Blue Spirit

Blue Spirit is a first-class yacht offering both diving and naturalist itineraries around the Galapagos archipelago. This 104 ft motor yacht takes up to 16 passengers in 10 cozy and comfortable en-suite cabins. There is a choice of double, twin or triple cabins each with ample storage, safety deposit boxes and air-conditioning. Social areas include a well-stocked bar, library and entertainment lounge for gathering and informative talks. The bright and airy dining area is for breakfast, lunch and dinner where the freshly prepared dishes of Ecuadorian and international cuisine are served buffet-style. There is also a large sundeck which perfect for relaxing in-between dives and activities. The 8-member crew always are on hand to help you create a memorable adventure in the Galapagos Islands.

7-night dive itineraries aboard the Blue Spirit yacht combine visiting some of the best dive areas in the Galapagos Islands along with some land-based excursions. You will dive Wolf and Darwin with the chance to get up close with whale sharks, schooling hammerheads and playful sea lions. Land-based activities include exploring Bartolome Island & the highlands of Santa Cruz, keeping an eye out for marine iguanas, penguins, giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies.

There are also 3 separate naturalist cruises of 3, 4 or 7 nights that combine land excursions with panga rides and snorkeling trips to encounter the incredible wildlife up close and personal.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Type: Motor Yacht
Passengers: 16, accommodated in 10 cabins
Year: 2001
Remodeled: Spring 2019
Length: 104 feet
Beam: 22 feet
Draft: 5 feet
Cruise Speed: 12 Knots
Crew: 10 members: with Multilingual Naturalist Diver guides (1 each 8 passengers)
Upper deck: 2 cabins with one double lower berth (cabins: 7 & 8)
2 cabins with two single lower berths (cabins 9 & 10)

Under deck:
2 cabins with one double lower berth and one single upper berth (cabins: 1 & 2)
4 cabins with two single lower berths (cabins: 3 to 6)
Cabin Facilities Private bathroom (toilet, shower, washbasin and vanity), Locker and drawers, Safety box, Air conditioned

Safety and Communication System:
(2) 24 miles range Furuno Navnet Radar/Chart Plotter
(2) Furuno-FCV620 Eco sounder, GPS, Furuno NX300 Navtex, Furuno SCSatellite
Fluxgate compass, Furuno HF-MF/DSC Radio
(2) VHF/DSC Standard radios, ACR Epirb, Sart
(2) ACR VHF bi directional rescue radios, Ritchie Magnetic Compass, hydraulic helm, barometer, clock, thermometer, helm indicator, searchlight, horn, fire & smoke detector system.
(2) You Lung inflatable life rafts for 25 passengers each one
(50) life jackets
Twin 17 feet Nautica Inflatable boats with 25 HP four stroke outboard motors for 12 passengers each one.
* All safety equipment complies with International Coast Guard regulations.

Mechanic Equipment:
Twin DEUTZ BF8M 1015 MC 442 HP engines. Twin 55 KW CUMMINS
ONAN 6BS.9-D (M) electric generators (M). Village Marine Tec Oil /
Water Separator, Tidal Wave HMX HEADHUNTER Marine Sanitation
Device sewage treatment system (MSD)TW. Westphalia Separator
Mineral oil Systems. WMSQ-2500 Reverse Osmosis desalination system.
Social Areas Bar, Dining room, Lounge, Sun deck
Diving Equipment Compressors, Nitrox Membrane System Air,
Diving Equipment, including Dive Computers

DIVING ITINERARY - 7 nights
Day 1: Wednesday A.M. Flight to Baltra Airport / Galapagos
P.M. Santa Cruz - Highlands Visit Giant Tortoises, Los Gemelos
Morning fly to the Galapagos Islands, these flights will depart from Quito or Guayaquil. As soon as you arrive, you need to register yourself and pay the Galapagos Entrance fee, you just need to follow the lines. Our guides will be waiting to welcome you to our cruise and take care of your luggage. Your buses will transport you to the Itabaca Channel where you will take a ferry to arrive to Santa Cruz Islands and visit Santa Cruz Highlands. This day, the visit to a private ranch is included. On this area of the island, we will have the opportunity to see the well-known giant tortoises on their natural habitat. You will also visit the Tunnels which are giant formations of Lava. This is a great opportunity to learn about the characteristics of the Island. After the visit, you will go to the yacht, where the security briefings and additional details will be provided.

