The Nemo I will give you the opportunity to cruise around the pristine islands and observe the amazing wildlife both on land and underwater. Here you can witness the rare wilderness where animals have no instinctive fear of humans. The Nemo I will provide you with the opportunity to explore the 'living museum and showcase of evolution' while being comfortable and cruising in style
Observe an abundance of amazing wildlife such as; magnificent frigate birds, blue- footed boobies, swallow- tailed gulls and sea lions
Swim and snorkel in the magnificent coral sand beach
Explore Urbina Bay, which is home to large and colourful land iguanas and giant tortoises
Go hiking towards the Sierra Negra volcano rim
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Baltra Airport - North Seymour Island
Day 2: Darwin Bay, Genovesa - Prince Philips Steps, Genovesa
Day 3: Bartolome - Chinese Hat
Day 4: El Chato Reserve & Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island
Day 5: Moreno Point & Elizabeth Bay, Isabela
Day 6: Puta Espinoza, Fernandina - Urbina Bay, Isabela Island
Day 7: Puerto Egas, Espumilla Beach & Buccaneer Cove, Santiago
Day 8: Daphne - Baltra Airport
Day 1: Arrive in Baltra Airport - North Seymour Island
At Baltra Airport you have to pay your Galapagos National Park entrance fee and your luggage is inspected. In front of the arrival hall you will meet your naturalist guide and
fellow passengers, and the airport shuttle will transfer you to the
ferry across the Itabaca Channel. On Santa Cruz you continue by bus
through the lush highlands to the harbour of Puerto Ayora. Our
inflatable dinghies (‘zodiacs’) take you the last stretch to the yacht.
The tabletop islet of North Seymour is an uplifted part of the seabed. Between the dry shrubs you might perceive a Galapagos land iguana. North Seymour originally did not count with land iguanas, but in the 1930s an eccentric American millionaire moved the last generation from Baltra, and saved them for starvation caused by competition with introduced goats; the afterwards breeding program at Charles Darwin Research Station turned into a big success.
Day 2: Darwin Bay & Prince Phillip Steps, Genovesa Island
Genovesa’s horseshoe shaped wall shows unmistakably that we have anchored inside the partly collapsed and submerged caldera of a submarine volcano! The visitor’s site named Darwin Bay is located at the very rear. This compact site shows the extreme varied coastal ecosystems of Galapagos in miniature. The trail starts from the coral sand beach and subsequently passes a zone with salt bushes and mangroves, than crosses tidal creeks and barren lava formations, dry shrub lands, and finally turns on the ridge of some cliffs.
Before landing you will make a dinghy-ride along the eastern arm of the
caldera. Sometimes a Galapagos fur seal is resting on one of the shaded ledges. Although there are also seabirds, the real spectacle will find place on top and on the outside of the rim, which provide better perching and nesting places. Therefore you have to hike and overcome the steep stairs from the landing dock to a bush of palo santo shrubs on top.
Day 3: Bartolome Island - Chinese Hat
The wild romantic volcano islet of Bartolome is among the youngest of
the islands, and on a geological scale just recently born out off fire.
Although tiny (only 120ha/300ac) and at first sight lifeless,
Bartolome offers some of the wildest landscapes and best panoramas in
the entire archipelago. To enjoy the postcard view of the idyllic
‘Pinnacle Bay’ you have to climb the stairs to the viewpoint on top of
the island (114m/375ft). Enter suddenly a dramatical world
of threatening (though extinguished) nearby spatter cones, craters, and
lightweight lava droplets that have been spewed out by fiery fountains.
The Summit Trail is also ideal to witness how scanty pioneer vegetation
such as lava cactus is struggling to take root in the bare virgin lava fields.
Chinese Hat is a 52m high volcanic cone, forming another islet
right out off the rocky coast of Santiago, where a small colony of Galapagos penguins has
settled. Approaching Chinese Hat from the north, you certainly will
agree with its name. Because its primordial fire has been extinguished
recently, this is an excellent place to learn more about volcanism, lava
bombs and lava tunnels. On the beach you can also find curious
pillow-type lavas with coral heads on top! These spheres have a submarine origin before being lifted above sea level.
Day 4: Santa Cruz Highlands - Charles Darwin Station
Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild Galapagos giant tortoises, roaming through pastures in the agricultural zone and in the transition zone of El Chato Tortoise Reserve. The pond in the native forest reserve is the most authentic setting, but sometimes also requires an adventurous quest for these silent heavyweights. Than you have to listen carefully for the sound of heavy footsteps and of shrubs being slowly crushed. Most time of their stretched lives is spent slowly and silently, except for a warning hiss, or loud screams during mating, which can be heard from far in the first half of the year.
The Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) and the headquarters of the
Galapagos National Park Service share same location on the outskirts of
Puerto Ayora. From here biological research and indispensable
conservation management of this unique archipelago are directed. The
complex houses a bunch of interpretation and information centers about
the National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve around.
