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Nemo East To South

Itinerary B

from $3,600
8 days

Ship Name

M/C Nemo I

Trip Type

Sea

When To Go

Year Round

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Trip Summary

Journey on a small 14 passenger unique sailing catamaran on an itinerary that visits some of the most popular sites of southern and eastern Galapagos. You will keep going from one surprise in the other- first the spectacular sea bird colonies of Española, then the largest American flamingo colonies of Isabela and Floreana. This varied route is characterized by relatively shorter nightly navigations and even two nights of quiet rest at fairly calm anchorage-sites.

Activities
Zodiac Tours
Snorkeling
Photography
Birding

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Santa Cruz

Upon arrival at Baltra Airport you'll meet a naturalist guide who will escort you to the yacht.

In the afternoon, Las Bachas on Santa Cruz. These two small beaches are found to the west of Black Turtle Cove. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where occasionally it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer, but it has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategically point to protect the Panama Channel.

Day 2

Isabela Island

Las Tintoreras is a small bay on an islet where a colony of skarks can often be seen resting in the lava canal. In addition to the sharks there are sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, and rays in the beautiful, calm turquoise waters. Nearby hundreds of marine iguanas can be observed, as 'Las Tintoreras' is one of their main breeding sites. On the nearby sandy beaches, sea lions play and relax in the sun. This is one of Isabela's most beautiful visitor sites.

In the afternoon a visit to the Arnoldo tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center, here giant tortoises are reared on Isabela in a captive breeding program for tortorise species native to the island. Isabela Island is the only island in the world which has 5 different species of these giant reptiles.

Day 3

Floreana Island

Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by mariners and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Apart from being the Post Office Barrel, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. We will continue to the north of the island and will ascent to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful vista at the Baroness Lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as her House. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo.

Punta Cormorant offers probably the best Flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It’s situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.

 

Day 4

Espanola Island


Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood or Espanola Island, Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters.

Punta Suarez is a rocky land spot that sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea affording the visitor spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blow whole where water spouts up to 50-75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf.

Day 5

Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz also offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild tortoises, both roaming through pastures in the agricultural zone and in the Tortoise Reserve. On your last morning we visit one or two farms that serve food and allow visitors to explore their grounds in search of tortoises. As the visitor walks into the forests overgrown with lichens, ferns, and other epiphytes, it is time to listen carefully for the sound of heavy footsteps and the sound of shrubs being slowly crushed as the tortoises make their way through the brush.

In the afternoon you visit the Charles Darwin Research Center in the main town of Puerto Ayora.  

Day 6

San Cristobal

At the far eastern end of San Cristóbal is Punta Pitt. Disembarking onto the small beach, visitors are confronted by the strong stench and cacophony of barking sea lions. This is a bachelor colony, and most are exhausted from fighting and mating. A steep gully leads up the cliff to a breeding ground for Boobies of all three varieties: Red-footed, Blue-footed and Nazca. It’s the only place in the Galapagos where you can see all three species nesting together. Two species of frigatebirds are also present, as are Swallow-tailed Gulls and Storm Petrels. The view of sea lions from the top of the cliff over the beach is magnificent, as are the contours of the barren, wind-eroded peaks of the island. The trail across the Punta Pitt site offers a closer look at the hardy vegetation that manages to thrive in this volcanic wasteland. From Saltbush and spiny shrubs next to the beach the trail leads up to an area of Palo Santo trees, big yellow-green shrubs, tiny cacti and, in the dry season, carpets of red Vesuvius.

In the afternoon Urbina Bay where we find a coral sand beach. It is an excellent place to swim and snorkel. Cerro Brujo is the remains of a tuff cone. It is one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin. It has an impressive landscape, where it is often possible to see coastal and migratory birds, including pelicans, Blue-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas. At times the lagoon is completely dry and deposits of salt may be found in the bottom. The people of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno used to use the lagoon as a salt mine.

Day 7

Santa Fe & South Plazas

Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, Santa Fe was formed from an uplift, which explains why it is mostly flat. There are some theories which assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is the home of a number of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats and one of the two species of lands Iguanas of the islands. After disembarkation in the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well as giant prickly pear cactus. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fishes.

In the afternoon South Plazas which is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than its relatives found on other islands. Throughout the island there are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, they are unique, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana's crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food.  Swallow Tailed Gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along with other sea birds as: Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds and brown pelicans. 

 

Day 8

Santa Cruz

In the morning Black Turtle Cove. This little cove is located at the northern side of Santa Cruz Island, this is a red mangrove lagoon very calm and quiet which makes it an ideal place as nursery for many sharks and rays. Its crystal waters permits to observe large groups of white-tip reef, black tipped reef and hammer heads sharks, schools of golden rays and spotted eagle rays.  There are no landing sites so the visit is done by zodiac. Sea turtles are frequently seen and sometimes they are seen mating in the mangrove-lined waters. Pelicans and Herons are also seen in this area.

Transfer to Baltra airport for your flight back to Guayaquil or Quito.

