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Treasure of Galapagos

A mega catamaran with private balconies and personal attention, perfect for special occasions.

Overview

The Treasure of Galapagos is a well-appointed twin-hulled motor yacht with nine cabins. With a maximum of 16 passengers on board, you will enjoy the utmost privacy and have access to rare parts of the world without crowds of tourists.

Life Aboard The Treasure Of Galapagos

As you settle into your stateroom, you will immediately be drawn towards your balcony. This private space is a lovely place to watch the dolphins and frigatebirds that often accompany the ship as it cruises between destinations. But do not tarry long as there is much more to see aboard the boat.

As you walk through the indoor lounge and dining area, you will notice that each light-filled space on the ship features peaceful minimalist décor, which invites you to focus on the natural beauty surrounding you. Outdoors, the uppermost sundeck, complete with a shaded lounge area and a hot tub, provides scenic views, ideal for whale watching.

Excursions From Your Treasure Of Galapagos Cruise

A cruise aboard the Treasure of Galapagos is filled with surprises and the perfect blend of exploration and leisure. Each day, the ship will anchor at two carefully-selected sites where various activities allow you to observe the Galapagos from different perspectives. The boat offers three different itineraries or five and seven days. You may even combine both five-day cruises into one epic adventure.

During the five-day cruise through the central and eastern islands, you will stop on volcanically-active Santiago Island to explore Sullivan Bay. Then, enjoy a visit to Mosquera Islet, where sea lions make lounge on a white sand beach. A five-day through the southern islands takes you to Gardner Bay, where you may be able to see sharks in the crystal-clear water. Later, enjoy a visit to Tortuga Bay, which is home to many marine iguanas.

The seven-day option features the western region of the archipelago, including Isabela and Fernandina Islands. At Urbina Bay, look for land iguanas, giant tortoises, and finches. A stop at Punta Espinoza is an excellent opportunity to see flightless cormorants in action.

Bringing Nature To Life

Though every member of the 11-person crew is dedicated to making your holiday one to remember, there is one crew member that you will get to know particularly well. A naturalist guide will lead every excursion, activity, and wildlife encounter you experience in the Galapagos. Along the way, these expert guides will answer all of your questions, provide educational discussions, and point out interesting plants and animals which you may otherwise miss.

In an effort to bring this unique part of the world alive for you, the Treasure of Galapagos works only with guides holding Class II or III certifications, the highest offered by the National Park. Thanks to its dull-hulled design, the Treasure of Galapagos catamaran is both comfortable and stable, a bonus for novice ocean goers and anyone concerned about seasickness.

Perfect for wildlife lovers, birdwatchers, and those looking for soft adventure, a cruise aboard the Treasure of Galapagos is a chance to explore a whole new world.

Itineraries & Prices

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5-Day
7-Day

5 Day / 4 Night - Eastern & Central 'A'

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Embarkation

AM: Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, you will pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, as well as to pay the park entrance fee of $100 (unless it has been prepaid). A guide will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor.

PM: Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. The main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Staelens Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises, and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.

Treasure of the Galapagos 5-Day 'A' Itinerary Day One - Galapagos Giant Tortoise.
Location
Baltra
Day
1 / 5

Sullivan Bay & Bartolome Island

AM: Santiago, also called James Island, is located in the western-central part of the Galapagos archipelago. It is the fourth largest island in the archipelago (following Isabela, Fernandina and Santa Cruz). Along with some of the large western volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina, Santiago is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen, particularly along the southern, western, and eastern coasts. These can even be seen from the summit of Darwin Volcano and from space. A number of large eruptions have been reported over the last 2 centuries. Santiago actually consists of two coalesced volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano on the southeast end.

PM: Bartolomé Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where we can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands such as: Volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island. It has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist and at the base of the pinnacle, as well as a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.

Treasure of the Galapagos 5-Day 'A' Itinerary Day Two - Bartolome Island.
Location
Santiago - Bartolome
Day
2 / 5

North Seymour Island & Mosquera Islet

AM: Seymour is an uplifted (as opposed to volcanic) island and therefore is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing.

Do watch your step as the boobies don't worry much about where they nest, and you might just step on one. The trees are dotted with male frigate birds trying to attract the attention of the ladies by inflating their bright red skin flaps. They sometimes fly in the air to call more attention to themselves. There's a circular path that takes you through the island to a beautiful, rocky shore where the waves crash a silvery-blue.

