Galapagos Cruise Anahi


Galapagos Cruise Anahi: The M/C Anahi is a Power Catamaran Yacht, built in Guayaquil, Ecuador, launched by the end of 2006 with high comfort standards. With unparalleled stability, your cruise is guaranteed to be a restful and relaxed one.

The yacht has space for 16 passengers. It offers ample resting areas, library, TV-DVD room, comfortable dining room and lounge. On the upper deck, the yacht features a charming bar and an excellent area for relaxation, together with a Jacuzzi for six people. On top of the bar area we find the ample sundeck with resting chairs for eight people.

You will be attended by a charming, helpful crew of 9 well trained staff members. Our Galapagos National Park guides are fluent in English and Spanish and will make your Galapagos Cruise Anahí an unforgettable experience.

Highlights: first class cruise aboard a comfortable yacht
Number of days:
Regions: Galapagos
Interests: Cruise, Nature & Wildlife
Category: First Class
Total CO2 emission, in lb (per day for cruises): 170



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Itinerary

The Anahí has two itineraries, A and B. The B itinerary can be split up into a 4-day and a 5-day itinerary. Of course, you can also combine the itineraries, if you are looking for a longer cruise. Here is an overview of the itineraries, detailed descriptions are below:

Itinerary A:

Baltra – Santa Cruz – Isabela – Fernandina – Santiago – Rabida – Chinese Hat – Bartholome – North Seymour – Baltra

Itinerary B:

Baltra – Santa Cruz – Genovesa – South Plazas – Santa Fe – San Cristobal – Española – Floreana – Santa Cruz – Baltra

Itinerary B 5 days:

Baltra – Santa Cruz – Genovesa – South Plazas – Santa Fe – San Cristobal

Itinerary B 4 days:

San Cristobal – Española – Floreana – Santa Cruz – Baltra

Itinerary A

Day 1 AM: Arrival at Baltra airport

Flight to Galapagos from Quito Airport. The flight from Quito to the Galapagos takes approximately 2.5 hours. Upon arrival at Baltra airport, all passengers have to go through an airport inspection (to make sure no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands) and pay the park entrance fee of $100, and the $20 for the INGALA transit control card, both mandatory to enter the National Park. After this, our guide will meet us, help us with the luggage and escort us on a short bus ride to the harbor. A small boat, called ‘Panga’ (dinghy) will transport us to the M/C Anahi, where the crew will welcome us onboard. After departure and lunch, we will proceed to the first visit.

PM: Santa Cruz Highlands

Santa Cruz possesses many of the different ecosystems present in the archipelago. As we travel through these zones, the dream of many birdwatchers might come true: whether it’s the bright red feathers of a Vermillion flycatcher or one of Darwin’s Finch, almost every bird present in the islands can be found here. Santa Cruz also offers excellent opportunities for viewing the native Galapagos Tortoises in their natural habitat. There are also plenty of other attractions as lava tubes, sinkholes and craters. Theses eerie formations offer a fascinating walk into the inner, volcanic structure of the island.

Day 2 AM: Sierra Negra Volcano (Isabela)

Isabela Island is one of the youngest and the largest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. We will do a dry landing in Puerto Villamil, the second smallest town of the Galapagos, with approximately 3,000 habitants. We will head to the highlands, to Sierra Negra slopes, to then do some hiking on uneven terrain to reach Sierra Negra volcano’s rim. Sierra Negra volcano has the second widest crater in the world. From this natural viewpoint, we will have fantastic sights of the truly gigantic crater, the rest of the volcanoes, and Perry Isthmus, a 12 Km wide lava field. From here we can hike to Volcano Chico, to watch the outstanding lava formations, examples of the geological events that have crafted the Galapagos Islands.

PM: Tintoreras (Isabela)

A beautiful place reached by a nice panga ride. “Tintoreras” are small islands in front of the coast of Puerto Villamil. Here, we find lava herons on the mangrove branches and Galapagos penguins and sea lions often popping out on the shore. White-tipped reef sharks (called tintoreras in Spanish) are also fairly common in this spot, hence the name.

After lunch we will visit the Wetlands and the Tortoises Breeding Center

Day 3 AM: Moreno Point (Isabela)

Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island, between the Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcanoes. The trail runs along a Pahohoe lava (solidified lava in corrugated or accordion shapes) flow into a complex of coastal lagoons, where we find several species of birds around the mangroves that complete the landscape.

PM: Elizabeth Bay

This is a marine visitor site, so, the excursion is carried out on our panga as there is no landing point. The panga ride starts with a visit to Marielas islets, to see the largest and most important penguin colony of the Galapagos. The ride continues into the cove, which is surrounded by magnificent red mangroves, with their red roots and green leafs. Here it is possible to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans, and sea lions. Some days, we have been able to see Galapagos hawks soaring overhead while schools of Pompano and Dorado fish swim below.

