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M/S The Samba

Tourist Superior Motor Yacht

Overview

Fantastic itinerary, great value, graceful yacht, lovingly maintained by local owners.

Category Length Guests Cabins
Tourist Superior 78 ft / 23.8m 14 7

A European classic yacht and the best in her class. Although a little smaller than other yachts we work with (which is reflected in the price) the Samba is an excellent option and one of our favourite yachts. With a maximum of 14 guests on board she provides a very intimate encounter with nature. An ocean going vessel with a specially designed high bow and special stabilizing sail, this yacht is very tastefully decorated and lovingly kept by her owners, one of whom regularly guides on board the yacht (and is excellent) and has a great outdoor area for eating. The yacht has a great crew, is locally owned and operated in a very environmentally friendly as well as socially responsible way.

Cabins:

6 double cabins with upper and lower birth beds and 1 exterior double bed cabin all with private bathrooms, hot water and air-conditioning.

Facilities:

On the upper deck an outside dining area and sun protection ideal for bird and marine life watching. On the main deck, an outside area with reading, resting and also eating space; and inside, there is a dining salon with library with TV/VCR and Stereo. Foredeck has enough space for sun bathing, dolphin watching or just to relax and observe marine life and the beautiful landscape of the islands.

Rates:

Prices start at US$3,280 (GB£2,075 approx) per person for an 8 day cruise

  • Samba is available to charter
  • Child discount 30%
  • Single supplement 40%
  • Free snorkel and wet suit hire for all guests
  • Discounts available for groups
  • Including all accommodation, food, services of a top class naturalist, $10 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 Samba has two superb 8 day itineraries. In terms of which of the two 8 day itineraries is best – the Central and Southern, or the Northern and Western option - we think they are both equally good! However if you have a particular interest in birds or reptiles and depending on the time of year of your visit, one could have the edge over the other – but we can help advise on this.

Below are PDF’s of the two different 8-day itinerary options, and below these is the full 15 day itinerary.

Itinerary 8 days – Central and Southern IslandsItinerary 8 days – Central and Southern Islands

A great variety of islands and a superb mixture of Galapagos wildlife. You will experience fascinating geological scenery, pristine white beaches and enjoy some very good snorkelling opportunities (with sea lions in particular). One of the highlights is the beautiful island of Espanola, where from April through December it is home to the Waved Albatross.
PDFDetailed Itinerary

Itinerary 8 days – Northern and Western IslandsItinerary 8 days – Northern and Western Islands

A great variety of islands and excellent selection of Galapagos wildlife,fascinating geological scenery and great snorkelling opportunities. Highlights include the pristine and untouched western coast of Isabella Island and Fernandina, with their great wildlife and the chance of spotting whales and dolphins and Genovesa a beautiful island and outpost for seabirds.
PDFDetailed Itinerary

Samba 15 Day Itinerary

Tuesday
Baltra Arrival at the airport in Galapagos.

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
Difficulty:
Easy
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Giant Tortoises, Land and Marine Iguanas, Mockingbirds, Darwin Finches.

Wednesday
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 Great Flamingos sometimes nest, and walk over to Flour Beach, a beautiful white sandy beach to look for Green Sea Turtle nests.

Activities: Hike (1.2 mi/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.

Champion Islet A dingy (or dinghy ride) around this small pristine islet gives you the opportunity to see the elusive Floreana mockingbird. Excellent snorkel.

Activities: Snorkelling & dinghy ride & hike (1.2 mi/2km)
Difficulty:
Easy
Type of Landing: No landing
Highlights & Animals: One of the best snorkelling sites in Galapagos, with Sea Lions, Reef Sharks, rays, rock formations and lots of tropical 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 hundreds of 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.

Floreana – Baroness Viewpoint Baroness Viewpoint is a fantastic place to absorb the environment of the Galapagos. Once inhabited by an indulgent Baroness and her three lovers, the history of this island is intriguing. The legends about this baroness are associated with a fascinating murder mystery. There are easy trails in this area to an outlook to see wonderful vistas of Punta Cormorant, Post office bay and Loberia.

Activities: Short hike (0.2 mi / 0.3 km)
Difficulty:
Easy
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: Great view, Sea Turtles, mysterious story about the first inhabitants of the islands.

Thursday
Española (Hood) This island is one of the highlights of any visit to Galapagos. Espanola 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. Espanola’s Marine Iguanas are unlike other Galapagos Marine Iguanas thanks to their bright colouring.

