The real adventure of Galapagos is in the great outdoors, and you don’t want to miss a second of it. Motor Catamaran Nemo I offers a new way to navigate the Galapagos in a..
First-Class Galapagos Cruise | Nemo I Motor Catamaran
- 7 nights accommodation in a cabin on NEMO I Motor Yacht as per itinerary
- 7x breakfast, 7x lunch, 7x 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
- Use of single/twin sea kayaks at approved visitor’s sites;
- 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
- 4 day cruise on Nemo I Catamaran
- 5 day cruise on Nemo I Catamaran
- 7 day cruise on NEMO I Catamaran
- 8 day cruise on NEMO I Catamaran
- Extension: Island Hopping program
- Extension: accommodation in hotel at Puerto Ayora & San Cristobal
Baltra airport/ North Seymour island
After welcome aboard Sailing Catamaran Nemo I, check-in, lunch and the safety-drill you will make your first landing at North Seymour for a guided walk through the large seabird‘s colonies, following a circular loop. The tabletop islet of North Seymour is an uplifted part of the seabed. Between the dry shrubs, you might perceive a Galapagos land iguana. You can spot lots of seabirds, such as brown pelicans, red-billed tropicbirds, endemic swallow-tailed gulls and seasonally even Nazca boobies. But the main attraction is the archipelago’s most extensive breeding colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds. This is one of the few spots (besides Genovesa and Pitt Point) where you can compare the magnificent and the rarer great frigatebird breeding next to each other. The even more popular blue-footed boobies show their cute courtship rituals, in which their remarkable feet play an important role.
Baltra airport | Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay- Prince Philip´s Steps
Today’s full program includes two longer walks, snorkeling and optional sea kayaking. After early breakfast and a wet landing at Genovesa Island. You will visit the sheltered beach of Darwin Bay you will go for a guided walk. Enjoy a snack aboard before snorkeling (alternatively: sea kayaking). This compact site shows the extreme varied coastal ecosystems of Galapagos in miniature. Impressive frigatebirds and red-footed boobies nest in the mangroves, where you can also notice some vocalists such as yellow warblers, Darwin’s finches and Galapagos mockingbirds. Tropicbirds, Nazca boobies, storm petrels, endemic lava- and swallow-tailed gulls soar along the cliffs. Around lunch-time we will sail to nearby Prince Philip’s Steps, close to the entrance of the broken caldera. There you will make a guided walk through cliff top seabird colonies (moderate level; about 3km/2mi).
Bartolomé island | Santiago Island- Chinese Hat
Today’s full program is largely dedicated to volcanism. Wake-up during an early morning dinghy-ride along the barren shoreline. After breakfast it is not yet too hot to climb the stairs of Bartolomé’s Summit Trail, which is rewarded with panoramic views (guided walk, moderate level; about 800m/0.5 mi; 114m/375ft altitude difference). Next you can refresh and explore the fantastic shallow water snorkelling spot at the foot of Pinnacle Rock (alternative: walking around or relaxing on the beach). During lunch Nemo I navigates to Chinese Hat (about 1hr), where you can snorkel again. The wild romantic volcano islet of Bartolome is among the youngest of the islands, and on a geological scale just recently born out off fire. Bartolome offers some of the wildest landscapes and best panoramas in the entire archipelago. To enjoy the postcard view of the idyllic ‘Pinnacle Bay’ you have to climb the stairs to the viewpoint on top of the island. Underwater, a third, completely distinctive world opens up to you, resembling a tropical aquarium. Its shallow, clear and warm waters are ideally for snorkeling between coral-grinding parrot fishes, shoals of surgeonfishes, harmless whitetip reef sharks and Pacific green turtles. If you are lucky you can even catch the sight of fishing Galapagos penguins. Chinese Hat is a 52m/170ft high volcanic cone, forming another islet right out off the rocky coast of Santiago, where a small colony of Galapagos penguins has settled. This is an excellent place to learn more about volcanism, lava bombs and lava tunnels. On the beach you can also find curious pillow-type lavas with coral heads on top! These spheres have a submarine origin before being lifted above sea level.
Santa Cruz island: Chato Reserve- Charles Darwin Research Station
After breakfast you will travel by inflatable dinghy and private bus from the harbour of Puerto Ayora into the highlands. In the Chato Reserve (or a ‘tortoise farm’ in the agricultural zone) you can see Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild. You will certainly also appreciate the native scalesia forest, overgrown with lichens, ferns, and other epiphytes; plus chances to spot endemic Darwin’s finches, vermilion flycatchers, yellow warblers, and less common birds like short-eared owls, Galapagos rails and paint-billed crakes. The Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) and the headquarters of the Galapagos National Park Service share same location on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora. Most memorable from your visit will probably be the successful breeding center and the enclosures with Galapagos giant tortoises; even after the death of its world famous resident, emphatically called ‘Lonesome George’ († June 2012; the last known individual of the Pinta subspecies, who sadly failed to reproduce offspring). Most remaining adult giant tortoises in the corals are former pets and many of them are accustomed to human company.
