Cachalote Explorer

Explore the Galapagos in style and safety

We are thrilled to announce the recently re-imagined – Cachalote Explorer!

This charming and comfortable First-Class yacht was built for the rough waters of the Canadian West Coast, so it will provide a stable, smooth and relaxing ride while on your beautiful Galapagos small ship tour.

The M/Y Cachalote Explorer offers the options of  6 day and 8-day itineraries that visit hand-picked sites in the National Park; each of these is unique, rich and varied and offers the opportunity to experience the Galapagos up close and personal with a small group led by a highly experienced naturalist guide.

The itineraries can be combined to form a 15-day itinerary that we highly recommend for those travelers that would like to have a complete, in-depth experience of the Galapagos Islands.

Connoisseur Tip: 

If you have a week to explore the Galapagos I would recommend opting for the fantastic 8 day Tower Itinerary which will have you visit 3 of the top 5 islands in the Galapagos; Española, Floreana and the always sought after Genovesa Island (aka bird island). If you don’t have a week to spare you can choose the 6 day Isabela Itinerary which includes the iconic Western Islands where you will be able to spot a plethora of wildlife and have an unforgettable experience in the Galapagos.

Feel like a whale in the water aboard the re-imagined Cachalote Explorer!

M/Y Cachalote Explorer: 6 day – Hood Itinerary


Day 1:  (Friday) 

AM – San Cristobal: Arrival San Cristobal Airport / Transfer to the boat

PM – San Cristobal: El Junco Lagoon


Day 2:  (Saturday) 

AM – Española Island: Gardner Bay / Gardner Islet

PM – Española Island: Suarez Point


Day 3:  (Sunday) 

AM – Floreana Island: Cormorant Point

PM – Floreana Island: Post Office Bay


Day 4:  (Monday) 

AM – Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill

PM – Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay


Day 5:  (Tuesday) 

AM – Genovesa: Darwin Bay

PM – Genovesa: Prince Phillip’s Steps


Day 6:  (Wednesday) 

AM – Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove / Transfer to the Baltra Airport

M/Y Cachalote Explorer: 6 day – James Itinerary


Day 1:  (Friday) 

AM – Arrival at Baltra Airport / Transfer to the boat

PM – Isabela Island


Day 2:  (Saturday) 

AM – Isabela Island: Moreno Point

PM – Isabela Island: Elizabeth Bay


Day 3:  (Sunday) 

AM – Isabela Island: Urbina Bay

PM – Isabela Island: Tagus Cove


Day 4:  (Monday) 

AM – Fernandina Island: Espinosa Point

PM – Isabela Island: Vicente Roca Point


Day 5:  (Tuesday) 

AM – Santiago Island: Egas Port

PM – Bartholomew Island


Day 6:  (Wednesday) 

AM – North Seymour Island / Transfer to the Baltra Airport

M/Y Cachalote Explorer: 8 day – Tower Itinerary


Day 1:  (Wednesday) 

AM – Baltra Island Airport: Arrival and Transfer to the boat

PM –  Santa Cruz: Highlands of Santa Cruz / Charles Darwin Research Center / Tortoise Breeding Center


Day 2:  (Thursday) 

AM – Santa Fe Island

PM – South Plazas Island


Day 3:  (Friday) 

AM – San Cristobal: Witch Hill

PM – San Cristobal: El Junco Lagoon


Day 4:  (Saturday) 

AM – Española Island: Gardner Bay / Gardner Islet

PM – Española Island: Suarez Point


Day 5:  (Sunday) 

AM – Floreana Island: Cormorant Point

PM – Floreana Island: Post Office Bay


Day 6:  (Monday) 

AM – Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill

PM – Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay


Day 7:  (Tuesday) 

AM – Genovesa: Darwin Bay

PM – Genovesa: Prince Phillip’s Steps


Day 8:  (Wednesday) 

AM – Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove / Transfer to the Baltra Airport

M/Y Cachalote Explorer: 8 day – Fernandina Itinerary


Day 1:  (Wednesday) 

AM – Baltra Island Airport: Arrival and Transfer to the boat

PM –  Santa Cruz: Highlands of Santa Cruz / Charles Darwin Research Station/ Tortoise breeding center


Day 2:  (Thursday) 

AM – Chinese Hat Islet

PM – Rabida Island


Day 3:  (Friday) 

AM – Isabela Island: Puerto Villamil

PM – Isabela Island: Sierra Negra


Day 4:  (Saturday) 

AM – Isabela Island: Moreno Point

PM – Isabela Island: Elizabeth Bay


Day 5:  (Sunday) 

AM – Isabela Island: Urbina Bay

PM – Isabela Island: Tagus Cove


Day 6:  (Monday) 

AM – Fernandina Island: Espinosa Point

PM – Isabela Island: Vicente Roca Point


Day 7:  (Tuesday) 

AM – Santiago Island: Egas Port

PM – Bartholomew Island


Day 8:  (Wednesday) 

AM – North Seymour Island / Transfer to the Baltra Airport

Cachalote Explorer – 2020 Rates

Cachalote Explorer 2020 Rates

*Prices are subject to change. Please inquire with your Connoisseur, we can usually get better rates than the ones above mentioned.

Accommodation: 

Originally a fishing boat, built in 1988 in Vancouver, Canada, this large and spacious motor vessel was converted into a passenger vessel in the early 2000’s.  She will have 8 cabins (16 pax.) each with their own private bathroom equipped with Hot and Cold water shower, air-conditioned throughout, and a large salon/dining area with multiple large deck areas for relaxing, eating and socializing.

Amenities: 

The Cachalote Explorer is a fully air-conditioned modern motorboat. The salon is equipped with flat screen TV and DVD systems.

Cabin Configuration:

Cabin 1 (upper deck): lower queen / upper single / lower single

Cabin 2 (upper deck): lower double / upper single

Cabin 3, 4 & 7 (lower deck): lower double / upper single

Cabin 5 & 6 (lower deck): queen l

Cabin 8 (lower deck): lower single / upper single

Included

  • All meals and activities throughout the cruise
  • Bilingual national park guide
  • Soft beverages (water, coffee, and tea)
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Kayaks
  • Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel and fins)

Not included

  • $100 (Subject to change) Galapagos National Park entrance fee
  • $20 Transit Control Card
  • Airfare from mainland Ecuador
  • Alcoholic beverages consumed onboard
  • Gratuities
  • Cancellation/medical insurance
  • Use of wetsuit

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Trip Facts

  • Motor Yacht
  • First-Class
  • 16 guests
  • 88 ft
  • 24 ft
  • 8 knots
  • 9 Crew members + 1 bilingual guide
  • II/III Level
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