Espanola 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 Espanola 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. 

Punta Suárez Regarding the amount of wildlife, this 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 (1.9 mi  / 3 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.

Gardner Bay This beautiful bay is nested 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.

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: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Sea lion colony, shore birds, seasonal nesting Frigatebirds, Darwin finches. Snorkelling: Sea lions, fish.

San Cristobal - Leon Dormido Sometimes called Kicker Rock, Leon Dormido is a huge rock formation near the coast of San Cristobal, an eroded cinder cone with two vertical rocks rising over 150 meters from the ocean, and a favourite spot for Tropicbirds along with Great and Magnificent Frigatebirds. You will visit this site by boat and it is a great spot for snorkelling.

Activities: Snorkelling & dinghy Ride
Difficulty:
Easy
Type of Landing: No landing
Highlights & Animals: Deep water snorkelling: Sharks, tropical fish, Turtles, Manta rays, Hammerhead shark, spectacular rock formations, sea birds: Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies & Frigatebirds.

San Cristobal – Punta Pitt Located in the northwest of the island, this is a large eroded tuff cone with dramatic volcanic scenery and is home to a large colony of Sea Lions, as well as a few Red-footed Boobies, Blue-footed Boobies and Nazca boobies.

Activities: Uphill hike (1.5 mi / 2 ½ km), dinghy ride, snorkelling, kayaking.
Difficulty:
Moderate / Difficult
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: Wonderful landscape, Sea Lion colony, three possible species of Boobies. Snorkel: tropical fish, Sea Lions.

Saturday
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:
Mod]erate
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.

South Plaza The best island for observing Land Iguanas, along with Cactus Finches, Tropic Birds 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 (1.5 mi / 2 ½ 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 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. Kayak 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.

Sunday
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 (1.3 mi  / 2 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 (1.2 mi / 2 km)
Difficulty:
Moderate/ difficult. Walk up to the top of volcano 114 meters, 375 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.

Monday
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 form 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.

Rabida A red sandy beach with Sea Lions and nesting Brown Pelicans, which some afford a rare glimpse of chick feeding. There is a short walk inland which offers great views of the beach and lagoon. Years ago Flamingos where regularly seen at the salty lagoon, but nowadays this is a rare sight. Geologically Rabida is said to have the most diversified volcanic rocks of all the islands. It also provides a great opportunity to snorkel with Sea Lions and has a great diversity of near-shore and pelagic fish.

Activities: Wet landing. Hiking 0.5 mi. Kayak and Snorkelling.
Difficulty:
Easy
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: Red sand beach, coastal lagoon, Galapagos Sea Lions, Seasonal colony of Brown Pelicans, Galapagos Hawk. Snorkel: Sea Lions, Butterflyfish, Parrotfish, Eels.

Tuesday
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(1.5 mi/2.2 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.

Central/Southern Itinerary ends – North Western Begins…
Santa Cruz - Bachas Beach
A beautiful white sandy beach punctuated by lava formations. The wonderfully soft sand here makes it a favourite site for nesting Sea Turtles. Here you will also see White Mangroves, one of the four mangrove species found in the Galapagos. There is a small coastal lagoon behind the sand dunes where Flamingos, Stilts, Pintail ducks and other water birds are regularly seen.

Activities: Walking along the beach, swimming, snorkelling.
Difficulty:
Easy
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: World War II remnants, Sally Lightfoot crabs, Hermit Crabs, Black Necked Stilts, Whimbrels, Flamingos, Sea Turtles

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 Espanola 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-Cro

Activities: Hike (0.9 mi / 1 ½ km), snorkelling, kayaking & dinghy ride
Difficulty:
Easy / Mpderate
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 (small dingy) 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:
Hike (0.9 mi / 1 ½ km)
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Red-footed Boobies, Great frigatebirds, Short-eared Owls, Storm-petrels, Galapagos Doves, Darwin Finches.

