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Enjoy the Galapagos Islands in the newest boat in the area. Be one of the first people to board the Majestic and sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of the Galapagos, taking in picturesque sites and getting up close to wildlife, an experience you are sure to remember for a long time
Visit picturesque beaches with white powdery sands
Walk along visitor trails leading to scenic viewpoints
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: San Cristobal Airport - Breeding Centre
Day 2: Santa Fe Island - South Plaza Island
Day 3: Bartolome Island - Santiago: Egas Port
Day 4: Isabela: Tagus Cove - Isabela: Urbina Bay
Day 5: Fernandina: Espinosa Point - Isabela: Vicente Roca Point
Day 6: Rabida: Buccaneer Cove/Espumilla Beach - Rabida: Sullivan Bay
Day 7: Santa Cruz: Bachas Beach - Santa Cruz: Interpretation Center
Day 8: San Cristobal: Kicker Rock - Transfer to San Cristobal Airport
San Cristobal Airport - Breeding Center Jacinto Gordillo
In the morning you will arrive at San Cristobal Airport. 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 the Breeding Center Jacinto Gordillo “Galapaguera” Colorado Hill. It is a new visitor site in the southest part of San Cristobal Island and can now be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warblers, finches and mockingbirds. Giant tortoises can be observed on the trails. They live there wild but in a protected area to ensure their survival by sealing them off from introduced predators like pigs and goats.
Santa Fe Island - South Plaza Island
In the morning, you will visit Santa Fe Island (Barrington) which is home to a small, picturesque bay also named Santa Fe. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest. In the afternoon, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colourful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its colour is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.
Bartolome Island - Santiago: Egas Port
Your first visit today is to Bartolome Island. Home to the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartolome consits of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one of the best views of the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkelling and possible sightings of the Galapagos penguin. The afternoon will take you to Egas Port. Also known as James, Bay, Egas Port is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur sea lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkelling site.
Isabela: Tagus Cove - Isabela: Urbina Bay
In the morning, you will visit Tagus Cove on Isabela Island which is located across from Fernandina Island, near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s, using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another lovely beach surrounded by mangroves. In the afternoon, you will go to Urbina Bay which is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954 causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkelling.
Isabela: Espinosa Point - Fernandina: Vicente Roca Point
In the morning, you will cross the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, landing at Espinosa Point. You will disembark and head off an a walk, passing a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, to reach the island's highlight: a flightless cormorant nesting site. This area is also a great spot to see the famous Galapagos hawk. In the afternoon, your visit is to Vicente Roca Point comprised of two separate coves. This site is a large bay full of spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola Mola (or sunfish).
Buccaneer Cove - Sullivan Bay
Buccaneer Cove, your first stop this morning, is a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers. These pirates would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat among other things. The steep cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach, are a magnificent site. This afternoon you will visit Sullivan Bay where a coral beach landing leads you towards a lava field as far as the eye can see. Hunt and peck over the two distinguished types of lava, pahoehoe and aa, for signs of plant life that have managed to emerge over the past 100 years since the most recent volcanic explosion. A truly amazing volcanic experience…up close and personal!
Santa Cruz: Bachas Beach - Santa Cruz: Giant Land Tortoises Breeding Centre -
In the morning, you will visit Bachas Beach,located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, is a swimming beach. 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. Your visit to the Charles Darwin Research Centre takes place this afternoon. The centre is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches to 4-feet long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about 4 years old and strong enough to survive on their own.
San Cristobal: Kicker Rock - Transfer to San Cristobal Airport
In the morning, you will visit Kicker Rock. This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and scuba diving allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life. After visiting Kicker Rock, you will transfer 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 Specifications: Majestic Motor Yacht
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