M/Y Darwin

Adventure awaits aboard the M/Y Darwin!

The Darwin yacht was built in Puerto Ayora, in the Galapagos Islands in 1995. Boasting more than 20 years of experience cruising the Enchanted Islands, the Darwin is a great choice for those seeking adventure at a convenient price point. Guests can cruise the islands comfortably in eight ample double rooms, equipped with air-conditioning, private facilities, and hot/cold water.

Social areas include; a spacious living room, well-stocked bar, sundeck and inviting dining room where you will enjoy tasty local and international cuisine.

You will be happy to make the M/Y Darwin your home away from home while enjoying the Galapagos Islands with great service on board.

The Darwin offers two types of itineraries; Adventure and Discovery itineraries. The Adventure itinerary offers a choice of 8,5 and 4-day itineraries, visiting the Western and Central islands. The Discovery itinerary has a choice of 8,7,5 and 4-day itineraries, visiting the Southern and Central Islands.

Connoisseur Tip:

Taking in consideration that the Darwin is one of the most budget-friendly yachts in the Galapagos, I would recommend what IMHO is the best and most budget-friendly option for visiting the Galapagos Islands; the 5-day Discovery itinerary which visits the Southern islands; Española and Floreana and makes a stop at Santa Fe. My favorite visit on this itinerary is when you get a chance to snorkel at the Devil’s Crown. Hands down the best snorkeling site in the Galapagos. Trust me I’ve been snorkeling there and its truly something special.

Me (in the middle) and my school friends ready to snorkel at the amazing Devil’s Crown!

M/Y Darwin: 4-day Discovery Itinerary


Day 1:  (Monday) 

AM – Arrival to Baltra Airport / Transfer to the boat

PM – Santa Cruz Island: Twin Craters


Day 2:  (Tuesday) 

AM – Santiago Island: Egas Port

PM – Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach


Day 3:  (Wednesday) 

AM – Bartholomew Island

PM – Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay


Day 4:  (Thursday) 

AM – North Seymour Island / Transfer to Baltra Airport

M/Y Darwin: 4-day Adventure Itinerary


Day 1:  (Thursday) 

AM – Arrival to Baltra Airport / Transfer to the boat

PM – Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach


Day 2:  (Friday) 

AM – San Cristobal Island: Pitt Point

PM – San Cristobal Island: Kicker Rock


Day 3:  (Saturday) 

AM – San Cristobal Island: Witch Hill

PM – San Cristobal Island: Lobos Island


Day 4:  (Sunday) 

AM – Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station / Tortoise Breeding Center / Transfer to Baltra Airport

M/Y Darwin: 5-day Discovery Itinerary


Day 1:  (Thursday) 

AM – Arrival to Baltra Airport / Transfer to the boat

PM – Mosquera Islet


Day 2:  (Friday) 

AM – South Plaza Island

PM – Santa Fe Island


Day 3:  (Saturday) 

AM – Española Island: Gardner Bay & Gardner Islet

PM – Española Island: Osborn Islet


Day 4:  (Sunday) 

AM – Floreana Island: Post Office Bay

PM – Floreana Island: Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown


Day 5:  (Monday) 

AM – Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station / Tortoise Breeding Center / Transfer to Baltra Airport

M/Y Darwin: 5-day Adventure Itinerary


Day 1:  (Sunday) 

AM – Arrival to Baltra Airport / Transfer to the boat

PM – Santa Cruz Island: El Chato Tortoise Reserve


Day 2:  (Monday) 

AM – Isabela Island: Las Tintoreras

PM – Isabela Island: Wetlands / Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center / Flamingo Lagoon


Day 3:  (Tuesday) 

AM – Rabida Island

PM – Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill


Day 4:  (Wednesday) 

AM – Santiago Island: Chinese Hat

PM – Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove


Day 5:  (Thursday) 

AM – Daphne Islands: Daphne Minor / Transfer to Baltra Airport

M/Y Darwin: 7-day Discovery Itinerary


Day 1:  (Monday) 

AM – Arrival to Baltra Airport / Transfer to the boat

PM – Santa Cruz Island: Twin Craters


Day 2:  (Tuesday) 

AM – Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach

PM – Santiago Island: Buccaneer Cove


Day 3:  (Wednesday) 

AM – Bartholomew Island

PM – Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay


Day 4:  (Thursday) 

AM – North Seymour Island

PM – Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach


Day 5:  (Friday) 

