Officially known as the Motor Catamaran Athala II, the 16-passenger Athala offers the spacious and comfortable, fully air-conditioned accommodation of a larger boat while still preserving the relaxed exclusivity of a smaller vessel. The Athala appeals to Galapagos travelers seeking an upscale and intimate cruise experience aboard a smaller boat.
Athala II Review
Read our detailed review of the Athala with a complete yacht description -including deck plans and a photo gallery. An AdventureSmith Explorations crew member has been aboard the Athala in the Galapagos Islands. Please read our Athala review below then contact our Galapagos cruise experts to compare the Athala with other Galapagos yachts and cruises. Quite a few catamaran style yachts have entered the Galapagos cruise market in recent years. We consider the Athala to be among the nicest of all small catamarans cruising the Galapagos Islands. The Athala was designed and built to cruise the Galapagos Islands up close and in style. The elegant catamaran design provides larger staterooms and common areas combined with increased speed and an 8 day itinerary so you spend more time exploring ashore and less time transiting among Galapagos Islands. The catamaran also provides increased stability in choppy seas and the Athala meets all safety requirements.
Dining & Service Aboard Athala II
With a crew of 10, including a dedicated Cruise Manager, plus a full-time Galapagos Naturalist Guide, the service is outstanding aboard Athala.The Naturalist Guide is guaranteed to be bilingual (minimum fluent English and Spanish) and of the highest standard, providing an exceptional Galapagos experience, whether on or off the yacht. The Athala's upper deck features a well stocked bar and a beautiful open area for relaxation and al fresco dining and barbecues. All meals are served buffet style with soft drinks included.
Activities Aboard Athala II
Most of the snorkeling activities take place before or after island excursions, so that hikes are not missed. Snorkeling is optional and takes place while the rest of the passengers relax on board or on the beach. Snorkeling equipment is complimentary. Wetsuits are available free of charge, but please request in advance. Kayaking excursions are also available aboard the Athala II. According to Galapagos National Park regulations, kayaking is only permitted at certain sites with a maximum number of 8 passengers in 4 double kayaks. Kayaking takes place before or after island excursions. If you would like to learn about the equatorial night skies, your guide will be happy to join you for stargazing on the Sun Deck (December to April). Although sightings are not guaranteed, with a keen eye and some luck travelers may view whales during your cruise, especially between June and September.
Common Areas Aboard Athala II
The Athala II's upper deck features a bar and a beautiful open area for relaxation and al fresco dining. The partially covered sundeck is great for whale and dolphin watching or to simply relax in the Jacuzzi. In the evenings star gazing from the upper deck is amazing.
The dining area can be found on the main deck, along with a comfortable forward-facing lounge complete with plasma TVs, laptops (no internet service), DVD player, stereo and library. Naturalist talks may be presented in the lounge, dining room or on deck.
Staterooms Aboard Athala II
The Athala is equipped with eight double staterooms each with well-appointed private bathroom facilities, air conditioning, ample storage space, wall-to-wall carpeting. Large view windows (not portholes) and either a queen or twin bed configuration. Four staterooms located on the main deck have a private balcony. Staterooms are roomy compared to other catamaran yachts of this size.
Main Deck with balcony
Cabins 1, 2, 3 and 4 are located on main deck and feature a small covered balcony. Having a balcony is unique in the Galapagos Islands and these cabins stand out because of it. The interior portion of the room measures approximately 175 square feet and can be configured with two twin beds or a queen bed. These staterooms are accessed from an interior hallway on the main deck that provides immediate access to the dining room and lounge.
Upper Deck cabins 5, 6, 7 and 8 are approximately 175 square feet and can be configured with two twin beds or a queen bed. These cabins can be interconnected which is perfect for friends or families. Upper deck staterooms are accessed by an exterior door and have immediate access to an exterior walkway and observation deck on the stern.