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The Beagle Galapagos: Yacht Details

A Personalized Experience in the Galapagos Islands

The Beagle is a first class schooner-style yacht that accommodates a maximum of 14 passengers. With teak decks and beautifully-designed interiors, the Beagle is a great option for those looking for a unique vessel with an intimate feeling and excellent personalized service. Meals are taken both in the main cabin and on the rear deck, and the upper deck offers seating with sun and shade for comfortable lounging. All excursions are done with a bilingual naturalist guide, and include hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking.

Day by Day Itinerary

BRIEF SUMMARY (for detailed island visits please scroll down)
Cruises run Tuesday to Tuesday and are divided between a Northwest itinerary and a South & Central itinerary

Northwest Itinerary
Tuesday:Arrive to Baltra / Las Bachas (Santa Cruz)
Wednesday:Genovesa: Prince Philip’s Steps / Darwin Bay
Thursday:Egas Port (Santiago) / Navigation
Friday:Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela) / Fernandina
Saturday:Isabela: Tagus Cove / Urbina Bay
Sunday:Isabela: Elizabeth Bay / Punta Moreno
Monday:Isabela: Sierra Negra / Villamil
Tuesday:Twin Craters (Santa Cruz) / Return to Mainland

South & Central Itinerary
Tuesday:Arrive to Santa Cruz / Charles Darwin Research Center
Wednesday:Floreana: Puerto Velasco Ibarra / Punta Cormorant
Thursday:Española: Punta Suarez / Gardner Bay
Friday:Punta Pitt (San Cristobal) / Lobos
Saturday:Santa Fe / South Plaza
Sunday:North Seymour / Bartolome
Monday:Sombrero Chino / Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz)
Tuesday:Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz) / Return to Mainland

Beagle 7 Night Itinerary (Northwest)

Tuesday to Tuesday

Day 1 Tuesday Arrive to Baltra / Las Bachas (Santa Cruz)
Upon arrival to Baltra Airport you will be met by the Beagle’s naturalist guide, who will assist you with your luggage and accompany you on a short bus ride to the harbor to board the Beagle.

After a light lunch, the Beagle will navigate to Las Bachas. Located on the northern shore of Santa Cruz Island, Las Bachas is named for a pair of World War II barges left by the U.S. Army. Here, you will visit a small lagoon where migratory birds (such as herons and pelicans) and other species are often present. You may also see flamingos.

Day 2 Wednesday Genovesa: Prince Philip’s Steps / Darwin Bay
Today you will visit Genovesa (Tower) Island, a low-lying volcano rising just above the ocean surface. Your first stop is a dry landing on the cliff by Prince Philip´s Steps, which you will use to climb up the steep basaltic cliff. The trail leads first through a small nesting colony of masked boobies before crossing a low, dense forest of Palo Santo trees where the red?footed boobies have their nests. At the edge of the island, thousands of small petrels nest in the crevices and tubes of the fragile lava. On both sides of the trail you may see Nazca booby nesting colonies.

In the afternoon you will visit Darwin Bay, a unique site lined with red mangrove and soft-haired prickly pear cacti, where you may see Nazca boobies, great Frigate birds, and mockingbirds. Darwin Bay is a popular site for bird-watching, and sightings often include the sharp-beaked finch, large cactus finches, large ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls.

Day 3 Thursday Egas Port (Santiago) / Navigation
Today you will visit Santiago (James) Island, located in the heart of the Archipelago. You will disembark at Puerto Egas (wet landing) onto a dark-sand volcanic beach with an interesting history of human settlement. Galapagos fur seals can often be seen lounging under arches of lava carved by the ocean or dipping into the crystalline pools, also known as grottos.

After lunch The Beagle will start navigating to the west side of Isabela Island.

Day 4 Friday Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela) / Fernandina
This morning you will visit Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island, home to a colony of Galapagos fur seals, a species endemic to the islands. You may also see sea turtles, Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions, Nasca boobies, blue footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, frigate birds, and flightless cormorants.

In the afternoon you will head to Fernandina Island, where you will disembark at Punta Espinosa (dry landing). One of the youngest islands in the Galapagos, Fernandina remains one of the most highly active volcanic islands. The island offers a contrast between the green mangroves, black lava flows, and turquoise waters. You may see Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, marine iguanas, and colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs.

Day 5 Saturday Isabela: Tagus Cove / Urbina Bay
This morning you will visit Tagus Cove, where you can view pirate graffiti dating back to the 1800s. As you walk around the cove you will enjoy views of a saltwater lagoon called Darwin Lake. From the summit of this hike you will be able to see both Darwin Volcano and Wolf Volcano.

Located to the south at the foot of the western side of the Alcedo Volcano, Urbina Bay was uplifted from the seabed in 1954, leaving coral heads sitting out of the water. Here, you may see stingrays and sea turtles swimming near the surface of the water. On land you may see flightless cormorants, pelicans, and marine iguanas. You will also have a view of the Alcedo Volcano.

Day 6 Sunday Isabela: Elizabeth Bay / Punta Moreno
This morning you will boat around Elizabeth Bay, a salt-water lagoon surrounded by the largest red mangroves of the Galapagos. Your small Zodiac boat will take you into the mangrove cove, where you may observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans, and sea lions.

In the afternoon, a lava walk at Punta Moreno will take you to a series of lagoons with plenty to see along the way. Darwin’s finches, Galapagos doves, penguins, blue-footed boobies, mockingbirds, and flightless cormorants are some of the abundant wild life found here.

