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Step aboard the newest boat in the Galapagos - the Majestic. Designed specifically to cruise the Galapagos, the Majestic is sure to impress with its state of the art facilities, guaranteeing an experience in the islands in a way which few have done before. Enjoy the pristine waters and get up-close with the native wildlife whilst staying in pure luxury
Visit the famous maroon sandy beach with stunning lookouts
See various forms of wildlife, native only to the Galapagos Islands
Visit historic sites and learn about the islands' heritage
Snorkel and scuba dive in some of the most beautiful waters
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Baltra Airport - Santa Cruz
Day 2: Genovesa - El Barranco, Darwin Bay
Day 3: Rabida Island - Chinese Hat
Day 4: San Cristobal - Witch Hill, Lobos Island
Day 5: Interpretations Centre - Departure
Day 1 - Thursday
Baltra Airport - Santa Cruz
You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by the Majestic staff 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. In the afternoon, you will visit “Fausto Llerena” Giant land tortoises breeding centre 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.
Day 2 - Friday
Genovesa - El Barranco, Darwin Bay
In the morning, you will visit El Barranco which is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. It is a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff-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 lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves. The afternoon will see you visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which heads a half mile trail (0,75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path we find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.
Day 3 Saturday
Rabida Island - Chinese Hat
This morning will see you visit Rabida Island. Rabida Island is one of the most colourful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago and a great snorkelling site. Its famous maroon sandy beach and stunning lookouts provide wonderful landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher's delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance, such as nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos Hawks and brown pelicans. This afternoon you will visit Chinese Hat Islet. This small islet is located near the south-east coast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet’s summit. This small islet is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tubes and lava flows. Some of the lava flows were formed underwater and subsequently raised above sea level. The presence of coral heads on the lava flow indicates this phenomenon.
Day 4 - Sunday
San Cristobal - Witch Hill, Lobos Island
In the morning, you will visit Witch Hill. Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling. In the afternoon you will be involved in an excursion to Lobos Island which means “Sea Lion Island.” This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, playful, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.
Day 5 - Monday
Interpretations Centre - Departure
In the morning, you will visit the Interpretation Center. 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 visiting The Interpretation Center and the Galapaguera, you will be transferred to the San Cristobal airport to catch your flight to Guayaquil or Quito on mainland Ecuador.
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Sundeck: jacuzzi and social area
Main Deck: dining room, bar, social area, 4 cabins (2 double, 2 twin beds)
Lower Deck: 4 cabins (twin beds), 1 single cabin
All cabins have private bathrooms, hot water and air conditioning. All twin cabins can be converted into matrimonials.
Ship Deck Plan: Majestic
Year of construction: 2013
Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 117 feet (36m)
Beam: 23 feet (7m)
Draft: 10 feet (3m)
Gross tonnage: 200 tonnes
Capacity: 16 passengers
Main engines: Motor Cummins N14/440 HP a 1800 RPM
Max speed: 10 knots
Water maker: 7756 gallons
Safety and navigation: 1-MC MURDO 406 CAT.1 EPIRB, 1-MC MURDO S4 SART, 2-ACR 2727 Survival Radio