Yacht Aqua – Central Galapagos Islands

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OVERVIEW:

Five days aboard M/Y Aqua will in no doubt provide you with the BEST memories! This route is known as “The Heart of the Archipelago”- discover uniquely shaped Chinese Hat, extraordinary wildlife above and under the waves at Cowley and Albany, and much more! This itinerary is sure to make your stay that of a lifetime!

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Experienced professional guides.
  • Meet incredible animals during your island excursions
  • Take incredible photography at Bartolome’s spectacular views
  • Interact with wildlife- above AND under the waves
  • Venture into the spectacular world of marine life at Cowley and Albany Islet!
  • Walk along the beautiful black sand beach at Egas Port where you will see sea lions, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, marine iguanas and the Galapagos fur seal

ITINERARY IN BRIEF:

Day 1: Baltra Airport - Chinese Hat Islet (Santiago)
Day 2: Cowley Islet (Isabela) - Albany Iset (Santiago)
Day 3: Egas Port - Sullivan Bay
Day 4: Rabida Island - Bartolome Island 
Day 5: Mosquera - Baltra Airport

NOTE: Long itineraries are the combination of short ones; please let us know if you would like to book a long cruise.

  • Baltra Island - Santiago Island

    AM – Arrival to Baltra Airport
    Upon arrival at Seymour Ecological Airport, a check-up is carried out first, to ensure that no foreign plant or animal species are introduced on the islands. Furthermore, your TCC (Transit Control Card) is stamped; this must be kept safe during your trip, as it has to be presented again on your return flight. In addition, entrance to the Galapagos National Park is due for entry (US $ 100), if this has not yet been paid. Your guide will meet you at the airport, assist you with the luggage and accompany you on the short bus ride to the harbour of Puerto Ayora. Here you will climb aboard the M/Y Aqua! After greeting the crew and the captain, your cabins will be assigned to you and then you will enjoy your first lunch on-board.

    PM – Chinese Hat (Santiago)
    Chinese Hat is a 52m/170ft high volcanic cone, forming another islet right off the rocky coast of Santiago, where a small colony of Galapagos penguins have settled. Approa- ching Chinese Hat from the north, you will understand the meaning of the name.This is an excellent place to learn more about volcanoes, lava bombs and lava tunnels.
    You will arrive just in time to witness how this barren islet is colonised by pioneer species that have begun to sprout! Beautiful beaches of white coral sand and holes in the eroding lava fields are filled up with lava sand, which enables rooting. Galapagos sea lions and countless marine iguanas contribute to fertilisation, and altogether create many favou- rable options for newcomers, such as saltbush and the sesuvium carpet. (L. D.) (Private Transfer) (Shared Guide)

  • Isabela Island - Santiago Island

    AM - Cowley Islet (Isabela)
    This islet, located coast of Isabela, is a popular diving site due to the many incredible species located in the waters here. You will encounter a range of shark species, Galapagos sea lions, stingrays, green sea turtles, cormorants, penguins, manta rays, and more! And if you’re lucky, you can encounter sea horses!

    PM – Albany Islet (Santiago)
    Albany Islet is an amazing sloping rock located off the Northwest Point of Santiago.This is a great site to observe tiger nudibranchs, sea turtles, Galapagos black coral, barna- cles, Galapagos sharks and golden eagle rays (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • Santiago Island

    AM – Egas Port
    We will have a “wet-landing” and take an easy walk along trails and on the beautiful shoreline of the black-sand beach, where you can see birds, sea lions, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, marine iguanas and the Galapagos Fur Seal. During the walk you will be able to see some of Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers and many other beautiful and unique animals!

    PM – Sullivan Bay
    The arrival in Sullivan Bay is like a moon landing.The desola- te, sprawling fields seem to be mostly lifeless, but this island, which is particularly popular among photographers, still offers a lot to see.There is even some life! Green sea turtles burrow in the small white sand beach, where you can also find crabs, blue herons and oystercatchers. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • Rabida Island - Bartolome Island

    AM - Rabida Island
    After a ‘wet landing’ on the remarkable red beach of Rabida, there are two short guided hikes. Oxidised iron particles give the rocks and sand their rusty colour.The beach wall holds a shallow green-fringed lagoon; this oasis is the most fertile place on the otherwise arid islet, which is overgrown with leaf-drop- ping palo santo trees.The salty pool attracts all kind of aquatic birds, like pintails and sometimes American flamingos. Between the evergreen foliage of the surrounding mangrove bushes many species of songbirds hide and breed. One of the most outstanding attractions is the major breeding colony of brown pelicans, the only ones in the world that plunge-dive.

