Eclipse: Yacht Details


One of the very top small ships in the islands

The Eclipse offers a great option for those looking for a bit more space than can be found on the smaller yachts, while still preserving a small ship atmosphere.  210 feet long, she comfortably accommodates up to 48 passengers in air-conditioned staterooms, each with a spacious private bath and seaview.  The quality of the guides, food and service on-board the Eclipse will be as good as you can find in the Galapagos.

Day by Day Itinerary

BRIEF SUMMARY (for detailed island visits please scroll down)
7 night cruises run from Saturday to Saturday

Itinerary A
Saturday:        Arrive to Baltra / North Seymour
Sunday:          South Plaza Island / Santa Fe Island
Monday:          San Cristobal:  Punta Pitt / Cerro Brujo
Tuesday:        Floreana:  Post Office / Punta Cormorant
Wednesday:  Isabela:  Elizabeth Bay / Punta Moreno
Thursday:       Santa Cruz:  Charles Darwin Research Center / Highlands
Friday:             Espanola:  Gardner Bay / Punta Suarez
Saturday:        Mosquera Islet

Itinerary B
Saturday:        Arrive to Baltra / Black Turtle Cove
Sunday:          Rabida Island / Puerto Egas (Santiago)
Monday:          Fernandina:  Tagus Cove / Punta Espinosa
Tuesday:        Isabela:  Urbina Bay / Punta Vicente Roca
Wednesday:  Santa Cruz:  Charles Darwin Research Center / Highlands
Thursday:       Tower Island:  El Barranco / Darwin Bay
Friday:             Bartolome / Cerro Drago (Santa Cruz)
Saturday:        Bachas Beach


Eclipse 7 night Cruise Itinerary with Española

Saturday to Saturday


Day 1 Saturday Arrive to Baltra / North Seymour
Once you arrive to the Galapagos Islands and have retrieved your luggage you will be met by a representative of the Eclipse and be transferred to your ship to start your cruise. Your first excursion is on North Seymour, a perfect introduction to the Galapagos Islands. Fauna abounds and you will soon find yourself surrounded by frigates and blue footed boobies. Keep an eye out for land iguanas and sea lions too.

Day 2 Sunday South Plaza Island / Santa Fe Island
You will start your day with a dry landing on South Plaza Island. Although quite small, it is actually home to a large Opuntia cacti forest, land iguanas, and one of the largest sea lion colonies in the central region of the archipelago. An endemic plant, Sesuvium, inhabits this island and is a great climate indicator as its color is a greenish-yellowish during the rainy season and a bright red during the dry season. You will also be able to see Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and other kinds of sea birds as well as different types of finches.

The afternoon includes a wet landing on Santa Fe Island. The island was formed by uplifting, rather than by a volcano. Some of the island’s endemic species include the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Snake, rice rats, different types of finches, and the Galapagos Mockingbird. The visit includes a hike on a trail past salt bushes where Galapagos hawks as well as the Santa Fe land iguanas tend to roam. Playful sea lions may accompany you during your snorkeling activities.

Day 3 Monday San Cristobal: Punta Pitt / Cerro Brujo
In the morning there will be a wet landing at Punta Pitt. Punta Pitt is located on the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island. You will hike (longest hike of the cruise – 2.5 hours) up to a plateau where the view and landscape are so spectacular it is definitely worth the effort. Watch out for the Red Footed Boobies nesting in the cliffs. The power hike is followed by kayaking, snorkeling, and panga ride opportunities.

In the afternoon you will disembark at Cerro Brujo. Here you can enjoy a fantastic landscape as well as wonderful swimming, snorkeling, and panga ride experiences. Cerro Brujo’s gorgeous beach is also home to many sea lions and it’s also the first coast where Charles Darwin first stepped foot on in the Archipelago.

Day 4 Tuesday Floreana: Post Office / Punta Cormorant
Today starts with a dry landing on Floreana Island. Floreana is one of the Galapagos most famous due to it´s many strange stories regarding past settlers. There are many wonderful and diverse sites to visit including Post Office Bay and the “Baroness’s Viewing Point”. Marine life also abounds in Floreana’s coastal regions making it a fantastic site for snorkeling. Flamingos also populate the island and may be seen during your visit. The Baroness’s Viewing Point is the perfect place to take in the special environment that defines Floreana, and a great spot to talk and ponder regarding the intriguing history of the Baroness and her three lovers. The Post Office is a place where in the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home. This is one of the archipelago’s most famous spots. For the adventurous a visit to a lava tunnel is included. This tunnel has been kept untouched and completely natural, so please, watch your step!

