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Nemo North To West

Itinerary A

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 this mini-expedition to the largest sea bird colonies and some of the remotest corners and outer islands of the Galapagos. This adventurous route contains longer nightly navigation stretches Sailing Catamaran Nemo I is faster than average, and you will also have two relatively quiet floating nights. After visiting the remote North, you will round the by far largest island Isabela, and pass by pristine Fernandina, which are both just recently born out of fire. On its way back Nemo I will anchor at Santiago’s James Bay (fur seal grottos and great snorkelling) and sail round the sea bird laden volcano islet of Daphne Major.

Activities
Zodiac Tours
Snorkeling
Photography
Birding

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Santa Cruz & North Seymour

Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, a naturalist guide will meet you and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor at Baltra and then taken to the yacht.

In the afternoon a dramatic first outing: North Seymour is an uplifted (different to volcanic origin) island and so is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing. Watch your step, as the boobies don't worry much about where they nest, and you might just step on one. The trees are dotted with male frigate birds trying to attract the attention of the ladies by inflating their bright red skin flaps (seasonal activity). They sometimes fly in the air to call more attention to themselves. There's a circular path that takes you through the island to a beautiful, rocky shore where the waves crash with a silvery-blue color.

Day 2

Genovesa Island

The drama only intensifies as you venture north to Darwin Bay on the remote island of Genovesa aka Tower Island. This bay has origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers: red footed-boobies, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels Yellow-crowned, black-crowned and lava herons, and yellow warblers can be seen in the area. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of Sharp-Beaked Finches, Large Cactus and Ground Finches, Galapagos Doves and Swallow-Tailed Gulls. Reaching the end the In the afternoon you'll marvel at Prince Phillip Steps or El Barranco. Passengers will climb to a plateau that is part of the stretch of land that surrounds Darwin Bay on its eastern side. There is a big population of Masked boobies and Red-Footed boobies in the trees; Storm petrels and Short-eared Owls have found the ideal place for nesting in the lava flows.

Day 3

Bartolome

Bartolome Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where we can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands such as: Volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island.It has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist and at the base of the pinnacle, as well as a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.

Chinese Hat a small islet 1 sq km) located just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. It is a recent volcanic cone, shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from north side. On the west side lava formations may be observed, formed under the sea and raised upward, this is why coral heads are found on the lava. This is an excellent visit for interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins.

Day 4

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz also offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild tortoises, both roaming through pastures in the agricultural zone and in the Tortoise Reserve, which is accessible from Santa Rosa or Salasaca. Several farms serve food and allow visitors to explore their grounds in search of tortoises. Descending through the agricultural zone into the Transition Zone where the Tortoise Reserve is located, the introduced vegetation of the farmlands is replaced by native vegetation. The pond at El Chato is surrounded by forest where short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, Vermilion Flycatchers, Yellow Warblers, Galapagos Rails, and Paint-billed Crakes can be seen. 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 visit the Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island The Breeding and Rearing area of the scientific center are definitely a worthwhile visit.  

Day 5

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 6

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 7

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 8

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
 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 8 - Jan 15offer3695
 Jan 22 - Jan 29offer3695
 Feb 5 - Feb 12offer3695
 Feb 19 - Feb 26offer3695
 Mar 5 - Mar 12offer3695
 Mar 19 - Mar 26offer3695
 Apr 2 - Apr 9offer3695
 Apr 16 - Apr 23offer3695
 Apr 30 - May 7offer3695
 May 14 - May 21offer3695
 May 28 - Jun 4offer3695
 Jun 11 - Jun 18offer3695
 Jun 25 - Jul 2offer3695
 Jul 9 - Jul 16offer3695
 Jul 23 - Jul 30offer3695
 Aug 6 - Aug 13offer3695
 Aug 20 - Aug 27offer3695
 Sep 3 - Sep 10offer3695
 Sep 17 - Sep 24offer3695
 Oct 1 - Oct 8offer3695
 Oct 15 - Oct 22offer3695
 Oct 29 - Nov 5offer3695
 Nov 12 - Nov 19offer3695
 Nov 26 - Dec 3offer3695
 Dec 10 - Dec 17offer3695
 Dec 24 - Dec 31offer3695

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:  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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