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M/Y CORAL I


The M/Y Coral 1 cruises the Galapagos Islands with a European design and modern shape offers more space, comfort safe security for and a naturalist cruise. It is an attractive and functional mid-size (Mega yacht), perfect for an intimate experience when cruising the islands.

Some cabins are connecting, just for families and special groups. 
It has eighteen spacious cabins decorated with a marine taste.

There is plenty of room for storage, and moreover, all beds in all cabins are lower and they can be arranged as matrimonial, as well as single and double beds.

Each cabin has their own private facilities, hot and cold shower with a fresh and lasting supply of water. 
 

All the cabins are provided with smoke detectors and sprinkler system 
 

The yachts provide comfortable lounges, dinning parlours and conference areas with TV and VCR, a well stocked bar, large picture windows, and best of all expansive observation decks with sun/shade areas. 
 

Your stay in Galapagos will be more lovely and pleasant in the relaxing, comfortable and intimate environment you will find on board our yachts. 


Technical Specifications 

Category:  Deluxe 
Length:  121feet (39,7 mts.) 
Decks:  4 
Built in:  Germany 
Totally converted:  2005 
Passengers:  36 
Crew:  10 
Guides:  2 multilingual naturalist guides 
Speed:  12 Knots 
Cruise speed:  10 Knots 
Life raft:  2 units 8 passengers each 1 unit 20 passengers 
Disembark Zodiacs:  2 units 15 passengers 
Electric Power:  110 volts 
Owner:  Klein tours 
Operated By:  Klein tours 
Complete fire protection: Sprinklers and smoke detector systems 

 

SEE AT THE END OF PAGE DECK DESCRIPTIONS FOR THE CORAL I & CORAL II

 

M/Y CORAL II

The M/Y Coral II is a landmark 11-cabin yacht, styled in an era of eye-catching design, a beautiful blend of form and function. She boasts romantic and cozy living areas, intimate and modish dining, sleek and seductive outside decks. Her amenities and outstanding service make her the ideal yacht for experiencing the marvels of the islands. 

The M/Y Coral II accommodates 20 passengers, ideal for those who want to discover the islands with privacy, intimacy and supreme comfort. Her excellent cruising speed means more time for visiting the islands and enjoying activities, while her small size means less time organizing shore visits.

All the cabins are equipped with: air conditioning, background music, telephone, wall to wall carpeting, closets, safes, private bathrooms that offer fresh hot & cold water, along with a hair dryer and other amenities.

The Coral II provide comfortable lounges, dinning parlours and conference areas with TV and VCR, a well stocked bar, large picture windows, and best of all expansive observation decks with sun/shade areas. 

Your stay in Galapagos will be more lovely and pleasant in the relaxing, comfortable and intimate environment you will find on board our yachts. 

Technical Specifications: 
Category:  Superior First Class 
Speed:  9 Knots cruising, 12 Knots Maximum 
Length:  112.14 feet / 34.18 mts. 
Width:  20.67 feet / 6.3 mts. 
Passengers:  20 
Crew:  10 
Guides:  2 top multilingual naturalist 
Life Rafts:  2 for 8 passengers each
1 unit for 20 passengers 
Disembark Zodiacs 2 for 15 passengers each 
Navigation Aid: GPS- Ecosounder - radars - EPIRB VHF - UHF 
Decks:  4 
Electric Power 110/volts 

 

Galapagos Cruises Coral I (36) & Coral II (20 passengers)

Includes:

All meals, all shore excursiones, daily lectures, English speaking naturalist guides, cabins accommodations as per your choice.

 

Not included
• Air Ticket Quito or $ 450-600 per adult, $ 290-350 per child under 12. Tickets are confirmed together with cruise . It is mandatory that all passengers use the cruise line flights to guarantee passenger dingy ride and luggage transfer from airport to port and to ship, crew shifts, fresh cargo for cruise and compliance with formalities before embarking to Galapagos. The Cruise & Tara Tours Inc. is not responsible if passengers use other flight schedules and miss the cruise or other services.
• Cruise -Galapagos fuel surcharge per person: $ 90 for 3 or 4 night cruise and  $ 180 for the 7 nights.
• Entrance fee to Galapagos: $ 100 adult, $ 50 children under 12. Paid directly by the passenger
upon arrival in Galapagos (cash only) or invoiced and prepaid by tour operator.
• INGALA Control Card $ 10 net per person
• Travel insurance, medical services and others not specified.
• Tips & personal expenses. Suggested per day per person $ 15 for crew / $ 10 for guide.
   Optional on board plus VAT: (net per person in US$ subject to change)
• Wet suits rental: 3 or 4 night cruises $ 25, 7 nights $ 50.
• Kayak rental: each use per person $ 30. Internet: 10 min $ 32.
• Alcoholic / non-alcoholic beverages.

