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Athala

Luxury Motor Catamaran

Overview

True five star luxury. Great service, beautiful and spacious interiors.

Category Length Guests Cabins
First Class 103ft / 31.45 m 16 8

One of only a small handful of yachts offering true 5 star facilities in Galapagos, this is a beautiful vessel which is very spacious, light and airy.  Built exclusively for Galapagos cruising, and for just 16 guests, the Athala offers all the amenities of being on a larger vessel, but all the intimacy and benefits of being on a smaller vessel.  Completely refurbished in late 2011, each of the rooms is spacious with picture windows, and cabins on the main deck each have a private balcony.  Spacious social areas and large sundeck with jacuzzi and shaded area.  Service on board is excellent, with an administrator on board to ensure the smooth running of operations.

Cabins:

Eight double deluxe cabins (min 175 square feet, 16.3 m2) are all spacious, four on the main deck and four on the upper deck. All cabins have ocean views with large picture windows and the cabins on the main deck have the additional luxury of a private balcony.

Rates:

Prices start at USD $4190 (GB£2793) per person for a 6-day cruise

  • Wetsuites and snorkel gear included
  • Including $200 fuel surcharge.
  • 50% single supplement
  • One-time, complementary fully stocked mini-bar in all cabins and bottle of champaign and fruit basket in each cabin.
  • Athala is available to charter
  • 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 Telephone01482 872 716 for more information or email email us today.

Itinerary

The Athala has two good 8 day itineraries which cover a large selection of the Galapagos Island, because it is a fast, and smooth yacht the Athala is able to cover a large area. It also has two 6 day options.   In terms of which itinerary of the A or B options we think is the stronger - 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 different itinerary options, and below is the full 15 day itinerary.

Itinerary 8 days – with GenovesaItinerary 8 days – with Genovesa

A great variety of islands from almost all regions of the archipelago. A very good selection of Galapagos wildlife, fascinating geological scenery,great snorkelling opportunities. Highlights include the pristine and untouched western coast of Isabella Island and Fernandina, whale and dolphin watching and Genovesa a beautiful island and outpost for seabirds.
PDFDetailed Itinerary

Itinerary 8 days – with EspanolaItinerary 8 days – with Espanola

Very good Galapagos marine wildlife, in particular great chances to see Galapagos Penguins, Marine Iguanas, Flightless Cormorants, and Giant Tortoises. Fascinating geological scenery,great snorkelling opportunities. Highlights include the pristine and untouched western coast of Isabella Island and Fernandina, whale and dolphin watching.
PDFDetailed Itinerary

Itinerary 6 days – North and WestItinerary 6 days – North and West

A great variety of islands from almost all regions of the archipelago. A very good selection of Galapagos wildlife, fascinating geological scenery,great snorkelling opportunities. Highlights include the pristine and untouched western coast of Isabella Island and Fernandina, whale and dolphin watching and Genovesa a beautiful island and outpost for seabirds.
PDFDetailed Itinerary

IItinerary 6 days – South and West IItinerary 6 days – South and West

A good mixture of Galapagos wildlife with lots of chances to see and swim with Sea Lions and see Land and Marine Iguanas, Galapagos Penguins and Giant Tortoises to name but a few! Beautiful pristine white beaches and good snorkelling abound in this cruise of the southern and western part of the Galapagos.
PDFDetailed Itinerary

Athala – 15 Day itinerary

Saturday
Baltra
Arrive at Baltra meet your crew and board your yacht The Athala.

Mosquera
This tiny islet, nestled between Baltra and North Seymour islands is a beautiful long narrow beach with a large population of Galapagos Sea Lions. As with other areas in Galapagos this area has been geologically uplifted. A great opportunity for swimming and snorkelling off the beach.

Activities: Wet landing. Short walk along the beach (0.5 Mi). Snorkel.
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: Galapagos Sea lion colony, Lava Gulls, Herons. Snorkel: Sharks, Rays, Parrotfish, Angelfish

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 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.

Monday
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.

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

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, Snorkelling, dinghy ride, Kayak.
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

Tuesday - Fernandina
Punta Espinosa 
ta 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.

Isabela - 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.

Wednesday
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.

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

Thursday
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.

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
Highlights & Animals: Pitt craters, Scalesia Forest, Darwin finches, Warblers, Flycatchers.

Friday
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.

El Barranco or Prince Philip’s Steps
e 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: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry, difficult landing
Highlights & Animals: Red-footed Boobies, Great Frigatebirds, Short-eared Owls, Storm-petrels, Galapagos Doves, Darwin Finches.

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 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

Saturday
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

Chinese Hat or Sombrero Chino
Located just off the southeast tip of James Island, this island owes its name to its shape. A truly beautiful island, surrounded by crystal clear waters, this is great location for Sea Lions. Perhaps more than any other site, this islet gives you a sense of Galapagos volcanic origins as the beautiful white beach gives way to an almost primeval landscape of volcanic rubble.

Activities: Hiking 0.4 mi. Snorkelling & Kayak.
Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: Walk along the shore visiting a small colony of Galapagos Sea Lions. Penguins.  Snorkel: Penguins, Reef sharks, Parrotfish, Puffers.