Day 4 AM: Urbina Bay (Isabela)

South from Tagus Cove but still on the west coast of Isabela we find Urbina Bay. An easy wet landing on a mild sloping beach will take us to a very interesting area that it is a perfect example of the geological activity of the islands. The waters on this site are a good place to see turtles and rays and we will take a short trail that leads to a coral reef, which is evidence of an uplift from the sea floor that occurred in 1954. From here it’s easy to reach the Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes. We will see large and colorful land iguanas and have excellent possibilities of seeing giant Galapagos turtles, flightless cormorants, blue- footed boobies, Galapagos penguins, pelicans and marine iguanas.

PM: Tagus Cove (Isabela)

A panga ride along the cliffs will give us a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock we will walk for about 30 minutes along the trail to reach the top of the cliff, from where we will have a great view of Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra saline lake, saltier than the sea and other several volcanoes. Look carefully at the inscriptions on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, these has been written or carved by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries.

Day 5 AM: Espinoza Point (Fernandina)

Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and has just one visitor site: Punta Espinoza. This site is located at the northeastern point of the island, just across Tagus Cove, and is a perfect place to see some of the unique species of Galapagos. Marine iguanas join in larger groups than in any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore, and sometimes, they block the way at the dock. Among the unique species found here is the flightless cormorant, a bird that because of the lack of predators had to adjust its way of survival, enhancing its swimming skills to find food in the ocean. Its wings, tail, and feet progressively adapted for swimming, but lost the ability to fly. Evolution happening right in front of us!

PM: Vicente Roca Point

At Punta Vicente Roca we find the remnants of an ancient volcano that form two turquoise coves with a well protected bay from the ocean swells. The spot is a popular anchorage area; from here we will do a panga ride along the cliff (the remains of the volcano) or explore a partially sunken cave. Nazca and blue-footed boobies usually sit perched along the cliffs, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline. The upwelling of coldwater currents in this area of the Galapagos give rise to an abundance of marine life, making of Punta Vicente Roca one of the archipelago’s favorite dive spots. One cove is only accessible from the sea by an underwater passage. The passage opens to the calm waters of the hidden cove, where sea lions lie lazily on the beach after swimming the underwater route.

Day 6 AM: Puerto Egas (Santiago)

The excursion in Puerto Egas, with its black sand beaches, is considered one of the more rewarding visits of the Galapagos. In the 1960s, this island was the site of a small salt mining industry (one of the several unsuccessful attempts to create a profitable industry in Galapagos). A hike to the salt crater presents us with a very good opportunity to watch land birds such as finches, doves, and hawks. A walk along the rugged shoreline while the tide is low will let us see many marine species, like Iguanas basking on the rocks or sea lions laying lazily in the tide pools. At the end of the trail we will find a series of grottoes (sea caves carved on the lava by the waves), where fur seals and night herons are usually resting on the ledges, protected from the sun. For many visitors, this is the only opportunity to see the Galapagos fur seals, once thought to be almost extinct.

PM: Rábida Island

Rábida is a very unique place (only if not compared to Mars!). The red color of its rocks and sand is caused by the ferrous contents of the minerals, which have been oxidized by external factors such as rain, salt water, and sea breeze. A short trail will take us to a coastal lagoon, just behind the beach, filled with land birds such as finches, doves, yellow warblers and mocking birds. This lagoon also hosts a colony of flamingos.

Day 7 AM: Chinese Hat

This is a small islet of approximately 1 square km, located just off the southeastern shores of Santiago Island. It is a recent volcanic cone with a shape that resembles Chinese, hat when seen from north side. On the west side we will see lava formations, which were formed under the sea and then raised above the surface, exposing coral heads that were on the lava. This is an excellent opportunity to get a better understanding of the geological features of the islands, such as lava tubes and flows. The landscape is completed by a sea lion colony, lots of marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.

PM: Bartolome Island

A small, barren island located just across from Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island) and with two main visitors’ sites. The first one offers us the possibility of climbing to the summit of the island, where we can enjoy a superb view which includes a variety of volcanic formations: lava bombs spatter and cinder cones and lava flows and tubes. The lunar landscape provides one of the most scenic panoramas of the archipelago. The second site gives us a chance to relax on a beautiful beach with great snorkeling opportunities: Multicolor fish penguins and sea turtles can usually be seen at the base of the tall pinnacle rock, which dominates Bartolome’s landscape. A short walk to Bartolome’s second beach, in which swimming is strictly forbidden, will grant us a good chance to see white- tipped reef sharks swimming along the shoreline.

