East Galapagos Expedition Cruise - Aqua Mare
Travel with this eco-passionate operator on their new 50 meter super yacht with expert guiding and Michelin-inspired cuisine.
Galapagos: Drink It In
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Reward yourself with an adventure of a lifetime expedition to islands born of fire, the Archipelago of Galapagos. Whether you choose to hike along the natural volcanic formations of Los Gemelos (Twin Craters), encounter the Galapagos giant tortoises in their natural habitat, go snorkeling with penguins, sea turtles, and marine iguanas in Espinoza Point, witness the courtship dance of blue-footed boobies in North Seymour, or be greeted by groups of sea lions lounging in the rocks at Suarez Point, we guarantee a wildlife adventure you won’t soon forget.
- • Explore the unbelievable wildlife in the Galapagos with 2 highly credentialed naturalist guides for 16 passengers while most ships offer 1 per 16 passengers.
• This extraordinary yacht offers seven large Zuretti-designed suites fit for royalty, including an 861 sf (80 sm) Owner’s Suite complete with an assigned butler.
• Travel with an eco-passionate operator committed to protecting both communities and habitat while offering first-class service, accommodations, and cuisine.
Travel Curator’s Insights:
From $9,450 per person
Change your date anytime within the next 12 months after the original departure date. Policies and protocols provided before you book.
Year-Round Departures Starting May 2022
Year-Round Departures Starting May 2022
Trip Sustainability Awards
Local residents make up over 80% of employed staff
Rehabilitation of threatened paiche fish & taricaya turtle populations
Innovative closed-loop distribution system & waste separation implementation
Day 1: Embarkation and Playa Las Bachas
Once you arrive at Baltra airport, you will be met by our team and escorted on a short cross island transfer to the jetty. Receive a warm welcome aboard Aqua Mare, the Galapagos Islands’ first 50m luxury superyacht with our 16-strong crew where you will be treated with the utmost attention courtesy of our 1:1 crew to guest ratio. A delicious Nikkei-inspired lunch crafted by consultant chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino will be served. At your leisure, pick out your snorkeling kit complete with mask, fins, snorkel, and an optional shorty wetsuit for your personal use during the week. You will also receive as a welcome gift a special waterproof bag to place your belongings during wet landings and an Aqua Mare water bottle.
The afternoon will see you head out onto your first excursion to Bahia Borreroon the northern part of Santa Cruz Island for a short 20-minute hike taking us to two ponds where you can observe various species of flamingos, ducks, shore birds and sometimes marine iguanas. Itis also possible to spot Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and mockingbirds among thecoastal vegetation, mangroves, and saltbush. For those who prefer to snorkel, the beach isone of the main nesting sites of sea turtles, so you will no doubt come across one or two!Head home to the yacht for the evening to indulge in your first sumptuous dinner in theArchipelago, making it the perfect start to our Galapagos Islands adventure.
Day 2: El Barranco And Bahía Darwin, Genovesa Island
For those who missed the equatorial crossing the night before, ask our crew for your very own equator crossing certificate - although this is usually reserved for our young explorers, even the young at heart will proudly be able to take this home! This morning explore Genovesa Island, where you will take a tender ride along the volcanic rocks of El Barranco to view the fur seals resting inside rock crevices. A 1.5 km hike inland takes us to the lava fields to view red-footed boobies as well as great frigate birds and Galapagos storm petrels.
After the visit, we will return to the yacht to get suited up for your snorkeling session to view bottlenose dolphins, schools of hammerhead sharks, colorful fish and pristine corals. The tenders will accompany us alongside the cliffs to observe the animal species that rest on the cliffs before a splendid lunch back onboard. The afternoon sees us at Bahía Darwin’s coralline beach for hiking, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, or kayaking. Make it a family affair after dinner at the lower deck Beach Club by enjoying a private movie screening. We recommend watching the Planet Earth documentary on the Galapagos, the swashbuckling box office Master and Commander, or simply enjoy the starlit skies from the upper deck.
