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Petrel

Deluxe Motor Yacht

Overview

Beautiful luxurious catamaran with excellent service.  Spacious suites with private balconies and ample deck space with Jacuzzi.

Category Length Guests Cabins
First Class 115ft / 35m 16 9

Launched in 2015, this is the newest luxury catamaran which offers exceptional level of service. Very spacious cabins, all double cabins have a private balcony, ample social areas and large sundeck with Jacuzzi and shaded area. Owned by a Galapagos family and run and administrated by a local company with a reputation for excellent service, with an administrator on board to ensure the smooth running of operations. The two different 8-day itineraries are both excellent, as are the two 6-day options giving you a great taste of Galapagos wildlife.

Main Deck:

On the main deck there are 2 suites 463ft² / 43m² each with a private balcony and 2 double staterooms 328 ft² / 30 m² each with a private balcony.  On the upper deck there are 4 connected cabins each 323 ft² / 30 m² all with a private balcony and on the lower deck is 1 single cabin 151 ft² / 14 m² each cabin has a private bathroom with good storage facilities and all the amenities you would expect of a yacht of this calibre.

Rates:

Prices start at US$3,245 per person for a 4 day cruise

  • The Petrel is available to charter
  • Discounts available for groups
  • Including all accommodation, food, services of a top class naturalist, $20 Galapagos Migration Card.
  • Excluding flight to Galapagos, $100 Galapagos National Park entrance fee, bottled and alcoholic drinks, tips and personal expenses

 

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

Itinerary

The Petrel has two excellent 8 day itineraries as well as two strong 6 day options. Both the 8 day itineraries are spectacular, having a very strong mix of Galapagos wildlife and a great mix of islands. Itinerary A visiting the pristine western islands of Isabela and Fernandina and Itinerary B the islands of Genovesa and Española with its massive sea bird colonies, including the majestic Waved Albatross. As always which works best for you depends on the time of year of your visit and any particular interests you may have and we can help advise on this. Here are PDF’s of the 8 and 6-day itinerary options, and below is the full 15 day itinerary.

Itinerary A - 8 daysItinerary A - 8 days

This wonderful itinerary visits the pristine western part of Galapagos including Isabela and the Island of Fernandina with their abundant sea life, including penguins, flightless cormorant marine iguanas, whales and dolphins and beautiful landscapes. Other highlights include North Seymour with its abundant seabird colonies including nesting frigatebirds. PDFDetailed Itinerary

Itinerary B - 8 daysItinerary B - 8 days

Taking you to the central, southern and northern part of the archipelago, this itinerary has an excellent mix of islands allowing you to see a wide selection of Galapagos wildlife, with fascinating scenery, superb snorkelling opportunities especially with sea lions and includes a visit to the beautiful islands of Genovesa and Española, two outpost island for sea birds. PDFDetailed Itinerary

Itinerary B - 8 daysItinerary A - 6 days

In this cruise, you visit the western part of Galapagos with their pristine untouched quality, including Isabela and the Island of Fernandina. A great mixture of Galapagos wildlife, in particular marine life, in the form of Penguins, Flightless Cormorants, Marine Iguanas, Dolphins and whales. Fascinating geological landscapes and excellent snorkelling. PDFDetailed Itinerary

Itinerary B - 8 daysItinerary B - 6 days

Taking you to the central, southern and eastern part of the archipelago, this itinerary has an excellent mix of islands allowing you to see a wide selection of Galapagos wildlife, fascinating scenery, with superb snorkelling opportunities especially with sea lions and includes a visit to the beautiful island of Española. PDFDetailed Itinerary

The Petrel 15 Day Itinerary

Friday
Baltra Arrival at the airport in Galapagos.

North Seymour
A great variety of Galapagos wildlife is provided in the loop trail on this small island. The highlight of your visit here will be the largest colony of Magnificent and Great Frigatebirds in the Galapagos as well as a colony of Blue-footed Boobies. In addition, there are Sea lions, Marine Iguanas, Lava Lizards, Swallow-tailed Gulls, and a few secretive, but very large Land Iguanas.

