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Catamaran Anahi, a Power Catamaran boat built in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 2006 taking into account the highest standards of luxury and comfort. She offers comfortable accommodations in 6 twin bed cabins (14 m2 / 151 feet, each) located in the main deck and 2 suite cabins (25 m2 / 269 feet. each) located in the upper deck. All cabins features private facilities, locker and closet, air conditioned. Additionally the yacht has ample resting areas, sundeck, library, TV-DVD room, comfortable dinning room, bar and lounge and Jacuzzi. M/C Anahi will go further, visit more islands and cruise faster than any other boats in its size. With unparalelled stability you are guaranteed a tranquil and relaxed cruise.



Facilities: All cabins features private facilities, locker and closet, air conditioned. Additionally the yacht has ample resting areas, sundeck, library, TV-DVD room, comfortable dinning room, bar and lounge and Jacuzzi. M/C Anahi will go further, visit more islands and cruise faster than any other boats in its size. With unparalelled stability you are guaranteed a tranquil and relaxed cruise.

Galapagos Anahi Technical & Safety Specifications:

Category: First Class Catamaran
Departures: Every Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Capacity: 16 Passengers
Accommodations: 6 twin bed cabins on main deck and 2 suites on the upper deck.
On board: One 48 miles Radar; Echosounder; GPS; One VHF radio; Epirb; Magnetic compass; 2 Rigid life rafts for 15 passengers eah; 30 SOLAS life jackets; fire & smoke detectors; complete fire system; 2 Zodiac rafts for 10 persons each.
Crew: 18 crew members, including guides
Speed: 10 knots
Length: 90.50 ft / 27.60 m

Accommodation: 16 passengers in 6 twin bed cabins on main deck and 2 suits on the upper deck.

8 Days: Friday through Friday or Tuesday through Tuesday:

Day 1: Arrival in Baltra. p.m. Transfer to the yacht. Visit Plazas Island. (D)
Day 2: a.m. Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill (San Cristobal Island). p.m. Isla Lobos (B,L,D)
Day 3: Española island: a.m. Gardner Bay. p.m. Punta Suarez. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Floreana Island: a.m. Cormorant Point. p.m. Post Office Bay. (B,L,D)
Day 5: a.m. Charles Darwin Station. P.m. Highlands of Santa Cruz Island
Day 6: a.m. Chinese Hat. p.m. Pto. Egas (Santiago Island) (B,L,D)
Day 7: a.m Bahia Sullivan. p.m. Bartolome Island. (B,L,D)
Day 8: a.m. Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island) and transfer to the airport in Baltra. Flight back to Quito or Guayaquil. (B)

Note: Itineraries are subject to variations due to weather conditions or Galapagos National Park regulations. B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner.


Galapagos Anahi full, detailed and day by day itinerary


Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 (Friday)

Baltra / Plaza Island

The flight from Quito (via Guayaquil) to the Galapagos is approximately 2 ½ hours on a Boeing 727. Upon arrival to Baltra travelers pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands and to pay the park entrance fee of $100 (unless prepaid). Your guide will meet you, collect your luggage and escort you to a short bus ride to the harbor. Motorized rafts, called ‘Pangas’ will then transport you to the M/C Galapagos Journey I and our crew will welcome you onboard. After a safety briefing, we set sail and eat lunch.

After lunch we visit Plaza Island. These are two small islets that were formed a short distance from the East Coast of Santa Cruz. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the archipelago occur here. The principal attractions of Plazas are the land iguanas, sea lions and swallow–tailed gulls. It is possible to observe land iguanas relaxing in the shade of cactus plants and swallow-tailed gulls nesting on the rugged southern cliffs (which we will see along with various other sea birds). And that’s not all, the protected rocky seashore is a prime habitat for a large colony of noisy sea lions. Also we will be able to see yellow – tailed mullets, Audubon’s shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans gliding past the cliffs. (B,L,D)

Day 2 (Saturday)

San Cristobal: Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill / Isla Lobos (Sea Lion Islet)

Built with the cooperation of the Spanish Science Centre, the interpretation centre gives a very good introduction to the Galapagos Islands with its marine and land life and fauna and flora. It is located on the outskirts of the small city of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, (the capital of the Galapagos Province).

Afterwards we journey to Tijeretas Hill, which takes approximately 20-40 minutes. Once there, visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the white beaches on one side and the roofs of Puerto Baquerizo on the other. The hill is named after the Frigatebirds who frequent the area. Here you will be able to see both the Magnificent Frigatebirds and Great Frigatebirds in the same colony so this is the perfect place to compare and learn to distinguish them.

This site offers some safe snorkelling, a great place for beginners; as there are no strong currents and a brilliant opportunity to look out for stingrays, barber fish and butterfly fish.

In the afternoon we embark to Isla Lobos. This small islet, located only an hour by boat from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, is separated from the main Island by a narrow stretch of calm water. Upon its rocky shores blue-footed boobies nest and sea lions rest. The atmosphere is one of tranquillity and primitive beauty and reveals a very typical Galapagos environment. (B,L,D)

Day 3 (Sunday)

Espanola Island: Gardner Bay / Punta Suarez

Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay is an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming and observing sea lions. Here we will also have the opportunity to observe sharks in the crystal-clear ocean waters. Don’t worry they’re safe!

In the afternoon we visit Punta Suarez. This rocky land-point sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galápagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea allowing the visitor spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blow hole, a lava tube where water can spout up to 75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf. (B,L,D)

Day 4 (Monday)

Floreana Island: Cormorant Point & Devil’s Crown / Post Office Bay

Cormorant Point and Devil’s Crown offer one of the largest and best flamingo lagoons in the Galapagos. It is situated between two tuff cones, giving the area its special atmosphere. Aside from the flamingos, various species of shorebirds can be seen, the most common being its, white-checked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. This is a unique zone due to the huge amount of endemic plant life. It is also very interesting to observe the two distinct beaches: the “green sand beach (due to the high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour sand beach” which is made up of coral.

