We realise that it may be quite overwhelming to choose a Galapagos cruise, and hope that our website is helpful to you. Your quest for the best yacht, cruise route or season is only a little different from the challenges that pioneer species encounter on the islands. The trick is to find the ecological niche that best suits your individual requirements and capabilities. Now that you have found us, we hope further research is no longer necessary.
Our stable seaworthy catamaran is considered one of most intimate cruise options at present for the Galapagos Islands. It is the perfect choice if you appreciate private comfort or if you dread seasickness; whether travelling on your own or for your romantic getaway! The inviting ambience of your comfortable cabin with inspiring sea views, and a maximum number of only 16 international guests, may turn your naturalist cruise into a personal experience.
Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and many others. We make sure that 'Survival of the fittest' is observed, and not experienced!
Our active naturalist cruise programmes are the most efficient way to make optimal use of your scarce time on the Galapagos Islands; combining evening or nocturnal displacements with at least two excursions per full day; and usually even an extra activity such as a dinghy-ride or snorkelling. These activities are conducted by the best English-speaking naturalist guides.
Alternative island-based day tours (‘island hopping programmes’) lose a lot of time in moving back and forth, often by uncomfortable speedboat, and can generally only visit one closer site a day (at noon). Meanwhile the Treasure of Galapagos heads for more exclusive destinations and shows its passengers twice as much in the same time. Also, large expedition vessels can’t enter the shallow paradisiacal bays where we drop the anchor.
It is true that the most exceptional islands are somewhat further away, but these are also more exclusive, beyond the reach of day tours. These distances are no problem for both powerful engines of Treasure of Galapagos, reaching the next site before sunrise (Routes A and B often even before midnight!). You will wake up feeling refreshed and full of energy to start a brand new day full of unforgettable experiences.
Without doubt your on-board naturalist guide is the crucial pivot for your experience in the Galapagos. Being a first-class yacht, Treasure of Galapagos contracts only the best National Park certified guides (Class III or II). Our experts use their extensive experience to lead the excursions, to search and identify species and point out interesting details; besides taking care of your safety and compliance of indispensable conservation rules.
Above all our guides share their knowledge, love and respect for the Galapagos’ stunning ecosystem. Their inspiring explanations (in English and Spanish) and fascinating stories about animal behaviour, intriguing ecosystems and survival strategies can bring nature even more to life; not only in the field, but also during lectures or daily briefings aboard. Of course you can consult your guide for personal questions or just to share your curiosity.
Small groups definitely make your nature and cruise experience more intimate and profound. Thanks to a maximum number of only 16 passengers aboard M/C Treasure of Galapagos, your naturalist guide can easily respond to different individual interests. You can also hear him/her loud and clear in the field.
Both our smaller inflatable dinghies (‘Zodiacs’ for only 8 passengers each) make boarding and disembarking our catamaran much faster, and increases your chances to spot wildlife during dinghy-rides. On larger expedition vessels different groups have to keep a certain distance, and lose flexibility and valuable excursion time on the islands.
Unique to the Galapagos Islands is that every island harbours distinctive wildlife, and offers varying landscapes and climate zones.
So which wildlife and what animal behaviour you get to see depends largely on the season and which islands you visit. Each of our three fascinating itineraries gives a different, but excellent impression of the Galapagos.
Needless to say that our catamaran also explores the fringes of the archipelago. Exclusive islands such as Española, Isabela and Fernandina are pristine and let you witness evolution. Thanks to their isolated location its natural residents have evolved completely independently into new, sometimes bizarre creations.
Our catamaran has been designed to reduce the impact on the fragile ecosystem. We meet environmental requirements in:
This modern First Class yacht was built in 2009 and is well maintained (dry dock every second year).
It is equipped with two powerful engines that give a cruising speed of 9 knots (over 22 km/h; 13.5 mp/h). The crew’s quarters, kitchen and engines are hidden inside both hulls (Lower Deck).
All this makes Treasure of Galapagos not too large to become impersonal, and not too small to feel trapped without comfort.
Intimacy is precisely what differentiates our catamaran from massive, impersonal cruise ships that navigate the seven seas, and also from a few large expedition vessels on the Galapagos Islands.
Your cruise will be an international rendezvous as well. English/Spanish is spoken on-board. You will share your experience with passengers from all over the world, and may even make new friends!
