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Galapagos Islands cruise on board the Integrity yacht

Galapagos Integrity

A Galapagos Islands Cruise on a luxury yacht is a crazy adventure you must undertake at some point in your life and once you hit these mystique islands lying somewhere in the middle of Pacific ocean, it is the right time to unleash those secluded fantasies. Galapagos Islands welcome you warmheartedly to enjoy a luxury voyage like never before thanks to the Integrity yacht cruise

Galapagos Integrity your option for a luxury Islands cruise

If you have a craving for extra comfort during your expedition once you have set your foot on this surreal land, it is better to invest it wisely on your Galapagos Island Cruise, particularly so if you are on a mission to cover most of the islands. Once your land excursion is over, you can leap a step forward back to your comfort zone to plunge into this mystique voyage. The Integrity whirls through the ocean, circumnavigating the entire Galapagos archipelago, thus acquainting you with the evergreen flora and fauna that comes your way. And you won't find a cruise as luxurious as the Integrity which beams with a classy atmosphere and sophisticated staterooms with panoramic views of the sea that surrounds the ship.

The Motor Yatch Integrity: a complete glance

It is the state-of-the-art craftsmanship and extreme engineering behind the design of this luxury yacht that makes it special and much sought after. Integrity boasts of high tech engines, avant-garde electronics, lavish interiors brimming with sumptuous furnishings and more. All the cabins reside on the main deck and have classy interiors with panoramic windows. The best thing about the yacht is that it zooms smoothly and you would never hear the bustling noise of the engine.

Your Galapagos Island Cruise Itinerary:

The deluxe cruise features two 8-day itineraries that allow you to observe the beauty of Galapagos nature and wildlife travel from the close anchorings this small yacht allows around the group of islands.

Itinerary A: This voyage is oriented towards the western Galapagos, taking you towards Isabela and Ferdinandina. Apart from catching a glimpse of the enigmatic geographical landscapes and diverse wildlife across your way, you can also enjoy snorkeling and hiking.

Itinerary B: This voyage covers the east side of the Galapagos including central, northern and southern islands without leaving out Genovesa and Espanola. As the cruise begins zooming along the coasts, you would notice the kaleidoscopic flora and fauna and would hop down the ship to snorkel down the ocean.  

Integrity Yacht Amenities: Mouthwatering meals are served on a table of four to six from a nearby galley designed for gourmet chefs. The deck top also features a jacuzzi with a view, a rich bar and various exquisite lounges. 

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Galapagos Integrity Yacht Specifications

  • Year of construction: 2005
  • Type: Luxury Motor Yacht
  • Length: 141 feet (43 m)
  • Beam: 24 feet (7 m)
  • Capacity: 16 passengers
  • Accommodation: 9 staterooms with a capacity of 16 passengers
  • All of the integrity’s 9 staterooms are located on the yacht’s main deck
  • On Board: Covered Bar, Shaded Lounge, Sun Deck, Outdoor seating, Spa/Jacuzzi, Bar, Salon, Library, Dining, Galley, Boarding Platform, Reception area
  • Main engines: Detroit Series 60 engines.
  • Max speed: 12 knots
  • Crew: 10 ISM certified
  • Safety & Navigation: 2 Life Rafts for 25 persons each one, 2 Zodiacs for 20-person each one, 1 Navtex, 40 Life Jackets, 1 Autopilot, 2 Radars 1 Sonar, EPIRB - Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon, 1 Depth Sounder, 2 VHF Radio, Automatic Smoke and Fire Detection and Extinguisher Systems Throughout Yacht, DSC/HF Radio

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Galapagos Integrity Yacht - Itinerary

Sat AM – Arrival in Baltra Airport and transfer to boat
Sun AM - Española: Gardner Bay
PM – Española: Suarez Point
Mon AM – Floreana: Cormorant Point / Champion Islet
PM – Florena: Post Office Bay / Black Beach
Tue AM – Fernandina
PM – Isabela: Vicente Roca Point
Wed AM - Santiago: Egas Port
PM – Bartholome
Thu AM – Genovesa: El Barranco
PM – Genovesa: Darwin Bay
Fri AM – North Seymour
PM – South Plazas
Sat AM – Baltra: Transfer to the airport

IMPORTANT NOTES 1: Itinerary subject to change.

