– The vessel
The M/V Evolution could have easily been a yacht for 40 or 48 guests, but we kept it for only 32. This factor gives the yacht added space and comfort, without sacrificing the benefits and personalized attention of a smaller, more intimate cruise.
Outstanding Cabins & Social Areas.
The yacht has some of the largest cabins available for medium and small sized yachts on the islands. Multiple, diverse and spacious social areas, specially outdoors where Galapagos travelers prefer to be.
– Sky Deck – Inside & al-fresco dining areas – Sun Deck – Large jacuzzi – Bar – Boutique – Infirmary – Library
A stern Boarding Deck, specially built for the expedition factor of a Galapagos cruise, allows guests of any age to embark or disembark the yacht in a much safer and more comfortable manner. The yacht also offers a doctor onboard, who accompanies guests on all the excursions.
– Our crew
Hand Picked Crew Members.
For the past 3 decades, our crew members have been handpicked by the company’s owners. Our experienced crew includes 2 naturalists, an onboard doctor, as well as a dedicated cruise director.
High Crew to Guest Ratio.
Evolution carries up to 20 crew members and 2 guides for only 32 guests, allowing for highly personalized attention and an added flexibility in the day to day activities.
– The experience
A Complete Itinerary.
Comprehensive 7 night itineraries, which make your Galapagos cruise a more complete, worthwhile experience –
visiting all the major highlights of the islands.
Kayaks, Snorkeling Gear & Wetsuits.
Use of kayaks, snorkeling gear and wetsuits (shorties) are included for all guests at no extra cost.
Meals & Preferences.
Our cruise director and kitchen staff cater to special dietary needs and preferences including veggie, vegan, kosher and more. Breakfast and lunch are buffet style and dinner is served either in the interior dining room or in the al-fresco dining area.
*** Contact us for promotional prices on 2017!!! ***
– Prices 2017
|8 Day Galapagos Cruise||FIT REGULAR SEASON
JAN 1 – AUG 26 / DEC 11 – 31
|FIT FALL SEASON
*AUG 27 – DEC 10
|Master Suites: A1||$7,120||$5,700|
|Suites: A2 & A3||$6,650||$5,320|
|Premium Staterooms: C1-C3 & C5-C9||$6,140||$4,910|
|Premium Stateroom: C4||$5,780||$4,620|
|Deluxe Staterooms: D1-D4||$5,780||$4,620|
– Prices 2018
- Contact us for price information.
– Important Notes –
• 75% surcharge applies on suites
• 50% surcharge applies on other cabins
• A 10% discount will apply for second week of cruise
• If cruises are taken during Christmas, New Year or Easter, full
cruise price will apply
|Christmas & New Year
• 100% Single supplement applies / No discounts for
• An additional $500 Holiday surcharge applies for FIT
• Private charter surcharges: M/V Evolution $10,000
M/Y Grace $6,500
• 15 yrs old and younger, 15% discount off above rates
• Maximum of 3 children discounts per family per booking (no
• Not available during Fall Season
– Rates Includes:
All meals during cruise
All non-alcoholic beverages consumed
All activities during cruise: hikes, snorkelling, kayaking
Galapagos National Park Guide
All transportation during time in Galapagos
Snorkeling gear, wetsuits, kayaks
– No Includes:
Roundtrip Galapagos Airfare
Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100 USD per adult)
Galapagos Transit card ($20 USD per person)
Gratuities & Tips to Crew and Staff
Bar consumption (alcoholic beverages) & items of a personal nature
– Booking & Payments –
– 76 days or more prior to departure:
A non-refundable deposit of 30% is due at time of booking.
– 75 days or less prior to departure:
A full, non-refundable payment is due at time of booking.
Important Note: The price of a cruise is based on double occupancy (2 passengers sharing a cabin). If The Passenger does not want to share and wishes to secure a cabin for themselves, they can do so by paying an additional single supplement fee as stated in 2016 pricing.
– Cruise Cancellation Policy –
The following cancellation penalties will be applied at the cut-off times indicated below:
– 66 days or more prior to departure:
All payments received are non-refundable.
– 65 days or less prior to departure:
The full price will be applied as cancellation penalty.
Take the 15 days itinerary and see all the best of the galapagos islands.
The most rewarding and complete way to experience the entire archipelago in its fullest is to take the 15 day itinerary.
