Passion


Originally built as a private luxury yacht, the M/Y Passion has since been completely refurbished, yet still retains many of its original features such as rose-coloured marble bathrooms and teak wood decks that make this vessel stand out from all of the others.

This luxury vessel boasts wide passageways, panoramic lounges, cosy bar area and dining room as well as wide open decks and secluded sun deck. There is also a hot tub, perfect for relaxing in whilst surveying the Galapagos scenery.

There is a ratio of one staff member per guest, so you can be safe in the knowledge that you will receive first class treatment.  You can look forward to personalised attention and gourmet cuisine throughout your yacht safari, which is served both in the inside dining room as well as al fresco. The chef will impress you at every meal with beautiful dishes, made with the finest ingredients.

There is a choice of 4 en-suite staterooms to choose from as well as a master suite and VIP suite. Cabins are very spacious with ample storage space, hair dryers.

Technical Specifications

Yacht Name: Passion
Category: First Class
Capacity: 15 Passengers
Operation: Baltra
Number of Cabins: 6 Cabins
Length: 159 feet / 48.64 metres
Beam (width): 28 feet / 8.64 metres
Draft: 10 feet / 3 metres
Speed: 10 Knots / 18 km/h
Type of Vessel: Motor Yacht
Rebuild: 1989 (Dania Yacht Design)
Gross Tons: 459 tons
Range: 4,000 miles
Stabilizers: Electronic Vosper Stabilizers
Electric Power Supply: 240 V - 50Hz 120V - 60 Hz


Deck Plan:

Itinerary

Please note that these itineraries are subject to change without notice due to seasonal changes, last minute weather conditions and the decision of the Galapagos National Park authority.

Day 1: Morning Flight to Baltra / Black Turtle Cove

After arriving at Baltra airport, you will be greeted by your naturalist guide to then board the M/Y Passion and have lunch. After lunch, you will navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Pelicans and herons roost on the branches, while marine dwellers such as green sea turtles or golden rays may cruise right next to the panga as it makes its way through the mangroves.

Day 2: Darwin Bay & El Barranco

AM: You will travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay (wet landing), a unique site with a beautiful beach, lined with red mangroves and soft‐haired prickly pear cacti where red‐footed boobies and great frigatebirds perch tamely.

PM: At El Barranco (dry landing), you will climb the edge of a cliff where frigatebirds, masked boobies, and red-footed boobies nest. The trail will take us to the inner part of the island, populated by holy stick trees and cacti.

Day 3: Bartolome Island & Chinese Hat

AM: Dry landing at Bartolome to climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this spatter cone for a most breath‐taking panorama of the island’s well photographed Pinnacle Rock and views of neighbouring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance. Afterward, we will visit the white sand beach used as a nest site by sea turtles. Bartolome is also a good place to spot the Galapagos penguin.

PM: Less than a quarter of one square kilometer in size, this island gets its name from being shaped like a Chinese hat. The hat shape is best appreciated from the north side. Lava formations can be seen on the western side of the island, formed under the sea and later raised upward, making it possible to observe coral heads on the lava. Be amazed by the landscapes covered by sea lions’ colonies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.

Day 4: Rabida Island & Cerro Dragon

AM: Wet landing onto Rabida’s deep‐red beaches to explore the red island’s fascinating interior and saltwater lagoon. Darwin’s finches, Galapagos mockingbirds and yellow warblers feed off the vegetation.

PM: You will head across to Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz’s northwest shore (dry landing) to visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, black‐necked stilts and white‐cheeked pintails. Further inland you can find a fantastic land iguana nesting site.

Day 5: Santa Cruz Highlands & Departure

AM: This is your last day in the islands. After breakfast you will disembark in Puerto Ayora and board your transport to reach Santa Cruz Highlands. You will visit one of the ranches of the area where it is possible to see giant tortoises in their natural hábitat.

After this visit, you will make your way to the Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.

