Passion Galapagos Yacht
Initially known as Bellisima (which means beautiful in Italian), the Passion Galapagos Yacht used to be a privately owned sailboat. This beautiful Galapagos cruise is exclusively renowned for having very spacious cabins and lounge areas. Accommodating up to 12 passengers, it measures 159 feet in length, standing four decks. Enjoy a great Galapagos vacation with this magnificent sailboat that offers a service ratio of one crew member per guest. Its interesting tours that include east and west itineraries are available in 8-day departures. The Passion Galapagos yacht makes for a sophisticated, yet exquisite cruise through the Galapagos Islands.
PASSION CRUISE GALAPAGOSYear of construction: 2015 Type: Motor Yacht Category: 5 Star Cruise Length: 159fts / 48mts Beam: 28fts / 9mts Capacity: 12 passengers Accommodation: Main Deck: 1 Master Suite Lower Deck: 5 cabins on board are fully air-conditioned and incredibly spacious All Cabins with hair dryers, High Definition TV system, 110 220 volts outlets, usb charger On Board: Living room and dining room on main deck. Lounge and bar area on upper deck. Exterior dining area on upper deck. Solarium and hot tub on sun deck Recliner chairs Max speed: 10 knots Crew: 11 Crew Members + Certified Naturalist Guide
Inclusions & Exclusions
All meals throughout cruise Transfers in the islands All excursions Bilingual national park guide Use of snorkeling equipment and wetsuits Use of Kayaks Coffee, tea and soft drinks
Mainland-Galapagos-Mainland airfare Alcoholic drinks $100 Galapagos National Park fee $20 Transit Control Card Travel / medical insurance Tips Personal expenses
Discount for children under 12 years old 40% Xmas and New Year surcharge 10% Single supplement 80%
Passion Luxury Yatch offers two different Galapagos itineraries
Itinerary Eastern Islands
Day 1 (Saturday) - SANTA CRUZ
AM: BaltraPM: Black Turtle Cove After arriving at Baltra airport we will be greeted by a Cruise representative to then board the Passion Galapagos Yacht and have lunch. After lunch, we will navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island.
Day 2 (Sunday) - GENOVESA
AM: Darwin BayPM: El Barranco We travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay (wet landing), a unique site lined with red mangroves and soft‐haired prickly pear cacti where red‐footed boobies and great frigatebirds perch tamely. At El Barranco (dry landing), we climb the edge of a cliff where frigatebirds, masked boobies, and red‐ footed boobies nest. We will be seeking out the impressive red‐billed tropicbird amidst Galapagos storm petrels.
Day 3 (Monday) - BARTOLOME & SANTIAGO
AM: Bartolome PM: Sullivan Bay Dry landing at Bartolome to climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this spatter cone for a most breath‐taking panorama of the island’s well photographed Pinnacle Rock and views of neighboring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance. Chinese hat. The hat shape is best appreciated from the north side. Lava formations can be seen on the western side of the island, formed under the sea and raised upward and for this reason it is possible to observe coral heads on the lava. Be amazed by the landscapes covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins.
Day 4 (Tuesday) - RABIDA & SANTA CRUZ
AM: Rabida PM: Dragon Hill Wet landing onto Rabida’s deep‐red beaches to explore the red island’s fascinating interior and saltwater lagoon. Darwin’s finches, Galapagos mockingbirds and yellow warblers feed off the vegetation. We head across to Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz’s northwest shore (dry landing) to visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, black‐necked stilts and white‐cheeked pintails. Further inland we find a fantastic land iguana nesting site.
Day 5 (Wednesday) - SANTA CRUZ
AM: Highlands PM: Santa Fe Dry landing on one of the oldest docks of the archipelago, colorful Plaza Sur is home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium and coppery‐orange land iguanas. After a wet landing on Santa Fe onto a white beach where sea lions are usually resting, we will be looking for the endemic species of land iguana, larger and yellower than land iguanas on other islands.
Day 6 (Thursday) - PLAZAS & SANTA FE
AM: South Plazas PM: Santa Fe Dry landing on one of the oldest docks of the archipelago, colorful Plaza Sur is home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium and coppery‐orange land iguanas. After a wet landing on Santa Fe onto a white beach where sea lions are usually resting, we will be looking for the endemic species of land iguana, larger and yellower than land iguanas on other islands. We will get back to our Galapagos Passion Yacht.
