Petrel is a first-class catamaran in the Galapagos. Sailing with the Petrel is a great way to explore the remarkable Galapagos. Guests travel in comfort to the different islands, where they have up-close encounters with blue-footed boobies, iguanas, giant tortoises, whales and more. Furthermore, it’s selected guides are not only knowledgeable about biology and ecology but they have excellent client reviews.
The four-day Petrel itinerary travels to San Cristobal, Española & Floreana before finishing at Santa Cruz.
The five-day Genovesa & Central Islands itinerary includes the famous Pinnacle Rock and Genovesa- birdlife heaven- Then, it continues to Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands.
The 6-day B- Central & Southern Islands itinerary explores Santa Cruz, South Plazas, Santa Fe, San Cristobal, Española & Floreana. On the 6-day A itinerary you will visit Santa Cruz, Fernandina & Isabela islands.
The Petrel also offers 8-day A & B cruises to Isabela, Fernandina & Central Island; and Central & Genovesa respectively.
This beautiful motorized catamaran offers a deluxe way to visit these magical islands. Named after a sea bird common to Galapagos, the Petrel is like its namesake: elegant, swift, and silent at sea. The Petrel is designed for comfort and stability and is outfitted with 8 spacious cabins, a comfortable lounge, and Jacuzzi.
During your Galapagos cruise, you will be exploring not only by zodiac but you will also have kayaks, hikes and snorkelling opportunities. If you are looking at travelling to the Galapagos Islands, have a look at our blog on when is the best time to travel.
Morning arrival to Baltra Island by plane and immediate transfer to the dock to board your cruise. Welcome introductory briefing and lunch.
There are two types of landings throughout your Galapagos tour:
Dry landing: guests step from the dinghy onto rocks or a dock.
Wet landing: as the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, guests step into knee-deep water and wade ashore.
PM: Highlands (Santa Cruz)- Here you can walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, White-cheeked Pintail ducklings, Darwin finches, and many other species.
AM: Sullivan Bay (Santiago)- this is one of the best places to see the Galapagos fur seal. There is not much wildlife to see here, but the old lava formations are quite a site to see with tuff cones, pyroclastic cones, and other volcanic landscapes.
PM: Pinnacle Rock (Bartolome)- Home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one o the best views of the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkelling and possible sightings of the Galapagos Penguin.
AM: Darwin Bay (Genovesa)- This white-sand coral beach winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view off a cliff.
PM: El Barranco (Genovesa)- Better known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, a steep and rocky path leads up to a cliff with a marvellous view. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, Galapagos Swallows, and Galapagos Doves.
AM: Egas Port (Santiago)- Also known as James Bay, Egas Port is home to the curious Galapagos Hawks and Quick-footed Galapagos Lava Lizards. The trail leads to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos Fur Sea Lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkelling site.
PM: Buccaneer Cove & Espumilla Beach (Santiago)- This cove is better known for excellent snorkelling opportunities and was once known as a refuge for British buccaneers or pirates. The underwater formations are amazing and many different species of fish gather here.
Espumilla Beach is a popular place for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. The crabs attract the hunting herons, performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eel, and shark, snorkeling is highly recommended.
AM: Carrion Poin- Carrion Point creates a sheltered lagoon with beautiful, turquoise water. During this visit you can snorkel and see a variety of fish, rays and perhaps the harmless white-tip reef sharks. The point is on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island at the entrance of Channel of Itabaca. Then you will be transferred to Baltra Airport for your ongoing flight.