Our welcoming and helpful staff will do their utmost to convert your once in a lifetime Galapagos cruise into the trip of your life!
Your impressive cabin resembles a floating hotel room with an ample bathroom, private balcony, sitting area, ample storing space, soft carpeting and regular beds.
This inviting private ambiance with inspiring sea views is an ideal place to withdraw for a while, after another impressive excursion (in contrary to common cramped and dark cabins with just a porthole and berths/bunk beds). You may easily forget the cosy living room and deck terraces with comfortable deck chairs and our hot tub!
Our professional cook and kitchen staff will treat you to a substantial breakfast, and mouth-watering warm lunches and dinners, all served in abundant buffet style.
The galley (kitchen) will keep surprising you with a varied menu of local and international dishes with at least two choices (usually fish, chicken or meat), rice/potatoes/pasta and various vegetables and salads.
Our food is healthy and delicious; special meals (vegetarian or other dietary requirements) are available upon previous request at no extra cost. Snacks and juices are served in-between meals.
Whilst carelessly enjoying the leisure ambience on-board, you can be rest assured that the captain and his competent crew continuously look after your safety on-board. They are always there to help you in and out safely when boarding and disembarking, or driving the inflatable dinghies (‘Zodiacs’) carefully.
Many zones of the Galapagos are near the end of the world and request self-sufficiency. As a matter of course all crew-members have first-aid knowledge.
Your naturalist guide and captain are trained to deal with eventual medical or other emergencies aboard. The bridge always maintains radio contact with the outside world.
A cruise through the Galapagos Archipelago is a unique experience that you won't easily forget. The great outdoors of this National Park form an unrivalled destination for wildlife and bird observation. You will be impressed while spotting, approaching and photographing its incredibly tame and prosperous forms of life. You will be closer to nature than ever before!
The Galapagos Islands are located right on the equator, about 900km/550mi off the Pacific coast of Ecuador (South America). Nature on these remote islands and in their surrounding waters is so strange, diverse and abundant, that the Galapagos are often praised as one of the most impressive and magical eco-destinations in the world; together with – but totally different than – the Amazon Rainforest, the Antarctic Peninsula, the Great Barrier Reef and the African Savannahs.
By the way, since you are here: what about upgrading your great outing with a stay in one of the comfortable lodges in the Ecuadorian Amazon as well?
Our shortest routes give an excellent impression of this unique 'laboratory of evolution' in case you have little time, or if you are on a limited budget. However, you must understand that it would be impossible to see all the highlights in just a few days. On the other hand you will probably only visit the Galapagos once in a lifetime. Each island is distinctive and well-worth a visit, with different landscapes and an ever-changing spectrum of adapted species.
When you want to get the maximum out of your cruise and explore practically every corner of the archipelago to enjoy its extremely varied spectrum, we suggest you consider extending your cruise by combining our routes (4-14 nights).
Motor Catamaran Treasure of Galapagos cruises around the great outdoors of the unparalleled Archipelago of Galapagos, where you will certainly keep going from one surprise to another! Each day we anchor at two carefully selected visitor's sites and organise at least two excursions. Our balanced excursion programme (included in our cruise price!) is packed with activities to observe nature from different perspectives; as well as leisure time.
Each of our three fascinating itineraries gives a different, but excellent impression of the islands and visits some of most popular sites. These routes can be smoothly combined to a complete cruise of 8, 10 up to 14 nights aboard. It is up to you to select which itinerary best suits your wishes, interests and physical/medical condition; we kindly help to simplify your choice by sharing our professional expertise. Route A – and our classic Route B usually as well – consists of relatively short and smooth navigations; while Route C has an even stronger flavour of comfortable exploring.
Located on the Main Deck, just below the bridge, our enormous and elegant master suite is twice as large (40 m2/ 430 ft2) as the average suites, and may optionally be used as a family suite (king size double bed & two additional sofa-beds in its private living room).
The master suite offers a distinctive modern interior design with separate resting and sleeping areas, a larger bathroom than other suites, a special welcome gift including a bottle of wine and other amenities, and has magnificent panoramic view and light coming from both sides from its two private balconies! Simply put, an excellent choice for your romantic getaway, or to have the whole family in the same space without compromising on comfort.
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