Activities: Hiking (1.2 mi/2 km), Snorkelling & dinghy ride
Difficulty:
Moderate / Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Land & Marine Iguanas, Frigatebirds, Blue-footed Boobies, Sea lions, sea birds. Snorkelling: Rays, Reef Shark, fish, Garden Eels

Suaturday
Isabela
Measuring over 1800 square miles, and accounting for over half the land surface area in Galapagos, at about 80 miles in length, the seahorse shaped Isabela Island is the largest in the Galapagos. Isabela is formed from six separate volcanoes (Alcedo, Cerro Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf). Being the largest island, it has many visitor sites, covering a large diversity of ecosystems, from barren lava flows to evergreen lush forests.

Vicente Roca Point 
Beautiful volcanic scenery, amazing lava intrusions and huge sea cliff make this place one of the most scenic in the Galapagos. Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies sit along the cliffs whilst Flightless Cormorants stay along the shoreline and if you are lucky you will see penguins in the water. The upwelling of cold water currents has created an abundance of marine life here, making for great snorkelling.

Activities: Dinghy ride, snorkel.
Difficulty:
Easy
Type of Landing: No landing
Highlights & Animals: Spectacular landscapes, sea turtles, Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, penguins, Flightless Cormorants. Snorkel: sea turtles, penguins, gorgonians and other invertebrates.

Punta Espinosa 
Punta Espinosa, is a truly spectacular visitor site and a real highlight for any visitor to the Galapagos. A narrow strip of land extending out from the base of the Fernandina Volcano, it is home to the largest colonies of Marine Iguanas in the Galapagos. You will also have the chance to see Flightless Cormorants here, sea lions, and Galapagos Hawks often perch on the mangrove trees looking for prey. Along the coast, tidal pools provide a perfect environment for invertebrates and shorebirds, such as oystercatchers, plovers, turnstones and whimbrels.

Activities: Hike of approx. (1.2 mi / 2 km). Snorkel.
Difficulty:
Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry but sometimes slippery at low tide
Highlights & Animals: Sea lion colony, Flightless Cormorant, vast numbers of Marine Iguanas, sea turtles, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, shorebirds, herons. Snorkel: penguins, Marine Iguanas feeding underwater, cormorants, sea turtles.

Sunday
Tagus Cove
The walk will take you up the slopes of the Darwin Volcano, along the edge of a salt water lagoon to a small hill from which you will see spectacular views of the northern lava fields of Isabela. Most of the fauna will be observed during a dinghy ride along the coast, with dramatic colours and beautiful tuff formations, Blue-footed Boobies, penguins, Marine Iguanas, pelicans and shorebirds.

Activities: Long uphill hike (1.1mi /1.8km), Snorkelling, dinghy ride, Kayaking.
Difficulty:
Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Darwin Finches, lowland native vegetation, beautiful landscapes, penguins, Flightless Cormorants, Blue-footed Boobies, Darwin Volcano & Lake.

Urbina Bay
In 1954, almost 4 miles of coastal seabed dramatically uplifted about 15 ft exposing the sea floor and killing thousands of fish and turtles. Since then, vegetation has largely colonized the area but many signs of the uplift can still be observed. This area is now a nesting site for Land Iguanas and occasionally, giant tortoises coming from the moist uplands. This is a good trail to see Darwin finches and it is not rare to see Galapagos Hawks.

Activities: Snorkelling, dinghy ride & hike, 2 trails: short (0.6 mi / 1 km), long (1.9 mi / 3km)
Difficulty:
Easy (short trail) / Difficult (long trail) 
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: Land iguanas (the biggest in Galapagos), hawks, uplifted coral reef, Giant Tortoises. Snorkelling: turtles, rays, tropical fish.

