The impressive Anahi catamaran accommodates a maximum 16 passengers and is a great option for a trip to the Galapagos Islands. Its first class team will guide you on this 8 day classic Galapagos cruise to the eastern section of the islands
Enjoy this comfortable, stable, spacious, luxurious and fast catamaran built for a cruise in the Galapagos Islands
Witness the unique wildlife only found amongst the Galapagos islands
Itinerary in Brief - Route B2
Day 1: Baltra - Bachas Beach
Day 2: Darwin Bay - El Barranco
Day 3: South Plazas - Santa Fe
Day 4: Punta Pitt - Leon Dormido - Lobos Island
Day 5: Turtle Breeding Center - Interpretation Center - Tijeretas Hill
Day 6: Punta Suarez - Gardner Bay
Day 7: Punta Cormorant - Devils Crown - Post Office Bay
Day 8: Charles Darwin Station - Departure
Day 1: Arrive at Baltra - Bachas Beach
Upon arrival to the Galapagos, a representative will meet you and transfer you to the M/C Anahi. You first stop will be to Bachas Beach.
These two small beaches are found to the West of Turtle Cove. Their sand
is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, making it a
favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there
is a small brackish water lagoon, where occasionally is possible to
observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts
and whimbrels. The other beach is longer, but it has two old barges that
were abandoned during the Second World War, when the USA used Baltra
Island as a strategical point to protect the Panama Channel.
Day 2: Darwin Bay & El Barranco, Genovesa Island
bay has its origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea
level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This
is a favorite island for birdwatchers: red footed-booby, masked boobies,
wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow-crowned, and
black-crowned lava herons, and yellow warblers can be seen in the area.
Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the
cliff seeing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird
watching includes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and
ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls. Reaching the
end the trail at the cliff’s edge offers an incredible view of the
island and the many birds living there.
The visitor site of El Barranco is located in the southern part of
Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island. The trail is on volcanic rock that has a
length of 1.5 km and the tour can be done in about 2 hours. The youngest
area of the island, from a geological point of view, lies in this area.
The cliffs located in the south are composed of very fragile lava. The
natural erosion that has occurred in these lava flows has become the
ideal place for nesting Storm Petrels. You can see two species of
petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. One of its main
predators is the short-eared owl. The red-footed booby nests only in the
outer islands of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, Gardner (Floreana), Wolf,
Darwin and Genovesa. Also present on this island is the masked booby.
During the panga rides along the cliffs fur sea lions can be seen and
several species of seabirds.
Day 3: South Plaza & Santa Fe
is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two
islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most
interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The
Plazas land iguanas are smaller than its relatives found at other
islands. Throughout the island are several hybrid iguanas, a result of
crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, they are unique,
recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land
iguana’s crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big
population of iguanas is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite
food. Swallow tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along
with other sea birds as: audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds,
frigate birds, and brown pelicans.
Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was
formed from an uplift instead than a volcanic origin, this is why is
mostly flat. There are some theories which assure this could be the
oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is the home of a number of
endemic species like the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos
mockingbird, rice rats, and one of the two species of lands Iguanas of
the islands. After disembarking in the beautiful and clear waters you
will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the
trail many salt bushes can be seen as well giant Pickly pear cactus,
gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are great
possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fishes.
Day 4: Punta Pitt, Leon Dormido, Lobos Island, San Cristobal
place is on the north of San Cristobal. Here there are endemic species
such as lava lizards and red-footed boobies. The view is impressive when
you walk up to the high part of the island. You may be lucky to see the
red footed booby – the least seen of the bunch. It’s also the home of
the Chatham mockingbird, only found here on San Cristobal Island.
This small, distinctive island comprises two rocks which jut out of the
ocean and is home to a large colony of sea birds. Kicker Rock is an
excellent dive site where you could see many reef fish as well as
hammerhead and Galápagos sharks. Sightings of large rays and turtles are
common but not guaranteed.
