MY Passion: 8 Day Western Islands Galapagos Cruise
Duration: 8 Days
Observe many iconic wildlife on this exciting 8 day luxury Western Islands Galapagos cruise. The MY Passion delivers a high standard of safety with quality and service. The ratio of one staff member per guest ensures first class service and the finest gourmet cuisine is served throughout the cruise. All the guests will gain a sense of refinement and exclusivity while enjoying modern passenger comforts. With automatic stabilizers to reduce motion at sea you will enjoy the voyage and rest well
Enjoy a full afternoon of navigation to look for whales and dolphins.
Get the opportunity to see playful sea lions in their natural environment.
an array of iconic Galapagos wildlife including, the giant Galapagos
tortoise, frigatebirds, brown pelicans and land iguanas to name a few.
Enjoy the voyage aboard the Passion deluxe yacht for a luxuriant experience.
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Baltra airport - Fausto Llerena Tortoise Centre
Day 2: Punta Cormorant - Devil's Crown - Post Office Bay
Day 3: Black Beach - Marine Observation
Day 4: Punta Moreno - Urbina Bay
Day 5: Tagus Cove - Punta Espinosa
Day 6: Puerto Egas, Buccaneer Cove & Espumilla beach
Day 7: Sullivan bay - North Seymour
Day 8: Mosquera islet - Baltra airport
Day 1: Arrive in Baltra - Charles Darwin Research Station
After arriving at Baltra airport we
will be greeted by an Angermeyer Cruises representative to then board a
bus that will take us to Puerto Ayora for the first visit on the
islands: the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Fausto Llerena
Here, we will see tortoises from
different islands in large semi natural pens for
Afterwards we will head back to
Puerto Ayora, where you will have some free time to explore the town and shops before boarding the M/Y Passion.
Day 2: Punta Cormorant, Devil's Crown & Post Office Bay, Floreana Island
We spend the day on Floreana,
legendary homestead of infamous Baroness Eloise Von Wagner de Bousquet.
Wet landing onto the olivine beaches of Punta Cormorant; we will
be seeking Greater Flamingos wading shallow waters. We end the outing with a short
panga ride to Devil’s Crown, a key snorkeling site. After lunch we will visit Post Office Bay
(wet landing), where you can drop your postcards in a large barrel and continue the tradition as the
English whalers did centuries ago.
Day 3: Black Beach & Marine Observation, Floreana Island
This morning we will visit Floreana Island´s Black beach, to learn about the intriguing human history of the island
and it´s first inhabitants. Floreana was the first island in the
Archipelago to be inhabited, since it has one of the very few fresh
water sources. In the afternoon we will have a rare Galapagos cruise opportunity to watch whales and dolphins dive in the waters. The waters of the Galapagos form the second largest marine
reserve in the world very rich in wildlife. We will navigate form Floreana to Isabela Island while
looking for these fascinating creatures.
Day 4: Punta Moreno & Urbina Bay, Isabela Island
We arrive at Isabela, the largest
island in the Galapagos. After breakfast, we step ashore at Punta Moreno
(dry landing) onto a superb pahoehoe lava flow surrounded by giant
shield volcanoes, some of which are still active! From here we will do a
short hike to a lagoon where flamingos are usually present. Panga ride in and around Elizabeth Bay,
a salt-water lagoon surrounded by the largest red mangroves of the
Galapagos. Here, it is usual to see abundant see sea turtles, . flightless cormorants and Galapagos penguins.
In the afternoon, we disembark at Urbina Bay (wet landing) onto a black sand beach, nesting site for green sea turtles. We take a brief hike inland in search of land iguanas and giant tortoises (seasonal) that migrate to and from the highlands. At the beach, we will admire the remains of a geological uplift exposing coral heads and marine fossils and if the sea conditions and time are on our side, we will also snorkel in these waters.
Day 5: Tagus Cove & Punta Espinosa
Dry landing near Tagus Cove, historic pirate hideaway where names of countless ships are recorded for posterity on the cliff face. Hike through beautiful Galapagos landscapes to Darwin Lake, a salt‐water crater lagoon surrounded by tuff stone.
