Yacht Isabela II offers the perfect, intimate space for exploring Darwin’s islands in comfort. Traditionalists will Classic-Family-Cabin-2-1182x768enjoy feeling at home with a crew that has remained almost unchanged for years, leading to seamless attention to detail that will make your stay extra special.

With just 20 guest cabins, the yacht’s convivial atmosphere leads to a close-up experience of this unique world. On board, guests find delicious cuisine, faultless service and excellent facilities, including a Jacuzzi, fitness room, bar and outside deck for al fresco meals, drinks, and sunbathing.

Social-Areas-41-1182x768As on all our vessels, your groups can expect top facilities and equipment, delicious meals, and safe and stimulating expert-planned expeditions on the islands. Scout the island sites for Big 15 wildlife in groups that average no more than 11-14 guests per naturalist guide which surpass the National Park standard, which permits up to 16 guests per guide. Explore the coast with your guides on our pangas, glass-bottom boat or kayaks, or get wet and snorkel.

 

 

World-class expeditions.

  • Expert itineraries: Designed by naturalist guides and connoisseurs, our itineraries balance out the best islands and the most relevant species – an ideal Galapagos Big 15 wildlife experience.
  • Best itinerary for sensitive guests: The 4-night central islands cruise shows the best of the islands while avoiding long open water travel.
  • Small groups: On average, 11 guests per naturalist guide.
  • On-board expedition leader: Constant monitoring of island and sea conditions to ensure the best possible adventure experience.
  • Aquatic activities: Glass-bottom boat, kayaks, snorkelling, swimming, and pangabased coastal exploration
  • Opportunities for learning: State-of-the-art technology for multimedia presentations and natural history lectures as well as a traditional library.

 

 

*** Contact us for promotional prices on 2017!!! ***

YACHT ISABELA II CENTRAL ISLANDS SOUTHERN ISLANDS NORTHERN ISLANDS
MON/FRI FRI/TUE TUE/MON
5D/4N 5D/4N 7D/6N
Owner´s Cabin (1)* 3.628 3.628 5.442
Classic Cabin (16)* 3.468 3.468 5.202
Classic Family Cabin (2)* 3.468 3.468 5.202
Standard Cabin (1)* 3.268 3.268 4.902

During Peak Season: Dec 19- 25 and Dec 29 – Jan 2:

– There will be a surcharge of US$ 152 per adult and US$ 110 per child.
– No discounts apply.
– Twin / Double Cabins for single use have a surcharge of 100% .
– Children’s policy does not apply during peak season.

  • Contact us for price information.

– Important Notes –

1) During Peak Season dates, the cruise reserves the right to prioritise reservations taking into account factors such as payment and confirmation dates.
2) The cruise reserves the right to limit the number of twin/double cabins for single use dependent on availability
3) Twin / Double Cabins for single use incur a 100% surcharge.

  • Children Policy:

– Children under 12 sharing a cabin with their parents or guardians: 25% off. (Applies only to one child per adult paying full fare).
– Minimum age 6 years old.
– Children’s policy does not apply on especific dates.

INCLUDE:

Accommodations, all meals, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only, snorkelling gear, internet*, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication), taxes and transfers in the islands.
Shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Sheraton, Marriott, Dann Carlton) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Hampton Inn, Sheraton) to airport for flights to / from Galápagos are included in these rates. To coordinate these transfers we must have guest’s hotel contact.

* Note: internet connections onboard consist of 2 computer stations in the business center and wifi in the yacht’s social areas; due to the Galápagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.

NOT INCLUDED:

– Wet Suits available for rent, NET rate US$ 17 + VAT per guest for 5-day expeditions.
– Wet Suits available for rent, NET rate US$ 33 + VAT per guest for 7-day expeditions.
– Air transportation to / from Galápagos and airport taxes (subject to change without previous notice).
– Galápagos National Park entrance fee (US$ 100 subject to change without previous notice).
– Migration Control Card (US$ 20 subject to change without previous notice).
– Fuel Surcharge.
– Alcoholic* and non alcoholic beverages, gratuities, laundry or valet services, gifts and additional items.

 ** Please note, we charge guests who wish to bring bottles of wine and/or spirits aboard our vessels a corkage fee of $27 + taxes.

