GENERAL DESCRIPTION

You will be part of a small group that will never exceed 20 guests and will have fully personalized service on board: attentive crew members
Yate Sea Lion, a forever day!

GUEST

CREW

GUIDE

DECK PLANS

FACILITIES

Our Sea Lion Yacht is one of the few to have two naturalist guides on board (rather than just one), meaning you'll enjoy better service, site interpretation and overall safety.

ITINERARY

BARTHOLOMEW ISLAND

USD $410  PER PERSON

TUESDAYS , SATURDAYS

ITINERARY

Once we arrive at the Itabaca Channel, we’ll board a panga (dinghy) that will take us to the Sea Lion Yacht. At approximately 8:30 a.m. is when we’ll set sail to Bartolome Island! During the following two-hour journey to Bartolome, you’ll get to relax under the sun or admire the views and some of the marine life that swims along with us. Keep an eye out! Depending on the time of year, it’s possible that dolphins might swim alongside our yacht on the way there!
Once we’ve arrived at the island, we’ll hop aboard the Sea Lion’s panga (dinghy) and head over to the shores of Bartolome to perform a Dry Landing at the base of a wooden walkway. It is here that we’ll begin our walk up the walkway and steps, passing along lookout points along the way that will allow us to soak in the surrounding scenery and vegetation that’s found on the island. Finally, once we reach the top of the stairs, we’ll reach the final viewpoint that offers one of the most jaw-dropping panoramic views in the entire archipelago.After that, we’ll head back down the same walkway and steps to board our panga (dinghy) once again at approximately 12:15 p.m. This panga will take us on a nice and refreshing coastal exploration that will last around 30 minutes. Following this bit of coastal exploration, we’ll arrive at Sullivan Bay and disembark (Dry Landing) to explore this impressive lava field on foot.
After that, we’ll head back to the Sea Lion for a brief pit stop that will allow us to leave the majority of our belongings and change into our swimsuits. Once we’re ready, we’ll head out (approximately 1:20 p.m.) to explore one of the most iconic landmarks in all of Galapagos: the colossal Pinnacle Rock. It is here that we’ll have the chance to enjoy a close encounter with numerous different aquatic creatures in the archipelago as we go snorkeling. Colorful schools of fish, sea lions, and even whitetip reef sharks and Galapagos penguins can be occasionally spotted here!

At approximately 2:15 p.m. we’ll head back to the Sea Lion Yacht for lunch, at which point you’ll get to sit back, relax and enjoy the food and impressive views of Bartolome Island from the comfort of our lovely yacht. Following that, we’ll set sail back to Santa Cruz Island at approximately 3 p.m.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this wonderful Day Tour!

Keep in mind: Galapagos Day Tours are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park Regulations. 

INCLUDED:

  • Transportation from the Puerto Ayora docks (only if you are not our guest at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel).
  • Trasportation from the puerto ayora dock
  • Excursions with certified naturalist guide
  • Guide snorkeling activities
  • Lunch Onboard
  • Use of towels
  • Taxes

DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • Air ticket to the Galapagos Islands from/to the mainland (Quito or Guayaquil)
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100 per person)
  • Traffic Control Card ($20 per person)
  • Wetsuits ($15 per person per day)
  • Alcohols and soft drinks
  • Tips and gratuitiesAdditional services not indicated
SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND / PUNTA CARRION

USD $410  PER PERSON

Wednesdays,  Fridays

ITINERARY

Punta Carrión
Approximately 8:15 a.m.! It’s around that time we’ll begin heading to the town of Puerto Ayora, which is where we’ll hop aboard a transfer bus that will take us on a 45-minute journey up and over the island of Santa Cruz to the Itabaca Channel. Once at the Channel, we will board the Sea Lion Yacht.