Monday
Elizabeth Bay
Located on the west coast of the Isabela, no landings are permitted here, but it makes for a beautiful dinghy ride. This is one of the best areas to see Galapagos Penguins as they prefer the cooler waters found on western Isabela. Flightless Cormorants and Marine Iguanas are common and often seen basking in the sun on rocks along the shore. As you then enter a narrow cove lined with large Red Mangrove trees, you will see marine turtles, rays and shore birds.

Activities: Two-hour dinghy ride
Difficulty:
Easy
Type of Landing: No landing
Highlights & Animals: Mangrove forest, sea turtles, penguins, rays, herons, sea lions.

Punta Moreno
With dramatic seascapes and one of the best sunrise areas in the Galapagos, the visit to this site begins with a dinghy ride along the beautiful rocky shores where shore birds, penguins, cormorants and herons can be spotted. The barren lava fields host a surprising amount of wildlife due to the presence of many sinkholes which are home to flamingos, stilts and pintail ducks.

Activities: Hike (1.3 mi / 2.1km) Snorkelling, dinghy ride
Difficulty:
Moderate / Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Flamingos, gallinules, pintail ducks, sea turtles, reef sharks, penguins.

Tuesday
Sierra Negra Volcano
This volcano on Isabela Island has one of the largest caldera’s in the world measuring over 6 miles across. After a 30 min drive from the town, you will hike for 1 hour to get to the rim of the caldera. Along the way you will usually see Vermillion Flycatchers, Galapagos Martins, and Galapagos Hawk. All along the way you will be rewarded with incredible panoramic views of Sierra Negra.

Activities: Hiking, horseback riding.
Difficulty:
Moderate / Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Large caldera, stunning views, Darwin finches, Galapagos Hawks. 

The Wetlands & The Wall of Tears 
The wetlands of Isabela Island are located just outside of Puerto Villamil. The Wetlands consist of lagoons, swamps and mangroves and are home to a variety of unique bird species such as Black-necked Stilts, Whimbrels, White-cheeked Pintail Ducks, gallinules and other shore birds. The Wetlands can easily be reached on foot or bicycle via beautiful trails that wind through the swamps.

Ecuador established a penal colony in Isabela between 1945 and 1959. During this period, prisoners shipped from the mainland were treated brutally and forced to build a wall, stone by stone, in isolation, only to be asked to tear it down again and start over. This now historical site standing at 20 feet (6m) took the lives of hundreds during its construction and remains as a vivid reminder of a dark past.

Activities: Hike (5 mi / 7 km)  
Difficulty:
Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Reef sharks, flamingos, herons, coves, large mangrove trees, coastal lagoons, Marine Iguanas, giant tortoises.

Wednesday
Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Station
The Charles Darwin Research Station offers a great chance to learn about the work being done to conserve and protect the islands wildlife. For some visitors (depending on the time of year) this is the only time to see Giant Tortoises and certainly the closest range opportunity. It is also a great chance to see the Tortoise Rearing Centre.

Activities: Walking (1.2 mi. / 2km.)
Difficulty:
Easy
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Giant Tortoises, Land and Marine Iguanas, Mockingbirds, Darwin Finches.

Santa Cruz – Highlands
The highlands of Santa Cruz are home to fascinating geological features, like lava tubes and the twin sinkhole craters of Los Gemelos, which are home to some 300 different fern species as well as a forest of Scalesias, a relative of sunflowers. This is an excellent area to look for some elusive endemics like the Woodpecker Finch (one of only a few bird species in the world to use tools), Small Tree Finch, Vegetarian Finch and Galapagos Rail.

Activities: Hike (0.9 mi / 1 ½ km)
Difficulty:
Easy / Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Pit craters, Scalesia Forest, Darwin finches, Warblers, Flycatchers.

