The Mary Anne is a first class classic Barquentine schooner style
yacht that takes a maximum of 16 passengers. This vessel is operated by
some of the most experienced people in the Galapagos, who ensure that
you have an outstanding experience in all respects. Food, guides, and
crew are all top quality. There are dining areas in both the main cabin
and on deck. Snorkeling equipment, sea kayaks, and beach towels are
provided at no additional charge. All cabins have private bathrooms and
Day by Day Itinerary
BRIEF SUMMARY (for detailed island visits please scroll down) 8 day cruises run from Saturday to Saturday
Saturday: Arrive to Baltra / Cerro Mesa Sunday: Floreana: Punta Cormorant / Post Office Bay Monday: Santa Cruz: Higlands / Tortuga Bay Tuesday: Isabela: Punta Moreno / Elizabeth Bay Wednesday: Urbina Bay (Isabela) / Punta Espinosa (Fernandina) Thursday: Isabela: Tagus Cove / Punta Vicente Roca Friday: Santiago: Espumilla / Puerto Egas Saturday: North Seymour / Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz)
Tower Island: Darwin Bay / Prince Phillip’s Steps Monday: Bartolome / Sullivan Bay (Santiago) Tuesday: Rabida / Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz) Wednesday: Bachas Beach / Punta Carrion Thursday: South Plaza / Santa Fe Friday: Española: Gardner Bay / Punta Suárez Saturday: Charles Darwin Research Center / Return to Mainland
Anne 8 Day Galapagos Cruise Itinerary (West)
Arrive to Baltra / Cerro Mesa
Once you arrive to the Galapagos Islands you will be met by a representative of the Mary Anne who will assist you with your luggage and then board a bus which will take you to Cerro Mesa, a private ecological reserve located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island and dedicated to the conservation of the natural ecosystem. During this visit, you will have the opportunity to walk through the many forest paths that are filled with endemic Galapagos vegetation, as well as see the impressive and deep crater. Watch for Galapagos ducks and rails, stilts, and frigate birds which are usually present in the lagoon or closely follow the steps of the Galapagos Tortoises, present most of the year (on certain months, the tortoises go down to the coast to lay their eggs). The reserve is also a great place for bird watching, as mockingbirds, flycatchers, warblers, Galapagos doves, and Darwin finches are usually present in the area.
Floreana: Punta Cormorant / Post Office Bay
you will spend on Floreana Island, the legendary homestead of
infamous Baroness Eloise Von Wagner de Bousquet. After a wet
landing on the olivine beaches of Punta Cormorant, you will be
seeking Greater Flamingos on the way to another special beach with
the finest sand you’ll set your foot on, a sea turtle nesting
ground where sharks and rays also visit regularly. You end the
outing on a short panga ride to Devil’s Crown, a key snorkeling
lunch you will visit Post Office Bay (wet landing), where you can
drop your postcards in the barrel as the whalers did centuries
Santa Cruz: Highlands / Tortuga Bay
morning starts with a dry landing at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz
Island. From there you will visit the wet forests of the
highlands in hopes of finding giant tortoises. Since these
animals migrate freely in this area the guide will take you to el
Chato or the ranch with the best possibilities to find these
emblematic reptiles. Lunch will be served in one of the
restaurants in the area.
the afternoon, from Puerto Ayora, you will walk approximately 45
minutes along a stone paved road which is surrounded by Galapagos
coastal vegetation and its most eminent representatives: the
prickly pear cactus and the holy stick tree. This road, which
also presents a very good opportunity to watch birds, especially
Darwin finches, will take you to a beautiful, white sand beach
known as Tortuga bay. From here it’s up to you to decide among
the alternatives: swim or snorkel with marine iguanas, explore the
coves surrounded by mangrove trees, or simply lay back and relax
while enjoying the landscape.
Isabela: Punta Moreno / Elizabeth Bay
you will travel to Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos.
After breakfast, you will step ashore at Punta Moreno (dry
landing) onto a superb pahoehoe lava flow surrounded by giant
shield volcanoes, some still active!
afternoon consists of a panga ride in and around Elizabeth Bay, a
salt-water lagoon surrounded by the largest red mangroves of the
Urbina Bay (Isabela) / Punta Espinosa (Fernandina)
you will disembark at Urbina Bay (wet landing) onto a black sand
beach, a nesting site for Green Sea Turtle. You will take a brief
hike inland in search of land iguanas and giant tortoises
(seasonal) that migrate to and from the highlands. At the beach,
you can admire the remains of a geological uplift exposing coral
heads and marine fossils; a wonderful snorkelling site.
the afternoon you will cross Bolivar Channel to Fernandina Island,
one of the world’s most unspoiled sites. You will disembark at
Punta Espinosa (dry landing). Strolling along the shoreline, you
will be on the look out for Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos sea
lions, sooty-coloured marine iguanas, and bright red-orange Sally
Isabela: Tagus Cove / Punta Vicente Roca
begins with a dry landing near Tagus Cove, historic pirate
hideaway where names of countless ships are recorded for posterity
on the cliff face. You will hike through beautiful Galapagos
landscapes to Darwin Lake, a salt-water crater lagoon surrounded
by tuff stone.
the afternoon, at Punta Vicente Roca, you will do a panga ride
around the beautiful coast line before jumping into the water to
enjoy one of the best snorkeling sites of the Galapagos. The
underwater cliffs found here are filled with enough colors and
life to amaze everyone looking at them for the first time.
Santiago: Espumilla / Puerto Egas
exploring the fabulous western islands, you head to central
Santiago to disembark at Espumilla (wet landing), onto a
golden-coloured sand Green Sea Turtle nesting site. A forest
trail will take you through some of the largest specimens of Palo
Santo on the islands to observe Yellow Warblers, the unbelievably
tame Galapagos Flycatcher, and the ever-intriguing Darwin’s
the afternoon, at Puerto Egas (wet landing), you will disembark on
a dark sand volcanic beach with an interesting history of human
settlement. Sleepy Galapagos fur seals lounge under arches of lava
carved by the ocean and occasionally dip into the crystalline
pools, also known as “grottos”.
North Seymour / Return to Mainland
In the morning you will disembark on North Seymour (dry landing), a small uplifted island, where you will walk right up to bird nesting colonies of the two species of Frigate birds, Blue-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls. After the visit you will be escorted to Baltra airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland.
Anne 8 Day Galapagos Cruise Itinerary (East)
Saturday to Saturday
Arrive to Baltra / Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz)
Once you arrive to the Galapagos Islands you will be met by a representative of the Mary Anne who will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to your ship to start your cruise. To begin, you will navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Here, pelicans and herons roost on the branches, while marine dwellers such as Green Sea Turtle or Golden Ray may cruise right next to the panga as it makes its way through the mangrove trees.
Genovesa: Darwin Bay / Prince Phillip’s Steps
you travel to Genovesa Island and will reach Darwin Bay (wet
landing), a unique site lined with red mangrove and soft-haired
prickly pear cacti where Red-footed Boobies and Great Frigate
birds perch tamely.
the afternoon, at Prince Philip Steps (dry landing), you will
climb the edge of a cliff where Frigate birds, Nazca Boobies, and
Red-footed Boobies nest. You will be able to seek out the
impressive Red-billed Tropicbird amidst Galapagos Storm Petrels.
Bartolome / Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
day begins with a dry
landing on Bartholomew Island to climb up the wooden steps and
reach the summit of this spatter cone for a most breath-taking
panorama of the islands’ well photographed Pinnacle Rock, views
of neighbouring Santiago, and many other central islands in the
the afternoon you will head across to Sullivan Bay (dry landing)
to Santiago Island in order to walk over a recent lava flow
including very fresh pahoehoe lava formations, lava bubbles
containing crystallized minerals, and pioneer plants. Along the
shoreline, you may find Galapagos penguins and herons going after
Rabida / Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz)
will start with a wet
landing onto Rábida’s deep-red beaches to explore the red
island’s fascinating interior and saltwater lagoon. Darwin’s
finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, and yellow warblers feed off the
vegetation here and given the right time of the year you´ll be
able to find brown pelicans nesting on salt bushes along the
the afternoon you head across to Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz’s
north-west shore (dry landing). There you will visit a saltwater
lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, Black-necked Stilts, and
White-cheeked Pintails. Further inland you will find a fantastic
land iguana nesting site.
Bachas Beach / Punta Carrion
In the morning you will visit Bachas Beach, 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.
After a leisurely lunch, you will hop on board a dinghy to do a panga ride around Punta Carrión to take in the beautiful landscape and observe the wildlife. You will end the day with snorkeling in these shallow and colorful waters.
South Plaza / Santa Fe
the morning you will have a dry landing on the colorful Plaza Sur
Island. This island is home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep
red Sesuvium, and coppery-orange land iguanas. Additionally, the
impressive seaward cliffs are an excellent spot to see a variety
of coastal birds.
the afternoon you will arrive to Santa Fe Island (wet landing).
This is where you will be looking for the endemic species of land
iguana, larger and yellower than the land iguanas on the other
islands. The largest prickly pear cacti in the Galapagos are also
Española: Gardner Bay / Punta Suárez
spend today on the fantastic Española Island. Starting with
Gardner Bay (wet landing) you will enjoy an outstanding beach with
sea lions, marine iguanas, and the Española Mockingbird.
afternoon involves a dry landing at Punta Suárez. Here you will
enjoy a spectacular walk into the intimacies of life at sea, with
nesting sites of Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, as well as the
fascinating breeding rituals of the Waved Albatross (April to
December). Lined with neon-colored marine iguanas (January), and
lazy Galapagos sea lions, you walk up to an amazing viewpoint of
the famous blowhole.
Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz) / Return to Mainland
The morning starts with a visit to the Fausto Llerena breeding station, located at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Here, you will see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi natural pens for their protection. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be “repatriated”), and adults. After the visit you will be escorted to Baltra airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland.
The hotels were beyond our expectations. Each day we stayed at a more exquisite hotel than the day before.
Barbara and Neil Bruce
Fully air-conditioned cabins Spacious public areas and expansive deck areas with ample seating Inside and outside dining areas Well stocked bar Conference area with television and video equipment 220 and 110 volt outlets (fit US appliances) Length: 216 feet
12 cabins, each with:
Private bathroom Fresh, hot-and-cold-water shower Bottled water Toiletries Fresh towels
Two 20 passenger life rafts with all regulation safety equipment, Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), central smoke and fire detector systems