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Galapagos Islands Cruise – The Athala II

ITINERARY * EAST WEST SOUTH NORTH
DAYS 6 DAYS SAT-THU 6 DAYS SAT-THU 8 DAYS SAT-SAT 8 DAYS SAT-SAT
PRICE FROM $4,390 $4,390 $5,150 $5,150
DAY 1 CHINESE HAT MOSQUERA CHINESE HAT MOSQUERA
DAY 2 SANTA CRUZ SANTIAGO-BARTOLOME SANTA CRUZ SANTIAGO-BARTOLOME
DAY 3 ISABELA ISABELA ISABELA ISABELA
DAY 4 FLOREANA FERNANDINA FLOREANA FERNANDINA
DAY 5 SAN CRISTOBAL SANTIAGO SAN CRISTOBAL SANTIAGO
DAY 6 SANTA CRUZ SANTA CRUZ SANTA CRUZ SANTA CRUZ
DAY 7 ESPANOLA GENOVESA
DAY 8 DAPHNE N. SEYMOUR

* All itineraries arrive and depart from Baltra Island Airport.

  • THE ATHALA II

    The Athala II is an outstanding catamaran that combines adventure with comfort for 16 passengers in 8 spacious fully air-conditioned cabins. In addition to an indoor dining room and lounge, the Athala II provides ample outdoor space, including a large sun deck, open-air bar and an al-fresco dining area. Aboard, the atmosphere is relaxed, intimate and friendly. Cabins are well-appointed, meals delicious, and the service reminiscent of a private yacht.
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  • ATHALA II – 2015 PRICING DETAILS

    ITINERARY EAST WEST SOUTH NORTH
    DAYS 6 DAYS | SAT-THU 6 DAYS | SAT-THU 8 DAYS | SAT-SAT 8 DAYS | SAT-SAT
    SEP TO DEC
    UPPER DECK $4,390 $4,390 $5,150 $5,150
    MAIN DECK $4,650 $4,650 $5,390 $5,390
    JAN TO AUG
    UPPER DECK $4,650 $4,650 $5,390 $5,390
    MAIN DECK $4,850 $4,850 $5,650 $5,650
    • Add $250/person for Dec 26 departure
    • Price Shown per Person Based on Double Occupancy
    • Single Supplement: +100%
    • Please add 3% if Paying Via Credit Card
    • Please add 10% for 2016 reservations

    WHAT IS INCLUDED

    • Accommodations On Board Based on Double Occupancy.
    • All Meals As Shown (B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner)
    • Excursions as Shown Above
    • Bilingual Professional Naturalist guides
    • Airport Transfers in the Galapagos
    • Snorkeling Equipment
    • Wetsuits
    • Sea Kayak

    OTHER BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS

    • Roundtrip Flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Galapagos: $500
    • Optional Quito or Guayaquil Hotel and Airport Transfers: $150
    • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100
    • Galapagos Transit Card: $30
    • International Departure Tax: $45
    • Gratuities and Drinks Aboard
    • Travel Insurance
    • Fuel Surcharge: $200
  • ATHALA II – EAST ITINERARY

    • Days: Saturdays to Thursday
    • Arrival & Departure: Baltra
    • Same as first 6 days South Itinerary
    • Adventure Rating:  2  (Easy: 1 – Challenging: 7)

    ITINERARY

    ITINERARY

    DAY 1     QUITO or GUAYAQUIL – BALTRA ISLAND – CHINES HAT (D)

    AM: ARRIVAL IN BALTRA ISLAND

    Upon arrival at Baltra airport, you will clear immigration and be met by your guide, who will escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor. A motorized dinghy will then transfer you to the M/C Athala II, where the captain and crew will welcome you aboard.

    PM: CHINESE HAT

    Sombrero Chino means “Chinese Hat”, a name that makes perfect sense as soon as you take a look at its unique shape. There are several interesting geographical formations that are ideal for scenic photos, and these are home to various marine species, such as Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions. Keep an eye out for different species of Darwin’s finches as well. Difficulty level: Easy

    DAY 2      SANTA CRUZ ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: DRAGON HILL

    As the name implies, Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) is known for its healthy population of land iguanas. Other locals include common stilts, pintail ducks and occasionally flamingos. A short walk up the hill leads you to a land iguana nesting site, with breathtaking views of the bay. You will have the chance to go snorkeling after the walk. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    PM: RABIDA ISLAND

