Yacht Isabela II

When you arrive on board Yacht Isabela II all comes together, the yacht is faithful to traditions but mindful to modern needs, perhaps it is her boutique style or her friendly crew welcoming just 20 couples that gives it such a cozy feeling, romantic and intimate, Yacht Isabela II is the perfect vessel for a relax Galapagos Islands exploration, there is no better way to get to know the Galapagos National park and his marine reserve than being on the qualified hands of a trained crew on a carefully balance itineraries, while mentored by a knowledgeable expedition leader and a naturalist guide that awakens the passion for this unique place on earth, what best way to live one of the world’s most amazing destinations than with the people whose days to day priorities is the protection of the Galapagos magical environment for future generations, on Yacht Isabela II travel in comfort, travel in safety, travel in style. Live the inspiration on Yacht Isabela II.

On Yacht Isabela II you will encounter unique wildlife, whether your are trekking the islands on its volcanic landscapes or under the waves of the pristine marine reserve, you will experience an unforgettable and enriching travel experience.

Rates

YACHT ISABELA IICENTRAL ISLANDS MON/FRI
SOUTHERN ISLANDS FRI/TUE
5D/4N
Owner´s Cabin (1)*2,966
Classic Cabin (16)*2,835
Classic Family Cabin (2)*2,835
Standard Cabin (1)*2,672

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • During Peak Season dates, the operator reserves the right to prioritize reservations taking into account factors such as payment and confirmation dates.
  • The operator reserves the right to limit the number of twin/double cabins for single use dependent on availability
  • Twin / Double Cabins for single use incur a 100% surcharge.
  • () number of cabins per category

During Peak Season:

  • (Dec 19- 25) There will be a surcharge of US$ 180 per adult and US$ 140 per child
  • Twin / Double Cabins for single use have a surcharge of 100%
  • Children’s policy does not apply during peak season

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

 

Technical specifications

  • 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

Ship’s features and services

  • Bar – Lounge
  • Boutique/Gift Shop
  • Reading Room & Natural History Library
  • Hot Tub
  • Radio, telephone, E-mail, and Fax communications
  • PA System
  • Air conditioned throughout
  • Safety boxes
  • Hair dryers
  • Multimedia natural history lectures
  • Stargazing Programme
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Sea Kayaks
  • Snorkelling Equipment
  • Wet suits for snorkelling (available for rent)
  • Internet*
  • Digital camera and underwater housing for expedition documenting

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

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONGalapagos
DEPARTURE TIMETo be determined
RETURN TIMEAt proper time Galapagos returning flight
WEARShort sleeve shirts, Long sleeve shirts, Lightweight long pants, Shorts, Sweatshirt, Light rain jacket or poncho, Socks Bathing suits, Wide brimmed hat.
INCLUDED
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
NOT INCLUDED
Wet Suits available for rent, NET rate US$ 15 + VAT per guest for 5-day expeditions
Wet Suits available for rent, NET rate US$ 30 + 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 nonalcoholic beverages
Gratuities
Laundry or valet services
Gifts and additional items
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DAY 1

Baltra Airport / Charles Darwin Research Station (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 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.

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DAY 2

Post Office Bay & Baroness Cove/Cormorant Point (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.

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DAY 3

Punta Suárez/Gardner Bay (Española Island) Our morning outing at Punta Suarez 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.

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DAY 4

Punta Pitt/Cerro Brujo (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.

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DAY 5

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

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.

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DAY 1

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 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.

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DAY 2

Santa Fe Island/South Plaza 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 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.

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DAY 3

North Seymour Island / Las Bachas 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 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.

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DAY 4

Bartolomé Island/Sullivan Bay (James 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.

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DAY 5

Baltra Island After breakfast, we leave for the airport to take the flight back to the mainland

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 cancellations, local authorities orders.

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