 

 

M/Y Corals 


CRUISE A (Sun-Wed) 4 day/3 nights

Day 1: Sunday - Baltra Airport
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (2,30 hours flight). Arriving in Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our natural guides and taken (ten minute bus drive) to the pier to board the M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II.
PM - Fausto Llerena Breeding Center - Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz Island)
Dry landing. Visit to the Galapagos giant tortoises breeding program, where the famous Lonesome George (last surviving specimen of Pinta Island) lived for decades.
The center is conducted by the Galapagos National Park (GNP) staff with the collaboration of scientists from the Charles Darwin Station (CDS). Here eggs taken from Pinzon, Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands hatch with out the danger of introduced species. After artificial incubation; the “galapaguitos” (newborn tortoises) are reared until the age of 5, when they are released in their native habitats, having the capabilities to survive alone. Since the 70s, more than 2000 specimens have returned to their own islands. In addition, the Darwin Station works in several scientific projects, botanical research, providing environmental education to communities, schools within the Islands and tourists. If there is enough time, it is possible to visit the town (Puerto Ayora).
Difficulty level: easy   Type of terrain: flat   Duration: 1,30 hours walk

Day 2: Monday - Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)
Dry landing. Walk by a brackish lagoon to see flamingos. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation. Keeping up until Dragon Hill, see an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchored boats and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and
Galapagos doves.
Difficulty level: intermediate   Type of terrain: rocky  Duration: 2 hours walk
PM – Bartolome Island
Dry or wet landing. Discover a fascinating landscape resembling the moon, formed by different volcanic parasitic cones, lava bombs, spatter formations, cinder cones; hike to the summit for impressive views of the closer islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock (perhaps the beast known postcard from Galapagos). Here is possible to encounter lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies. Beach time in Bartolome is a great opportunity to snorkel and have a close look to penguins, sea turtles and white-tipped reef sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. Possibly the finest snorkeling experience; the water here is generally clear, without too much waves.
Due to its geographical location, is immediately noticeable a lack of vegetation, just pioneer plants are observed. They include tiquilia nesiotica (silver look bush, which is endemic to the island) and chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge).   Difficulty level: intermediate   Type of terrain: 372 steps trail  Duration: 1,30 hours walk / 1 hour snorkeling

Day 3: Tuesday – Rabida Island
Wet landing. Dark-red sand covers the unique beaches of this island, home of sea lions colonies; Rabida is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nesting brown pelicans are found from July through September plus nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches. Here a dinghy ride along marine cliffs is done, to observe nesting seabirds. Snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active.
Difficulty level: easy      Type of terrain: sandy     Duration: 1,30 hours walk / 1 hour snorkeling / 1 hour dinghy ride
PM - Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)
Wet landing. On the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lies two small flamingo ponds were iguanas sunbathe, see coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native vegetation like red and black
mangrove, salt bushes. This beach is one of the main sea turtles nesting sites in the Galapagos. A turtle can lay eggs 3 or 4 times pear season with an average of 70 eggs each time. At this paradisiacal site, we will also find the remains of barges that were sank long time ago, when the United States Navy operated a base during World War II on Baltra Island. Local people modified the word barges to Bachas.
Difficulty level: easy       Type of terrain: sandy     Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling / beach time

Day 4: Wednesday - Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Islands)
On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea, four species of mangrove crowd and form an internal lagoon, turtles visit the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface while fish, rays circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, plus sea birds, including pelicans, herons and egrets.
This cove has been declared as a “turtle sanctuary”.

