Combining Aqua's east and west itineraries into a 14-night exploration of the Galapagos Archipelago enables the most thorough discovery of the archipelago's hidden treasures. Sailing from Puerto Ayora, no two adventures are alike, as each island's unique environmental circumstances encouraged the formation of distinctive landscapes, flora, and species. From interactions with land iguanas to the renowned sighting of Pinnacle Rock, populated with unique penguins, no place will be left untouched.
Enjoy the views of Daphne Island.
Visit Mosquera Islet and spot the colonies of sea lions.
Discover Caleta Tagus a favorite anchorage spot for pirates and whalers.
Explore gas-rich basaltic lava rocks at Punta Moreno.
Once you arrive at the airport, meet the team and be escorted on a cross-island van and ferry transfer of approximately 1.5 hours to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. On the way there, enjoy a delicious outdoor lunch at a Giant Tortoise Reserve, followed by your first excursion to the highlands of Santa Cruz.
Receive a warm welcome aboard Aqua Mare, the Galapagos Islands’ first 50m luxury superyacht with a 16-strong crew, and be treated with the utmost attention courtesy of a 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio. Furthermore, a waterproof bag designed for storing your belongings during wet landings and a water bottle is included as part of your welcome gift.
In the evening, have some leisure time to explore the main town of Puerto Ayora. It is recommended to stroll along the main waterfront where you can stop by the many boutiques and jewelry shops before heading back to the ship for an evening of lecture and inspiration for the next day, then to indulge in your first taste of fresh seafood dining in the Galapagos Islands.
Day 2: Punta Cormorant, Bahía Post Office | Mirador De La Baronesa, Floreana Island
For your second morning in the Galapagos Islands, anchor in the southern part of the Archipelago at Floreana Island. After breakfast, the morning wet landing excursion takes you to a big brackish water lagoon to observe greater flamingos, ducks, black-necked stilts, and other shore birds at Punta Cormorant. Observe where sea turtles nest at night, and possibly spot stingrays and sharks swimming very close to the shore.
Enjoy a splendid lunch consisting of fresh Ecuadorian recipes with an Andean twist before heading back out to Floreana to pay tribute to an old island tradition at Bahía Post Office. The visit follows another quick tour of what once was a fishing enterprise in the 1920s before continuing onboard the tenders to visit Mirador de la Baronesa. Upon returning onboard Aqua Mare, enjoy another feast showcasing a blend of Japanese technique and Peruvian seasoning through delicacies such as the tuna tartare and quinoa yakimeshi. Stay out on the upper deck with a cocktail if you would like to admire the northern and southern hemispheres’ starlit skies tonight.
Day 3: Punta Moreno | Bahía Urbina, Isabela Island
After a night of sailing, the morning sees the beautiful superyacht anchored on the western side of Isabela Island. As the biggest and youngest island in the Archipelago, Isabela was formed by five relatively young volcanoes and is characterized by giant tortoises and marine iguanas. For the morning excursion, a hike at Punta Moreno takes you to the mangroves and gas-rich basaltic lava rocks resulting from a large basaltic lava flow that came from the Cerro Azul volcano on Isabela hundreds of years ago. There are mangrove lagoons along the shore, embark on a dinghy ride to observe marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and penguins among other species.
Activities: Panga ride
In the afternoon, the Aqua Mare sails north to Bahía Urbina, a 6km² point, once underwater and uplifted in 1954 up to 3m above sea level. Here you can see land iguanas, some of the biggest marine iguanas roaming free in the Archipelago, and on occasion, tortoises as well. End the day with an unforgettable view of Isabela’s five volcanoes while dining on macambo rice, fish maito, and candied pear beneath the stars.
Day 4: Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island | Caleta Tagus, Isabela Island
Start the morning early with a workout on the sun deck at next anchorage point of Punta Espinoza, part of a huge lava flow formed from one of the many eruptions of the La Cumbre volcano, known to be one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The region is famous for its large colonies of marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and lizards. You might come across Galapagos penguins, Galapagos hawks, and snakes as well. Spend the morning on shore with the option to snorkel before returning to the yacht for a sumptuous lunch.
