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M/V Isabella II Description

Originally built in Spain, the M/V Isabela II is one of the best and most traditional yachts operating in the Galapagos Islands. It accommodates 40 passengers in 20 spacious outside twin cabins, all with private bathroom. Four cabins have double beds for either single or double occupancy.

The atmosphere aboard the Isabella II is that of a elegant yacht. It is one of the most luxurious means of touring the Galapagos Islands. This well appointed yacht is fully carpeted and air-conditioned.

The Isabela II bar and lounge is a popular gathering place; drinks are set out there for passengers as they return from excursions in the islands.

The cuisine is a delicious combination of Ecuadorian and Continental specialties.

In summary, the M/V Isabela II is the most luxurious yacht of her size cruising the Galapagos Islands.

The yacht Isabela was designed and built specifically for the longer 7-night Galapagos cruise expeditions and she will help you make the most of your Galapagos vacation. During the 7-night cruise itinerary no islands are visited twice!

M/V Isabella II Specifications

Construction: 1979
Reconstruction: Pensacola, Florida, 1988

Refitted: Panama, March 2000
Category: Deluxe
Gross Tonnage: 1.025 tons.
Type of Vessel: Motor Yacht
Capacity: 40 guests
Length: 53.72 meters (166 feet)
Beam: 11.58 meters (38 feet)
Speed: 10 knots
Electricity: 110 Volts 60 Hz.
Engines: 2 GM Detroit Diesel 900 BHP each Navigation
Equipment: Gyrocompass, Automatic Pilot, radar, and GPS

Certificates: SOLAS 74 - ISM
Fire Detector: Automatic with control from the bridge.
Life Jackets: In each cabin
Lifeboats: 2 units semi enclosed
Landing Craft: 3 Zodiacs + glass bottom boat
Owner: ETICA (Guayaquil)
Decks: 3 (Sun deck, Cabin deck, Main deck)
Crew: 24
Naturalists: 3 (one Chief Naturalist)
Medical Officer: Permanently on board

Boat Statistics:
Category: Luxury Yacht (High-End Cruise)
Capacity: 40 Passengers
Accommodations: 20 outside twin cabins, all with private shower and toilet
On board: bar, lounge, sundeck, game room
Crew: 27, including Captain, cook, and 3 multilingual naturalist guides
Speed: 12 knots
Length: 125 ft. (38m)

M/V Isabella II Itinerary


Baltra Island
Morning arrival to Baltra Island by Aerogal flight and immediate transfer to the dock to board the ISABELA II. Welcome introductory briefing, and lunch.

North Seymour Island
Afternoon disembarkation (dry landing) for a walk along the coast and the interior of the island, observing bird colonies of blue footed boobies, frigate birds, swallow tailed gulls and also sea lions and marine iguanas. A shorter walk is also available. Welcome Cocktail offered by the Captain. Naturalist's briefing on the next day's activities and dinner.


Gardner Bay (Hood Island)
After breakfast, disembark (wet landing) at a white coral beach where you can take a short walk and watch the sea lions, mockingbirds, finches or enjoy the beach.. There is great snorkeling in this area (snorkeling equipment is available for guests at no extra cost), or ride the glass-bottom boat.

Punta Suárez (Hood Island)
Afternoon dry landing for an exciting walk on lava terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including the Waved Albatrosses (May - December) and the famous blowhole. A shorter walk is also available. Naturalist's briefing and dinner.


Point Cormorant (Floreana Island)
After breakfast, disembark at Point Cormorant (wet landing) for an easy walk to see the flamingos that inhabit a brackish-water lagoon, and other birds like ducks, stilts, sandpipers, etc. There is great snorkeling at this site. Those who do not snorkel can enjoy a ride on the glass-bottom boat. Lunch on board.

Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
Wet landing at the historical Post Office Bay to learn about the human side of the islands, its early inhabitants and the adventures of pirates and whalers. Then, a panga ride will take you to nearby islets to observe sea lions, rays and sea turtles, boobies and possibly the Galapagos penguin. Naturalist's briefing and dinner.


Santa Cruz Island
After breakfast, disembark (dry landing) to visit the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, an Scalesia forest and the twin pit craters Los Gemelos. From December to mid-April a visit to see the giant tortoises in the wild may be included, if weather conditions are good. Lunch at the Finch Bay Eco Hotel. Afternoon visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens, an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest and many land birds. Then a stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking on the ISABELA II. Naturalist's briefing and dinner.


Darwin Bay (Tower Island)
Morning wet landing for an easy stroll observing thousands of bird life, mainly frigate birds, red footed and masked boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. If you wish you can continue walking over sharp lava and uneven terrain, or just go back to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkeling at this beautiful natural harbor. Those most adventurous can snorkel along the cliffs. Lunch on board.

