MY Passion: 8 Day Eastern Islands Galapagos Cruise
Duration: 8 days
Observe many iconic wildlife on this exciting 8 day luxury cruise of the Eastern Islands of Galapagos. The MY Passion Galapagos 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
Visit the fascinating red sandy beach of Rabida Island
Get the opportunity to see playful sea lions in their natural environment.
Encounter 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 - Black Turtle Cove
Day 2: Darwin Bay - El Barranco
Day 3: Bartolome Island - Chinese Hat
Day 4: Rábida Island - Cerro Dragón
Day 5: Santa Cruz highlands - Fausto Llerena Tortoise Centre
Day 6: Plaza Sur - Santa Fe Island
Day 7: Gardner Bay - Gardner Islet - Osborn Islet - Punta Suarez
Day 8: Twin craters - Baltra airport
*5 & 4-day itineraries are also available upon request, call us to enquire.
Day 1: Black Turtle Cove (located in Santa Cruz Island)
After arriving at Baltra airport we will be greeted by an Angermeyer
Cruises representative to then board the Passion and have lunch. After
lunch, we will navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a
large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Pelicans
and herons roost on the branches, while marine dwellers such as green
sea turtles or golden rays may swim close-by.
Day 2: Darwin Bay & El Barranco (located in Genovesa Island)
We travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay (wet landing), a unique site lined with red mangroves and soft-haired
prickly pear cacti where red-footed boobies and great frigatebirds perch
tamely. At Prince Philip Steps (dry
landing), we climb the edge of a cliff where frigatebirds, nazca boobies and red-footed boobies nest. We will be seeking out the
impressive red-billed Tropicbird amidst Galapagos storm petrels.
Day 3: Bartolome & Chinese Hat
Dry landing at Bartholomew to
climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this spatter cone for
a most breath-taking panorama of the island’s
Pinnacle Rock lamdmark, views of neighbouring central islands like Santiago. We then 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.
Day 4: Rabida Island & Cerro Dragon (located in Santa Cruz)
Wet landing onto Rábida’s
deep-red beaches to explore the red island’s fascinating interior and
saltwater lagoon. Darwin’s finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, and yellow
warblers feed off the vegetation. Given the right time of the year we
may see brown pelicans nesting on salt bushes that fringe the beach. By the afternoon we head across to Cerro Dragón
on Santa Cruz’s northwest shore (dry landing) to visit a saltwater
lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, black-necked stilts, and
white-cheeked pintails. Further inland we find a fantastic land iguana
Day 5: Fausto Llerena Tortoise Centre & Charles Darwin Research Station
We will spend this day visiting Santa Cruz Island´s most famous
highlights. We will have a dry landing in the dock of Puerto Ayora to
then board our transportation and head to the island’s highlands. This
area, in contrast to the coastal region, has lush vegetation and forest
due to the humidity that gathers in the higher regions.
We will visit one of the ranches of
the area where it is possible to see giant tortoises in their natural
habitat. As these animals migrate from the coastal area to the highlands
and back, the chosen ranch will depend on the presence of the
tortoises, as they roam free and change locations. This is also a good
place to see the Galapagos hawk and barn owl of this island and the
surrounding forests are filled of birds such as the vermilion flycatcher
or the yellow warbler.
We will enjoy lunch at the ranch to
then head back to Puerto Ayora for our second visit of the day, the
Charles Darwin Research Station and the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center.
Here, we will see tortoises from
different islands. The animals are found in large semi natural pens for
their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the visitors. The
pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates,
juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be "repatriated"),
After this visit, we will have some
time to explore the town of Puerto Ayora and its many souvenir shops,
before boarding the M/Y Passion for dinner and the evening briefing.
Day 6: South Plaza Island & Santa Fe Island
Dry landing on one of the oldest docks of the archipelago, colorful Plaza Sur
is home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium and
coppery-orange land iguanas; impressive seaward cliffs are excellent for
a variety of coastal birds. This is also a great place to observe the
adult and pup sea lions swimming along the shores. After a wet landing on Santa Fe
onto a white beach where sea lions are usually resting, we will be
looking for the endemic species of land iguana, larger and yellower than
land iguanas on other islands. The largest prickly pear cacti in the
Galapagos are also found here.
Day 7: Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez (located in Espanola Island)
Punta Suárez (dry landing) is
a spectacular walk to give insight into the intimacies of life at sea,
with nesting sites of blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, as well as the
fascinating breeding rituals (April to December) of the waved albatross.
Lined with neon-colored marine iguanas (January), and lazy Galapagos
sea lions, we walk up to an amazing viewpoint of the famous blowhole. We will spend the day in fantastic Española,
starting with Gardner Bay (wet landing), an outstanding beach with sea
lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española Mockingbird.
Day 8: Twin Craters - Baltra airport
This is our last day in the islands and we will visit the lava tunnels found in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. These intriguing tunnels were formed by a lava flow that hardened on the outside while still maintaining its fluid scolding state on the inside, leaving hollow tunnels where it passed. We will walk inside one of the tunnels (that are artificially illuminated to help visitors) to have a close look at the formations and learn more about the origin of these very volcanic archipelago.
After this visit we will make our way to the Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador and departure.
*In addition to the land visits we
offer a good balance of other activities such as snorkeling, panga rides
Departs - fortnightly (Saturdays)
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 experiences.
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