This option gives you an opportunity to see all that Galapagos has to offer. You will be exposed to all the amazing wildlife encounters, all the endemic plants and species and you will be witnesses to the biology, geology, history and astrology that can be understood.
You will be guarantee to see everything the Galapagos have to offer and double your chances of spotting elusive wildlife such as orcas, manta rays, Galapagos hawk, all types of finches, penguins, dolphins and whales amongst others.
When visiting the Galapagos Islands for one week there are tradeoffs regarding the landing sites you can and can’t see, in a place where one can encounter as great a variation crossing from one side of a bay or island to another, as traversing the entire archipelago. This has always been the case. Recently the Galapagos National Park decided to reduce the environmental impact on its 40 + visitor landing sites by requiring that yachts wait 14 days before returning to a given National Park visitor site. As a result of this ruling each of our yachts operates two different week long itineraries. These 8 day / 7 night itineraries run Saturday-to-Saturday and alternate each week. Through our complete itineraries, guests are able to see all of the Galapagos wildlife that made the Islands famous and inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. You can also combine these itineraries back-to-back to experience one, all encompassing two week long voyage.
If you only have a week to spend in the Galapagos you will be happy to know that there is no better or worse itinerary, just different. We continue to receive rave reviews for both itineraries aboard both our yachts. Passengers continue to have amazing animal encounters while experiencing the depth and breadth of what the islands offer including top notch landing sites on all itineraries.
We have put a lot of effort into obtaining permits from the Galapagos National Park that allow our yachts to visit all of the most important sites on the Islands. Many cruise operators on the islands avoid the long navigations to save costs, but we are firm believers that a true Galapagos experience involves visiting the most remote islands as well.
Day 1: Saturday – Daphne Major Islet
This morning we fly to Baltra Island in the Galapagos. Flight time is approximately 1½ hours. Upon arrival we board M/V Evolution where you will have lunch and a quick briefing en route to our first visitor site: Daphne Major Islet.
We will circumnavigate Daphne Major Islet which is home to a variety of birds including Galapagos martins, blue footed boobies, nazca boobies, short eared owls, red billed tropic birds amongst others. (lunch, dinner)
Day 2: Sunday – Isabela Island: Punta Vicente Roca & Fernandina Island: Punta Espinosa
In the morning we visit Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island. Snorkeling is incredible here as a result of the nutrient-rich waters of the Humboldt Current that bathe the western side of the archipelago. We will have a chance to see colorful fish, sea lions, penguins and sea turtles in the water.
Afternoon visit to Fernandina Island, home to La Cumbre volcano, which erupts frequently (most recently in May 2005). We visit Punta Espinosa, a narrow spit of land, where a number of unique species, such as marine iguanas, sea lions, flightless cormorants, herons, egrets and Galapagos hawks can be seen in close proximity. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 3: Monday – Isabela Island: Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove
Urbina Bay is directly west of Isabela’s Volcano Alcedo, where we will make an easy, wet landing (a hop into a few inches of water). We walk on a stretch of three miles (5 km) of the marine reef that has been uplifted by as much as 13 feet (4 meters) out of the water. A highlight of this excursion are the giant land iguanas and giant tortoises, as well as the opportunity to go snorkeling amongst marine creatures, or just relaxing on shore.
In the afternoon we visit Tagus Cove on Isabela Island. A wooden stairway rises to the trail entrance and continues around Darwin Lake through a dry vegetation zone, and ends in a promontory formed by spatter cones. The site provides spectacular views of our anchorage in the bay, as well as Darwin and Wolf Volcanoes. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 4: Tuesday – Bartolome Island: Pinnackle Rock & Overlook & Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay
In the morning we visit Bartolome Island, famous for Pinnacle Rock, where we will see Galapagos Penguins and sea lions. We will also hike a trail to Bartolome’s summit where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Pinnacle Rock and our beach, where the crystal blue waters of the bay cradle your yacht.
Afternoon visit to Sullivan Bay, one of the most outstanding volcanic sites in the Galapagos. In the nearly 100 years since the Sullivan Bay Flow, only a few plants like Mollugo and Lava cacti have managed to take root in this harsh environment. Oystercatchers can be seen fishing for crabs and mollusks in the tide pools of Sullivan Bay. After exploring the lava flow, there is swimming and snorkeling with playful sea lions off two small coraline beaches. relaxing on shore.(breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 5: Wednesday – Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach & Dragon Hill
In the morning we visit Las Bachas, a sandy white-coral beach that is a major egg-laying site for sea turtles. The name Bachas refers to the remains of landing craft left here at the end of WWII. Ashore marine iguanas mingle with flamingos and other wading birds in another of the many super saline lagoons found in the Galapagos.
