Our 5 days itinerary combines the incredible shark canal out off the coast of Isabela with best flamingo lagoons of Galapagos, and spectacular snorkeling around Devil’s Crown. The albatross and booby colonies and marine iguanas on Española promise to be next highlight! Most elder islands of Southeastern Galapagos have azure bays and striking beaches of white coral sand, which are favorite place for large colonies of sea lions
Enjoy spectacular views of the unique array of wildlife
Relax on one of the pristine beaches and play with the sea lions
Observe and learn the process of reproduction and breeding of the giant tortoises
Itinerary in Brief (B5 Route)
Day 1: Baltra & Bachas Beach
Day 2: Isabela Island
Day 3: Floreana Island
Day 4: Espanola Island
Day 5: Santa Cruz, Baltra Airport
Day 1: Baltra Airport - Bachas Beach
This morning you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Airport. After welcome aboard Sailing Catamaran Nemo I, check-in, lunch buffet and the safety-drill you will make your first wet landing (bare feet) at Bachas Beach.
Strolling along its coastline, blinding white Bachas Beach appears full of intertidal and bird life. But the symmetrical tuff cone-islet of Daphne Major will pull your eyes to the horizon as well. Beware of Galapagos sea lions, marine iguanas, a shark fin or (seasonally) mating Pacific green turtles in the surf!
Day 2: Whitetip Reef Shark Channel & Arnoldo Tupiza Breeding Center, Isabela Island
Before breakfast, the inflatable dinghies will bring you to the Tintoreras islets for a guided hike to the tidal channel, following a rough volcanic rock trail (easy/moderate level). After breakfast you can experience some great snorkelling.
After lunch you will have free time to enjoy Puerto Villamil and its
striking beach. Than you will visit the local tortoise breeding center
and the surrounding wetlands. In Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center you can see hundreds of giant Galapagos tortoises of all sizes. Vulnerable hatchlings are not gigantic at all, even smaller than the size of your hand
Day 3: Cormorant Point & Post Office Bay, Floreana Island
After breakfast and a wet landing at the greeny beach of Cormorant Point and walk to a powdery coral sand beach on the other side of the peninsula (easy level; about 1,5 km/1 mi). En route you can observe the American flamingo lagoon from different viewpoints. Then it’s time for fantastic deep-water snorkelling around Devil’s Crown (though sometimes stronger currents). If this is not your thing or if you prefer bird watching, alternatively you can make a dinghy-ride.
Post your holiday greetings in the historical barrel at Post Office Bay, one of three nearby visitor’s sites on Floreana’s north coast (short displacement, wet landing) and relax.
Day 4: Suarez Point & Gardner Bay, Espanola Island
Before breakfast (we provide a snack) you will make a ‘dry landing’ at Suarez Point. During a longer guided walk (moderate level; 4km/2.5 mi/about 2 hours) you will pass awakening sea bird colonies on top of the cliffs (some short scrambling passages; avoidable depths). Back on board you will have a deserved breakfast and S/C Nemo I will navigate about an hour. Next you can plunch into the alluring turquoise-coloured Gardner Bay for snorkelling.
After lunch and a ‘wet landing’ (bare feet) on the wide sand beach you can stroll along the sea lions colony (easy level), or enjoy a moment of reflection, relaxation, or rolling with sea lions in the surf.
Day 5: Charles Darwin Research Station - Departure
After an early breakfast it’s time say goodbye and to leave the yacht.
The dinghies will bring you to the pier of Puerto Ayora, where you can
visit the Charles Darwin Research Station before continuing to Baltra Airport.
Departs Fortnightly (Mondays)
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: Included
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
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.
**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.