PM: Mosquera Islet is located between Baltra and North Seymour. This is a small islet formed by a geological uplift, with a reef of rocks and coral and a great white sand beach, where lie a big population of sea lions. You can also observe several species of shorebirds. This site offers great snorkeling and swimming. Along the rocks it is common to see the Red Lava crabs and Sally light-foot crabs.

Treasure of the Galapagos 5-Day 'A' Itinerary Day Three - Frigate Bird.
Location
North Seymour -
Day
3 / 5

South Plaza & Cerro Brujo

AM: South Plaza is located to the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of a pair of islands known as “Islas Plazas”. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plaza's land iguanas are smaller than their relatives found on other islands. Throughout the island, there are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a marine iguana with a land iguana. They are unique and recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana's crest, but the face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of “tunas”, their favorite food. Swallow-tailed Gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs is seen along with other sea birds as Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans.

PM: The primary attraction of this site is the coral sand beach. It is an excellent place to swim and snorkel. Cerro Brujo is the remains of a tuff cone. It is one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin. Captain Fitzroy climbed to the top of the hill to scout out reefs. It has an impressive landscape, where it is often possible to see coastal and migratory birds, including pelicans, Blue-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas. At times the lagoon is completely dry and deposits of salt may be found in the bottom. The people of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno used to use the lagoon as a salt mine.

Treasure of the Galapagos 5-Day 'A' Itinerary Day Four - Galapagos Sea Lions.
Location
South Plaza - San Cristobal
Day
4 / 5

Disembarkation

AM: The Galapagos National Park Visitor Center lies close to the port town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The center explains a series of natural circumstances such as the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, its ocean currents, its special climate, the arrival of different species, and their establishment, among others.

Afterward, you will be transferred to San Cristobal airport for your flight back to Guayaquil or Quito.

Treasure of the Galapagos 5-Day 'A' Itinerary Day Five - San Cristobal.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
5 / 5
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5 Day / 4 Night - Southern Islands 'B'

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Embarkation

AM: Upon arrival at San Cristobal Airport, travelers pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, as well as to pay the park entrance fee of $100 (unless it has been prepaid). A guide will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor.

PM: Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Center, located at 40 minutes approximately by bus to the southeast of the island. This center was built to improve the status of the population of the island tortoises. The center includes a large corral, a Visitor Center, a breeding center, and an interpretative trail. Along this trail is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well birds as the San Cristobal Mockingbird, Yellow Warblers, and many species of finches, and the Galapagos flycatcher.

Treasure of the Galapagos 5-Day 'B' Itinerary Day One - Pair of Galapagos Giant Tortoises.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
1 / 5

Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez

AM: Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters.

PM: This rocky land spot sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise from the sea affording the visitor spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blow whole where water spouts up to 50-75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf.

Treasure of the Galapagos 5-Day 'B' Itinerary Day Two - Espanola Island Excursion.
Location
Española
Day
2 / 5

Post Office Bay & Punta Cormorant

AM: Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by mariners and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Apart from being the Post Office Barrel, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. We will continue to the north of the island and will ascend to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful vista at the Baroness Lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as her House. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos, and the wide forest of Palo Santo.

PM: This site offers probably the best Flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It’s situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks, and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.

Treasure of the Galapagos 5-Day 'B' Itinerary Day Three - Flamingo Sighting.
Location
Floreana
Day
3 / 5

Santa Fe & Tortuga Bay

AM: Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an uplift instead of a volcanic origin, this is why is mostly flat. There are some theories that assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is the home of a number of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats, and one of the two species of Lands Iguanas of the islands. After disembarkation in the beautiful and clear waters, you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well as giant Prickly pear cactus, gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fishes.

PM: Tortuga Bay is a beautiful white sand beach, so named because it is a nesting site for the black turtle, the visibility in the water is excellent for snorkeling, be on the lookout for the Galapagos sea lions, marine iguanas, or (seasonally) mating Pacific green turtles in the surf! This is a wonderful site for swimming and snorkeling. 