The afternoon includes visits to Cormorant Point and Champion Islet with snorkeling or a panga ride. A great site for bird-watching, Cormorant Point has a large lagoon where everything from Flamingos to stilts and pintail ducks can be observed. The beach nearby is also quite special and known as: The “Green Beach.” It was named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand.

Day 5 Wednesday Isabela: Elizabeth Bay / Punta Moreno
The day begins with a panga ride to the Elizabeth Bay mangroves. Elizabeth Bay is one of the furthest points of the Galapagos that you will visit on the cruise. You will enter a sheltered cove accessible by panga only – a wonderful mangrove ecosystem that is a refuge for sea turtles, rays, blue-footed boobies, penguins, herons, and more.

The afternoon consists of a landing at Moreno Point which is located just southwest of Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. You can observe and learn about different types of lava and pioneer plants while being surrounded by some of the most incredible scenery that Galapagos has to offer. In the tide pools, green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted. Afterwards you will enjoy a panga ride along the rocky shores while observing penguins, sea lions, blue footed boobies, and marine iguanas.

Day 6 Thursday Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Research Center / Highlands
The day begins with a dry landing at Puerto Ayora to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. On your visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station you will gain insight into the huge efforts being made by scientists, guides, rangers, and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see the famous Galapagos tortoises that are the islands’ namesake. After the visit you will drive to the green highlands of Santa Cruz, where you will visit a tortoise reserve to search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings. The afternoon is at leisure.

Day 7 Friday Espanola: Gardner Bay / Punta Suarez
The day begins with a wet landing at Gardner Bay on Española Island. Gardner Bay offers the chance to enjoy a wonderful white sand beach. It is home to one of the most important colonies of sea lions and it is also a nesting site for sea turtles. Throughout the morning there are opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking.

The afternoon consists of a dry landing at Punta Suarez, one of the most popular and attractive sites in the Galapagos. Due to its isolation from other islands, it has a high proportion of endemic fauna. A few steps inland from the landing site, groups of Española marine iguanas bask in the sun. Further inland, Nazca and blue-footed boobies nest near the trail, Galapagos doves peck around unaware of visitors, and finches go about their day to day business. The trail continues towards a blowhole, which is a fissure in the lava where water spurts high into the air like a geyser. The cracks in the cliffs are home to swallow-tailed gulls and red-billed tropicbirds. Further up the cliff in an area of low-lying trees you will find waved albatrosses nesting. The 15,000 to 17,000 pairs of albatrosses on Española represent almost the entire population of this species on the planet. They perform one of the most spectacular courtship rituals of the animal world.

Day 8 Saturday Mosquera Islet / Cruise Ends
The morning starts with a Panga ride to Mosquera Islet, a tiny islet, home to a huge population of sea lions and many shorebirds. While at Mosquera, keep your eyes peeled as there are occasional reports of dolphins and orcas. After the visit you will be escorted to Baltra airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland.



Eclipse 7 night Cruise Itinerary with Genovesa

Saturday to Saturday


Day 1 Saturday Arrive to Baltra / Black Turtle Cove
Once you arrive to the Galapagos Islands and have retrieved your luggage you will be met by a representative of the Eclipse and be transferred to your ship to start your cruise. Your first excursion is a panga ride to Black Turtle Cove, one of the most beautiful marine sites in the Galapagos. It is a complex maze of tranquil salt-water inlets surrounded by three different species of mangrove trees. Its waters are a nursery site for sea turtles, rays, and sharks as well as a nesting site for sea birds. This site is only accessible by panga.

Day 2 Sunday Rabida Island / Puerto Egas (Santiago)
You will start your day with a wet landing on Rabida Island, a small island with red volcanic rocks surrounding a beautiful red sand beach, where there is a colony of sea lions and a pelican nesting site. The trail leads to a salt water lagoon where shore birds can be seen. Rábida is considered to be one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos Islands.

The afternoon includes a wet landing at Puerto Egas on Santiago Island. Puerto Egas (James Bay) is located on the northwest side of Santiago Island. The landing is on a black beach with eroded rock formations in the background. The trail crosses the dry interior, where the remains of a salt mining enterprise can still be seen, and then continues along the coast. Tidal pools are home to a variety of invertebrate organisms, including sea urchins, octopus, and starfish. You will also see marine iguanas, finches, oyster catchers, and possibly the Galapagos Hawk. The trail leads to the Fur Sea Lion Grottos, one of the only places in the islands where these unique animals can be seen. After the walk, you will have time to swim or snorkel off the beach, where you will see sea lions, fish, turtles, rays, and maybe some reef sharks.

