Summary

Destinations: South America
  • 10 Days From
    R 90900
  • Trip code: WGAD
  • Activity: Wildlife Holidays, Marine Wildlife, Birdwatching
  • Min age: 16
  • Group size: 2 - 16
Leisurely

Sail around the Galapagos Islands by Tourist Superior Catamaran

This 8 day north-western tour aboard the catamaran Archipel I gives an extensive overview of the Galapagos Islands by combining the circumnavigation of the Isabela Island with excursions in the northern points of the archipelago. Explore the untouched western end of Galapagos, which has just been born out of fire and the lush highlands. Nutrient rich ocean upwellings are a magnet to all kinds of marine and birdlife. Visit the sea bird colonies of popular North Seymour as well as the isolated and exclusive Genovesa. On the spectacular volcano islet of Bartolomé and the lava flow at Sullivan Bay, you will certainly get impressed by the creative forces and fascinating pioneer species.

Key information
  • Travel by internal flight, motor yacht and minibus
  • 7 nights on board Archipel I in en suite, air-conditioned cabins, 2 nights comfortable hotel 
Activities
  • Travel by internal flight, motor yacht and minibus
  • 7 nights on board Archipel I in en suite, air-conditioned cabins, 2 nights comfortable hotel 
Highlights
  • Seven nights aboard Archipel I exploring the Galapagos Islands
  • Incredible wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities with near-tame animals
  • High chance of spotting: Flightless cormorant, Waved albatross, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos Giant tortoise, Whitetip reef shark, Blue & Red footed boobies, Great & American frigatebirds, Land & Marine iguanas
  • Fantastic on-board service with experienced naturalist guide 
  • Small group – a maximum of 16 clients on board 
What's included
  • Food

Highlights

  • Seven nights aboard Archipel I exploring the Galapagos Islands
  • Incredible wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities with near-tame animals
  • High chance of spotting: Flightless cormorant, Waved albatross, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos Giant tortoise, Whitetip reef shark, Blue & Red footed boobies, Great & American frigatebirds, Land & Marine iguanas
  • Fantastic on-board service with experienced naturalist guide 
  • Small group – a maximum of 16 clients on board 

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Reviews

Accommodation

Catamaran - Archipel I

The *Archipel I* is a Tourist Superior Catamaran with an outside lounge and dining area, an inside lounge/bar area and a spacious sun deck, perfect for relaxing and observing the incredible Galapagos landscape. There are two cabins with double beds and six twin cabins with two single beds. All cabins have air conditioning and en suite bathrooms. Beach towels are provided and there are also two sea kayaks on board for passenger use.

Please note that a lot of the travelling between islands is done overnight, so some cabin noise and movement should be expected.

Boat specifications:

Tourist Superior Catamaran 16 passenger capacity with 2 double cabins and 6 twin cabins.  Crew: 9 + 1 naturalist guide  Length: 27m  Beam: 11m 

Virtual 360 Tour - Archipel I ">http://catamaranarchipel.com/VR/ARCHIPELL.html

Essential Info

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners included.

On board meals are plentiful with a wide choice of international and local cuisine. Breakfasts will usually consist of cheese, meats, eggs, cereal, toasts, yoghurts and fruits. Snacks are provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and for lunches and dinner soup usually precedes the main course.

Alcoholic drinks are available on board (approx. US$4 per beer, US$35 for a bottle of wine, around US$8 for selected cocktails) and the crew request that you do not bring your own alcohol with you. Drinking water, tea, coffee and juice is freely available at no additional charge.

The chef can prepare meals for vegetarians and those with other dietary requirements provided advance notice is given - please inform us at the time of booking.

Is this trip for you?

This trip has been graded 1 (Leisurely) with a Safari Rating of 5.

This trip is great for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and those with an interest in history or geology. Though you do not need to be particularly fit, you should note that due to the volcanic nature of the Galapagos islands there will be some walking on rough ground and sharp volcanic rocks. The ability to withstand high temperatures and to swim will maximize your enjoyment. Due to local regulations in the Galapagos we have specific time slots for making our landings and site visits. There is usually very little disruption to the schedule, but this can mean little room for deviation in the event of poor weather or other circumstances.

In the Galapagos, each day will feature a mixture of walking, snorkelling and exploring the islands by boat. To get closer to the designated landing sites on each of the islands we disembark into small pangas (motorised dinghys). Landings on the islands are divided into two types - wet and dry. For dry landings, the panga will take you right up to a landing stage or rocky outcrop where you can disembark without getting wet. However in some places where there is no landing stage the panga will stop close to a beach and you will be expected to walk through shallow water (generally no more than ankle-deep) to the shore. The leader will always advise conditions prior to leaving and it is possible to skip any particular excursion if you would rather relax on board the boat.