Difficulty level: easy      Type of terrain: none      Duration: 1 hour dinghy ride


Baltra Island airport
After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport for return flight to
Guayaquil or Quito

Cruise B West (Wed-Sun) - 5 days / 4 nights

 

Day 1: Wednesday Santa Cruz
- AM – Baltra airport
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are picked
up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the
pier to board the Coral I or II
- PM – Highlands Santa Cruz-
Dry landing. A 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to the northwest of Puerto Ayora, where we will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and therefore approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150- 200 years.
Difficulty level: easy     Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes (depending on season)   Duration: 45 minutes drive / 1h30 walk

Day 2: Thursday Fernandina Island
Dry landing. Espinosa Point is the only spot that we visit on Fernandina, and from it we can see the island of Isabela across the Bolívar Channel, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. The largest, most primitive-looking race of marine iguanas* are found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot Crabs; a wonderful opportunity to encounter Flightless Cormorants at their nesting sites, Galapagos Penguins and the “King” of predators on the Islands, the Galapagos Hawk.
“Pa-hoe-hoe” and “AA” lava formations* cover the majority of the terrain. Vegetation is thus scarce inland, but we encounter Brachycereus cacti and extensive mangrove beds lining the shores.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk / 1hour snorkeling
- PM – Vicente Roca Point (Isabela)
Great deep-water* snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth (Bolívar Channel). We take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds*; Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, flightless cormorants. The upwelling of coldwater currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life.
Duration: 1 hour snorkeling / 1 hour dinghy ride

Day 3 : Friday Urbina Bay (Isabela)
- AM – Urbina Bay (Isabela)
Wet landing on a volcanic “black” beach. Depending on the season, we may find giant tortoises*, land iguanas* and the unusual Flightless Cormorant. After a short walk inland, snorkeling time is allotted, giving you yet another chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plant life that changes depending on the season. We can observe the beautiful colors of plants that attract different insects, birds and reptiles. We will explore the uplifted coral reef that resulted from 1954 volcanic activity, with a spectacular view of Alcedo Volcano.
Difficulty level: intermediate     Type of terrain: flat   Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling
- PM – Tagus Cove (Isabela)
Dry landing on Galapagos’ largest island where we will learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that form it. The trail leads to Darwin’s salt-water crater Lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations.
We will return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where we will admire a variety of seabirds*, such as Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, terns, Flightless Cormorant and depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins* which are only 35 cm. tall; the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the equator. They are monogamous and lay their eggs in small cracks of lava, on the lower parts of the island near the shoreline not reached by the ocean waves.
The population of penguins on the islands is about 2,000 individuals, most of which live on this western portion of Isabela; others are scattered further south on the island. We will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water. Graffiti believed to have been left by19th-century pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past.
Difficulty level: intermediate   Type of terrain: steep  Duration: 2 hour walk / 40 minutes dinghy ride / deep water
snorkeling 1 hour

Day 4: Saturday Santiago Island
- AM – Egas Port (Santiago Island)
Wet landing on a beach of black volcanic sand, visited by Darwin in 1835. The rest section of the trail is comprised of volcanic ash (eroded tu ) and the other half of partially uneven terrain is comprised of volcanic basaltic rock lounging the shoreline. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds, including the bizarre Yellow-crowned Night Heron and astounding array of marine wildlife including lobster, star sh and marine iguanas grazing  on algae beds alongside Sally Light-foot Crabs. Colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks are also a highlight.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: the rst part at and then semi rocky.
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling

- PM – Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)
Wet landing. This visitor site located at the southeastern portion of Santiago Island, and of important geologic interest, features extensive lava flows believed to have been formed during the last quarter of the 19th century.
Difficulty level: dificult, 1.5 km path. Type of terrain: at volcanic lava Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming

 Day 5: Sunday Santa Cruz
- AM – Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)
Wet landing on the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lie two small flamingo ponds with iguanas, coastal birds, Darwin nches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as
well as interesting native and endemic vegetation, red and black mangroves, salt bushes, and much more. This beach is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles* in the Galapagos. A female can lay eggs 3 or 4 times with an average of 70 eggs each, but then spend 3 or 5 years without breeding.
At this paradisiacal site we will also nd the remains of barges that sank long ago, once property of the United States Navy when they operated an airbase on Baltra Island during World War II. That is why the beach is called “Bachas” because the word “barges” in English was hard to pronounce for the local people.
Difficulty level: easy    Type of terrain: sandy   Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming
- Baltra airport
Transfer to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.


