The Galapagos Islands lie in the Pacific Ocean athwart the Equator about 600 miles (1,000 km) off the west coast of mainland Ecuador in South America. The Galapagos Marine Reserve is one of the largest, and the second most diverse, marine ecosystem protected areas in the world. These Islands are some of the most popular adventure sailing holiday destinations with unique wild fauna and flora species, beautiful sand beaches and clear turquoise waters.
With Clapotis Mer you can choose to charter an entire yacht or, if you are part of a smaller party, one or more cabins on a larger yacht. Our yacht charter holidays take you to the most amazing wildlife watching locations as you sail and explore the Galapagos Islands. Our yacht charter packages include the services of the crew, full board accommodation, exciting guided excursions in the Galapagos Islands and the water sports available on your boat.
All yachts available from Clapotis Mer in the Galapagos Islands are fully crewed and equipped and you can choose from a range of cruising catamarans, sailing and motor yachts.
Here is one suggested yacht charter itinerary for the Galapagos Islands.
- Sail East of the Galapagos Islands from Baltra Island to Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island, where the Pacific green sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs in the white sand.
- South Plaza and Santa Fe Islands are home to a large number of iconic species (such as marine iguanas and red-billed tropic birds) and spectacular plants. Cerro Brujo (Witch’s Hill) is only accessible by boat from the north coast of San Cristobal Island and has a beautiful coral sand beach with crystal clear waters. It is the first island Darwin visited on his voyage aboard the Beagle. Then set sail for Isla Lobos (Lobos island), the nesting place for blue-footed boobies and frigate birds.
- Bartolomé Island (Bartholomew) is famous for its Pinnacle Rock, a large, craggy rock that stands across from Sullivan Bay. Sail in the beautiful bays at each side of the narrow isthmus and you can enjoy calm beaches, whilst swimming and snorkelling with the Galapagos penguins. Relax on the calm tropical beach where herons can be seen. Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat) is home to huge turtles and stingrays and a lot of tropical fish.
- Isabella Island is the largest of the Galapagos Islands. Each of the six volcanoes hosts a different type of wild fauna and flora. Walk up Sierra Negra and catch an incredible view of Isabela and Fernandina Islands.
- Espanola Island is the most secluded and a haven for the highest number of endemic species in the Galapagos Islands. It has a beautiful beach and a colony of sea lions will often welcome you as the yacht approaches Punta Suarez. Here you can watch red and green marine iguanas, Lava Lizards, Galapagos Hawks and Espanola Mockingbirds. Gardner Bay offers the best beaches together with the incomparable wildlife on Española Island.
- The Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island can be visited to find out about their work. Go further south to Tortuga Bay to see marine iguanas, tropical birds and the Galapagos crabs. The natural mangrove is a shelter for white tip reef sharks and the gigantic Galapagos tortoises. Set off for Caleta Tortuga Negra (Black Turtle Cove ) a mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island
- Keep cruising to Punta Cormorant (Cormorant Point ) on the north coast of Floreana Island. Here you will see pink flamingos in the lagoon and sea turtles in the crystalline Waters. As you walk up the hills to the south of Floreana Island, you will come across a fresh water spring where you can swim amid lush vegetation, find one of the first human settlements on Floreana and Galapagos giant tortoises. Snorkel in incredibly blue waters around Campeon Islet off the northeast coast of the island. Sail west to Post Office Bay on Floreana Island where the 18th century sailors kept a wooden barrel in sight to collect and deliver postage free mail when they returned home from their sailing journeys mainly to England, Europe and the United States of America.
- Sail back to Baltra Island at the end of your cruise.
Yacht charter holidays in Galapagos Island
Alumarine 22 metre and 23 metre sailing catamarans in the Galapagos Islands
These two fully crewed and equipped sailing catamarans are now available for yacht charter holidays in the Galapagos Islands with Clapotis-Mer charter cruise specialist
Both feature a large outdoor living space which includes a cosy seating area on the rooftop deck where you can sunbathe, enjoy the view of the Galapagos islands and watch the amazing marine wildlife from the boat. They have been completely renovated recently and the on-board amenities and equipment are very similar on both yachts.
Each has a well-arranged and protected cockpit (the perfect chill out area for lunch) with access to the swim platform on the transom. The yachts have comfortable, bright and fully air-conditioned interiors and the on-board amenities and entertainment includes LCD TV, DVD player and music sound systems. The spacious and cheerful main lounge has a cushioned seating area and bar service. There’s complete navigation electronics and radio communication systems. There are 110/220-volt outlets in the main lounges and cabins, the galleys are equipped with a freezer and ice maker and there is a water maker on board. The crew of seven (including the naturalist guide) have their own separate living accommodation.
Water sports include a tender with an outboard engine to take you ashore to enjoy the Galapagos islands wildlife excursions. In addition there are two kayaks and snorkeling equipment (Scuba diving can be arranged on request).
The yachts have comfortable cabins with en-suite bathroom and shower facilities, hot and cold water, full bed linen sets and bath towels.
Alumarine 22 metre sailing catamaran in the Galapagos Islands
This yacht can accommodate fourteen guests in seven cabins:
– Two double cabins with a queen size bed
– Two triple cabins with an upper queen size bed and a lower single bed
– One triple cabin with a lower queen size bed and an upper single bed
– Two twin cabins with an upper and a lower single bed.
Alumarine 23 metre sailing catamaran in the Galapagos Islands
Being slightly bigger this yacht has a jacuzzi tub on the foredeck where you can enjoy relaxing bubble baths.
On board accommodation in eight cabins for sixteen guests consists of:
– Two twin cabins with an upper and a lower single bed
– One triple cabin with a queen size bed and a single bed
– Two triple Suite cabins with a double bed and a single bed
– Three double cabins with a queen size bed.
These high quality cruising catamarans are fully equipped to provide exciting full board, crewed yacht charter holidays sailing in the Galapagos islands.