A luxury cruiser, the Grand Odyssey motor yacht was launched in February 2011, offering the best in Galapagos Islands tours.
This ship was built to fulfill the highest expectations of discerning travelers on their Galapagos cruises. The Grand Odyssey was designed especially for small groups, as it offers both privacy and comfort while aiming to reduce visitor impact on the fragile Galapagos Islands ecosystem.
The Grand Odyssey motor yacht has the capacity to accommodate 16 passengers in its eight (8) spacious Galapagos and Matrimonial Suites (269 sq. ft.) and one Odyssey Suite (377 sq. ft.). These quarters are equipped with panoramic windows to enjoy the wonderful landscapes of the islands, and each also includes a private bathroom, hot/cold water, air conditioning with independent controls, a mini-bar and a TV. For connected and family suites, the ship also possesses twin beds and one faux queen-sized bed.
The yacht offers a large solarium with shaded and uncovered areas, two jacuzzis, comfortable sun loungers and a mini-spa that provides therapies and massages. Social areas include a lounge area, a mini library and a video library and a play zone for kids (during family departures).
Local and international dishes designed specially by our chef will be served in the cozy atmosphere of the ship’s dining room.
In addition to its 10-member crew, the Grand Odyssey motor yacht has a bilingual naturalist guide who will lead the passengers on excursions onto the islands. This means a cruise on board the Grand Odyssey will allow visitors to explore the both land animals and the marine fauna of the Galapagos archipelago. Snorkeling equipment and kayaks are available without any extra charge.
This Galapagos cruise will allow you to take in the main natural highlights that the Galapagos Islands have to offer, including volcano hikes, island trails, mangrove forests, turtle breeding farms, research centers and marine, as well as offer you activities such as trekking, kayaking, snorkeling and beachcombing.
- Class: First Class
- Capacity: 16 Passengers
- Cabins: 8
- Length overall: 42 m
- Beam: 9 m
- Year of construction: 2011 in Guayaquil
- Hull: Monohull of marine steel
- Speed: 12 knots
- Ship registry: Guayaquil – Ecuador
- Deadweight: 450 tons
- Gross Tonnage: 480 tons
- Operated by: GalaOdyssey Cía . Ltda.
- Fuel Capacity: 6.000 gallons
- Port Registry : Guayaquil
- Machinery (Engines): 2 Caterpillar 340 HP
- Generators: Perkins 114 cabe A
- Water maker: 2000 gallons per day
- Water: 10000 gallons capacity
- Radar: 1 Radar Furuno 38.4 Km, 1 Radar Furuno 57.6 Km
- Navigation Equipment: 1 Satellite compass, 2 magnetic Compasses, Tracking equipment.
- Communication System : Satellite phone
- Radio : Several consoles HF-VHF-UHF, Nactex, Distrex and handheld units
- Security equipment: Smoke detectors, sprinklers throughout the vessel, automatic CO2 tank for kitchen and engine room
- Tender Tender: 2 Zodiacs CARIBE C-18
- Life Rafts: 2 Zodiacs for 10 and 25 people
Tuesday: San Cristóbal Island – airport – Cerro Colorado
In the morning you will fly from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands. At the airport you will pay the entrance fee to the national park and a member of the crew will welcome you and escort you to the ship. After a short ride to the harbor of the island, you will board your cruise ship. After lunch and a security briefing, you will go on your first land visit to the highlands of San Cristóbal Island.
San Cristóbal Island is one of the few islands where you can see the plant calandrinia galapagosa, which is in danger of extinction. At this breeding center you will also see tortoises and iguanas. The easy trail covers a distance of 900 meters. Along the trail you will see different species of native and endemic plants of the Galapagos, like cat’s claw, manzanillo, romerillo, and acacia. Take special care not to touch or eat manzanillo fruits as they are toxic. The natural population of tortoises from San Cristóbal Island is seriously threatened by introduced animals, mainly wild goats, rats, and cats. Efforts are being made to eradicate them, but so far it has not been possible. -/L/D
Wednesday: Española Island – Suárez Point & Gardner Bay
Española is the southernmost and oldest island of the Galapagos archipelago. Its English name is Hood Island, in honor of the British admiral Samuel Hood. Because of its isolated position, there is much endemic wildlife to be explored here. It is also the only island where you will find albatrosses. Here you will take an excursion to Suárez Point, one of the most outstanding wildlife areas in the archipelago and boasting a long list of species found along its cliffs and sand or pebble beaches. In addition to five species of nesting seabirds, there are the curious and bold Española Island mockingbirds, Galapagos doves, and Galapagos hawks. This is also the only site where you will be able to see red iguanas. From May to December the albatross nests on the island and you might be able to see the little ones. Several types of reptiles, including the marine iguana and the oversized lava lizard, are unique to this island. When heavy swells are running, Suárez Point is also the site of a spectacular blowhole, with a thundering spray shooting 30 yards into the air. The walkabout on a stony path is about 2 km (duration about 3 hours).
