Isabela II

One of the first and one of the few mid-size Galapagos yachts, the Isabela II is known for its elegance, comfort and excellent service with a relaxed atmosphere. With three decks and a variety of spacious social areas, it feels like a much larger yacht, yet you receive the personalized service of a smaller vessel. The yacht is fully air-conditioned. All of the spacious cabins have private modern bathrooms complete with hair dryers. Each cabin also has a safe deposit box.

Common areas on the three decks include a dining room, bar-salon, and sun deck with comfortable lounge chairs for relaxation. Also on the sun deck is a bar with plenty of seats, a Jacuzzi, solarium, and an observation area for whale and dolphin watching. Recently a small gym has been added to the Sun Deck.

For snorkelers, the Isabela includes the use of shortie wetsuits and snorkeling gear free of charge. A glass bottom boat, as an alternative to snorkeling, allows passengers another way to view the rich Galapagos marine life. Sea kayaks offer another activity available to enthusiasts.

The library contains a large selection of reference books on Galapagos and Ecuador, as well as excellent nature and conservation videos – a very complete reference library to further enhance your experience. On board you’ll also find a gift shop, facilities for email and faxing, and a full-time medical doctor.

In the evenings, the staff of expert naturalist guides provide delightful and insightful multi-media presentations to complement what you’ve seen, as well as an explanation of the next day’s excursions. Another highlight is the stargazing program at night where you gaze at the black sky blanketed with star formations, accompanied by a naturalist guide.

2017

Departures:  7 and 5 Days, Mon, Fri and Tue departures, weekly, all year (scroll down for rates)

Rates, per person:

Cabin Types / # of cabins 7-Day/6-Night, Tue-Mon 5-Day/4-Night, Mon-Fri & Fri-Tue
Master Suite Queen (1) $5442 $3,628
Classic Twin (16) $5,202 $3,468
Classic Double (2) $5,202 $3,468
Standard Double (1) $4,902 $3,268

You can extend your trip by adding 2 cruises together. Please contact Andean Treks for rates and details.

Single Supplement: double cabins for single use cost an additional 100% of the per person double rate.

Peak Season Surcharges: Additional $160/adult; $120/child. For Single in double cabin: +100%. No other discounts apply.

Peak Season  Dec 19-25 & Dec 29-Jan 2

Galapagos Airfare (from Quito or Guayaquil): $540 to $620, depending on the routing and the season, subject to change

Galapagos Park Fee & Entry Card: $124/person

Children’s discount: 25% for children 6 to under age 12, not applicable during holiday season (only one child per adult paying full fare)

Wet Suit Rental: $21 (5-Days); $40 (7 Days), payable on board the yacht

Included: all meals, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only, snorkeling gear, internet, luggage handing, medical care on board, but not cost of medication; taxes and transfers in the islands. Shared airport transfers from main hotels in Quito to/from Galapagos flights.

7-Days / 6-Nights, Tue-Mon

 

Day 1 Tuesday

Morning: San Cristobal Island: Arrive airport, transfer to the dock and the Isabela II. Check in, introductory briefing and lunch on board.

Afternoon: San Cristobal Island: drive through the highalnds of the island to stop at Cerro Colorado, the breeding center for the endangered giant tortoises, found in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species and the San Cristobal lava lizard. Back on board later afternoon for a welcome cocktail, briefing and dinner. 

 

Day 2 Wednesday

Morning: Genovesa (Tower) Island: crossing the equator we head north to Genovesa Island. Begin with a panga ride along the cliffs, then a dry landing on rocks for a steep climb up some stairs. At the top, the land is flat for a one mile walk to observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels.

Afternoon: Genovesa: Darwin Bay: Wet landing this afternoon and an easy stroll to observe frigate birds, red footoed boobies, Nazca boobies, lava gulls, swallow-tailed gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. Optional walk over sharp lava and unveven terrain for dramatic views, or return to the beach for swimming and snorkeling.

 

Day 3 Thursday

Morning: Santiago Island: Buccaneer Cove: coastal exploration along the cliffs. Learn the history of this island, its relevance for the whalers, pirates and early researchers, including Darwin's epic voyage in 1835. See many marine birds, sea lions and inter-tidal organisms, as well as beautiful natural formations such as the "Elephant Rock", "The Bishop" and an impressive natural cave. Great site for snorkeling also.

Afternoon: Santiago: Puerto Egas. Wet landing and a beautiful coastal walk amid tuff-stone layers and lava flows where you see land and marine birds. At low tide, marine iguanas graze on the algae beds; there's a colony of fur sea lions which you can observe up-close. Afterwards you can enjoy snorkeling and swimming from the beach.