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Galapagos Integrity Day By Day Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary  
Day 1   Flight to Baltra

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to Galapagos.  Upon arrival at Baltra, you will be met by one of our team and taken across the highlands of Santa Cruz to Charles Darwin Research Station where you will meet up with the rest of your group.  
Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Station The Charles Darwin Research
Station offers a great chance to learn about the work being done to conserve and protect the islands wildlife. For some visitors (depending on the time of year) this is the only time to see Giant Tortoises and certainly the closest range opportunity. It is also a great chance to see the Tortoise Rearing Centre.

Activities: Walking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Giant Tortoises, Land and Marine Iguanas, Mockingbirds,
Darwin Finches.  
Afterwards you lunch at a waterside restaurant overlooking Academy bay beforeboarding the Integrity mid-afternoon in Academy Bay. 

Day 2    Floreana - Punta Cormorant   
At Punta Cormorant you will walk on an olivine beach (a mineral known for its olivegreen quality, that is found in meteorites, the
moon and mars as well as on earth), visit a large lagoon where
Great Flamingos sometimes nest, and walk over to Flour Beach, a beautiful white sandy beach to look for Green Sea Turtle nests.

Hike (1.2 mi/2km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights and Animals:  An easy walk along a coastal lagoon where Flamingos  are often found, along with Stilts and Ducks. White sand beach.

Champion Islet Adingy  (or dinghy ride) around this small
pristine islet gives you the opportunity to see the elusive Floreana mockingbird. Excellent snorkel.

