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Galapagos Naturalist 5 Day Cruise B (Aqua Galapagos)

Five nights aboard M/Y Aqua will in no doubt provide you with the BEST memories! This route is known as “The Heart of the Archipelago”- discover uniquely shaped Chinese Hat, extraordinary wildlife above and under the waves at Cowley and Albany, and much more! This itinerary is sure to make your stay that of a lifetime!
05 June, 2020 to 09 June, 2020
Cabin $ 2,295 USD pp
Lower deck - 2 cabins with a double size lower bed and single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed. Main deck - 1 cabin with a matrimonial bed. Upper deck - 4 cabins with a single lower and a single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed.
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19 June, 2020 to 23 June, 2020
Cabin $ 2,295 USD pp
Lower deck - 2 cabins with a double size lower bed and single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed. Main deck - 1 cabin with a matrimonial bed. Upper deck - 4 cabins with a single lower and a single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed.
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03 July, 2020 to 07 July, 2020
Cabin $ 2,295 USD pp
Lower deck - 2 cabins with a double size lower bed and single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed. Main deck - 1 cabin with a matrimonial bed. Upper deck - 4 cabins with a single lower and a single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed.
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17 July, 2020 to 21 July, 2020
Cabin $ 2,295 USD pp
Lower deck - 2 cabins with a double size lower bed and single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed. Main deck - 1 cabin with a matrimonial bed. Upper deck - 4 cabins with a single lower and a single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed.
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31 July, 2020 to 04 August, 2020
Cabin $ 2,295 USD pp
Lower deck - 2 cabins with a double size lower bed and single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed. Main deck - 1 cabin with a matrimonial bed. Upper deck - 4 cabins with a single lower and a single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed.
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28 August, 2020 to 01 September, 2020
Cabin $ 2,295 USD pp
Lower deck - 2 cabins with a double size lower bed and single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed. Main deck - 1 cabin with a matrimonial bed. Upper deck - 4 cabins with a single lower and a single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed.
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22 September, 2020 to 29 September, 2020
Cabin $ 2,295 USD pp
Lower deck - 2 cabins with a double size lower bed and single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed. Main deck - 1 cabin with a matrimonial bed. Upper deck - 4 cabins with a single lower and a single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed.
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09 October, 2020 to 13 October, 2020
Cabin $ 2,295 USD pp
Lower deck - 2 cabins with a double size lower bed and single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed. Main deck - 1 cabin with a matrimonial bed. Upper deck - 4 cabins with a single lower and a single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed.
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23 October, 2020 to 27 October, 2020
Cabin $ 2,295 USD pp
Lower deck - 2 cabins with a double size lower bed and single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed. Main deck - 1 cabin with a matrimonial bed. Upper deck - 4 cabins with a single lower and a single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed.
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06 November, 2020 to 10 November, 2020
Cabin $ 2,295 USD pp
Lower deck - 2 cabins with a double size lower bed and single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed. Main deck - 1 cabin with a matrimonial bed. Upper deck - 4 cabins with a single lower and a single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed.
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20 November, 2020 to 24 November, 2020
Cabin $ 2,295 USD pp
Lower deck - 2 cabins with a double size lower bed and single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed. Main deck - 1 cabin with a matrimonial bed. Upper deck - 4 cabins with a single lower and a single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed.
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04 December, 2020 to 08 December, 2020
Cabin $ 2,295 USD pp
Lower deck - 2 cabins with a double size lower bed and single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed. Main deck - 1 cabin with a matrimonial bed. Upper deck - 4 cabins with a single lower and a single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed.
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18 December, 2020 to 22 December, 2020
Cabin $ 2,295 USD pp
Lower deck - 2 cabins with a double size lower bed and single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed. Main deck - 1 cabin with a matrimonial bed. Upper deck - 4 cabins with a single lower and a single upper bed (for double or triple use) & 1 cabin with matrimonial bed.
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Additional charges:

Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card 120 USD pp

Galapagos Naturalist 5 Day Cruise B (Aqua Galapagos) itinerary:

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Day 1 Friday AM - Arrival to Baltra Airport PM - Chinese Hat
AM – Arrival to Baltra Airport Upon arrival at Seymour Ecological Airport, a check-up is carried out rst, to ensure that no foreign plant or animal species are introduced on the islands. Furthermore, your TCC (Transit Control Card) is stamped; this must be kept safe during your trip, as it has to be presented again on your return ight. In addition, entrance to the Galapagos National Park is due for entry (US $ 100), if this has not yet been paid. Your guide will meet you at the airport, assist you with the luggage and accompany you on the short bus ride to the harbour of Puerto Ayora. Here you will climb aboard the M/Y Aqua! After greeting the crew and the captain, your cabins will be assigned to you and then you will enjoy your rst lunch on-board. PM – Chinese Hat (Santiago) Chinese Hat is a 52m/170ft high volcanic cone, forming another islet right off the rocky coast of Santiago, where a small colony of Galapagos penguins have settled. Approaching Chinese Hat from the north, you will understand the meaning of the name. This is an excellent place to learn more about volcanoes, lava bombs and lava tunnels. You will arrive just in time to witness how this barren islet is colonised by pioneer species that have begun to sprout! Beautiful beaches of white coral sand and holes in the eroding lava elds are lled up with lava sand, which enables rooting. Galapagos sea lions and countless marine iguanas contribute to fertilisation, and altogether create many favourable options for newcomers, such as saltbush and the sesuvium carpet.
Day 2 Saturday AM - Cowley (Isabela) PM - Albany Islet & Buccaneer Cove (Santiago)
AM - Cowley Islet (Isabela) This islet, located coast of Isabela, is a popular diving site due to the many incredible species located in the waters here. You will encounter a range of shark species, Galapagos sea lions, stingrays, green sea turtles, cormorants, penguins, manta rays, and more! And if you’re lucky, you can encounter sea horses! PM – Albany Islet (Santiago) Albany Islet is an amazing sloping rock located off the Northwest Point of Santiago. This is a great site to observe tiger nudibranchs, sea turtles, Galapagos black coral, barnacles, Galapagos sharks and golden eagle rays
Day 3 Sunday AM - Egas Port (Santiago) PM - Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
AM – Egas Port We will have a “wet-landing” and take an easy walk along trails and on the beautiful shoreline of the black-sand beach, where you can see birds, sea lions, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, marine iguanas and the Galapagos Fur Seal. During the walk you will be able to see some of Darwin’s nches, yellow warblers and many other beautiful and unique animals! PM – Sullivan Bay The arrival in Sullivan Bay is like a moon landing. The desolate, sprawling elds seem to be mostly lifeless, but this island, which is particularly popular among photographers, still offers a lot to see. There is even some life! Green sea turtles burrow in the small white sand beach, where you can also nd crabs, blue herons and oystercatchers.
Day 4 Monday AM - Rabida PM - Bartolome
AM - Rabida Island After a ‘wet landing’ on the remarkable red beach of Rabida, there are two short guided hikes. Oxidised iron particles give the rocks and sand their rusty colour. The beach wall holds a shallow green-fringed lagoon; this oasis is the most fertile place on the otherwise arid islet, which is overgrown with leaf-dropping palo santo trees. The salty pool attracts all kind of aquatic birds, like pintails and sometimes American amingos. Between the evergreen foliage of the surrounding mangrove bushes many species of songbirds hide and breed. One of the most outstanding attractions is the major breeding colony of brown pelicans, the only ones in the world that plunge-dive. PM – Bartolome Island The beautiful volcano islet of Bartolomé is among the youngest of the islands, and on a geological scale was just recently born out of re. Although at rst sight lifeless, Bartolomé offers some of the wildest landscapes and best panoramas of the entire archipelago. To enjoy the postcard view of the idyllic ‘Pinnacle Bay’ you have to climb the stairs to the viewpoint on top of the island (114m/375ft). Enter a dramatic world of threatening (though extinguished) nearby spatter cones, craters, and lightweight lava droplets that have been spewed out by ery fountains. The Summit Trail is also ideal for witnessing how scanty pioneer vegetation such as lava cactus struggles to take root in the bare virgin lava elds.
Day 5 Tuesday AM - Mosquera Islet Transfer to Baltra airport
AM - Mosquera Though close neighbours, Mosquera and North Seymour offer a very different experience; diverging habitats attract different residents. While North Seymour contains large breeding colonies of boobies and frigate birds, Mosquera stands out as one of the largest concentrations of Galapagos sea lions in the entire archipelago. It’s also one of the few spots inside the National Park where you can stroll around freely, without being restricted to a trail. Galapagos sea lions are real beach lovers and Mosquera offers beautiful white coral sand beaches contrasting with the azure coloured water. This islet is just a few metres higher than a sandbank and doesn’t complicate their landing, and they can roll relaxed in the surf. For shing they just have to enter the Itabaca Channel, which is a sort of natural place in which lots of marine life and schools of sh are concentrated. Transfer to Baltra Airport It’s time to say goodbye to Galapagos! It’s been a pleasure accompanying you on this unique trip and hope to see you again very soon! Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to the Seymour Ecological Airport, where we will take the shuttle back to the airport. In case you have booked your trip for a longer stay with us, we would be welcoming any potential new fellow passengers to the yacht, and continue our trip to the next visiting site!
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Itineraries are subject to change.