– Booking & Payments –

Bookings Made:
– 66 days or more prior to departure:
A deposit of %30 is due at time of booking.

– 65 days or less prior to departure:
A full payment is due at time of booking.

– Cruise Cancellation Policy –

– If cancellation is received between the date of booking until 61 days prior the date our services are due to begin, we will charge (15%) as a cancellation fee. This deposit cannot be transferred to another booking.
– If cancellation is received between 60 and 0 days prior the date our services are due to begin, we will charge 100% as a cancellation fee.

For departure dates during peak season:
-If cancellation is received between the date of booking until 121 days prior the date our services are due to begin, we will charge 25% as a cancellation fee.
– If cancellation is received between 120 and 0 days prior the date our services are due to begin, we will charge 100% cancellation fee.

  • MONDAY.

Baltra Airport (Santa Cruz Island): We arrive at Baltra Airport and then we take you to the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus ride takes us to a restaurant in the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy lunch, and then continue to Puerto Ayora.

Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island): After driving down from the highlands, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise. The campus houses the islands’ headquarters of scientific investigation and conservation. Late afternoon we stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking. Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner.

  • TUESDAY.

Santa Fe Island: A stunning anchorage provides our jumping-off point for our visit to this sandy white beach with many sea lion harems. Galapagos hawks are often easily observed. The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the walk. Snorkelling and swimming from the beach, kayaking or a ride in our glass-bottom boat.

South Plaza Island: The turquoise waters of the channel here contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline, while a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus beyond, populated by yellow-gray land iguanas.

  • WEDNESDAY.

North Seymour Island: The morning starts with an enjoyable walk along the coast and the interior of this island, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and marine iguanas. There are opportunities for snorkelling, coastal exploration or glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.

Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island): After WWII, US military barges were beached and abandoned here. Today it is an important nesting area for the east Pacific green sea turtle. Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, it is a glorious white beach, with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. We can swim and/or snorkel from the beach.

  • THURSDAY.

Bartolomé Island: This morning, a Galápagos icon awaits for us: Bartolomé Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the view from the top is worth the effort! Following the walk, we take the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock.

Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island): After lunch, we get on board the inflatable dinghies to land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach great for swimming, and with a trail over a lava field that flowed here less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos.

  • FRIDAY.

Baltra island: After breakfast, we leave for the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

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  • FRIDAY.

Baltra Airport – Santa Cruz Island): We arrive at Baltra Airport and transfer to the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus ride takes us to a restaurant in the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy lunch.

Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island): we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. The campus houses the islands’ headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Late afternoon stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora. Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner.

  • SATURDAY.

Post Office Bay & Baroness Cove (Floreana Island): After breakfast, we land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has been serving as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. Snorkelling off the beach.

Cormorant Point (Floreana Island): Our visit to Punta Cormorant takes in an olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk by a brackish water lagoon where bird species like greater flamingos may be observed. On the other side of the island, we come to a white-sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest. We can usually snorkel at the “Champion Islet” site, inflatable dinghy ride or ride in our glass-bottom boat.

  • SUNDAY.

Punta Suárez (Española Island): Our morning outing at Punta Suárez provides an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including the waved albatrosses, boobies, swallow-tail gulls, and the famous “blowhole”. Also, look for red-green-black marine iguanas.

Gardner Bay (Española Island): In the afternoon, we set down at this beautiful, white coral beach for a short walk to observe the sea lions, mockingbirds, finches or enjoy the beach. There is great snorkelling in this area, or else there’s time to kayak, inflatable dinghy-ride or ride the glass-bottom boat.

  • MONDAY.

Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island): In the morning, we land on the eastern tip of the island. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline and is the only site in the Galapagos where the three species of boobies can be found together, as well as the two frigate species, plus a colony of bachelor sea lions. After the walk, if conditions are favourable, there is a chance to swim, kayak or snorkel from the beach or an inflatable dinghy ride.

Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island): In the afternoon following lunch on board, a dinghy ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers takes us to Cerro Brujo’s expansive, white coraline beach, great for walking, with rewarding birdwatching including good views of seabirds and shore birds.

  • TUESDAY.

