Galapagos Adventure - Nemo II (Itinerary A)

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Trip code: 
WGNA
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Wildlife Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

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. 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.

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

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

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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 tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
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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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

Quito
to
Guayaquil Airport
  • 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

  • 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

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • 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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • 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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • 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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • 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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • 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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • 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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • 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. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
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.

Essential Info

Visas

Ecuador

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. 

Vaccinations

Ecuador

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. 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 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.

Weather

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. 

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
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.

Accommodation

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
http://nemofleet.com/360/virtual-tour-nemo-ii/

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
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.

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  • Reviewed December 2018
    Ian and Angela Mackenzie/King

    A Wonderful Adventure in a Special Place

    It really was a privilege to be in these islands. To see so many creatures co-existing, side by side, and, to feel a part of it by getting so close to the wild life, on land and in the ocean, was quite extraordinary. Living on the catamaran, Nemo 11, was an adventure. The crew, and Marcos, our guide, were great - attentive, friendly and supportive, as were our fellow travellers. The food was excellent. All in all, the trip was exciting, informative and great fun.

    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.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Suzanne Anderson

    Wonderful wildlife of the Galapagos

    The Galapagos Islands are such a special place it really is a trip of a lifetime to have the opportunity to be so close to such wonderful wildlife, it really is a privilege. The guides there are extremely knowledgeable and experienced which is essential as there is so much to see you really need someone who can point things out and explain the detail. This particular trip is on a catamaran boat which only has around 8 rooms so this trip is not for you if you suffer from sea sickness, the water was very choppy at times and it did spoil the trip for me despite taking tablets. If you are going you will love it!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Snorkelling with sea lions, sea turtles, white tipped reef sharks, penguins and so much more, it was simply amazing, so very special.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Alexis was so very knowledgeable and very willing to share all he knows, at times he could talk for England! Unfortunately there were a couple of days when he wasn't very well and so was not his usual self, he was quiet and we certainly didn't get as much information on those days. I think it would be good for the tour to have a way to replace a leader if necessary,

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not consider doing this trip if you suffer from motion / sea sickness during the dry season, we went in June at the beginning of the dry season and it was very choppy, one night only 6 people made it to dinner so I wasn't alone! The crew on the boat said that the sea was actually quite good and other months could be significantly worse so you really need to take this into account.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    An inspirational trip despite the sickness, we loved it, the snorkelling and all the wildlife you see is amazing, these beautiful islands are protected but the world is changing and climate change is affecting it so don't miss out and book to go there soon!

Dates & Prices

Flight inclusive options are availble, please contact us for prices.

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