Prince Philip's Steps (Tower Island)
The afternoon starts with a very interesting panga ride along the cliffs and then disembark (dry landing) on rocks for a steep climb (90 feet) and then a leveled walk for about a mile to the other side of this small island observing large colonies of masked boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels and the short-eared owl. Naturalist's briefing and dinner.


Early risers will enjoy cruising right in front of famous Ecuador Volcano, which rises off the water line with one of its halves completely collapsed, and now resting underwater, while crossing the Equator line.

Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
On the northwest of Isabela, secluded Tagus Cove was in past centuries a favorite anchor for pirates and whalers. Old graffiti is still found on its walls. The vegetation in the area includes the unusual Palo Santo trees. These white-barked trees are leafless and look dead most of the year. They leaf out and spring back to life in the short wet season, which usually begins in March or April. An uphill hike through palo santo forest takes guests to the back of Darwin Crater, filled with salt water. The view at the end of the trail is worth the climb. Darwin is one of Isabela’s six volcanoes, a remarkable contrast to the lower islands to the east of the archipelago. Lunch on board.

Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)
The afternoon brings us to the youngest island, Fernandina. Disembark (dry landing) for a one-mile walk. Punta Espinoza has an amazing combination of barrenness with lots of wildlife. Having no introduced mammals, Fernandina has a very unique environment with the highest density of marine iguanas, sharing their space with sea lions, sally-light foot crabs, hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorant. Naturalist’s briefing and dinner.


Puerto Egas (James Island)
Wet landing for a mid-length walk. Most of the landscape is tuff-stone layers and lava flows. This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and there is a colony of fur-sea lions. Good snorkeling and swimming from the beach after the walk. Lunch on board.

Bartolome Island
Disembark at Bartolome Island (dry landing) for a hike to the summit. This is a steep climb aided by a wooden staircase; the view from the top is worth the effort. There will be time for a panga ride around Pinnacle Rock to observe penguins, to enjoy the beach (wet landing), snorkeling and swimming from the beach, or a ride on the glass-bottom boat. Farewell cocktail and departure briefing.


After breakfast, departure to the port and airport to take the flight back to the continent.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Itineraries and program are subject to change without previous notice due mainly to readjustment of the National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes or safety reasons.

Dry landing: passengers step from the dinghy onto rocks or a dock. Wet landing: as the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, passengers step into knee-deep water and wade ashore.

M/V Isabella II Flight Information

Quito to Guayaquil AEROGAL Flight 2K32 ETD 8:20 AM ETA 10:00 AM

Guayaquil to Baltra AEROGAL Flight 2K32 ETD 10:00 AM ETA 10:30 AM

San Cristobal to Guayaquil: AEROGAL Flight 2K33 ETD 12:00 PM ETA 14:30 PM

Guayaquil to Quito: AEROGAL Flight 2K33 ETD 14:30 PM ETA 16:15 PM

One checked suitcase (maximum 44 lbs.) and one carry-on are allowed per passenger.
Because flight schedules and arrival departure port are always subject to change, please inform your clients to check with our office in Ecuador upon arrival to verify the correct flight times and to reconfirm their flight. If they arrive late at night, they should check at the hotel for a message from EcuadorToursOnline.com regarding any possible change to the schedule shown here. We suggest you avoid making international connections the same day as the flight may be delayed or changed to an alternate flight.

UIO – GPS – UIO $ 406.34 $ 209.22
GYE – GPS – GYE $ 355.74 $ 182.14
UIO – GPS – GYE $ 382.82 $ 197.46
GYE – GPS - UIO $ 379.26 $ 193.90
UIO -GPS $ 206.22 $ 107.66
GPS - UIO $ 200.12 $ 101.56
GYE - GPS $ 179.14 $ 92.34
GPS - GYE $ 176.60 $ 89.80

UIO – GPS – UIO $ 350.34 $ 181.22
GYE – GPS – GYE $ 312.06 $ 160.30
UIO – GPS – GYE $332.98 $ 172.54
GYE – GPS - UIO $329.42 $ 168.98


Twin / Double 3.998,00 200
Single 5.999,00 300
PEAK SEASON: FROM DEC 23th to JAN 6th 2009
Twin / Double 4,098,00 200
Single 6.099,00 300



- Accommodations
- All meals
- Island sightseeing
- Naturalists and lecture services
- Snorkeling gear
- Taxes and transfers in the islands.


- USD $ 410,00 * Air tickets to and from the Galapagos Islands
- USD $ 100,00 Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
- USD $ 10,00 Inmigration Card
- Gratuities, bar, gifts and additional items.
*Subject to Change

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