AM – San Cristobal Island: Pitt Point

PM – San Cristobal Island: Kicker Rock


Day 6:  (Saturday) 

AM – San Cristobal Island: Witch Hill

PM – San Cristobal Island: Lobos Island


Day 7:  (Sunday) 

AM – Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station / Tortoise Breeding Center / Transfer to Baltra Airport

M/Y Darwin: 8-day Discovery Itinerary


Day 1:  (Thursday) 

AM – Arrival to Baltra Airport / Transfer to the boat

PM – Mosquera Islet


Day 2:  (Friday) 

AM – South Plaza Island

PM – Santa Fe Island


Day 3:  (Saturday) 

AM – Española Island: Gardner Bay & Gardner Islet

PM – Española Island: Osborn Islet


Day 4:  (Sunday) 

AM – Floreana Island: Post Office Bay

PM – Floreana Island: Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown


Day 5:  (Monday) 

AM – Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station / Tortoise Breeding Center

PM – Santa Cruz Island: Twin Craters


Day 6:  (Tuesday) 

AM – Santiago Island: Egas Port

PM – Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach


Day 7:  (Wednesday) 

AM – Bartholomew Island

PM – Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay


Day 8:  (Thursday) 

AM – North Seymour Island / Transfer to Baltra Airport

M/Y Darwin: 8-day Adventure Itinerary


Day 1:  (Thursday) 

AM – Arrival to Baltra Airport / Transfer to the boat

PM – Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach


Day 2:  (Friday) 

AM – San Cristobal Island: Pitt Point

PM – San Cristobal Island: Kicker Rock


Day 3:  (Saturday) 

AM – San Cristobal Island: Witch Hill

PM – San Cristobal Island: Lobos Island


Day 4:  (Sunday) 

AM – Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station / Tortoise Breeding Center

PM – Santa Cruz Island: El Chato Tortoise Reserve


Day 5:  (Monday) 

AM – Isabela Island: Las Tintoreras

PM – Isabela Island: Wetlands / Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center / Flamingo Lagoon


Day 6:  (Tuesday) 

AM – Rabida Island

PM – Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill


Day 7:  (Wednesday) 

AM – Santiago Island: Chinese Hat

PM – Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove


Day 8:  (Thursday) 

AM – Daphne Islands: Daphne Minor / Transfer to Baltra Airport

Darwin Rates

8 days

7 days

5 days

4 days

Adventure Itinerary $2120 p.p. N/A $1490 p.p. $990 p.p.
Discovery Itinerary $2250 p.p. $1750 p.p. $1630 p.p. $990 p.p.

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

Accommodation and Facilities:
Eight double cabins with air conditioning, private bathroom and hot/cold water.

Cabin Configuration:

CABINS # 1 TO 2:
Double cabins with berth, private bathroom, hot/cold water, and air conditioning.
The rooms are located on the UPPER DECK.
CABINS # 3 TO 4:
Double cabins with berth, private bathroom, hot/cold water, and air conditioning.
The rooms are located on the MAIN DECK.
CABINS # 5 TO 8:
Double cabins with berth, private bathroom, hot/cold water, and air conditioning.
The rooms are located on the LOWER DECK.

Included

  • All meals
  • Transfers in the islands
  • All shore excursions with an English speaking naturalist guide
  • Water, coffe, and tea

Not included

  • Airfare from mainland Ecuador
  • $100 (Subject to change) Galapagos National Park entrance fee
  • $20 Transit Control Card
  • Snorkeling Gear
  • Wetsuit
  • Bottled beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Cancellation/medical insurance
  • Isabela fee (currently USD 20pp)
  • Rent Horses (120p.p)
  • Ferry canal $1

• Upper Deck surcharge: $170

• Main Deck surcharge: $120

• Children discount: 10%

Snorkeling equipment and Wetsuit rental information:

Snorkeling equipment 8 days- $25
Snorkeling equipment 7 days- $20
Snorkeling equipment 5 days- $15
Snorkeling equipment 4 days- $15
Wet suits 8 days-  $30
Wet suits 5 days-  $20
Wet suits 4 days-  $20

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DARWIN FAQs

When was the Darwin built?

The M/Y Darwin was built in the Galapagos Islands, in Puerto Ayora to be exact, back in 1995.

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M/Y Darwin

Trip Facts

  • Motor Yacht
  • Budget-Friendly
  • 16 guests
  • 60 ft
  • 18 ft
  • 9 knots
  • 6 crew members + 1 bilingual guide
  • II Level
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