Galapagos Adventure - Nemo II (Itinerary A)

10 days
incl. taxes
Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Activity Level: Leisurely
Trip code: 
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Wildlife Holidays
Group size:
Min age:

Seven nights on-board a First Class Motor Sail Catamaran exploring the Galapagos Islands

The extraordinary archipelago of the Galapagos left a lasting impression on Darwin and is likely to do the same for you. Travell 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.


  • 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.

Key information

  • 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 
  • Countries visited: Ecuador

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners included
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Compulsory Galapagos taxes USD120 (approx. GBP95), paid locally
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

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Guayaquil Airport
  • Day 1

    Start Quito.

    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)

  • 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Fly to Baltra Airport on the Galapagos & North Seymour

    Morning Fly to Galapagos: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. For the rest of your schedule you will follow Itinerary A. 
    Afternoon North Seymour:  Navigate to North Seymour to discover the 2km trail that crosses the island and around the rocky coast. Along the way the trail passes colonies of Blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds. The Magnificent frigatebird, a large black bird with a long wingspan and a hooked beak, is extremely fast and has excellent vision. Frigatebirds are known for the large red pouch on their necks. During mating season the males throw back their heads, inflate their pouch (sometimes to the size of a football), and shake trying to capture the attention of females. Blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds have an interesting relationship. Sharing the same nesting area on North Seymour, Blue-footed boobies nest on the ground making their nests from the twigs of the Palo Santos trees, while the frigatebirds' nest just above them in the saltbushes. After dinner we navigate to Santa Cruz.

    Accommodation: Nemo II

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Santa Cruz Island

    Morning Santa Cruz Highlands: 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.

    Afternoon Charles Darwin Research Station: 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.

    Accommodation: Nemo II

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Isabela Island

    Morning Punta Moreno: Today we wake up on the south coast of Isabela, the largest island of the Galapagos Archipelago. Isabela was formed by five giant volcanic craters, all of which are still considered active. The island is located in one of the youngest geological areas in the world, having been formed less than 1 million years ago. Our morning begins at Punta Moreno where we take a panga ride along the beautiful rocky shores where Galapagos penguins and shore birds are frequently seen. After a dry landing the path traverses through jagged black lava rock. As the swirling black lava flow gave way to form craters, crystal tide pools formed, some of which are surrounded by mangroves. This is a magnet for Pink flamingos, Blue herons, and Bahama pintail ducks. You can walk to the edge of the lava to look straight down on these pools where you might spot the occasional Green sea turtle, White-tipped shark or Puffer fish.

    Afternoon Urbina Bay: In the afternoon we navigate to Urbina Bay, an area that was uplifted by 4 metres in 1954. Walk here amongst exposed coral heads, wandering Galapagos giant tortoises and huge land iguanas. Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants and Brown pelicans nest in this area as well.

    Accommodation: Nemo II

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Isabela & Fernandina Islands

    Morning Tagus Cove (Isabela): On the west coast of Isabela, directly east of Fernandina, is Tagus Cove, a beautiful and well protected spot sheltered by two volcanic craters. Thanks to its sheltered position this cove has been used as an anchorage for over 300 years. The walking trail ascends through a dry vegetation zone offering spectacular views of Darwin Lake, a saltwater crater lake. At the top of the trail it is possible to observe the different vegetation zones and on a clear day we may even catch a glimpse of Darwin and Wolf volcanoes.

    Afternoon Espinoza Point (Fernandina): After lunch we navigate towards Fernandina Island, the youngest and most active volcano in the Galapagos. The flat lava of Punta Espinosa offers a stark and barren landscape but wildlife thrives here - flightless coromorants build their nests on the point, Sea lions sprawl on the beach or play in the tide pools and large numbers of Marine iguanas dot the sand.

    Accommodation: Nemo II

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Santiago Island

    Morning Puerto Egas: After navigating to Santiago Island, we disembark at Puerto Egas on the dark sand beaches of James Bay. Our visit begins with a walk along the rocky coast to view some of the Galapagos Island's best tide pools. Sponges, snails, Hermit crabs, barnacles and fish including the endemic four-eyed Blenny can be seen, amongst a variety of shore birds, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and Sea lions. This site is named after Hector Egas who attempted to mine salt here, an industry that was abandoned in the 1950's. Bird lovers will be delighted with the opportunity to catch a glimpse of one of Darwins finches, the endemic Galapagos hawk, or the colourful Vermillion flycatcher. There is a Fur seal grotto here, where Fur seals and Sea lions can be seen swimming in the rocky lava ringed pools.

    Afternoon Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove: We also visit Espumilla Beach today, one of the most idyllic locations in the Galapagos Islands and an important nesting site for marine turtles. Espumilla beach is also well known for its Palo Santo Forest and some extraordinary lava formations. Caleta Bucanero (Buccaneer Cove) is our final stop. This natural monument of rocks caused by sea erosion was used by pirates to careen their ships and is a place of local legends and stories!

    Accommodation: Nemo II

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Rabida Island

    Rabida is a tiny island and one of the most striking of the archipelago. Volcanic activity on this island has produced fantastic vivid colours, with red sand beaches and cliffs as a result of the high percentage of oxidised iron in the lava. A trail from the shore leads to a small salt-water lagoon where Greater flamingos can be seen. Nesting pelicans make use of the cliffs whilst Pintail ducks, Marine iguanas and Sea lions scatter the beach along Sullivan Bay.