Day 2: Thursday A.M. Marchena Punta Espejo
P.M. Marchena Punta Mejia
The itinerary includes Marchena, which is an exceptional spot for diving; not too many people visit this island. You could find many endemic species. Some large schools of Galapagos sharks, Hammerhead sharks, rays, fur sea lions, dolphins, sea turtles, Moray and Garden eels, cow-nosed rays and different types of fishes like blue-striped snappers, surgeonfish, scorpion fish, red-lipped batfish. The Island is also famous as it was embroiled in the ‘Floreana Mystery’. Here the dead bodies of Rudolf Lorenz one of the Baroness` consorts and the captain of the ship he was on, washed up mysteriously on the shore of the island.

Day 3: Friday A.M. Wolf La Banana / Punta Shark Bay
P.M. Wolf Islote la Ventana / El Derrumbe
This day we will have one of the most interesting and remote visits, we will be in Wolf and it is considered as a sanctuary for its abundant and diverse marine wildlife. It was named like that, as it was visited by Theodor Wolf, the German geologist. On this island, frigate birds, booby birds, marine iguanas, a large population of different fishes, sea lions, Hammerheads, Whale and Galapagos sharks, whales, dolphins, seal, rays and swallow-tailed gulls can be seen.

Day 4: Saturday A.M. Darwin El Arco
P.M. Darwin El Arenal
Darwin Island, rich on the variety of its pelagic species in the depths of the Pacific Ocean and one of the smallest islands on the archipelago, is a spectacular area for diving as it is considered as one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World. It is located close to Wolf. One of its attractions is the impressive stone arch formation, known as Darwin Arch. This is home to many endemic birds. You could see, sea lions, humpback whales, whale sharks, hammerheads, angelfish, dolphins, tuna, grunts, different fish schools, garden eels, moray eels, manta rays and many more.

Day 5: Sunday A.M. Wolf Punta Shark Bay / El Derrumbe 
P.M. Wolf Islote la Ventana / La Banana
This is the day to be in Wolf again, to observe more marine life, unique and incredible species. Wolf Island is a small tropical ecosystem with one of the most representative coral reefs of the archipelago, it is home of more than 8 species of corals and the greatest diversity of tropical fish. On its steep cliffs, there are the main nesting sites of red-footed boobies, blue footed boobies, Nazca (masked boobies), frigate birds, tropic birds, swallow-tailed gulls, the famous vampire finch which feeds on the blood of other birds and more.

Day 6: Monday A.M. Fernandina Cabo Douglas 
P.M. Isabela Punta Vicente Roca
Our itinerary is prepared according with the time of year of your visit:
Jan - May: We dive Marshall Cape, located on the Northeast side of Isabela Island, with it populations of giant mantarrays, mobulas, enormous schools of barracudas, Galapagos sharks, sea lions and the, by now, traditional host of Galapagos critters. Cabo Marshall has another important attraction, the flightless cormorants, which can be seen resting on the shores.

June - Dec: We dive Douglas Cape in the morning to observe the gracious marine iguanas feeding on algae, underwater. First, you can observe them catching sun to warm them up and later they will go into the sea to feed themselves for around 20 minutes, they return to the shores and warm up again. It will be different to see them laying on the beach, even disgusting while spitting saltwater from their noses, but they look different, even elegant on the water.You can also observe penguins, Galapagos sharks and different schools of fishes.

