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Solaris motor yacht

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  • A spacious comfortable motor yacht
  • Great value for an 7-day cruise
  • No single supplement for single cabins

The Solaris is a spacious tourist superior class motor yacht carrying 16 passengers in eleven cabins on the upper and main decks. There are good sized social areas with an indoor dining area, a passenger lounge with a TV, a bar and a sundeck with reclining chairs. The comfortable cabins have lower berths, a desk, air conditioning and private bathrooms with hot showers. All cabins have a sea-facing window so you can enjoy ocean views. On the main deck there are five single cabins and one suite with a queen size bed and single bed, and on the upper deck there are two double suites and three suites with a queen size bed and single bed. Double suites have a queen size bed and a double sofa bed. The queen beds are fixed and cannot be separated, so twin arrangements are with one queen bed and one single bed. As there is no single supplement for the single cabins, the price is the same if you have a double suite and single cabin rather than a triple cabin, or even a twin rather than two single cabins. There is an eight-man crew and an experienced naturalist guide.


  • 11 cabins (5 suite cabins on upper, 5 single cabins & 1 suite on main)
  • 4 suites have a queen bed and a single bed, so can be triples
  • 2 suites have a queen bed and a sofa bed so can be used for a family of 4 with 2 beds
  • All cabins have a window with a seaview
  • All beds are lower berths
  • Private bathroom with hot water
  • Air conditioning
  • 110V sockets

Social Areas

  • 1 uncovered sun deck and 1 fully shaded outdoor deck with loungers
  • Indoor dining area
  • Lounge with flat-screen TV
  • Bar


  • 8-man crew
  • English-speaking certified naturalist guides

Snorkelling equipment and kayaks

  • Snorkelling equipment is included
  • Wetsuits available for hire (US$25 per person on the 5 day cruise, US$40 per person on the 8 day cruise)

Technical Specifications

  • Fiberglass construction
  • 34 metres (109ft)length
  • 7.6 metres (24ft) beam
  • 1.45 metre (4.75ft) draft
  • 10 knots cruising speed
  • 3 x 420 HP Hyundai marine motors engines
  • 2 Deus generators 75 KVA each
  • 110V electric power
  • VHF & HF radios
  • Eco Sonar
  • Radar with a 24 mile reach
  • Satellite navigation system
  • 2x 2 way radios
  • 3 internal communication radios
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
  • 2 fully equipped rubber life rafts
  • Alarm system with fire and smoke detectors
  • Anti-fire system
  • Life jackets and fire extinguishers
  • Satelite telephone

The Galapagos Solaris operates a 6-night itinerary and two 4-night itineraries.

Please see specific holidays for detailed itineraries.

Life On board

A buffet breakfast is served from about 7am, before you prepare for your first excursion of the day. As the yacht sails at night, you are already close to the island that you will be visiting. At about 8.30am, the passengers on board will gather with the guide and board the pangas for the short trip to the island. You will have either a wet or a dry landing, and then explore the island. The guide will explain the flora, fauna and geology of the island as you walk. As each island is different, each excursion will focus on different aspects of the Galapagos Islands. After you have explored the island, you will sometimes have an opportunity to snorkel off the beach, depending on the visitor site. This may be snorkelling with sea lions, tropical fish, or even with marine iguanas and penguins.

You return to the Galapagos Solaris in the late morning, for a shower and change before a buffet lunch is served. After lunch, you will sail to the next island, and you will have time for a rest, or maybe to look out for dolphins or frigate birds from the deck.

At around 3pm, you will again take a panga ride for your second excursion of the day. You return to the yacht in the late afternoon, where you have time for a drink before dinner as the guide explains the itinerary for the next day. After a buffet dinner, you can relax in the lounge or on deck. The yacht will usually sail at night to make sure you arrive at the next island early the next morning.

What's Included

All our holidays include flights from the UK; transfers and hotels in Quito and/or Guayaquil; flights to the Galapagos Islands; Galapagos National Park entrance fee of US$100; Galapagos transit card fee of US$20.

The Galapagos Solaris cruise includes all transfers in the Galapagos; all meals on board (breakfast, lunch and dinner), drinking water, tea, coffee; all excursions in the islands led by an English-speaking certified naturalist guide. There are zodiac boats for wet and dry landings.

Snorkelling equipment is included. Wetsuits are available for hire. Alcoholic and soft drinks are available for sale on board. Tipping the boat crew and guide is usually well deserved, and expected. About US$18-23 per passenger per day is suggested (approximately US$12-15 for the guide and US$6-8 for the crew).

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