Treasure of the Galapagos 5-Day 'B' Itinerary Day Four - Snorkelling with Turtles.
Location
Santa Fe - Santa Cruz
Day
4 / 5

Disembarkation

AM: Santa Cruz also offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild tortoises, both roaming through pastures in the agricultural zone and in the Tortoise Reserve, which is accessible from Santa Rosa or Salasaca. Several farms serve food and allow visitors to explore their grounds in search of tortoises. Descending through the agricultural zone into the Transition Zone where the Tortoise Reserve is located, the introduced vegetation of the farmlands is replaced by native vegetation. The pond at El Chato is surrounded by forest where short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, Vermilion Flycatchers, Yellow Warblers, Galapagos Rails, and Paint-billed Crakes can be seen. As the visitor walks into the forests overgrown with lichens, ferns, and other epiphytes, it is time to listen carefully for the sound of heavy footsteps and the sound of shrubs being slowly crushed as the tortoises make their way through the brush.

Afterward, you will be transferred to Baltra Airport for your flight back to Guayaquil or Quito.

Treasure of the Galapagos 5-Day 'B' Itinerary Day Five - Short-Eared Owl Sighting.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
5 / 5
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7 Day / 6 Night - Western 'C'

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Embarkation

AM: Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, you will pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, as well as to pay the park entrance fee of $100 (unless it has been prepaid). A guide will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor.

PM: Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. The main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Staelens Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises, and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.

Treasure of the Galapagos 7-Day 'C' Itinerary Day One - Galapagos Giant Tortoise.
Location
Baltra - Santa Cruz
Day
1 / 7

Whale Bay & Dragon Hill

AM: The visitor site of whale Bay is a cove of green sand at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach contains a large number of olivine crystals, the same that originate from volcanic materials. The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground.

Near the beach, there are ceramic relics, which reflect the same antiques of human settlements that were close to the beach in 1846. According to the accounts of the French captain Genie, a path originated from this site to the top of the island, which was used to collect fresh water. It is thought that in this place lived a group of people who were dedicated to the collection of lichen, used for tinting.

PM: The visitor site at Dragon Hill has been open for visits since 1993. This site is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that leads to a hyper-saline lagoon behind the beach, frequented by flamingos, pintail ducks, and other species of birds. This site has been re-populated with land iguanas from Seymour, Isabela, and Santa Cruz islands. There is a short walk to the Hill, which offers a beautiful view of the bay.

Treasure of the Galapagos 7-Day 'C' Itinerary Day Two - Land Iguana.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
2 / 7

Las Tintoreras & Wetlands

AM: A delightful place to be reached by a nice zodiac ride. "Tintoreras” are small islands in front of the Puerto Villamil coast. There is Heron lava on the lookout on the mangrove branch, and Galapagos Penguin and sea lion often pop out onshore. White-tipped reef sharks are fairly common in the archipelago. Their name in Spanish is Tintorera, thus the name of this site as they are always found here resting in the shallow waters.

PM: Isabela Island is the largest and one of the youngest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. We land in Puerto Villamil, which has the second smallest population in Galapagos with approximately 3.000 inhabitants. First, we will visit the Flamingos Lagoon; this place is the largest coastal lagoon found in Galapagos and is one of the main reproductive sites for the greater Flamingos. Afterward, we will follow a trail to the “The Wall of Tears”; from 1946 to 1959 Isabela was designated a penal colony by the Ecuadorian government. Prisoners were obligated to build a wall with enormous blocks of lava. Due to the arduous labor and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived, this site is known as “El Muro de las Lagrimas”. There are a number of interesting sites along this route, such as the Cerro Orchilla, El Estero, Poza Escondida, Playa del Amor, and Pozas Verdes.

Treasure of the Galapagos 7-Day 'C' Itinerary Day Three - Galapagos Penguin.
Location
Isabela
Day
3 / 7

Punta Morena & Urbina Bay

AM: Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along with a lava flow Pahohoe (solidified lava in the form of corrugated or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons, its main attraction are several species of birds that can be found around these lakes and mangroves

PM: Urbina Bay is located along the west coast of Isabela, between Elizabeth Bay and Tagus Cove. It is close to the base of the Alcedo Volcano. The coastline has undergone a major uplift in 1954, which caused the shore to expand three-quarters of a mile out. Here you will be able to find corals, shells, and many other calcareous organisms exposed above water. Urbina Bay is home to large and colorful land iguanas and giant tortoises of the Alcedo Volcano population. A lot of Darwin finches can be seen as well.

