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  • A spacious catamaran
  • Friendly atmosphere, all cabins have private balconies

The Treasure is a comfortable catamaran carrying 16 passengers. There are 9 cabins in total; 5 twin cabins, 3 matrimonial cabins (some can be converted into triples) and a suite. The boat also boasts an alfresco dining area, and a sun deck which boasts a Jacuzzi, a bar and deck chairs in shaded and unshaded areas. There is also an open plan lounge and dining area on the main deck. All cabins have en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning and safety deposit boxes. 

Cabins

  • 9 cabins, including 3 twins, 1 matrimonial and a master suite on the main deck, and 2 twins and 2 matrimonials on the upper deck
  • All cabins have private balconies & floor to ceiling windows
  • Private bathroom with hot showers
  • Air conditioning
  • Safety deposit box

Social Areas

  • Open plan lounge and dining area on the main deck
  • Alfresco dining area on the upper deck
  • Sun deck with a Jacuzzi, bar and deck chairs (shaded and unshaded options)

Crew

  • 11 crew members
  • Captain & Cruise Director
  • 1 Bilingual naturalist guide
  • 2 engineers, 2 chefs, a first mate, 2 sailors, barman and a first mate

Technical Specifications

  • Constructed in 2009
  • Power motor catamaran - 2 385 HP Caterpillar motors
  • 2 75 KW generators
  • 110 volts AC in cabins, 220 volts AC in social areas
  • 2 GPS
  • Sonar
  • 2 naval radars
  • Fire detection and prevention systems
  • Water desalination system

Itinerary 

Day 1: Fly to the Galapagos Islands. Transfer to the Treasure of Galapagos catamaran, then take an afternoon excursion
After a general introduction and lunch, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the protection and conservation of the islands, and to see the giant tortoise breeding and rearing centre.

Day 2: Galapagos excursions on Santa Cruz
Enjoy a morning visit to Ballena Bay, where the beach contains a number of volcanically formed olivine crystals. After lunch, ascend to Cerro Dragon, with land iguanas and flamingos near the two lagoons. You can snorkel here.

Day 3: Galapagos excursions on Isabela
In the morning, visit the Tintoreras archipelago by zodiac boat, where sea lions, marine iguanas and sea turtles can be found, and white-tipped reef sharks rest in the shallow waters. After lunch, there is a dry landing at Humedales, a network of coastal mangroves and brackish lagoons. This is an important feeding area for the Galapagos penguin and a nesting site for green turtles. A number of species rely upon this wetland habitat, including ghost crabs, fiddler crabs, oystercatchers and flamingos.

Day 4: Galapagos excursions on Isabela
Today you will continue to explore Isabela Island, walking the black lava flow trail between two volcanoes to Punta Moreno. Spend the afternoon at Urbina Bay, a black sand beach home to marine and land iguanas, and green sea turtles. You can snorkel here.

Day 5: Galapagos excursions on Fernandina and Isabela
Marine iguanas gather to bask in the sand at Punta Espinosa, at the north-eastern tip of Fernandina Island. This visitor site is home to several intriguing Galapagos species, including the flightless cormorant. After lunch, return to Isabela Island and visit Tagus Cove, where you climb up for views of Darwin's Lake, a saltwater lagoon in a tuff cone, and the lava fields of Darwin volcano. There are cave inscriptions of ancient pirates who used the coves as shelter.

Day 6: Galapagos excursions on Santiago and Rabida
You will make a wet landing at Puerto Egas, a volcanic black sand beach with quick-footed lava lizards, herons, Galapagos hawks, rock pools and underwater rock formations which are full of fauna. In the afternoon, continue to Rabida, 5km south of Santiago Island, where the high iron content gives a distinct red colour to the sand and rocks. The main attraction here is the salt water lagoon, with flamingos, pelicans and boobies. The clear waters are very good for snorkelling.

Day 7: Flight to Quito/Guayaquil
Journey from the Galapagos to Quito
After breakfast, enjoy your final Galapagos excursion to Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island, where the soft white sand is perfect for nesting sea turtles. You sometimes snorkel here. Coastal birds such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels also populate a water lagoon behind one of the beaches.

Life On board

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 usually have an opportunity to snorkel off the beach. This may be snorkelling with sea lions, tropical fish, or even with marine iguanas and penguins.

You return to the Treasure in the late morning, for a shower and change before 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 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 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 Treasure cruise includes all transfers in the Galapagos; all meals on board (buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner), drinking water, tea, coffee; snorkelling equipment, bathroom and beach towels; all excursions in the islands led by English-speaking certified naturalist guide. There are zodiac boats for wet and dry landings.

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$18-20 per passenger per day is suggested.


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