The Samba is a true European Dutch classic and a stately and comfortable Galapagos sailing vessel. Guests will be pleasantly accommodated in seven double rooms, six with air-conditioning, and each with private facilities and hot water. An ample dining room/salon connects to an outdoor dining facility with large tables, a TV and video system, sound system, mini library of books and videos, and a small bar. The Samba is a graceful, top-quality craft; she is as environmentally friendly as she is socially responsible. She is locally owned, and the entire crew is devoted to making your journey the trip of a lifetime.
Day 1 Santa Cruz Highlands: After an early arrival to the airport in Baltra you will be transferred to the Samba Yacht at the Bay. After lunch we take a bus to private estate “El Chato II” for one of the best possibilities to see the giant tortoises of Santa Cruz Island in their natural habitat.
Day 2 Cormorant Point & Post Office Bay (Floreana Island): First activity of the day will be heading to Punta Cormorant, home to greater flamingos and sea turtles. You may also see stingrays and reef sharks from the shore. Next take a dingy ride and snorkel at Champion Islet, where endemic mocking birds reside. During snorkeling you may see fish, rays, sharks and Galapagos sea lions. In the late afternoon, the yacht will take you to Post Office Bay, where pirates, whalers and scientific expeditioners used to send letters back home. Finally we head to Baroness lookout. End of the day and dinner onboard.
Day 3 Suarez Point and Gardner Bay (Española Island): Early in the morning head to Suarez Point, a basaltic cliff which forms a blowhole where water sprays high into the air, and where you can also watch sea lions, nesting sea birds (boobies and albatross) and Marine Iguanas. After lunch, we visit Gardner Bay, an important breeding site for pacific green turtles. But the main attraction is the Galapagos sea lion colony lazing on the white sand beach, along with marine iguanas, and Galapagos Hawks. You may also be able to snorkel atnearby Gardner and Osborn Islets. After this activity, return to the yacht for dinner.
Day 4 Lobos Islet, Kicker Rock&Pitt Point (San Cristobal): First activity in the morning will be a visit to Pitt Point, offering an impressive view after climbing up a steep narrow path onto a plateau surrounded by reddish hills. After this visit, we head to Kicker Rock (León Dormido), to take a dinghy ride observing the narrow channel and the marine species that nest there. In the afternoon we head to Lobos Islet, where a colony of Galapagos sea lions live, in particular nurturing mothers with their babies. You may also spot male blue footed boobies and great frigate birds.
Day 5 Santa Fe & South Plazas: Early in the morning we land at Barrington Bay on Santa Fe Island, where a small forest of gigantic prickly pear cactus grows and keeps the bay sheltered. This place is home to an endemic species called Barrington Terrestrial Iguana. You may also practice snorkelinghere. During the afternoon we head to South Plazas, to see various species of land iguana, and swallow-tailed gulls. If weather permits, we may swim or snorkel here too.
Day 6 Chinese Hat and Bartolome: Early in the morning we visit Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino), a volcanic cone that forms an islet off the rocky coast of Santiago, where a small colony of Galapagos penguins have settled. You may also see Galapagos sea lions and marine iguanas, and practice deep water snorkeling. After lunch, we visit Bartolome Island, famous for the panoramic view of Pinnacle rock where you can take amazing pictures. End of the day and dinner.
Day 7 Puerto Egas and Rabida: First activity of the day will be a wet landing at James Bay, also known as Puerto Egas.An easy walk takes you to observe iguanas and sea lions along the coast line. We may also swim or snorkel here. In the afternoon, we head to Rabida Island, wherelavas rich in iron have turned the sand red. There is a Galapagos sea lion nursery, and nesting area for brown pelicans. You can also practice snorkeling at the beach. End of the day and dinner.
Day 8 North Seymour: Early in the morning we visit North Seymour to seethe various species of birdlife that inhabit the island,such as blue footed boobies and frigate birds. Afterwards we land at Puerto Ayora and are transferred to Baltra Airport to take your flight back to the continent.
✓ Rates Include
✓ All meals and activities throughout the cruise
✓ Bilingual national park guide
✓ Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel and fins)
✓ Fuel surcharge
⨯ Not Included
⨯ $100 (Subject to change) Galapagos National Park entrance fee
⨯ Galapagos Transit Control Card ($20)
⨯ Airfare from mainland Ecuador
⨯ Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages consumed onboard
⨯ Cancellation/medical insurance