From the Itabaca Channel we’ll begin heading to our first stop along the way (Punta Carrion), with a sailing time of approximately 15 minutes. Once we arrive at Punta Carrion at around 10:10 a.m., we’ll put on our snorkeling gear and jump in the water to begin our snorkeling activity that will last a little under an hour. Punta Carrion is a small bay that allows you to see a variety of fish, rays, and possibly even whitetip reef sharks!

South Plaza Island Awaits!
Following that, we’ll get back on board the Sea Lion Yacht and continue on our way to South Plaza, arriving at approximately 12:05 p.m. Once at South Plaza, we’ll disembark from the Sea Lion Yacht and take a small dinghy (panga) boat to the edge of South Plaza, where we’ll perform a Dry Landing to disembark from the panga. Once we’re on South Plaza Island, we’ll begin our walking excursion.

South Plaza is the southern half of two small crescent-shaped islands, both of which lie just a few hundred meters off the eastern coast of Santa Cruz Island. The northern island (aptly named North Plaza) is used for scientific purposes only. South Plaza is one of the smallest islands in the archipelago, but don’t let size fool you – when it comes to flora and fauna, it is one of the richest islands in the archipelago. South Plaza is 426 feet (130 meters) long and is the result of an uplift of the oceanic floor, giving it a slanted tabletop quality.

Our walking excursion here makes for a colorful sight, too! The turquoise waters of the channel between both islands contrast brilliantly with the black lava rocks that frame their shorelines, these of which have been carpeted with green seaweed and are often peppered with fluorescent-orange Sally Lightfoot crabs. Further up the shore on South Plaza, a carpet of scarlet-colored sesuvium succulents serve as the groundcover for a grove of verdant, prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-gray land iguanas sit and crawl around under these cacti, waiting ever so patiently for their pears to drop and feast on them.

The trail we’ll take gradually heads up the slope of the island, leading us to the cliffs that overlook the ocean to the south, where swallow-tailed gulls nest. Red-billed tropicbirds, Nazca, and blue-footed boobies are also often found here, lazily gliding along the wind currents. This overlook also serves as a great place to occasionally spot large marine life, such as manta rays.

As we walk along the trail that runs parallel to the edge of the cliffs, we’ll gradually begin to hear the sound of the surf as it rushes into and pounds an inlet over on the western corner of the island. It is at this inlet that we’ll come upon a colony of bachelor sea lions that have made this place their home. Fun fact: the unique, reflective sheen found on many of the rocks throughout South Plaza are the result of sea lions having rubbed against them over the course of time, polishing them with the oils of their fur.

At the end of the walking excursion, we’ll head back to the Sea Lion Yacht at around 2:00 p.m., where we’ll get to enjoy lunch as we admire the island we just visited from afar. At 2:40 p.m., we’ll begin heading back to the Puerto Ayora docks, a journey that will take approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes and see us arriving there at around 4:20 p.m.

Hours spent at South Plaza: approx. 12:00 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this wonderful Day Tour!

Keep in mind: Galapagos Day Tours are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park Regulations.

INCLUDED:

  • Transportation from the Puerto Ayora docks (only if you are not our guest at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel).
  • Trasportation from the puerto ayora dock
  • Excursions with certified naturalist guide
  • Guide snorkeling activities
  • Lunch Onboard
  • Use of towels
  • Taxes

DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • Air ticket to the Galapagos Islands from/to the mainland (Quito or Guayaquil)
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100 per person)
  • Traffic Control Card ($20 per person)
  • Wetsuits ($15 per person per day)
  • Alcohols and soft drinks
  • Tips and gratuitiesAdditional services not indicated
SANTA FE ISLAND

USD $410 PER PERSON

Thursdays.

ITINERARY

We invite you to find out what an experience of Santa Fe Island is like aboard our Sea Lion Yacht!
Santa Fe Island awaits!
Open your eyes and admire everything that sits right outside your window as a new day begins in the Galapagos! A delicious breakfast will be served and ready for you to enjoy at 6:30 a.m.

After breakfast, the adventure begins! At 7:45 a.m., and head over to the Puerto Ayora docks, from which we’ll board the Sea Lion Yacht. Don’t forget that, you can ask for seasickness pills and walking sticks for the journey ahead, both of these free of charge.

