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Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Fully narrated tour
Informative, friendly and professional guide
All entrance fees included
Hop aboard the Nemo I catamaran for a 5-day cruise into the southeastern section of the UNESCO-listed Galapagos Islands, an archipelago of 19 islands located off the Ecuadorian coast. Enjoy your choice between two itineraries when booking. (See Itinerary below for details.)
The recently renovated catamaran accommodates 14 passengers only, and is one and a half times wider than the majority of motor yachts that operate in the Galapagos Islands.
Enjoy your buffet-style meals (starting with lunch on your first day until breakfast on your day of departure) al fresco, in the covered terrace outside. Water, tea, and coffee are included, and if you’d like a drink with a 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 berth (bunk) beds.
To reach the islands, you’ll typically 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, you’ll enjoy opportunities to scuba dive (own expense) or explore by single or double sea kayak some of the protected bays or shorelines.
Day 1: Baltra Airport - Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz) AM: This morning you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Airport. PM: After welcome aboard S/C Nemo I, check-in, lunch, and the safety-drill you will 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. Overnight navigation: Before dinner your naturalist guide will give the first daily briefing, and the captain and his crew will present and share a welcome toast. The anchor will be lifted early for this route’s longest navigation to Moreno Point on Isabela, about 12 hours in southwestern direction.
Day 2: Moreno Point (Isabela) - Marielas Islets & Elizabeth Bay (Isabela) AM: 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 (moderate level; about 2km/1.25mi). After a snack snorkeling is planned. PM: 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. Navigation: Before dinner we will continue to Espinoza Point (Fernandina, about 4hrs), while actively looking for whales. You will be able to enjoy a relatively quiet floating night.
Day 3: Espinoza Point (Fernandina)- Urbina Bay (Isabela) AM: After breakfast and a dry landing the guided morning walk (easy/moderate level; about 2km/1.25 mi) runs over the lava tongue of Espinoza Point. After a snack we will bring you to today’s snorkeling site. PM: While having lunch we will cross the Bolivar Channel for the last time, back to Isabela’s west coast. At the geologic interesting site of Urbina Bay you will make a second guided walk, and you can snorkel as well. Overnight navigation: Before dinner we will start our 10 hour’s navigation around the north cape of Isabela to Santiago (crossing the equator two times).
Day 4: Puerto Egas (Santiago) - Espumilla Beach & Buccaneer Cove (Santiago) AM: After breakfast you will make a guided walk along Puerto Egas coastline (easy level) to the fur seal grottos. Back on board we will provide a snack before snorkelling. PM: At lunchtime we will navigate 12km/7 mi/45 min north to Espumilla Beach. After a wet landing (bare feet) at the beach a guided walk leads uphill and land inward (easy level; about 2km/1.25 mi). Afterwards you can make a dinghy-ride (or alternatively sea kayaking) along the coastline. Overnight navigation: Before dinner SC Nemo I will continue along the north coast of Santiago to Daphne Major, where we will arrive after about 4 hrs for a relatively quiet floating night sleep.
Day 5: Daphne Major - 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. A wide range of sea birds will wave you out! Early morning Sailing Catamaran Nemo I will navigate around the characteristic volcanic islet of Daphne Major. Afterwards you will disembark and fly back from Baltra Airport to Quito or Guayaquil.
Day 1: Baltra Airport – Bachas Beach (Santa Cuz) AM: This morning you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Airport. PM: After welcome aboard Sailing Catamaran Nemo I, check-in, lunch buffet and the safety-drill you will make your first wet landing (bare feet) at Bachas Beach, followed by an easy stroll along the waterline of this coral sand beach. Filled with impressions you will return on board for dinner. Navigation: At dinner time we will lift the anchor and sail about 7 hrs – depending on the sea state – south-west to Isabela.
Day 2: Las Tintoreras (Whitetip Reef Shark Canal) – Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center (Isabela) AM: Before breakfast (we provide a snack) the inflatable dinghies will bring you to the Tintoreras islets for a guided hike to the tidal channel, following a rough volcanic rock trail (easy/moderate level). After breakfast you can experience some great snorkeling. PM: After lunch you will have free time to enjoy Puerto Villamil and its striking beach. Than you will visit the local tortoise breeding center and the surrounding wetlands. Overnight navigation: After dinner the anchor is lifted for rounding the southern lob of Isabela clockwise to its far west coast (about 6 hours). Additional options scuba-diving: Isla Tortuga, Cuatro Hermanos or Roca Viuda (advanced).
