The comfortable Anahi accommodates a maximum of 16 passengers and as a catamaran has great stability. This 8 day itinerary completes a loop of the western islands which offer spectacular scenery, island volcanoes and endless wildlife encounters
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 B1
Day 1: Baltra aiport - Highlands of Santa Cruz Island
Day 2: Tintoreras - Wall of Tears - Tortoises Breading Center
Day 3: Moreno Point - Elizabeth Bay
Day 4: Urbina Bay - Caleta Tagus
Day 5: Espinosa Point - Vicente Roca
Day 6: Puerto Egas - Rabida Island
Day 7: Sombrero Chino - Bartolome Island
Day 8: North Seymour - Departure
Day 1: Baltra - Twin Craters - Santa Cruz Highlands
Arrive at Baltra airport. Our guide will meet us, help us with the luggage and escort us on a short bus ride to the harbor. A small boat, called ‘Panga’ (dinghy) will transport us to the M/C Anahi, where the crew will welcome us onboard. After departure and lunch, we will proceed to the first visit.
The Gemelos (twins) are two deep craters located to the side of the road that leads to Puerto Ayora from the other side of the island. This huge holes were probably created in a volcanic explosion or by magma chambers underneath the island´s surface. 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. Something worth mentioning is the contrast of the vegetation of the highlands with the arid coastal zones.
Santa Cruz also offers excellent opportunities for viewing the native Galapagos Tortoises in their natural habitat. There are also plenty of other attractions as lava tubes, sinkholes and craters. Theses eerie formations offer a fascinating walk into the inner, volcanic structure of the island.
Day 2: Tintoreras - Wall of Tears - Turtle Breeding Center
A beautiful place reached by a nice panga ride. “Tintoreras” are small islands in front of the coast of Puerto Villamil. Here, we find lava herons on the mangrove branches and Galapagos penguins and sea lions often popping out on the shore. White-tipped reef sharks (called tintoreras in Spanish) are also fairly common in this spot, hence the name.
The Wall of Tears is a very important historic site in Isabela. Between 1946 and 1959 Isabela Island was a penal colony, and prisoners here were forced to build a wall with huge blocks of lava as a punishment. The wall is 100 meters long and 7 meters high. Because of the arduous labor and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived and had to work, this site is known as the wall of tears.
This center was created to protect animals in their first years of life
from the threats of foreign species such as pigs and donkeys. Giant
tortoise eggs are collected and brought to the center where they are
hatched and kept for five years before being released to their natural
Day 3 : Punta Moreno - Elizabeth Bay
Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island, between the Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcanoes. The trail runs along a Pahohoe lava (solidified lava in corrugated or accordion shapes) flow into a complex of coastal lagoons, where we find several species of birds around the mangroves that complete the landscape.
This is a marine visitor site, so, the excursion is carried out on our panga as there is no landing point. The panga ride starts with a visit to Marielas islets, to see the largest and most important penguin colony of the Galapagos. The ride continues into the cove, which is surrounded by magnificent red mangroves, with their red roots and green leafs.
Day 4: Urbina Bay - Tagus Cove
South from Tagus Cove but still on the west coast of Isabela we find Urbina Bay. An easy wet landing on a mild sloping beach will take us to a very interesting area that it is a perfect example of the geological activity of the islands. The waters on this site are a good place to see turtles and rays and we will take a short trail that leads to a coral reef, which is evidence of an uplift from the sea floor that occurred in 1954.
A panga ride along the cliffs will give us a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock we will walk for about 30 minutes along the trail to reach the top of the cliff, from where we will have a great view of Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra saline lake, saltier than the sea and other several volcanoes. Look carefully at the inscriptions on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, these has been written or carved by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries.
Day 5: Punta Espinoza - Vicente Roca Point
Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and has just one visitor site: Punta Espinoza. This site is located at the northeastern point of the island, just across Tagus Cove, and is a perfect place to see some of the unique species of Galapagos. Marine iguanas join in larger groups than in any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore, and sometimes, they block the way at the dock. Among the unique species found here is the flightless cormorant, a bird that because of the lack of predators had to adjust its way of survival, enhancing its swimming skills to find food in the ocean. Its wings, tail, and feet progressively adapted for swimming, but lost the ability to fly. Evolution happening right in front of us!
At Punta Vicente Roca we find the remnants of an ancient volcano that form two turquoise coves with a well protected bay from the ocean swells. The spot is a popular anchorage area; from here we will do a panga ride along the cliff (the remains of the volcano) or explore a partially sunken cave. Nazca and blue-footed boobies usually sit perched along the cliffs, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline.
Day 6: Puerto Egas - Rabida Island
The excursion in Puerto Egas, with its black sand beaches, is considered one of the more rewarding visits of the Galapagos. In the 1960s, this island was the site of a small salt mining industry (one of the several unsuccessful attempts to create a profitable industry in Galapagos). A hike to the salt crater presents us with a very good opportunity to watch land birds such as finches, doves, and hawks.
Rábida is a very unique place (only if not compared to Mars!). The red color of its rocks and sand is caused by the ferrous contents of the minerals, which have been oxidized by external factors such as rain, salt water, and sea breeze. A short trail will take us to a coastal lagoon, just behind the beach, filled with land birds such as finches, doves, yellow warblers and mocking birds. This lagoon also hosts a colony of flamingos.
Day 7: Sombrero Chino - Bartolomew Island
This is a small islet of approximately 1 square km, located just off the south-eastern shores of Santiago Island. It is a recent volcanic cone with a shape that resembles Chinese, hat when seen from north side. On the west side we will see lava formations, which were formed under the sea and then raised above the surface, exposing coral heads that were on the lava. This is an excellent opportunity to get a better understanding of the geological features of the islands, such as lava tubes and flows. The landscape is completed by a sea lion colony, lots of marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.
A small, barren island located just across from Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island) and with two main visitors’ sites. The first one offers us the possibility of climbing to the summit of the island, where we can enjoy a superb view which includes a variety of volcanic formations: lava bombs spatter and cinder cones and lava flows and tubes. The second site gives us a chance to relax on a beautiful beach with great snorkelling opportunities: Multicolor fish penguins and sea turtles can usually be seen at the base of the tall pinnacle rock, which dominates Bartolome’s landscape.
Day 8: North Seymour - Baltra
This is an uplifted island that presents a flat landscape strewn with boulders. Here, we also find a large population of magnificent frigate birds and blue-footed boobies nesting and performing their courtship rituals. Despite the tremendous surf that usually pounds the outer shore, we can also find sea lions hauling out onto the beach and doing bodysurfing.
After the morning excursion we will head back to the airport for the flight to the mainland.
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.