Thursday
South Plaza
is the best island for observing Land Iguanas, along with Cactus Finches, tropicbirds and sea lions. One of your first stops will be through a small “forest” of Prickly Pear Cactus. The walk along the sea cliffs is a wonderful experience, with Galapagos Shearwaters and Red-billed Tropicbirds gliding by. Towards the end of the walk is a bachelor sea lion colony, with a battle-scared collection of old bulls in various states of recuperation or total retirement!

Activities: Hike (0.8 mi / 1.2 km)
Difficulty:
Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Land Iguanas, Sea lion colony, Galapagos Shearwaters, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies, amazing landscape with cliffs.

Santa Fe
This is the oldest of the Galapagos islands. Its paradisiacal bay offers great possibilities to swim and snorkel in crystal clear waters. A hike inland offers a great chance to see a species of Land Iguanas (Conolophus pallidus) which is endemic to Santa Fe Island. In the same area you’ll also see a forest of Giant Prickly Pear Cactus. After your visit you can swim and snorkel both inside and outside the bay.

Activities: Hiking, Snorkel
Difficulty:
Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: Santa Fe Land Iguanas, Sea lion colony, Galapagos Hawks, Mockingbirds, Giant Prickly Pear Cactus (the tallest in Galapagos). Snorkel: Sea lions, Reef Sharks, Parrotfish, Surgeonfish.

Friday
San Cristobal - Isla Lobos
A perfect place to swim with playful sea lions and snorkel. This basalt island outcropping lives up to its name of “Sea Lion Island”. As well as the sea lion colony on the beach it is also a nesting place for Blue-footed Boobies.

Activities: Hike (0.5 mi / 0.8 km), dinghy ride, snorkelling
Difficulty:
Short but difficult walk.
Type of Landing: Dryu landing
Highlights & Animals: Sea lion colony, shore birds, seasonal nesting frigatebirds, Darwin finches. Snorkelling: sea lions, fish.

San Cristobal – Puerto Baquerizo and the Interpretation Centre
The easternmost island in the archipelago, this island has a small town, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and is home to a fantastic interpretation centre, which provides an excellent overview to the islands human history and the conservation work being done to protect it.

Activities: Easy hike (0.2 mi / 0.3 km)
Difficulty:
Easy
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Interesting information centre focused on the human history of the islands. Around the centre, finches, mockingbirds and endemic plants.

San Cristobal – Galapaguera Cerro Colorado
Located in the south east of San Cristobal, this area is home to giant tortoise corral, where tortoises are kept in near-natural conditions. The site has been developed to help restore the Giant Tortoise population of the island (which was badly impacted by whalers in past centuries) and provides a great chance to see these magnificent giants up close in a natural habitat with paths covering an area of 900 meters. You will also have great chances of seeing the San Cristobal Mockingbird, Woodpecker Finch and Large and Small Tree Finches here. It is also one of the few places that you can see the delicate Calandrinia galapagosa, a critically endangered plant endemic to San Cristobal.

Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 mi / 1 km).
Difficulty:
Easy
Type of Landing: No landing
Highlights & Animals: Dry vegetation of lowlands. Giant Tortoises, San Cristobal Mockingbird, Darwin Finches.

Saturday
Española (Hood) 
This island is one of the highlights of any visit to Galapagos. Española is the southernmost island in the Galapagos, and is also one of the oldest. Numerous sea lions are seen here, plus hundreds of Marine Iguanas basking on the rocks. Española’s Marine Iguanas are unlike other Galapagos Marine Iguanas thanks to their bright colouring. Española is home to thousands of nesting seabirds all year, including Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies and frigatebirds.  Between late March and December, the Waved Albatross, perhaps the most spectacular of Galapagos birds, returns to Española by the thousands to perform their amazing mating dance and produce the next generation. Almost the entire population breeds on this island during this time, and they spend the rest of the year at sea. 

Gardner Bay   
his beautiful bay is nestled between Gardner islet and the beautiful coral sand beach in Española. You will visit a spectacular white sand beach, home to one of the largest sea lion colonies in the islands, where you can also see endemic Española Mockingbirds and with some luck, Galapagos Hawks. 

