Samba Galapagos Yacht
Built in 1966, the Samba Galapagos Sailboat is a true European Dutch classic that offers an unsurpassed Galapagos Islands cruising experience to its passengers. Accommodating up to 14 guests, the Samba Galapagos yacht has an ample salon that links to an outdoor dining facility with big tables, sound system, a TV and video system, a mini library as well as a bar. Have a mind-blowing Galapagos trip with this elegant Galapagos motor sailor with a highly friendly and experienced crew. Itineraries with Samba cruise cover North & West islands as well as the South, East and Central.
SAMBA GALAPAGOS CRUISECapacity: 14 Passengers Type: steel-hulled motor yacht with stabilizing sail LOA: 78 ft. / 23.77 m. Beam: 18 ft. / 5.48 m. Displacement: 134 tons Engines: Very efficient Twin DAV diesel engines 280 HP-CUMMINS that only use a remarkable 6 gallons of diesel every hour! Range: 2.500 miles Speed: 8.5 knots cruising Sail: Steadying sails Accommodations: 6 air-conditioned double cabins and 1 exterior double bed cabin, all with private bathrooms and hot water. An ample dining-room/salon connects to an outdoor dining facility with large tables, 32″ High Definition LCD TV, DVD video equipment, sound-system, mini-library with books and videos and a small bar. Crew: 6 + licensed Naturalist Guide. Navigation: Furuno Navnet Radar, Plotter and Sonar, GPS, VHF & SSB radios, two tenders with outboard motor. Safety: One self-contained 20-passenger life raft, EPIRB, two bi-directional VHF emergency-radios, one VHF (Motorola) wide-range radio, VHF and HF radios and one cell-phone communication system, life jackets, fire extinguishers, safety smoke and fire detectors and overhead sprinkler systems, A.B.C fire-control system and CO2 bank for the engine room.
Inclusions & Exclusions
All meals throughout cruise Transfers in the islands All excursions Bilingual national park guide Use of snorkeling equipment and wetsuits Use of Kayak Coffee, tea and soft drinks Free airport assistance*
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 10% Single supplement 40%
Samba Galapagos Motor Sailor offers two different itineraries
Itinerary North - West & North Islands
Day 1 (Tuesday) - MOSQUERA
AM: Baltra Airport PM: Mosquera Islet Arrival at the Galapagos islands and transfer to the Samba Galapagos sailor yacht. Mosquera: The island consists is a long narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and tide pools. Galapagos Wildlife you might see today: Sea lions, lava gulls, coastal birds, and Sally Lightfoot crabs.
Day 2 (Wednesday) - GENOVESA
AM: Darwin BayPM: Prince Philip’s Steps Darwin Bay: A coral beach where a 750 mt. trail takes you through more seabird colonies. Prince Phillip's Steps: An extraordinary, steep path leads through a seabird colony full of life, up to cliffs that are 25m high. Wildlife: Storm Petrels, Short-eared Owl, Lava Gulls, lava Herons, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Great Frigate birds and Red-footed Boobies.
Day 3 (Thursday) - MARCHENA
AM: Punta Mejia PM: Playa Negra Punta Mejia: one of the best sites in the Archipelago to snorkel. Apart from great fish diversity, rays, reef sharks and sea turtles are often seen. Playa Negra: snorkel around recently formed lava grotto where marine iguanas feed. Wildlife you might see today: Bottlenose dolphins and other cetaceans, sea turtles, sea lions, rays, sharks.
Day 4 (Friday) - ISABELA
AM: Punta Albemarle PM: Punta Vicente Roca Punta Albemarle: the farthest north point of Isabela, where lava flows are the nesting ground of flightless cormorants and marine iguanas. Punta Vicente Roca: The remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay protected from ocean swells. Wildlife you might see today: Marine iguanas, whales, dolphins, sea lions, tunas, Blue-footed and Nazca boobies, pelicans.
Day 5 (Saturday) - FERNANDINA & ISABELA
AM: Punta Espinosa PM: Urbina Bay Punta Espinosa: A narrow stretch of land where hundreds of marine iguanas gather largely on black lava rocks. Urbina Bay: Its waters are a good place to see turtles and rays. Ashore you'll find a short trail leading to a coral reef. Galapagos Wildlife you might see today: Giant tortoises, land iguanas, and flightless cormorants, penguins, sea turtles.
Day 6 (Sunday) - ISABELA
AM: Elizabeth Bay PM: Punta Moreno Elizabeth Bay: As you enter the bay, hawks soar overhead and schools of fish can be seen swimming beneath the surface. Punta Moreno: Beautiful rocky shores where penguins and shore birds, including blue herons, are usually spotted. Wildlife you might see today: Rays, flightless cormorants, penguins, pelicans, lava herons.