Galapagos Naturalist 5 Day Cruise B (Aqua Galapagos) reverse itinerary:

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Please note: *
Itineraries are subject to change.
Day 5 Tuesday AM - Mosquera Islet Transfer to Baltra airport *
AM - Mosquera Though close neighbours, Mosquera and North Seymour offer a very different experience; diverging habitats attract different residents. While North Seymour contains large breeding colonies of boobies and frigate birds, Mosquera stands out as one of the largest concentrations of Galapagos sea lions in the entire archipelago. It’s also one of the few spots inside the National Park where you can stroll around freely, without being restricted to a trail. Galapagos sea lions are real beach lovers and Mosquera offers beautiful white coral sand beaches contrasting with the azure coloured water. This islet is just a few metres higher than a sandbank and doesn’t complicate their landing, and they can roll relaxed in the surf. For shing they just have to enter the Itabaca Channel, which is a sort of natural place in which lots of marine life and schools of sh are concentrated. Transfer to Baltra Airport It’s time to say goodbye to Galapagos! It’s been a pleasure accompanying you on this unique trip and hope to see you again very soon! Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to the Seymour Ecological Airport, where we will take the shuttle back to the airport. In case you have booked your trip for a longer stay with us, we would be welcoming any potential new fellow passengers to the yacht, and continue our trip to the next visiting site!
Day 4 Monday AM - Rabida PM - Bartolome *
AM - Rabida Island After a ‘wet landing’ on the remarkable red beach of Rabida, there are two short guided hikes. Oxidised iron particles give the rocks and sand their rusty colour. The beach wall holds a shallow green-fringed lagoon; this oasis is the most fertile place on the otherwise arid islet, which is overgrown with leaf-dropping palo santo trees. The salty pool attracts all kind of aquatic birds, like pintails and sometimes American amingos. Between the evergreen foliage of the surrounding mangrove bushes many species of songbirds hide and breed. One of the most outstanding attractions is the major breeding colony of brown pelicans, the only ones in the world that plunge-dive. PM – Bartolome Island The beautiful volcano islet of Bartolomé is among the youngest of the islands, and on a geological scale was just recently born out of re. Although at rst sight lifeless, Bartolomé offers some of the wildest landscapes and best panoramas of the entire archipelago. To enjoy the postcard view of the idyllic ‘Pinnacle Bay’ you have to climb the stairs to the viewpoint on top of the island (114m/375ft). Enter a dramatic world of threatening (though extinguished) nearby spatter cones, craters, and lightweight lava droplets that have been spewed out by ery fountains. The Summit Trail is also ideal for witnessing how scanty pioneer vegetation such as lava cactus struggles to take root in the bare virgin lava elds.
Day 3 Sunday AM - Egas Port (Santiago) PM - Sullivan Bay (Santiago) *
AM – Egas Port We will have a “wet-landing” and take an easy walk along trails and on the beautiful shoreline of the black-sand beach, where you can see birds, sea lions, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, marine iguanas and the Galapagos Fur Seal. During the walk you will be able to see some of Darwin’s nches, yellow warblers and many other beautiful and unique animals! PM – Sullivan Bay The arrival in Sullivan Bay is like a moon landing. The desolate, sprawling elds seem to be mostly lifeless, but this island, which is particularly popular among photographers, still offers a lot to see. There is even some life! Green sea turtles burrow in the small white sand beach, where you can also nd crabs, blue herons and oystercatchers.
Day 2 Saturday AM - Cowley (Isabela) PM - Albany Islet & Buccaneer Cove (Santiago) *
AM - Cowley Islet (Isabela) This islet, located coast of Isabela, is a popular diving site due to the many incredible species located in the waters here. You will encounter a range of shark species, Galapagos sea lions, stingrays, green sea turtles, cormorants, penguins, manta rays, and more! And if you’re lucky, you can encounter sea horses! PM – Albany Islet (Santiago) Albany Islet is an amazing sloping rock located off the Northwest Point of Santiago. This is a great site to observe tiger nudibranchs, sea turtles, Galapagos black coral, barnacles, Galapagos sharks and golden eagle rays
Day 1 Friday AM - Arrival to Baltra Airport PM - Chinese Hat *
AM – Arrival to Baltra Airport Upon arrival at Seymour Ecological Airport, a check-up is carried out rst, to ensure that no foreign plant or animal species are introduced on the islands. Furthermore, your TCC (Transit Control Card) is stamped; this must be kept safe during your trip, as it has to be presented again on your return ight. In addition, entrance to the Galapagos National Park is due for entry (US $ 100), if this has not yet been paid. Your guide will meet you at the airport, assist you with the luggage and accompany you on the short bus ride to the harbour of Puerto Ayora. Here you will climb aboard the M/Y Aqua! After greeting the crew and the captain, your cabins will be assigned to you and then you will enjoy your rst lunch on-board. PM – Chinese Hat (Santiago) Chinese Hat is a 52m/170ft high volcanic cone, forming another islet right off the rocky coast of Santiago, where a small colony of Galapagos penguins have settled. Approaching Chinese Hat from the north, you will understand the meaning of the name. This is an excellent place to learn more about volcanoes, lava bombs and lava tunnels. You will arrive just in time to witness how this barren islet is colonised by pioneer species that have begun to sprout! Beautiful beaches of white coral sand and holes in the eroding lava elds are lled up with lava sand, which enables rooting. Galapagos sea lions and countless marine iguanas contribute to fertilisation, and altogether create many favourable options for newcomers, such as saltbush and the sesuvium carpet.
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Aqua Galapagos

