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The Enchanted Islands

Luxury Galapagos Cruises

Luxury Galapagos Cruises

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Allow Minka Ecuador recommend you an adventure of a lifetime. Haugan Cruices´ boutique yachts are unlike any other form of travel and the most luxury way to experience the magic of the Galapagos islands. When in other parts of the world, cruice ships can, indeed, be massive, in Galapagos the largest ship holds a maximum of 100 passengers, but the best options range from single-guided boats with approximately 6 to 10 cabins like the next Catamarans.

 

At the glance

  • The Petrel is like its namesake: elegant, swift and silent at sea. It is designed for comfort and stability and is outfitted with spacious cabins, a comfortable lounge and jacuzzi. On the Petrel, we emphasize the remarkable Natural History of Galapagos.
  • The Camila: feminine, swift and unique. Decorate with hues of purple, the Camila is the prettiest and the newest of Haugan´s fleet. But don´t let that fool you, as the first luxury trimaran designed exclusively for the Galapagos Islands. The Camila is well known for its comfort, stability and swiftness at sea.
  • The Ocean Spray: robust, elegant and unwavering. This mega-catamaran offers the best performance in Galapagos Island cruising. With ample entertainment space, The Ocean Spray is your perfect companion for those wanting an extended their experience.


What´s included

  • From 4D/3N to 15D/14N Galapagos Experience with all meals throughout cruices.
  • Champagne reception and regular soft drinks and juices.
  • Galapagos National Park certified Naturalist Guide.
  • Snorkeling gear and wetsuits.
  • All shore excursions.
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card.

What´s not included

  • International and local flights.
  • Plastic bottled drinks and alcoholic beverages.
  • Personal expenses and tips for crew and guides.
  • Municipal tax Isabela Island (10 USD foreign, 5 USD locals).
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (100 USD foreign, 6 USD locals), payment in cash.

 

PAYMENT POLICY:

A deposit of 20% total price upon booking and 80% of total price 60 days prior to departure date.

 

CANCELLATION POLICIES:

  • For cancelations of 120+ days prior, 10% of total invoice retained.
  • For cancelations between 60-119 days prior, 20% of total invoice retined.
  • For cancelations less than 60 days prior to departure date, 100% of total invoice retained.

ALL POLICIES ARE APPLIED STRICTLY REGARDLESS OF CIRCUMSTANCE

  • Included
    5 Star Accommodation
    Airport Transfer
    Breakfast
    Dinners
    Lunch
    Naturalist local guide
    Personal Guide
  • Not Included
    3 Star Accomodation
    4 Star Accomodation
    Entrance fee
    Flight tickets
    Gallery Ticket
    Mules and porters
    Personal expenses
    Refuge
    Tips

Tour Plan

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M/C PETREL 4D/3N - DETAILED ITINERARY

Friday - Day 1 AM: arrival to Baltra airport with transfer to M/C Petrel. PM: San Cristobal - Interpretation center and Galapaguera

  Welcome to the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/C Petrel.  The guide and crew will greet you and show you to your accommodations upon your arrival.  Afterwards, the guide and cruise manager will hold a short briefing on all safety and emergency protocols, different areas of the vessel and the normal routine of the itinerary. The Interpretation Center has been open to the public since 1998, offering extensive knowledge about the history of Galapagos. San Cristobal is also the island where Charles Darwin first landed on.  It is now home to the capital of Galapagos and houses many government offices, as well as part of the Ecuadorian Navy.  Giant tortoises are bred at the Galapaguera and roam in a semi-natural habitat created by the center.  

Saturday - Day 2 AM: Española Island - Gardner Bay / Osborn Islet. PM: Española Island - Suarez Point

  This white sandy beach is home to a large colony of sea lions and incredibly blue and turquoise waters. Three different finches can be seen, as well as the Española mockingbird.  Over time, the mockingbird must have been offered water or food from tourists and now they have no fear of walking on your things or landing very close to you.  It is so important not to feed or touch the animals.  It can disrupt their normal behaviors and threaten their future.   This is a phenomenal site where you will get to see many of Española Island's endemic species. The trail will pass by the only Waved Albatross breeding site in all of Galapagos. If you are lucky you might see a young albatross take off for its first flight for up to five years at sea. Older birds stay at sea for months at a time, only coming back to breed. They have the same mate for life and will meet each other each year, only here to reproduce. Other species that can be seen are marine iguanas that stay brightly colored year round, Galapagos doves, Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, and Darwin finches.  