Day 3 Monday Fernandina: Tagus Cove / Punta Espinosa
In the morning there will be a dry landing at Tagus Cove on Isabela Island. Tagus Cove was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers and whalers. Here you will see the names of hundreds of ships painted on the high ridges (a practice now forbidden). On the hike, the trail goes through an area of vegetation and the volcanic landscape of the Darwin volcano. At the top of the trail, you will enjoy an incredible view of the whole cove and Darwin Lake. The early morning activity is followed by kayaking or a panga ride, where you will have the opportunity to see a large number of blue-footed boobies perched on the ledges of the cliffs, as well as marine iguanas, penguins, brown pelicans, brown noddy terns, and swallow-tailed gulls. While exploring the channel between Fernandina and Isabela Islands, you sometimes encounter dolphins and whales.

In the afternoon you will have a dry landing at Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island. Fernandina Island is one of the most pristine ecosystems in the entire world and also one of the most dynamic. La Cumbre Volcano last erupted in April 2009, and also dominates the landscape, with lava fields stretching towards
the ocean from its base. Punta Espinoza is a narrow piece of land where some of the most unique Galapagos species can be seen, including the flightless cormorant, Galapagos snakes, marine iguanas, penguins, and the Galapagos hawk.

Day 4 Tuesday Isabela: Urbina Bay / Punta Vicente Roca
In the morning you will disembark at Urbina Bay for an excursion. Urbina Bay is located in Western Isabela, at the foot of Alcedo volcano. After a wet landing on a beautiful black-sand beach, you may be able to observe sea turtle nesting sites. This area is also known for penguin and flightless cormorant sightings and is one of the best places to see Darwin’s finches as well as large land iguanas. Be on the lookout for Galapagos tortoises which like to feed within the site’s dense vegetation.

The afternoon includes a visit to Punta Vicente Rock, a wonderful snorkeling site, where you can usually see turtles as well as all kinds of fish. For those who do not snorkel, a panga ride will give you the opportunity to study some of the Galapagos’ spectacular geological rock formations. Nazca boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and penguins are often seen in the area.

Day 5 Wednesday Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Research Center / Highlands
The day starts with a dry landing at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. You will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station where you will gain insight into the great efforts being made by scientists, guides, rangers, and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see the famous Galapagos tortoises that are the islands’ namesake.

After the visit you will drive to the green highlands of Santa Cruz, where you will visit a tortoise reserve to search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings. The afternoon is at leisure or there are optional activities.

Day 6 Thursday Tower Island: El Barranco / Darwin Bay
The day begins with a dry landing at El Barranco on Genovesa Island. Genovesa, or Tower Island, is the northernmost island that is allowed to be visited by naturalist (non-diving) cruises. This island is extremely remote and home to literally millions of birds belonging to many different species including the red footed booby as well as frigates, swallow-tailed gulls, and even endemic owls. El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, is a steep path with stairs carved into the rock which leads to a plateau full of bird life amongst a Palo Santo forest. You will see Nazca boobies, Galapagos doves, mockingbirds, and petrels.

In the afternoon you will visit Darwin Bay’s. The soft, coralline white sand is only the beginning of a spectacular excursion. A trail from the beach takes you into lush mangroves where red footed boobies nest. Other locals include sea lions, swallow-tail gulls, frigate birds, and more. Snorkeling is a must here as sharks, colorful reef fish, rays, and sea turtles are common.

Day 7 Friday Bartolome / Cerro Drago (Santa Cruz)
The morning starts when you disembark on Bartolome Island. Bartolome is a small island that has two visitor sites. At the first site, you can snorkel around Pinnacle Rock, where penguins are usually seen. Then, it’s back on board for a quick change of clothes followed by a short dinghy ride to a dry landing for a climb to the highest point on the island. On the way up, you will encounter different volcanic formations, including spatter and tuff cones, lava flows, and lava tubes. From the summit you will have a wonderful view of Sullivan Bay. For those not interested in the hike, there is the option of a panga ride. Usual fauna and flora also includes sea lions, pioneer plants, reef sharks, rays, and colorful reef fish.

The afternoon consists of a visit to Cerro Dragon. The name Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) stems from the fact that it was one of the few sites on Santa Cruz Island where a healthy population of land iguanas were found in 1975. After landing at a pier, a hike takes to you to a salt water lagoon behind the beach, frequented by common stilts, pintail ducks and occasionally flamingos. A short walk up the hill leads you to a land iguana nesting site, with breathtaking views of the bay. You will have the chance to go swimming after the walk.