Day 3: Cormorant Point – Devil’s Crown – Post Office Bay (Floreana) AM: After breakfast and a wet landing at the greeny beach of Cormorant Point and walk to a powdery coral sand beach on the other side of the peninsula (easy level; about 1,5 km/1 mi). En route you can observe the American flamingo lagoon from different viewpoints. Then it’s time for fantastic deep-water snorkeling around Devil’s Crown (though sometimes stronger currents). If this is not your thing or if you prefer bird watching, alternatively you can make a dinghy-ride. PM: Post your holiday greetings in the historical barrel at Post Office Bay, one of three nearby visitor’s sites on Floreana’s north coast (short displacement, wet landing) and relax. Overnight navigation: Around midnight the Nemo I will navigate about 5 hours east to Española. Additional options scuba-diving: choice out of 9 nearby diving sites (All levels)
Day 4: Suarez Point – Gardner Bay (Española) AM: Before breakfast (we provide a snack) you will make a ‘dry landing’ at Suarez Point. During a longer guided walk (moderate level; 4km/2.5 mi/about 2 hours) you will pass awakening sea bird colonies on top of the cliffs (some short scrambling passages; avoidable depths). Back on board you will have a deserved breakfast and S/C Nemo I will navigate about an hour. Next you can plunch into the alluring turquoise-colored Gardner Bay for snorkeling. PM: After lunch and a ‘wet landing’ (bare feet) on the wide sand beach you can stroll along the sea lions colony (easy level), or enjoy a moment of reflection, relaxation, or rolling with sea lions in the surf. Overnight navigation: After dinner we will navigate about 5 hrs north, and anchor just before midnight in the sheltered harbor of Academy Bay, Puerto Ayora, where you can enjoy a quiet floating sleep.
Day 5: Charles Darwin Research Station – Baltra Airport Pack your bags, and after breakfast, visit Charles Darwin Research Station, the headquarters of Galapagos National Park. Learn about the conservation programs carried out in the archipelago. At the on-site breeding colony of Galapagos giant tortoises, gain insight into the various tortoise shells that kick-started Charles Darwin into developing his theory of evolution. Your Galapagos journey concludes with a boat ride to Baltra, where you’ll board a shuttle that transfers you to the airport.
4 nights accommodation (twin cabin with private facilities)
All meals, snacks and beverages (water, coffee and tea)
All excursions/activities as mentioned in the itinerary
Professional naturalist guide
Use of single/twin sea kayaks (at approved sites)
Round-trip transfers (specific flight arrival/departure times only)
Transit Control Card ($USD 20, paid at the airport in cash)
Galapagos National Park entrance fee ($USD 100, paid in cash)
Soft drinks (soda and juices) and alcoholic drinks
Round-trip transfers (if flight is outside arrival/departure flight time window)
Optional wet suit rental ($USD 25, paid in cash aboard the cruise)
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Adult pricing applies to all travelers
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Please note that the entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park and Transit Card are subject to change
A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Important: Please bring cash in order to pay for additional fees/equipment rental
Note: If your flight into Galapagos arrives outside the pickup time window at the airport, you must arrange your own transfer to the harbor in Baltra. Flights must arrive before or at 9:30am if you wish to take the included transfer. If your flight arrives before this, you will need to wait at the airport for the group to arrive. To take the transfer back to the airport, your flight should depart at or before 10:30am
Note: Single travelers can book a Twin Cabin on a sharing basis. The cabin will be shared with another traveler of the same sex. A single supplement fee applies if you wish to book a cabin on a private basis. Please advise at time of booking
Note: Single passengers that are willing to share their cabin with another person of the same gender do not pay an additional single supplement fee in case no roommate has booked
Small-group tour limited to 14 people
Not wheelchair accessible
Note: airlines allow you to check in 20kg (44lbs) of luggage per person for your flight to the Galapagos. Your cruise will be able to handle this amount of luggage
Note: you must be able to climb up and down a short ladder in order to enter your room
Baltra Airport or Baltra Harbor (if flight arrives outside pickup time at the airport)
Flights arriving before or at 9:30am
Program finishes with your departure transfer to Baltra Airport