Galapagos Odyssey Motor Yacht represents a remarkable manifestation of evolution itself in the private yacht industry. This First Class yacht has been built in 2007/2008 to fulfil the..
First-Class Galapagos Cruise | Galapagos Odyssey Motor Yacht
- 5 nights accommodation in a cabin on Odyssey Motor Yacht as per itinerary
- 5x breakfast, 5x lunch, 5x dinner
- Naturalist bilingual (English-Spanish) permanent guide on boat for excursions
- Bus transfer to/from Airport
- Snacks after visits
- Water, tea, coffee on the boat
- Snorkeling equipment
- Bathroom and beach towels
- INGALA Transit Card (USD 20)
- Galapagos National Park fee (USD 100 per person)
- Optional wet-suit rental (has to be paid in cash)
- Soft- and alcoholic drinks
- Travel and medical insurance
Optional (Available upon request)
- Flights starting from USD 520
- Single Cabin Supplement: 100% on top of normal rate
- 5 day cruise itinerary B (itinerary depends on departure date)
- Extension: Island Hopping program
- Extension: accommodation in hotel at Puerto Ayora & San Cristobal
San Cristobal airport | Colorado Hill
This morning you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal Airport. After welcome, check-in, lunch, briefing and the safety-drill we leave for a 45 minutes bus-ride (22,5 km / 13.2 mi) to our first visitor’s site in the highlands of this island, the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding center on Colorado Hill. Before dinner your guide will give the first daily briefing for tomorrow, and he/she will explain the yacht’s and National Park rules. Then the captain and his crew will present and toast with a welcome cocktail to celebrate your first evening on board. Around midnight we will lift the anchor and navigate about 5 hours to the south-eastern island of Española.
Española island | Suarez Point- Gardner Bay
After breakfast your island excursion will start with a so called ‘dry landing’ (with footwear) at Española Island: Suarez Point. This morning promises to be a highlight of your cruise. During a longer guided walk (Moderate Level; 4 km, about 2 hours) you will pass spectacular sea bird colonies on top of the cliffs, which contain some short scrambling passages (avoidable depths). Back on board we will navigate in about an hour to our afternoon’s exotic visitor’s site. After lunch you will make your first ‘dive’ in the alluring turquoise-coloured Gardner Bay, where you can admire colourful tropical reef fish, snorkel side by side with a Pacific green turtle, or be in the middle of playful Galapagos sea lions. Then you will make a ‘wet landing’ (bare feet) on the wide sand beach. This is a good spot for a stroll along the sea lions colony (Easy Level), or a moment of reflexion, relaxation, or rolling with the sea lions in the surf. Huge ocean waves bang onto the southern basaltic cliffs of Suarez Point, forming a spectacular blowhole, where the water sprays meters high into the air. Waved albatrosses soar most time of their lives far out at sea and just come on land to breed and nurture their huge chick (March-December). This spectacular seabird is the only tropic albatross, and it is considered a critically endangered species. Suarez Point also forms the massive breeding site for Nazca and blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and red-billed tropicbirds. Especially during the food-abundant garúa-season (2nd half of the year) you can admire amusing courtship dances, mating, breeding, emerging from the eggs, nurturing or first flight-attempts. Passing seabirds and marine iguanas of the islands in a distance of just a few meters, makes that you feel yourself live within a busting nature documentary!
Floreana island | Cormorant Point- Post Office Bay
After breakfast, the inflatable dinghies will bring you to the rocky rim of Devil’s Crown, which is located just outside the bay of Cormorant Point. If fantastic deep-water snorkeling (with sometimes stronger currents) is not your thing or if you rather prefer birdwatching, alternatively you can make a great ride by inflatable dinghy (landing is prohibited on these marine visitor’s sites). After a snack, we make a wet landing on the greeny beach of Cormorant Point. From here you will follow the sandy path to the other, powdery sand beach of the peninsula, which has been formed by a lava tongue (Easy Level; about 1,5 km, 1 mi). At the route, you can observe the American flamingo lagoon from different viewpoints and perspectives. In Floreana island after a short displacement to Post Office Bay and lunch, you can post your holiday greetings in the traditional barrel just behind the beach (wet landing), which is also a comfortable place to relax. Next, you can explore the submerged crater rim that surrounds the neighboring bay of Baroness Lookout in your own pace by sea-kayak, or by inflatable dinghy. The snorkeling in this islands is like plunging in a huge tropical aquarium, swimming amidst schools of thousands of brightly colored tropical fish, as yellowtail surgeonfishes and king angelfishes, and many other species. Sometimes a Pacific green turtle or Galapagos sea lion is passing, and don’t scare when you eventually might meet a scalloped hammerhead shark! On the bottom, you can distinguish resting whitetip reef sharks, different species of ray and starfishes. Above sea level, the dramatic decor of the jagged crater rim provides living space to lots of coastal birds, including lava gulls, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, brown pelicans, and red-billed tropicbirds, which look for protected nesting places in caves or ledges under a rock overhang. And the opposite land head of Floreana is a nesting place for magnificent frigatebirds, where you could also head for.