Day 3: Bahía Sullivan, Santiago Island And Sombrero Chino Island
Start the morning early with a workout or a guided meditation on our upper deck followed by a refreshing breakfast. Our first excursion of the day will take us to the northeast of Santiago Island with a dry landing at Bahía Sullivan to discover recent Pahoehoe lava flows.
After a sumptuous lunch and lecture on the geology of the Galapagos from one of our expert scientist guides onboard Aqua Mare, we depart to Sombrero Chino Island, so named after the small crater that forms the islet. The surrounding crystal-clear waters provide a great opportunity to observe sea lions and penguins from above. There will be time for snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, and kayaking. Return to the yacht for evening sundowners and a barbecue dinner on the upper deck, with the volcanic island serving as a stunning backdrop to your once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Day 4: Bartolomé Island And Cerro Dragón, Santa Cruz Island
With an early morning anchor at Bartolomé Island, you will embark upon a mild climb up to the summit of a spatter cone for a spectacular view of the island’s iconic Pinnacle Rock. Cool down afterwards with a snorkel where you may encounter sea turtles and Galapagos penguins, before heading back to the yacht for lunch as we sail towards Santa Cruz Island.
Our afternoon excursion takes us to Cerro Dragón or Dragon Hill, so named because in 1975 it was one of the only places in the Santa Cruz Island where scientists could still find a healthy population of land iguanas (Conolophus subcristatus). The hiking trail begins with a wet landing and continues inland to a flamingo lagoon, ending with the option to swim and snorkel from the beach or walk along the mangroves and sand dunes of the south beach. Back onboard, swap tales of your magnificent excursion over an al fresco dinner encompassing South American Pacific coast and Peruvian Nikkei style crafted by consultant chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.
Day 5: El Chato Giant Tortoise Reserve And Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre, Santa Cruz Island
This morning you will explore the El Chato Giant Tortoise Reserve to see these wild Galapagos creatures up close in their natural habitat. The area is also a great place to observe Darwin finches, yellow warblers, flightcatchers, cattle egrets, and if lucky Galapagos Rails.
After a mouth-watering lunch and afternoon lecture on the evolution of Darwin finches presented by our expert guides in the panoramic lounge, you will take a tender ride to Darwin Station and National Park headquarters to observe tortoises in captivity at the Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre, as well as the different age hatchlings categorized by islands. There will be free time to enjoy the town of Puerto Ayora before returning to the ship. Refreshing superfruit juices await at our Beach Club, which is located at water level at the aft of the ship or enjoy the scenic sunset views from the upper deck. For divers there is the option of a full day of diving instead of joining the day excursions.
Day 6: Punta Suárez, Bahía Gardner, And Islote Osborn, Española Island
Rise and shine to a guided meditation on our upper deck before disembarking in Punta Suárez for this morning’s excursion. This visitor site is one of the most interesting landing sites in Galapagos, due to the high percentage of unique endemism in its fauna such as Española mockingbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos tortoises, marine iguanas, and the unique Waved Albatross.
In the afternoon, we will take a tender ride to the beautiful array of islets where you will be able to snorkel alongside playful sea lions, sea turtles, sharks, rays and many different species of reef fishes. The last visit of the day will be Bahía Gardner, an outstanding coralline sand beach that boasts one of the biggest colonies of sea lions in the Galapagos. Back at the yacht, head over to our bar to socialize over Happy Hour with a glass of our special Aqua Bloody Mary as the crew prepares for departure to our next anchorage.