Day 8 Saturday Bachas Beach / Cruise Ends
The morning starts with a visit to Las Bachas Beach which is located in the north of Santa Cruz Island. It´s soft, white sand is derived from decomposed coral, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind the beach there is a small brackish lagoon, where it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. After the visit you will be escorted to Baltra airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland.



Eclipse 5 night Cruise Itinerary

Saturday to Thursday


Day 1 Saturday Arrive to Baltra / North Seymour
Once you arrive to the Galapagos Islands and have retrieved your luggage you will be met by a representative of the Eclipse and be transferred to your ship to start your cruise. Your first excursion is on North Seymour, a perfect introduction to the Galapagos Islands. Fauna abounds and you will soon find yourself surrounded by frigates and blue footed boobies. Keep an eye out for land iguanas and sea lions too.

Day 2 Sunday South Plaza Island / Santa Fe Island
You will start your day with a dry landing on South Plaza Island. Although quite small, it is actually home to a large Opuntia cacti forest, land iguanas, and one of the largest sea lion colonies in the central region of the archipelago. An endemic plant, Sesuvium, inhabits this island and is a great climate indicator as its color is a greenish-yellowish during the rainy season and a bright red during the dry season. You will also be able to see Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and other kinds of sea birds as well as different types of finches.

The afternoon includes a wet landing on Santa Fe Island. The island was formed by uplifting, rather than by a volcano. Some of the island’s endemic species include the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Snake, rice rats, different types of finches, and the Galapagos Mockingbird. The visit includes a hike on a trail past salt bushes where Galapagos hawks as well as the Santa Fe land iguanas tend to roam. Playful sea lions may accompany you during your snorkeling activities.

Day 3 Monday San Cristobal: Punta Pitt / Cerro Brujo
In the morning there will be a wet landing at Punta Pitt. Punta Pitt is located on the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island. You will hike (longest hike of the cruise – 2.5 hours) up to a plateau where the view and landscape are so spectacular it is definitely worth the effort. Watch out for the Red Footed Boobies nesting in the cliffs. The power hike is followed by kayaking, snorkeling, and panga ride opportunities.

In the afternoon you will disembark at Cerro Brujo. Here you can enjoy a fantastic landscape as well as wonderful swimming, snorkeling, and panga ride experiences. Cerro Brujo’s gorgeous beach is also home to many sea lions and it’s also the first coast where Charles Darwin first stepped foot on in the Archipelago.

Day 4 Tuesday Floreana: Post Office / Punta Cormorant
Today starts with a dry landing on Floreana Island. Floreana is one of the Galapagos most famous due to its many strange stories regarding past settlers. There are many wonderful and diverse sites to visit including Post Office Bay and the “Baroness’s Viewing Point”. Marine life also abounds in Floreana’s coastal regions making it a fantastic site for snorkeling. Flamingos also populate the island and may be seen during your visit. The Baroness’s Viewing Point is the perfect place to take in the special environment that defines Floreana, and a great spot to talk and ponder regarding the intriguing history of the Baroness and her three lovers. The Post Office is a place where in the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home. This is one of the archipelago’s most famous spots. For the adventurous a visit to a lava tunnel is included. This tunnel has been kept untouched and completely natural, so please, watch your step!

The afternoon includes visits to Cormorant Point and Champion Islet with snorkeling or a panga ride. A great site for bird-watching, Cormorant Point has a large lagoon where everything from Flamingos to stilts and pintail ducks can be observed. The beach nearby is also quite special and known as: The “Green Beach.” It was named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand.

Day 5 Wednesday Isabela: Elizabeth Bay / Punta Moreno
The day begins with a panga ride to the Elizabeth Bay mangroves. Elizabeth Bay is one of the furthest points of the Galapagos that you will visit on the cruise. You will enter a sheltered cove accessible by panga only – a wonderful mangrove ecosystem that is a refuge for sea turtles, rays, blue-footed boobies, penguins, herons, and more.

The afternoon consists of a landing at Moreno Point which is located just southwest of Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. You can observe and learn about different types of lava and pioneer plants while being surrounded by some of the most incredible scenery that Galapagos has to offer. In the tide pools, green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted. Afterwards you will enjoy a panga ride along the rocky shores while observing penguins, sea lions, blue footed boobies, and marine iguanas.

Day 6 Thursday Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Research Center / Cruise Ends
The morning starts with a dry landing at Santa Cruz and a transfer to the Charles Darwin Research Station accompanied by a guide. The Charles Darwin Research Station is where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place. It is an excellent place for visitors to be photographed with them. You can also admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and a variety Darwin finches and other land birds while there. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to communities and schools within the islands, and to tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. After the visit you will be escorted to Baltra airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland.

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