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The Santa Cruz Yacht II replaced its predecessor, on October 10, 2015. This 50-cabin vessel provides guests with an elegant new way to experience of the Galapagos Archipelago in both style and comfort, this ship guarantees that the utmost care will be given to the Galapagos Islands by implementing the newest sustainable advances in sailing, thus protecting their delicate ecosystem.
If we could return to the place where the world began, where would that be?, if we humans could share habitats with animals, how would that be?, like the great first explorers, live the unexpected on board the Santa Cruz Yacht, embrace wonder, travel back in time on the pristine paradise of the Galapagos Islands, you will be safe comfortable and close to the ones you love, travel with the pioneers of tourism in Galapagos, experience this magical place with the most modern ship on the islands, the dedicated staff will provide world class service and unexpected indulgences , enjoy ample spaces to inspire your curiosity and live your own dream.
During Peak Season:
Children under 12 sharing a cabin with their parents or guardians: 25% off. (Applies only to one child per adult paying full fare)
Santa Cruz Yacht Technical Specifications
|Gross Tonnage||2664 tonnes|
|Passenger Space Ratio||29.6|
|Type of Vessel||Expedition Vessel|
|Capacity||90 guests / 50 cabins|
|Length||71.8 m / 235 ft|
|Beam||13.4 m / 43 ft|
|Electricity||440 V – 220 V – 110 V throughout ship|
|Engines||2 Cummins engines KTA 38 – MO of 850 HP each|
|Fire Detector||Fire detectors throughout|
|Life Jackets||In each cabin|
|Life Rafts||14 (For 27 passengers each)|
|Landing Boats||6 + 1 Glass Bottom Boat|
|Owner||ETICA (METROPOLITAN TOURING)|
|Naturalist Guides||8 (including Expedition Leader)|
|Medical Officer||Permanently on board|
|Certifications||ABS, SOLAS 74, ISM, ISPS, MARPOL|
|Panorama Deck||3 Darwin Suites, 3 Explorer Cabins|
|Expedition Deck||17 Explorer Cabins|
|Horizon Deck||2 Voyager Cabins, 2 Explorer Family Cabins, 23 Explorer Cabins, infirmary|
To be confirmed on booking
To be confirmed on booking
Short sleeve shirts, Long sleeve shirts, Lightweight long pants, Shorts, Sweatshirt, Light rain jacket or poncho, Socks Bathing suits, Wide brimmed hat.
We land at Baltra Island by plane in the morning and transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II, where we receive a welcome introductory briefing and lunch.
Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island)
This beautiful visitor site is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, 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, including stilts and flamingos. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with snorkelling gear and techniques. Welcome cocktail, expedition plan for Tuesday and dinner.
Buccaneer Cove (Santiago Island) We begin the day at Buccaneer Cove, where guests are guided along the remarkable cliffs that line the coast. Here, guides discuss the recent and distant history of the site as the group has the chance to observe a variety of marine birds, sea lions and inter-tidal organisms. This site also has some brilliant natural formations like the “Elephant Rock,” “The Bishop” and a thrilling natural cave. Buccaneer Cove is also an excellent place for aquatic activities. : Galapagos Hawk
Puerto Egas (Santiago Island) The beautiful, clear waters of this beach are perfect for snorkeling along the rocky coastline, where swimmers are often accompanied by marine turtles. After a swim, we walk inland to observe the land and marine birds that live amongst the tuff-stone layers and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas can also be seen grazing on the algae beds next to a colony of fur seals. Those who choose not to snorkel are guided along a longer walk. marine iguanas, Galapagos Fur seals.
Rabida Island The day begins with a walk along the red-colored beach of Rabida, which is tinted red due to the extremely high iron content of the volcanic material. Visitors have the chance to observe a large colony of sea lions, mockingbirds, marine iguanas and yellow warblers, as well as various species of Darwin’s finches. If we are lucky, we also see greater flamingos as they rest from their migration to feed in the salt pond. Additionally, this beach is home to spectacular marine animals and landscapes, making it an lsnorkel can take in the scenery from the glass-bottom boat or panga. As we travel to our next landing, it is not unusual to sight dolphins! : Sea Lions
Bartolome Island At our next stop, visitors enjoy breathtaking views of the islands after hiking to the summit of Bartolome, a small but impressive island. The hike is moderately steep, but visitors are assisted by a staircase with handrails and resting points, and needless to say, the view merits the effort! We then take a tour around the enormous Pinnacle Rock in the glass-bottom boat and pangas, and end the day swimming in the beautiful waters or kicking back on the beach (potentially with the company of Galapagos penguins). : Galapagos Penguins
Prince Philip Steps Visitors are first introduced to this outstanding island in a panga ride along the cliffs, and then begin a steep ascent (90 feet) to a flat plateau where visitors observe large colonies of red-footed and Nazca boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels. In accordance with the weather, guests may also choose to take a longer panga ride around the cliffs. After this, guests may snorkel along the incredible cliffs with various schools of fish. : Nazca boobies, Red footed boobies, Fur Seals
Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island) We begin the afternoon with some relaxing swimming and snorkeling, which is followed by a stroll among hundreds of birds (primarily frigate birds, gulls, mockingbirds, red-foot boobies, herons, Nazca boobies and finches). Guests may then choose to continue their walk over a jagged stretch of lava to experience outstanding views of the islands, return to the beach or explore the waters in a panga ride.