    PM – Bartolome Island
    The beautiful volcano islet of Bartolomé is among the youn- gest of the islands, and on a geological scale was just recently born out of fire. Although at first sight lifeless, Bartolomé offers some of the wildest landscapes and best panoramas of 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 (114m/375ft). Enter a drama- tic world of threatening (though extinguished) nearby spatter cones, craters, and lightweight lava droplets that have been spewed out by fiery fountains.The SummitTrail is also ideal for witnessing how scanty pioneer vegetation such as lava cactus struggles to take root in the bare virgin lava fields. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • Mosquera Island - Depart Baltra Airport

    AM - Mosquera
    Though close neighbours, Mosquera and North Seymour offer a very different experience; diverging habitats attract different residents. While North Seymour contains large breeding colonies of boobies and frigate birds, Mosquera stands out as one of the largest concentrations of Galapagos sea lions in the entire archipelago. It’s also one of the few spots inside the National Park where you can stroll around freely, without being restricted to a trail.
    Galapagos sea lions are real beach lovers and Mosquera offers beautiful white coral sand beaches contrasting with the azure coloured water.This islet is just a few metres higher than a sandbank and doesn’t complicate their landing, and they can roll relaxed in the surf. For fishing they just have to enter the Itabaca Channel, which is a sort of natural place in which lots of marine life and schools of fish are concentrated.

    Transfer to Baltra Airport
    It’s time to say goodbye to Galapagos! It’s been a pleasure accompanying you on this unique trip and hope to see you again very soon!
    Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to the Seymour Ecological Airport, where we will take the shuttle back to the airport.
    In case you have booked your trip for a longer stay with us, we would be welcoming any potential new fellow passen- gers to the yacht, and continue our trip to the next visiting site! (B.) (Shared Guide)

SPECIFICATION

  • Type: Motor Yacht
  • Year Built: 1998 (remodelled in 2019)
  • Category: Mid-range
  • Length: 26 metres / 85 feet
  • Beam: 5.5 metres / 18 feet
  • Max. Capacity: 16 passengers
  • Cabins: 9 (During the 2019 refurbishment, 1 cabin will be added)
  • Crew: 8 members + 1 instructor guide and 1 divemaster guide (for naturalist cruises only 1 bilingual naturalist guide)
  • Zodiacs: 2 Caribe (C-20 & C-17) with 50 HP Yamaha four stroke outboards
  • Max speed: 9 knots
  • Electricity: 110V/220V
  • Engines: 2 x 250HP Caterpillar
  • Generators: 1x 80 kW & 1x 60 kW Cummins

CABINS DETAILS:

Lower Deck Triple Cabin 

Lower double bed and a single upper bed, portholes, private bathroom with hot shower, toilet and washbasin, biodegradable soap, shampoo and conditioner, air-conditioning, closet and towels.

Main Deck Double Cabins

Lower double bed, picture window, private bathroom with hot shower, toilet and washbasin, biodegradable soap, shampoo and conditioner, air-conditioning, closet and towels.

Upper Deck Twin Cabins

Upper and lower bunk beds, picture window, private bathroom with hot shower, toilet and washbasin, biodegradable soap, shampoo and conditioner, air-conditioning, closet and towels.

Note: Single travellers share a cabin with a person of the same sex unless a single room is booked and the single room surcharge is paid (guaranteed single cabin). Individuals who are willing to share their cabin are exempt from the single room supplement, even if no fellow traveller is added.

DECKPLAN

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation on board
  • All meals, water, tea & coffee
  • All excursions as described in the programme (subject to change) with bilingual guide (Spanish / English)
  • Airport assistance at Quito airport (when flight and cruise are booked together)
  • All transfers to Galapagos (AirportYacht-Airport only included when booked together)
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Bath and beach towels

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • International and National (Ecuador-Galapagos-Ecuador) flights
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance, US $ 100 (To be paid upon arrival, in cash)
  • Transit Control Card, US $ 20 (To be paid upon departure from the mainland to Galapagos, in cash)
  • Galapagos Airport Transport, if the flight has not been booked together
  • If necessary, single room supplement
  • Optional wetsuit (to be paid in cash only)
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks (to be paid in cash only)
  • Personal expenses, extras & gratuities
  • Travel insurance

NOTE: Long itineraries are the combination of short ones; please let us know if you would like to book a long cruise.

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