Price

M/Y Eric & Letty

$6729AUD per person twin share – Iguana Deck

$6347AUD per person triple share (Iguana Deck only)

$4771AUD single supplement (Iguanna Deck only)

$7207AUD per person twin share – Booby Deck

$7914AUD per person twin share – Dolphin Deck

Children under 11yrs receive a 25% discount and teens between 12-17yrs receive 15% discount

 

M/Y Origin

$10,914AUD per person twin share

$10,629AUD per person triple share

$8236AUD single supplement

Children under 11yrs receive a 25% discount and teens between 12-17yrs receive 15% discount

Inclusions

  • 7-night expeditions depart every Sunday from San Cristobal
  • Fully-stocked bar and boutique, 24 hour coffee & tea station
  • Lounge for briefings with TV, DVD, games and library
  • Wildlife observation areas, open and shaded sun deck with loungers
  • Three meals served daily, after-excursion snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties
  • House wine and local beer served during dinner
  • Guided excursions and daily briefings with English-speaking expert naturalists
  • Low guide to passenger radio (max. 10 guests per guide)
  • Complimentary mask, fins and snorkels, 3mm custom full wet suits
  • Multiple kayaks

Exclusions

  • Tourist visa
  • International / Domestic flights, taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • All expenses not mentioned above
  • Wetsuits available for rent
  • National Park Entrance fee $100USD (subject to change without notice payable direct)
  • Migration control card ($10USD)

On a journey through the Western and Northern Galapagos, you will experience intimate encounters with an extraordinary profusion of exotic wildlife - both on land, and in the sea. These enchanting islands, offer the planets most unique and fascinating ecosystems. Cruise comfortably on the M/Y Eric or M/Y Letty, identical sister yachts, for a one-of-kind voyage. For those seeking understated redefined luxury, the M/Y Origin is for you.

Discover wild creatures in lands you will never forget in small groups of no more than ten guests per guide. Your expert naturalists will take you on guided nature walks, allow you time to capture those perfect photographs, snorkel amongst playful sea lions and kayak through turquoise waters.

Zip through the waters on zodiac, allowing you to get up close and personal with the water based wildlife and landing you safely on the varying islands and islets. Go whale watching, star gazing... the experiences are endless.

The Galapagos - there is nothing else like it on earth.

Day 1 - San Cristobal

Welcome to the Galapgos! Upon arrival to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the dock, where you will board a zodiac to your yacht anchored in the bay. After a welcome briefing and safety drill, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before heading back to land by zodiac.

Travelling by bus to the highlands, visit Centro de Crianza Jacinto Gordillo (La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado) where the National Park has established a breeding program for the giant land Tortoises that you will encounter in their natural habitat. Learn about their origin, evolution and threats by introduced animals at the information centre for visitors. You will also find the San Cristobal (Chatham) Mockingbird and Calandrinia plant, both endemic to this island.

Returning to the yacht, enjoy dinner and a cocktail party hosted by your captain, followed by a briefing about tomorrows activities. (L,D)

Day 2 - Darwin Bay

Today you will explore Genovesa Island, considered to be one of the most spectacular islands in the Galapagos for bird species. Boarding the zodiac after breakfast, you will make a wet landing on Darwin Bay, a coral sand beach where Swallow Tail and Lava Gulls gather near the tidal pools. Led by your expert naturalist, explore a forest of Optuntia cactus and mangroves where colonies of Great Frigate birds nest, the males inflating their red-throated pouches to attract females as they fly overhead. The trail then leads you through a rich inter tidal zone where you will find a huge diversity of wildlife.

Enjoy lunch back on board the yacht before heading back to Genovesa for a dry landing at Prince Philip’s Steps, make sure you keep a lookout for the beautiful Red Billed Tropic bird found in the crevices along the cliffs. Here you will find Red Footed Boobies nesting in the Palo Santo trees, whilst Nazca Boobies nest near the trail. Witness large numbers of Storm Petrels in an open lava field, and if you are lucky, you might spot the elusive Short Eared owl.

You can choose to swim or snorkel from the beach with the playful Sea Lions in these warmer northern waters, or for those with experience, you may wish to snorkel in deeper water.

Return to the yacht to enjoy dinner, followed by a briefing for tomorrows activities as you make your way to cross the equator. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Las Bachas or Black Turtle Cove

Today you will visit Las Bachas. The soft white sand beach offers wonderful snorkeling, while the interior lagoons are home to the Greater Flamingo. Enjoy a zodiac ride through Black Turtle Cove (Caleta Tortuga Negra) exploring a series of coves and inlets surrounded by mangroves. Here you can view pairs of mating Sea Turtles (Sept to Feb), White Tipped reef sharks and Golden cow-nosed rays.

Continue on to visit Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill), located on the northern tip of Santa Cruz Island. Along the trail you will find Darwin Finches, Galapagos Flycatchers, Yellow Warblers, Audubon Shearwater and the endemic Land Iguanas, these ancient orange-yellow reptiles with large spines along their backs were once part of the Darwin Station’s breeding program. You may find Flamingos feeding in the salt-water lagoon as well as other lagoon birds; Stilts, Pintail Ducks, Sandpipers and more. From the top of the hill, enjoy a majestic view of the bay island covered in Opuntia cactus, Palo Santo and Cordia Lutea (muyuyu).

