West Nautical18A Osborne RoadJesmondNewcastle upon TyneNE2 2ADUnited Kingdom
Vast, exotic, wild and infinite in their beauty, get ready to explore the Galapagos Islands on the charter of a lifetime with West Nautical.
Fly in to San Cristobal Airport and join the yacht at anchor in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. San Cristobal is home of the oldest settlement in the islands and claims some of the most spectacular landscape. In the afternoon pay a visit to La Loberia, a rock and white sand beach which well known as a great spot to view the local sea lion colony and their pups. The beach also teams with other wildlife such as wild iguanas, lava lizards, yellow warblers and frigates, among other fascinating creatures.Recommended dive sites: Five Fingers, Kicker Rock, Whale Rock, Tijeretas Hill
The yacht will be anchored off the island of Santa Cruz, which holds the largest town in the Galapagos - Peurto Ayora. Santa Cruz is also home to the Charles Darwin Station, where visitors can observe tortoise research and breeding programmes.
For diving excursion options, visit Tortuga Bay beach in the south which is famous for its expansive and pristine shoreline and is a great place to view the marine wildlife, including colorful reef fish, white-tip sharks, rays and sea turtles.
Recommended dive sites: Academy Bay, Gordon Rocks
South Plaza is one of the smallest islands with a visitor site in the archipelago but it is home to a wide variety of species and is famous for its extraordinary flora. In the afternoon, your guide will take you to explore the island of Santa Fe.
The endemic yellow-coloured land iguanas here can grow over five feet long and in true Galapagos style the Opuntia cactus, a favorite food of the land iguana, has responded by growing tall and woody - up to 33 feet high.
Recommended dive sites: Fondeadero, Miedo Point
The yacht will travel to the island of Floreana. In the morning you will visit Post Office Bay, where 18th century whalers used a barrel as an unofficial mail drop. Your guide will take you to Cormorant Point in the afternoon, where a flamingo lagoon can be found behind white and black mangroves.
Sea turtles can also be found nesting and colonies of sting rays inhabit the waters. Clear water and interesting coral growths make Devil’s Crown a perfect spot for snorkelling or diving, as King Angel Fish, Tiger Snake Eels, White-tipped Sharks, Eagle Rays, Hammerhead Sharks and sea turtles can often be found around the coral reefs.
Spend the morning at the island of North Seymour. This tiny island is packed with countless sea lions and it’s one of the most popular breeding grounds for sea birds. Just off the island are some of the best dive sites in the Galapagos.
While in the area, pay a visit to Mosquera Islet which is located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands. This flat, sandy island is an excellent site for observing shorebirds such as herons and Lava Gulls. Over lunch, travel to Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago Island, in which the island of Bartolome lies.
Recommended dive sites: Daphne, North Seymour, and Mosquera
In the morning, visit the small island of Bartolome which lies within the Sullivan Bay area. Bartolomé is the most visited and most photographed island in Galapagos, and is home of the famous Pinnacle Rock.
At the south end of James Bay, on the west coast of the island, lies Egas Port, where your guide will take you to expore after lunch. The black beaches of Egas Port provide one of the best opportunities for visitors to see the Galapagos fur seal
Recommended dive sites: Bartolome, Cousin’s Rock, Bainbridge Rock, Mosquera Islet
Less than 3 miles from Egas Port, at the other end of James Bay, lies Espumilla Beach, a popluar sea turtle nesting site. Espumilla means “foam” in Spanish, and refers to the waves that break along this glorious golden sandy beach.
Chinese Hat or Sombrero Chino is a small island approximately 200 m off the southeastern coast of Santiago and is less than a quarter of 1 sq km in size. It is a fairly recent volcanic cone, which accounts for its descriptive name - it has the shape of a down-facing Chinese hat which is best viewed from the north.
The small channel of turquoise water between the island and Santiago provides a beautiful snorkeling site, particularly along the Santiago coast where it is possible to see sharks, sea lions, penguins, and rays.
Start the morning at Dragon Hill, a memorable visitor site and one of the best places in the islands to see the land iguana. Flamingo lagoons are another highlight of this area. The site is on the other side of the island from Puerto Ayora and consists of a trail in a sort of lasso shape: a trail leads inland to the hill, up and around the hill, and then back out the same trail to the beach.
Bachas Beach, less than a hour from Dragon Hill, provides a beautiful white sand beach and is a great location to view both land and marine iguanas, nesting Galapagos green sea turtles, endemic flora, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, flamingos and pelagic birds.
Return to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in San Cristobal for your departure from San Cristobal aiport.
The capital of Svalbard, Longyearbyen was originally a coal mining town. It is now a small, modern town known for its warm people, wonderful surroundings and of course for its spectacular views of the Northern Lights.
Make a stop at the Svalbard Museum, it documents the region’s fascinating natural and cultural history. Keep a look out for Polar bears can which can occasionally be seen in the area.