Day 5: Moreno Point, Marielas Island & Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island
Moreno Point tells the continuing story of the famous lunatic lava fields of Sullivan Bay (actually not visited by Catamaran Nemo). This once lifeless lava field becomes dotted with tidal pools and filtration lagoons since parts of the crust have broken and fallen into the undermining lava tunnels.
The Marielas islets are an excellent place to spot marine iguanas and small family groups of Galapagos penguins in the front row of the cliffs. The endangered Galapagos penguin is the rarest penguin species worldwide (just some 1500 birds over all archipelago; please don’t expect vast colonies as in Antarctic regions). Lofty palo santo-trees on top of the cliffs provide magnificent frigatebirds a lookout to rob returning blue-footed boobies.
Day 6: Espinosa Point, Fernandina Island - Urbina Bay, Isabela Island
Espinosa Point is Fernandina’s only terrestrial visitors site, and one of the few locations where you will find some bizarre outgrowths of natural selection. Figurehead is the emblematic flightless cormorant that lives exclusively in the remote west of Galapagos, and could be considered as the ‘holy grail of evolution’. The cormorant had not to fear terrestrial enemies and lets you approach very close. Next generations gradually lost their flying capabilities to become excellent divers. Together with its neighbour, the Galapagos penguin, these are two of the rarest and most vulnerable bird species in the world, with less than 2000 individuals each.
Urbina Bay presents you Isabela’s latest geologic curiosity. In 1954 tectonic forces lifted the former seabed several meters above sea level and formed present coastal plain. The tilted seabed ran dry at once and 6kms/3,75mi of coastline was shifted outward. Pretty far land inward you can find marine remnants, such as fish bones, shells, scales from lobsters, urchins and corals.
Day 7: Puerto Egas & Espumilla Beach, Santiago Island
Dominated by Sugarloaf Hill (395m/1300ft) and named after a former salt
mine (1960s), Puerto Egas is the southernmost visitors site along James
Bay. Its masterly sculptured coastline of black basalts and polished
multi-coloured ash-layers forms a photogenic scenery with collapsed lava
tunnels, natural arches, caves and blowholes such as ‘Darwin’s toilet’.
Espumilla Beach has revived as an important breeding site for turtles, as it is no longer suffering from digging wild pigs. The turtles return
year after year to burry their eggs into the cinnamon coloured sand
dunes. About two months later (roughly from February to August) the eggs
hatch at once. Most vulnerable hatchlings never will reach sea, and
form a banquet for predators such as herons, frigatebirds, mockingbirds and ghost crabs.
Day 8: Daphne Major - Depart Baltra
The characteristic offshore tuff cone of Daphne Major looks how a child draws a volcano islet. Perhaps you have already got a first glimpse of it from your airplane window on arrival. Access to the 120m/400ft high islet is restricted because of its fragility and susceptibility to erosion. On your last morning in Galapagos you will make a dinghy-ride around. You can spot large flocks of storm petrels and other sea birds.
Transfer to Baltra airport for your flight back to Guayaquil or Quito.
Departs - Monday (Fortnightly)
Nemo I Catamaran
The Nemo I
(also known as the Nemo Martinica) is a 14-passenger sailing catamaran,
offering a unique cruising experience in the Galapagos Archipelago. The
catamaran was designed and built in France by Dufour & Sparks.
On this catamaran you will experience the Galapagos Archipelago to
its fullest. Most social areas are open deck spaces where you will
constantly enjoy the most spectacular views of the islands and their
volcanic rock formations.
These areas include various lounges and
catamaran netting at the front. Meals are served in the indoor and
outdoor dining areas. When weather conditions permit we can turn off the
engines and raise the sails, navigating silently through one the
world’s natural wonders.
There are 7 cabins in total on board the Nemo I Catamaran, that
will cater to your needs. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom
You can choose between a twin cabin or the matrimonal cabin.
SHIP DECK PLAN: NEMO I
SPECIFICATIONS: NEMO I
Catamaran Type: Sailing Catamaran
Catamaran Class: Superior
Capacity: 14 Passengers
Machinery: 2 Engines
Length: 24.9m/ 83 ft
Width: 10m/33.34 ft
Speed: 10 Knots
Snorkeling Equipment: Include
Airport and ship transfers in Galapagos*
All meals, water, coffee and tea during the voyage
Tours led by Bilingual speaking Guide
Activities as specified
Use of kayak and snorkelling equipment
What's not included?
Passport, visa and immigration fees
Airport arrival/departure taxes
Airport transfers in Galapagos*
National Park entrance fee US$100 per person
Transit Control Card US$20 per person
Christmas/New Year surcharge**
Optional wetsuit rental***
Travel protection plan
Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
Any items not mentioned as included
All transfers and ground transportation in Galapagos are only included if the flight has been booked together with the cruise.
**Christmas/New Year Surcharge
There is an additional surcharge applied to Christmas & New Year departures. Please contact us for more information.
***Optional wetsuit rental
For wetsuite hire, we need to know your size at least two weeks
before your travel (S/M/L/XL). The additional fee is US$25 per person,
per day and must be paid in cash.