Punta Vicente Roca, at the northwest coast of Isabela Island, where different species can be observed: turtles galore, Peruvian grunts, flat worms, sponges, sea lions, frogfish, octopus, nudibranches, Galapagos bullhead shark, mola molas (the largest bony fish in the sea), penguins, schools of black striped salemas, sea horses, dolphins, tunas; and nesting on the shores, Nazca and Blue-footed boobies, pelicans and other marine birds, all of them feeding at the same time.

Day 7: Tuesday A.M. Santiago Cousins Rock
P.M. Bartolome Land Visit
We will dive at Cousins Rock, a small islet with platforms full of black coral where it will be possible to see lots of barracudas, sea lions, salema, yellowtail surgeonfish, hammerhead and white tipped reef sharks, manta and eagle rays, lots of nudibranchs and frogfish, sometimes sea horses, small hard corals, red sponges, and sea fans; sea lions are always there.

In the afternoon, we visit the iconic Galapagos site of Bartolome, the Pinnacle Rock, where the unique Galapagos Penguins nest. You will climb a 600-m trail to the 114-m summit to appreciate the wonder of the surrounding islands and islets. The Green Sea Turtle, sea lions, stingrays, White tipped Sharks, colorful fish schools, Spotted Eagle Rays and Black-tipped Sharks can be seen.

Day 8: Wednesday A.M. Baltra Check Out / Flight back to mainland Ecuador
It is difficult to leave this natural paradise. After breakfast our Baltra Airport and assist you with your departure flight.

As a summary, our departure dates will have the following details:
06h30 First dive - Full breakfast*
10h30 Dive*
12h00 Lunch - 2 afternoon dives depending on conditions and navigation time needed. *
19h00 Dinner. 
*They are subject to change depending on weather conditions, National Park directions or extra circumstances beyond our control.

NATURALIST CRUISE ITINERARY - 7 nights (Wed-Wed)
* Also offered as 4 night (Wed-Sun) and 4 night trip (Sun-Thur w 1 hotel night)

Day 1: Wednesday A.M. Flight to Baltra Airport Galapagos
P.M. Santa Cruz Highlands
It is the center of the Archipelago with a diversity of wildlife and with amazing vegetation. This is the second largest island after Isabella, the most visited and offers lots of interesting places to visit. Puerto Ayora is the capital and it is in front of the sea, offering a relaxed and peaceful coastal town feeling. The highlands of Puerto Ayora are very interesting, you will see different vegetation, altitudes, weather and fauna. We can also admire the Giant Galapagos Tortoise roaming in its natural habitat. You can also explore a cavernous underground Lava Tunnel where you can view one of the geological wonders of our volcanic islands. You will also be able to explore some of the “backroads” of Santa Cruz on the way to Puerto Ayora.

Day 2: Thursday A.M. Santiago Sullivan Bay
P.M. Rabida
Santiago or “San Salvador” has an area of 585 square meters and an altitude of 907 meters. Dolphins, sharks, sea lions and flamingos are part of the wildlife of the island. Santiago has evidence of the pahoehoe lava flow. The lava shoreline has provided the island many of its attractions. Tourists can be delighted by the incredible lava formations of Sullivan Bay.

Jervis Island or Rabida Island is located at the south of Santiago, it is relatively a tiny Island with a rocky coastline. Its distinctive red appearance comes through the presence of iron on the surface of the craters that presented in the area. It has an area of 4.9 square kilometers and an altitude of 367 meters. Visitors have the single opportunity to see pelicans. Here nine of the fourteen species of finches are found. The reddish hue of the sand of the soil of the island combined with the amazing flora and fauna, gives as result a beautiful landscape full of wonders.

Day 3: Friday A.M. Isabela Punta Vicente Roca
P.M. Fernandina Punta Espinosa
Isabela Island was named in this way in honor of Queen Isabela of Spain. Isabela has an area of 4,640 square kilometers and an altitude of 1,707 meters. This island occupies the 60% of the area of Galapagos making it the largest island of the archipelago. The Equator passes directly through Isabela. Isabela is one of the inhabited Island in its port, called Puerto Villamil.