There are plenty of opportunities for snorkelling in the Galapagos and this is one of the best ways to experience the marine life. A mask and snorkel will reveal an exciting underwater world with Sea lions, rays, turtles, Marine iguanas and a colourful array of fish. On most days of the itinerary there will be one or two snorkelling sessions.  Snorkelling in the Galapagos does not require any special skills, however, at times you will be snorkelling in open water where there are fairly strong currents. Before going into the water, the guide will evaluate the strength of the currents and the general condition of the sea to make sure they are right for this to be a safe and enjoyable activity. The dinghy will remain very close at all times; if you get tired or feel like coming out of the water you only have to raise your arm and they will come to pick you up so you can rest for a while before going back in or stay in the dinghy until it is time to return to the boat. Snorkelling equipment (snorkel, fins and masks) is provided, however, is advisable to wear a wetsuit which not only protects you from the cold but also makes floating much easier without as much effort.

We offer this Galapagos cruise in conjunction with our Ecuadorian partners, and Exodus participants will join an international group, not all of whom have booked through Exodus. Occasionally some of these may be younger than Exodus' minimum age for this trip.

*Deposit terms*

At the time of booking we will ask you for the standard Exodus deposit plus an extra 10% of the trip cost in order to secure your space on the boat. If for any reason we are unable to secure the space and we have to cancel the trip, you will of course receive a full refund.

*Cancellation terms*

Due to the nature of this holiday, this trip has slightly different cancellation charges to those listed in the standard Exodus Booking Conditions. After booking, if cancelling your travel arrangements, you will have to pay cancellation charges as follows:

* More than 70 days – loss of deposit * 70 days or less (or failure to join the holiday) – 100% of the holiday cost

*Islands Visited on this Itinerary:*

*Santa Cruz:* The second-largest island in the archipelago, Santa Cruz is home to Puerto Ayora – where most Galapagos ships are docked for embarkation – and the Charles Darwin Research Station, which conducts tortoise research programmes and is heavily involved in the management and conservation of the islands along with the national park authorities. The Santa Cruz highlands are much greener than the dry lowlands of the other islands and are home to freely-roaming groups of tortoises. In common with the rest of the group, Santa Cruz has many interesting volcanic features such as pit craters and lava tunnels, and there is also a noted flamingo lagoon at Cerro Dragón.

*Isabela:* One of the youngest and most volcanically active islands with stark lava fields blackening the landscape, Isabela is larger in size than all of the other islands put together! Isabela was formed when six volcanoes merged. The lunar-esque landscape of its interior is perfect for an unusual trekking experience, and the island's cloud forest is home to five distinct subspecies of the giant Galapagos tortoise. Marine life here is rich and varied, and it's possible to see stingrays, White-tipped reef sharks and turtles in the mangroves and submerged lava tunnels, as well as playful dolphins and the odd glimpse of breaching Humpback whales. 

*Fernandina:* The third-largest island, Fernandina is an active shield volcano that is noted for its fine examples of Aa and Pahoehoe lava flows. The ecosystem on Fernandina is remarkably untouched, and the island has never been invaded by foreign species and predators. As a result, the cormorants here had no real need to fly in order to find ample fish stocks, and gradually evolved into flightless birds with small wings and feet that are extremely well-adapted to swimming. Land iguanas have also flourished due to the lack of predators, and the island is home to the largest colony in the Galapagos.

*North Seymour:* A tiny island with a huge Sea lion colony and a very large colony of frigatebirds – it's one of the best places to see the males displaying their bright red pouches during mating season. You may also get to see one of these relatively aggressive birds performing some aerial tricks as they steal food from boobies or gulls.

*Genovesa:* Renowned for the sheer number of birds living on its volcanic cliffs, Genovesa is a true paradise for birdwatchers. There are large populations of Red-footed boobies, Storm petrels, frigatebirds, Tropic birds and nocturnal Swallow-tailed gulls. Prince Philip's Steps lead to a plateau where the visitor is almost totally surrounded by different species of bird. It's not just the land that provides a great natural habitat – the nutrient-rich waters make for great snorkelling too. 

*Bartolomé:* One of the most photographed of all the islands! Bartolomé is an extinct volcano with many interesting geological features and a semi-lunar landscape. The famous Pinnacle Rock, seen in countless photos, is actually a tuff cone – a column of hardened volcanic ash formed when molten rock fused together after coming into contact with seawater. It's possible to swim with Galápagos penguins here, and the island is home to Sea lions, nesting marine turtles and White-tipped reef sharks.

*Santiago:* Home of the Galapagos Fur seal, which likes the rocky shoreline and shady spots of Santiago. Around 30,000 to 40,000 Fur seals live on the islands, and the majority can be found close to Puerto Egas, either on the rocks or on its black beaches. The island is a good place to see Galapagos hawks and Darwin finches, and there’s a popular snorkelling site called Chinese Hat where penguins, rays, turtles and playful Sea lion pups reside.