    Rábida is a small island with red volcanic rocks surrounding a beautiful red sand beach, where there is a colony of sea lions and a pelican nesting site. The trail leads to a salt-water lagoon where shore birds can be seen. Activities include snorkeling, swimming, kayaking or dinghy ride. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    DAY 3     ISABELA ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: PUERTO VILLAMIL

    There are many unique and exciting opportunities on your visit to Puerto Villamil and its spectacular surrounding areas. Hike up to Sierra Negra Volcano, visit the tortoise breeding center, the wetlands or the infamous “Wall of Tears”. You can stroll through town and mingle with the locals, or just lie on the beautiful beach and do nothing at all. Difficulty level: Easy

    DAY 4     FLOREANA ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: POST OFFICE BAY & BARONESS’ VIEWING POINT

    Post Office Bay is home to a unique “post office” inspired by 18th century pirates and buccaneers who used a wooden barrel as an unofficial mailbox. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home. The Baroness’ Viewing Point is the ideal place to take in the unique scenery that defines Floreana. Difficulty level: Easy

    PM: CHAMPION ISLET & CORMORANT POINT

    After snorkeling at Champion Islet, you will visit Cormorant Point, where there is a beautiful lagoon that is home to flamingos, stilts and pintail ducks. A great site for bird-watching. Difficulty level: Easy

    DAY 5     SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: CERRO BRUJO & LEON DORMIDO

    In addition to the magnificent scenery, there is wonderful swimming and a dinghy ride at this visitor site. Cerro Brujo’s spectacular beach is home to a large colony of sea lions, and it is famous for being the first place in the archipelago that Charles Darwin visited. Later, you will sail by Leon Dormido, a 500 ft high rock formation that is a hangout for many bird species. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    PM: LOBOS ISLAND

    Visitors may have close encounters with sea lion pups, especially while snorkeling. However, this small islet offers much more, including blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds and even a glimpse at the second type of sea lion species found in the Galapagos: the fur sea lion. Difficulty level: Easy

    DAY 6     SANTA CRUZ ISLAND – BALTRA AIRPORT – QUITO OR GUAYAQUIL  (BLD)

    AM: HIGHLANDS & BALTRA AIRPORT

    In the morning you will visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see giant tortoises in the wild, followed by a transfer to Baltra airport for your flight back to the mainland. Bon Voyage!!!

    (B): Breakfast (L): Lunch (D): Dinner

    Important Notice Actual day-by-day itineraries may vary from those shown in order to take advantage of local sightseeing options, trains or flight schedules changes, or other unforeseen events.

  • ATHALA II – WEST ITINERARY

    • Days: Saturdays to Thursday
    • Arrival & Departure: Baltra
    • Same as first 6 days North Itinerary
    • Adventure Rating:  2  (Easy: 1 – Challenging: 7)

    ITINERARY

    ITINERARY

    DAY 1     QUITO or GUAYAQUIL – BALTRA ISLAND – MOSQUERA ISLET  (D)

    AM: BALTRA ISLAND AIRPORT

    Upon arrival at Baltra airport, you will clear immigration and be met by your guide, who will escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor. A motorized dinghy will then transfer you to the M/C Athala II, where the captain and crew will welcome you aboard.

    PM: MOSQUERA ISLET

    This tiny islet is home to a huge population of sea lions, as well as many shorebirds. Keep your eyes peeled, as there are occasional reports of dolphins and orcas around Mosquera. Difficulty level: Easy

    DAY 2     SANTIAGO ISLAND – BARTOLOME ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: SULLIVAN BAY (SANTIAGO)

    Sullivan Bay is renowned for its spectacular volcanic formations, relatively young pahoehoe lava flows and unique geological scenery. Due to Sullivan’s relatively recent volcanic activity, few plants have been able to take root here, much less be successful, so pay particular interest to the low-lying pioneer plant known locally as “mollugo”, as well as the lava cactus. Difficulty level: Moderate

    PM: BARTOLOME ISLAND

    Bartolomé, one of the most iconic sites in the Galapagos, is a small island with two very different visitor sites: on the beautiful beach you can hang out with sea lions and snorkel, while the hike up to the peak offers jaw-dropping scenery. Difficulty level: Moderate

    DAY 3     ISABELA ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: URBINA BAY

    Located in the west of Isabela, at the foot of Alcedo volcano, this site is famous for its large land iguanas, and keep your eyes peeled for Galapagos tortoises, flightless cormorants and penguins. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    AM: TAGUS COVE