Thursday
Marchena IslandAll the other yachts now trail back south after travelling to Genovesa, and the Samba is the only yacht that now travels west – northwest. The Galapagos National Park Service has granted the yacht permission to use Marchena’s beautiful shoreline to snorkel, dinghy ride and kayak – you quite literally have this Island to yourselves and your fellow travellers on board the Samba.
The top of a large shield volcano, of which only the top 343 meters is above sea level, this is one of three small islands in the northern group of islands. The many young flows and phyroclastic cones on this island testify to considerable volcanic activity in the recent geological past, although there is only one known historic eruption which occurred in 1992. The island remains pristine, snorkelling and diving off this island are excellent, with great possibility of seeing dolphins here (though never guaranteed)
Punta Mejia is one of the best sites in Galapagos for snorkelling, the calm and deep blue water and the hostile topography of the location give the sensation of seeing the beginning of life on earth. In addition to great fish diversity, you often see rays, reef sharks and sea turtles. After lunch you navigate 45 minutes to Playa Negra, sometimes here you see bottle nosed dolphins or whales. After an early afternoon snorkel around a recently formed lava grotto where marine iguanas feed, you start your navitation west in one of the best areas in Galapagos for seeing whales or dolphins… though they are never guaranteed your guide and the crew will be working hard to spot them.

Friday
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 islands, it has many visitor sites, covering a large diversity of ecosystems, from barren lava flows to evergreen lush forests.

Punta Albemarle This site at the remote northern tip of Isabela has the remains of a US World War II radar base. The main attraction here is a nesting site for Flightless Cormorants and a colony of the largest Marine Iguanas in Galapagos.

Activities: Snorkelling, dinghy ride & hike (0.5 mi / 0.8km)
Difficulty:
Easy
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Sea Turtles, Marine Iguanas, Flightless Cormorants. Volcanic scenery. Snorkel: Tropical fish, Cormorants, Penguins.

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 have 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.

Saturday
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: ike 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.

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. This then, vegetation has largely colonized the area but many signs of the uplifting 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.

Sunday
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 lava fields host a surprising amount of wildlife due to the presence of many sink holes with are home to Flamingos, Stilts and Pintail Ducks.

Activities: Hike (1.2 mi / 2km) Snorkelling, dinghy ride
Difficulty:
Moderate / Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Flamingos, Gallinules, Pintail ducks, Sea turtles, Reef sharks, Penguins.

Monday
Floreana - Asilo de la Paz Some fascinating human history from the island to be seen here as well great views! You will drive up from the small town of Puerto Velasco Ibarra, up to the site which is a freshwater spring and the location of one of the pirate caves that was home also to some of the first human settlers in the islands, including Dr. Ritter and later the Wittmer family. On the way up you will stop to climb Cerro Aliera, where a good number of steps will take you up to a breath taking view and fantastic landscape.

Activities: Hike (up steps) (1.2 mi / 2km)
Difficulty:
Moderate / Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: mazing views and fantastic landscape fascinating human history

Floreana - La Loberia A large colony of Galapagos Sea Lions, along the shoreline you will also have the chance to see marine iguanas, rays, sea turtles and sometimes sharks can be spotted and if you are lucky the chance to see Galapagos Penguins.

Activities: norkelling, dinghy ride
Difficulty:
Easy / Moderate
Type of Landing: No landing
Highlights & Animals: Galapagos Sea Lions, marine iguanas, rays and sea turtles.

Tuesday
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:
Highlights & Animals:Pitt craters, Scalesia Forest, Darwin finches, Warblers, Flycatchers.
After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra's airport for your flight back to the mainland, or you could continue your Galapagos adventure with a stay in one of the inhabited islands.

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

Samba Deck Plan

Facilities

A lounge area offering a small library of Galapagos literature and a selection of games. Amble forward deck and topside settees provide a great outdoor space and are the perfect setting for group activities such as stargazing, whale watching or simply relaxing.

Crew

Captain, mechanic, Chef, two helmsmen/sailors and bilingual naturalist guide.

Snorkelling

Snorkel equipment and wet suits free.

Equipment

  • Twin DAV diesel engines 220 HP,
  • 2 generators each of 21 & 12.5KW for 110V & 220V A/C and 12V & 24V D/C,
  • Furuno radar, GPS,
  • VHS & SSB radios,
  • 2 tenders with outboard motors,
  • color TV and video equipment One self-contained 20-passenger life raft,
  • EPIRB (Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon)
  • Two bi-directional VHF emergency-radios,
  • VHF (Motorola) wide-range radio,
  • VHF and HF radios and one cell-phone communication system,
  • Safety smoke and fire detectors and overhead sprinkler systems, A.B.C fire-control system.

Dimensions

  • Length: 78feet / 23 meters
  • Beam: 18 feet / 5.4 meters
  • Speed: 8.5knots average
  • Range: 2,500 miles Electric
  • Power Supply: 110V & 220V (A/C)
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