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Catamaran Athala

Motor Catamaran Athala was built in 2007 and with its unparalleled stability you are guaranteed a calm and relaxing cruise.

The M/C Athala can accommodate 16 passengers in 8 comfortable double cabins (4 on the main deck and 4 on the upper deck).

All cabins provide a beautiful view on the sea. Furthermore all of them are equipped with a private bathroom with hot/cold water, air condition, wardrobe and cupboard.

The M/C Athala also offers you a hot tub, a comfortable dining room, a bar and lounge, a library, TV, DVD- player, radio and a sun deck with deck chairs to sleep and relax in the sun.

Characteristics Motor Catamaran Athala

Category: First Class
Length : 90 ft – 30 m
Beam: 36.08 ft – 11 m
Capacity: 16 passengers
Speed : 12 knots
Crew: 10 plus 1 multilingual naturalist guide
Cabins: 8 double cabins each with private bathroom

Itinerary Overview Motor Catamaran Athala

Tuesday: Island San Cristobal – La Galapaguera
Wednesday: Island Floreana – Post Office Bay – Cormorant Point – Devils Crown
Thursday: Española Island – Gardener Bay - Suarez Point
Friday: Island Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Station / Island South Plaza
Saturday: Island Bartolome / Island North Seymour
Sunday: Island Fernandina – Espinoza Point / Island Isabela – Punta Vicente Roca
Monday: Island Santiago – Puerto Egas / Island Rabida
Tuesday: Isabela San Cristobal – Isla Lobos – return flight

Detailed Itinerary

Tuesday: Flight to Galápagos - Island San Cristóbal / La Galapaguera
In the morning you will fly to the Galapágos Island San Cristobal from which you will start your cruise. After paying the National Park Entrance Fee, a crew member will accompany you to your yacht which anchors at Baquerizo Moreno harbour. After arrival on board, check- in and explanations in general, lunch will be served. Afterwards you will start with your first excursion. Make a dry landing at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno village and go through the highlands of San Cristobal. Here you will visit San Cristobal breeding centre, called "La Galapaguera", where you will have the possibility to get to know more about the Giant tortoises breeding efforts of the National Park; especially of the endemic species: Geochelone elephantopus Chatamensis.-/L/D

Wednesday: Floreana Island / Post Office Bay – Cormorant Point – Devils Crown
Floreana Island is perceived as one of the most exotic Island of the archipelago.
In the morning you will visit the famous Post Office Bay which keeps the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to post their mail in. Nowadays you can leave a letter and hope that it will make its destination via another tourist. At Cormorant Point you land on a green olivine sand beach. Following a 100 m long path you will soon reach a lagoon with flamingoes, white-checked pintail ducks and other shorebirds. In the afternoon you will reach Devils Crown (Corona del Diablo), a broken volcanic cone, which is one of the most beautiful places to go snorkeling on Galápagos Island. You can dive or swim between riff sharks, star fishes, marine turtles, sea lions and many tropical ornamental fishes.  B/L/D

Thursday: Española Island / Gardener Bay – Suarez Point
Española is the southernmost and oldest island of the Galápagos archipelago. Because of its isolated position you can explore a lot of endemic wildlife. Gardener Bay is on the eastern shore with turquoise shot coloured water and a magnificent beach. Around the small islets nearby, snorkelers will find lots of fish and sometimes turtles and sharks. The bay is also frequented by a transient colony of sea lions which like to swim with you. Birds, like the endemic Hood-Mockingbird and different species of Darwin finches, are omnipresent. After lunch on board you will have an excursion to Point Suarez which is one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago, with a long list of species found along its cliffs and sand or pebble beaches. In addition to five species of nesting seabirds there are the curious and bold Española Island mockingbirds, Galapagos doves and Galapagos hawks. Several types of reptiles, including the marine iguana and the oversized lava lizard, are unique to this island. When heavy swells are running, Point Suarez is also the site of a spectacular blowhole, with thundering spray shooting 30 yards into the air. The walkabout on a stony path is about 2km (duration about 3 hours). B/L/D

Friday: Island Santa Cruz / Charles Darwin Station – South Plaza Island
Today you anchor at the harbour of Puerto Ayora on Island Santa Cruz. Beside its rank as homestay for sea lions and pelicans, the marina is a popular starting point for round-the-world-yachtsman. The island itself has come to be both touristic and scientific center of the archipeleago. The Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galapagos National Park offices are based on Santa Cruz Island. The station encompasses an information centre, a museum, a library and a tortoise breeding station. Here you will have an opportunity to visit some of the best scientists of the Galápagos. Park rangers and park managers among others, who make huge efforts to preserve this Unesco World Heritage Site, conduct the conservation of the islands. In the  tortoise breeding and rearing centre you can encounter tortoises of different subspecies, which are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. The most popular inhabitant of this Station is probably Lonesome George. He is the only survivor of his specific turtle species. In the past all approaches to find a partner for him failed. But in July 2008 the scientists found a carved nest wit nine eggs from a female tortoise. Three of them could be saved and now accordingly to strict instructions they are incubated syntheticly. In the afternoon you will explore South Plaza Island, the more southernly island of the both Plaza Island, located in the east of Island Santa Cruz. On this island so full of life you will encounter colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. On the steep banks it is possible to see a great number of birds such as nesting tropic birds and fork-tailed seagulls. But most of all, enjoying the beautiful view from atop the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasurable experience. The Opuntia cactus and red coral bushes grow here and the vegetation changes colour according to the seasons of the year. B/L/D

