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The Darwin Yacht was built in 1995 in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, and Galapagos. The Darwin is a motor yacht in the economy class. It offers accommodation in 8 double cabins with private bathrooms, hot water, air conditioning, sundeck, comfortable bar and lounge areas, TV and VHS.




Facilities: 8 big double cabins with air conditioner, private bathrooms and hot/cold water. Comfortable dining room, living room, bar and sundeck.

Eight double cabins with air conditioning, private bathroom and hot/cold water.

CABINS # 1 TO 4:
Double cabins with berth, private bathroom, hot/cold water and air conditioning.
The rooms are located on the UPPER DECK.

CABINS # 5 TO 8:
Double cabins with berth, private bathroom, hot/cold water and air conditioning.
The rooms are located on the LOWER DECK.

Bilingual guide (English­-Spanish), accommodation on board, meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), tours to the islands.


Type: Motor Vessel
Category: Tourist Superior
Capacity: 16 people
Length: 60 feet
Beam: 18 feet
Speed: 9 knots
Crew: 6 people + 1 English speaking naturalist guide level II and III, with 15 years of experience


- Navigation, communication and safety equipment
- 1 motor dinghy for 20 guests; Beacon radio, 46 life-jackets; flashes and signals.
- Fire and smoke detector; complete fire system.
- Kenwood VHF and SSB, HF radio with 70 channels, Furuno radar 10 ft, compass barometer, speed and distance log, helm indicator, EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Bacon)
- The DARWIN has a certificate granted by the ISM.



Galapagos Darwin Tourist class Yacht Itinerary - Sunday to Sunday



Galapagos Darwin tourist class yacht, detailed and day by day Itinerary


Day 1
Arriving visitors are the met by their naturalist-guide or other crew holding a sign with the name of Darwin yacht. A short bus ride from the airport is the harbor where our boat waits for passengers to begin their tours.

Bachas Beach
The sand at Las Bachas is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, and a favorite site for nesting sea turtles.

The Sally Lightfoot crabs are abundant on the lava rocks along the water's edge. These crabs will eat anything they can get their claws on.

On this hike, we saw flamingoes, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. The sea turtles had already abandoned their nests.

Day 2
Islas Plazas (South Plaza Island)
This is part of a pair of islands and one of the smallest to be visited. Located only a short distance from Santa Cruz , South Plaza has a unique sesuvium and opuntia landscape which provides some of the most interesting wildlife observation available in the Galapagos.

A large colony of noisy sea lions, Numbering about 1,000 bulls, cows and pups, has its prime habitat on these smooth rocks. The small cactus forest is populated by land iguanas, which can be seen sunning themselves or feeding on opuntia pads and fruits. Swallow-tailed gulls, which nest on the rugged southern cliffs, are usually seen, along with tropicbirds and Audubon`s shearwaters.

During the rainy season you can see the red sesuvium turn bright green and the leafless evening-blooming portulaca bursts into large yellow flowers, which are loved by the iguanas.

The shore excursion to South Plaza offers unusual vegetation accompanied by a variety of interesting animals, making this one of the most beautiful shore trips you'll make while in the Galapagos. The island is filled with the Opuntia Cactuses and Sesuvium plants. The Sesuvium is a succulent plant that stores its water in its leaves. It forms a reddish carpet that spreads atop the rocks.

Each Cactus has its own resident land iguanas, endemic to the Galapagos, resting at the base. The branches of the tree grow so tall that the iguanas cannot feed on their paddles and flowers. So they wait at the base for pieces to fall.

You'll also have the opportunity to see the swallow tailed gulls, also endemic to the Galapagos. The sheer cliffs of the south shore provide the perfect habitat for the yellow-tailed mullets, Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds and brown pelicans.

Santa Fe Island
Santa Fe has one of the most beautiful coves of all the visitor sites in the Galapagos. It is a turquoise lagoon protected by a peninsula that extends from the shore, by a row of rocks and a small island that are aligned with it.

The ascending trail takes to the peak of a precipice where the Santa Fe species of land iguana can be seen; they are a more bright yellow and have uncommonly large spikes on their spine. Back at the landing beach, there is another trail in the opposite direction that runs alongside the coast and then crosses through a very picturesque forest of Prickly Cactus. These Opuntia trees are the largest of their type in the islands.

After a long hike, there is nothing better than a swim in the calm waters of the bay or snorkeling in the company of sea lions at the base of the rocks.

Day 3
Española Island:
Punta Suarez
The trail runs round in a loop and one of the first places is a rock covered and mainly open area where blue footed boobies nest in their hundreds. Virtually everywhere are nesting birds or young boobies being fed.

Further on is a similar place where waved albatrosses are nesting, again on the ground. It is said that the total world population of waved albatrosses can be found here from March to December every year. Near here is a high cliff where the young launch themselves for their first flight.

The Hood mockingbird is a very bold bird and has learnt to take water from the carriers that guides have, and they may also approach tourists to see if they have anything liquid about their person. Tropic birds are very much in evidence and will be flying high overhead.

Further along the trail is a blowhole. Waves coming up against the cliff come up through a hole and produce a noisy spout of spray approaching 100 feet high. There is also the possibilty of seeing one or more of the three species of Darwin finch which are endemic to the island.

Bahia Gardner
Gardner Bay offers a great possibility for the visitor to enjoy some beach time in the Galapagos. Here, the extroverted mockingbirds sit on top of visitor’s hats, peck at their feet and investigate their belongings.

There is a wet landing onto a long white beach, said to be the longest in the Galapagos. There is no inland trail and the beach has sea lions and possibly turtles. It is possible to see the three Darwin finch species at this site.

There is great snorkelling and the possibility to spot the harmless white tipped reef shards. The best snorkelling location is at the rock called Tortuga Island just off the shore.

Day 4
Floreana Island:
Punta Cormorant
Named not after the bird but a US ship, there is a wet landing onto a, literally, green beach - so coloured because it is made from olivine crystals (volcanic silicates of magnesium and iron). Pencil sea urchins may be found on the beach.

A short walk inland and the trail comes to a brackish lagoon. This is home to one of the biggest populations of flamingos in the archipelago, these pink residents spend about 7 hours a day or more eating, and so take some binoculars to watch the ballet of necks as they gracefully move back and fourth, scouring the floor of the lagoon for little shrimp. Take your binoculars to enjoy the show up close. Also present are pintail ducks and stilts. The trail crosses a narrow neck of land and comes to a white beach on the eastern side of the island. Ghost crabs inhabit the beach, and rays and turtles can be seen in the sea.

Sea turtles nest at Punta Cormorant (December to May) on the white sand beach, just a short walk away from the olive coloured beach where you land.

Post Office Bay
Not the most scenic of the visitor sites, but probably one of the most famous sites in Galapagos. Here is where a post barrel was placed and put into use in the late 18th century by English whaling vessels. You are invited to leave a post card and to pick up any mail from your home area.

Take a short visit to the remains of a Norwegian commercial fish drying and canning operation and a lava tube that extends to the sea.

Devil´s Crown
A shallow sunken crater makes for one of the best snorkeling sites in Galapagos, This almost completely submerged volcano offers snorkelers the chance to play in the water with sea lions. See a wide variety of colorful fish in the clear blue water.

One must be a good swimmer as currents can be very strong.

Is a marine site located a short distance from the island. It is an old eroded volcanic cone and a popular roosting site for seabirds such as boobies, pelicans, and frigates. Red-billed tropicbirds nest in rocky crevices. The centre of the cone is an outstanding snorkelling spot full of sea lions and colourful fish.

This area looks dry and rocky from the surface, but the volcanic crater pinnacles that rise up from sandy rubble bottom are loaded with life. Schools of King Angelfish are common, as are large marbled rays that hide motionless under the rocky ledges. Very large balloonfish and large heiroglyphic hawkfish make way for the white-tip sharks making their escape from intrusive photographers. The rocky ridges are also home to scrawled filefish, schools of yellowtail grunts, turtles, tiger snake eels and of course, sea lions.

This is one dive where you might want to fight your way through the passing currents to nestle on the rubbled bottom at 65' and just hang out and wait to see what swims along. Groups of hammerheads and spotted eagle rays cruise back and forth across the currents and do come quite close to divers who are stationary for a while.

This site is also great for snorkelers who can be dropped in the center of the crater and swim their way to the outside.

Day 5
Santa Cruz Island:
Charles Darwin Center
The Charles Darwin research station is located in the town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. A ten minute walk from the Center of town.

At The Charles Darwin Research Station you'll learn first hand of the conservation and research efforts in the Galapagos islands. See the tortoise hatchlings and breeding programs which are saving several races of tortoises from extinction. Tour the Van Straelen Exhibit Hall. For most, this will be your only opportunity to see the giant Galapago tortoises.

The Charles Darwin Research Station conducts and facilitates research in the Galapagos Islands and the Galapagos Marine Resources Reserve of Ecuador. The Darwin Station is part of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands, an international non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research in the Galapagos Islands since 1959.

The Darwin Station provides:
- Information and technical assistance for the Galapagos National Park Service and other branches of the government of Ecuador .
- Support for resident and visiting scientists who work in Galapagos.
- Environmental education for island communities and schools and for the visitors that come to Galapagos each year.
- Hands-on training in science, education, and conservation for Ecuadorian university students who participate in the Darwin Station's volunteer and scholarship programs.

Located in the highlands of Santa Cruz, the Reserve is made up of tortoises that weigh 200 pounds and are as wild as they can get, so be careful. The reserve is not inside a regulated section of the park, you walk through dense and low growing vegetation. Depending on the time you vsit the highlands, you can watch red, orange and yellow little birds playing with the blooming flora, and harvest and eat tropical fruits.

The highlands are located in the northern part of the island and can reach elevations up to 1500 meters. The vegetation here is abundant, lush and the weather moist.

Day 6
Rabida Island
Rabida Island or Jervis has a different look with its reddish beach, cliffs, and steep slopes of volcanic cinders. A noisy colony of sea lions live on the beach and a short trail inland is a good place to observe land birds such as finches, doves, yellow warblers and mockingbirds. Hidden behind a narrow strip of green saltbush is a briny lagoon where flamingoes may be found, sometimes even nesting. There are nine types of Darwin's finches here.

Continuing up the rocky red cliffs a short 15-20 minute walk leads to a cliff overhang with a fantastic view of the cove with the ocean, lagoon and scarlet cliffs. Returning back to the beach Rabida offers some very good snorkeling opportunities snorkeling along the rocks at the east end of the beach may reveal many of the reef fish common to these waters. Sharks and Manta Rays are commonly seen. This is also an excellent place to dive.

Sombrero Chino
Chinese Hat is a crazy little island looking just like a Chinese hat in the islands. It's right off the southeastern tip of Santiago island. Galapagos islands snorkeling is fantastic, and if you're lucky, you might just see a few Galapagos penguins. We also got a chance to see some mating eagle rays flopping in the water.

The best view of the cone-shaped volcano is from the north, and there's quite a large islands sea lion community as well.

Day 7
Bartolome Isle
Bartholomew island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114mts, from where we can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands, such as: volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields and the famous pinnacle formed of Toba eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island.

It has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist and at the base of the pinnacle, is a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.

Sullivan Bay
The Sullivan Bay lava field is a variety of interesting patterns. The shapes and textures of trees, which once existed there and Hornitos caused when pockets of gas or water trapped under the lava exploded. The Sullivan Bay Lava is known a Panoehoe (Hawaiian for Rope). This thin-skinned lava's molten material cools down after an eruption causing the surface materials to buckle creating a rope like appearance. Panoehoe Lava is rare to the rest of the world, but is common to the volcanoes of Hawaii and the Galapagos Islands.

In the nearly 100 year since the Sullivan Bay Flow 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.

The walk takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half. Returning to the shoreline black and white Oystercatchers can be seen fishing for crabs and mollusks in the tide pools.

After exploring the lava flow, there is swimming and snorkeling with playful sea lions off two small coralline beaches.

Day 8
North Seymour Island
Here is where you can admire the beautiful frigate birds and nests of blue-footed boobies. Watch your step, as the boobies don't worry much about where they nest, and you might just step on one. The trees are dotted with male frigate birds trying to attract the attention of the ladies by inflating their bright red skin flaps. They sometimes fly in the air to call more attention to themselves, which is, in itself, a funny display, as the puffy flap throws off their sense of balance! There's a circular path that takes you through the island to a beautiful, rocky shore where the waves crash a silvery-blue.

This is also a hot diving spot and highly recommended. Here, you have a great chance to see hammerheads, garden eels, tropical fish, sea lions, the pacific green sea turtle, and any Number of other colorful, interesting sea life. The currents are strong; just hold on, and enjoy the show.

The Darwin will sail to the docks from here you will transfer by bus to Baltra airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.

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