Fernandina An active volcano with rugged slopes, unusual lava formations and a huge population of land iguanas. There are also sealions, marine iguanas, sally lightfoot crabs, Galapagos penguins and fl ightless cormorants. lorem tellus. Santa Cruz HIGH OUR CHOICE The Santa Cruz is a fi rst- class 72- metre motor- cruiser carrying 90 passengers in 47 cabins, all with private bathrooms ( shower and toilet). The cabins are located on the boat, main and upper decks. Facilities include a lounge, bar, restaurant, resident physician, shop, reading room and library, Jacuzzi, sun deck and an aromatherapy centre. The vessel is also air- conditioned throughout. There are 52 crew members on- board with six naturalist guides, and fi ve zodiacs for ship to shore transportation. The Santa Cruz usually visits Baltra, Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Espanola, San Cristobal, Bartolome, Santiago, Floreana and North Seymour - a comprehensive itinerary. Three or four night cruises are also available on the Santa Cruz - please ask us for details. Isabela By far the largest island and home to some 6,000 Galapagos tortoises around the volcanic slopes. There is an interesting uplifted coral reef and the brackish lagoons host egrets, fl amingos and white- cheeked pintails. South American fur seals are common around the coastline as are Galapagos penguins and iguanas. lorem tellus. La Pinta HIGH La Pinta is a motor- yacht offering a luxurious expedition around the Galapagos Islands. If you want the ultimate treat, then this is the boat for you. With a capacity of just 48 guests, it boasts 24 spacious cabins with large windows for panoramic views. It has a sitting room, well- stocked library, lecture area with cinema screen, and separate dining areas both inside and outside with a choice of deck bars. La Pinta usually visits San Cristobal, North Seymour, Santa Cruz, Floreana, Fernandina, Isabela, Bartolome and Espanola. La Pinta is a family- friendly boat, with triple and inter- connecting cabins ( minimum age six). Santiago and Bartolome Lava lizards are common on Santiago and the island is good for birds such as Galapagos dove, Galapagos mockingbird and Galapagos hawk. Land iguanas, Sally lightfoot crabs, sealions and South American fur seals may also be seen. The small island of Bartolome, famous for Pinnacle Rock, is home to Galapagos penguins. Turtles and white-tipped reef sharks may also accompany you while snorkelling here. lorem tellus. Samba MID The Samba is a 24- metre motor- sailor accommodating 12 passengers in six air- conditioned cabins, each equipped with private bathrooms ( shower and toilet). Facilities include a restaurant and sun deck. There is one naturalist on- board. This is our recommendation for a good value, comfortable cruise around the Galapagos. Samba usually visits Baltra, North Seymour, Santa Cruz, Floreana, Fernandina, Isabela, Santiago and Bartolome, and Espanola. THE AMERICAS | ECUADOR & THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS 145 Fact! Due to the popularity of the Galapagos Islands and of the vessels, early booking is always recommended for the best chance of getting your choice of boat. Or visit us on the web www. wildlifeworldwide. com Special occasion? Why not ask us for business class upgrades? We can offer competitive prices and it'd be a lovely start to your trip.
Genovesa Breeding ground for the South American fur seal and sealions. The cliffs are home to Galapagos and Madeiran storm- petrel, Audubon's shearwater and red- billed tropicbird. Look out for lava gulls too, the rarest gull in the world. Hammerhead sharks also cruise along the coastline. lorem tellus. Isabela II HIGH The Isabela II is a deluxe 53- metre motor- yacht carrying 40 passengers in 21 cabins. All cabins have a private bathroom ( shower and toilet) and are located on the main and upper decks of the vessel. Facilities include a lounge, bar, dining room, resident physician, boutique, reading room and library, Jacuzzi and sun deck. The vessel is also air- conditioned throughout. There are 24 crew members on- board with three naturalist guides, and three zodiacs for ship to shore transportation. The Isabela II usually visits Baltra, North Seymour, Espanola, Floreana, Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago and Bartolome. Santa Cruz Its rocky coastline and maze of mangrove- lined inlets is good for sea turtles, sharks and rays. It is also home to a good population of tortoises, land and marine iguanas and birds - there are eight species of fi nch here. This is the home of the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise breeding centre. Nearby, Seymour supports the largest colony of magnifi cent frigatebirds in the Galapagos archipelago, while North Seymour is home to blue- footed boobies, swallow- tailed gulls, sealions and marine iguanas. lorem tellus. Beluga HIGH The Beluga is a spacious, comfortable fi rst- class 36- metre motor- yacht carrying 16 passengers in eight double/ twin cabins, each with a private bathroom ( shower and toilet). Facilities include lounge, bar, dining area and plenty of deck space. The vessel is air- conditioned throughout. There are nine crew members on- board, including a naturalist guide. The Beluga usually visits Espanola, Floreana, Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, North Seymour, Santiago and Bartolome. 146Talk to an expert 0845 130 6982 The Galapagos is a fantastic location for diving. Please call our Head of Sales, Helen Brown, for more information. She enjoyed a trip there in 2009.