• Samba

Samba: A classic sailing vessel

Days: 8 | From: $4,800/per person

The Samba is a classic Dutch sailing vessel with teak decks. Built in 1966 as a luxury private yacht, the Samba now specializes in Galapagos Islands exploration. The ship accommodates 14 passengers in seven cabins, and features an ample dining room and salon, outdoor dining area, and a bar. The Samba is a graceful, top-quality craft, locally owned and with a great local crew. All excursions are led by a bilingual naturalist guide; excursion options include hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking.

  • Regular departures throughout the year
  • Available for private charter
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Vessel Information


The Samba accommodates 14 guests in 6 air-conditioned double cabins and 1 exterior double bed cabin. All have air conditioning, private bathrooms, and hot water. There are 3 decks including the upper deck, main deck and lower deck. 6 of the cabins are located on the lower deck with the one remaining cabin located on the upper deck.

Yacht Specifications

Construction: completed in 1966
Type: Steel-hulled motor yacht with stabilizing sail
Length: 78 ft. / 23.77 mts.
Beam: 18 ft. / 5.48 mts.
Engines: Twin DAV diesel engines 220 HP
Accommodations: 6 air-conditioned double cabins and 1 exterior double bed cabin, each with private bathroom
Crew: Captain, mechanic, cook, 1 naturalist guide, plus 3 crew members

Itineraries & Pricing

North & West Islands Itinerary (8 days)

Arrive to Baltra / Las Bachas (Santa Cruz)

Genovesa: Darwin Bay / El Barranco

Marchena: Punta Mejía / Black Beach

Isabela: Punta Albemarle / Punta Vicenta Roca

Punta Espinoza (Fernandina) / Urbina Bay (Isabela)

Isabela: Elizabeth Bay / Punta Moreno

Floreana: Peace Asylum / La Lobería

Santa Cruz Highlands / Return to Mainland

South, East & Central Islands Itinerary (8 days)

Arrive to Baltra / Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz)

Floreana: Punta Cormorant / Post Office Bay

Española: Punta Suarez / Gardner Bay

Lobos / Kicker Rock / Punta Pitt (San Cristobal)

Santa Fe / South Plaza

Sullivan Bay (Santiago) / Bartolome

James Bay (Santiago) / Rábida

North Seymour / Return to Mainland


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Displayed itineraries are just summaries. Our travel specialists will help you select the best cruise based on your interests, timing and budget.


Trip length: 8 day itineraries

Max number of passengers: 14, in 7 cabins

Prices 2024:

Included: All meals, guides & activities, water, coffee and tea, snorkeling equipment, use of kayaks and paddleboards

Not included: Park fees (about $220 per person), Galapagos airfare (about $600 per person), roundtrip bus ticket between the airport and pier ($10), wetsuit rental, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, gratuities, holiday surcharge (10% for Christmas and New Year’s departures)

8 Day Cruise: $4,800 per person (double cabin)

8 Day Cruise: $7,200 (single cabin)

Children under 14 years old: $4,000 (8 day cruise)

Charters: from $67,200 (8 days)

Reviews from this trip

5 stars
  • The guests, the friendly and highly competent crew and our wonderful guide, Xavier Romero made the trip. We continue to keep in touch.
    Steve and Christine Theno

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