Return to the yacht for dinner and a briefing before sailing toward the western islands, crossing the equator for the second time. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Punta Espinosa, Isabela

This morning you have a semi-wet landing at Punta Espinoza, Fernandina, the youngest and most pristine island in the Galapagos with no introduced mammals. Recent lava flows formed by an active volcano stretch their way around the coast. Hundreds of Marine Iguanas, the largest colony in the Galapagos, bask in the sun along the rugged shoreline. Observe Sea Lion harems with resident bulls carefully guarding their territory. Flightless Cormorants build their nest on the point and Galapagos Hawks fly overhead. You will also have the chance to snorkel here with Sea Turtles.

Return to the yacht for lunch and then make your way across the Bolivar Chanel, where you can often spot whales and dolphins riding the bow wave, disembarking at Urbina Bay, Isabela Island. A volcanic eruption here in 1954 has resulted in a stretch of the coast being uplifted from the water, the rocks and corals of the once seabed now left exposed. Urbina is home to the very large and colourful Galapagos Land Iguanas and occasionally giant tortoises. Darwin Finches, Brown Pelicans and Flightless Cormorants also nest here. Giant Marine Iguanas can be found along the coast, and you may even encounter penguins while snorkeling.

At Punta Vicente Roca, a Zodiac ride offers an incredible view of the tuff-cone walls (formed by magma-water eruptions) as you enter the wave sculpted cave and find sea turtles that frequent this area. You may also spot the dorsal fin of a Mola Mola, an odd looking giant Sun fish.

Return to the yacht for dinner and briefing on tomorrows activities. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Elizabeth Bay

Today you will explore on Isabela, which was created when six volcanoes flowed together, forming the largest island of the Galapagos. Arrive by zodiac to a secluded cove lined with large red mangrove trees at Elizabeth Bay where turtles, rays and shore birds can be seen. Motor to the rocky islets known as ‘Las Marielas’, where a colony of nesting Penguins, Flightless Cormorants and giant Marine Iguanas are found.

Explore the coves by zodiac or kayak to find Galapagos Penguins, Boobies, Pelicans and other seabirds before making a dry landing on the western side of the island at Tagus Cove. Once a favourite anchorage for pirates and whalers you can find graffiti dating back to the 1800’s written on the rocky cliffs. An uphill hike will bring you to a salt-water lagoon, a scenic overlook with a spectacular view of the ocean, lava fields and volcanic formations. An excellent snorkeling site is offered from the zodiac or take a kayak and explore the shoreline.

After dinner and your briefing, a sky full of stars beckons you to go on deck and observe the galaxy while crossing the equator for the last time. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Rabida Island

This morning you will visit Santiago Island, where you will set out on foot to explore the shoreline at Puerto Egas. At low tide you can catch a glimpse of Marine Iguanas as they feed on exposed green algae, as well as looking for octopus, starfish and other sea life caught in the tide pools. Watch for Great Blue Herons, Lava Herons, American Oystercatchers and Yellow Crowned Night Herons. Your walk ends at the grottos, deep pools of clear water where you will encounter Fur Sea Lions that were once on the verge of extinction. Enjoy some snorkeling before returning to the yacht for lunch.

Sit back and relax on deck and enjoy the dramatic landscape and keep an eye out for dolphins as you make your way to Rabida, located near James Island. Rabida is considered the geographic centre of the Galapagos because this island sports the most diversified volcanic rocks. The dark red sand beach originated from the high content of iron in the volcanic stones. While strolling along the trail, you may find Marine Iguanas, Mocking birds, Yellow Warblers and several species of Darwin Finches leading to a salt-water lagoon where Greater Flamingos migrate. After the walk, enjoy some fantastic snorkelling with a large colony of Sea Lions.

This evening your captain will host a farewell cocktail party and you will enjoy dinner followed by a special slide show presentation from your guides. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Santa Cruz

Today you will travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, the scenery gradually changing as you wind your way through all seven vegetation zones found in the Galapagos. Visit the tortoise reserve at ‘Las Primicias’, one of the private farms in the highlands where you can encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Stop at ‘the tunnels’, the largest lava tubes found in the Galapagos, and keep a look out for the bright red feathers of the male Vermilion Flycatcher.

After lunch and a briefing, you will visit the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena (Charles Darwin Research Station). See all three tortoise corrals and the breeding centre with new hatchlings and baby tortoises not yet ready to be repatriated, as well as Land Iguana corrals. Scientists from all over the globe work at the station and conduct biological research from anatomy to zoology. Stop at Van Straelen Hall where there are exhibits and a short video presentation.

The town of Puerto Ayora is the social heart of the islands with the largest population of 24,000 inhabitants. This evening you have the option to return to your yacht for a buffet dinner or remain in town on your own account. Those who return to the yacht will be provided zodiacs to return to town to shop for souvenirs or stop at an internet café. Zodiacs will be provided for your return to the yachts. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - San Cristobal

This morning you will return to San Cristobal and visit the Interpretation Centre were you can gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of these fascinating Islands. Afterwards, you will have time in port before heading to the airport for your flight back to the mainland. (B)