Afternoon visit to Dragon Hill, named for the large number of land iguanas that frequent the area, and an important nesting site for iguanas reintroduced by the Charles Darwin Research Center. A short walk from the beach leads to a hypersalinic (saltier than the ocean) lagoon that is frequented by pink flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. From here, they will pass through a forest of the endemic Scalesia tree. There are only 400 specimens of the Scalesia tree left in the world. Past the forest, hike up Dragon Hill for impressive views of the bay. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 6: Thursday – Santa Cruz Island: Highlands and The Charles Darwin Research Station
Santa Cruz is the second largest island in the Galapagos and its capital, Puerto Ayora, is the economic center of the Islands. In the morning we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to visit the Giant Tortoise and Land Iguana Breeding and Rearing Program. Here we used to find Lonesome George (now deceased), the last of his particular race of tortoise.
Afternoon visit to the Highlands, where the dry coastal vegetation transitions to lush wet fields and forests overgrown with moss and lichens. Our destination is the Tortoise Reserve, where we will have chances see these animals in the wild. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 7: Friday – Hood Island: Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay
Hood is the southernmost island of the archipelago, and is one of the most popular due to the breathtaking variation and number of fauna that inhabit the island. In the morning we visit Punta Suarez where you will witness the largest variety of marine iguanas in the Galapagos, masked boobies and blue footed boobies nesting along the cliff’s edge, as well as the famous waved albatross.
In the afternoon we visit Gardner Bay, a magnificent long white sandy beach, where colonies of sea lions laze in the sun, sea turtles swim offshore, and inquisitive mockingbirds boldly investigate new arrivals. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 8: Saturday – San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Center
Today our Galapagos cruise comes to an end, but before we bid farewell to the Evolution and her crew we pay a visit to the Galapagos National Park Visitor Centre on San Cristobal Island. The Centre presents a comprehensive exhibit of the islands’ natural history, human interaction, ecosystems, flora & fauna and your naturalist will use the exhibits to provide an illustrated overview of life on the Islands. A short trail arrives at Frigate Bird Hill, where both “magnificent-frigates” and “great-frigates” can be seen in the same colony. Next we return to the airport where we began our journey in the Galapagos for the flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland. (breakfast).
Today we fly to San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos in the morning. Flight time is approximately 1½ hours. Upon arrival we board M/V Evolution where you will have lunch and a quick briefing en route to our first visitor sites: Kicker Rock.
We end our day at Kicker Rock, a spectacular rock formation that rises 152 meters (500 feet) out of the Pacific. It takes the form of a sleeping lion, but from another angle you can see that the rock is split, forming a colossal tablet and, piercing the sea, a great chisel ready for etchingAfter this visit you have time for a shower as we get ready for our welcome cocktail and our first formal briefing before dinner. (lunch, dinner)
In the morning we visit South Plaza Island and its land iguanas wandering through bright red carpet weed. We will see swallow tailed gulls nesting around the overhang tops and red-billed tropicbirds, frigatebirds and shearwaters flying with dancing displays. bies and blue footed boobies nesting along the cliff’s edge, as well as the famous waved albatross.
Early afternoon snorkeling at Punta Carrion followed by a visit to Daphne Island. The geology of this island is extremely interesting as it is essentially one large tuff cone – a giant pile of compressed volcanic ash shaped like a cone. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Morning visit to Chinese Hat Islet, a fairly recent volcanic cone; it has the shape of a down-facing Chinese hat. On the rocky shoreline of nearby Santiago, Galapagos penguins are often seen. There is a small sea lion cove on the north shore, where boats anchor and land at the visitor site. Late morning snorkeling with sea lions and penguins and swimming opportunities in the cove.
