Set sail aboard the beautiful Alya catamaran to explore the wonders on this 4 day Galapagos cruise at HALF price
The Galapagos archipelago is a paradise for wildlife lovers
Snorkel with sea lions, marvel at the world’s largest waved albatross breeding site, photograph the blow hole at Suarez Point, see newly hatched giant tortoises and take a panga ride around the sheltered lagoon of Carrion Point to discover the varied marine life.
Built in 2017, the elegant Alya is a superior first class motor catamaran, designed to carry up to 16 passengers. The ship offers 9 comfortable cabins, all tastefully decorated and featuring private facilities, hot and cold water, air-conditioning, a safety deposit box and the choice of double or twin beds. 4 of the cabins are located on the upper deck, 5 on the main deck and 8 of the cabins have a private balcony. On board there is a library, dining room, two bars and an extensive sundeck with a panoramic Jacuzzi. The catamaran sails with a crew of 8 plus a bilingual, certified naturalist guide. The 4, 5 and 8-day itineraries include hiking, snorkelling and kayaking in your exploration of the Galapagos Islands.
4 day Galapagos cruise from $2149 inclusions
All meals throughout cruise
Transfers in the islands
Bilingual national park guide
Use of snorkeling equipment and wetsuits
Use of Kayak
Coffee, tea and soft drinks
Free airport assistance*
1 hotel night in Quito or Guayaquil (the day before the cruise)*
Free airport transfers for Galapagos flights*
Difficulty Rating: 2 (light adventure)
Single Surcharge: Available upon request
Morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands.
You will arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by a Alya staff member and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Breeding Center Jacinto Gordillo “La Galapaguera”. It is a new visitor site in the southest part of San Cristobal Island and can now be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warblers, finches and mockingbirds. Giant tortoises can be observed on the trails. They live there wild but in a protected area to ensure their survival by sealing them off from introduced predators like pigs and goats.
In the morning you will be involved in an excursion to Lobos Island which means “Sea Lion Island.” This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, playful, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.
In the afternoon, you will end up visiting the Pitt Point, situated on the north-eastern tip of the island, hosts frigatebirds, storm petrels, and all three types of booby birds: the Nazca, blue-footed and red-footed boobies. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area with an abundance of birds.
In the morning, you will visit Suarez Point. On the trail you will have the chance to see blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. This island is the breeding site of nearly all of the world’s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. You will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You will have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.
In the afternoon, excursion takes you to the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, you can walk across a lovely white-sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. You may also see curious mockingbirds on the beach.
In the morning, you will head to Carrión Point, located in northeastern Santa Cruz. We will navigate around this point which will provide you opportunities to see various sea birds nesting on the rock cliffs. Carrion Point creates a sheltered lagoon with beautiful, turquoise water. During this visit you can snorkel and see a variety of fish, rays and perhaps the harmless white-tip reef sharks.
After this final visit, you will be transferred to the Baltra airport in time for your flight back to the