Santa Fe island | South Plaza
After breakfast and another wet landing, you will make a guided walk from the beach of Santa Fe Island. There is an easy shorter circuit or a strenuous longer hike land inward (Moderate Level; ca. 3 km / 2 mi.). Don’t forget to retain some strength for excellent swimming or snorkeling in the clear azure waters of Barrington Bay. Practically every animal on the extraordinary island of Santa Fe is unique; endemic to Galapagos, or even to this island alone and therefore extremely vulnerable! You will land right into a Galapagos sea lion colony on the beach, attentively being stared by surprisingly tame Galapagos hawks. From their outlooks in the saltbush– and palo santo-branches on the beach ridge these are ready for snatching away a not to be despised lava lizard; not worrying that even these tiny reptiles are unique… Snorkeling in the paradisiacal bay gives the opportunity to amplify your quickly growing spot list with (harmless) whitetip reef sharks, spotted eagle rays and lots of colorful tropical reef fish. Maybe a curious Galapagos sea lion is willing to play with you! Around lunchtime, we will proceed to South Plaza (about 2,5 h Northwest), possibly accompanied by bottlenose dolphins. On this Jurassic islet, you will undertake a contrasty guided nature walk. There are several large Galapagos sea lion colonies, and this islet is the best place to encounter the endemic Galapagos land iguana. Beware as well for some unique hybrids, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana. Clouds of petrels, storm petrels, shearwaters, and brown noddies make spectacular flights and sometimes appear to walk on the waves. Take your binoculars and don’t miss the red-billed tropicbird with its graceful long tail and spectacular mating fights. These cliffs are also a nesting place for the endemic swallow-tailed gull, the most beautiful gull in the world. Its neatly lined eyes are perfectly adapted for its exceptional nightly fishing habits. From bird’s-eye perspective it is even possible to discover schools of surgeonfishes, Galapagos mullets and when you are lucky even a jumping manta ray!
North Seymour island | Bachas Beach
After an early snack in North Seymour island, you will make a guided walk through the waking seabird’s colonies, following a circular loop. Filled with impressions you will return on board to fill up your stomach with our delicious breakfast buffet. Later in the morning snorkeling is on the program. Two emblematic hosts say “Hello” or “Goodbye”. An easy circular path takes you through the archipelago’s most extensive colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds. Moreover, you can spot lots of other seabirds, such as brown pelicans, red-billed tropicbirds, endemic swallow-tailed gulls and seasonally even Nazca boobies. Between the shrubs, you might perceive a Galapagos land iguana. As usual, you will be welcomed on board with a snack, while we continue about 2 hours West to Bachas Beach, where we will serve lunch. In the afternoon you will make another wet landing followed by an easy stroll along the waterline of this coral sand beach. You will reach a brackish lagoon in the dunes, with different species of wade and shorebirds, including gracious and noisy black-necked stilts, white-cheeked pintails (or Bahama ducks) and hunting herons. Migratory aquatic birds that winter in Galapagos, such as whimbrels, also frequent this pond. As soon as the water level drops and becomes saltier in the dry season, you might even encounter some American flamingos tirelessly filtering water to catch shrimp and algae!. Before dinner, we will sail back to the heart of the Archipelago, where you will spend your last night on board, enjoying a farewell cocktail with the crew and your fellow passengers, and enjoying another quiet sleep, while floating.
Mosquera island | Baltra airport
Short after the wake-up call and another snack, you will undertake this last excursion. Depending on the tide and the check-in time for your flight to Guayaquil or Quito we do or don’t have the opportunity to go on land, where you can freely stroll around. Otherwise, we will make an interesting dinghy-ride along the rocky shore, full of sea birds. After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye and leave the yacht (unless you have booked an extension on the B-route). We will accompany you and your luggage to the Baltra airport, where you can check-in and return to Guayaquil or Quito.