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Nemo Western

Itinerary A5

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 which visits some of the remotest corners of Galapagos. This adventurous route contains longer nightly navigation stretches, but Sailing Catamaran Nemo I is faster than average, and you will also have two relatively quiet floating nights. This interesting itinerary enables you to experience the distinct characters of west with its young and wild landscapes. This is your opportunity to view unique species such as flightless cormorants and the Galapagos penguins of Isabela and Fernandina.

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, the Charles Darwin Center, where the Breeding and Rearing area of the scientific center are definitely a worthwhile visit.

Day 2

Isabela Island

Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and the Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava flow Pahohoe (solidified lava in the form of an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons. Its main attractions are several species of birds which can be found around the lakes and mangroves.

Elizabeth Bay is a marine visitor site, and the afternoon excursion starts with a Zodiac visit to the Marielas islets where there is the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galapagos Islands. The excursion continues into the cove that is surrounded by red mangroves where you can admire their red roots and green leafs. It is here that you are able to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions. Frequently visitors have been able to see Galapagos Hawks soaring overhead whilst schools of Pompano and Dorado fish swim below.

Day 3

Fernandina Island

Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and the site Punta Espinosa is located at the northeastern tip of the island. Just across Tagus Cove, is a visitor’s site where various unique species of Galapagos can be seen. Marine iguanas conglomerate in larger groups than in any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore and sometimes block the way at the landing dock. Among the unique species found here, is the Flightless Comorant. A bird that, due to the lack of predators, evolved differently; it’s wings, tails and feet progressively adapted for swimming. To see these birds, is to witness evolution happening right in front of you. You can observe the flightless cormorants and penguins very closely.

Urbina Bay is located along the west coast of Isabela, between Elizabeth Bay and Tagus Cove. It is close to the base of the Alcedo Volcano. The coastline has undergone a major uplift in 1954, which caused the shore to expand three quarters of a mile out. Here you will be able to find corals, shells, and many other calcareous organisms exposed above water. Urbina Bay is home to large and colorful land iguanas and giant tortoises of the Alcedo Volcano population. A lot of Darwin finches can be seen as well.

 

Day 4

Santiago Island

In the morning Puerto Egas on Santiago. This black beach is located at the west side of the island and is its main attraction. Volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach. This site is called Puerto Egas, because there was an failed attempt of the company of Hector Egas to start the exportation of salt.

In the afternoon Espumilla Beach at Bucaneer Cove on Santiago in James Bay. During the last presence of the “El Niño phenomenon”, one of the two lagoons of this site underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. The main attraction is the palo santo forest. The beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles. At the nearby Buccaneers Cove we have a great snorkeling opportunity.

Day 5

Santa Cruz Island

In the morning you'll explore Daphne Major, a volcanic island just north of Santa Cruz Island and just west of Baltra Island. It consists of a tuff crater rising 120 m. above the sea. An intensive study of Darwin’s finches has taken place here by the biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant. Their results have been supporting strongly Darwin’s theory of evolution. We are not allowed onto the island. Daphne offers a big variety of other birds including Galápagos Martins, Blue-footed Booby, Nazca Booby, Short-eared Owls, Red-billed Tropicbirds and Magnificent Frigate birds.

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

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateStandard Cabins
 Mar 2 - Mar 62350
 Mar 16 - Mar 202350
 Mar 30 - Apr 32350
 Apr 13 - Apr 172350
 Apr 27 - May 12350
 May 11 - May 152350
 May 25 - May 292350
 Jun 8 - Jun 122350
 Jun 22 - Jun 262350
 Jul 6 - Jul 102350
 Jul 20 - Jul 242350
 Aug 3 - Aug 72350
 Aug 17 - Aug 212350
 Aug 31 - Sep 42350
 Sep 14 - Sep 182350
 Sep 28 - Oct 22350
 Oct 12 - Oct 162350
 Oct 26 - Oct 302350
 Nov 9 - Nov 132350
 Nov 23 - Nov 272350
 Dec 7 - Dec 112350
 Dec 21 - Dec 252350
 Jan 11 - Jan 15offer2395
 Jan 25 - Jan 29offer2395
 Feb 8 - Feb 12offer2395
 Feb 22 - Feb 26offer2395
 Mar 8 - Mar 12offer2395
 Mar 22 - Mar 26offer2395
 Apr 5 - Apr 9offer2395
 Apr 19 - Apr 23offer2395
 May 3 - May 7offer2395
 May 17 - May 21offer2395
 May 31 - Jun 4offer2395
 Jun 14 - Jun 18offer2395
 Jun 28 - Jul 2offer2395
 Jul 12 - Jul 16offer2395
 Jul 26 - Jul 30offer2395
 Aug 9 - Aug 13offer2395
 Aug 23 - Aug 27offer2395
 Sep 6 - Sep 10offer2395
 Sep 20 - Sep 24offer2395
 Oct 4 - Oct 8offer2395
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 Nov 1 - Nov 5offer2395
 Nov 15 - Nov 19offer2395
 Nov 29 - Dec 3offer2395
 Dec 13 - Dec 17offer2395
 Dec 27 - Dec 31offer2395

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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