Galaven Yacht

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Cruise Overview

The Galaven is for adventurers with a mid-range budget who want to visit Galapagos.

This 88-foot motorized, 20-passenger yacht offers high-polished wood trim and floors, a library with TV and DVD player, and sun deck with chaise lounges. The spacious dining area allows you to comfortably eat while marveling at the stunning views of the Galapagos archipelago.

The eleven double cabins spread over the ship’s three decks have air conditioning and private bathrooms with hot water. The Galaven has two different eight-day itineraries, as well as four- and five-day excursions. Two bilingual national park naturalist guides will show you the wonders of the Galapagos. Also accompanying you on the cruise are the captain and eight crew members.

Cabin Types
Double Cabin
Twin Cabin
Triple Cabin

5 Days Itinerary

Departs Fridays

DAY 1
Santa Cruz Island
Friday

Morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra, Galapagos Islands.

You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by a Galaven staff member and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

Afternoon Excursion

El Chato reserve is divided into two areas: Caseta and Chato. The trail begins at Santa Rosa (13.7 miles / 22 km) from Puerto Ayora, with the Caseta route being the most challenging. The reserve allows visitors to observe giant tortoises in the wild during the dry season and is also a good place to spot short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, Galapagos rails and paint-billed crakes.

El Chato, Santa Cruz Island
Possible Activities:
Walking, bird watching
Difficulty:
Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing:
Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals:
Giant tortoises, finches, Galapagos rails
Dinner
DAY 2
Santa Cruz Island
Saturday

In the morning: Dragon Hill

The visitors’ site at Dragon Hill is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island and consists of a 1,600 m long trail that runs through three different environments. The beach is very rocky. At high tide it’s a nice place for snorkeling. At this visiting site you can find vegetation of the typical intertidal zone and dry zone.

Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island
Possible Activities:
Panga ride & short hike
Difficulty:
Easy
Type of Landing:
Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals:
Frigatebirds, herons, blue-footed boobies, rays, reef sharks

 

In the afternoon: Bachas Beach

Bachas Beach is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz and is a beach for swimming. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on the beach.

Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island
Possible Activities:
Hiking
Difficulty:
Easy
Type of Landing:
Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals:
World War II remnants. Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, whimbrels, sea turtles.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3
Floreana Island
Sunday

Morning Excursion

You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel used as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don’t forget your postcards, and don’t be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you even get home!

Afternoon Excursion

Cormorant Point hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The Green Beach is named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the Four Sand Beach is composed of white coral.

You will have a chance to snorkel around Devil’s Crown which is the rocky remains of an offshore volcano sticking out of the water. This is a great location to spot a wide range of marine creatures.

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4
San Cristobal Island
Tuesday

Morning Excursion

This site is part of an environment project. The tour of this center will explore the natural history of the islands including human interaction and conservation efforts. The Museum of Natural History explains the volcanic origin of the archipelago, ocean currents, climate, and the arrival of endemic species. The Human History exhibit chronologically describes significant events such as discovery and colonization of the islands.

 

After this final visit, you will be transferred to the San Cristobal airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

Breakfast

4 Days Itinerary

Departs Tuesdays

DAY 1
Santa Cruz Island
Tuesday

Morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra, Galapagos Islands.

You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by a Galaven staff member and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

Afternoon Excursion

Visit Black Turtle Cove in the northern part of Santa Cruz. This inlet is surrounded by mangroves and is only accessible by dinghy. The shallow cove is a haven for young marine life. Black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.

Dinner
DAY 2
Genovesa Island
Wednesday

Morning Excursion

Prince Phillip’s Steps, also known as El Barranco, is a steep, rocky path that leads up a high cliff rock face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared owls, Galapagos storm petrels, and Galapagos doves.

Afternoon Excursion

Visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which includes a half mile trail (0,75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls, which can easily be spotted here. Further down the path we’ll find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3
Santiago & Rabida Islands
Thursday

Morning Excursion

You will visit Sullivan Bay located on the southeast part of Santiago. This place is interesting for its geology because the area is covered by lava flows. This place has elevations in the form of small volcanoes formed by the lava flows.

Afternoon Excursion

You will visit Rabida Island (or Jervis) which is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago as well as a great snorkeling site. We will start on Rabida’s famous maroon/red sand beach, and after an easy hike, you will arrive to a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some species are abundant such as a few varieties of finches, Galapagos vermilion flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4
Santa Cruz Island
Friday

Morning Excursion

You will visit “Fausto Llerena” Giant Tortoises Creeding Center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity; this is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years-old and strong enough to survive on their own.

After this final visit, you will be transferred to the Baltra airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

  • All meals throughout cruise
  • Transfers in the islands
  • All excursions
  • Bilingual National Park Guide
  • Use of snorkeling equipment
  • Use of Underwater Camera
  • Free airport assistance*
  • Free transfers*

Tour Pricing

Galaven Expedition Yacht
Single
Twin
5 Days Itinerary Departs Fridays
5,575.00
3,717.00 / person
4 Days Itinerary Departs Tuesday
3,950.00
2,633.00 / person

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