Cruise C (Sun-Wed) - 4 days / 3 nights

Day 1: Sunday
- AM – Baltra Airport
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are picked
up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the
pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.
- PM – Charles Darwin Research Station

Day 2: Monday
- AM – Mosquera Islet

Wet Landing, Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands,
this flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site for
observing shorebirds such as herons and Lava Gulls. There is no trail on Mosquera
Island, so any visitor can enjoy an open are. Most of the islet is covered with sand and
barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum grows on the sand.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1h30 walk & snorkeling
- PM – North Seymour

Day 3: Tuesday
AM Santa Fe Island

Wet landing on a white sand beach surrounded by a sea lion colony; we continue
walking through an endemic cactus forest as we search for the endemic Santa Fe
land iguana*, the largest in the islands and distinctively paler. This island is home to a
number of endemic species including Galapagos Hawk*, Galapagos Snake, a variety
of finches and one of the four species of Galapagos mockingbirds*. Deep-water
snorkeling.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour deep-water snorkeling

PM South Plaza

 

Day 4: Wednesday
- AM – Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal)
Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristóbal giant
tortoise* Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs.
Enjoy a beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve*. Passengers will also
have the opportunity to visit the port village, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts
and other souvenirs.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Duration: 40 minutes bus drive to the Reserve / 1 hour visit
San Cristobal airport
After the visit you will go straight to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or
Quito.

Cruise D -South (Wednesday to Sunday) - 5 days / 4 nights

 

Day 1: Wednesday
- AM – San Cristobal airport
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are
picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive
to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.
- PM – Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill (San Cristóbal)
Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, capital of the Galapagos Islands. Passengers
visit the Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about Natural History
in the Galapagos*. The Museum of Natural History displays information on the
volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents,
climate, the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points
of interest. The human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most
significant events related to the discovery and colonization of the islands.
Difficulty level: easy
Duration: 1 hour visit
Tijeretas Hill involves a high intensity walk amidst beautiful landscapes and a
magnificent view at the foot of a frigatebird nesting colony*.
Difficulty level: high
Duration: 1 hour visit

 

Day 2: Thursday

AM Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal)

PM Pitt Point (San Cristobal)

Day 3: Friday

AM Suarez Point (Espanhola)

Dry landing. An island of geological interest, we explore volcanic formations and a
riveting wildlife: large sea lion colonies and seabirds including Española mockingbird,
Nazca Boobies and the spectacular Red-billed Tropicbird. You will also encounter
marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs.
A somewhat lengthy hike will bring you among Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies*,
right up to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favorites
include Galapagos Dove, Galapagos Hawk, Swallow-tailed Gulls and the world’s
largest colony of Waved Albatross*, an unequivocal highlight during mating season
(May-December).
Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous Soplador, a seaward
blowhole that shoots water some 23 m. (75 ft.) in the air.
Difficulty level: difficult
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2h30 walk

PM Gardner Bay  (Espanhola)
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Day 4: saturday
- AM –  Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown / Champion (Floreana)
Wet landing, on an olivine green sand beach. We hike from the black mangrove beds
to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the
Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, white and
black mangrove, and holy stick. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one
of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific Sea Turtles. It is important to
avoid walking in the water due to the Sting Rays that may be hiding in the sand, which
can be dangerous if accidentally stepped on. From the beach one can spot sea turtles,
Blue-footed Boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks floating along the
shoreline in search of food.
This coral-sand beach marks the end of our trail, and we head back to the olivine
beach we landed on to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on
a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins resides on Floreana
and can sometimes be observed as well.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy and walk on a flat terrain
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling

- PM  Post Office (Floreana)
Wet landing. Located on the north side of Floreana, the bay is so-named because in
1793 Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel which served as an informal
post office for sailors passing through, who would take letters with them to their
destinations. Today, our visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards
inside the barrel that should reach their destinations for free. It can take weeks,
months, even years, not arrive at all, or even arrive before you!
We may also encounter Darwin’s finches*, Yellow Warbler and lava lizards. Great
snorkeling opportunities with Green Pacific Sea Turtles* as well, this island is best
known for its endemic vegetation: Scalesia villosa, Lecocarpus pinnatifidus, and Galapagos
milkwort. Snorkelers can practice on the main beach among playful sea lions.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 30 minutes walk / 1 hour snorkeling

 

Day 5: Sunday
- AM – Highlands Santa Cruz
Then transfer to Baltra airport.

 

7 night cruises (Sun to Sun or Wed to Wed)
It is a combination of itineraries A + B or C+D cruises (also B+C or D+A)

SN: Snorkeling KY: Kayak DR: Dinghy ride

 

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