of waders and sanderlings.

Activities: hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Sea lion mosquera islands Aqua yacht
Transfer out to Baltra Airport

Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, where we take the airport shuttle. Your guide will accompany you to the check-in counters in the departure hall.

You will return home with stunning pictures and unforgettable lifelong memories!

Activities:

Avianca Galapagos Aqua Yacht diving