Galapagos Outer Loop by Celebrity Flora
Baltra Island | Dphne Major | Espanola Island | Punta Suarez | Floreana Island | Isabella Island |Fernandina Island | Santa Cruz Island | Baltra Island
Enjoy Extraordinary Creature Comforts onboard Celebrity Flora built especially for Galapagos Island, bring you an even more in-depth experience, certified naturalists from the Galápagos National Park are on board to guide the journey.
All Year Long
8 Days 7 Nights
Couple / Group Friend
The Highlights of the Journey
- Visit the oldest island in Galapagos, Espanola Island and also home to an abundance of wildlife
- Explore Floreana, the first capital of the Galapagos, and where Charles Darwin met the islands’ Governor
- Explore the largest island in Galapagos, Isabela and you may be able to see large land iguanas, finches, and if lucky, a giant tortoise or two
- Have a zodiac ride to remember as we search for sea turtles, penguins, fur seals, the flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, marine mammals, and the oddly
**Rates are based on Suite Room Category for Luxury in US Dollar
**Rates are based on 2 (two) people traveling together staying in one stateroom
**Rates are based on low season rate and subject to change depending on the availability
Baltra Island - Daphne Major | Embark
Today you will embark on Celebrity Flora and start the cruise from Baltra Island. During World War II, Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes of Baltra are home to the region’s main airport.
Then, sailing to Daphne Major, Daphne is a satellite volcanic cone located north of Santa Cruz Island. The crater floor is an important breeding site for blue-footed boobies. The cliff shore of the island is home for sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and tropical birds which can be observed during the circumnavigation of the island.
Espanola Island - Punta Suarez
This morning, you will arrive at the beach at Gardner Bay, with its sparkling white sand, which offers one of the best places to relax and swim in the Galapagos. It’s home to one of the most important colonies of sea lions in the archipelago and is also a nesting site for sea turtles. Three species of Darwin’s finches and Española mockingbirds may also be seen here.
Then sailing to Española is the oldest island in the Galapagos and home to an abundance of wildlife. At Suarez Point, be greeted by a colony of sea lions upon arrival. This area is also home to nearly the entire world population of Waved Albatross—though they’re graceful in the air, their clumsy behavior on land is a sight to see. A cliffside hike leads to a natural lava fissure that spews water like a towering geyser
Floreana was the first capital of the Galapagos, and where Charles Darwin met the islands’ Governor. Its small brackish lagoon is often home to flamingos, stilts, and white-cheeked pintail ducks, and one of its beaches is a highly used nesting site for sea turtles. Check out the green-hued sand where you land.
Rich in history, this site is home to the post office barrel established in about 1793, where pirates, buccaneers, whalers, and others could leave their mail to be picked up by outbound ships. The tradition continues today, visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.
This morning arrived at Moreno Point, Isabella Island, Along this beautiful rocky shore, a field of hardened black lava flows is pockmarked by shallow pools, which are home to shorebirds and flamingos. The mangrove-lined shore also provides a chance to see marine iguanas, sea turtles, stingrays, sharks, penguins, and the flightless cormorant.
Continue to Urvina Bay, Composed of five coalesced volcanoes, Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos and the most recently active, the latest eruption having occurred in 2015. Here we will see large land iguanas, finches, and if lucky, a giant tortoise or two. In 1954, the intrusion of magma below one of the island’s volcanoes caused part of the bay to be uplifted some 6 meters, and today we can walk through the remains of what was once a thriving underwater reef.
Sailing to Fernandina is the youngest island in the Galapagos and, as Darwin wrote, it is “covered with immense deluges of black naked lava.” Along with its extraordinary black lava rocks, this point of land hosts the largest colony of marine iguanas in the Archipelago, along with sea lions and a nesting site for flightless cormorants.
Then continues to Vicente Roca Point, Isabela Island. The half-collapsed remains of an ancient volcano make for a spectacular setting at this site. Awe-inspiring cliffs, blue waters, and wildlife create a zodiac ride to remember as we search for sea turtles, penguins, fur seals, the flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, marine mammals, and the oddly shaped form of the elusive sunfish.
Santa Cruz Island
Arrived at South Plaza, A small uplifted island just off the northeast coast of Santa Cruz. The island’s low-lying landscape is covered with colorful saltbush, scrub, and giant prickly pear cactus. A subspecies of land iguana is found on the island in plentiful abundance and sometimes can be seen munching on the cactus. The southern cliffs are steep and rocky, and home to numerous seabirds as well as a bachelor colony of sea lions. Looking down into the clear blue waters, schools of surgeonfish swim by as birds shoot in and out of the holes in the cliff. A short hike and Zodiac ride provide ample opportunity to observe the beauty and wildlife of the island
Then, continue sailing to Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island), Dragon Hill, or “Cerro Dragon” is named after its population of land iguanas. The site offers a beautiful view of the landscape and two small brackish lagoons where flamingos and other shorebirds occasionally feed. Along the trail, we’ll cross a beautiful “white forest” of Palo Santo (incense) trees and Galapagos cotton plants. Excursion options include a high-intensity hike with swimming/snorkeling at the beach, high-intensity snorkeling from a zodiac followed by a short walk, and a low-intensity Zodiac ride along the coastline with optional dry landing for animal observation.
Santa Cruz Island
The last day in Celebrity flora you will explore the Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. This is the main population center of the islands and home to the National Park Service tortoise-breeding center and the Charles Darwin Research Station. You will be able to visit the tortoise-breeding center and walk through the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Baltra Island (Galapagos) | Disembark
You will disembark at Baltra Island and have free time for leisure and explore another side of South America or back to your country.