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Nemo Southern

Itinerary 5B

from $2,350
5 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 from Santa Cruz, passing by Española, Floreana and highly endemic Santa Fé. These oldest islands are among the best sites of the Galapagos with many emblematic species that have evolved into unique figureheads. You may spot Galapagos giant tortoises (as well in a breeding centre as in the wild), waved albatrosses, Galapagos marine and land iguanas, blue-footed boobies and perhaps even Galapagos penguins! Striking coral sand beaches at azure bays are favourite places for large colonies of Galapagos sea lions. This cruise promises to become an unforgettable experience.

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.

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

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateStandard Cabins
 Feb 27 - Mar 32350
 Mar 13 - Mar 172350
 Mar 27 - Mar 312350
 Apr 10 - Apr 142350
 Apr 24 - Apr 282350
 May 8 - May 122350
 May 22 - May 262350
 Jun 5 - Jun 92350
 Jun 19 - Jun 232350
 Jul 3 - Jul 72350
 Jul 17 - Jul 212350
 Jul 31 - Aug 42350
 Aug 14 - Aug 182350
 Aug 28 - Sep 12350
 Sep 11 - Sep 152350
 Sep 25 - Sep 292350
 Oct 9 - Oct 132350
 Oct 23 - Oct 272350
 Nov 6 - Nov 102350
 Nov 20 - Nov 242350
 Dec 4 - Dec 82350
 Dec 18 - Dec 222350
 Jan 1 - Jan 5offer2395
 Jan 15 - Jan 19offer2395
 Jan 29 - Feb 2offer2395
 Feb 12 - Feb 16offer2395
 Feb 26 - Mar 2offer2395
 Mar 12 - Mar 16offer2395
 Mar 26 - Mar 30offer2395
 Apr 9 - Apr 13offer2395
 Apr 23 - Apr 27offer2395
 May 7 - May 11offer2395
 May 21 - May 25offer2395
 Jun 4 - Jun 8offer2395
 Jun 18 - Jun 22offer2395
 Jul 2 - Jul 6offer2395
 Jul 16 - Jul 20offer2395
 Jul 30 - Aug 3offer2395
 Aug 13 - Aug 17offer2395
 Aug 27 - Aug 31offer2395
 Sep 10 - Sep 14offer2395
 Sep 24 - Sep 28offer2395
 Oct 8 - Oct 12offer2395
 Oct 22 - Oct 26offer2395
 Nov 5 - Nov 9offer2395
 Nov 19 - Nov 23offer2395
 Dec 3 - Dec 7offer2395
 Dec 17 - Dec 21offer2395

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: $25 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 $25 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 $25 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

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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