Activities: Snorkelling and kayaking. Short hike along the beach (0.6 mi / 1km)
Difficulty:
Easy
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: White sandy beach, sea lion colony, mockingbirds Galapagos Hawks. Snorkelling: colourful fish, Sea lion nursery.

Punta Suárez  
Regarding the amount of wildlife, this is one of the best trails in the whole islands. Despite the difficult terrain, the walk is an absolute marvel, as from the beginning to the end you will see large quantities of sea lions, Marine Iguanas, Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, gulls, Galapagos Hawks and during most of the year, Waved Albatross. There are spectacular views of flying birds from the cliffs.

Activities: Hike (1.2 mi / 2 km)
Difficulty:
Difficult, rocky terrain.
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Española Mockingbird, Nazca Boobies, Waved Albatross, Red-billed Tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos Hawk, Blue-footed Boobies, blow hole, amazing landscape.

Sunday
Floreana - Punta Cormorant  
At Punta Cormorant you will walk on an olivine beach (a mineral known for its olive-green quality, that is found in meteorites, the moon and mars as well as on earth), visit a large lagoon where Greater Flamingos sometimes nest, and walk over to Flour Beach, a beautiful white sandy beach to look for Green Sea Turtle nests.

Activities: Hike (0.7 mi/1.2km)
Difficulty:
Easy
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: An easy walk along a coastal lagoon where flamingos are often found, along with stilts and ducks. White sand beach.

Floreana – Devil’s Crown  
One of the highlights of this area is snorkelling at Devil’s Crown, a partially submerged crater teeming with Parrotfish, Wrasse, Surgeonfish, and Damselfish among many other varieties of tropical fish.

Activities: Snorkel
Difficulty:
Moderate. Strong current
Type of Landing: No landing
Highlights & Animals: One of the best snorkelling sites in the islands, but a strong current can be a challenge for very inexperienced divers. Sea lions, reef sharks, sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, rays, many fish.

Floreana - Post Office Bay
The famous Post Office Bay is where people leave their mail to be picked up and delivered by others in the “post office” barrel—a time-honoured tradition begun by whalers more than two hundred years ago.

Activities: Short hike (less than 0.2 mi / 0.3km), lava tunnel & snorkelling
Difficulty:
Easy
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: Barrel Post Office, lava tunnel inland (difficult access), nice sandy beach.

Monday
Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Station
The Charles Darwin Research Station offers a great chance to learn about the work being done to conserve and protect the islands wildlife. For some visitors (depending on the time of year) this is the only time to see Giant Tortoises and certainly the closest range opportunity. It is also a great chance to see the Tortoise Rearing Centre.

Activities: Walking (1.2 mi. / 2km.)
Difficulty:
Easy
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Giant Tortoises, Land and Marine Iguanas, Mockingbirds, Darwin Finches.

Santa Cruz – Highlands
The highlands of Santa Cruz are home to fascinating geological features, like lava tubes and the twin sinkhole craters of Los Gemelos, which are home to some 300 different fern species as well as a forest of Scalesias, a relative of sunflowers. This is an excellent area to look for some elusive endemics like the Woodpecker Finch (one of only a few bird species in the world to use tools), Small Tree Finch, Vegetarian Finch and Galapagos Rail. The highlands of Santa Cruz are one of the best places to see Giant Tortoises in the wild.

Activities: Hike (0.9 mi / 1 ½ km)
Difficulty:
Easy / Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Pit craters, Scalesia Forest, Darwin finches, Warblers, Flycatchers.

Tuesday
Santiago – Sullivan Bay
This site is of great geological interest and is located southeast of Santiago Island.  Sullivan Bay offers a rare look at a recently formed lava field.  Located on the eastern coast of James Island, just across from Bartolome, this lava field is thought to have been created in eruptions that took place around 1890.