Once we’ve boarded the yacht, we’ll sail for two hours until we reach the beautiful island of Santa Fe. During this majestic journey, you’ll get to soak in the views and the gentle breeze from the ocean from the second floor of the yacht or soak in the sun from the comfort of the loungers we have on the bow. You can enjoy this journey as you see fit!

Studies suggest that the island of Santa Fe is, in fact, one of the oldest in the entire archipelago. Given the island is the result of uplift from the ocean floor, you can actually see lava formations (that were previously underwater) sitting on its surface. These rock formations have been dated to be around 4 million years old! It’s relatively flat surface (9.3 mi2 / 24 km2) is home to two endemic species: the Santa Fe land iguana and the Santa Fe rice rat.

Additionally, you’ll also get to admire the largest species of opuntia cactus as well as Galapagos hawks (the largest predator in the archipelago), blue-footed boobies, Galapagos sea lions, frigatebirds (great and magnificent) and the marine iguana.

After performing a Wet Landing and disembarking on the beautiful, white sand beach of Sante Fe, we’ll immediately come upon numerous sea lion harems, which invite us to head out on an exciting walk throughout the island in search of the other residents that live here. Once we’ve taken our walk, you’ll enjoy a refreshing dip over at La Encañada – a wonderful visitor site on Santa Fe Island. You’ll also get the chance to go snorkeling using the equipment we provide aboard the Sea Lion Yacht!

Afterwards, a delicious lunch will be waiting for you aboard the Yacht. Following a brief period of relaxation, we’ll set sail back to Santa Cruz Island.

Keep in mind: Galapagos Day Tours are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park Regulations.

INCLUDE

  • Transportation from the Puerto Ayora docks (only if you are not our guest at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel).
  • Trasportation from the puerto ayora dock
  • Excursions with certified naturalist guide
  • Guide snorkeling activities
  • Lunch Onboard
  • Use of towels
  • Taxes

DO NOT INCLUDE

  • Air ticket to the Galapagos Islands from/to the mainland (Quito or Guayaquil)
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100 per person)
  • Traffic Control Card ($20 per person)
  • Wetsuits ($15 per person per day)
  • Alcohols and soft drinks
  • Tips and gratuitiesAdditional services not indicated
NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND & LAS BACHAS BEACH

USD $410 PER PERSON

MONDAY / SUNDAY.

ITINERARY

North Seymour Island
Approximately 7:45 a.m.! From the hotel, we’ll head to the town of Puerto Ayora, where we’ll hop aboard a transfer bus that will then take us on a relaxing 45-minute journey up and over the island of Santa Cruz to the Itabaca Channel, where we will board the Sea Lion Yacht.

From the Itabaca Channel to North Seymour, our sailing time is approximately 45 minutes. We will arrive at the small yet gorgeous island of North Seymour at around 10:00 a.m., where we will hop aboard our panga (dinghy) to perform a Dry Landing and disembark.

As we begin our hiking excursion of the island, you will immediately notice that there is a difference between North Seymour and its neighboring big sister – Santa Cruz. The second one displays an uneven terrain, rolling hills, and highlands that are home to a very different kind of vegetation compared to that which grows by the coast. On the other hand, North Seymour resembles a relatively flat slab of terrain! It’s actually the result of underwater uplift rather than volcanic activity. That’s right – North Seymour was actually once ocean floor! There is no known reason for how or why this formation came to be, but it nevertheless became the perfectly flat setting for wildlife that it is today.

This island is packed with wildlife that surrounds visitors as they walk along the island’s trails. Prepare to be greeted by the lounging Galapagos sea lions and some of the most iconic Galapagos birds as they display their feathers and colors. In fact, North Seymour is home to some of the archipelago’s largest colonies of frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies! So birdwatchers, get ready for some serious bird action! If you’re lucky, you might stumble upon blue-footed boobies in the middle of their amusing courtship display.