Day 7 Monday Isabela: Sierra Negra / Villamil
Today you will see a totally different Galapagos. You will take land transport uphill until you are close to the caldera of the Sierra Negra volcano, the world’s second largest volcanic crater, located in the southern part of Isabela Island. On the way you will see the different vegetation zones of the volcano. For good walkers, there is a hike to Volcano Chico to view active fumaroles. A shorter walk can also be done along the same trail.

The afternoon will be spent in Puerto Villamil, where pink flamingos, common stilts, wimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, and gallinules are often spotted. The beaches and lagoons are home to some of the best migratory bird viewing in the Galapagos Islands. The afternoon also includes a visit to the Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Centre to see Isabela’s giant tortoises.

Day 8 Tuesday Twin Craters (Santa Cruz) / Return to Mainland
This morning you will visit Los Gemelos (The Twins), a pair of subsidence craters formed by a series of eruptions that happened when the islands were still active. Some species of Galapagos finches and the beautiful vermilion flycatcher can usually be seen here. After your visit you will be escorted to Baltra airport for your flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland.

Beagle 7 Night Itinerary (South and Central)

Tuesday to Tuesday

Day 1 Tuesday Arrive to Santa Cruz / Charles Darwin Research Center
Upon arrival to Santa Cruz you will be met by The Beagle’s naturalist guide, who will assist you with your luggage and accompany you on a short bus ride to the harbor to board The Beagle.

This afternoon you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island, the main inhabited island in the archipelago. At the station, a series of walkways will take you through the captive breeding program to see juvenile and adult tortoises from different islands. Here, you will witness the efforts and results of the field work being done in the islands and increase your understanding of the work being done by the foundation to preserve the ecosystems of the Galapagos.

Day 2 Wednesday Floreana: Puerto Velasco Ibarra / Punta Cormorant
In the morning you will visit Puerto Velasco Ibarra on the island of Fernandina, the smallest human settlement in the Gapalagos. Floreana was inhabited as early as the 1920s, and has a colorful history of pirates, whalers, convicts, and colonists. You will be driven up into the highlands on a dirt road in an open-sided bus known locally as a chiva. You’ll pass through chacras (small land holdings) up to a small fresh-water spring called Asilo de la Paz, where you will visit a tortoise corral.

In the afternoon you will motor to Punta Cormorant and from there take the dinghy to go snorkeling at Devil’s Crown, a sunken cone hosting a variety of marine life. Afterward you’ll return to explore Punta Cormorant, a steep lava cone joined to the main section of the island by a low-lying strip of land. At the high point of the trail that ascends this volcanic cone you will be able to look down into a large lagoon, where you may see several species of bird, including the occasional flamingo.

Day 3 Thursday Española: Punta Suarez / Gardner Bay
Today you will visit Española (Hood) Island, which boasts a remarkable quantity and variety of wildlife. Your first stop will be at Punta Suarez (dry landing), where colonies of Nazca and blue-footed boobies nest along the trails. You will also be able to see the famous Galapagos blowhole, where the seawater is forced through a fissure in the cliff and, depending on the waves and tide levels, can spout up to 80 feet high.

In the afternoon you will visit Gardner Bay, whose white-sand beaches are home to sea lions. This is a great area for snorkeling, with an opportunity to see many different schools of fish near Tortuga Rock, a few hundred meters off the shore.

Day 4 Friday Punta Pitt (San Cristobal) / Lobos
In the morning you will visit Punta Pitt, on the island of San Cristobal. Here you will have impressive views from a plateau surrounded by reddish hills. Depending on the time of year there may be nesting marine iguanas, red-footed boobies, and other marine birds down on the cliffs.

In the afternoon you will navigate to Kicker Rock, where rocks rise 500 feet out of the ocean and resemble a sleeping lion (hence its name in Spanish, “León Dormido”). Afterward, you will visit Isla Lobos, home to a sea lion colony and an endemic species of lava lizard. It’s a good site for swimming and snorkeling, and depending on the time of year you may see frigate birds displaying and building their nests.

Day 5 Saturday Santa Fe / South Plaza
Today you will visit Santa Fe, which offers a small picturesque bay that attracts large numbers of sea lions. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff and the other spanning from a small beach to a prickly pear cactus forest where the opuntia cacti grow to heights of over 30 feet.

In the afternoon you will head to South Plaza Island, a small island with steep cliffs formed by rising lava. The island is covered by Opuntia cacti and the characteristic Sesuvium, which changes its colors from season to season. South Plaza is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies in Galapagos, as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas.

Day 6 Sunday North Seymour / Bartolome
In the morning you will visit North Seymour Island (dry landing), a small uplifted island that is home to the largest nesting ground of Magnificent Frigate birds in the Galapagos.

In the afternoon you will visit Bartolome Island. Here, you will hike up a series of steps to a lookout point from which you can view the island’s unique, lunar-like landscape and the iconic Pinnacle Rock, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Galapagos. At the base of this rock are white sand beaches where you may see sea lions and Galapagos Penguins.

Day 7 Monday Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat) / Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill)
In the morning you will visit Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat), a small yet interesting island named for the cone shape of its lava formations. The islet is home to a sea lion colony, and you may see American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Penguins, and Sally-Lightfoot Crabs.

Afterward you will continue to Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill), located on Santa Cruz’s northwest shore. Here you will visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, Black-necked Stilts, and White-cheeked Pintails. Further inland you will find a land iguana nesting site.

Day 8 Tuesday Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz) / Return to Mainland
This morning you will visit Black Turtle Cove a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Here, pelicans and herons roost in the branches while marine dwellers such as the green sea turtle or the golden ray may cruise alongside your panga as you make your way through the mangrove trees. Your guide will then take you to the airport, where you will catch your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland.