offered by Viator
This 4-day cruise aboard the Nemo I catamaran takes you into the eastern side of the UNESCO-listed Galapagos Islands, an archipelago of 19 islands located off the Ecuadorian coast, with your choice between two itinerary options (see below for more details). The recently renovated catamaran accommodates 14 passengers only, and is wider than the majority of motor yachts that operate in the Galapagos Islands. Enjoy your buffet-style meals, 'al fresco', in the covered terrace outside, starting with lunch on your first day until breakfast on your day of departure. Water, tea, and coffee are included, but if you would like a drink with a little bit more kick (own expense), head to the bar inside the main deck. Each twin cabin, located in the hulls, comes with a private bathroom, air-conditioning and a fan. You'll access your cabin through a hatch, which also serves as a skylight window to shine in more daylight along with the portholes. A few cabins offer matrimonial beds, but most have bunk beds. To reach the islands, you will leave the catamaran at the anchorage-site and board a dinghy for the final stretch to land. Your crew is trained and ready to assist you as needed. In addition to snorkeling, enjoy opportunities to scuba dive, at your own expense or explore by single or double sea kayak some of the protected bays or shorelines. Snorkel or kayak alongside sea lions and turtles, and sunbathe on the boat's hanging nets as you journey into the UNESCO-listed archipelago.
The first itinerary is the following. Fly from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Airport on your first day and board the Sailing Catamaran Nemo I in the afternoon to proceed to the check-in, learn about safety on the boat and have lunch. You will make your first landing at North Seymour for a guided walk through the large seabird colonies, following a circular loop (easy level: 2km/1.25 mi/about 2hrs). Before dinner your friendly guide will give the first daily briefing, and the captain and his crew will present themselves and share a welcoming toast. Around midnight the Nemo I will lift the anchor and sail to Genovesa for about 5h30. Your second day's program includes two longer walks, snorkeling and optional sea kayaking. After early breakfast and a wet landing at the sheltered beach of Darwin Bay you will go for a guided walk (moderate level; about 3km/2mi). Enjoy a snack aboard before snorkelling or sea kayaking. Then we will sail to nearby Prince Philip's Steps, close to the entrance of the broken caldera. There you will have a guided walk through cliff top seabird colonies (moderate level; about 3km/2mi). Nemo I will lift the anchor shortly after dinner, and navigate about 5 hours, heading back south in the direction of Santiago and anchoring at Bartolome. Your third day's program is largely dedicated to volcanism. After breakfast, climb the stairs of Bartolome's Summit Trail, which is rewarded with panoramic views (guided walk, moderate level; about 800m/0.5 mi; 114m/375ft altitude difference). Then explore the fantastic shallow water snorkeling spot at the foot of Pinnacle Rock, walk around or even relax on the beach. During lunch Nemo I will navigate about an hour to Chinese Hat, where you can snorkel again. Learn more about Galapagos' fascinating geology during the late-afternoon walk on this typical volcano-islet (easy level; about 0,7 km/0.5 mi). While sailing to Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, about 7hr, you will have dinner. We will anchor in the sheltered harbour of Academy Bay just after midnight, where you can enjoy a fairly quiet sleep. This cruise itinerary ends in Puerto Ayora. En route to the airport you will pass the lush highlands of Santa Cruz, where you will get the opportunity to quest for most-famous representatives of Galapagos: a wild population of Galapagos giant tortoises. After an early breakfast it is time to say goodbye and to leave the yacht. You will travel by inflatable dinghy and private bus from the pier of Puerto Ayora into the highlands. In the agricultural zone you can see Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild before continuing to the airport.
Or, go with a second itinerary. Fly from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Airport on your first day and board the Sailing Catamaran Nemo I in the afternoon to proceed to the check-in, learn about safety on the boat and have lunch. Then visit the Charles Darwin Research Station as an introduction to Galapagos and get some free time to stroll through the cosy town of Puerto Ayora. Short before midnight the anchor will be lifted for this tour's longest navigation, about 8 hours in eastern direction to Pitt Point. On your second day, you will make a wet landing at Pitt Point after breakfast, from where you will hike to the cliff-top seabird colonies and back. After that snorkelling is scheduled and during lunch we will navigate along the shore of San Cristobal to Witch Hill, where a lot of activities can be undertaken: a dinghy-ride, sea kayaking, more snorkelling and a beach stroll. This evening we will sail to Santa Fe, about 4 hours west, where you will enjoy a comfortable night rest in a sheltered bay. You will start your third day with a guided walk on the beach of Santa Fe. Your guide will decide whether the easy shorter circuit is followed, or a strenuous longer hike land inward (moderate level; about 3km/2mi). Don't forget to keep your strength to enjoy a fabulous swim or snorkeling in the crystal clear azure waters of Barrington Bay after the hike. Around lunchtime we will proceed to South Plaza, about 2 hours northwest, possibly escorted by bottlenose dolphins. You will make an unforgettable guided walk on this 'Jurassic islet' (easy level; about 1,25 km/0.75 mi). While navigating 2 hours to Black Turtle Cove, before dinner and sunset, we will have opportunities to do some great whales watching. After dinner you can enjoy a relatively quiet floating sleep. Enjoy breakfast and spend your final morning in Black Turtle Cove, on the northern side of Santa Cruz island. There are no landing sites here, so you'll wander by Zodiac boat through a tranquil red mangrove lagoon full of golden rays and spotted eagle rays, reef sharks and hammerheads. Keep your eyes open for sea turtles, herons and pelicans as well. Your Galapagos adventure ends with a boat ride to Baltra, where you'll board a shuttle that will transfer you to the airport.