Day 8 AM: North Seymour – Return flight

This is an uplifted island that presents a flat landscape strewn with boulders. Here, we also find a large population of magnificent frigate birds and blue-footed boobies nesting and performing their courtship rituals. Despite the tremendous surf that usually pounds the outer shore, we can also find sea lions hauling out onto the beach and doing bodysurfing. After the morning excursion we will head back to the airport for the flight to the mainland.

Itinerary B

(can be split up in a 5-day cruise (Day 1-5) or a 4-day cruise (Day 5-8))

Day 1 AM: Arrival at Baltra airport

Flight to Galapagos from Quito Airport. The flight from Quito to the Galapagos takes approximately 2 ½ hours. Upon arrival at Baltra airport, all passengers have to go through an airport inspection (to make sure no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands) and pay the park entrance fee of $100 USD, and the $10USD for the INGALA transit control card, both mandatory to enter the National Park. After this, our guide will meet us, help us with the luggage and escort us on a short bus ride to the harbor. A small boat, called ‘Panga’ (dinghy) will transport us to the M/C Anahi, where the crew will welcome us onboard. After departure and lunch, we will proceed to the first visit.

PM: Bachas Beach

These two small beaches are found on Santa Cruz island. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which is white and soft, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where 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 (hence the name of the beach) that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the US Army used Baltra Island as a military base to protect the Panama Channel.

Day 2 AM: Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

This bay originated when the crater of the island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing (jumping from the panga to the shallow waters of the shore) is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers: red footed-boobies, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow-crowned, and black-crowned lava herons, and yellow warblers can usually be seen in the area. Continuing on the trail, we will climb to the edge of the cliff to see red footed-boobies nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls.

PM: The Barranco (Genovesa)

This visitor site is located on the southern part of Darwin Bay, on Genovesa Island. The trail is made of volcanic rock and has a length of 1.5 km, which we will walk in about 2 hours. The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, is found here. The natural erosion that has occurred in these lava flows has transformed the place in the ideal spot for nesting Storm Petrels. We will see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. One of the main predators of this place is the short-eared owl. The Nazca booby is also present on this island. During the panga ride along the cliffs we have the possibility of watching fur sea lions and other several species of seabirds.

Day 3 AM: South Plazas

Plazas Island is located to the east of Santa Cruz, and despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than its relatives of the rest of the archipelago. Throughout the island we will find several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, these unique animals, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana’s crest, have the face and tail of the marine iguana. The big iguanas’ population is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food. We will also find swallow tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs along with other sea birds such as: the Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans.

PM: Santa Fe

Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an ocean floor uplift and not a volcanic eruption, and thus its mostly flat shape. There are some theories which assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is home to a number of endemic species like the Galapagos hawk, the Galapagos snake, the Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats, and one of the two species of lands Iguanas of the islands. After disembarking in the beautiful and clear waters, we will visit one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail we will see many salt bushes as well as the giant Prickly pear cactus; gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are also great possibilities for snorkeling with sea lions and tropical fishes.

Day 4 AM: Pitt Point (San Cristobal)

This place is located on the north part of San Cristobal Island. Here we can find endemic species such as the lava lizard and the red-footed booby. We will walk to the high part of the island for an impressive view. This spot is also home to the Chatham mockingbird, only found here on San Cristobal.

AM: Kicker Rock (San Cristobal)

Also known as the Sleeping Lion because of its shape, this islet is located off the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea and the two vertical rocks that rise 500 feet from the ocean surface form a small channel suitable for small boats. This natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises because of the many tropical birds, frigates, and boobies that live in the place. Beneath the sea, the crystal clear waters offer a superb show of colorful tropical fishes and invertebrates.

PM: Lobos Island

To reach Lobos Island we will navigate an hour from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Here, we will find a small population of blue-footed boobies and common frigate birds nesting on the site. We will observe the two species of sea lions present in the archipelago. During the tour we will pass a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and a sandy area. During the panga ride is possible to see brown pelicans and several species of shorebirds. And when snorkeling, it’s common to see juvenile sea lions, manta rays and sea turtles.

