Yacht Charters in Galapagos
The famous islands that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, the Galapagos, still hold the same magic and mystery of centuries past. Lost in the unchartered Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Ecuador are these 61 volcanic atolls and islands. To this day the Galapagos Islands and its abundant species of unique animal species remain a little explored yacht charter destination. Enjoy this unique, once in a lifetime chance to see the world as Darwin saw it.
Find an example itinerary of a luxury yacht charter in the Galapagos below:
Santa Cruz to San Cristobal, Galapagos: 8 Days
Day 1: Whale Bay & Santa Cruz Island
Fly into the airport in Baltra, transfer to the yacht and get ready for your adventure. Whale Bay is the was a whaling camp back in the days of the pirates and due to the olivine crystals, the beach is green in color. Keep an eye out for the Galápagos hawk. Santa Cruz Island hosts the Charles Darwin Research Station in addition to the headquarters of the Galápagos National Park Service.
Day 2: Santa Fe Island & South Plaza Island
Volcanic Santa Fe hosts a variety of flora and fauna such as the forest of Opuntia cactus, palo santo, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, petrels, land iguanas as well as lava lizards. Snorkel the peaceful lagoon and say hello to the sea lions. Check out the hybrid iguanas at South Plaza Island - fathers are marine iguanas and mothers are land iguanas.
Day 3: Genovesa Island & Darwin Bay
On Genovesa Island, hop off your luxury Galapagos yacht charter and ascend the astonishing, steep path, through a seabird colony up to 82 feet high cliffs.
Day 4: Espinosa Point, Fernandina Island, Urbina Bay, Isabela Island
On Punta Espinosa, we will observe the marine iguanas, flightless cormorant, Galápagos penguins, pelicans and sea lions in addition to the lava flows and mangrove forests. In Urbina Bay, spot the turtles and rays and walk through a coral bed which shifted up and out of the sea in 1954.
Day 5: Tagus Cove, Vicente Roca Point, Albermarle Point, Isabela Island
Tagus Cove's namesake is a British warship that anchored here in 1814. You will have a chance to see marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, sea lions and blue-footed boobies. Two azure, crystalline coves with a bay make up Vicente Roca Point. Hike the cliffs or explore underwater life as this is one of the archipelago's most popular dive spots. You will notice the remains of a US World War II radar base at Albermarle Point, also home to a nesting sit for cormorants and large marine iguanas and a pahoehoe lava flow.
Day 6: Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove, James Bay & Santiago Island
Disembark your Galapagos superyacht charter and walk in the footsteps of pirates and whalers at Espumilla Beach, now popular with marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Pirates would anchor in the protected bay at Buccaneer Cove to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat among other things. See the long, blackened coastline at James Bay
where lava has eroded in addition to the Galápagos fur seals, tropical fish, sharks, moray eels and octopi.
Day 7: Charles Darwin Research Station, Los Gemelos, Highlands, Santa Cruz Island
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about preservation and research efforts and see the tortoise breeding and rearing project at work. Los Gemelos are two volcanic depressions on the highest part of Santa Cruz.
Day 8: The Galápagos National Park Interpretation Centre, San Cristobal Island
Learn about the history and biodiversity of the Galápagos Islands at the Interpretation Center before your transfer to the airport.
For all your Galapagos superyacht charter enquiries, contact the Denison Super Yacht Division team.