Day 1: Santa Cruz Highlands & Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre

After arriving at Baltra airport, you will be greeted by your personnel to then cross the itabaca channel and reach Santa Cruz Island for your first visit in the Archipelago: the Highlands. This is also a good place to see the ground finch of the Island, which populates these forests where is also possible to see the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler.

You will return to the yacht for lunch and to freshen up to then head back to Puerto Ayora for your second visit of the day, the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center. Here, you will see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the visitors.

Afterwards you will head back to Puerto Ayora, where you will have some time to explore the town and shops by yourselves (this is the only chance of shopping during on this itinerary) before boarding the M/Y Passion at around 5:00 p.m. Once on board, you will be welcomed by the crew and captain, have a short security drill and enjoy dinner and the briefing for the next day's activities.

Day 2: Plaza Sur & Santa Fe Island

AM: Dry landing on one of the oldest docks of the archipelago on colorful Plaza Sur, home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium, and coppery‐orange land iguanas. Impressive seaward cliffs make the perfect perching spot for a variety of coastal birds. This is also a great place to observe the adult and pup sea lions swimming along the shores.

PM: After a wet landing on Santa Fe, you will encounter a white beach where sea lions are usually resting. You will be looking for the endemic species of land iguana, larger and yellower than land iguanas on other islands. The largest prickly pear cacti in the Galapagos are also found here.

Day 3: Gardner Bay, Gardner Islet, Osborn Islet & Punta Suarez

AM: You will spend the morning in the fantastic Gardner Bay (wet landing) of Española Island; an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española mockingbird. Close to Española, there is a good spot for snorkeling called Gardner Islet. While snorkeling, there is a good chance playful sea lions will join you. Get ready for more snorkeling at Osborn islet, a great place to observe great quantities of marine life.

PM: In the afternoon you will head to Punta Suarez, one of the most popular landing sites in Galapagos.

The highlights include: sea lions near the landing place, large marine iguanas, with red‐colored males in the breeding season, oystercatchers, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, Galapagos hawks, Galapagos doves, swallow‐tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, and the waved albatross.

Day 4: Twin Craters & Departure

AM: This is your last day in the islands. After breakfast you will disembark in Puerto Ayora to take your transport to the Baltra airport, making a short stop to visit the Twin Craters. The Gemelos (twins) are in fact not craters, but magma domes that have collapsed, leaving two deep and wide holes located to the side of the road that leads to Puerto Ayora from the other side of the island.

After this visit, you will make your way to the Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.

Day 1: Morning Flight to Baltra / Black Turtle Cove

After arriving at Baltra airport, you will be greeted by your naturalist guide to then board the M/Y Passion and have lunch. After lunch, you will navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Pelicans and herons roost on the branches, while marine dwellers such as green sea turtles or golden rays may cruise right next to the panga as it makes its way through the mangroves

Day 2: Darwin Bay & El Barranco

AM: You will travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay (wet landing), a unique site with a beautiful beach, lined with red mangroves and soft‐haired prickly pear cacti where red‐footed boobies and great frigatebirds perch tamely.

PM: At El Barranco (dry landing), you will climb the edge of a cliff where frigatebirds, masked boobies, and red-footed boobies nest. The trail will take us to the inner part of the island, populated by holy stick trees and cacti.

Day 3: Bartolome Island & Chinese Hat

AM: Dry landing at Bartolome to climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this spatter cone for a most breath‐taking panorama of the island’s well photographed Pinnacle Rock and views of neighbouring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance. Afterward, we will visit the white sand beach used as a nest site by sea turtles. Bartolome is also a good place to spot the Galapagos penguin.

PM: Less than a quarter of one square kilometer in size, this island gets its name from being shaped like a Chinese hat. The hat shape is best appreciated from the north side. Lava formations can be seen on the western side of the island, formed under the sea and later raised upward, making it possible to observe coral heads on the lava. Be amazed by the landscapes covered by sea lions’ colonies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.

Day 4: Rabida Island & Cerro Dragon

AM: Wet landing onto Rabida’s deep‐red beaches to explore the red island’s fascinating interior and saltwater lagoon. Darwin’s finches, Galapagos mockingbirds and yellow warblers feed off the vegetation.

