|Nov 23 – 26||4||B4||$ 1225 USD|
|Dec 03 – 07||5||B5||$ 1740 USD|
|Dec 03 – 10||8||B||$ 2390 USD|
|Dec 07 – 10||4||B4||$ 1140 USD|
|Dec 10 – 13||4||A4||$ 1140 USD|
- The S/C Nemo Galapagos Cruise (Nemo I) is a first-class motor sail catamaran
- Daily excursions to different islands in 2 itineraries (North and South)
- Galapagos expert certified guide
- Cabins with private bathroom
S/C Nemo Galapagos Cruise (Nemo I) Description:
The ingeniously designed salon, the vast cockpit and the unique exterior surface make the Catamaran S/C Nemo I an exceptional cruising boat. Built by Dufour shipyard and imagined by JOUBERT-NIVELT, it was nevertheless the designer Jacques PIERRE JEAN whose final touch gifted the Nemo I with its particular ambiance.
Accommodation & Distribution:
The S/C Nemo I has 7 cabins: two double cabins (each one with one double bed), and 5 cabins (each one with twin beds; two single upper – lower berths). The cabins are equipped with air conditioning, private bathroom and hot water.
|Construction||Dufour & Sparks. 1996|
|Length||24.9m / 83ft|
|Width||10m / 33.34ft|
|Draft||1.40 m / 4.6 ft|
|Main sail||1400 sq ft / 130 meters squared|
|Engines||2 x 130 HP|
|Electric voltage||12 V, 24 V, 220 V|
|Cruising speed||10 knots|
|Navigation Instruments||Autopilot, GPS, Radar|
|Water maker||200 L/h / 60 g/h|
|Security||2 Life rafts. 1 EPIRB. 1 SART. 2 Waterproof VHF. 20 Life vests.|
|Aditional equipment||Fans, deck shower, TV and VCR, PAL/SECAM, HI-FI CD player, radio and tapes, snorkelling equipment, sea kayaks, and zodiac|
8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS - A
|MONDAY – MONDAY – EVERY 14 DAYS TO GENOVESA & THE REMOTE WEST|
|MONDAY||Baltra Island Airport picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides.
Pm: North Seymour island – is an uplifted (different to volcanic origin) island and so is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing.Watch your step, as the boobies don’t worry much about where they nest, and you might just step on one. The trees are dotted with male frigate birds trying to attract the attention of the ladies by inflating their bright red skin flaps (seasonal activity). They sometimes fly in the air to call more attention to themselves. There’s a circular path that takes you through the island to a beautiful, rocky shore where the waves crash with a silvery-blue color.
|TUESDAY||Am: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay -This bay has origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers: red footed-boobies, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels Yellow-crowned, black-crowned and lava herons, and yellow warblers can be seen in the area.Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing red-foots nesting in the mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves and swallow-tailed gulls. Reaching the end the trail at the cliff’s edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.
Pm: Genovesa Island: El Barranco – is located at the southern part of Darwin Bay and it is also known as Prince Philip’s Steps. Passengers will climb to a plateau that is part of the stretch of land that surrounds Darwin Bay on its eastern side. There is a big population of Nazca boobies and red-footed boobies in the trees; storm petrels and short-eared owls have found the ideal place for nesting in the lava flows.
|WEDNESDAY||Am: Bartolomé island – is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where we can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands such as: Volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island.It has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist and at the base of the pinnacle, as well as a very small colony of Galápagos penguins.
Pm: Sombrero Chino – This is a small islet (1 sq km) located just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. It is a recent volcanic cone, shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from north side. On the west side lava formations may be observed, formed under the sea and raised upward, this is why coral heads are found on the lava. This is an excellent visit for interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins
|THURSDAY||Am: Isabela Island: Sierra Negra Volcano – Isabela Island is the largest and one of the youngest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. We land in Puerto Villamil, which has the third largest population in Galapagos with approximately 3000 habitants. We head up to the highlands from Puerto Villamil to Sierra Negra slope, and later we will do some hiking on uneven terrain until we arrive to the Sierra Negra volcano rim. Sierra Negra is the second widest crater in the world. From this viewpoint, you have fantastic sights to the 6 x 5 -mile-wide crater, the rest of the volcanoes, and Perry Isthmus, a 12 Km wide lava field. From here we can hike to Chico Volcano to watch the striking lava formations, examples of the geological occurrences that have created the Galapagos Islands.
