Small Group Safari or Tailor-Made

Southern Galapagos Adventure

A beautiful journey through the southern Galapagos Islands on the M/Y Grace, including Española Santa Cruz & more.

Duration 8 days
Price From $8,125
When Year Round
Destination Galapagos Islands

Safari Overview

Experience the highlights of this enchanting natural wonder that combines exotic volcanic landscapes with unflinching and unique wildlife. You will cruise the southern islands of the archipelago whilst enjoying the consummate luxury of the exquisite MY Grace. Meet the famous Galapagos tortoise; watch blue-footed boobies dance and swim with ever playful sea lions.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Small, intimate ship with room for just 18 passengers in nine cabins.
  • Explore some of the most beautiful, wildlife-rich areas of the Galapagos Islands.
  • Swim, snorkel and kayak with playful sea lions, marine iguanas or green sea turtles.
  • Spend your days relaxing on board the boutique style ship named after Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, the M/Y Grace.

The MY grace, former yacht of the late Princess Grace of Monaco, provides an idyllic base to explore this stunning part of the natural world.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Galapagos Islands

Today you fly to San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the dock where you will board the M/Y Grace your home for the next week. Check-in to your cabin before attending an introductory briefing & safety drill.

Overnight: M/Y Grace L, D

Day 2

Española Island

Española Island, also known as Hood, is the southernmost island of the Galapagos archipelago and is perhaps one of the most popular due to the huge diversity and number of fauna that reside here. After breakfast you have the opportunity to visit Punta Suarez where you will witness the largest variety of marine iguanas in the Galapagos. Other wildlife you may encounter includes Nazca and blue-footed boobies nesting along the cliff’s edge and the well-known waved albatross. In the afternoon you will visit Gardner Bay, a spectacular white sandy beach where colonies of sea lions lounge in the sun, sea turtles swim in the turquoise waters and curious mockingbirds bravely investigate new arrivals.

Overnight: M/Y Grace B, L, D

Day 3

Floreana Island

Floreana has had a colourful past and your guides will recount tales of the island’s history including pirates, whalers, convict and a small band of somewhat peculiar colonists. Later you visit Post Office Bay, where in 1793 British whalers set up a barrel as the island‘s Post Office, to send letters home on passing ships. The tradition continues to this day, and you can drop a postcard into the barrel without a stamp and hope that it will arrive at its destination via various hands.

Overnight: M/Y Grace B, L, D

Day 4

Santa Cruz Island

In the morning, after a dry landing at Dragon Hill, head up the beach to a trail that takes us to a hyper saline lagoon; a seasonal haunt for pink flamingos. You will notice that as you make your way from the coast toward the top of the hill, there is a transition from intertidal vegetation like mangroves to dry zone vegetation including Palo Santo cactus and the silvery leafed Palo Santo trees.

Overnight: M/Y Grace B, L, D

Day 5

Santa Cruz & Chinese Hat Island

In the morning we visit Las Bachas a sandy white-coral beach named after the remains of landing craft left here at the end of WWII. This beach is a major egg-laying site for sea turtles. Head ashore and you will find marine iguanas mingling with flamingos and other wading birds in another of the many super saline lagoons found in the Galapagos.

Overnight: M/Y Grace B, L, D

Day 6

Rabida Island & Santiago Island

After breakfast you will visit Rabida Island, also commonly known by its English name, Jervis Island. The island is known for its unique reddish-maroon terrain as a result of the oxidation of lava. It is home to large populations of sea lions, pelicans, flamingos, as well as a thick forest of Palo Santo trees.

Overnight: M/Y Grace B, L, D

Day 7

Bartolome & North Seymour Island

In the morning you visit Bartolome Island, famous for Pinnacle Rock, where you will likely see Galapagos penguins and sea lions. You can also hike a trail to Bartolome’s summit where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Pinnacle Rock and the beach where our boat lies.

Overnight: M/Y Grace B, L, D

Day 8

Depart Mosquera Islet

Today your Galapagos cruise comes to an end, but before you bid farewell to the M/Y Grace you may have the time to visit Mosquera Islet, located between North Seymour and Baltra. It is one of the smallest Islands resulting from an uplift of sand and is made up of coral reefs and rocks. It boasts one of the largest sea lion colonies in the Galapagos archipelago. There are occasional reports of orca whales seen praying on the sea lion colony. It is also home to numerous sea birds making it an excellent site for observing shorebirds. Finally, return to the airport for your flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland.

Trip Details

Trip information

This is a set departure but can also be tailored to your specifications or joined with a wildlife safari. Please enquire for set departure dates.

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