PM: You will head across to Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz’s northwest shore (dry landing) to visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, black‐necked stilts and white‐cheeked pintails. Further inland you can find a fantastic land iguana nesting site.

Day 5: Santa Cruz Highlands & Darwin Research Station

AM: You will spend this day visiting Santa Cruz Island ́s most famous highlights. You will have a dry landing at the dock of Puerto Ayora to then board our transportation and head to the island’s highlands. This area, in contrast to the coastal region, has lush vegetation and forest due to the humidity in the higher regions.

You will visit one of the ranches of the area where it is possible to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. As these animals migrate from the coastal area to the highlands and back, the chosen ranch will depend on the presence of the tortoises since they roam free and change locations. This is also a good place to see the ground finch of the Island, which populates these forests where is also possible to see the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler.

PM: You will return to the yacht for lunch and to freshen up to then head back to Puerto Ayora for your second visit of the day, the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center. Here, you will see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the visitors. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be "repatriated"), and adults.

Day 6: Plaza Sur & Santa Fe Island

AM: Dry landing on one of the oldest docks of the archipelago on colorful Plaza Sur, home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium, and coppery‐orange land iguanas. Impressive seaward cliffs make the perfect perching spot for a variety of coastal birds. This is also a great place to observe the adult and pup sea lions swimming along the shores.

PM: After a wet landing on Santa Fe, you will encounter a white beach where sea lions are usually resting. You will be looking for the endemic species of land iguana, larger and yellower than land iguanas on other islands. The largest prickly pear cacti in the Galapagos are also found here.

Day 7: Gardner Bay, Gardner Islet, Osborn Islet & Punta Suarez

AM: You will spend the morning in the fantastic Gardner Bay (wet landing) of Española Island; an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española mockingbird. Close to Española, there is a good spot for snorkeling called Gardner Islet. While snorkeling, there is a good chance playful sea lions will join you. Get ready for more snorkeling at Osborn islet, a great place to observe great quantities of marine life.

PM: In the afternoon you will head to Punta Suarez, one of the most popular landing sites in Galapagos.

The highlights include: sea lions near the landing place, large marine iguanas, with red‐colored males in the breeding season, oystercatchers, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, Galapagos hawks, Galapagos doves, swallow‐tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, and the waved albatross.

Day 8: Twin Craters & Departure

AM: This is your last day in the islands. After breakfast you will disembark in Puerto Ayora to take your transport to the Baltra airport, making a short stop to visit the Twin Craters. The Gemelos (twins) are in fact not craters, but magma domes that have collapsed, leaving two deep and wide holes located to the side of the road that leads to Puerto Ayora from the other side of the island.

After this visit, you will make your way to the Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.

Day 1: Santa Cruz Highlands & Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre

After arriving at Baltra airport, you will be greeted by your personnel to then cross the itabaca channel and reach Santa Cruz Island for your first visit in the Archipelago: the Highlands. This is also a good place to see the ground finch of the Island, which populates these forests where is also possible to see the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler.

You will return to the yacht for lunch and to freshen up to then head back to Puerto Ayora for your second visit of the day, the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center. Here, you will see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the visitors.

Afterwards you will head back to Puerto Ayora, where you will have some time to explore the town and shops by yourselves (this is the only chance of shopping during on this itinerary) before boarding the M/Y Passion at around 5:00 p.m. Once on board, you will be welcomed by the crew and captain, have a short security drill and enjoy dinner and the briefing for the next day's activities.

Day 2: Punta Cormorant, Devil's Crown & Post Office Bay

AM: Wet landing onto the olivine beaches of Punta Cormorant, where you will go in search of Greater Flamingos on the brackish lagoon on your way to another special beach with the finest sand you’ll set foot on, a sea turtle nesting ground where sharks and rays also visit regularly. You will end the outing with a short panga ride to snorkel in the Devil’s Crown, an old volcanic crater and a key snorkeling site.