    Tagus Cove was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers and whalers. The trail up from the cove goes through an area of vegetation, leading to a spectacular view of Darwin Volcano Lake. Activities include snorkeling, kayaking and dinghy ride. Difficulty level: Easy to Difficult

    DAY 4     FERNANDINA ISLAND – ISABELA ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: ESPINOSA POINT (FERNANDINA)

    Fernandina Island is one of the most pristine and dynamic ecosystems in the entire world. La Cumbre Volcano, which last erupted in April 2009, dominates the landscape, with lava fields stretching towards the ocean from its base. Espinoza Point is home to unique Galapagos species such as the Galapagos penguin, flightless cormorant, Galapagos snake and huge marine iguanas. Difficulty level: Moderate

    PM: VICENTE ROCA POINT (ISABELA)

    Punta Vicente Roca is a wonderful snorkeling site, where you can usually see turtles as well as all kinds of fish. For those who don’t snorkel, a dinghy ride will give you the opportunity to study some of the Galapagos spectacular geography. Nazca boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and penguins are often seen in the area. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    DAY 5     SANTIAGO ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: PUERTO EGAS

    The trail leads to tidal pools that are home to a variety of invertebrate organisms, including sea urchins, octopus and starfish. You will also see marine iguanas, finches and possibly the Galapagos hawk, as well as the less common Galapagos fur sea lion. After the walk, you will have time to swim or snorkel from the beach. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    PM: ESPUMILLA BEACH

    In addition to a beautiful beach, which is a nesting site for sea turtles, there is a palo santo forest that boasts some of the tallest specimens in the islands. Later, Bucaneer Cove’s awe-inspiring scenery will take your breath away. Activities include snorkeling, kayaking and a dinghy ride. Difficulty level: Easy

    DAY 6     SANTA CRUZ ISLAND – BALTRA ISLAND AIRPORT – QUITO OR GUAYAQUIL  (B)

    AM: HIGHLANDS & BALTRA AIRPORT

    In the morning we will visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see giant tortoises in the wild, followed by a transfer to Baltra airport for your flight back to the mainland. Bon Voyage!!!

    (B): Breakfast (L): Lunch (D): Dinner

    Important Notice Actual day-by-day itineraries may vary from those shown in order to take advantage of local sightseeing options, trains or flight schedules changes, or other unforeseen events.

  • ATHALA II – SOUTH ITINERARY

    • Days: Saturdays to Saturday
    • Arrival & Departure: Baltra
    • Española Island
    • Adventure Rating:  2  (Easy: 1 – Challenging: 7)

    ITINERARY

    DAY 1     QUITO or GUAYAQUIL – BALTRA ISLAND – CHINES HAT (D)

    AM: ARRIVAL IN BALTRA ISLAND

    Upon arrival at Baltra airport, you will clear immigration and be met by your guide, who will escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor. A motorized dinghy will then transfer you to the M/C Athala II, where the captain and crew will welcome you aboard.

    PM: CHINESE HAT

    Sombrero Chino means “Chinese Hat”, a name that makes perfect sense as soon as you take a look at its unique shape. There are several interesting geographical formations that are ideal for scenic photos, and these are home to various marine species, such as Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions. Keep an eye out for different species of Darwin’s finches as well. Difficulty level: Easy

    DAY 2      SANTA CRUZ ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: DRAGON HILL

    As the name implies, Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) is known for its healthy population of land iguanas. Other locals include common stilts, pintail ducks and occasionally flamingos. A short walk up the hill leads you to a land iguana nesting site, with breathtaking views of the bay. You will have the chance to go snorkeling after the walk. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    PM: RABIDA ISLAND

    Rábida is a small island with red volcanic rocks surrounding a beautiful red sand beach, where there is a colony of sea lions and a pelican nesting site. The trail leads to a salt-water lagoon where shore birds can be seen. Activities include snorkeling, swimming, kayaking or dinghy ride. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    DAY 3     ISABELA ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: PUERTO VILLAMIL

    There are many unique and exciting opportunities on your visit to Puerto Villamil and its spectacular surrounding areas. Hike up to Sierra Negra Volcano, visit the tortoise breeding center, the wetlands or the infamous “Wall of Tears”. You can stroll through town and mingle with the locals, or just lie on the beautiful beach and do nothing at all. Difficulty level: Easy

    DAY 4     FLOREANA ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: POST OFFICE BAY & BARONESS’ VIEWING POINT

    Post Office Bay is home to a unique “post office” inspired by 18th century pirates and buccaneers who used a wooden barrel as an unofficial mailbox. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home. The Baroness’ Viewing Point is the ideal place to take in the unique scenery that defines Floreana. Difficulty level: Easy

