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Galapagos Adventure – Nemo II (Itinerary A)

from $6,349.00

Experience the enchanted world of the Galapagos Islands by Catamaran

  • Reviews 3 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Leisurely
    1/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 16
All about the Galapagos Adventure – Nemo II (Itinerary A).

The extraordinary archipelago of the Galapagos left a lasting impression on Darwin and is likely to do the same for you. Travel on board the Nemo II, a First Class Motor Sail Catamaran, and explore this enchanted world, characterised by stark lava fields, cactus forests, volcanic craters, mangrove lagoons and turquoise waters. Step over snoozing sea lions, watch the courting rituals of Blue-footed boobies or snorkel with turtles, sharks and rays.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners included
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Airport transfers (at designated times)

 

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Compulsory Galapagos taxes USD$120pp, paid locally

Highlights

  • Spend seven nights on-board a First Class Motor Sail Catamaran exploring the Galapagos Islands
  • Incredible wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities with near-tame animals
  • Snorkel with iridescent fish, playful Sea lions and turtles
  • Experience the fantastic on-board service with an expert naturalist guide
  • Small group – a maximum of 16 clients on board
  • Travel by internal flight, catarmaran and minibus
  • Island walks and snorkelling excursions included
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus local leader. Min. age 16 years
  • 7 nights on board the Nemo II in en suite, air-conditioned cabins, 2 nights comfortable hotel
  1. Day 1 Start Quito.

    The group flight usually arrives into Quito this evening. Land Only clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon/evening. Free transfers are available for all clients. A local guide will welcome you to Quito and explain the schedule for the next few days.Accommodation: Hotel Vieja Cuba (or similar)*Comfortable Hotel*

  2. Day 2 Discover Quito at your leisure.

    Today is free to relax, recover from the flight and explore the fascinating city of Quito. Quito is the second highest capital in the world, standing at 2,850m on the western cordillera of the Andes. It is one of the smaller and more attractive of the colonial capitals of South America. Because of the altitude visitors to Quito are advised to take it easy at first.Accommodation: Hotel Vieja Cuba (or similar)*Comfortable Hotel*

  3. Day 3 Fly to Galapagos; board Nemo II.

    This morning we transfer to Quito Airport for our flight to the Galapagos Islands. Be prepared for an early start as this could mean leaving the hotel around 6:00am. A USD20 per person transit card is payable on departure at Quito and a USD100 per person national park entry fee is payable on arrival in the Galapagos. Please have cash on hand to pay for these.On arrival in the Galapagos we are met in the arrivals hall and then transferred to our boat, the Nemo II, which will be anchored a short distance away in Santa Cruz. Once on board we’ll be assigned our cabins, meet the crew and get to know our naturalist guide and fellow travellers over lunch. The rest of your schedule will follow itinerary A.Navigate to Bachas beach. The name is “Spanglish” for ’barges’, which were wrecked offshore during World War II. There is a delightful swimming beach here with a lagoon behind, and a longer beach for a stroll and wildlife-watching. The saltwater lagoon often has Great Blue herons and small waders such as Sanderlings. Both beaches are nesting areas for Green sea turtles which leave tracks in the sand, especially from November to February. After dinner we navigate the short distance to Santa Cruz.*Nemo II*

  4. Day 4 Galapagos Cruise Day 2

    After navigating to Santa Fe Island we spend some time in one of the most beautiful coves in all of the Galapagos, with its white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. In the large Sea lion colony bulls vie for the right of beachmaster whilst cows laze in the sun. The loop trail leads us past salt bushes where Galapagos hawks can be seen at close range, alongside the largest land iguanas in the Galapagos.This afternoon we navigate to South Plazas island, where the biggest population of land iguanas in the Galapagos can be found. The iguanas here are yellow-brown and feed on the fruit and pads of the Prickly Pear Cactus. As we walk alongside the sea cliffs, Swallow-tailed gulls, frigatebirds, Audubon shearwaters, Red-Billed tropicbirds, Brown pelicans, Blue-footed and Masked boobies are frequently seen. *Nemo II*

  5. Day 5 Galapagos Cruise Day 3

    A day at San Cristobal Island to discover Cerro Brujo, a striking eroded tuff cone and one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin. We have a landing to explore the white sand beach where Blue-footed boobies, Brown pelicans, Sea lions and Marine iguanas are all found, before making our way to explore the striking spear of Kicker Rock and the nearby Sea lion colony of Isla Lobos.*Nemo II*