Saturday: North Seymour Island – Island Bartalomé
After a dry landing, you will have a short walk along the coast of the northernmost island of Seymour. Guests will encounter swallow tailed gulls, sea lions and cliff crabs. This site is also known for being a major nesting colony of blue footed boobies, and the largest colony of the magnificent frigate bird, a species different to the great frigate bird. You can also spot both endemic species of iguanas, the marine iguanas and land iguanas. You will enjoy this relaxing hike around the nesting sites. Arriving at Bartolomé you will ascend a lookout point from where you can admire the spectacular panorama of the Sullivan Bay and the famous needle shaped rock, the so called Pinnacle Rock. The beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock boast some fine snorkeling spots from which you can discover the marvelous underwater world with a good chance to encounter penguins or the softly gliding turtles. B/L/D

Sunday: Fernandina Island / Espinosa Point – Isabela Island / Vicente Roca Point
In the morning you will visit Fernandina Island which is not only the westernmost but also the youngest and most pristine Island found in Galapagos. The last eruption of the volcano La Cumbre in 2005 created huge interesting fields of lava. Punta Espinoza, one of Fernandina’s visit points, is situated within a fascinating lava scenery with Lava-Cactuses and on the surface of the lava growing mangroves. Beside this unique scenery you will come in contact with numerous animals here. The highlights are sea lions, penguins, the flightless cormorant (especially in spring and summer) and one of the biggest iguana colonies of Galápagos. Do not miss a snorkeling trip during which you have the possibility to explore the beautiful underwater world. This afternoon will lead you to the largest island of the archipelago, Island Isabela. With a surface of 4588 sq.km the isle engages more than the half of the land area of whole Galápagos. Located at the ‘mouth’ of the head of the sea horse, which forms the northern part of the Isabela, is Punta Vicente Roca, an interesting rock formation. Here the remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay well protected from the ocean swells. With good luck you can observe penguins in the deep blue sea. Masked and blue-footed boobies and pelicans sit perched along the point and the sheer cliffs, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline. B/L/D

Monday: Santiago Island / Egas Port – Rábida Island
Today you will land at Santiago Island, also known as James, or San Salvador Island, which is the fourth largest island in the archipelago. The influences of the former salt mine workers and their imported animals are still alive on the island. The last tries to populate Santiago Island were given up forty years ago. Visit the dark sand beach with a lot of marine iguanas at Egas Port after a wet landing. After a short walk of about 2 km along the coast you will reach the cliffy lava coast with natural pools where sea lions take a bath and herons and other sea birds are as well local. Additionally you can encounter a small group of sea bears. The surrounding area is good for spotting and observing colonies of sea lions, red sally light-foot crabs, lava iguanas, Galápagos buzzards and lava herons. After lunch on board you will make an excursion to the small volcano island Rábida with its dark red beach. A small path there leads you to the little lagoon, which is often visited by flamingos. On your way to this lagoon you will pass nesting pelicans and other sea birds. The beach of Rábida Island is considered as one of the most beautiful places to go snorkeling. Because of a huge richness of fishes you can also observe a lot of sea lions there. B/L/D

Tuesday: Island San Cristóbal / Lobos Island – flight back to mainland
Your aim for today is Island San Cristóbal. Here you will visit Lobos Island, which is located in front of San Cristobal Island. It is a seasonal nesting location for the blue footed booby and frigate birds. You also should enjoy swimming and snorkelling with sea lions in this calm bay.

Around midday you will fly back to the mainland of Ecuador. Enjoy the last view back to the enchanting islands; a unique paradise with its fascinating nature. B

B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner

Prices 2014

Motor Catamaran Athala
4 days
5 day
8 day
Double cabin per person
USD 2,229.-
USD 2,489.-
USD 4,190.-
Fuel surcharge
USD 170.- per person
USD 270.- per person
Charter:
only upon request
USD 32,950.-
USD 59,950.-


Single supplement 70 %
Discount for children under 12 years: 50 %

Included in the price: All transfers in Galapagos, cruise on board of the MOTOR CATAMARAN ATHALA in double accommodation with all facilities, naturalist guide, purified water free to drink.

Not included in the price: flights mainland to/from Galápagos (e.g. Quito – Galapagos – Quito USD 420.- per person), entrance fee to Galapagos National Park USD 100.-, migration card USD 10.- per person, beverages, tips, personal items, insurance.

NB Itinerary is subject to change without previous notice, due to weather conditions, operational matters, National Park Authorities advise, or Captain´s decision for passengers security.

NET RATE FOR THE FLIGHT TICKETS TO GALAPAGOS
ROUTE ADT CHD
Quito - Galápagos - Quito

420.00

216.00

Quito - Galápagos - Guayaquil

396.00

205.00

Guayaquil - Galápagos - Guayaquil

369.00

195.00


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