Cachalote Explorer

A Wildlife Exploration Cruise!

The Cachalote Explorer will be offering cruises in the Galapagos Islands. Ideal for those travelers who are enthusiastic about wildlife and enjoy being active. This boat offers an authentic, intimate and adventurous experience in the Galapagos Islands while providing the guests a first class service. Whilst most of the day time is spent exploring the islands and snorkeling in this National Park and Marine Reserve, there is also time to relax on deck while the boat cruises from one visitor site to the next.
Comfortable and beautifully decorated she accommodated 16 passengers in her 8 cabins all with private ensuite hot/cold showers, and independent air conditioning units. Plenty of deck space with seats and cushions to relax in the shade or sunbathe during the cruise.

While cruising through the Galapagos islands guests have the opportunity to observe unique and abundant wildlife, walk along unusual volcanic terrain, snorkel with sea lions and marine turtles, and spot dolphins and whales from deck!
For further information on booking a cruise please visit Enchanted Expeditions or Enchanted Adventures

Day 1 (Friday): Arrive at Baltra Airport / Transfer to Isabela Island

Upon arrival at the airport, transfer to Santa Cruz Island to take the 14h00 speed boat departure to Isabela island. Arrive at Puerto Villamil at 16h00 approximately and transfer to the Cachalote Explorer.

Day 2 (Saturday): Isabela (Albemarle) Island

Isabela Island (Albemarle): Isabela is the largest of the Galapagos Islands formed by five active volcanoes fused together. Wolf Volcano is the highest point in the entire Galapagos at 1707m.

– Punta Moreno: Punta Moreno is located in the central southwestern coast of Isabela Island. The site has spectacular views of volcanoes Alcedo, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul. Some highlights include impressive lava flows, desolate and pristine landscape, varied and unusual arid zone vegetation.

– Elizabeth Bay: This spot is only accessible by dinghy. It is possible to see penguins on the small islets in the bay. The end of the bay is long and narrow surrounded by three species of mangroves. Galapagos Sea Turtles and rays can usually be seen in the water.

Day 3 (Sunday): Isabela (Albemarle) Island

Isabela Island (Albemarle)

– Urbina Bay: Urbina Bay is located at the central-west coast of Isabela Island at the foothills of Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes. Highlights include the colourful land iguanas, Galapagos Giant tortoises and the coral uplifting from 1954.

– Tagus Cove: Tagus Cove is a natural harbor where centuries ago whalers and pirates left their ship’s names painted or carved on the rocks. A walk uphill to Darwin’s Crater salt-water lake will provide an excellent view.

Day 4 (Monday): Fernandina Island / Isabela Island

Fernandina Island: Fernandina is the youngest volcanic island and is still active.

– Punta Espinoza: Punta Espinoza is a place famous for its large colonies of marine iguanas and as the habitat of unique species like the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, among others.

Isabela Island

– Punta Vicente Roca: This site is visited by dinghy rides along the cliffs or the partially sunken cave at the water’s edge. Nasca boobies, blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline.

Day 5 (Tuesday): James (Santiago) Island / Bartolome Island

James (Santiago) Island: This Island is located between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands. This Island offers a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas and fur seals.

– Puerto Egas: A walk along the rocky coast line that will you show you a view of some of Galapagos’ best tide pools. Some highlights include: Sugar loaf volcano, fur seals, oystercatchers, marine iguana colony, and old salt mine

Bartolome Island: A hike will take you to the highest point on Bartolome for a spectacular view. Sea lions and penguins can be seen around Pinnacle Rock. There is a sandy beach with great swimming and snorkeling.

Day 6 (Wednesday): North Seymour Island / Baltra for return flight to Quito

North Seymour Island: This flat piece of land originated after an uplifting event thousands of years ago. The island is home to endemic Palo Santo trees, colonies of blue-footed boobies, swallow tailed gulls, and magnificent frigate birds.

Baltra: Return flight to Quito


– All meals on board of the cruise from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on last cruise day
– All activities as described with a bilingual naturalist guide
– Water, tea, coffee unlimited
– Snorkeling equipment
– Accommodation in a double room with a private bathroom
– Airport transfers in Galapagos (when your flights arrive on the same day as start date of the cruise and when your flight leaves the same day as the end date of your cruise)
– 24/7 Dutch, English & Spanish assistance


– Flights from/to Galapagos (we can also arrange the flights for you)
– Galapagos National Park entrance fee: $100 p.p.
– Migratory Control Card: $20 p.p.
– Isabela dock fee $10 p.p. (if the itinerary includes Isabela island)
– Water taxis (from and to the shore)
– Transportation between Baltra Airport – cruise terminal fee ($5 p.p.) each way
– Wet-suits rent
– Alcoholic drinks
– Personal expenses
– Optional tips for the guide
– Personal travel insurance