As Aqua Mare crosses the Bolivar Channel back towards Isabela Island, prepare to channel your inner pirate for the afternoon excursion visiting Caleta Tagus, once a favorite anchorage spot for pirates and whalers. Here, hike to see Darwin Lake, a saltwater lake trapped inside a tuff cone. If you would rather not hike, you can take your pick from four double kayaks, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, or a ride on elegant black tenders to explore the cove and its surroundings. Return to the yacht for evening sundowners and head to the bridge after dinner for a chat with the captain as you cross the equatorial line twice.
Activities: Panga ride
Day 5: Puerta Egas, Playa Espumilla, | Caleta Bucanero, Santiago Island
This morning, take a tender ride to Caleta Bucanero, a 17th-century pirate rest stop where pirates used to stock up on fresh tortoise meat and fresh water. In case ocean conditions are unfavorable, visit Playa Espumilla instead, a golden sandy beach that is a well-known breeding ground for sea turtles.
Head back to the yacht for lunch encompassing flavors of the South American Pacific coast through specially prepared dishes like the linguine ai frutti di mare. Next, disembark on the black sand beaches of Puerto Egas, northwest of Santiago Island. Walk the intertidal zone to the fur seal grottos or snorkel to watch sea turtles, sea lions, and white-tipped sharks.
Wind down back onboard with Happy Hour over a glass of special Aqua Bloody Mare as the crew prepares for departure to the next adventure.
Day 6: Rábida Island | Caleta Tortuga Negra, Santa Cruz Island
Awake to the sounds of nature and a fresh breakfast before departing by tender to Rábida Island, also known as the red island. The color is the result of the oxidation of very old porous lava. Hike, take out one of the double kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, or snorkel, as well as observe sea lions that have made their home on the beach.
After a delicious lunch, you can listen to an afternoon lecture presented by expert guides in the panoramic lounge. The Aqua Mare sails towards the north of Santa Cruz Island, to Caleta Tortuga Negra, a mangrove estuary that is home to sea turtles. This is a tender ride excursion as there is no landing site, but you may spot green sea turtles, as well as blacktip and Galapagos sharks. End this glorious day by discovering more signature cuisine courtesy of Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.
Your day in the Archipelago begins with a refreshing breakfast before heading out to Seymour Norte Island, formed by uprisings of underwater volcanic lavas some 3.1 million years ago. The island is mostly known for its healthy population of land iguanas, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and great frigate birds. After a morning full of fun activities, head back to the yacht for a delicious lunch aboard Aqua Mare.
For the afternoon excursion, hop on to one of the tenders for a wet landing on Mosquera Island. Although it’s one of the smallest in the archipelago, Mosquera Island is one of the hotspots for spotting sea lions. Around sunset, return to the sleek comfort of Aqua Mare for your last evening aboard. End the day by enjoying a view of the archipelago’s starlit skies while sipping wine on the sundeck.
Today begins with a luxurious breakfast set against the morning sunrise. Enjoy the views from Aqua Mare as you circumnavigate Daphne Island. Next, make your way to Baltra Island to pick up guests who’ll be joining you for the next seven nights. While at Baltra, you’ll have the opportunity to relax at the beach or embark on a scuba diving excursion.
The afternoon sees you head out onto your first excursion to the beautiful white beach of Bahia Borrero in the northern part of Santa Cruz. You might be able to spot Darwin’s finches, Cactus Finch and the Small Ground Finches nestled in the coastal vegetation. For those who prefer to snorkel, the beach is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles, so you may no doubt come across one or two! Head home to the yacht for the evening to indulge in a sumptuous dinner curated by Aqua Expeditions world-renowned consultant chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.
Day 9: El Barranco | Bahía Darwin, Genovesa Island
This morning, wake up on the other side of the equator and head over to Bahia Darwin’s coralline beach for hiking and snorkeling. Following a sumptuous lunch, explore Genovesa Island with a tender ride along the volcanic rocks of El Barranco. View fur seals resting inside rock crevices. A 1.5 km hike inland then takes you to the lava fields to view red-footed boobies as well as great frigatebirds and Galapagos storm petrels.
