The impressive Anahi catamaran accommodates a maximum 16 passengers and is a great option for a trip to the Galapagos Islands. This 5 day cruise will show you the unique wildlife and landscape on Baltra Island, Santa Cruz Island, Genovesa Island, Santa Fe Island and San Cristobal Island
Snorkeling and kayaking opportunities in some of the most spectacular Galapagos beaches
Enjoy this comfortable, stable, spacious, luxurious and fast catamaran built for a cruise in the Galapagos Islands
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Baltra Island - Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach
Day 2: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay - The Barranco
Day 3: Santa Cruz Island: Plazas Island - Santa Fe Island
Day 4: San Cristobal Island: Punta Pitt - Leon Dormido, Lobos Island
Day 5: San Cristobal Island: Turtle Breeding Center - Departure
Day 1: Arrive at Baltra - Bachas Beach
The flight from Quito to the Galapagos is approximately 2 ½ hours on a Boeing 727. Upon arrival at Baltra travelers pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands and to pay the park entrance fee of $100 (unless prepaid), and $10 for the INGALA card which is an identity card that you need . Guides will meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbor. Motorized rafts, called ‘Pangas’ will transport you to the M/C ANAHI and our crew will welcome you onboard. After departure and lunch, the first island visit is made.
These two small beaches are found to the West of Turtle Cove. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where occasionally is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer, but it has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategical point to protect the Panama Channel.
Day 2: Darwin Bay & El Barranco, Genovesa Island
This bay has its origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers: red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow-crowned, and black-crowned lava herons, and yellow warblers can be seen in the area. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls. Reaching the end the trail at the cliff’s edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.
The visitor site of El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island. The trail is on volcanic rock that has a length of 1.5 km and the tour can be done in about 2 hours. The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, lies in this area. The cliffs located in the south are composed of very fragile lava. The natural erosion that has occurred in these lava flows has become the ideal place for nesting Storm Petrels. You can see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. One of its main predators is the short-eared owl. The red-footed booby nests only in the outer islands of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, Gardner (Floreana), Wolf, Darwin and Genovesa. Also present on this island is the masked booby. During the panga rides along the cliffs fur sea lions can be seen and several species of seabirds.
Day 3: South Plaza & Santa Fe
Plazas is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than its relatives found at other islands. Throughout the island are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, they are unique, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana’s crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food. Swallow tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along with other sea birds as: audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans.
Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an uplift instead than a volcanic origin, this is why is mostly flat. There are some theories which assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is the home of a number of endemic species like the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats, and one of the two species of lands Iguanas of the islands. After disembarking in the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well giant Pickly pear cactus, gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fishes.
Day 4: Punta Pitt, Leon Dormido, Lobos Island, San Cristobal
This place is on the north of San Cristobal. Here there are endemic species such as lava lizards and red-footed boobies. The view is impressive when you walk up to the high part of the island. You may be lucky to see the red footed booby – the least seen of the bunch. It’s also the home of the Chatham mockingbird, only found here on San Cristobal Island.
This small, distinctive island comprises two rocks which jut out of the ocean and is home to a large colony of sea birds. Kicker Rock is an excellent dive site where you could see many reef fish as well as hammerhead and Galápagos sharks. Sightings of large rays and turtles are common but not guaranteed.
Isla Lobos is about an hour by boat from Port Baquerizo Moreno. The length of the trail is 850 meters and the estimated travel time is one hour. There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and common frigate birds nesting on this site. You can observe the two species of sea lions present in the archipelago. During the tour you go through a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and a sandy area. During the panga tour brown pelicans and several species of shorebirds can be observed; although, snorkeling, it’s common to see juvenile sea lions, manta rays and sea turtles.
Day 5: San Cristobal Island
An Interpretation Center’s, lush gardens and sweeping ocean views are a strong contrast to the 1960’s style buildings at the Charles Darwin Center. Visitors to the Interpretation Center can learn about both the geological and human history of the islands, conservation issues, and natural history. The older Museum of Natural History attempts to preserve the natural history of the islands.
After visiting this amazing place you will be taken to the airport for your return flight to the mainland.
Departs - Selected dates (listed below)
SHIP DECK PLAN
8 cabins with ocean view, lower beds, air conditioning, private bathroom with hot water, safe deposit box and closet
Lounge and bar area
Entertainment room with TV and DVD
Capacity: 16 passengers
Speed: 10 knots
Social areas: Lounge, Bar area, Jacuzzi, Solar deck, Entertainment room with TV and
DVD, Reclinable chairs outside,Dinning room table, Games, Bar
Equipment: One 48 miles Radar; Echo sounder; GPS; One VHF radio;
Epirb; Magnetic compass; 2 Rigid life rafts for 15 passengers each; 30
SOLAS life jackets; fire & smoke
detectors; complete fire system; 2 Zodiac rafts for 10 persons each.
Safety equipment complies with international Coast Guard regulations.
All meals during the voyage
Transfers to/from vessel (depending on flights)
Tours led by English speaking Guides
All scheduled excursions
Whats not included?
Passport, visa and immigration fees
Additional hotel nights
Galapagos national park fees US$100
Transit Control Card US$20
Travel protection plan
Possible fuel surcharges
Christmas & new-year surcharges
Any items not mentioned as included
*The Anahi vessel will be in dry-dock in September and not operating during 25 August to 4 October 2018.