We cross Bolivar Channel to Fernandina Island, one of the world’s most unspoilt sites, and disembark (dry landing) at Punta Espinosa. Strolling along the shoreline, we will be on the lookout for flightless cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos penguins and hawks, sooty‐colored marine iguanas and bright red‐orange Sally Lightfoot crabs.
Day 6: Egas Port, Buccaneer Cove & Espumilla Beach
At Puerto Egas (wet landing) we disembark on a dark sand volcanic beach with an interesting history of human settlement. Sleepy Galapagos fur seals lounge under arches of lava carved by
the ocean and occasionally dip into the crystalline pools, also known as “grottos”. Walk along
the shore and observe the abundant marine life.
At Buccaneer Cove we will take a panga ride around the beautiful coastline. This place got its
name due to the fact that used to be a refuge for British Buccaneers during the time they would
anchor here to collect supplies and clean their ships among other activities. The cove is very
scenic with views of the cliffs and a dark beach. Do not forget to look for two unusual rock
formations known as ‘the monk’ and ‘elephant rock’.
We head to central Santiago to disembark at Espumilla (wet landing), onto a golden‐colored
sand green sea turtle nesting site. A forest trail will take us through some of the largest specimens of Palo Santo on the islands to observe yellow warblers, the amazing Galapagos flycatcher and Darwin finches.
Day 7: Espumilla - Puerto Egas (located in Santiago Island)
We head across to Sullivan Bay (dry landing) in Santiago to walk over a recent lava flow,including very fresh pahoehoe lava formations, lava bubbles containing crystallized minerals and pioneer plants. Along the shoreline, we may find Galapagos penguins and herons going after small fish.
We disembark on North Seymour (dry landing), a small uplifted island, where we will walk right up to bird nesting colonies of the two species of frigate birds, blue‐footed boobies and swallowtailed gulls, and experience, depending on season, spectacular mating ritual displays.
Day 8: Mosquera Islet - Baltra Airport
Mosquera is one of the smallest islands in the
archipelago. Located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands, it
consists of many coral reefs, making it a great site for practicing
snorkel and observing the marine life. Mosquera is also home to one of the largest colonies of sea lions
in the Galapagos, and there have been occasional orca whale sightings
around the islet. As is usual in the archipelago, the islet is shared by
many seabirds, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and Sally Lightfoot
In the afternoon, we will depart to Baltra airport for your flight back to mainland.
Departs - Selected dates (listed below)
Ship Cabin: M/Y Passion
4 spacious Stateroom cabins with twin beds
HD TV system
2 spacious VIP/Master suites with queen size beds
HD TV system
2 private en-suite bathrooms
Private lounge area
Suite rate includes open bar
Use of VIP lounge at Baltra Airport
Ship Deck Plan
The luxury Passion motor yacht was originally a private luxury yacht
before it was redesigned for tours. It offers the most spacious cabins
and social areas with elegant teakwood decks and Italian marble
bathrooms. Guests will gain a sense of refinement and exclusivity while
providing all of the modern day passenger comforts.The ship maintains a
high standard of safety and the quality of service is ensured by the
ratio of one staff per guest. There are 4 staterooms and 2 amazingly
spacious VIP suits which able the yacht to carry up to 12 passengers.
Social areas are provided for passengers to enrich social life and share
Length: 159 feet (48.5 meters)
Width: 28 feet (8.64 meters)
Draft: 10 feet (3 meters)
Speed: 10 knots
Rebuilt: 1989 (Dania Yacht Design)
Refurbished: 2016 (annually)
Gross weight: 459 tons
Range: 4000 miles
Stabilizer: Electronic Vosper Stabilizers
Electric power supply: 240 V–50Hz, 120V–60 Hz
One hotel night stay at Casa Gangotena with breakfast
All meals during the voyage
Activities/shore excursions as specified
Use of kayak and snorkelling equipment
What's not included?
International and internal airfares
Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable