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Galápagos by Catamaran: An Intimate Voyage

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Dive into the wild wonders of the Galápagos! Kayak along volcanic shores, snorkel with sea lions, and explore these uniquely magnificent islands with expert naturalists leading the way.

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Galapagos: Drink It In

Zodiac to pristine beaches, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard along volcanic shores, explore wildlife on land or under the sea. Experience the Galápagos aboard a stylish and stable double-hulled yacht for 16 guests, well-equipped for up-close exploration. See and do more with two veteran naturalists, including a National Geographic certified photo instructor. National Geographic Delfina is available as a private charter. The ship is perfectly sized for a group of family and friends, or your organization.
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Travel Curator’s Insights:

    • Discover wildlife unfazed by your presence: lounge on beaches with sea lions, walk among huge colonies of marine iguanas, and delight at the antics of nesting seabirds from ship and shore.
    • With the chance to see blue-footed boobies, Galápagos penguins, gulls, owls, and many other birds, this voyage is a birdwatcher's paradise.
    • Explore tide pools teeming with life and trek across the recent lava flow of one of the most active oceanic volcanoes in the world – there’s no shortage of thrilling activities.


From $9,940 per person
Policies and protocols provided before you book.

Departures available every Friday, year-round.
(Starting in Feb. 2025)

Hover here for specific dates.


Trip Sustainability Awards 



Fantastic advances in minimizing carbon footprints at locations.



On the East African Energy Renewal Board



Runs local educational facilities for children.


Day 1: Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador

We meet you on arrival in Ecuador, either in Quito, Ecuador’s capital city in the Andes, or in the coastal city of Guayaquil, for an included transfer to your convenient hotel for overnight. Both cities are well-served by international carriers, and Galapagos flights start and end in Quito with a stop in Guayaquil. You may opt for a pre-voyage extension to Mashpi Reserve in the tropical Andes outside Quito, or take just one extra day to explore Quito.

Day 2: Quito or Guayaquil / Galápagos Islands

Fly to the Galápagos and embark National Geographic Delfina awaiting us at anchor. Explore the islands and their remarkable wildlife.

(Breakfast, lunch, & dinner included)

Below are a selection of islands we may visit during our expedition. Itineraries are subject to Galápagos National Park regulations.

Day 3: North Seymour

Follow coastal trails past playful Galápagos sea lions on this wildlife-rich central island. Continue inland through a silvery forest of endemic palo santo trees, where frigatebirds nest, blue-footed boobies dance, and where we may also encounter prehistoric-looking land iguanas feeding on cactus.

(Breakfast, lunch, & dinner included)


Day 4: Bartolomé & Santiago


Climb the steps to the summit of this 300-foot volcanic wonderland for stunning views. Explore, swim, and snorkel from the beach. Catch a glimpse of Galápagos penguins, one of the world’s rarest.


Explore tide pools and look for fur seals sheltered in quiet grottos of black basalt. Swim, snorkel, kayak, and paddleboard along Santiago’s spectacular coast, and explore an enchanting coastal forest where Charles Darwin once walked.

(Breakfast, lunch, & dinner included)

Day 5: Isabela & Fernandina


Cross the Equator at Volcán Ecuador, northernmost of Isabela’s six great shield volcanoes. Keep an eye out for whales and dolphins, sea turtles, and the elusive ocean sunfish. Over two days, land in the footsteps of Darwin and Melville, and look for wildlife along the wildly eroded volcanic shore.


One of the most active oceanic volcanoes in the world, Fernandina is the youngest and most pristine island in Galápagos — and home to the strange flightless cormorant, Galápagos penguins, and the largest marine iguanas. Hikes ashore lead across impressive recent lava flows.

(Breakfast, lunch, & dinner included)

Day 6: Española & Floreana


See swallow-tailed gulls, Española mockingbirds, Nazca boobies and, seasonally, the world’s only population of waved albatross at this bird paradise, also home to vividly colored marine iguanas. Watch sea lions on the white sand beach, and snorkel offshore at Gardner Bay.


Follow a trail past a rose pink-tinted lagoon sometimes frequented by flamingos. Snorkel among sea lions and abundant fish, or cruise along Champion Islet by Zodiac. Visit the historic mail barrel at Post Office Bay.

(Breakfast, lunch, & dinner included)


Day 7: Santa Cruz

Visit Puerto Ayora, the largest town and headquarters of both the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station. See the monument to Lonesome George, and tour the giant tortoise breeding corrals. Witness the giant tortoises roaming in the wild in the lush, green highlands.

(Breakfast, lunch, & dinner included)

Day 8: Genovesa & San Cristobal


Sail across the Equator to the remote northern realm of the Galápagos into this flooded caldera, home to over one million seabirds. Visit Prince Philip’s Steps at the top of the island. Highlights along the trail are many, from Nazca, red- and blue-footed boobies and frigates, to gulls, owls, fur seals, hammerhead sharks, turtles, and manta rays.

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Walk along the powdery white sand at a gorgeous beach fronted by iconic Kicker Rock. Explore Baquerizo Moreno, where sea lions thrive in the middle of town.

(Breakfast, lunch, & dinner included)

Day 9: Galápagos Islands / Disembark Ship / Guayaquil or Quito

Disembark this morning for a return flight to the mainland. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. You may be able to take advantage of overnight flights home. Ask your Travel Curator about Peru, Quito, and other post-voyage options.

(Breakfast included)

Day 10: Guayaquil or Quito

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and board flights home, unless you have arranged for additional nights or an extension.

(Breakfast included)




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Upper Deck #300-303: The four Upper Deck staterooms have ensuite bathrooms, ample storage, and can be set up with either queen or two twin beds. Staterooms are 172 square feet with a large window, and door that opens directly onto the outside deck.

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Image by David Maunsell


Main Deck #200-203: The four main-deck staterooms have private balconies, ensuite bathrooms, ample storage, and can be set up with either queen or two twin beds. Staterooms are 172 square feet with a 43 square-foot balcony, seating, and two large windows.

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Now you can travel with National Geographic-level experts on an intimate catamaran with only 16 passengers! This would be an outstanding charter option for your family & friends, or enjoy even more close engagement with your guides than you could ever have on one of the larger Nat Geo ships.

Joy Martinello, Founder



What’s Included & Cancellation Policy:

Excursions, hotels, and airport transfers, as indicated in itinerary; Kayaks, Zodiac cruises, stand-up paddle boards, full complement of snorkeling gear, glass-bottom boat rides, where relevant; Guidance and expertise of expedition staff; All meals as indicated in itinerary; Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and snacks; Cocktails and spirits on select ships; Park and site entrance fees, special access permits, and port taxes; 24-hour access to shared spaces, such as the lounges and fitness centers; Complimentary WiFi.

​​Airfare (except flights when indicated as included), expedition extensions, additional hotel nights, and private transfers; Travel protection plan, passport, visa, and immigration fees; Laundry, spa treatments, scuba diving and phone services (except when indicated as included).


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