  6. Day 6 Galapagos Cruise Day 4

    Arriving at Espanola Island, we spend the morning at Punta Suarez on the western tip where Sea lions, sea birds and the largest Marine iguanas of the Galapagos are found, along with Masked boobies nesting among the rock formations. A 45 minute boat ride from Punta Suarez takes us to Gardner Bay, a stunning stretch of white-sand beach with excellent possibilities for swimming and snorkelling. Visitors can find migrant, resident and endemic wildlife include brightly coloured Marine iguanas, Espanola lava lizards, Hood mockingbirds, Swallow-tailed gulls, Galapagos hawks and a large colony of Waved albatross.*Nemo II*

  7. Day 7 Galapagos Cruise Day 5

    Today’s excursion allows us to discover the highlands of Santa Cruz and its incredible vegetation zones. We visit a private finca called ’Las Primicias’ which offers the best possibility to see Galapagos giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Our next visit will be the Charles Darwin Research Centre to begin learning about the ecology of the islands, their origin and formation. You can also see the famous Galapagos giant tortoise hatchery which is based here.*Nemo II*

  8. Day 8 Galapagos Cruise Day 6

    Today we arrive on Floreana Island, where the famous Post Office Bay is found. In 1793 British whalers established a Post Office barrel to send letters to and from England, a tradition that has continued and thrives to this day, with many visitors collecting and leaving postcards to destinations all over the world! We also visit Cormorant Point today, an area with a green sand beach (caused by the olivine crystals) and large lagoon where Pink flamingoes and other shore birds can be seen. This is also a good spot for seeing Large-billed flycatchers and numerous finch species.*Nemo II*

  9. Day 9 Galapagos Cruise Day 7

    Sombrero Chino is a small islet located near the south-east coast of Santiago. Shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from afar, it is geologically fascinating, with many lava tubes leading from the cone to the coast. We land on a beautiful crescent-shaped white sand beach, home to Sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. The trail on Sombrero Chino explores its volcanic origin, one of the most evident in the islands. Snorkeling in the waters near Sombrero Chino can create a stir; White-tipped sharks frequent these waters, as do the playful Galapagos penguins and Sea lions.This afternoon we navigate to Bartolome, a desolate landscape made famous by the tuff cone known as Pinnacle Rock, which has become one of the most visited and photographed parts of the islands. Very little vegetation grows in this barren place. Mangroves border the beach and the small shrub Tiguilia grows in the volcanic sands. The seeds and tiny white flowers of the Chamaesycae provide food for the island’s finches. These plants are common to arid regions and are able to survive in harsh volcanic conditions.*Nemo II*

  10. Day 10 Fly to Guayaquil; end Guayaquil.

    An early start to explore Black Turtle Cove, a red mangrove wetland on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. This is a wonderful spot to see Green turtles and is a nursery for rays and Galapagos sharks. There is also abundant birdlife, such as the Yellow warbler and Lava heron.We say farewell to the Galapagos Islands after this morning’s excursion and head to the airport on Baltra for our flight to Guayaquil where the holiday ends. At Guayaquil airport it’s possible to connect with international flights this evening from 6pm onwards. Land only clients may prefer to organise post-tour accommodation for the night in Guayaquil and organise their international flights for the following day in case of delays coming back from the Galapagos.

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Where you stay

Catamaran – Nemo II

The Nemo II is a First Class Motor Sail Catamaran with an outside lounge and dining area, an inside lounge/bar area and a spacious sun deck, perfect for relaxing and observing the incredible Galapagos landscape. There are two superior cabins with double beds, two standard cabins with a lower single bed and an upper double bed, and three twin cabins with two single bunkbeds. All cabins have air conditioning and en suite bathrooms – as this is a catamaran, cabin space is limited and some of the cabins are accessed by a small wooden staircase since they are below deck. Beach towels are provided and there are also two sea kayaks on board for passenger use.

Please note that a lot of the travelling between islands is done overnight, so some cabin noise and movement should be expected.

Boat specifications:

First Class Motor Sail Catamaran
16 passenger capacity with 2 superior cabins, 2 standard cabins and 3 twin cabins.
Crew: 6 + 1 naturalist guide
Length: 21.88m
Beam: 10.39m 2 Engines

Virtual 360 Tour – Nemo II
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Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners included.

Meals onboard the Nemo II are included and will be served in a buffet style. There is a wide choice of food available, including vegetarian options.

Alcoholic drinks are available on board (approx. US$4 per beer, US$30 for a bottle of wine, around US$7 for selected cocktails) and the crew request that you do not bring your own alcohol with you. Drinking water, tea and coffee is freely available at no additional charge.