Sunday - Day 3 AM: Floreana - Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown PM: Floreana - Post Office Bay

Cormorant is an interesting visitor site. Two beaches can be visited here, just beyond the first beach is a saltwater lagoon with flamingos. One of the beaches look green because of the olivine crystals, and the other is appropriately called Flour Beach because of the powdery white sand, made from fine, pulverized coral. Watch your feet if wading in the water, stingrays love to hang out here as well. Devil’s Crown boasts one of the finest snorkeling opportunities.  Below the surface are amazing volcanic structures that have submerged over time.  Hundreds of colorful fish species can be seen along the reef, along with sharks, rays, sea turtles, sea lions, and rays.  It’s a beautiful underwater spectacle that cannot be missed. Ask the Cruise Manager for one of our complimentary postcards to write a message and address it home.  Leave it in the barrel used before by pirates and sailors. While your there, see if there are any other postcards you can take home with you to send for fellow travelers who have already left their messages!

Monday - Day 4 Am: Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Station

The Charles Darwin Research Station is one of the most important visitor sites when it comes to learning more about the evolution of both the wildlife and geology of the Galapagos Islands.  With the station you can find many different interpretation centers on plant life, endemic wildlife, conservation projects, and even how a ladybug played a vital role in a new type of control against invasive intruders within the islands! Afterwards, you will have time to gather your belongings and then the guide and cruise manager will thank you for your time with Haugan Cruises.  Then, you will be transferred to the airport and your cruise will come to an end.
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M/T CAMILA 5D/4N - DETAILED ITINERARY

Tuesday - Day 1 AM: Arrival to Baltra Airport with Transfer to M/T Camila PM: Bartolome Island

Welcome to the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/T Camila.  The guide and crew will greet you and show you to your accommodations upon your arrival.  Afterwards, the guide and cruise manager will hold a short briefing on all safety and emergency protocols, different areas of the vessel and the normal routine of the itinerary.   This island is well known for its incredible remnants of volcano cones and distinct terrain such as Pinnacle Rock.  A hike will lead you up to the top of a lookout point to see all of Sullivan Bay.  You might be able to see lava lizards and various sea birds flying above.  

Wednesday - Day 2 AM: Rabida Island PM: Santiago Island - Egas Port

  This visitor site is quite different from others as it has a very distinct and red fine gravel beach due to the iron content.  Snorkeling can be done here with spectacular sights of tropical fish. Visitors like to walk along the beach taking in the sights and also visiting the black lagoon with pink flamingos.   This visitor site is also known as James Bay, it is home to Galapagos hawks, lava lizards and the trails lead to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools full of fauna.  Fur seals, different from the common sea lions can also be seen here.

Thursday - Day 3 AM: Genovesa - Darwin Bay PM: Genovesa - El Barranco

A white sand coral beach leads the way to a hiking trail through mangroves filled with many different species of land birds and other famous species like blue-footed and red-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls.  Towards the end of the hike are tidal pools where you can find sea lions swimming playfully and finally a spectacular view off a cliff. El Barranco is also known as Prince Philip’s Steps.  It is an extraordinary site on the flatter area of the island in Darwin’s Bay.  Be prepared to make your way up a rocky crevasse, then enjoy the easy trail to spectacular views.  This is one of the few visitor sites where all three boobie species can be seen, as well as the short-eared owl.

Friday - Day 4 AM: Mosquera Islet PM: Santa Cruz: Highlands

Located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour lays a reef made of coral.  This was the result of volcanic uprising making the islet only 160 meters across at its narrowest width.  It has one of the largest populations of sea lions and is home to many shorebirds.  On occasion, orcas can be seen hunting off the shoreline.   The highlands are located in the northern part of Santa Cruz and can reach elevations up to 1500 meters.  This area is rich with hills, ferns, volcanoes and wildlife.  A great contrast to the molten lava harden beaches and rocky areas of other islands already seen.  It is home to giant tortoises, mockingbirds, finches and many other species.  

