Galapagos sailing: Mary Anne | 8 days West

From Santa Cruz Island to Santa Cruz Island
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

Come sail the Galapagos on a one of a kind journey aboard the 3 masted Mary Anne schooner. Travelling by wind on open sails is a unique experience that will make your Galapagos Islands vacation unforgettable. Making stops at the most popular islands such as Santa Cruz, Floreana and Santiago your Galapagos cruise will be touched by memorable encounters at every point. You can learn about the research and conservation initiatives at the Charles Darwin Research Station – a highlight for many when they visit Galapagos. Snorkel among the scores of fish, rays and sharks in the clear waters, including at the premier Galapagos snorkeling site, the Devil's Crown. While hiking along untouched beaches or across lava fields you may encounter iguanas, sea turtles nesting, Blue Footed Boobies. penguins and all the other curious creatures that call the Galapagos archipelago home. Experience the relics of pirate and buccaneer life at coves that were once pirate hideaways and buccaneer refuges.

Navigate the Galapagos under full sail, without the sound of engines, and explore all the incredible scenery of the area. Volcanoes - some active - dot the horizon; ancient craters form lagoons filled with turquoise water and white sand beaches host scores of local animals.  While at sea on your Galapagos cruise you may spot whales and dolphins or simply have a drink in the lounge, relax on the sundeck or read a book in the library...or help the crew hoist the sails! Enjoy your Galapagos Islands sailing vacation on board the majestic Mary Anne.

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"Unique experience - Enjoy sailing with the wind on the only Schooner in the Galapagos, help hoist the sails!" Pia, Team Viva

Go on a kayak excursion and observe the sea life swimming alongside

Navigating at full sail, you will not be troubled by the sound of engines, tempting dolphins and whales to swim alongside the ship.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Baltra

Fly from Quito or Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands

After arriving at Baltra airport, we will be greeted by an Angermeyer Cruises representative and then board a bus that will take us to the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island for our first visit in the Galapagos. The Highlands are lush and green in contrast to the arid coastal vegetation. The highland forests are dominated by the endemic Scalesia tree and are home to many bird species, including the short-ear owl. Here, we will have lunch at a local ranch while looking for the famous giant tortoises, which are in constant migration from the highlands to the coast. After lunch, we will head to Puerto Ayora for our second visit, the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center.
In the breeding center, we will see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi-natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the tourists. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be "repatriated"),and adults.

Day 2
Punta Cormorant, Devil's Crown and Post Office Bay

Morning:
We spend the day on Floreana, legendary homestead of infamous Baroness Eloise Von Wagner de Bousquet. Wet landing onto the olivine beaches of Punta Cormorant, where we will be seeking Greater Flamingos on the brackish lagoon on our way to another special beach with the finest sand you’ll set foot on, a sea turtle nesting ground where sharks and rays also visit regularly. We end the outing with a short panga ride to snorkel in the Devil’s Crown, an old volcanic crater and a key snorkeling site.

Afternoon
After lunch, we will visit Post Office Bay (wet landing), where you can drop your postcards in the barrel as the whalers did centuries ago and select cards to hand deliver when you return home.

Day 3
Black Beach, Asilo de le Paz Afternoon Navigation

Morning:
This morning we will visit Floreana Island´s Black Beach to learn about the intriguing human history of the island and its first inhabitants.
We will visit this freshwater source known as Asilo de La Paz, as well as the caves that served as hideouts for pirates and where the first Galapegueño was born, according to the stories of Floreana, which involve the infamous Baroness Eloise Wagner von Bousquet and her lovers who mysteriously began to disappear after settling on the island.

Afternoon
After our visit, we will have the best opportunity for a not‐so‐common yet well beloved activity in the archipelago, a full afternoon navigation to look for whales and dolphins. This afternoon is completed by the impressive landscapes of Isabela and the Cerro Azul volcano.

Day 4
Punta Moreno and Urbina Bay

Morning:
We arrive at Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos. After breakfast, we step ashore at Punta Moreno (dry landing) onto a superb pahoehoe lava flow surrounded by giant shield volcanoes, some of which are still active! From here we will do a short hike to a lagoon where flamingos are usually present.