Treasure of the Galapagos 7-Day 'C' Itinerary Day Four - Urbina Bay Isabela Island.
Location
Isabela
Day
4 / 7

Punta Espinoza & Tagus Cove

AM: Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and has a single visitor site: Punta Espinoza located at the northeastern tip of the island. Marine iguanas conglomerate in larger groups than on any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore, and sometimes block the way at the landing dock. Among the unique species found here, is the Flightless Cormorant. This bird had to adjust its way of survival and perfect its skills of finding food in the ocean. Their wings, tails, and feet progressively adapted for swimming. To see these birds is to witness evolution happening right in front of you. 

PM: Tagus Cove, a tour along the cliffs in a zodiac will give the visitors a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant, and other sea birds. From the landing dock, it is about a 30-minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra saline lake saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this location. Look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, it has been written by pirates, whalers, and buccaneers in past centuries.

Treasure of the Galapagos 7-Day 'C' Itinerary Day Five - Marine Iguana Close Up.
Location
Fernandina - Isbaela
Day
5 / 7

Puerto Egas & Rabida Island

AM: Puerto Egas is a black beach is located on the west side of Santiago Island. Volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach and this is the main attraction of the Island. This site is called Puerto Egas, because there was an attempt of the company of Hector Egas, to start the exploitation of salt, which failed because the price of salt on the continent was very cheap, and did not justify its exploitation in the Galapagos. The project was abandoned and they left their infrastructure.

PM: Rábida Island is unique because of the red color of the rocks and sand. The volcanic material in this island is very porous and external factors as rain, saltwater, and sea breeze have acted as an oxidizing agent.

A short walk along a trail leads us to a coastal lagoon behind the beach permits the observation of land birds as finches, doves, yellow warblers, and mocking birds. At the lagoon, there is a colony of flamingos.

Treasure of the Galapagos 7-Day 'C' Itinerary Day Six - Rabida Island.
Location
Santiago - Rabida
Day
6 / 7

Disembarkation

AM: These two small beaches are found to the West of Turtle Cove. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches, there is a small brackish water lagoon, where occasionally is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer, but it has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategic point to protect the Panama Channel.

Afterward, you will be transferred to Baltra Airport for your flight back to Guayaquil or Quito.

Treasure of the Galapagos 7-Day 'C' Itinerary Day Seven - Flamingo Sighting.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
7 / 7
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Aft
Al Fresco Dining
Bridge
Dining
Jacuzzi
Lounge
Reception
Sun Deck
Aft of the boat in the sunset light
Tables on the open deck
Officers in front of the bridge
Dining table indoor
Jacuzzi on the aft of the boat
A woman served a drink sitting on the couch in the lounge
Outdoor area in front of the reception
Sun beds on the deck

Suites & Cabins

Treasure of the Galapagos' Balcony Stateroom - Double. Treasure of the Galapagos' Balcony Stateroom - Double. Treasure of the Galapagos' Balcony Stateroom - Twin. Treasure of the Galapagos' Balcony Stateroom - Twin. Treasure of the Galapagos's Balcony Stateroom - Balcony. Treasure of the Galapagos' Balcony Stateroom - Balcony. Treasure of the Galapagos' Balcony Stateroom - Bathroom.

Balcony Stateroom

Guests
3
Size
20 m² / 215 ft²
Beds
Double / Twin

These spacious rooms have the option to share and can accommodate triple occupancy. They feature a floor-to-ceiling window leading to the balcony where guests can relax and unwind. The private bathrooms are entirely equipped with everything you need for a refreshing shower and a hairdryer.

Treasure of the Galapagos' Master Suite. Treasure of the Galapagos' Master Suite. Treasure of the Galapagos' Master Suite. Treasure of the Galapagos' Master Suite - Bathroom. Treasure of the Galapagos' Master Suite.

Master Suite

Guests
4
Size
40 m² / 430 ft²
Beds
King

This ample-sized suite can accommodate triple and quadruple occupancy with ease. It features two areas separated by dividing doors, each with a private balcony. The room has floor-to-ceiling windows leading to the balcony, where you can enjoy the fantastic Galapagos scenery.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Features

  • Cabins with balconies
  • Pool / Jacuzzi
  • Lecture room

Equipment

  • Snorkeling gear
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details