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht

Passenger Capacity: 16

Lenght: 26 m

Built: 1998 (Remodeled in 2019)

The Galapagos Aqua is the ideal boat for divers and adventure lovers of all ages! It offers a unique combination of both liveaboard diving safaris, including the best diving sites of the archipelago, as well as naturalist cruises for seeing what makes the islands themselves so special, something that should not be missed when visiting the Galapagos Islands.

Diving Equipment on board:

2 dive tank compressors: Enriched air and Nitrox, Aluminum 12L scuba tanks with valves, belts and weights, Full personal diving equipment available for rent (BCD, regulator, mask, fins, 7mm wetsuits, hoods, gloves, boots, dive computer, torch, GoPro underwater camera), Diving Safety Equipment provided on board for free: Personal Marine rescue GPS, Storm whistle, Diving beacon, Surface marker tube. Aqua’s Dive related Certifications:Certified with PADI, DAN, EFR.

Social Aeas:

Sun deck: Solarium area, shaded relaxing area

Upper deck: Shaded outside deck

Main Deck: Dive Platform

Amenities: TV, DVD, laptop, beamer, deck chairs

Cabin layout for Aqua Galapagos
• Great & American Frigatebird

• Galapagos Sea Lion

• Galapagos Penguin

• Brown Pelicans

• American Flamingos

• Marine Iguana

• Land Iguana

• Green Sea Turtle