Gardner Bay is on the eastern shore with turquoise-colored water and a magnificent beach which you will visit in the afternoon. Around the small islets nearby, snorkelers will find an abundance of fish and sometimes turtles and sharks. The bay is also frequented by a transient colony of sea lions which love to swim with people. Birds, like the endemic Española mockingbird and different species of Darwin finches, are omnipresent. B/L/D
Thursday: Floreana Island – Cormorant Point, Devil’s Crown, Baroness’ Lookout Point & Post Office Bay
Today you will visit Floreana Island, considered to be one of the most exotic islands in the archipelago. This island was colonized by Norwegians, Brits, and Germans, among others. Pirates and buccaneers came to this island to look for food and water. Others came in search of way to make money from what they hoped to find on the island. There are countless legends that are part of the history of the islands. The name Floreana is in honor of Juan José Flores, the first president of Ecuador. Here you will go on an excursion to the visitor site Cormorant Point. After a wet landing on the beach, you will go down a 100-meter-long path to a mangrove lagoon. The lagoon is home to Galapagos ducks, black herons, oystercatchers, and plovers. With a little bit of luck, you can also see flamingos. Another path leads to a little beach which is an important nesting site for sea turtles and in the shallow water you will often find stingrays and, now and then, a white-tipped reef shark.
You can also take advantage of the great snorkeling opportunity at Devil’s Crown (Corona del Diablo), a broken volcanic cone, which is one of the most beautiful places to go snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands. The underwater world consists of reef sharks, starfish, sea turtles, sea lions, and many species of tropical fish. Next you will visit the lookout point where Baroness Eloisa de Wagner spent several hours every day on the hill observing whales and dolphins.
In the afternoon you will visit Post Office Bay where the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to put their mail in is still kept. You can leave a letter here in hopes that it will make to its destination via another tourist. Don’t forget to bring postcards along.
Friday: Santa Fe Island / South Plaza Island
Today you will visit Santa Fe Island, a small rocky island covered in small Palo Santo trees and 6-meter-high opuntia cactuses. The island is mainly inhabited by large yellow land iguanas, the Galapagos buzzard, blue-footed boobies, and pelicans. While snorkeling in the wonderful blue-green bay where the ship anchors, you can observe the many inhabitants of the underwater world. In addition to countless tropical fish, there are also rays, sea turtles, and playful sea lions. díasOn this island so full of life you will encounter colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. On the steep banks you can see a great number of birds such as nesting tropic birds and fork-tailed seagulls. But most of all, enjoying the beautiful view from atop the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasurable experience. Opuntia cactuses grow here and the vegetation changes color throughout the year. B/L/D
Saturday: North Seymour Island / Santa Cruz Island – Las Bachas Beach
After a dry landing at North Seymour Island, you will take a short walk along the coast. Here you will encounter swallow-tailed gulls, sea lions, and cliff crabs. This part of Seymour Island is also known for being a major nesting site for blue-footed boobies and the largest colony of the magnificent frigate bird, a species different from the great frigate bird. You can also spot both endemic species of iguanas: marine iguanas and land iguanas. You will enjoy this relaxing hike around the nesting sites. Next you will arrive at the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island where you will visit the long and sandy Las Bachas Beach, one of the most important nesting beaches for sea turtles. Here you can find flamingos, black-winged stilts, sea lions, herons, marine iguanas, and, with a little bit of luck, penguins. You will also have the opportunity to swim at this soft white sand beach. Snorkeling enthusiasts can explore the fascinating underwater world as well. B/L/D
Sunday: Mosquera Island / Baltra Island – airport
Today you will anchor at Mosquera Island, which is located near Itabaca Channel and in between the islands Baltra and Seymour. The island consists of a long narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and small lagoons with a large population of sea lions. This is one of the best places to take photos of the sea lions. A stroll down the beach permits views of brown pelicans and blue-footed boobies. Afterwards, you will take a bus to Itabaca Channel where you will cross over to the airport on Baltra Island for your flight to the mainland. Enjoy the last view of the enchanting islands, a unique paradise with its fascinating nature. B/-/-
Sunday: Arrival on Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island – Dragon Hill
In the morning you will fly from the mainland to Baltra Island. At the airport you will pay the entrance fee to the national park, funds which help support the protection of Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve. Then a member of the crew will welcome you and escort you to the ship.