Activities: Snorkelling & dinghy ride & hike (1.2 mi/2km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: No landing
Highlights and Animals:  One of the best snorkelling sites in Galapagos, with Sea Lions, Reef Sharks, rays, rock formations and lots of tropical fish.
Floreana - Post Office Bay  The famous Post Office Bay is where people leave their mail to be picked up and delivered by others in the “post office” barrel—a time- honoured tradition begun by whalers more than two hundreds of years ago.
Activities:  Short hike (less than 0.2 mi / 0.3km), lava tunnel & snorkelling
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet landing                                                                         
Highlights: Barrel Post Office, lava tunnel inland (difficult access), nice sandy beach  
Day 3      Isabela Measuring over 1800 square miles, and accounting for over half the land surface area in Galapagos, at about 80 miles in length, the seahorse shaped Isabela Island is the largest in the Galapagos. Isabela is formed from six separate
volcanoes (Alcedo, Cerro Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf). Being the largest islands, it has many visitor sites, covering a large diversity of ecosystems, from barren lava flows to evergreen lush forests. Punta Moreno   With dramatic seascapes and one of the best sunrise areas in the Galapagos, the visit to this site begins with a dinghy ride along the beautiful rocky shores where shore birds, Penguins, cormorants and herons can be spotted. The barren lava fields lava fields host a surprising amount of wildlife due to the presence of many sink holes with are home to Flamingos, Stilts and Pintail Ducks.
Activities: Hike (1.2 mi / 2km) Snorkelling, dinghy ride
Difficulty:  Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals:  Flamingos, Gallinules, Pintail ducks, Sea turtles, Reef sharks, Penguins.   Elizabeth Bay  Located on the west coast of the Isabela, no landings are permitted here, but it makes for a beautiful dinghy ride. This is one of the best areas to see Galapagos Penguins as they prefer the cooler waters found on western Isabela.
Flightless Cormorants and Marine Iguanas are common and often seen basking in the sun on rocks along the shore. As you then enter a narrow cove lined with large Red Mangrove trees, you will see Marine Turtles, Rays and shore birds.  
Activities: Two-hour dinghy ride
Difficulty:  Easy  
Type of Landing: No landing
Highlights & Animals: Mangrove forest, Sea Turtles, Penguins, Rays, Herons, Sea
Day 4   Urbina Bay   
 In 1954, almost 4 miles of coastal seabed dramatically uplifted about 15 ft exposing
the sea floor and killing thousands of fish and turtles. This then, vegetation has
largely colonized the area but many signs of the uplifting can still be observed. This area is now a nesting site for Land Iguanas and occasionally, giant tortoises coming from the moist uplands. This is a good trail to see Darwin finches and it is not rare to
see Galapagos Hawks  
Activities: Snorkelling, dinghy ride & hike, 2 trails: short (0.6 mi / 1 km), long (1.9 mi
/ 3km)
Difficulty:   Easy (short trail) / Difficult (long trail)
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals:  Land Iguanas (the biggest in Galapagos), Hawks, uplifted coral reef, Giant Tortoises. Snorkelling: Turtles, Rays, tropical fish
Punta Espinosa    Punta Espinosa, is a truly spectacular visitor site and a real highlight for any visitor to the Galapagos. A narrow strip of land extending out from the base of the Fernandina Volcano, it is home to the largest colonies of Marine
Iguanas in the Galapagos. You will also have the chance to see Flightless Cormorants here, sea lions, and Galapagos Hawks often perch on the mangrove trees looking for prey. Along the coast, tidal pools provide a perfect environment for invertebrates and shorebirds, such as Oystercatchers, Plovers, Turnstones and
Activities:  Hike of approx (1.2 mi / 2 km). Snorkel.
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry but sometimes slippery at low tide
Highlights & Animals:   Sea Lion colony, Flightless Cormorant, vast numbers of
Marine Iguanas, Sea Turtles, Sally-lightfoot Crabs, shorebirds, Herons. Snorkel:
Penguins, Marine Iguanas feeding underwater, Cormorants, Sea turtles.
Day 5    Tagus Cove The walk will take you up the slopes of the Darwin Volcano,
along the edge of a salt water lagoon to a small hill from which you will see
spectacular views of the northern lava fields of Isabela. Most of the fauna will be
observed during a dinghy ride along the coast, with dramatic colours and beautiful
tuff formations, Blue-footed Boobies, Penguins, Marine Iguanas, Pelicans and
Activities: Long uphill hike, Snorkelling, dinghy ride, Kayak.
Difficulty: Moderate  
Type of Landing: Dry landing  
Highlights & Animals: Darwin Finches, lowland native vegetation, beautiful
landscapes, Penguins, Flightless Cormorants, Blue-footed boobies,  Darwin Volcano
& Lake  
Vicente Roca Point  Beautiful volcanic scenery , amazing lava intrusions and huge
sea cliff make this place one of the most scenic in the Galapagos. Nazca and Bluefooted
Boobies sit along the cliffs whilst Flightless  Cormorants stay along the shoreline and if you are lucky you will see Penguins
in the water. The upwelling of cold water currents have created
an abundance  of  marine life here, making for great  snorkelling.
Activities: Dinghy ride, snorkel.
Difficulty:  Easy
Type of Landing: No landing
Highlights & Animals: Spectacular landscapes, Sea Turtles, Blue-footed boobies,
Nazca boobies, Penguins, Flightless Cormorants. Snorkel: Sea turtles, Penguins,
Gorgonians and other invertebrates.  
Day 6   James – (Santiago) -  James Bay (Puerto Egas)
This was the island where Charles Darwin spent the majority of his land visits in Galapagos. At James Bay, the Fur Seal Grottos provide great chances to get close views of both Fur Seals and Galapagos Sea Lions in a series of rocky pools. This
visit also provides some of the best opportunities for tide-pooling in the Galapagos, and chances to see shore birds such as Plovers, Sandpipers, Herons and
Oystercatchers. The snorkel form the beach is excellent.   

Activities:  Snorkelling, hike (1.2 mi / 2km)
Difficulty: Easy /moderate
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights:  Galapagos Fur seals, Galapagos Sea Lions, tidal pools and “grottos”,
Galapagos Hawk, Oystercatchers, Marine Iguanas, finches. Snorkelling: Reef
Sharks, Turtles, Rays, nice underwater formations.