Punta Vicente Roca: After breakfast, passengers will explore the island by boat, while a naturalist guide explains different aspects of its geology. This site is very well known, for the bird nesting sites specially for cormorants and Galapagos penguins. The climate will offer to the passengers the  possibility of snorkeling in the cliffs of the area that will show you an abundant marine life, many of the times you can see sea turtles and the "sunfish" (mola mola). This is one of the most impressive and beautiful sites in the Galapagos Islands.

Fernandina is the third largest island of the Archipelago. This island has an area of 642 square kilometers and an altitude of 1,494 meters and offers the opportunity to see small volcanic eruptions; also, this island is the home of Galapagos penguins, sea lions and many other extraordinary species. Punta Espinosa is in the northeast of Fernandina. In this place you will have the opportunity of seeing hundreds of marine iguanas gathered at the sand.

Day 4: Saturday A.M. Isabela Las Tintoreras
P.M. Isabela Wet Lands
Las Tintoreras is a small rocky islet where is easy to find white tip fin sharks. The wetlands in this island form a network of trails that are essential for the maintenance of the wildlife of Galapagos.

Day 5: Sunday A.M. Mosquera Mosquera
P.M. North Seymour North Seymour
Mosquera is located between Baltra and North Seymour Islands. Mosquera is a reef of rocks, sand and corals. It is a flat island product of a geological elevation. It has a length of 160 meters and a width of 600 meters. Mosquera has one of the largest populations of sea lions, Lava Gulls, sea fishes, coastal birds and Crabs, among others.

North Seymour is covered with bushy vegetation and many endemic species that make it
remarkable and it is the home of one of the largest populations of blue-footed booby birds, noddies, swallow-tailed gulls and magnificent frigate birds. The same thing with Land Iguanas, where you will find many of them.

Day 6: Monday A.M. Floreana Post Office Bay
P.M. Floreana Punta Cormorant
Floreana is one of the oldest of the Archipelago as well as one of the smallest islands. It has an area of 173 km squared and an altitude of 640 meters. It supports an abundant wildlife, with a variety of native and introduced species like: Shorebirds, flamingos, stilts, owls, rails, white-cheeked pintail ducks, migratory birds and nesting sites; sea lions, owls and wide forest of Palo Santo. Floreana is known for its traditional pirate stories, and for being the home of one of the oldest settlements of the island. Post office Bay, located in the northern part of Floreana, is one of its attractions with the famous post office barrel.Punta Cormorant at the north has a green beach that contains many olive crystals.

Day 7: Tuesday A.M. South Plazas South Plazas
P.M. Santa Fe Santa Fe
South Plazas is a small island with an area of 0,119 km squared and an altitude of 23 meters that was formed by a stream of lava from the bottom of the ocean. Depending of the season, the vegetation changes its color. This island is the home of many species such as: land iguanas, swallow Tailed Gulls, sea birds, brown pelicans, red-billed tropicbirds and frigate birds. It offers the opportunity of a direct interaction, almost face to face with sea lions. There are an enormous variety of birds that inhabit the rocky walls of the south side of the island.

Santa Fe is a small island with 1,9 kilometers squared and an altitude of 24 meters. Opuntia Cactus is part of its characterized dense forest vegetation; there are also salt bushes along the trail as well giant prickly pear cactus. Talking about fauna, this island is the home of one of the most beautiful coves and endemic species like Galapagos snake, the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos mockingbird, sea lion colonies, rice rats and one of the two species of lands Iguanas of the islands. A lot of sea lions are found on the beaches Home of two endemic species; Santa Fe Rice Rat and Land Iguana.

Day 8: Wednesday
A.M. Santa Cruz Bachas Beach
Flight back to mainland Ecuador
Bachas Beach a unique landscape with white-coral sand in a magnificent beach where you can also observe many endemic species like sea turtles, migratory birds, ducks, flamingos, the enchanted islands. Transfer to the airport.