Activities:Hike (0.9 mi / 1.5 km) swimming and snorkelling
Difficulty:
Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry landing at the rocky shore and a wet landing at the white sand beach
Highlights & Animals: Pahoehoe lava flows, which has hardened in accordion-style formation.  Small glass-like bubbles of lava can be found, called “hornitos”.  Penguins in the coastline.

Bartolome
Home to one of the most iconic scenery shots of Galapagos, this small island is located off the eastern shore of Santiago Island. The striking volcanic landscape looks almost lunar and provides a great introduction to the volcanic origins of the islands, with spatter cones and cinder cones some of which are eroded, shaping striking formations like Pinnacle Rock. On the way to the top of Bartolome you will observe good examples of pioneering plants, including some beautiful strands of lava cactus. At sea level, this is a great place for swimming and snorkelling, if you are lucky with Galapagos Penguins.

Activities: Dinghy ride & snorkelling. Hike uphill (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
Difficulty:
Moderate/ difficult. Walk up to the top of volcano 114 meters, 375 wooden steps.
Type of Landing: Dry and wet landing
Highlights & Animals: Pinnacle rock, panoramic view, moonlike landscape, penguins, pioneer plants, lava cactus. Snorkelling: Penguins, Reef Sharks, Rays, great colourful fish.

Wednesday
Genovesa (Tower)
A highlight of any visit to the Galapagos, a truly beautiful island thanks to the richness of its birdlife. Located in the northeast portion of Galapagos, the island is an outpost for many seabirds (as is Española in the South). Interestingly there are no land reptiles here and only very small Marine Iguanas, due to direction of ocean currents which apparently would not have carried terrestrial animals here. You will visit the following sites.

Genovesa - Darwin Bay
This bay is actually the caldera of an extinct, partially eroded volcano, with the surrounding cliffs forming the inner portion of the rim. You will land on a coral beach, and will immediately be struck by the amount of birdlife. The trail is loaded with Great Frigatebirds (mating season from February to May), Red-footed Boobies nesting in the mangroves, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls, Yellow-crowned Night Herons. Your trail takes you past a beautiful tide pool area where herons try to catch small fish.

Activities: Hike (0.9 mi / 1 ½ km), snorkelling, kayaking & dinghy ride
Difficulty:
Easy / Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: Nazca Boobies, Red- footed Boobies, Great Frigatebirds, Swallow-tailed Gulls, mangroves, coral pebbles beach. Snorkelling: rays, colourful reef fish and hammerhead sharks.

El Barranco or Prince Philip’s Steps
The tour begins with a great dinghy ride along the base of the cliffs where you see Red-billed Tropicbirds trying to make a precise landing in their nest. Squadrons of frigatebirds are seen flying back and forth, whilst Red-footed Boobies perch on branches of Palo Santo trees which seemingly grow out of the cliffs. Once you arrive on land and climb to the cliff-top, you enter an area where nesting Nazca Boobies and Great Frigatebirds are found. It is also a great place to see Galapagos Doves and Vampire Finches (Sharp-beaked Ground finches)…ask your guide for the full story on the name! You will also see a large colony of Storm Petrels which attracts Short-eared Owls, often observed stalking at these small sea birds, even during the day.

Activities: Hike (0.9 mi / 1 ½ km)
Difficulty:
Short but difficult walk.
Type of Landing: Dry, difficult landing
Highlights & Animals: Red-footed Boobies, Great Frigatebirds, Short-eared Owls, storm petrels, Galapagos Doves, Darwin Finches.

Thursday
James – (Santiago) -  James Bay (Puerto Egas)
This was the island where Charles Darwin spent the majority of his land visits in Galapagos. At James Bay, the Fur Seal Grottos provide great chances to get close views of both Fur Seals and Galapagos Sea lions in a series of rocky pools. This visit also provides some of the best opportunities for tide-pooling in the Galapagos, and chances to see shore birds such as Plovers, Sandpipers, Herons and Oystercatchers. The snorkel from the beach is excellent.  