Day 7: Fondeadero, Sante Fé (barrington) Island And Plaza Sur Island
After a night of sailing, you will visit Santa Fé (also known as Barrington) Island for your penultimate day. It is one of the oldest in the Galapagos Islands (around 3.6 million years old), with the island being characterized to some degree by its vegetation of palo santo trees, a pear cactus that is called Opuntia Echio Barringtonensis, and many other native bushes. Here we will spot land iguanas, lava lizards, swallow-tailed gulls, shearwater petrels, red-billed tropic birds, mockingbirds, Darwin finches, and Galapagos hawks. After the visit, we will be able to take advantage of the last
full day in the Galapagos by snorkeling, kayaking, or stand-up paddle boarding.
As you enjoy lunch onboard - we recommend the Galapagueña lobster lettuce wraps with Acevichado dressing - the boat will sail to South Plaza Islet, located off the eastern shore of Santa Cruz. In the afternoon you disembark at Plaza Sur Island, a small, but diverse little islet. Head out on a two-hour hiking excursion led by your guide to discover the island’s unique landforms. Swap notes on everything you’ve seen today at your final recap briefing once back aboard and toast farewell under the amazing starlit skies of the Archipelago to your new found friends over a glass of wine.
Day 8: Los Gemelos, Santa Cruz Island And Disembarkation
You begin your last day with a luxurious breakfast before bidding farewell to the Aqua Mare crew. Your last visit before leaving paradise is a final short excursion to drive up the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to the twin craters of Los Gemelos en route to the airport. It is a remarkable location surrounded by lush vegetation --with help of the expert naturalist guides you may spot short-eared owls, or if lucky, a vermilion flycatcher.
Memories of this last adventure will accompany you as you are escorted to Baltra Island for the departing flight back to the mainland and onward journey home.
Please Note: All Itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions.
3rd or 4th Person/Child: A 3rd or 4th adult/child sharing the same cabin will be charged $950 /per person, per night.
Activity Level: Guests should be in good physical health to be able to make the most of their Galapagos expedition. The daily nature excursions may include walking on irregular terrain and getting in and out of the tenders occasionally which requires some physical effort. Shore visits vary in level of difficulty, but most travelers who are reasonably fit will have no trouble participating in every activity.
Recommended Arrival Flight: LA 1410 Galapagos - Guayaquil - Quito. Flight arrangements and timings are subject to change at the carrier’s discretion.
As the first true superyacht in the Galapagos Islands, the 50m Aqua Mare takes an iconic once-in-a-lifetime adventure to the next level. With her expansive size and world-class pedigree, she boasts 30 percent more indoor volume than most yachts her size, making her the perfect respite after active days exploring the remote wildlife and dynamic nature of the Archipelago.
Aboard the Italian CRN Yacht-built Aqua Mare, guests will find seven large Zuretti-designed suites, including an 80 sqm Owner’s Suite complete with exclusive steward service, extravagant indoor and outdoor social spaces, elegant finishing, and immaculate attention to detail, making it the first of its kind in the region, and the ultimate retreat while exploring the dramatic volcanic landscapes of the Galapagos Archipelago. Exclusivity is combined with the most personalized service enabled by two naturalist guides for 16 guests, on top of the islands’ most exclusive one-to-one crew to guest ratio.
• Capacity: 16 guests
• Cabins: 7 Design Suites
• Crew & Specialists: Two or more Highly Credentialed, Naturalist Guides, 1:1 Guest to Staff Service Ratio, Dedicated Butler for Owner's Suite, Expert Chef
Travel & Leisure's "World's Best" 2021
#5 River Ship in the 2020 Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards
Nominated for World Travel Awards "World's Leading River Cruise Company" 2020
"We're excited to offer the lovely Aqua Mare, a classic luxury yacht with spacious cabins and deluxe amenities. Perfect for a private charter, a honeymoon, or a family adventure, this stunning yacht with delectable cuisine, expert guiding, and a 1 to 1 service ratio will offer an outstanding 5-star experience in the Galapagos."
Life On Board
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I traveled with this operator to Indonesia and their attention to detail regarding everything from design, to cuisine, to onboard activities is outstanding. I highly recommend this beautiful yacht in the Galapagos.
Joy Martinello, Founder
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