Day 7 (Monday) - FLOREANA
AM: Asilo de la Paz & Cerro Alieri PM: Loberia Asilo de la Paz: an historical tour where we will engage with the fascinating story of the Wittmers. Cerro Alieri: a good number of steps will take us to a breathtaking view. Loberia: has a lovely beach with a sea lion rookery, here swimming or snorkeling activities are planned. Wildlife you can see today: Sea Lions and more.
Day 8 (Tuesday) - SANTA CRUZ
AM: Highlands PM: Baltra Santa Cruz Highlands: The highlands are located in the northern part of the island and can reach elevations up to 1500 mt. Transfer to the airport. Galapagos Wildlife: Vermilion Flycatcher or one of Darwin’s finches, Giant tortoises in the wild.
Itinerary South - East & South Islands
Day 1 (Tuesday) - SANTA CRUZ
AM: Baltra Airport PM: Highlands & Charles Darwin Station Baltra Island: Arrival in Baltra airport. Santa Cruz Highlands: The highlands are located in the northern part of the island and can reach elevations up to 1500 mt. Charles Darwin Station: An organization that provides scientific assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galapagos. Galapagos Wildlife you might see today: Vermilion Flycatcher or one of Darwin’s finches, Giant tortoises in the wild.
Day 2 (Wednesday) - FLOREANA
AM: Cormorant Point & Champion PM: Post Office Bay & The Baroness Lookout Punta Cormorant: Cormorant Point offers a trail overlooking a saltwater lagoon that is a favorite of flamingos. Champion Islet: a great place to dive along with sea lions and tropical fish. Post Office Bay: A white-sand beach where in the past sailors used to leave and receive their letters in a barrel. Baroness Lookout Point: easy trails for exploring the flora and fauna of Floreana. Wildlife you might see today: Pintail ducks, stilts, Large-billed Flycatchers, Flamingoes, Rays, Sea Lions.
Day 3: (Thursday) - ESPAÑOLA
AM: Punta Suarez PM: Gardner Bay & Gardner Island Punta Suarez: Suarez Point is one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. Gardner Bay: Gardner Bay has a magnificent beach with turquoise waters. The bay is home of a large colony of sea lions. Wildlife you might see today: Galapagos Hawks, Española Mockingbirds, Waved Albatross, sea lions.
Day 4: (Friday) - SAN CRISTOBAL
AM: Isla Lobos & Kicker Rock PM: Punta Pitt Isla Lobos: This small island is named after the sea lions that rest and play on its rocky shores. Kicker Rock: Leon Dormido is comprised of two rocks which jut out of the ocean and is home to a large colony of seabirds. Kayaking and scuba diving allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life. Punta Pitt: Here there are endemic species such as lava lizards and red-footed boobies. Galapagos Wildlife: : Red-footed, Blue-footed and Nazca boobies, Storm Petrels, Sea Lions, Fur seals, Frigate birds.
Day 5: (Saturday) - SANTA FE & PLAZAS
AM: Barrington Bay PM: South Plazas & Punta Carrion Santa Fe - Barrington Bay: a white sand beach with calm turquoise waters. Endemic land iguanas are often seen. South Plazas: has one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galápagos. Punta Carrion: creates a sheltered lagoon with beautiful turquoise water. During this visit you can snorkel. Wildlife you might see today: Land and marine iguanas, Galapagos Hawks, Red-billed tropic birds and swallow-tailed gulls.
Day 6: (Sunday) - CHINESE HAT & BARTOLOME
AM: Chinese Hat PM: Bartolome Chinese Hat: The landing is on a beautiful crescent-shaped beach, home to sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Bartolome: is home of the Pinnacle Rock, the most famous view in the Galapagos Islands. Galapagos Wildlife you might see today: Sea lions, Green Sea Turtle, Galapagos penguins, Spotted Eagle Rays and Black-tipped Sharks.
Day 7: (Monday) - SANTIAGO
AM: James Bay PM: Rabida James Bay: also known as Puerto Egas, the trail leads to the coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Rabida Island: is one of the most colorful and volcanic varied islands in the archipelago as well as a great snorkeling site. We get ready for the next and last day on board of the Samba Yacht. Wildlife you might see today: Marine Iguanas, Blue-footed and Nazca boobies, Galapagos Doves.
Day 8: (Tuesday) - NORTH SEYMOUR & BALTRA
AM : North Seymour PM: Baltra North Seymour Island: Explore the rocky coast, passing colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. Transfer to the Airport. Galapagos Wildlife you can see today: Frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, land and marine iguanas.