Make it a family affair after dinner at the Lower Deck Beach Club by enjoying a private movie screening. It is recommended to watch the Planet Earth documentary on the Galapagos Islands, the swashbuckling box office Master and Commander, or simply enjoy the starlit skies from the sun deck.
Activities: Kayaking, Paddle Boarding
Day 10: Bahía Sullivan, Santiago Island | Sombrero Chino Island
Start the morning early with a workout or a guided meditation on the sun deck followed by a refreshing breakfast. The first excursion of the day takes to Santiago Island with a dry landing at Bahía Sullivan to discover recent Pahoehoe lava flows.
After a sumptuous lunch and lecture from one of the expert naturalist guide onboard Aqua Mare, leave for Sombrero Chino Island, so named after the small crater that forms the islet. In the surrounding crystal-clear waters, you might have the opportunity to observe sea lions and penguins from above. There is time for snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, and kayaking. After working up an appetite, return to the yacht for evening sundowners and a signature dining experience serving macambo rice and fish maito.
Day 11: Bartolomé Island | Cerro Dragón, Santa Cruz Island
With an early morning anchor at Bartolomé Island, embark upon a mild climb up to the summit of a spatter cone for a spectacular view of the island’s iconic Pinnacle Rock. Cool down afterward with a snorkel where you may encounter sea turtles and Galapagos penguins, before heading back to the yacht for lunch as you sail towards Santa Cruz Island.
The afternoon excursion takes to Cerro Dragón or Dragon Hill, so named because in 1975 it was one of the only places in the Santa Cruz Island where scientists could still find a healthy population of land iguanas (Conolophus subcristatus). Back onboard, swap tales of your magnificent excursion while enjoying the best of the region’s flavors through seafood specialties like pan-seared scallops and grilled squid.
Day 12: El Chato Giant Tortoise Reserve | Fausto Llerena Breeding Center,, Santa Cruz
This morning explore a Giant Tortoise Reserve to see these wild Galapagos Islands creatures up close in their natural habitat. The area is also a great place to observe Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, flycatchers, cattle egrets, and if lucky Galapagos Rails.
After a delicious lunch, visit Darwin Station and National Park headquarters to observe tortoises in captivity at the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, as well as the different age hatchlings categorized by islands. There is free time to enjoy the town of Puerto Ayora before returning to the ship. Refreshing superfruit juices await at Beach Club, which is located at water level at the aft of the ship, or enjoy the scenic sunset views from the upper deck. For divers, there is the option of a full day of diving instead of joining the day excursions.
Day 13: Punta Suárez, Bahía Gardner | Islote Osborn, Española Island
Rise and shine to a guided meditation on the upper deck before disembarking in Punta Suárez for this morning’s excursion. This visitor site is one of the most interesting landing sites in Galapagos Islands, due to the high percentage of unique endemism in its fauna such as Española mockingbirds, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and the unique waved albatross.
In the afternoon, take a tender ride to the beautiful array of islets where you are able to snorkel alongside playful sea lions and many different species of reef fishes. The last visit of the day is Bahía Gardner, an outstanding coralline sand beach that boasts one of the biggest colonies of sea lions in the Galapagos Islands. Back at the yacht, head over to the bar to socialize over Happy Hour with a glass of special Aqua Bloody Mare as the crew prepares for departure to next anchorage.
Day 14: Fondeadero, Santa Fé (barrington) Island | Plaza Sur Island
After a night of sailing, visit Santa Fé Island for your penultimate day. It is one of the oldest in the Galapagos Islands (around 3.6 million years old), with the island being characterized to some degree by its vegetation of palo santo trees, a pear cactus that is called Opuntia echios barringtonensis, and many other native bushes. Here, spot land iguanas, lava lizards, mockingbirds, and Darwin’s finches. After the visit, take advantage of the last full day in the Galapagos Islands by snorkeling, kayaking, or stand-up paddle boarding.
