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M/S The Samba

M/S The Samba

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

Mid-Range78feet / 23 meters147

Category: Mid-Range

Length: 78feet / 23 meters

Guests: 14

Cabins: 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.

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.

Samba - 8 day Central and Southern Islands

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Samba - Northern and Western Islands

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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.


The Nemo II is a fully air-conditioned, comfortable motor catamaran. The salon is equipped with flat screen TV and DVD systems.


  • 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


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


Snorkel equipment and wet suits free.


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


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


2020 Prices start at US$4,000 (GB£3,150 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
Start planning your Galapagos Holiday of a lifetime by calling Rachel or Santiago now on 01482 887 453