Sunday
Santa Cruz – Cerro Dragon or Dragon Hill   
After a dry landing, the walk will take you along the edge of a salt water lagoon behind the beach where you can often see Flamingos, Pintail Ducks, Common Stilts and other bird species. A short walk inland, offers a great view of the bay and a nesting site for Land Iguanas, many of which were repatriated back to Cerro Dragon by the Charles Darwin Research Station, after their near-extinction due to feral dogs and cats.

Activities: Hiking 1.5 mi. Snorkelling
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Coastal lagoon with variety of water birds: Herons, Stilts, Pintail Ducks, Oystercatchers, Flamingos. Giant Cactus, Land Iguanas, Darwin Finches, Mockingbirds.  Snorkel: Parrotfish, Puffers, Snappers, Sea Turtles.

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.

Monday
Isabela - Puerto Villamil    
A small town on the southeast coast of Isabela. Various sites can be visited from here (detailed below) and next to the town are a number of lagoons where Flamingos Stilts and migratory shore birds are usually seen.  The town enjoys one of the most beautiful coral-sand beaches in the islands.

Isabela – (Villamil) – Tortoise Breeding Centre      
The Galapagos has 11 different species of Giant Tortoise of which five species are endemic to Isabela. A new breeding facility, built just outside of town by the Galapagos National Park Service is helping to increase the populations of these iconic endangered reptiles. Thanks to this breeding centre and the one located at the Charles Darwin Station in Santa Cruz, the populations of Tortoises, which were on a severe decline until the 80´s, is now recovering and has reached over 30.000 throughout the islands.

Activities: Hike (1 mi / 1,6 km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals:Wetlands, salt and brackish lagoons on the way to the Breeding centre. Flamingos, Stilts, adult and baby Giant tortoises.

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 Common 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 towering at 65 feet (25m) took the lives of hundreds during its construction and remains as a vivid reminder of a dark past.

Activities: Hike (5 mi / 7 km) Biking
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Reef Sharks, Flamingos, Herons, coves, large mangrove trees, coastal lagoons, Marine Iguanas, Giant Tortoises.

Tuesday
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: Hike (5 mi / 7 km) Biking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights: Barrel Post Office, lava tunnel inland (difficult access), nice sandy beach

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.

Wednesday
San Cristobal – Cerro Brujo   
This striking eroded tuff cone was one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin.  It has a beautiful coral sand beach where you can take a leisurely walk (depending on time of year) visited by Brown Pelicans, Blue-footed Boobies, and Swallow Tail Gulls as well as Marine Iguanas and Sea Lions. The beauty of this dramatic area can also be explored from the dingy, exploring caves and looking for sea birds.

Activities: Hike along the beach (1 mi / 1.6 km), dinghy ride, snorkelling & kayaking
Difficulty: Easy walk along the beach
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: Beautiful rock formations, Sea Lions, shore birds, Land birds: Finches and Mockingbirds, snorkelling: Sea Lions, nice tropical fish, anemones.

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.

Thursday
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.   

Santa Cruz – Highlands  
he 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
Highlights & Animals: Pitt craters, Scalesia Forest, Darwin finches, Warblers, Flycatchers.

Friday
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.

Saturday
Daphne Major    
A panoramic trip around this small islet which is located between Santa Cruz and Santiago Island, which has spectacular bird watching as well as being a scientific research site.  A select handful of scientists have studied for decades the evolution of finches on this island and this islet has become famous after many publications how evolution works in real time. No landing here allowed as it is very fragile, but you can see them from the vantage points on the yachts decks.

Activities: No landing. Boat tour around island.
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: No landing
Highlights & Animals: Nazca Boobies, Tropicbirds, Frigatebirds, great scenery. Snorkel

From here you return to Baltra for your flight back to mainland Ecuador or you can extend your Galapagos trip with a stay on 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 endeavor to have the best itinerary for you within these constraints.

Deck Plan / Spec

Athala Deck Plan

Facilities

Guests have the choice of eating in the elegant indoor dining area or outside in al-fresco style. The yacht has a comfortable lounge area and library complete with plasma TVs, lap tops (no internet service), DVD player and sterio. The upper deck has a bar and a beautiful open teak deck area for relaxation, dining and barbeques. The huge sundeck features a Jacuzzi and is great for watching whales or dolphins or to simply relax and soak up the views and the sunshine between island excursions.

Crew

Captain, bilingual Galapagos National Park Naturalist Guide, Cruise Manager plus 8 other crew members.

Equipment

  • 2 Detroit MTU Series 60 4-cycle elctronically controlled,
  • 2 John Deere 6081 AFM 300 HP, all equiptment meets/exceeds the international SOLAS standard,
  • 2 x 20 man life craft,
  • Navnex,
  • 2 GPS sonar,
  • 2 naval radars, fire detection and prevention systems etc.

Dimensions

  • Length: 98 feet / 30 meters
  • Beam: 37 feet / 11 meters
  • Draft: 4.6 feet / 1.40 meters
  • Tonnage: 320 tons
  • Max speed: 12 knots
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