- Explore the remote and wildlife-rich islands of Genovesa and Espanola
- Exclusive access at the Charles Darwin Research Centre with a scientist
- Spend eight days sailing on the Alya, a purpose-built yacht for cruising the Galapagos
- See land and marine iguanas, sea lion, giant tortoise and all three types of boobies
Spend eight days exploring the central islands of the Galapagos archipelago in the company of naturalist - Jonathan Green. As well as being a Galapagos National Park guide, Jonathan is a dive master, founder of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project and a passionate wildlife photographer. In addition to Jonathan, there will be a regular naturalist guide on board so you can be assured of receiving personalised and insightful narrative on all the wildlife seen.
Travel aboard the Alya yacht visiting seven different islands within the archipelago. This includes remote Genovesa island, one of the only places to see all three species of booby and Espanola island home to the critically endangered waved albatross. Santa Cruz island in the centre which is home to the Charles Darwin Research Centre, and San Cristobal, the first island Darwin went ashore in 1835.
As well as the varied geology which spans this archipelago the highlight will be the wildlife. During your time in this living laboratory of evolution get close to many endemic species that are unafraid of humans. About 97% of the reptiles and land mammals and 80% of the land birds are endemic, and more than 20% of the marine species are found nowhere but the Galapagos Islands. Highlights should include marine and land iguanas, Nazca, red and blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, waved albatross, sea lions, giant Galapagos tortoises and the majority of the 13 Darwin finches.
What is the boat like?
The Alya is a spacious and stylish catamaran, purpose-built to sail around the Galapagos islands. The boat can accommodate 16 people across nine cabins, all with big picture windows. There is a lounge, both indoor and outdoor eating areas and a generous sundeck with loungers and a hot tub.
WILL THERE BE OPPORTUNITIES TO WALK ON THE ISLANDS AND SNORKEL?
Yes, every day there will be a number of excursions to the islands with the onboard naturalist guide. Depending on the visitor site of the day there will be the chance to walk the trails, snorkel or take panga rides.
WILL THE SEA BE ROUGH?
Seas are generally calm at this time of year.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE IN APRIL?
April is a great time of year to travel to the Galapagos islands. The days are generally clear, warm and sunny with temperatures averaging 25 C. Sea temperatures are also at their warmest at this time and visibility is good so snorkelling can be more enjoyable.
*Please note the itinerary is for the departure on 13th April. The departure on 6th visits the western islands*
- 6th April 2019
- 13th April 2019
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.