Should you have specific dietary requirements it is essential that you inform us at least 2 weeks prior to your departure.

This trip has been graded 1 (Leisurely) with a Safari Rating of 5.

It is ideal for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and those with an interest in history or geology. Though you do not need to be particularly fit, you should note that due to the volcanic nature of the Galapagos islands there will be some walking on rough ground and sharp volcanic rocks. The ability to withstand high temperatures and to swim will maximize your enjoyment. Due to local regulations in the Galapagos we have specific time slots for making our landings and site visits. There is usually very little disruption to the schedule, but this can mean little room for deviation in the event of poor weather or other circumstances.

Each day will feature a mixture of walking, snorkelling and exploring the islands by boat. To get closer to the designated landing sites on each of the islands we disembark the Nemo II into small pangas (motorised dinghys). Landings on the islands are divided into two types – wet and dry. For dry landings, the panga will take you right up to a landing stage or rocky outcrop where you can disembark without getting wet. However in some places where there is no landing stage the panga will stop close to a beach and you will be expected to walk through shallow water (generally no more than ankle-deep) to the shore. The leader will always advise conditions prior to leaving the Nemo II and it is possible to skip any particular excursion if you would rather relax on board the boat.

There are plenty of opportunities for snorkelling in the Galapagos and this is one of the best ways to experience the marine life. A mask and snorkel will reveal an exciting underwater world with sea lions, rays, turtles, marine iguanas and a colourful array of fish. On most days of the itinerary there will be either one or two snorkelling sessions.

We offer Galapagos cruises in conjunction with our Ecuadorian partners, and Exodus participants will join an international group, not all of whom have booked through Exodus. Occasionally some of these may be younger than Exodus’ minimum age for this trip.

Please note that there is limited mobile reception in the Galapagos (apart from on the inhabited islands) and no wifi on board the Nemo II.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 11/02/2020
5/5

Galapagos on board Nemo II

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking in Darwin’s footsteps. The sense of history and how important it is to look after our planet. Great knowledge brings great responsibility. Seeing Galapagos in all its glory has inspired me to be much more aware are careful about using the world’s resources
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Edwin was great. He took pride in keeping Nemo II spotless Each day he wrote out our timetable so we knew exactly what we needed - where - when and how. He was extremely knowledgeable and made sure everyone was looked after and was having fun. There were 5 different nationalities on board Nemo II on my trip. Edwin coped with 3 languages without any trouble. He was a great guy.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take sea sickness pills. (Although these were supplied on board!). The sea can be choppy and we all felt queasy at times. Take eco friendly shampoo or use the shampoo supplied on board - normal shampoo is not permitted. Take at least one neutral coloured shirt and pair of shorts/trousers to wear in areas where there are wasps as these insects are attracted to bright colours.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Enjoy the trip of a lifetime

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

An incredible adventure

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing all the wildlife in its natural habitat.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Eduardo was excellent. He was very knowledgable, funny, caring and always in hand to help or answer any questions.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A full moon affects the sea. I didn’t find any information about this but it does make big waves which can affect the boat journey and landings so maybe worth checking if your worried about sea sickness. Take some extra money for the wet suits, even if you don’t feel cold there is jelly fish in the sea, and although nothing serious it can give you a sting.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Yes it is expensive there is no denying it but it is worth every penny. The Galapagos is a perfect place. The wildlife is right there in front of you. The scenery is incredible. Ecuador don’t let swamps of tourists go there at any one time so it is very unique. The catamaran is an excellent choice not only for the sea sickness but the boat was lovely, and as it’s small number of passengers it meant you could get to know people with the same interests. When you get to go on land there is only a maximum of 16 of you rather than like 50! You all get to go at the same time to do that activity (unlike other cruises) and you all get to do the same activity (again other boats didn’t allow this as they had to many passengers).

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

A Wonderful Adventure in a Special Place

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All the wild life, for sure. Snorkelling in the company of sea lions and turtles, not to mention some reef sharks, was particularly inspirational.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Marcos, our leader, was excellent. He has a wealth of knowledge on all aspects of the islands and was extremely informative, always directing us to areas which would provide good sightings of the wildlife. He was at all times attentive to our health and needs. He was also supportive, encouraging and reassuring, especially when a few of us had doubts about snorkelling in shark-inhabited waters.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Sea can be choppy at times which may cause problems for people who are not good sailors. The snorkelling was a great experience, so if you have never done it before, it would be a good idea to learn.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip was a great experience shared with a great bunch of fellow travellers. We highly recommend it.

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