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 - Charles Darwin Research Station
Day 2: Punta Cormorant - Devil's Crown - Post Office Bay
Day 3: Black Beach - Marine Observation
Day 4: Punta Moreno - Elizabeth Bay
Day 5: Urbina Bay - Punta Espinosa
Day 6: Tagus Cove - Punta Vicente Roca
Day 7: Esumilla Beach - Puerto Egas
Day 8: North Seymour Island - Baltra Airport
* 5-day cruise itineraries are also available upon request, call us to enquire.
Day 1: Charles Darwin Research Station (located in Santa Cruz Island)
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 (located in 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 (located in 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 & Elizabeth Bay (located in 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.
Day 5: Urbina Bay (located in Isabela) & Punta Espinosa (located in Fernandina Island)
We disembark at Urbina Bay
(wet landing) onto a black sand beach, nesting site for green sea
turtle. 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 are good we will also snorkel in the nearby tropical waters. 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-coloured marine iguanas and
bright red-orange Sally Lightfoot Crabs.
Day 6: Tagus Cove & Punta Vicente Roca (located in Isabela Island)
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. At Punta Vicente Roca we will
do a panga ride around the beautiful coast line before jumping into the
water to enjoy one of the best snorkeling sites of the Galapagos. The
underwater cliffs found here are filled with enough colors and life to
amaze everyone looking at them for the first time.
Day 7: Espumilla - Puerto Egas (located in Santiago Island)
After three days exploring the
fabulous western islands, 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
unbelievably tame Galapagos flycatcher and the ever-intriguing Darwin
finches. 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.
Day 8: North Seymour - Baltra Airport
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 frigatebirds, blue-footed
boobies and swallow-tailed gulls, and experience, depending on season,
spectacular mating ritual displays. After this visit the ship will sail
to Baltra where passengers ending their trip will disembark.
*In addition to the land visits we
offer a good balance of other activities such as snorkeling, panga rides
Departs - Selected dates (listed below)
M/Y Passion Ship Cabins
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