Pm: Wet Lands (Humedales) & Galapagos Tortoises Breading Center, Arnoldo tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center is where giant tortoises are reared on Isabela. It is located 1.5 kilometers from Puerto Villamil, this important center has a captive breeding program for tortoises from the populations of southern Isabela. Here you can learn about the processes of reproduction and breeding. In total there are about 300 tortoises of all size between juveniles and adults. Isabela Island is the only island in the world which has 5 different species of these giant reptiles.
|FRIDAY||Am: Isabela Island: Punta Moreno – is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and the Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a pahoehoe lava flow (solidified lava in the form of an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons. Its main attractions are several species of birds which can be found around the lakes and mangroves.
Pm: Isabela Island: Bahia Urbina – Urbina Bay is located along the west coast of Isabela, between Elizabeth Bay and Tagus Cove. It is close to the base of the Alcedo Volcano. The coastline has undergone a major uplift in 1954, which caused the shore to expand three quarters of a mile out. Here you will be able to find corals, shells, and many other calcareous organisms exposed above water. Urbina Bay is home to large and colorful land iguanas and giant tortoises of the Alcedo Volcano population. A lot of Darwin finches can be seen as well.
Am: Fernandina Island: Punta Espinoza – Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and the site Espinoza Point is located at the northeastern tip of the island. Just across Tagus Cove, is a visitor’s site where various unique species of Galapagos can be seen. Marine iguanas conglomerate in larger groups than in any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore and sometimes block the way at the landing dock. Among the unique species found here, is the flightless cormorant. A bird that, due to the lack of predators, evolved differently; it’s wings, tails and feet progressively adapted for swimming. To see these birds, is to witness evolution happening right in front of you. You can observe the flightless cormorants and penguins very closely.
|SUNDAY||Am: Santiago Island: Puerto Egas its a black beach is located at the west side of the island and is its main attraction. Volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach. This site is called Puerto Egas, because there was an attempt of the company of Hector Egas to start the exploitation of salt. It failed, because the price of salt in the continent was very low and did not justify its exploitation in Galapagos. Thus the project was abandoned.
Pm: Santiago Island: Caleta Bucanero – Espumilla beach is located at the northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last presence of the “El Niño phenomenon”; one of the two lagoons of this site underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. The main attraction is the palo santo forest. The beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles. At the nearby Buccaneer Cove we have a great snorkeling opportunity.
|MONDAY||Am: Daphne Islet – Daphne Major is a volcanic island just north of Santa Cruz Island and just west of Baltra Island. It consists of a tuff crater rising 120 m. above the sea. An intensive study of Darwin’s finches has taken place here by the biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant. Their results have been supporting strongly Darwin’s theory of evolution. We are not allowed onto the island. Daphne offers a big variety of other birds including Galápagos martins, blue-footed booby, Nazca booby, short-eared owls, red-billed tropical birds and magnificent frigate birds.Baltra Island airport: Transfer to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.|
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS - A4
|MONDAY – THURSDAY – EVERY 14 DAYS|
|MONDAY||AM: This morning you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Airport.
PM: After welcome aboard Sailing Catamaran Nemo I, check-in, lunch and the safety-drill you will make your first landing at North Seymour for a guided walk through the large seabird‘s colonies, following a circular loop (easy level; 2km/1.25 mi/about 2hrs). Before dinner your naturalist guide will give the first daily briefing, and the captain and his crew will present and share a welcome toast.
Navigation: About midnight we will lift the anchor and sail to Genovesa. Depending on the sea state we will navigate about 5:30 hrs north.
|TUESDAY||AM: Today’s full program includes two longer walks, snorkeling and optional sea kayaking. After early breakfast and a wet landing at the sheltered beach of Darwin Bay you will go for a guided walk (moderate level; about 3km/2mi). Enjoy a snack aboard before snorkeling (alternatively: sea kayaking).
PM: Around lunch-time we will sail to nearby Prince Philip’s Steps, close to the entrance of the broken caldera. There you will make a guided walk through cliff top seabird colonies (moderate level; about 3km/2mi).