    PM: CHAMPION ISLET & CORMORANT POINT

    After snorkeling at Champion Islet, you will visit Cormorant Point, where there is a beautiful lagoon that is home to flamingos, stilts and pintail ducks. A great site for bird-watching. Difficulty level: Easy

    DAY 5     SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: CERRO BRUJO & LEON DORMIDO

    In addition to the magnificent scenery, there is wonderful swimming and a dinghy ride at this visitor site. Cerro Brujo’s spectacular beach is home to a large colony of sea lions, and it is famous for being the first place in the archipelago that Charles Darwin visited. Later, you will sail by Leon Dormido, a 500 ft high rock formation that is a hangout for many bird species. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    PM: LOBOS ISLAND

    Visitors may have close encounters with sea lion pups, especially while snorkeling. However, this small islet offers much more, including blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds and even a glimpse at the second type of sea lion species found in the Galapagos: the fur sea lion. Difficulty level: Easy

    DAY 6     SANTA CRUZ ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: PUERTO AYORA & HIGHLANDS

    On your visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station you will gain insight into the extensive efforts underway to preserve the Galapagos Islands. You will also encounter the famous Galapagos tortoises that are the islands’ namesake. After the visit we will drive to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz to search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings. In the afternoon you will have free time for shopping or mingling with the locals, or you can simply relax on board. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    DAY 7     ESPANOLA ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: PUNTA SUAREZ

    Punta Suarez is home to large populations of Nazca and blue-footed boobies, as well as the beautiful waved albatross (seasonally). The 10,000 to 12,000 pairs of albatross on Española represent the entire population of this species on the planet. They perform one of the most spectacular courtship rituals of the animal world. Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult

    PM: GARDNER BAY

    Gardner Bay offers the chance to enjoy a pristine white sandy beach. In addition to being a nesting site for sea turtles, it is home to one of the most important colonies of sea lions in the archipelago. Activities include swimming snorkeling and kayaking. Difficulty level: Easy

    DAY 8     DAPHNE ISLAND – BALTRA AIPORT – QUITO OR GUAYAQUIL  (B)

    AM: DAPHNE ISLAND & BALTRA AIRPORT

    Visitors are not allowed on this island due to its fragile ecosystem, but your guide will point out the island’s birdlife from the vantage point of the yacht’s deck and explain the important research that is underway. Next we head to Baltra Island airport for the flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland. Bon Voyage!!!  Difficulty level: Easy

    (B): Breakfast (L): Lunch (D): Dinner

    Important Notice Actual day-by-day itineraries may vary from those shown in order to take advantage of local sightseeing options, trains or flight schedules changes, or other unforeseen events.

  • ATHALA II – NORTH ITINERARY

    • Days: Saturday to Saturday
    • Arrival & Departure: Baltra
    • Genovesa Island
    • Adventure Rating:  2  (Easy: 1 – Challenging: 7)

    ITINERARY

    DAY 1     QUITO or GUAYAQUIL – BALTRA ISLAND – MOSQUERA ISLET  (D)

    AM: BALTRA ISLAND AIRPORT

    Upon arrival at Baltra airport, you will clear immigration and be met by your guide, who will escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor. A motorized dinghy will then transfer you to the M/C Athala II, where the captain and crew will welcome you aboard.

    PM: MOSQUERA ISLET

    This tiny islet is home to a huge population of sea lions, as well as many shorebirds. Keep your eyes peeled, as there are occasional reports of dolphins and orcas around Mosquera. Difficulty level: Easy

    DAY 2     SANTIAGO ISLAND – BARTOLOME ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: SULLIVAN BAY (SANTIAGO)

    Sullivan Bay is renowned for its spectacular volcanic formations, relatively young pahoehoe lava flows and unique geological scenery. Due to Sullivan’s relatively recent volcanic activity, few plants have been able to take root here, much less be successful, so pay particular interest to the low-lying pioneer plant known locally as “mollugo”, as well as the lava cactus. Difficulty level: Moderate

    PM: BARTOLOME ISLAND

    Bartolomé, one of the most iconic sites in the Galapagos, is a small island with two very different visitor sites: on the beautiful beach you can hang out with sea lions and snorkel, while the hike up to the peak offers jaw-dropping scenery. Difficulty level: Moderate

    DAY 3     ISABELA ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: URBINA BAY

