The Galapagos Hopper
The Galapagos Hopper is the newest boat to join the Galapagos Journey Fleet. This catamaran has been custom built thinking of the need of the most demanding guests on hotel based tour programs.
This first class catamaran is ideal for Hotel based island hopping tours with base on San Cristobal Island, offering navigation stability, high-end features, and personalized service onboard.
Our day starts early in the morning at the Baquerizo Moreno Dock, where the adventure begins. We will be by the hand of our bilingual guide, who is going to help us board the zodiac that will take us to the Galapagos Hopper Catamaran. After a navigation of approximately 2.5 hours, we will arrive at the Española Island, considered the crown jewel of the Galapagos archipelago! Here we will enjoy a full day of activities. Española Island is located at the south side of the archipelago, 22 miles from San Cristobal Island. Here, we will be astonished by two main locations, our visitor site Punta Suarez and Gardner Isle.
At Punta Suarez, which is located at the northeast of the Española, we will be amazed by the nesting Nazca Boobies as well as the famous blue-footed boobies, finches and Galapagos dove. But, hold on! If we are traveling between May and December, we will be able to visit the world’s entire population of Waved Albatros, as it only nests in this area. There also is the presence of sea lions and marine iguanas. We will have the opportunity to enjoy the amazing landscape of the cliffs and the blow hole. Because this side of the island is a rocky terrain, we should wear comfortable shoes (no sandals).
Bring enough water for a two hour hike, and if we want we can bring our trekking poles. Later on, we will move on to Gardner Isle, at the northeast side of the Española Island. Here, we can do snorkeling among the friendly and playful sea lions, and we will be astonished by the colorful fish within the turquoise water of the bay.
As soon as we board again the Galapagos Hopper Catamaran, we will get a refreshing and delicious snack, and for the lunch we will enjoy a three course meal. Also, we will have soft drinks, coffee, tea and infusions available on board.
Kicker Rock, the Paradise for Snorkeling
Today our adventure begins at the Baquerizo Moreno Dock early in the morning. At this instant, we are going to be by the hand of our bilingual guide. Afterward, we will board the zodiac that will take us to the Galapagos Hopper catamaran. We will navigate the west side of San Cristobal Island, so we will be able to watch frigate birds and the unique marine iguanas. With a little luck we will be able to spot manta rays and dolphins jumping amongst the sea alongside with other marine wildlife.
Our first snorkeling excursion will take place at Kicker Rock also known as the sleeping lion. This astonishing rock is a tuff cone eroded into twin peaks. Therefore, there is vast wildlife living in its surroundings, it’s cliffs are home to blue footed boobies and other sea birds. In terms of marine life some of the species that we can find at this place are sea lions, reef fish, rays, hammerhead shark, sea turtles and much more.
For lunch we will board again the Galapagos Hopper and will enjoy a succulent 3 course meal. Also here, we will get soft drinks, coffee, tea and infusions. After enjoying Kicker Rock, we will disembark at the beach where we can walk in search of coastal birds and sea lions, or relax and take a sunbath.
If we chose the option of discovering the shore by foot, we can see mangrove forests. Later we can dip into the
turquoise water before returning to the Galapagos Hopper catamaran for our navigation back to Baquerizo Moreno Dock in the afternoon.
The land of the Bobbies
Today our adventure begins at the Baquerizo Moreno Dock early in the morning. We are going to be by the hand of our bilingual guide, who is going to help us to board the zodiac that will take us to the Galapagos Hopper Catamaran. To begin with, our navigation will last approximately 2h15 minutes.
The fun starts with a wet landing at the Golden Sand Beach (Playa Arena Dorada). Punta Pitt is an eroded volcano, it is one of the few places in Galapagos where we can spot the three species of boobies; The blue and red footed boobies and the Nazca boobies. The excursion at Punta Pitt is on rocky terrain, so we should be prepared for the two hours hiking with comfortable shoes to avoid any inconvenience and being able to enjoy this unique landscape.
After hiking around the site, we will be able to do snorkeling at the Pitt Islet. Thus, we will watch an amazing variety of fishes, and with luck we will snorkel among sharks. As soon as we board again the Galapagos Hopper Catamaran, we will receive a refreshing and delicious snack. For lunch we will enjoy a three course meal. Also, we will have soft drinks, coffee, tea and infusions available aboard.