As you enjoy lunch onboard, the boat sails to Plaza Sur Island, located off the eastern shore of Santa Cruz. In the afternoon you disembark at this small, but diverse little islet to head out on a two-hour hiking excursion led by your guide to discover its unique landforms. Swap notes on everything you’ve seen today at your final recap briefing once back aboard and toast farewell under the Archipelago’s amazing starlit skies to your newfound friends over a glass of wine.
Day 15: Los Gemelos, Santa Cruz Island
You begin your last day with a luxurious breakfast before bidding farewell to the Aqua Mare crew. Your last visit before leaving paradise is a final short excursion to drive up the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to the twin craters of Los Gemelos en route to the airport. It is a remarkable location surrounded by lush vegetation.
Memories of this last adventure accompany you as you are escorted to Baltra Island for the departing flight back to the mainland and onward journey home.
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Located on the main deck, a grand suite like this rarely becomes available unless you charter an entire superyacht. For the exceptional few booking the Owner’s Suite on Aqua Mare, this is one way to assure a trip of a lifetime. At 80 square meters, this luxurious cabin leaves every
hotel suite behind. The Owner’s Suite boasts a California king-size bed and multiple closets that will make your home closet envious with its grand beam-to-beam size. Eight large windows plus two more in the bathroom complete that extra over-the-top luxury. A separate study can be conveniently closed off for private dining or to accommodate two more guests in lower and upper beds (the upper one being a comfortable pullman). The bathroom features a large double shower, separate toilet, and vanity with sofa for added comfort. Additional features include a large hydraulic 40" TV hidden from view, two
armchairs, and veneer craftsmanship of the highest standards. It has a separate fresh intake valve and is a suite is made for an A-list guest who expects only the best of the best.
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This 26 square meter cabin is located on the Main Deck and is among the first suites to be booked. A comfortable king-sized bed faces a
large window, allowing you to enjoy spectacular views from your bed. Two custom built-in armchairs provide space to catch up on reading
or plan for your next excursions. The en-suite bathroom has a walk-in shower and plenty of counter space and storage capacity. A separate
closet area provides some privacy for the early riser in the couple. An automatic built-in popup TV entertains you in case you want to catch
up on your latest Netflix episodes that can be air-played onto the large 40-inch screen. Raw silk wall panels ensure a high level of luxury.
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Located on the lower deck via an elegant circular staircase, this cabin is very quiet. It has a good amount of light streaming in through two oval portholes. Fitted with a queen-sized bed, incredible veneer panels, and suede ceiling panels, this suite is luxurious. Tucked in the corner is a stylish leather desk complete with a comfortable bamboo armchair.
Like all suites, it also boasts a flat-screen TV seamlessly built into one of the walls, complete with an Apple TV for air playing your pre-downloaded TV shows or streaming your music to the in-room sound system. The bathroom spans the entire width of the cabin and is illuminated via its porthole. Double sinks and plenty of storage space provide room enough for two. A large walk-in shower and armchair in the bathroom are also a clear indication of the spaciousness of this superyacht.
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For those wanting a twin cabin that is located on the lower deck, this is the perfect fit. If you're traveling with family, there is also the option to
transform it into a triple cabin. Two large lower twin beds and one beautifully tucked-in Pullman accommodate three adults comfortably. Two portholes and one in the bathroom provide natural light throughout the cabin. A cozy leather-clad desk adds comfort with its elegant bamboo chair. The same craftsmanship is present in all our cabins and this suite shows off the versatility of the Italian CRN yard. The spacious bathroom is fitted with top-of-the-line finishing including Italian
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Located on the Bridge Deck, this suite complete with a queen-sized bed is located on the highest level of the yacht. The cozy and complete
small bathroom suits all needs. Ample closet space is sufficient to unpack fully for your seven nights onboard. It even comes with a leather-clad writing desk and a comfortable bamboo writing chair. A great room with plenty of natural light and a wonderful private view from the large panoramic window.
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