In the afternoon we explore Post Office Bay. This site is home to a wooden barrel, historically placed there in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. Ever since this time the barrel has been used by mariners and tourists as a sort of postal service. Whalers and Galapagos residents used to leave their mail inside it, waiting for the captain of any boat headed to where the mail was addressed to deliver it… why not try it out to see if it still works? What´s more, apart from being the location of the Post Office Barrel, this site was also the landing area for some of the first colonists to the Galapagos Islands. (B,L,D)

Day 5 (Tuesday)

Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station / Highlands

We begin our day at the Charles Darwin Station. Although the majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate the natural wonders the Islands have to offer, many also find it interesting to learn more about the protection and conservation programs in place on the islands. Some of the principal attractions of the National Park Information Center are; the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises, other adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.

In the afternoon we depart on a short hike to Santa Cruz’s Highlands. The trail to the highlands leaves from Bellavista and passes through the agricultural zone, near the National Park boundary, called the Miconia Zone and then goes to the Fern and Sedge zone. With clear weather (unpredictable) this area offers beautiful scenes of rolling hills and extinct volcanic cones covered with grass and lush greenery all year round. (B,L,D)

Day 6 (Wednesday)

Chinese Hat / Santiago Island – Puerto Egas

Chinese hat (sombrero chino) is a tiny Island just off the south-eastern tip of Santiago Island and is less than a quarter of 1 sq km in size. It is a recently-formed volcanic cone and its descriptive name accounts for the fact that it appears to take the shape of a downward-facing Chinese hat. (The hat shape is best appreciated from the north-side.) Opposite Sombrero Chino, on the rocky shoreline of nearby Santiago Island, Galapagos penguins and eagle rays are often seen. The island is home to a large sea lion colony and plenty of marine iguanas who cover the volcanic landscape. There are some excellent snorkeling opportunities in the cove.

The excursion to Puerto Egas with its black sand beaches leads to one of the more rewarding visits of the Galapagos. The island was the site of a small salt mining industry in the 1960s, one of several unsuccessful attempts to commercialize the Galapagos. A hike inland to the salt crater is an excellent opportunity to see land birds such as finches, doves, and hawks. A walk along the rugged shoreline, especially at low tide, will allow us to observe many marine species as Iguanas bask on the rocks and sea lions laze in the tide pools. At the end of the trail there is a series of grottoes or sea caves where fur seals and night herons are regularly found resting on the shady ledges. For many, this is the only opportunity to see the Galapagos fur seal, once thought to be on the verge of extinction. (B,L,D)

Day 7 (Thursday)

Santiago Island – Sullivan Bay / Bartolome Island

This visitor site provides a unique opportunity to view lava flow that is approximately 100 years old. The Sullivan Bay Lava is known a Panoehoe (Hawaiian for Rope) due to the lava flow having solidified in a mostly ropey-like appearance; it is rare to the rest of the world but is common to the volcanoes of Hawaii and Galapagos. Only a few plants have managed to take root in this harsh environment. The low-lying Mollugo is commonly the first plant to emerge from a bare lava field. Together with the Lava Cactus (Brachycereus) found here these plants are evidence of life returning to Sullivan Bay.

A small barren island that is located across from Sullivan Bay just off James Island, Bartolome has two main visitors’ sites. The first site offers the possibility to climb to the summit of the island, from where visitors can observe a variety of volcanic formations including lava bombs spatter and cinder cones, lava flows and lava tubes. The moon like landscape provides one of the most scenic panoramas in the archipelago. At the second site, visitors have the chance to relax on a beautiful beach, which offers great snorkelling opportunities. Multi –coloured fish and occasionally penguins and sea turtles have been seen at the base of the tall pinnacle rock, which dominates Bartolome’s landscape. A short walk across to Bartolome´s second beach and swimming is strictly prohibited. Here visitors can see White-tipped Reef Sharks at a safe distance swimming along the shoreline. (B,L,D)

Day 8 (Friday)

Santa Cruz: Bachas Beach / Baltra

Located to the West of Turtle Cove, the sand on these two small beaches is made up of decomposed coral. As a result the sand here is very white and soft, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there is a small water lagoon, where occasionally it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer and has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategic military point in order to protect the Panama Channel.

After your visit to Bachas, a bus transfer to Baltra airport is provided. (B)

Note: Itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions or Galapagos National Park regulations. B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner.

* For 8 Day tours starting on Tuesday, same itinerary, combining both Fridays (morning: Bachas, afternoon: Plazas Island).
* Monday-start 5 Days, spend first night in Puerto Ayora and then meet up with the Journey I on Tuesday.
* 4 Day and Friday-start 5 Day tours follow the same itinerary, however, you will miss the morning excursion on your arrival day and the afternoon excursion on your last day.

Yacht Operation:
You will arrive in the Galapagos from Quito or Guayaquil between 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. local time. After airport check out as well as payment of entrance fees and taxes, passengers will be welcomed by crew and our guide and transferred to the yacht (or to town). This is followed by guide explanations and first day tour.

During the next days of your cruise, the boat starts to sail at about 2 a.m. for the next island and arrives at about 6 a.m. Breakfast is served at about 7 a.m. followed by an island excursion which lasts 2 – 3 hours followed by swimming time. Return to the boat is at 1 p.m. followed by lunch. In the afternoon, we begin our navigation towards the next point of visit with swimming and snorkeling activities also.

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