Cachalote Explorer

A sturdy stable vessel with great itineraries working with excellent naturalist guides

Category Length Guests Cabins
First Class 26.8m (88 feet) 16 8

Category: First Class

Length: 26.8m (88 feet)

Guests: 16

Cabins: 8

The Cachalote Explorer, originally a fishing boat built in 1988 in Vancouver, is a spacious motor yacht converted to a passenger yacht in the early 2000’s and was relaunched in Galapagos in August 2018. Although it doesn’t look particularly sleek, the fact that it was built for the rough waters of the Canadian West Coast means this will provide a smoother than normal ride for boats of this size in Galapagos. The Cachalote Explorer is operated by a very good local company with strong itineraries and works with excellent naturalist guides which is really what sets it apart from other yachts in this category and why we rate it. Crew are very friendly and helpful. Eight cabins all with air conditioning, private bathrooms and hot showers.

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Cachalote Explorer - Tower 8 day Itinerary

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Cachalote Explorer - Fernandina 8 day Itinerary

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Deck Plan/Spec


TV/Media Player, Bar, Lounge Area, sundeck, air conditioning throughout, private bathrooms, hot showers


  • Length: 26.8m (88 feet)
  • Beam: 7.31m (24 feet
  • Draft:
  • Tonnage:
  • Range:
  • Speed: 8 knots
  • Electric Power Supply:


8 Plus naturalist guide


2 Single kayaks, Snorkel gear and wet suits available



  • Upper Deck:
  • Cabin 1: Lower Queen / upper single
  • Cabin 2 Lower Queen / lower single / upper single
Lower Deck
  • Cabin 3: Lower Double / upper single
  • Cabin 4: Lower Double / upper single
  • Cabin 5: Queen bed
  • Cabin 6: Queen bed
  • Cabin 7: Lower double / upper single
  • Cabin 8 : Lower double / upper single


2023 Prices start at GB£2,307 (US$3000) per person for a 6 day cruise
  • Cachalote Explorer is available to charter
  • Discounts available for groups
  • Easter, Christmas and New Year have a $200 surcharge
  • 50% single supplement
  • 50% discount for children under 12 years
  • Including all accommodation, food, services of a top class naturalist, $20 Galapagos Migration Card.
  • Excluding flight to Galapagos, $200 Galapagos National Park entrance fee, bottled and alcoholic drinks, tips and personal expenses
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