James (Santiago) – Playa Espumilla
This tawny beach is a favourite nesting ground of Green Sea Turtles. There is a trail
going inland with some very large Palo Santo trees where a number of land birds can
be seen, including the Vermillion Flycatcher, the Galapagos Dove, Darwin Finches
and Galapagos Mockingbirds.  The beautiful sandy beach is a great place to swim
and has some great mangrove areas.

Activities:  Hiking (1 mi- 1,6km), Snorkelling and swimming at the beach
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights:  Lowland Forest, Galapagos Hawk, Darwin Finches. Snorkelling  
James (Santiago) – Bucaneer Cove
This is the place were Darwin landed and built his base camp on his visit to James. It is a geological marvel since it offers wonderful scenery and chances to see both new and old ash formations. There is no landing site, so visit here can be only done either by dinghy or kayak. During the dinghy ride you might see Blue-footed Boobies, Brown Noddy, Galapagos Fur Seals and Swallow-tailed Gulls.  
Activities: No landing. Boat tour along the coast. Kayak and Snorkelling
Difficulty:  Easy  
Type of Landing: No landing
Highlights & Animals:  Sea birds, scenery, snorkel, spectacular rock formations.
Day 7  
North Seymour A great variety of Galapagos wildlife is provided in the loop trail on this small island. The highlight of your visit here will be the largest colony of Magnificent and Great Frigatebirds in the Galapagos as well as a colony of Bluefooted
Boobies. In addition there  are  Sea lions, Marine Iguanas, Lava
Lizards,  Swallow-Tailed  Gulls, and a few secretive, but very large Land Iguanas.

Activities: Hiking(1.5 mi/2.2 km), Snorkelling & dinghy ride
Difficulty:  Moderate/difficult
Type of Landing: Dry landing Highlights & Animals: Land & Marine Iguanas, Frigatebirds, Blue-footed Boobies, Sea Lions, sea birds. Snorkelling: Rays, Reef Shark, fish, Garden Eels  Santa Cruz - Black Turtle Cove (Caleta Tortuga Negra)    A beautiful mangrove lagoon on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. The yacht anchors just outside the cove and you will enter on a dinghy, paddling through the calm waters of the lagoon, which is a resting site for Green Sea Turtles. A wonderfully quiet journey, through a beautiful and unique habitat. With good luck as well as Marine Turtles you will see different types of Sharks and schools of Golden and Eagle Rays swimming just below the surface, whilst Yellow Warblers singing from above.
Activities: Boat tour in a lagoon, wildlife observation.
Difficulty:  Easy
Type of Landing: No landing
Highlights & Animals:  Lagoon surrounded by mangroves. Sharks, Rays, Sea
Turtles, Pelicans and Blue-footed boobies
Santa Cruz - Bachas Beach    A beautiful white sandy beach punctuated by lava formations. The wonderfully soft sand here makes it a favourite site for nesting Sea Turtles. Here you will also see White Mangroves, one of the four mangrove species
found in the Galapagos. There is a small coastal lagoon behind the sand dunes where Flamingos, Stilts, Pintail ducks and other water birds are regularly seen.
Activities: Walking along the beach, swimming, snorkelling. Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet landing Highlights & Animals: World War II remnants, Sally Lightfoot crabs, Hermit Crabs, black Necked Stilts, Whimbrels, Flamingos, Sea Turtles
Day 8    Baltra – Quito  
After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra for your flight back to mainland
Ecuador. (B)

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Galapagos Integrity yacht deck plan

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Galapagos Integrity Rack Rates 2016

DescriptionRegular Jan 2 -Aug 31Fall Oct 01- Dec 17Winter Holiday Dec 18- Jan 01
11 Day Origins of Species
US$ 7095
US$ 6095
US$ 7995
8 Day Cruise
US$ 6795
US$ 5795
US$ 7695
11 Day Origins of Species Charter
US$ 108720
US$ 92720
US$ 130320
8 Day Charter
US$ 104000
US$ 88000
US$ 125520

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