PM: After lunch, you will visit Post Office Bay (wet landing), where you can drop your postcards in the barrel as the whalers did centuries ago and select cards to hand deliver when you return home.

Day 3: Black Beach & Asilo del la Paz

AM: This morning you will visit Floreana Island ́s Black Beach to learn about the intriguing human history of the island and its first inhabitants. You will visit this fresh water source known as Asilo de La Paz, as well as the caves that served as hideouts for pirates and where the first Galapegueño was born, according to the stories of Floreana, which involve the infamous Baroness Eloise Wagner von Bousquet and her lovers who mysteriously began to disappear after settling on the island.

PM: After your visit, you will have the best opportunity for a not‐so‐common yet well-beloved activity in the archipelago, a full afternoon navigation to look for whales and dolphins.

This afternoon is completed by the impressive landscapes of Isabela and the Cerro Azul volcano.

Day 4: Punta Morena & Urbina Bay

AM: you arrive at Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos. After breakfast, you step ashore at Punta Moreno (dry landing) onto a superb pahoehoe lava flow surrounded by giant shield volcanoes, some of which are still active! From here you will take a short hike to a lagoon where flamingos are usually present.

PM: You disembark at Urbina Bay (wet landing) onto a black sand beach, a nesting site for green sea turtles. You will take a brief hike inland in search of land iguanas and giant tortoises (seasonal) that migrate to and from the highlands.

At the beach, you will admire the remains of a geological uplift exposing coral heads and marine fossils, and if the sea conditions and time are on your side, you will also snorkel in these waters

Day 5: Tagus Cove & Punta Espionosa

AM: Dry landing near Tagus Cove, a historical pirate hideaway where names of countless ships are recorded for posterity on the cliff face. Hike through beautiful Galapagos landscapes to Darwin Lake, a salt‐water crater lagoon surrounded by tuff stone.

PM: You cross Bolivar Channel to Fernandina Island, one of the world’s most pristine sites, and disembark (dry landing) at Punta Espinosa.

Strolling along the shoreline, you will be on the lookout for flightless cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos penguins and hawks, sooty‐colored marine iguanas and bright red‐orange Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Day 6: Puerto Egas

AM: At Puerto Egas (wet landing) you disembark on a dark sand volcanic beach with an interesting history of human settlement. Sleepy Galapagos fur seals lounge under arches of lava carved by the ocean and occasionally dip into the crystalline pools, also known as “grottos.” Walk along the shore and observe the abundant marine life.

PM: At Buccaneer Cove you will take a panga ride around the beautiful coastline. This place got its name because it used to be a refuge for British Buccaneers, which anchored here to collect supplies and clean their ships among other activities. The cove is very scenic with views of the cliffs and a dark beach. Do not forget to look for two unusual rock formations known as ‘the monk’ and ‘elephant rock.’ You will head to central Santiago to disembark at Espumilla (wet landing), onto a golden‐colored sand beach, used by green sea turtles as a nesting site.

A forest trail will take you through some of the largest specimens of Palo Santo on the islands to observe yellow warblers, the amazing Galapagos flycatcher, and Darwin finches.

Day 7: Sullivan Bay & North Seymour

AM: We head across to Sullivan Bay (dry landing) in Santiago to walk over a recent lava flow, including very fresh pahoehoe lava formations, lava bubbles containing crystallized minerals and pioneer plants. Along the shoreline, we may find Galapagos penguins and herons going after small fish.

PM: We disembark on North Seymour (dry landing), a small uplifted island, where we will walk right up to bird nesting colonies of the two species of frigate birds, blue‐footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls, and experience, depending on the season, spectacular mating ritual displays.

Day 8: mosquera Islet & Departure

Mosquera is a small islet located between Baltra and North Seymour Islands and measuring about 160 meters across and 600 meters long. It is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies and is also a haven for shorebirds. Orcas occasionally come to the islet to feed on the sea lions.

After this visit, the yacht will sail to Baltra where passengers ending their trip will disembark, and passengers beginning their cruise will join us on board.

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