Day 7 (Friday) - ESPAÑOLA
AM: Gardner Bay PM: Suarez Point We will spend the day in fantastic Española, starting with Gardner Bay (wet landing), an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española mockingbird. We will head to Punta Suarez The trail is about 4 km (2 miles) long and the walk takes about 2 hours. A geyser near the trail sprays water some 25 m (75 feet) into the air. This is one of the most popular landing sites in Galapagos.
Day 8 (Saturday) - BALTRA
After breakfast, we will disembark in Puerto Ayora to take our transport to the Baltra airport, making a short stop to visit the Twin Craters. The Gemelos (twins) are two deep craters located to the side of the road that leads to Puerto Ayora from the other side of the island. After this visit, we will make our way to the Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador and this way finish your Galapagos luxury cruise tour.
Itinerary Western Islands
Day 1 (Saturday) - SANTA CRUZ
AM: Baltra PM: Charles Darwin Station After arriving at Baltra airport we will be greeted by a Passion Cruise representative and then board a bus that will take us to Puerto Ayora for the first visit on the islands: the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center.
Day 2 (Sunday) - FLOREANA
AM: Cormorant Point PM: Devil’s Crown Punta Cormorant we will be seeking Greater Flamingos on our way to another special beach with the finest sand you’ll set foot on, a sea turtle nesting ground where sharks and rays also visit regularly. We end the outing with a short panga ride to Devil’s Crown, a key snorkeling site.
Day 3 (Monday) - FLOREANA
AM: Black Beach PM: Asilo de la Paz Black Beach to learn about the intriguing human history of the island and its first inhabitants. Floreana was the first island in the archipelago to be inhabited, since it has one of the very few fresh water sources. Asilo de La Paz, as well as the caves that served as hideouts for pirates and where the first Galapegueño was born, according to the stories of Floreana, which involve the infamous Baroness Eloise Wagner von Bousquet and her lovers who mysteriously began to disappear after settling on the island.
Day 4 (Tuesday) - ISABELA
AM: Punta Moreno PM: Urbina Bay Punta Moreno (dry landing) onto a superb pahoehoe lava flow surrounded by giant shield volcanoes, some of which are still active! Your luxury Cruise Passion, will also take you to Urbina Bay (wet landing) onto a black sand beach, nesting site for green sea turtles. We take a brief hike inland in search of land iguanas and giant tortoises (seasonal) that migrate to and from the highlands.
Day 5 (Wednesday) - ISABELA & FERNANDINA
AM: Tagus Cove PM: Espinosa Point Tagus Cove, historic pirate hideaway where names of countless ships are recorded for posterity on the cliff face. Hike through beautiful Galapagos landscapes to Darwin Lake, a salt‐water crater lagoon surrounded by tuff stone. Punta Espinosa, strolling along the shoreline, we will be on the lookout for flightless cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos penguins and hawks, sooty‐colored marine iguanas and bright red‐orange Sally Lightfoot crabs.
Day 6 (Thursday) - SANTIAGO
AM: Puerto Egas PM: Bucaneer Cove At Puerto Egas (wet landing) we disembark on a dark sand volcanic beach with an interesting history of human settlement. Sleepy Galapagos fur seals lounge under arches of lava carved by the ocean and occasionally dip into the crystalline pools, also known as “grottos”. At Buccaneer Cove, we will take a panga ride around the beautiful coastline. This place got its name due to the fact that used to be a refuge for British Buccaneers during the time they would anchor here to collect supplies and clean their ships among other activities.
Day 7 (Friday) - NORTH SEYMOUR
AM: Sullivan Bay PM: North Seymour We head across to Sullivan Bay (dry landing) in Santiago to walk over a recent lava flow, including very fresh pahoehoe lava formations, lava bubbles containing crystallized minerals and pioneer plants. We disembark on North Seymour (dry landing), a small uplifted island, where we will walk right up to bird nesting colonies.
Day 8 (Saturday) - MOSQUERA
Mosquera is a small islet located between Baltra Island and North Seymour measuring about 160 meters across and 600 meters long. It is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies and is also a haven for shorebirds. After this visit, the ship will sail to Baltra where passengers ending their trip will disembark and passengers beginning their cruise will join us on board, a truly once ion a life time experience on this amazing Galapagos luxury cruise.