Afternoon:
We disembark at Urbina Bay (wet landing) onto a black sand beach, a nesting site for green sea turtles. We take a brief hike inland in search of land iguanas and giant tortoises (seasonal) that migrate to and from the highlands.
At the beach, we will admire the remains of a geological uplift exposing coral heads and marine fossils, and if the sea conditions and time are on our side, we will also snorkel in these waters.

Day 5
Tagus Cove and Punta Espinosa

Morning:
Dry landing near Tagus Cove, a historical pirate hideaway where names of countless ships are recorded for posterity on the cliff face. Hike through beautiful Galapagos landscapes to Darwin Lake, a salt‐water crater lagoon surrounded by tuff stone.

Afternoon:
We cross Bolivar Channel to Fernandina Island, one of the world’s most pristine sites, and disembark (dry landing) at Punta Espinosa.
Strolling along the shoreline, we will be on the lookout for flightless cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos penguins and hawks, sooty‐colored marine iguanas and bright red‐orange Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner is included today.

Day 6
Puerto Egas, Bucaneer's Cove and Espumilla Beach

Morning:
At Puerto Egas (wet landing) we disembark on a dark sand volcanic beach with an interesting history of human settlement. Sleepy Galapagos fur seals lounge under arches of lava carved by the ocean and occasionally dip into the crystalline pools, also known as “grottos.” Walk along the shore and observe the abundant marine life.

Afternoon:
At Buccaneer Cove we will take a panga ride around the beautiful coastline. This place got its name because it used to be a refuge for British Buccaneers, which anchored here to collect supplies and clean their ships among other activities. The cove is very scenic with views of the cliffs and a dark beach. Do not forget to look for two unusual rock formations known as ‘the monk’ and ‘elephant rock.’ We head to central Santiago to disembark at Espumilla (wet landing), onto a golden‐colored sand beach, used by green sea turtles as a nesting site.
A forest trail will take us through some of the largest specimens of Palo Santo on the islands to observe yellow warblers, the amazing Galapagos flycatcher, and Darwin finches.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner is included today.

Day 7
Sullivan Bay and North Seymour

Morning:
We head across to Sullivan Bay (dry landing) in Santiago to walk over a recent lava flow, including very fresh pahoehoe lava formations, lava bubbles containing crystallized minerals and pioneer plants. Along the shoreline, we may find Galapagos penguins and herons going after small fish.

Afternoon:
We disembark on North Seymour(dry landing), a small uplifted island, where we will walk right up to bird nesting colonies of the two species of frigate birds, blue‐footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls, and experience, depending on the season, spectacular mating ritual displays

Day 8
Mosquera Islet Depart Baltra

Morning:
Mosquera is a small islet located between Baltra and North Seymour Islands and measuring about 160 meters across and 600 meters long. It is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies and is also a haven for shorebirds. Orcas occasionally come to the islet to feed on the sea lions. After this visit, the ship will sail to Baltra where passengers ending their trip will disembark, and passengers beginning their cruise will join us on board.

In addition to the land visits, we offer a good balance of other activities such as snorkeling, pangarides, and kayaking.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Double or single cabins
  • Included Copy 31 No single supplement - subject to availability
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals on board , coffee, tea, water
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Programmed visits to the islands with a certified English-speaking naturalist guide
  • Included Copy 20 Snorkel gear (mask, snorkel and fins)
  • Included Copy 20 Kayaks
  • Included Copy 7 Return flights Quito or Guayaquil / Galapagos Islands
  • Included Copy 7 Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee USD$100 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Ingala Tourist Card USD$20 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 31 Wet suit rental
Transportation
Mary Anne | Galapagos Cruise Ship

16 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Help sail the 3 masted Mary Anne
  • Included Encounter birdlife including the Galapagos penguin
  • Included Learn about the Galapagos Giant Tortoise
  • Included Guided walks and hikes with a naturalist guide
  • Included Explore coastlines and coves by kayak or dinghy
  • Included Swimming and snorkelling with marine life like sea lions
  • Included Send a postcard home from Post Office Bay!
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Duration

8 days

Price from

$4,980 USD

Per person, twin share

Departs select Saturdays