Overnight navigation: Nemo I will lift the anchor short after dinner, and navigate about 5 hours, heading back south in the direction of Santiago (and anchoring at Bartolome).
|WEDNESDAY||AM: Today’s full program is largely dedicated to volcanism. Wake-up during an early morning dinghy-ride along the barren shoreline. After breakfast it is not yet too hot to climb the stairs of Bartolomé’s Summit Trail, which is rewarded with panoramic views (guided walk, moderate level; about 800m/0.5 mi; 114m/375ft altitude difference). Next you can refresh and explore the fantastic shallow water snorkeling spot at the foot of Pinnacle Rock (alternative: walking around or relaxing on the beach).
PM: During lunch Nemo I navigates to Chinese Hat (about 1hr), where you can snorkel again. Learn more about Galapagos’ fascinating geology during the late-afternoon walk on this typical volcano-islet (easy level; about 0,7 km/0.5 mi).
Navigation: While sailing to Puerto Villamil (Isabela, about 7hr) you will have dinner dinner. We will anchor in the sheltered harbour just after midnight, where you can enjoy a fairly quiet sleep.
Additional options scuba-diving: Bartolome or Cousin Rocks (both advanced)
|THURSDAY||AM: After an early breakfast it’s time say goodbye and to leave the yacht. You will travel by inflatable dinghy and private bus from the pier of Puerto Ayora into the highlands. In the agricultural zone you can see Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild before continuing to the airport.|
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS -A5
|THURSDAY – MONDAY- every 14 days|
|THURSDAY||AM: This morning you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Airport.
PM: After welcome aboard S/C Nemo I, check-in, lunch, and the safety-drill you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station as an introduction to Galapagos and get some free time to stroll through the cosy town of Puerto Ayora.
Overnight navigation: Before dinner your naturalist guide will give the first daily briefing, and the captain and his crew will present and share a welcome toast.
Navigation: The anchor will be lifted early for this route’s longest navigation to Moreno Point on Isabela, about 12 hours in southwestern direction.
|FRIDAY||AM: After breakfast first we make an inflatable dinghy-ride along the shoreline, followed by a ‘dry landing’ (with footwear) and a guided hike that crosses the crumbling, pitch black lava fields of Moreno Point (moderate level; about 2km/1.25mi). After a snack snorkeling is planned.
PM: While having lunch we will cross the Bolivar Channel for the last time, back to Isabela’s west coast. At the geologic interesting site of Urbina Bay you will make a second guided walk, and you can snorkel as well.
|SATURDAY||AM: After breakfast and a dry landing the guided morning walk (easy/moderate level; about 2km/1.25 mi) runs over the lava tongue of Espinoza Point. After a snack we will bring you to today’s snorkeling site.
PM: Punta Vicente Roca
Overnight navigation: Before dinner we will start our 10 hour’s navigation around the north cape of Isabela to Santiago (crossing the equator two times).
|SUNDAY||AM: After breakfast you will make a guided walk along the coastline (easy level) to the fur seal grottos. Back on board we will provide a snack before snorkelling.
PM: At lunchtime we will navigate 12km/7 mi/45 min north to Espumilla Beach. After a wet landing (bare feet) at the beach a guided walk leads uphill and land inward (easy level; about 2km/1.25 mi). Afterwards you can make a dinghy-ride (or alternatively sea kayaking) along the coastline.
Overnight navigation: Before dinner SC Nemo I will continue along the north coast of Santiago to Daphne Major, where we will arrive after about 4 hrs for a relatively quiet floating night sleep.
|MONDAY||AM: Daphne Major & Transfer to Baltra airport|
NOTE: Cruise Itinerary is subject to change due to Galapagos National Park dispositions or to circumstances beyond our control (force majeure).
Above prices include:
Transfers in Galapagos.
Accommodation in double cabins.
All meals during the cruise.
Professional Bilingual Guide.
Visits & Excursions according itinerary.
Purified water, coffee and tea available during the cruise.
Above prices do not include:
Local flight to/from Galapagos
Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee US$ 100.00
Galapagos Transit card: US$ 20.00
Soft & alcoholic Drinks
Services not indicated
Medical & Travel Insurance
♦ Single Cabin Supplement: additional 100%
** Note: Single travelers are allowed to book a twin cabin to share with another traveler of the same sex in order not to pay single supplement.
♦ Ask for charter departures
♦ Children under 12 years old – 20% discount
♦ Rates are subject to change in the event of local tax increases or other unforeseen circumstances.
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