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The Galaven is a modern expedition vessel accommodating a maximum of 20 passengers in 11 double cabins, all with private bathrooms, air-conditioning and ocean views. With its spacious outdoor and interior areas, it's a very comfortable way to enjoy the Galapagos Islands. Your expert bilingual guide will ensure a fantastic experience as you travel to several islands on this 4 day highlights cruise
Recently renovated vessel taking only a maximum 20 passengers
Itinerary encompasses many of the highlights of the Galapagos in a short period of time
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Baltra Island - Black Turtle Cove
Day 2: Genovesa - El Barranco, Darwin Bay
Day 3: Santiago - Sullivan Bay - Rabida Island
Day 4: Charles Darwin Station - Departure
Day 1 - Tuesday
Baltra Island - Black Turtle Cove
Assistance at the airport by our representative for your flight from Guayaquil or Quito to the Galapagos. You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim you will be met by Galaven staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.
In the afternoon we will visit the Black Turtle Cove. This inlet is surrounded by mangroves and is only accessible by dinghy. The shallow cove is a safe haven for young marine life. Black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.
Day 2 - Wednesday
Genovesa - El Barranco, Darwin Bay
Genovesa Island is located at the inner part of Darwin Bay. This area contains an abundance of frigatebirds and other interesting seabirds. Behind the small beach filled with nesting areas for frigates, Red-footed Boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls are a number of tide pools. At high tide it is likely that the trail will be covered with water.
Our morning visit is to the El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip's Steps, El Barranco’s steep, rocky paths leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as Redfooted Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, Galapagos Swallows, and Galapagos Doves.
In the afternoon, you will head to Darwin Bay, this white-sand coral beach heads a half mile trail (0.5 miles / 0.75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view off a cliff.
Day 3 - Thursday
Santiago - Sullivan Bay - Rabida Island
The morning visit heads to Santiago Island – Sullivan Bay. A coral beach landing leads you towards a lava field as far as the eye can see. Hunt and peck over the two distinguished types of lava, pahoehoe and a'a, for signs of plant life that have managed to emerge over the past 100 years since the most recent volcanic explosion. A truly amazing volcanic experience...up close and personal.
In the afternoon we will visit Rabida Island (or Jervis), that is one of the most colourful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago as well as a great snorkelling site. We will start on Rabida’s famous maroon sandy beach and after an easy hike will arrive to a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance, such as nine varieties of finches, Large-billed Flycatchers, Galapagos Hawks and Brown Pelicans.
Day 4 - Friday
Charles Darwin Station - Departure
This day you visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. This is home to turtles measuring from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.
After this final visit, you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.
Departs - Fortnightly (Tuesdays)
Ship Cabins: Galaven
4 twin cabins
2 double cabins
1 upper and lower berth cabin
2 double cabins
2 twin cabins
Ship Deck Plan: Galaven
The Galaven is a 88 ft. expedition vessel for 20 passengers
accommodated in 11 double cabins, all with private bathrooms,
air-conditioning and ocean views. The Galaven offers spacious outdoor seating areas with sun chairs, large
interior dining room and a library equipped with a TV & DVD player
for daily briefing and presentations. Bilingual Galapagos National Park guides accompany you to all visitor sites.
Year of construction: 2000
Type: Mid-Range Expedition Vessel
Length: 88 feet (27 m)
Beam: 22 feet (7 m)
Draft: 6 feet (2 m)
Gross tonnage: 171 tons
Capacity: 20 passengers
All equipment meets / exceeds the international safety standards
Fire detection and prevention systems.
All meals during the voyage
English-speaking guided tours
Use of snorkelling and kayak equipment
What's not included?
International and internal airfares
Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable