Anahi: Yacht Details

Anahi


A comfortable 16 passenger catamaran

The Anahi is a first class power catamaran yacht with high comfort standards, and as a catamaran it offers slightly more stability than a single-hulled vessel. The ship accommodates 16 passengers in 8 cabins, all with private facilities and climate controls. The yacht offers cozy common areas, a library, movie room, dining room and lounge, as well as a bar, lounge area, and Jacuzzi on the upper sundeck.


Day by Day Itinerary

BRIEF SUMMARY (for detailed island visits please scroll down)
3 night cruises run from Tuesday to Friday / 4 night cruises run from Friday to Tuesday / 7 night B1 cruises run from Friday to Friday; there is also a 7 night B2 itinerary that runs from Friday to Friday and combines the 4 and 3 night itineraries below.

3 Night Itinerary A1

Tuesday Arrive to San Cristóbal / Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill
Wednesday Española: Punta Suarez / Gardner Bay
Thursday Floreana: Punta Cormorant / Corona del Diablo / Post Office Bay
Friday Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz) / Return to Mainland

4 Night Itinerary A2

Friday Arrive to Baltra / Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)
Saturday Genovesa: Darwin Bay / El Barranco
Sunday South Plaza / Santa Fe
Monday Punta Pitt (San Cristóbal) / Leon Dormido / Lobos Island
Tuesday San Cristóbal: Cerro Colorado / Return to Mainland

7 Night Itinerary B1

Friday Begin Cruise / Twin Craters and Highlands (Santa Cruz)
Saturday Isabela: Tintoreras / Wall of Tears / Sierra Negra Volcano
Sunday Isabela: Punta Moreno / Elizabeth Bay
Monday Isabela: Urbina Bay / Tagus Cove
Tuesday Espinoza Point (Fernandina) / Vicente Roca Point (Isabela)
Wednesday Puerto Egas (Santiago) / Rabida
Thursday Chinese Hat / Bartolome
Friday North Seymour / Return to Mainland


Anahi 3 Night Itinerary A1

Tuesday to Friday


Day 1 Tuesday Arrive to San Cristóbal / Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill
Upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands you will be met by a representative of the Anahi, who will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to the ship to start your cruise. Your first excursion will be on San Cristóbal Island, where you will have the chance to visit the Interpretation Center. Donated by the Spanish government and inaugurated by the Prince of Spain in 1998, the center was built to give visitors an overview of the natural and human history of the Galapagos as well as plans for the future. Afterward you will head to Tijeretas Hill, where visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the white beaches on one side and the roofs of Puerto Baquerizo on the other. The hill is named after the frigate birds who frequent the area. Here you will be able to see both the magnificent frigate birds and great frigate birds in the same colony.

Day 2 Wednesday Española: Punta Suarez / Gardner Bay
Today you will visit Española, the southernmost island in the Galapagos. You will start at Punta Suarez, where colonies of Nazca and blue-footed boobies nest along the trails. You will also be able to see the famous Galapagos blowhole, where the seawater is forced through a fissure in the cliff and, depending on the waves and tide levels, can spout up to 80 feet high. On the east coast of Española is Gardner Bay, your destination in the afternoon, whose white-sand beaches are home to sea lions. This is a great area for snorkeling, with an opportunity to see many different schools of fish near Tortuga Rock, a few hundred meters off the shore.

Day 3 Thursday Floreana: Punta Cormorant / Corona del Diablo / Post Office Bay
Today you will head to Floreana Island. Floreana was inhabited as early as the 1920s, and has a colorful history of pirates, whalers, convicts, and colonists. You will start at Punta Cormorant, a steep lava cone joined to the main section of the island by a low-lying strip of land. At the high point of the trail that ascends this volcanic cone you will be able to look down into a large lagoon, where you may see several species of bird, including the occasional flamingo. From here you will be able to visit Devil’s Crown, about 250 meters north of Floreana, a small but interesting island that is home to abundant marine life. This island is the remains of an extinct, collapsed volcano. While the waters outside of this crown can be strong and tumultuous, the inner part of the crown is calm and filled with many schools of fish, sea lions and a variety of coral formations, making it a great place for snorkeling. In the afternoon you will have a wet landing at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has been serving as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. The barrel was constructed in 1793 to maintain contact with Europe and the United States, and to this day it is a popular place to leave outgoing mail. Here, you can drop your postcards in the barrel as the whalers did centuries ago. You will learn about the human side of the islands, its early inhabitants, and the adventures of pirates and whalers.

Day 4 Friday Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz) / Return to Mainland
This morning you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island, where a series of walkways will take you through the captive breeding program to see juvenile and adult tortoises from different islands. Here, you will witness the efforts and results of the field work being done in the islands and increase your understanding of the work being done by the foundation to preserve the ecosystems of the Galapagos. After the visit you will be transferred to the Baltra airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland.

Anahi 4 Night Itinerary A2

Friday to Tuesday


Day 1 Friday Arrive to Baltra / Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)
Upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands you will be met by a representative of the Anahi, who will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to the ship to start your cruise. Your first excursion will be on Santa Cruz Island. Bachas Beach is named for a pair of World War II barges left by the U.S. Army. Here, you will visit a small lagoon where migratory birds (such as herons and pelicans) and other species are often present. You may also see flamingos.

Day 2 Saturday Genovesa: Darwin Bay / El Barranco
Today you will visit Genovesa (Tower) Island, a low-lying volcano rising just above the ocean surface. Your first stop is at Darwin Bay, a unique site lined with red mangrove and soft-haired prickly pear cacti, where you may see Nazca boobies, great Frigate birds, and mockingbirds. Darwin Bay is a popular site for bird-watching, and sightings often include the sharp-beaked finch, large cactus finches, large ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls. Later you will head to El Barranco, also known as Prince Philip´s Steps. Here, you will use the eponymous steps to climb up the steep basaltic cliff. The trail leads first through a small nesting colony of masked boobies before crossing a low, dense forest of Palo Santo trees where the red?footed boobies have their nests. At the edge of the island, thousands of small petrels nest in the crevices and tubes of the fragile lava. On both sides of the trail you may see Nazca booby nesting colonies.

Day 3 Sunday South Plaza / Santa Fe
Today starts at South Plaza, a small island with steep cliffs formed by rising lava. The island is covered by Opuntia cacti and the characteristic Sesuvium, which changes its colors from season to season. South Plaza is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies in Galapagos, as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. In the afternoon you will head to Santa Fe, which offers a small picturesque bay that attracts large numbers of sea lions. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff and the other spanning from a small beach to a prickly pear cactus forest where the opuntia cacti grow to heights of over 30 feet.

Day 4 Monday Punta Pitt (San Cristóbal) / Leon Dormido / Lobos Island
Today’s excursions start at Punta Pitt on the island of San Cristóbal, where you will have impressive views from a plateau surrounded by reddish hills. Depending on the time of year there may be nesting marine iguanas, red-footed boobies, and other marine birds down on the cliffs. Later you will navigate past a dramatic tuff cone formation off the northwest coast of San Cristóbal which juts up approximately 500 feet straight out of the water. Approaching from San Cristóbal, the rocks have the appearance of a boot, giving it the name “Kicker Rock.” From other angles, the rocks are said to resemble a sleeping lion, hence its Spanish name: “Leon Dormido.” The eroded structure has vertical walls of over 450 feet, home to great numbers of nesting sea birds. In the afternoon you will visit Lobos Island, home to frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, and sea lions.

Day 5 Tuesday San Cristóbal: Cerro Colorado / Return to Mainland
This morning you will visit Cerro Colorado, a new visitor site on San Cristóbal Island. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warblers, finches and mockingbirds. The tortoises here have their corrals at the entrance of the Galapaguera, which also has a small interpretation center where visitors can learn about these animals and the conservation and breeding programs on the island. Along the trail it is possible to observe different bird species such as the mockingbird, the yellow warbler, small ground and tree finches, and the flycatcher. After the visit you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland.

Anahi 7 Night Itinerary B1

Friday to Friday


Day 1 Friday Begin Cruise / Twin Craters and Highlands (Santa Cruz)
Once you arrive to the Galapagos Islands you will be met by a representative of the Seaman who will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to your ship to start your cruise. After boarding the ship and enjoying a welcome cocktail, you will enjoy a delicious lunch before heading to the Santa Cruz Highlands and visiting Los Gemelos. Los Gemelos are a pair of craters approximately 30 meters deep located on either side of the road to Baltra. This is a good place to see the Galapagos hawk and barn owl. The surrounding forest is full of birds such as the vermilion flycatcher and the yellow warbler. As you journey on you will reach the highlands. Beginning at the coast and traveling across Santa Cruz the road departs from Puerto Ayora climbing through the agricultural lands and into the mist covered forests. Santa Cruz possesses all of the various life zones present in the archipelago. It also offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild Galapagos Tortoises. There are also plenty of lava tubes, sinkholes and craters to explore.

Day 2 Saturday Isabela: Tintoreras / Wall of Tears / Sierra Negra Volcano
This morning you will board the panga and visit Tintoreras, small islands in front of the Puerto Villamil coast. Here you may see Herons, the Galapagos Penguin, and sea lions. White-tipped reef sharks are fairly common here as well. Their name in Spanish is Tintorera, thus the name of this site as they are always found resting in the shallow waters. The Wall of Tears is a historic site on Isabela. Between 1946 and 1959, Isabela was a penal colony, where prisoners had to build a wall with huge blocks of lava as punishment. The wall is 100 meters long and 7 meters high. Due to the arduous labor and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived, this site is known as the wall of tears. A set of stairs provides a bird’s eye view of the wall and the surrounding landscape. You can still see the cement foundations of a USA base dating back to the Second World War. Later at Sierra Negra Volcano you will be able to see the 6 x 5 mile crater, the second largest in the world and the Perry Isthmus, a 12 kilometer wide lavafield.

Day 3 Sunday Isabela: Punta Moreno / Elizabeth Bay
In the morning you will visit Punta Moreno, located on the northern coast of Isabela Island between the Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcanoes. The trail that you will take runs along a Pahohoe lava flow (solidified lava in a corrugated or an accordion form) into an area of coastal lagoons where you can see several different bird species. In the afternoon you will visit Elizabeth Bay. This is a marine visitor site and you will arrive via zodiac. Your zodiac ride starts with a visit to the Marielas islets where there is the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galapagos Islands. The excursion continues into the cove that is surrounded by red mangroves. It is here that you are able to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans, and sea lions.

Day 4 Monday Isabela: Urbina Bay / Tagus Cove
In the morning you will have a wet landing at Urbina Bay. The waters of the bay are a good place to see turtles and rays. Onshore there is a short trail leading to an exposed coral reef, which is evidence of a geological uplift which occurred in 1954. From here it is easy to reach the Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes. You may see large colored land iguanas, Galapagos turtles, flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins, pelicans, and marine iguanas. Later you will visit Tagus Cove on Isabela. Here your tour will take you along the cliffs and give you a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant, and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff, where you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra saline lake. You can also see several volcanoes from this location. Be sure to look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, as it has been written by pirates, whalers and bucaneers during the past centuries.

Day 5 Tuesday Espinoza Point (Fernandina) / Vicente Roca Point (Isabela)
Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and has a single visitor site, Punta Espinoza. Located at the northeastern tip of the island, just across from Tagus Cove, there is a visitor site where some of the unique Galapagos species can be seen. Here marine iguanas conglomerate in larger groups than on any other island. Also you will have the chance to see the flightless cormorant. Later in the afternoon you will visit Vicente Roca Point on Isabela Island. This spot is a popular anchorage to take panga rides along the cliffs that are the remains of the volcano or explore a partially sunken cave at the water’s edge. Here you may find masked and blue-footed boobies sitting perched along the point and the sheer cliffs, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline. The cold water currents in this part of the Galapagos give rise to an abundance of marine life which, in combination with the protection of the coves, make Punta Vicente Roca one of the archipelago’s most sought after dive spots. The entire area of Punta Vicente Roca lies on the flank of the 2,600 foot Ecuador Volcano. This is the Galapagos Island’s sixth largest volcano.

Day 6 Wednesday Puerto Egas (Santiago) / Rabida
Santiago island was the site of a small salt mining industry in the 1960s, one of several unsuccessful attempts to commercialize the Galapagos. A hike inland to the salt crater is an excellent opportunity to see land birds such as finches, doves, and hawks. A walk along the rugged shoreline, especially at low tide, will allow you to observe many marine species such as Iguanas and sea lions. At the end of the trail there is a series of grottoes or sea caves where fur seals and night herons are regularly found resting on the shady ledges. For many, this is the only opportunity to see the Galapagos fur seal, once thought to be on the verge of extinction. Rábida Island is unique because of the red color of it´s rocks and sand. The volcanic material in this island is very porous and external factors such as rain, salt water, and sea breezes have acted as an oxidizing agent producing this rusty color. A short walk will lead you to a coastal lagoon behind the beach which allows you to observe several land birds such as finches, doves, yellow warblers, and mocking birds. At the lagoon there is a colony of flamingos.

Day 7 Thursday Chinese Hat / Bartolome
Chinese Hat is a small islet (1 square km) located just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. It is a recent volcanic cone shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from north side. On the west you can see lava formations, formed under the sea and raised upward. This is why coral heads are found on the lava. This is an excellent visit for viewing geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins. In the afternoon you will visit Bartolome Island, situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where you can observe some of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos such as: Volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle. There is very little vegetation on this island. However, it has two beaches where marine turtles can be found.

Day 8 Friday North Seymour / Return to Mainland
Before your cruise comes to an end you will have the chance to visit North Seymour Island. This is an uplifted (as opposed to volcanic) island and so it is flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. After the visit you will be escorted to Baltra airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland.

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