Guests can start the day gently with yoga on the spacious sun deck or a refreshing morning swim in these pristine waters. A delicious breakfast is served in the main deck dining room while you plan the day’s exploration with the captain and the professional on board guide, a highly experienced and accredited naturalist who will create each day’s adventure according to your interests and build the excitement for every day.
After taking the tender ashore, stand up paddleboarding along the shoreline or enjoying a snorkel safari with your guide pointing out the miracles of marine life on show. Back on board, relax on the lounge seating on the main deck after as you discuss what you’ve seen and share photos. Next, lunch is served on the sun deck, where the crew has set up a dining table.
Sunbathe in the afternoon or catch up on a book in the convivial main saloon as the captain takes the yacht to the next destination. You arrive at sunset as the yacht is bathed in golden light, pick up a sundowner from the bar on the main deck aft then head up to the sun deck to wonder at a billion stars dazzling overhead.
When dinner is served, head down to the dining room for some deliciously unique gastronomy then you and your guests adjourn to the main deck aft to take another drink from the bar and reflect on yet another unforgettable day. Who knows what adventures tomorrow will bring?
GRAND DAPHNE welcomes 12 guests in nine flexible cabins across three decks. These include a full beam master suite forward on the main deck and several convertible cabins, making her extremely well suited to parties of families or friends looking to experience the uniqueness of the Galapagos in complete comfort.
Transfer to Quito Airport for your early morning flight to the Galapagos Islands. Keep in mind that you may leave the hotel as early as 4:30 am (a boxed breakfast will be provided).
Your flight to the Galapagos Islands will make a stop in Guayaquil to refuel and pick up other passenger (total flight time is around 3.5 hours).
On arrival in the Galapagos, you’ll be met in the arrivals hall by your naturalist guide and transferred to your boat, M/Y Grand Daphne, which will be moored close to Isla Baltra. Once on board, you’ll meet the crew, be assigned a cabin and enjoy a delicious lunch with your fellow travellers. Try on the snorkelling gear to ensure it fits, before your first snorkelling session. Wetsuits can also be hired at an additional cost.
Sail from Baltra to Las Bachas, on the north shore of Isla Santa Cruz, which is a nesting site for the Pacific green turtle. You may also see some marine iguanas. The sand here, made of decomposed coral, is particularly white and soft, and the nearby rocks make for an excellent snorkelling spot, where you might see some of the many Sally Lightfoot crabs on the island. A saltwater lagoon just near the beach is home to flamingos, whimbrel and great blue herons.
A US$20 per person transit card is payable on departure at Quito Airport and a US$100 per person national park entry fee is payable on arrival on the islands. Please have cash on hand for these transactions as credit cards can be time consuming.
On arrival in the Galapagos, you collect your luggage and meet the cruise guide at the arrival’s hall. First you need to take the bus from the airport to the dock. Our guide will provide you the ticket for this. On arrival to the dock you will then take the Ferry to cross the Itabaca Channel and get from Baltra to Santa Cruz Island. We then head to the Highlands of Santa Cruz for our first Galapagos adventure.
Beginning at the coast in the northern part of the island, we travel across Santa Cruz through the agricultural region and into the misty forests where we can see the unique Scalesia cloud forest, dome-shaped giant tortoises in the wild, different species of Darwin finches and possibly the world famous woodpecker and warbler finches, as well as vermillion flycatchers. Today we will enjoy lunch in the highlands.
This afternoon we travel to Puerto Ayora, where we are then transferred to our boat, the Grand Daphne. Once on board, you will be assigned your cabin, meet the crew members and get to know better our guide and the group.