Afternoon visit to James Bay, where we land on a black beach with intriguing eroded rock formations. A trail leads to a series of crystal-clear grottos formed of broken lava tubes, which are home to sea lions, fur seals, marine igauanas and tropical fish. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Tower Island could serve as a film set for a secret submarine base! The southwestern part of the island is an ocean-filled caldera ringed by the outer edges of a sizeable and mostly submerged volcano. The island sits to the northwest, slightly removed from the Galapagos archipelago. It is also known as “Bird Island,” a name it lives up to in a spectacular way! (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Morning visit to North Seymour Island which is teaming with wildlife! Cliffs only a few meters high form the shoreline are home to swallow-tailed gulls. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stands just above the landing, where a trail will take us to see sea lions, marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, pelicans, magnificent frigatebirds and land iguanas.
Afternoon visit to Santa Fe Island, home to one of the most beautiful and sheltered bays of the archipelago, and to some of the best snorkeling – with its crystal clear waters. Certainly one of the best locations to see sea turtles, swim with sea lions and glimpse of the Galapagos White-tipped Shark. After a wet landing you will walk up to a nearby cliff to see the land iguanas through an area of Opuntia Cactus. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Floreana has had a colorful history: Pirates, whalers, convicts, and a small band of somewhat peculiar colonists—a Baroness among them—who chose a Robinson Crusoe existence that ended in mystery and death. We visit Post Office Bay, where in 1793 British whalers set up a barrel as the island’s Post Office, to send letters home on passing ships. The tradition continues to this day, simply by dropping a post card into the barrel without a stamp.e rocks with sea lions and tropical fish.
Afternoon visit to Punta Cormorant which offers two highly contrasting beaches; a green-olivine beach and an iron-red beach. Between the two beaches is a salt lagoon frequented by flamingoes, pintails, stilts and other wading birds. Late afternoon snorkeling at Devil’s Crown, which is home to a myriad of marine species including a variety of corals, pencil sea urchin, wrasses, angelfish and amberjacks – making for some of the best snorkeling in the Galapagos. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Morning visit to the Highlands, where the dry coastal vegetation transitions to lush wet fields and forests overgrown with moss and lichens. Our destination is the Tortoise Reserve, where we will have chances see these animals in the wild.
Santa Cruz is the second largest island in the Galapagos and its capital, Puerto Ayora, is the economic center of the Islands. In the afternoon we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to visit the Giant Tortoise and Land Iguana Breeding and Rearing Program. Here we used to find Lonesome George (now deceased), the last of his particular race of tortoise. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Today our Galapagos cruise comes to an end, but before we bid farewell to the Evolution and her crew we pay a visit to Black Turtle Cove, a beautiful mangrove estuary where we quietly drift in our panga to see spotted eagle rays, diamond shaped mustard rays, white-tipped reef sharks, pacific green sea turtles and a large variety of shore birds. Next we head to Baltra Island airport for the flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland. (breakfast).
M/V EVOLUTION TECHNICAL INFO
|TYPE||Motor Yacht / Expeditions Vessel|
|L.O.A||192 feet / 58.5 meters|
|BEAM||29 feet / 8.9 meters|
|ENGINES||Caterpillar 3512 TITA 1300hp|
|GENERATORS||Northern Lights 150 KVA|
|BUILDER||Kanasashi Shipyard, Japan|
|CRUISING SPEED||10-12 knots|
|ACCOMMODATIONS||3 Jr. suites on Bridge – A deck
9 Cabins on Main – C deck
4 Cabins on Lower – D deck
|CREW||18 plus up to 2 naturalist guides & 1 cruise director|
|DINGIES||3 dingies (pangas/zodiacs). 2 dingies are for 16 pax each / 1 for 12 pax|
|NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT||72 mile Furuno Radar 19-53 CBB Navnet, Furuno GPS satellite navigator system, Furuno Depth Sounder, Simrad HS50 Electronic Girocompass, speed and distance log, compasses, barometers, forward looking echo sounder|
|ONBOARD SAFETY EQUIPMENT||EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), 4 x 25 person open sea life rafts, life jackets, flares and signals, fire extinguishing system, and sprinkler system throughout the vesse. Safety equipment on board either meets or exceeds USA Coast Guard regulations|
|COMFORT EQUIPMENT||Air Renewal System, Air conditioning throughout, TV / CD / VHS/DVD/Playstation 2, boutique, infirmary with MD on board, small jacuzzi|
|COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT||UHF, VHF radio, Satellite Phones|
|ELECTRICITY||110 volts AC / 60 Hz: 2 flat prongs|