    Located in the west of Isabela, at the foot of Alcedo volcano, this site is famous for its large land iguanas, and keep your eyes peeled for Galapagos tortoises, flightless cormorants and penguins. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    AM: TAGUS COVE

    Tagus Cove was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers and whalers. The trail up from the cove goes through an area of vegetation, leading to a spectacular view of Darwin Volcano Lake. Activities include snorkeling, kayaking and dinghy ride. Difficulty level: Easy to Difficult

    DAY 4     FERNANDINA ISLAND – ISABELA ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: ESPINOSA POINT (FERNANDINA)

    Fernandina Island is one of the most pristine and dynamic ecosystems in the entire world. La Cumbre Volcano, which last erupted in April 2009, dominates the landscape, with lava fields stretching towards the ocean from its base. Espinoza Point is home to unique Galapagos species such as the Galapagos penguin, flightless cormorant, Galapagos snake and huge marine iguanas. Difficulty level: Moderate

    PM: VICENTE ROCA POINT (ISABELA)

    Punta Vicente Roca is a wonderful snorkeling site, where you can usually see turtles as well as all kinds of fish. For those who don’t snorkel, a dinghy ride will give you the opportunity to study some of the Galapagos spectacular geography. Nazca boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and penguins are often seen in the area. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    DAY 5     SANTIAGO ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: PUERTO EGAS

    The trail leads to tidal pools that are home to a variety of invertebrate organisms, including sea urchins, octopus and starfish. You will also see marine iguanas, finches and possibly the Galapagos hawk, as well as the less common Galapagos fur sea lion. After the walk, you will have time to swim or snorkel from the beach. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    PM: ESPUMILLA BEACH

    In addition to a beautiful beach, which is a nesting site for sea turtles, there is a palo santo forest that boasts some of the tallest specimens in the islands. Later, Bucaneer Cove’s awe-inspiring scenery will take your breath away. Activities include snorkeling, kayaking and a dinghy ride. Difficulty level: Easy

    DAY 6     SANTA CRUZ  (BLD)

    AM: PUERTO AYORA HIGHLANDS

    On your visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station you will gain insight into the extensive efforts underway to preserve the Galapagos Islands. You will also encounter the famous Galapagos tortoises that are the islands’ namesake. After the visit we will drive to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz to search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings. In the afternoon you will have free time for shopping or mingling with the locals, or you can simply relax on board. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    DAY 7     GENOVESA ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: EL BARRANCO

    El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, is a steep path with stairs carved into the rock, which leads to a plateau full of bird life among a palo santo forest. You will see Nazca boobies, Galapagos doves, mockingbirds and petrels. With some luck, you may spot a short-eared lava owl. Difficulty level: Moderate

    PM: DARWIN BAY

    Darwin Bay’s soft, coralline white sand is only the beginning of a spectacular excursion. A trail from the beach takes you into lush mangroves where red footed boobies nest. Other locals include sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls and frigatebirds. Kayaking or snorkeling are a must here, since sharks, colorful reef fish, rays and sea turtles are often seen. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    DAY 8     NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND – BALTRA AIRPORT – QUITO OR GUAYAQUIL  (B)

    AM: NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND – BALTRA AIRPORT

    North Seymour may very well be the perfect way to say goodbye to the Galapagos Islands. Although the island is characterized by arid vegetation, fauna abounds and you will soon find yourself surrounded by sea lions, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, frigatebirds and more. Next we head to Baltra Island airport for the flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland. Bon Voyage!!! Difficulty level: Moderate

    (B): Breakfast (L): Lunch (D): Dinner

    Important Notice Actual day-by-day itineraries may vary from those shown in order to take advantage of local sightseeing options, trains or flight schedules changes, or other unforeseen events.

  • ATHALA II – ITINERARIES MAP

    ATHALA MAP

  • ATHALA II – ITINERARIES DEPARTURE DATES

    TRAVEL DATES - ATHALA

  • ACCOMMODATIONS

    • Category: Deluxe
    • Guests: 16
    • Cabins: 8
    • Main Deck: 4  (Private Balcony)
    • Upper Deck: 4
    • All cabins with A/C, private bathrooms and hot water.
    • Crew: 11 (1 Naturalist)

    SPECIFICATIONS

    • Length: 98 ft.
    • Beam: 37 ft.
    • Year Built: 2007
    • Type: Luxury Motor Catamaran
    • Max Cruising Speed: 12 knots

    DECK PLAN

    Athala II Deck Plan