Ecoventura operates the leading fleet of non-diving natural history tour boats in the Galapagos Islands. The fleet consists of 2 identical high spec steel hull motor yachts: MY Eric and MY Letty.
They each accommodate up to 20 guests in a range of twin, double and triple bed cabins with en-suite bathrooms. Guests will enjoy unmatched comfort and service as they cruise around some of the best locations of the Galapagos. Departures are every Sunday from San Cristobal Island, offering 2 distinct 7-night itineraries.
Each cruise includes on-shore visits, educational talks, fabulous snorkeling, kayaking and shoreline dinghy expeditions. With 2 officially sanctioned nature guides on board, you will be sure to be experiencing Galapagos in groups of 10 or fewer - a more personalized service than many other tour boats.
Ecoventura has a history of emphasizing its ecological credentials and partnered with WWF to establish the Galapagos Marine Biodiversity Fund. It proudly claims to be Ecuador's first carbon-neutral company. Locally owned, Ecoventura has been in business since 1990 and so you can expect a high level of expertise and service on trips, both during excursions and when on board the spacious liveaboard boat.
Other facilities on board include a large air conditioned saloon with flat screen TV, DVD player and music system, plus a library of material both for general interest and Galapagos-based. There is also a well-stocked bar for those unforgettable sundowners!
The saloon is on the main deck and connects to the dining area where you can enjoy the delicious chef-prepared meals. Guests will socialize mainly here or on the sun deck complete with sun loungers and day beds. To experience the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands fully and in great comfort and style, there is no better option than Ecoventura cruises.
Notes: Galapagos is a popular destination for cruises with limited liveaboard spaces. We recommend you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, Captain's welcome and farewell cocktail, house wine and local beer with dinner, tour guide service, shore excursions, use of wetsuits, snorkeling equipment, sea kayaks and stand up paddle boards, transfers in the islands between shore and dock, airport transfers for same day arrivals and departures.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Galapagos National Park entrance fee US$ 100, transit card US$ 20, departure taxes, health insurance (mandatory to enter Ecuador). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Optional extras: Other alcoholic drinks, travel insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Eric and Letty depart from San Cristobal every Sunday afternoon. Guests fly into Ecuador and take a connecting flight, through Guayaquil or Quito, to San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands.
You will need to overnight in Guayaquil or Quito before flying on to the Galapagos. To ensure easy flight connections, a 2 night stop-over is recommended. On the return leg you will probably need to overnight in Guayaquil or Quito since most international flights depart too early to make the connection possible. The flight from Galapagos arrives in Guayaquil (and then Quito) in the afternoon. 5 night and 6 night safaris involve the port of Baltra, and entail particular travel arrangements including domestic flights. Land transfers are included but on shorter trips could change slightly depending on the number of guests. Please check with us.
We will place your domestic flight requirements with the liveaboard operator who will be responsible for booking the flights. We request your patience with this process since there are often waiting lists and slow confirmations of availability. You must inform us whether you are flying into Guayaquil or Quito before domestic flights can be considered. If overnighting on arrival you will stay in Santa Cruz or San Cristobal. Baltra has no accommodation. If you wish to extend your stay in Galapagos to enjoy land tours please decide that early in the booking process to ensure flight availability.
On the Dolphin (upper) deck there are 3 twin bed cabins and 1 double bed cabin with large windows. On the Booby (middle) deck the 2 double bed cabins also have windows.
On the Iguana (lower) deck there are 2 twin bed cabins and 2 triple bed cabins all with portholes.
All the cabins have:
Large windows on upper and middle decks, portholes on lower deck
En-suite bathroom with toilet and hot water shower
On Ecoventura cruises you will experience the natural wonders of Galapagos at their very best. There are at least 2 land excursions each day plus dinghy rides to explore the rocky shores of the archipelago. Choosing this liveaboard option means you can explore far and wide and visit many exciting spots that day trip boats cannot reach.
Normally trips include visiting the giant tortoise ranch on Santa Cruz, the volcanoes of Isabela and the flamingos of Floreana Island. There will be a number of dinghy rides to check out shorelines which are alive with sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas and many birds. You can also snorkel and kayak in places where you can spot sea lions, turtles and even sharks. No other cruise option will allow you to visit islands like Fernandina, Mosquera and Espanola in such comfort and style.
Add to this visits to craters, cliffs, a lava tunnel and a visitors center and you can see why many consider this tour the most comprehensive Galapagos Islands nature experience.
The certified guides on Ecoventura boats are among the best in the business and are a fountain of knowledge about the islands. You will learn about its geology, history and politics as well as its natural history and conservation projects. By the end of the cruise you will be a Galapagos expert too!
2 Motorized dinghies - 3 sea kayaks - Main deck air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD, music system, movie library, books and magazines, ID books and games - Dedicated air-conditioned restaurant with bar - 603ft² (56m²) Sundeck and shaded area with sun chairs - Water dispenser
Food on board the Ecoventura boats is a high priority and consists of a mix of Western dishes and Ecuadorian specialties specially prepared by well-trained chefs. They emphasize home-cooked, healthy meals using fresh organic ingredients.
You will start each day of the cruise in the Galapagos Islands with a hearty breakfast including choices of fresh fruit juices, eggs cooked to order, toast, coffee and wide array of fresh fruit. Lunch is a buffet-style affair usually involving salads, pasta dishes, and a range of meat and fish specialties, including local ceviche (fish soup).
A wide selection of local Ecuadorian fare with Italian and international meals.
Air-conditioned dining area with buffet meals and waitress service.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are provided.
Snacks include candy bars, cookies and fruit.
Coffee, tea, drinking water and soft drinks, are all provided free of charge.
Beer and wine are served free of charge at dinner.
Spirits are available for purchase on board.
All dietary requirements can be catered for except Kosher - please send advanced notice.
Cruise dining service begins with lunch at boarding.
Cuisine samples: Pan seared sea bass with mango salad; Steak with mushroom sauce; Risotto Milanese.