Isla Lobos is about an hour by boat from Port Baquerizo Moreno. The
length of the trail is 850 meters and the estimated travel time is one
hour. There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and common
frigate birds nesting on this site. You can observe the two species of
sea lions present in the archipelago. During the tour you go through a
dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and a sandy area.
During the panga tour brown pelicans and several species of shorebirds
can be observed; although, snorkeling, it’s common to see juvenile sea
lions, manta rays and sea turtles.
Day 5: Interpretation Centre & Tijeretas
Hill, San Cristobal Island
An Interpretation Center’s, lush gardens and sweeping ocean views
are a strong contrast to the 1960’s style buildings at the Charles
Darwin Center. Visitors to the Interpretation Center can learn about
both the geological and human history of the islands, conservation
issues, and natural history. The older Museum of Natural History
attempts to preserve the natural history of the islands.
The trip to the Hill takes approximately 20-40 minutes. Once there, we
are going to be treated to a spectacular view of the white beaches and a
panoramic view of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The hill is often visited by
frigate birds, hence the name. Both magnificent frigate birds and great
frigate birds are usually seen on the site, making it the perfect place
to compare and learn how to distinguish them.
Day 6: Punta Suarez - Gardner Bay
This rocky point sustains one of the most impressive and diverse colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. High cliffs rise up from the sea along the southern shore, affording us spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blowhole, where water is squeezed through a fracture in the rocks and is expelled up to 50-75 feet into the air.
Located on the north coast of Española, Gardner Bay is an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and also presents a terrific opportunity to observe sea lions and sharks in the crystal clear waters.
Day 7: Punta Cormorant - Devils Crown - Post Office Bay
Here we find probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos and one of the largest in the islands. It is located between two tuff lava cones that give the area a particular atmosphere. There are a variety of species of shorebirds besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks, and other migratory birds. A very interesting thing to do is to observe the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” (with a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.
Devil’s Crown is located just off Punta Cormorant and offers some of the best snorkelling in the Galapagos. In fact, the only way to see the Crown is on the water, as it is termed a Marine Visitor Site, and no land visits are allowed. This is actually an almost completely submerged volcano, and erosion has transformed the cone into a series of jagged peaks, that resemble a black crown.
Historically, Post Ofccie Bay is actually the old location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since then by sailors and tourists as a post office. The idea is that each passing person carries the letters or postcards directed to his/her destination by hand. We will continue to the north of the island to then ascend to an elevated slope to enjoy a view of the Baroness lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa Von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the landscape, which covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo.
Day 8: Charles Darwin Station - Baltra
The main attractions here are the National Park information centre, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding Centre for young tortoises, and the adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.
Transfer to Baltra for your flight to Quito.
Departs - Fridays (fortnightly)
M/C Anahi Ship Cabins
Ship Deck Plan: Anahi
8 cabins with ocean view, lower beds, air conditioning, private bathroom with hot water, safe deposit box and closet
Lounge and bar area
Entertainment room with TV and DVD
Capacity: 16 passengers
Speed: 10 knots
Social areas: Lounge, Bar area, Jacuzzi, Solar deck, Entertainment room with TV and
DVD, Reclinable chairs outside,Dinning room table, Games, Bar
Equipment: One 48 miles Radar; Echo sounder; GPS; One VHF radio; Epirb; Magnetic compass; 2 Rigid life rafts for 15 passengers each; 30 SOLAS life jackets; fire & smoke detectors; complete fire system; 2 Zodiac rafts for 10 persons each. Safety equipment complies with international Coast Guard regulations.
All meals during the voyage
Transfers to/from vessel (depending on flights)
Tours led by English speaking Guides
All scheduled excursions
Whats not included?
Passport, visa and immigration fees
Additional hotel nights
Galapagos national park fees US$100
Transit Control Card US$20
Travel protection plan
Possible fuel surcharges
Christmas & new-year surcharges
Any items not mentioned as included
*The M/C Anahi vessel will be in dry-dock in September and not operating during 25 August to 4 October 2018.