South America Galapagos Islands Cruise

Cachalote Explorer Galapagos Cruises

A Galapagos cruise aboard the Cachalote Explorer is an intimate adventure. With the capacity for 16 guests in 8 cabins, each with their own private bathroom, shower and air-conditioning, M/V Cachalote Explorer provides the perfect home away from home while motoring between the Galapagos Islands.

Cachalote Explorer operates two main 8-day Galapagos cruise itineraries, which can be combined into an all-encompassing 15-day cruise. View the itinerary section for more details and contact our Galapagos small ship cruise experts for the inside scoop on which route is best for you. AdventureSmith Explorations’ award-winning crew has personal experience sailing in the Galapagos Islands and can recommend the best options to suit your travel interests and timeline.

Cruise the Galapagos with an experienced captain, four dedicated crew members and an English-speaking naturalist guide attending to every detail, while relaxing aboard the tastefully decorated motor vessel on the sun deck and in the salon and lounge.

At only 88 feet, the Cachalote Explorer is well suited to anchor in small coves and gain access to all the best visitor sites, some of which are closed to bigger cruise ships. Cachalote Explorer is outfitted with kayaks and snorkeling gear. Daily hikes and shore excursions offer close exploration of the islands’ famed giant tortoises, Darwin finches, marine iguanas, reef sharks and more. Sail up close to nature and experience the rugged beauty of the Galapagos Islands aboard the stable and smooth Cachalote Explorer.

Snorkeling, kayaking and hiking all occur from one home base: the 16-passenger Cachalote Explorer. With bilingual guides, spacious accommodations, a comfortable sun deck and large common areas, the M/V Cachalote Explorer provides a stable and smooth tour of the Galapagos Islands.

Fernandina itinerary highlights include: snorkeling among white-tipped reef sharks or playful Galapagos penguins near the small island of Chinese Hat; walking the red-sand beaches of Rabida; exploring spectacular volcanoes, the town of Puerto Villamil and a flamingo lagoon on Isabela Island, as well as Las Marielas, home to a Galapagos penguin breeding site; learning about geological uplifts at Urbina Bay and lunching near the pirate graffiti at Tagus Cove. On Fernandina, search for unique Galapagos hawks and flightless cormorants, then search for turtles and swim with colorful fish at Punta Vicente Roca. Puerto Egas on Santiago offers some of the best tide pools in the Galapagos while Bartolome Island is famed for its spectacular views and for Pinnacle Rock, frequented by sea lions and Galapagos penguins. Check more birds off the list with blue-footed boobies, swallow tailed gulls and magnificent frigatebirds on North Seymour before ending where you began on Baltra Island.

Tower itinerary highlights include: seeing the yellow, spiked land iguanas on Santa Fe; snorkeling near sea lions, marine iguanas and pelicans on San Cristobal; lounging with sea lions on Gardner Bay; spotting the blowhole and waved albatross at Suarez Point; learning about buccaneers and whalers on Floreana; sending a post card at Post Office Bay; feeling the lava textures of Sullivan Bay; birding on Genovesa and spotting short-eared owls at El Barranco.

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