Harmoniously living in the same space, you will also be able to observe the endemic land iguana, as well as its aquatic relative – the only marine iguana in the world. You’ll also likely encounter the masked cousin of the blue-footed booby – the majestic Nazca booby.estra. Haz click para seleccionar el elemento de Texto.

Las Bachas Beach

At around 12:00 p.m., we’ll set sail and head over to Las Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island. This journey will take approximately 45 minutes. Once we arrive at Las Bachas Beach, we’ll perform a Wet Landing and disembark.
After WWII, US military barges were beached and abandoned here. Locals referred to the beach as the barges beach, a name that gradually morphed into “las bachas” in Spanish. Today it is an important nesting area for the eastern Pacific green sea turtle. Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, it is a glorious white beach, with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts all the way to flamingos.

Fantastic snorkeling, swimming, and/or simply enjoying the soft, white sand beach are some of the activities you can enjoy here.

Lunch will be ready and served at around 2:10 p.m., at which point we kindly invite guests to come back aboard the Sea Lion Yacht to enjoy their meal.

Hours spent at Las Bachas Beach: approx. 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.



Once we’ve wrapped up our experience here, we’ll set sail and head back to the Itabaca Channel, a journey which will take approximately 30 minutes. Once we’ve arrived at the channel, we’ll disembark and hop on the bus that will take us (a 45-minute journey) back to Puerto Ayora

We hope you’ve enjoyed this wonderful Day Tour!

Keep in mind: Galapagos Day Tours are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park Regulations.

INCLUDE

  • Transportation from the Puerto Ayora docks (only if you are not our guest at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel).
  • Trasportation from the puerto ayora dock
  • Excursions with certified naturalist guide
  • Guide snorkeling activities
  • Lunch Onboard
  • Use of towels
  • Taxes

DO NOT INCLUDE

  • Air ticket to the Galapagos Islands from/to the mainland (Quito or Guayaquil)
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100 per person)
  • Traffic Control Card ($20 per person)
  • Wetsuits ($15 per person per day)
  • Alcohols and soft drinks
  • Tips and gratuitiesAdditional services not indicated

ACTIVITIES

On board this unique ship you can experience activities prepared for all kind of travelers.

HIKING

Galapagos is a well-known paradise, not just for tourists, but also for scientists who are willing to travel and observe this living laboratory.

Hiking in the archipelago is one of the most common activities to perform when you are off the ship with your fellow travelers.

On the inhabited islands there are plenty of hiking options that can be done at your own pace.

Yacht Sea Lion  RATES 2024 
Per person

BARTOLOME SOUTH
PLAZA ISLAND
NORTH SEYMOUR
& LAS BACHAS BEACH
SANTA FE ISLAND
$410 USD $410 USD $410 USD $410 USD
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INCLUDE:

  • Transportation from the Puerto Ayora docks (only if you are not our guest at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel).
  • Trasportation from the puerto ayora dock
  • Excursions with certified naturalist guide
  • Guide snorkeling activities
  • Lunch Onboard
  • Use of towels
  • Taxes

DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • Air ticket to the Galapagos Islands from/to the mainland (Quito or Guayaquil)
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100 per person)
  • Traffic Control Card ($20 per person)
  • Wetsuits ($15 per person per day)
  • Alcohols and soft drinks
  • Tips and gratuitiesAdditional services not indicated

SAFETY
TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • Life Rafts
  • Life Jackets
  • Lifesavers

WHY YATE SEA LION?

Join our certified bilingual naturalist guides on day trips to nearby islands in the Galapagos National Park aboard our Sea Lion yacht!
You will be part of a small group that will never exceed 20 guests and will have fully personalized service on board: attentive crew members, a delicious hot lunch, air-conditioned interiors and spacious observation decks.
Visitor sites include wildlife-rich North Seymour, iconic Bartholomew, wild and rugged South Plaza, and beautiful Santa Fe.

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