Saturday - Day 5 AM: North Seymour – Transfer To The Airport

Explore the rocky coast of North Seymour passing colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds.  The island was formed by a series of submarine lava expelled from the ocean floor, carrying with it layers of sediment uplifted by the tectonic activity.  The island is mostly characterized by the arid vegetation.   After this final visit you will be transferred to the airport and your cruise will come to an end and you will be transferred to Baltra Airport.
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M/C OCEAN SPRAY 6D/5N - DETAILED ITINERARY

Saturday - Day 1 AM: Arrival to Baltra Airport with Transfer To M/C Ocean Spray PM: Chinese Hat

  Welcome to the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/C Ocean Spray. The guide and crew will greet you and show you to your accommodations upon your arrival. Afterwards, the guide and cruise manager will hold a short briefing on all safety and emergency protocols, different areas of the vessel and the normal routine of the itinerary. This site offers rare, up close viewing of Galapagos wildlife and well-preserved remnants of fragile volcanic rock that can't be found in such a unique condition anywhere else. The island is named after the similarity of an Asian type of hat. Here you can see American Oystercatchers and Galapagos Penguins swimming along the shores.

Sunday - Day 2 AM: Isabela - Vicente Roca Point - PM: Fernandina - Espinosa Point

  Vicente Roca Point has outstanding geological formations and is a great place to see various bird species. Because this visitor site is located on the western area of the island, the Cromwell Current provides cold water that carries many nutrients for both land and aquatic species, offering the chance to see amazing feeding frenzies. As one of the most pristine islands in the archipelago, Fernandina has never had a foreign species invade. It is also the most active island and farthest west. Espinosa point is the only visitor site on the entire island. Here you can see marine iguanas, Galapagos hawks and enjoy a hike and/or snorkeling activity at one of the most natural, unspoiled sites in the entire world.

Monday - Day 3 AM: Isabela - Tagus Cove - PM: Isabela - Urbina Bay

  If you like historic remnants, then you will enjoy finding what was left behind by pirates and sailors in the 1800s. This site was one of their preferred pit stops while traveling the seas. The hike here will provide incredible views of the cove and on the other side the mangrove forest where the last 35 pairs of Mangrove finches thrive. Millions of years ago, Urbina Bay was once laying on the ocean floor. Volcanic uplifts caused it to rise and now it is occupied by sea lions, land iguanas and flightless cormorants. It is a great place to enjoy some free time on the beach or the guide may suggest a hike.

Tuesday - Day 4 AM: Isabela - Elizabeth Bay - PM: Isabela - Moreno Point

  This visitor site is visited by panga only as the park authorities have no authorized landing in order to protect the island. While in the panga you can appreciate a large abundance of marine life that can be seen in the clear waters. It is great for snorkeling. The beautiful rocky shores of Moreno Point offers a plethora of birds to be seen. It is truly a birders delight. The main attraction are the coast lagoons where white tipped sharks can be seen and the panoramic views of Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcanoes cannot be missed.

Wednesday - Day 5 AM: Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Station - PM: Santa Cruz - Highlands

  The Charles Darwin Research Station is one of the Galapagos Island’s most important sites for visitors. It is a research facility that has an extensive collection of Galapagos plant life specimens carefully preserved and also acts as a biological research station and active breeding center operated by the Charles Darwin Foundation. Their biggest conservation efforts are to one day eliminate all invasive and non-native plants and animals destroying endemic species within the islands. The highlands are located in the northern part of Santa Cruz and can reach elevations up to 1500 meters. This area is rich with hills, ferns, volcanoes and wildlife. A great contrast to the molten lava hardened beaches and rocky areas of other islands already seen. It is home to giant tortoises, mockingbirds, finches and many other species.

Thursday - Day 6 AM: South Plaza Island - Transfer

  South Plaza is one of the smallest islands with a visitor site, but is home to an incredible amount of diverse flora and fauna. It has a large population of Sesuvium plants like the prickly pear cactus tree that is an important source of food for the land iguana. Just a few years ago mice were finally eradicated from the island, helping the population of land iguanas grow healthily once more. The amazing colors of the turquoise waters against the black lava create a setting for amazing photography opportunities. The only visit you will have on this day is to South Plaza Island. Afterwards, you will have time to gather your belongings and then the guide and cruise manager will thank you for your time with Haugan Cruises. Then, you will be transferred to the airport and your cruise will come to an end.

NOTES:

  • 25% Discount for children under 12 years old (1 child per 2 adults). Children 7 years and older are welcome aboard.
  • Single supplement 50%.
  • Prices based on a double occupancy.
  • Itineraries are subject to change due to many different elements such as weather, park authorities and regulations, airline operations out of Haugan Cruises control, guide experience and safety concerns.
  • Extra net surcharge and different conditions in high season (Dec 19 – Jan 2, Christmas & New Year).

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