Activities: Snorkelling, hike (1.2 mi / 2km)
Difficulty:
Easy / Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: Galapagos Fur Seals, Galapagos Sea lions, tidal pools and “grottos”, Galapagos Hawk, Oystercatchers, Marine Iguanas, finches. Snorkelling: Reef Sharks, Turtles, Rays, nice underwater formations.

James (Santiago) – Playa Espumilla
This tawny beach is a favourite nesting ground of Green Sea Turtles. There is a trail going inland with some very large Palo Santo trees where a number of land birds can be seen, including the Vermillion Flycatcher, the Galapagos Dove, Darwin Finches and Galapagos Mockingbirds.  The beautiful sandy beach is a great place to swim and has some great mangrove areas.

Activities: Hiking (1 mi- 1,6km), Snorkelling and swimming at the beach
Difficulty:
Easy / Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: Lowland Forest, Galapagos Hawk, Darwin Finches. Snorkelling

James (Santiago) – Buccaneer Cove
This is the place were Darwin landed and built his base camp on his visit to James. It is a geological marvel since it offers wonderful scenery and chances to see both new and old ash formations. There is no landing site, so visit here can be only done either by dinghy or kayak. During the dinghy ride you might see Blue-footed Boobies, Brown Noddy, Galapagos Fur Seals and Swallow-tailed Gulls.

Activities: No landing. Boat tour along the coast. Kayaking and Snorkelling
Difficulty:
Easy
Type of Landing: No landing
Highlights & Animals: Sea birds, scenery, snorkel, spectacular rock formations.

Friday
Santa Cruz – Punta Carrion
This visitor site has no trail and no landing. A dinghy tour will give you opportunities to see Sea lions, Blue-footed Boobies, pelicans and frigatebirds. At Punta Carrion you can snorkel from the boat to see a variety of fish, rays and possibly the harmless White-tipped Reef Sharks.

Activities: Boat tour. Kayaking and Snorkelling
Difficulty:
Easy
Type of Landing: No landing
Highlights & Animals: Galapagos Sea lions, Brown Pelicans, Boobies. Snorkel: Sea lions, Butterflyfish, Parrotfish, White-tipped Reef Sharks.

Please note: Itineraries are unlikely to change significantly but are subject to change. Weather, wildlife breeding, instructions from the Galapagos National Park, specific abilities and interests of passengers as well as operational matters may cause your guide or captain to change the times or nature of your visits. Your guide will always endeavour to have the best itinerary for you within these constraints.

Deck Plan / Spec

Petrel Deck Plan

Year of construction:

September 2015

Type:

Power Motor Catamaran

Length:

115 ft / 35 mts

Beam:

41 ft / 12.5 mts

Draft:

5.4 ft / 1.65 mts

Gross tonnage:

280 tons

Capacity:

16 passengers

Accommodation:

  • Main Deck:

            2 Suites 463ft² / 43m²
            2 Double Staterooms 323 ft² / 30 m²

  • Upper Deck:

            4 Double Staterooms 323 ft² / 30 m²
            1 Single Staterooms 151 ft² / 14 m²

  • All with private balcony

Main engines:

2 x Yanmar Diesel Engines 400HP@1950rpm

Max speed:

10 knots

Electricity:

110 volts AC / 60 Hz

Exterior:

GFRP (fiber reinforce polymer)

Crew:

  • Captain
  • Bilingual Galapagos National Park Naturalist Guide
  • Quality Control Manager
  • 8 other crew (First Mate, Chef, Sous Chef, Engineer, Assistant Engineer, Sailor, Barman, Housekeeper)

Safety & Navigation:

All equipment meets or exceeds the international SOLAS
standard:

  • 2x 20-man life raft
  • Navtex
  • 2 GPS
  • Depth Sounder
  • 2 naval radars
  • Fire detection and prevention systems etc.

 

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  • Established since 1998.