Day 5 AM: Galapagos Turtle Breeding Center of Cerro Colorado (San Cristobal)

(End of 5-day cruise.) The breeding center is located in the South East of San Cristobal, to 22.4 km from Port Baquerizo Moreno. Access is by road, the bus ride lasts approximately 40 minutes. It is located in the vicinity of Cerro Colorado, from which it derives its name, which is one of the few places where you can see Calandrinia galapagosa, a plant endemic to San Cristobal in danger of extinction. This Galapaguera has been built to improve the status of the population of the island tortoises, Geochelone chatamensis, in an environment with conditions similar to their natural state and thus promote the development of tourism in San Cristobal. The infrastructure has been integrated into a large corral of 1415m2 and includes: a visitors’ center (including an interpretation center, conference room, gift shop, food bar, bathrooms and administration office), a breeding center (includes an herpetology lab and growing pens), interpretive trails and two houses. In San Cristóbal there were two populations of tortoises, one located in the Northeast, currently consisting of approximately 1,400 individuals and where the first specimens transferred to Cerro Colorado. The other was south of the   island (in an area adjacent to the   Cerro Colorado Galapaguera); it became extinct due to extraction by whalers in past centuries. The natural population of tortoises from San Cristóbal (north of the island) is seriously threatened by introduced animals (mainly wild goats, rats and cats), which to date has been impossible to eradicate despite the continuing efforts in this direction.

AM: Interpretation Center (San Cristobal)

This interpretation center exhibits the interesting history of Galapagos Island. Here you can be informed about nature, species, the discovery and colonization of this magic archipelago. Inaugurated in 1998 by the former president of Ecuador Dr. Jamil Mahuad, this place, is one of the most interesting tourist attractions in Galapagos Island, has the role of maintaining and spreading the information related to the life of these paradisiac islands. It offers permanent presentations in an open air theater that is surrounded by natural wonders and a showing room where audiovisual material is exhibited about the volcanic origins of the island and its development.

PM: Tijeretas Hill

(Beginning of 4-day cruise.) It is called Tijeretas because this is the name commonly known for the frigates. It is located within walking distance of Port Baquerizo Moreno. Close to this site operated La Predial, which was a fishing society and who was present on the island between 1952 and 1960. In one of the vistas there is American-made cannon dating from the Second World War which taken by the Ecuadorian Navy in the early 1970s for military exercises. Another vista offers a panoramic view of the north coast of the island from where one can see the Kicker Rock (León Dormido), Cerro Mundo and Cerro Tijeretas. At the third vista there is a statue of Charles Darwin in honor of his stay in San Cristobal. The upper vista is located on Cerro Tijereta.

Day 6: Suarez Point (Española)

This rocky point sustains one of the most impressive and diverse colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. High cliffs rise up from the sea along the southern shore, affording us spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blowhole, where water is squeezed through a fracture in the rocks and is expelled up to 50-75 feet into the air.

PM: Gardner Bay (Española)

Located on the north coast of Española, Gardner Bay is an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and also presents a terrific opportunity to observe sea lions and sharks in the crystal clear waters.

Day 7 AM: Cormorant Point (Floreana)

Here we find probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos and one of the largest in the islands. It is located between two tuff lava cones that give the area a particular atmosphere. There are a variety of species of shorebirds besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white- checked pintail ducks, and other migratory birds. A very interesting thing to do is to observe the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” (with a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.

AM: Devil’s Crown (Floreana)

Devil’s Crown is located just off Punta Cormorant and offers some of the best snorkeling in the Galapagos. In fact, the only way to see the Crown is on the water, as it is termed a Marine Visitor Site, and no land visits are allowed. This is actually an almost completely submerged volcano, and erosion has transformed the cone into a series of jagged peaks, that resemble a black crown.

PM: Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout (Floreana)

Historically, this site is actually the old location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since then by sailors and tourists as a post office. The idea is that each passing person carries the letters or postcards directed to his/her destination by hand. We will continue to the north of the island to then ascend to an elevated slope to enjoy a view of the Baroness lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa Von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the landscape, which covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo.

Day 8 AM: Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)

Although most Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate the natural wonders, it´s also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands is carried out. The main attractions here are the National Park information center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding Center for young tortoises, and the adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.

After the morning excursion we will head back to the airport for the flight to the mainland.

Rates and Services

Price per person: US$ starting at 1,955 (4 days)
(based on 2 people traveling)

Price includes:

  • Accommodation aboard the yacht
  • Full board
  • Excursions and activities with English-speaking naturalist guide
  • Transfers
  • Snorkeling equipment and kayaks

Not included:

  • Flights from/to Galapagos
  • Entrance Fee Galapagos National Park ($ 100 per person)
  • Migration Control Card INGALA ($ 20 per person)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Wetsuit

Accommodation

The accommodation for sixteen voyagers is distributed amongst six 150 sq. ft. (14 m2) twin cabins on the main deck (2 transformable to double bed), and two 270 sq. ft. (25 m2) suite cabins on the upper deck. Every cabin includes large windows – portrait type – with a view of the ocean, beautiful wooden floor and cozy private facilities with hot/cold water shower, locker, closet and air conditioning.

Deck Plan:

Galapagos Cruise Anahi Deck Plan

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