After breakfast, guests have the option to travel to the giant tortoise breeding program at Cerro Colorado to observe this endangered species and learn about its hopeful recovery. After this, the Santa Cruz II returns to town, where guests are transferred to the airport. : Giant tortoise
Baltra Island/North Seymour Island From the airport, visitors board the M/V Santa Cruz, where they are given an introductory briefing, boat drill and lunch.
North Seymour Island This island, brimming with colonies of swallow-tailed gulls, blue-footed boobies and two species of frigate birds, and also sea lions and marine iguanas, is the perfect introduction to the islands and the life they hold. : Frigatebirds, Sea Lions, Blue Footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies
Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island) In the morning, guests learn about the island’s incredible geology as they travel the coast in pangas. Visitors are often thrilled to learn that this island is home to the nesting site of one of the Galapagos BIG 15: flightless cormorants. Later, if the weather allows, guests may snorkel around the cliffs, exploring the marvelous underwater life. Green sea turtles visit this area during certain seasons and oceanic sun fish (Mola mola) can also be found here. : Galapagos Fur Seals, flightless cormorants
Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island) Later in the day, we head to Fernandina, the youngest island in the Galapagos. Because mammals have never been introduced to this island, it has an exceptional ecosystem with a large population of marine iguanas, sea lions, hawks, penguins and flightless cormorants.
Tagus Cove This cove in northwest Isabela once served as a favorite anchorage point for whalers and pirates. Additionally, this volcano’s beautiful salt-water filled crater offers guests a breathtaking view. After walking up to the crater, we travel through the surrounding waters in a panga, on the look out for local flora and fauna. Guests may also partake in aquatic activities.
Urbina Bay (Isabela Island) During the afternoon we explore Urbina Bay, where visitors can observe an uplifting of the ocean floor that occurred in 1954. The effect of this is quite remarkable, and it is possible to see corals, shells and other calcareous creatures that were exposed as a result. We then have the chance to swim with flightless cormorants and snorkel in the crystalline waters. Large and colorful Galapagos land iguanas also live on this island and we occasionally see giant tortoises, depending on the season. In the evening we plan for Saturday and enjoy dinner. land iguana, Galapagos Hawk
Puerto Ayora After breakfast, we travel to the Charles Darwin Research Station, which is surrounded by an enormous prickly-pear cactus forest and hundreds of land birds. This station is home to the Park’s scientific investigation, conservation and administration. We then embark towards the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz, the ecosystem of which is entirely distinct.
Santa Cruz Island In the afternoon, visitors can choose from hiking, mountain biking or kayaking in Tortuga Bay. Your excursion leader will explain these options in advance. We then return to Puerto Ayora to embark on the Santa Cruz. : giant tortoise
Post Office Bay The morning begins with a stroll to Post Office Bay, a famous point where, for decades, visitors and locals have left letters so that other travelers can pick them up and hand-deliver them to their destinations. The nearby northern shore of Floreana is filled with narrow channels brimming with life. After exploring this, we return to the ship to eat lunch.
Champion Islet and Cormorant Point (Floreana Island) After a break, we head out in the glass-bottom boat and pangas to discover the marvels that the waters around Champion Islet hold. This island is an extinct shield volcano and is known to have one of the best snorkeling locations of all the islands. We then continue to the crystalline beach of Cormorant Point. Our walk takes us along a briny lagoon, where pintail ducks, herons, common stilts, greater flamingos and sandpipers frequently feed. From there we stroll to a sandy white beach, where visitors can see the trails of sea turtles as they head to the sands to nest (December-May). : American flamingos
The expedition ends at Baltra Island so that guests may be transferred to the airport
All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including but not limited to weather, road, trail, sea conditions flight schedules adjustments or cancelations, local authorities orders.