 

Day 4 Friday

Morning: Fernandina Island: Punta Espinoza. Take a walk on Fernandina, the youngest island in Galapagos. Surprisingly, the unusual barren landscape supports an amazing amount of wildlife. Having no introduced mammals, Fernandina has a unique environment with the highest density of marine iguanas, sharing their space with sea lions, sally light-foot crabs, hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorant. You also enjoy snorkeling near the lava shores.

Afternoon: Isabela Island: Tagus Cove. This deep secluded cove provided a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. You will see their graffiti carved on its walls. The vegetation includes the fragrant palo santo (torchwood) trees. These leafless white-barked trees look dead most of the year, but in the wet season they leaf and spring back to life. An optional uphill hike takes you to the back of Darwin Crater, filled with salt water. The view at the end of the trail is worth the climb. Darwin is one of Isabela's six volcanoes, a remarkable contrast to the lower islands to the east of the archipelago. Enjoy a panga ride along the volcanic cliffs of Tagus Cove, teeming with life (boobies, flightless cormorants, penguins, martins, terns, iguanas and sea lions.) Possibilities to swim, snorkel or ride kayaks.

 

Day 5 Saturday

Morning: Isabela Island: Urbina Bay. urbina Bay is located at the foot of Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes. Here you'll find corals, shells and many other calcareous organisms exposed above water. You also find very colorful and large Galapagos land iguanas, giant tortoises (occasionally); a good spot to observe Darwin's finches. After the hike, along the shorelines you may find flightless cormorants and see penguins while snorkeling in this beautiful cove. 

Afternoon: Isabela Island: Punta Vicente Roca. You  may be able to snorkel along the cliffs if sea conditions allow. You'll explore the area via dinghy and learn of the dramatic geology with remains of lava flows and tuff stone layers. This is the nesting place for flightless cormorants, the only existing marine birds in the world other than penguins that have changed their mode of flying birds to diving birds. Wildlife here also includes sea lions, Galapagos fur seals, Galapagos penguins, blue-footed an Nazca boobies and noddy terns.

  

Day 6 Sunday

Morning: Rabida Island: Red Beach. Disembark on a red-colored beach due to the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. Strolling along you'll see a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin's finches. Nearby is a salt pond where sometimes greater flamingos migrate. This is a great snorkeling beach for underwater species and submarine landscapes. Non-snorkelers can enjoy a ride on the glass bottom boat.

Afternoon: Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill. A dry landing, then a walk to a brackish water lagoon frequented by stilts, pintail ducks, sandpipers, sanderlings and more. Further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands. This area is a natural nesting site for land iguanas, constantly monitored and assisted by the Charles Darwin Researach Station. The arid-zone vegetation can be a rewarding location for bird watching, where Darwin's finches, Galapagos mockingbords, the endemic Galapagos flycatacher, and yellow warblers are regular sightings.

 

Day 7 Monday

Morning: Baltra Airport: Disembark yacht and transfer to Baltra Airport for the return flight to the mainland. 

 

Included in the Cruise Rate:

All meals on yacht, daily excursions led by experienced English-speaking naturalist guides, glass-bottom boat outings, snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating device & mesh bag), bottled drinking water, transfer from main hotels in Quito & Guayaquil to/from airport for Galapagos flights (Quito: Casa Gangotena, Hiolton Colon, Swissotel, Marriott, Dann Carlton; Guayaquil: Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, HKampton Inn, Sheraton). Not included: Round-trip airfare (figured separately & prepaid); Galapagos Park Fee, Galapagos Transit Control Card; tips to guide, crew and staff; soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, wet suit rental.

Length: 166’

Beam: 38’

Type: deluxe motor yacht

Safety: SOLAS 74 – ISM

Crew: 24+ 3 naturalist guides

Cruising speed: 10 knots

20 cabins are located on Cabin Deck, and consist of 16 cabins with two beds, 2 with one double bed for single or a double; and 2 with double bed plus a single bed for double or triple use. Cabin sizes are either 128 or 139 square feet. There is one master suite, the owner’s cabin, on the Sun Deck. All cabins are cheerful, comfortable, with private modern bathrooms, hair dryer, plenty of storage space, and window.

Quick Facts

  • 7 & 5 days
  • 40 passengers
  • Mon, Tue & Fri departures
  • 166 feet long
  • Motor yacht
  • Naturalist cruises

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