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristóbal- Chatham Island): After breakfast, we depart to pier and airport for our flight back to the mainland.

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  • TUESDAY.

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristóbal Island): We land at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno’s airport and transfer to the dock. We check in, receive an introductory briefing and have lunch on board.

Galapaguera Cerro Colorado (San Cristóbal Island): At Cerro Colorado, we visit the breeding centre of the highly-endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species and the endemic San Cristobal lava lizard.

  • WEDNESDAY.

Prince Philip’s Steps (Tower/Genovesa Island): Overnight, we navigate northbound to the incredible bird island, Genovesa. The morning starts with an inflatable dinghy ride along the cliffs of this dramatic island, followed by landing with a steep climb (90 feet) up some stairs to reach a flat plateau. We can observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels. Those not wishing to disembark can enjoy a longer inflatable dinghy ride along the cliffs (depending on weather conditions). Snorkelling and kayaking.

Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island): We land at the beach for an easy stroll observing hundreds of birds, mainly frigate birds, red footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds.

  • THURSDAY.

Buccaneer Cove (James/Santiago Island): After breakfast, we enjoy a coastal exploration along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer’s Cove. The cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. Enjoy fantastic natural formations such as the “Elephant Rock”, “The Bishop” and an impressive natural cave. This is a great site for snorkelling too or ride in our glass-bottom boat.

Puerto Egas (Santiago Island): This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds amid a landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and we can also observe a colony of fur seals.

  • FRIDAY.

Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island): We visit the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina. Punta Espinoza has an amazing combination of barrenness and abundant wildlife. Highlights include hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorant.

Tagus Cove (Isabela Island): Across the narrow Bolívar Channel, we anchor at this cove on the northwest of Isabela. It provided a favourite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. An uphill hike takes guests to the rim of Darwin Crater, filled with salt water and to a dramatic viewpoint. After our walk, swimming, kayaking or snorkelling.

  • SATURDAY.

Urbina Bay (Isabela Island): After breakfast we disembark at Urbina Bay. Here you can find corals, shells and many other calcareous organisms exposed above water. This area is also home to large and very colourful Galapagos land iguanas. Along the shoreline, after the hike, guests may encounter flightless cormorants and see penguins while snorkelling.

Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island): Since there is no landing site at this location, the coastal exploration is by dinghy. There is abundant wildlife and, depending on the conditions of the ocean, we’ll be able to snorkel along the cliffs, hopefully in the company of green sea turtles.

  • SUNDAY.

Rábida Island (Jervis Island): We disembark at Rabida Island’s red-coloured beach. A stroll allows us to observe a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, inflatable dinghy ride, kayaking or ride in our glass-bottom boat.

Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) (Santa Cruz Island): The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts Cerro Dragon. Our walk includes circling a brackish water lagoon frequented by lagoon birds, while further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands.

  • MONDAY.

Baltra island: Our journey ends at Baltra Island where we transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

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ISABELA II LUXURY YACHT TECHNICAL INFO

  • Construction: 1979
  • Renovation: 2014
  • Category: Deluxe
  • Gross Tonnage: 1,025 tons.
  • Type of Vessel: Expedition Yacht
  • Capacity: 40 guests / 20 cabins
  • Length: 55.94 m (183 ft)
  • Beam: 11.58 m (38 ft)
  • Speed: 10 knots
  • Electricity: 110 – 220 V / 60 Hz
  • Engines:  2 CUMMINS, KTA-38-M1, 1000 HP
  • Navigation Equipment: Radar ARPA, Radar, Satellite Compass, Magnetic Compass, Automatic Pilot, Echosonar, 2 GPS, AIS
  • Fire Detector: Installed throughout the ship
  • Life Jackets: In each cabin
  • Lifeboats: 2 semi-enclosed units / capacity for 27 persons each
  • Life Rafts: Two 25-man, one 20-man
  • Owner: ETICA / Metropolitan Touring
  • Decks: 3 (Boat deck, Cabin deck, Main deck)
  • Naturalist Guides: 3 (includes Expedition Leader)
  • Crew: 26
  • Passenger/Crew Ratio: 3:2
  • Medical Officer: Permanently on board
  • Safety Certificates: SOLAS 74, ISM, ISPS, MARPOL

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