Isabela island: Moreno Point- Elizabeth Bay- Marielas Islets
After breakfast first we make an inflatable dinghy-ride along the shoreline, followed by a ‘dry landing’ (with footwear) and a guided hike that crosses the crumbling, pitch black lava fields of Moreno Point. After a snack snorkeling is planned. At noon we will sail for 2 hours to Elizabeth Bay. Meanwhile you can enjoy lunch and a siesta. On arrival a long dinghy-ride is scheduled to both the offshore rocks and sheltered mangles. Moreno Point tells the continuing story of the famous lunatic lava fields of Sullivan Bay. This once lifeless lava field becomes dotted with tidal pools and filtration lagoons since parts of the crust have broken and fallen into the undermining lava tunnels. Your pictures get the perfect finishing touch when bright American flamingos forage in the largest lagoon as well. The fresh promising pioneer vegetation seems on the winning hand; just until Sierra Negra volcano spits a new layering cover, and the story starts all over again. The Marielas islets are an excellent place to spot marine iguanas and small family groups of Galapagos penguins in the front row of the cliffs. The endangered Galapagos penguin is the rarest penguin species worldwide (just some 1500 birds over all archipelago; please don’t expect vast colonies as in Antarctic regions). You will have the oportunity to see Brown pelicans, the only pelicans in the world that plunge-dive, though more superficial than the spectacular rocket like diving blue-footed boobies. Pacific green turtles swim graceful around, popping-up their heads for breathing. You may also encounter spotted eagle rays or sharks, looking for protected inlets to give birth and leave their young alone.
Fernandina island: Espinoza Point | Isabela island- Urbina Bay
Without any doubt Espinoza Point belongs to the more exclusive sites of the Galapagos National Park. Fernandina harbours one of the worlds most virgin, untouched ecosystems. Today you will become eyewitness of evolution, which is happening right in front of you! Wonder again about bizarre creatures as flightless cormorant, marine iguana and Galapagos penguin. Figurehead is the emblematic flightless cormorant that lives exclusively in the remote west of Galapagos, and could be considered as the ‘holy grail of evolution’. The cormorant had not to fear terrestrial enemies and lets you approach very close. Together with its neighbour, the Galapagos penguin, these are two of the rarest and most vulnerable bird species in the world, with less than 2000 individuals each. Besides the endemic wildlife, you will also love the almost unworldly views with the dominating cone of Volcán La Cumbre (= the summit) as a spectacular backdrop. The narrow headland that you walk is the end of a lava tongue that has reached the coast and solidified on contact with the cold seawater. Urbina Bay presents you Isabela’s latest geologic curiosity. In 1954 tectonic forces lifted the former seabed several meters above sea level and formed present coastal plain. The tilted seabed ran dry at once and 6kms/3,75mi of coastline was shifted outward. Pretty far land inward you can find marine remnants, such as fish bones, shells, scales from lobsters, urchins and corals.The marine and land iguanas of Urbina Bay are the largest of Galapagos.
Santiago island: Puerto Egas- Espumilla Beach & Buccaneer Cove
In a grotto right below a spectacular rock arch at the end of the beach, a colony of Galapagos fur seals occupies the shade, sheltering from the equatorial sun. Unlike more common Galapagos sea lions this smaller species of seal is no beach lover at all, due to their adorable, but insulating coats. This refuge is the very best place to see these endemic, shy and once heavily hunted marine mammals. Especially at low tide, Puerto Egas in Santiago island teems with extremely varied intertidal life. Notice how marine iguanas just leave, return cold or warm-up after grazing weeds on the seabed at lowest tide. Ossified night herons and lava herons keep an eye on the tidal pools that are refilled every flood again with small fish, octopuses, star fish, snails, urchins, shells, green algae, and many other snacks. Noisy oystercatchers, turnstones, plovers and whimbrels inspect these pools zealously. Espumilla Beach has revived as an important breeding site for turtles, as it is no longer suffering from digging wild pigs. The beach ridge hides a mangle with two picturesque lagoons on the backside. A colony of American flamingos and aquatic birds used to be its main attraction. As often in Galapagos, different vegetation zones are very close by, providing great scenic contrasts. During the climb of a hill, you will be rewarded with a beautiful overview of the transitions from the sea into beach into mangrove into dry palo santo forest. At the nearby Buccaneer Cove, we have a great snorkeling opportunity.
Daphne island | Baltra airport
On your last morning in Galapagos you can feel the ocean breeze in your hair while navigating around the characteristic volcanic islet of Daphne Major. In Daphne island, a wide range of sea birds will wave you out! The characteristic offshore tuff cone of Daphne Major looks at how a child draws a volcano islet. On your last morning in Galapagos, you will make a dinghy-ride around. Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, where we take the airport shuttle. Your guide will accompany you until the check-in counters in the departure hall.