    Accommodation: Nemo II

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Genovesa Island

    Our overnight navigation brings us to Genovesa. The most northerly island in the Galapagos is renowned for the sheer number of birds living on its volcanic cliffs. There are large populations of Red-footed boobies, Storm petrels, frigatebirds, tropicbirds and nocturnal Swallow-tailed gulls here. A challenging walk up a steep cliff and a trail through a Palo Santo forest takes us past the nesting sites for many of these birds. There is also time at Darwin Bay, where we land on a small coral beach near the caldera of a collapsed volcano - an excellent spot for photography of the many birds in this area.

    Accommodation: Nemo II

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Fly to Guayaquil; end Guayaquil.

    Daphne Island: This morning we have a circumnavigation of Daphne Island, an important centre for scientific research. There are very strict limits about the numbers of visitors allowed on Daphne at any one time and as such, we don't disembark here but will see the volcanic formations and bird life from the boat before returning the short distance to Baltra. 
    Transfer out to Baltra Airport: 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. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Post-trip Extensions

Napo Wildlife Centre Extension (XGN)

Code: XGN

Spend three nights in a luxurious eco-lodge overlooking Anangucocha Lake, and experience one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet - the Amazon Rainforest. The Napo Wildlife Centre is one of the best eco-lodges in the Ecuadorian Amazon basin. Located deep within Yasuni National Park, Napo Wildlife Centre is perched on a hillside in the heart of the forest. Its small number of rooms and large private reserve means that visitors have excellent chances of spotting some of the many mammals living in the forest. In this region over 500 species of bird have been recorded, as well as numerous monkey species, tamarins, tapirs, sloths, jaguars (rarely seen), caimans and lizards. The detailed itinerary can be found here.

Please ask your sales consultant for more details. 

Price from: £1749 (compulsory supplement of £820 for single travellers)

Essential Info



British passport holders do not need a visa for Ecuador. Very few other nationalities need a visa for Ecuador, but if you are in any doubt you should contact the nearest Ecuadorian Embassy. 



There are no mandatory vaccination requirements, however, if you have travelled to a country at risk of Yellow Fever prior to arriving in Ecuador you will be required to have a valid Yellow Fever Certificate with you. Recommended vaccinations are: Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

If you will spend any time in the Amazon Rainforest we recommend a Yellow Fever vaccination. Please note that your certificate of vaccination may be inspected on arrival to this region.

Malaria is also a risk in some areas of the country (including the Amazon Rainforest) so we suggest you consult a doctor for more advice. 

Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in places visited on this trip. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

PLEASE NOTE: All visitors to Ecuador will be required to show valid medical insurance on arrival and cannot enter the country without it.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners are 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.


In Quito and the highlands it should be warm by day and generally dry. Maximum daytime temperatures are almost constant throughout the year at 20ºC, nights 8ºC. Some rain can be expected in February to May and October to November but storms, though heavy, are generally short, and Quito is considered to have quite a pleasant climate.

It is possible to visit the Galapagos at any time of year, though the weather patterns are complicated and cannot be reduced to easy formulas. The weather is controlled by the two main ocean currents of the region, the Humboldt, bringing cold water from the Antarctic, and El Nino, which brings tropical water from the Gulf of Panama. How close to Galapagos they converge (which varies from year to year) is the key to the weather.

'Dry season'

Generally speaking, late May to early December is the cooler 'dry' season. In this period it is not necessarily dry, as there is a persistent light mist (garua) and often light drizzle, and the higher mountain slopes are covered in cloud and fog or rain. At this time the winds are in the southeast and are higher than at other times, so seas can sometimes be choppy and anyone worried about seasickness might be better advised to avoid it. Daytime maximum temperatures lie between 27ºC and 31ºC, the cooler months being July to November. In July and August the fairly strong winds introduce a chill factor, and it can feel quite cold at nights, though throughout the year the official night temperatures vary between 19ºC and 24ºC.

'Wet season'

Depending on how close the convergence of the two currents comes to Galapagos, there may or may not be a wet season from January to April or May. Approximately every seven years the El Nino current actually hits the islands and there will be heavy rains in these months. In other years there will be more or less rain, usually falling sporadically from otherwise clear skies. The ocean temperatures are higher, with generally calm seas and strong sunshine: pleasant, but potentially very hot. Apart from an El Nino year, the weather is usually better from December/January to April/May than at other times even if there is some rain, and most people would regard these months as the best time to go.

Is this trip for you?

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. 

Galapagos Conservation Trust

We are delighted to offer our client’s travelling to Galapagos and Ecuador a six month free membership with Galapagos Conservation Trust, the UK’s only charity dedicated solely to protecting the Galapagos Islands. With your membership, you will receive a responsible travel guide, their biannual magazine, invitations to exclusive events and information on GCT’s conservation work and appeals. To redeem your membership, please email [email protected] and quote the code EXO-GCT.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


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
14 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 -


Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed March 2019
    Anne Booth

    Galapagos on board Nemo II

    AMAZING. This trip was tremendous in every way. Nemo II was beautifully equipped and spotless. The crew were fabulous and the food delicious. The birds and marine life - plus the giant tortoises were breathtaking. I think we have all seen these wonderful creatures on the television but seeing them with one’s own eyes was something I’ll remember for the rest of my life. Along side the wildlife was the topography of the Galápagos Islands. I had not expected to see such dramatic lava fields and, for me, these were even better than the wildlife. Snorkelling in beautiful clear water with sea turtles, seals and hammer head sharks was a privilege and great fun.

    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

Dates & Prices

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