In the afternoon you will explore the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. You will visit Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill), which is an excellent spot for observing lava lizards, wading birds, and Darwin finches. On your way to Dragon Hill, you will rest at a small lagoon which is a popular feeding place for colorful birds and flamingos.-/L/D
Monday: Santa Cruz Island – Black Turtle Cove / Chinese Hat Island
Today you will visit Black Turtle Cove, a nesting site for sea turtles. There are many mangrove forests here as well. With luck, you can see different types of sharks in the calm water, such as the white-tipped reef shark, or schools of golden mustard rays.
Then you will have a wet landing at Chinese Hat Island, located southeast of Santiago Island. Its name describes the shape of the island, which you will be able to appreciate from a distance. This island’s landscapes are dominated by volcanic formations and very fragile tubes of lava. Because of this, it is very important to stay on the paths. Here you will encounter a small colony of sea lions and then proceed to hike through this dark, unyielding solid rock island. B/L/D
Tuesday: Genovesa Island – Prince Phillip’s Steps & Darwin Bay
Your destination for today is Genovesa Island, considered to be one of the wildest and most pristine islands within Galapagos National Park. It is also known as Bird Island and is the only place where you will be able to see red-footed boobies. Then you will go ashore at a crater wall where Prince Phillip’s Steps are located. These stairs were carved in the stone wall and lead up to a wide plateau where you will find nesting places of great frigate birds, red-billed tropic birds, Bahama ducks, lava seagulls, and fork-tailed seagulls. During this easy stroll, you will cross a little scalesia wood where you can observe the short-eared owl. With a little bit of luck, you will also be able to observe the unique courtship that the booby species (red- and blue-footed as well as masked boobies) carry out. It truly is a show. The same path will lead you back to your boat.
In the afternoon after a wet landing in Darwin Bay, you will walk along a short path which leads through the nesting sites of booby and frigate bird colonies. On the beach you can observe the interesting spectacle of how frigate birds try to catch the prey of the different booby species. B/L/D
Wednesday: Bartolomé Island / Santiago Island – Sullivan Bay
Upon arriving on Bartolomé Island, you will go up to a lookout point where you can admire the spectacular panorama of Sullivan Bay and the famous Pinnacle Rock. The beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock boast some of the finest snorkeling spots where you can discover the marvelous underwater world and have a good chance of finding gently gliding turtles. On the beaches underneath Pinnacle Rock it is quite possible to meet one of the quick-as-an-arrow Galapagos penguins, the second smallest penguin in the world at around 25 centimeters tall, as well as the harmless white-tipped reef shark.
In the afternoon you will land at Santiago Island, also known as James Island or San Salvador Island, the fourth largest island in the archipelago. The influences of the former salt mine workers and their imported animals are still apparent on the island. The last attempts to populate Santiago Island were given up on forty years ago. Sullivan Bay is located on the eastern coast of Santiago Island. Its lava field with lava cactuses has a variety of very interesting patterns. In the landscape you will be able to observe the contrasting lava landscapes from an older eruption and a newer one. After exploring the lava flow, you can swim or snorkel with playful sea lions. B/L/D
Thursday: Santa Cruz – Highlands / Departure from Baltra Island
Today you will visit the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. The lush landscape is a welcome contrast to the arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands. On your way you will cross through different vegetation zones, from the dry lower region full of cactuses to the woods of scalesia in the highlands. There are two small agricultural communities here which grow the famous organic Galapagos coffee.
Afterwards, you will take a bus to Itabaca Channel where you will cross over to the airport on Baltra Island for your flight to the mainland. Enjoy the last view of the enchanting islands, a unique paradise with its fascinating nature. B/-/-
Prices 2018: Grand Odyssey Yacht – Sea Star Jputney
|PRICE PER PERSON|
|CABIN||Galápagos Matrimonial Suite||Sea Star Suite||Single Galápagos Suite||Charter – Maximum 16 pax|
Discount for children under 12 years old sharing a cabin with two adults: 20%
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Note: Itinerary is subject to change without previous notice, due to weather conditions, operational matters, National Park Authorities advice, or Captain´s decision for passengers’ security.