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateStandard Cabins
 Feb 27 - Mar 63600
 Mar 13 - Mar 203600
 Mar 27 - Apr 33600
 Apr 10 - Apr 173600
 Apr 24 - May 13600
 May 8 - May 153600
 May 22 - May 293600
 Jun 5 - Jun 123600
 Jun 19 - Jun 263600
 Jul 3 - Jul 103600
 Jul 17 - Jul 243600
 Jul 31 - Aug 73600
 Aug 14 - Aug 213600
 Aug 28 - Sep 43600
 Sep 11 - Sep 183600
 Sep 25 - Oct 23600
 Oct 9 - Oct 163600
 Oct 23 - Oct 303600
 Nov 6 - Nov 133600
 Nov 20 - Nov 273600
 Dec 4 - Dec 113600
 Dec 18 - Dec 253600
 Jan 1 - Jan 8offer3695
 Jan 15 - Jan 22offer3695
 Jan 29 - Feb 5offer3695
 Feb 12 - Feb 19offer3695
 Feb 26 - Mar 5offer3695
 Mar 12 - Mar 19offer3695
 Mar 26 - Apr 2offer3695
 Apr 9 - Apr 16offer3695
 Apr 23 - Apr 30offer3695
 May 7 - May 14offer3695
 May 21 - May 28offer3695
 Jun 4 - Jun 11offer3695
 Jun 18 - Jun 25offer3695
 Jul 2 - Jul 9offer3695
 Jul 16 - Jul 23offer3695
 Jul 30 - Aug 6offer3695
 Aug 13 - Aug 20offer3695
 Aug 27 - Sep 3offer3695
 Sep 10 - Sep 17offer3695
 Sep 24 - Oct 1offer3695
 Oct 8 - Oct 15offer3695
 Oct 22 - Oct 29offer3695
 Nov 5 - Nov 12offer3695
 Nov 19 - Nov 26offer3695
 Dec 3 - Dec 10offer3695
 Dec 17 - Dec 24offer3695

View Rate Notes

The above rates are per person, based on double occupancy and in US dollars unless indicated otherwise.

Deposit: 25% of fare per person, higher for Peak Season / Holiday Sailings. Deposits may be paid by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Final Payment: Due 90 days prior to departure.  For Peak Season / Holiday Sailings due 120 days prior to departure.  Final payment is payable by check or wire only.

Additional Costs:

  • Single: Twin cabins booked as a single incur a 100% supplement.
  • Solo travelers may book at twin cabin on a sharing by gender. Inquire for details.
  • Christmas surcharge: Dec 18-22: USD 250 pp; Dec 22-25: USD 150 pp; Dec 18-25: USD 350 pp; Dec 22-28: USD 300 pp; Dec 25-28: USD 150 pp.
  • New Year's surcharge: Dec 25-Jan 1: USD 350 pp; Dec 28-Jan 1: USD 250 pp.
  • Child Discount: Children under 12 are 20% off when sharing with 2 full paying adults
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100 per adult | $50 per child 11 and under
  • Transit Control Card: $20 per person
  • Airfare to the Galapagos: $500 per adult / Child rate available.
  • Wet suit rental: $40 per person
  • Pre and Post Hotels and Transfers: Package rates available

Child Policy: Children accepted, infants on request. Children under 12 sharing a cabin with their parents or guardians are 20% off with two full fare-paying guests.

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish, snorkeling gear, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication), taxes, and shuttle transfers in the islands, transfers in Quito or Guayaquil.  

Not Included: Wet suits (available to rent $40 per person per departure), Air to the galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee ($100 adult / $50 child), Transit Control Card $20, alchoholic beverages & soft drinks, internet / wifi, international air, hotels in Quito or Guayaquil pre and post cruise, transfers (other than indicated above)

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are refundable up to 120 days, less a per person operator fee (varies by operator) ranging from $250 - $500 per person. Reservations cancelled after final payment due date will lose the full cruise fare.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

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Ship Information

M/C Nemo I - 14 Passengers

The Nemo I is a 14-passenger sailing catamaran, completely renovated/refurbished in 2014. With a wide stance, the Nemo I offers classic catamaran stability.  The sails are hoisted as often as possible, making this as true a Galapagos sailing experience as you can get. Spectacular catamaran netting spans between both sterns of the hulls and offers a unique viewpoint from which to enjoy the dramatic scenery of the Islands. This lounge space is supplemented by an ample and brand-new sun deck, right above the shaded terrace. The panorama windows of the lounge on the Main Deck let in a flood of natural daylight. This cozy living guarantees a pleasant stay on cooler days and is facilitated with a bar, fixed lounge tables, TV, DVD-player and a small library. Presentations and briefings in the lounge or you can watch videos here. All 8 twin cabins are located within both hulls of the catamaran and have a private bathroom (hot/cold water, hand shower and toilet), privately controlled air conditioning, as well as a fan.  Most cabins are upper / lower bunks but there are a few cabins with lower double beds.

Accommodations

Trip Policy

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish, snorkeling gear, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication), taxes, and shuttle transfers in the islands, transfers in Quito or Guayaquil.  

Not Included: Wet suits (available to rent $40 per person per departure), Air to the galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee ($100 adult / $50 child), Transit Control Card $20, alchoholic beverages & soft drinks, internet / wifi, international air, hotels in Quito or Guayaquil pre and post cruise, transfers (other than indicated above)

Cancellation Policy:  CCancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are refundable up to 120 days, less a per person operator fee (varies by operator) ranging from $250 - $500 per person. Reservations cancelled after final payment due date will lose the full cruise fare.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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