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A magnificent 105-foot twin screw steel-hulled brigantine with teak decks and beautifully designed interiors, The Beagle is in a class by itself among sailing yachts in the Galapagos. She’s been a charter vessel in the Islands for over a decade and has been substantially refurbished under her current ownership.

ACCOMMODATION Below deck are six well-fitted air-conditioned cabins, each with a double lower bunk and a single upper, and its private bathroom with hot water shower and flush lavatory. A smaller seventh cabin also air-conditioned and with ensuite facilities can accommodate one or two passengers in its single bunks. The saloon offers a small library of Galapagos literature and a selection of games.
All around the wide decks, comfortable seating allows you to choose sunshine or shade for lounging and observation.
CREW Captain, helmsman, steward, cook, engineer, and naturalist guide.
SPECIFICATIONS
Type: Motor Sailer Length: 105 ft
Year of Construction: 1970 Cruising speed: 9 knots
Beam: 22 ft Capacity: 14 passengers
YACHT WEBSITE http://beaglecruise.com/
SAFETY AND COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT
2 Furuno GPS Navigator Systems, 2 magnetic compasses, 1 EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), 1 Boston Whaler dinghy, 1 inflatable Caribe dinghy, 2 double kayaks, 1 Elliot 20-person liferaft, 1 Shanghai 20-person liferaft, 1 cellular telephone (Movistar), 1 satellite telephone (Iridium), 2 Furuno radars (36 N/M), 1 Water Maker
desalination plant, 1 70-band HF DSC radio (ICOM), 1 70-band VHF DCC radio (ICOM), 1 Hummingbird VHF radio, 2 portable VHF radios (ICOM), 2 bidirectional ACR radios, 1 vessel positioner (Hunter), 1 ZART ACR radar responder, 1 Furuno Navtex receiver (climate status), 1 Furuno echo-sounding fathometer (500m)

Sailing in the Galapagos Islands – Wind and Sailing Conditions

The Galapagos Islands are located on the equator of the Pacific Ocean. The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), known by sailors as the doldrums, is the area encircling Earth near the Equator, where the northeast and southeast trade winds converge. This situation frustrated many pirates, buccaneers and whalers alike who sailed to Galapagos in search of fresh meat and water. Unfortunately, this phenomenon affects The Beagle’s capacity to use sails as the main form of propulsion to travel between the various sites on our itinerary.

When wind conditions, wind direction, and bearing are favorable, rest assured we will use sails. We do raise our sails to stabilize the ship during longer navigations, these generally occur at night when most guests are sleeping.

Beagle Real-Time Location

Beagle Deck Plan

Beagle Deck Plan

Great new designed itineraries to experience Galapagos to a whole new level!

8-DAY “A” Islands Circumnavigation & Genovesa Islands
8-DAY “B” Centre & Southern Islands

Islands Circumnavigation & Genovesa

North Western Islands

MS-BEAGLE NORTHWEST ITINERARY SATURDAY TO SATURDAY

MS-BEAGLE NORTHWEST ITINERARY 
SATURDAY AM AM Baltra Island (GPS)
PM Airport PM Daphne Major and Minor Islands
SUNDAY AM AM Santa Fe Island
PM PM South Plazas Islands
MONDAY AM Prince Phillip’s Steps – Genovesa Island
PM Darwin Bay – Genovesa Island
TUESDAY AM Punta Espinoza – Fernandina Island
PM Urbina Bay – Isabela Island
WEDNESDAY AM Tagus Cove – Isabela Island
PM Punta Vicente Roca – Isabela Island
THURSDAY AM Espumilla Beach – Santiago Island
PM James Bay – Santiago Island
FRIDAY AM  Darwin Station – Santa Cruz Island
PM Highlands – Santa Cruz Island
SATURDAY AM AM Transfer to San Cristobal Airport (SCY)
SUGGESTED FLIGHT SCHEDULE
Airline Flight Departure City Departure Time Arrival City Arrival Time
LAN XL1413 QUITO 09H31 GUAYAQUIL 10H30
LAN XL1413 GUAYAQUIL 11H06 BALTRA 12H03
LAN XL1418 SAN CRISTOBAL 11H15 GUAYAQUIL 14H02
LAN XL1418 GUAYAQUIL 14H40 QUITO 15H37

DAY 1 – SATURDAY

AM: ARRIVAL TO BALTRA ISLAND
On arrival at Baltra Airport, all visitors pay their entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park. You will then be met by The Beagle’s naturalist guide who will assist you with your luggage collection and accompany you on a short bus ride to the harbor to board The Beagle.

PM: DAPHNE MAJOR & MINOR ISLANDS
Daphne Islands, a tuff cone (giant pile of compressed volcanic ash shaped like a cone), sits off the north coast of Santa Cruz Island, west of Baltra Island and North Seymour Island. While off-limits to all but limited scientific parties going ashore, we’ve obtained permission from the National Park to navigate around the island, close by. You will have a front-row seat to witness bustling colonies of blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, magnificent frigate birds, and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to observe short-eared owls and red-billed tropicbirds.

• Highlights: Blue Footed Bobbies, red-billed tropicbirds, Finches, Short-eared owls, masked boobies, Galapagos martins
• Possible Activities: panga ride
• Type of Landing: No landing
• Difficulty: Easy

Overnight at M/S Beagle
Meals included: lunch & dinner

DAY 2 – SUNDAY

AM: SANTA FE ISLAND
One of the most beautiful coves of all visitor sites in the Galapagos, Santa Fe has a turquoise cove sheltered by a peninsula extending from the shore by a row of rock covered in Opuntia cactus and sea lions. This island was formed by an uplift caused by tectonic activity. You can see land iguanas, sea turtles, Galapagos hawks, sea lions, and a forest of giant Opuntia cactus, and it’s lovely to swim and snorkel in the clear turquoise blue sea.

• Highlights: Sea lions’ colonies, Galapagos Hawks, cactus forest with giant Opuntia, arid zone vegetation, Scalesia helleri, land Iguanas, Galapagos snakes, sea turtles, and tropical fish
• Possible Activities: Nature hikes, snorkeling, and kayaking
• Type of Landing: Wet landing
• Difficulty: Moderate

PM: SOTUH PLAZA ISLAND

South Plaza is one of the best spots in the Archipelago to see land iguanas and swallow-tailed gulls, both indigenous to the Galapagos. There are iguana nests scattered all over the hill. The sheer cliffs of the southern shore are a perfect bird habitat, making it an unparalleled bird observatory for especially swallow-tailed gulls, Audubon shearwaters, and red-billed tropicbirds.

• Highlights: Sea lion colony, land iguanas and cactus forest, Sesuvium-Portulaca vegetation, cliffs with swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, Masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, Audubon shearwaters, sally lightfoot crabs, manta rays
• Possible Activities: Uplifted Island trail, snorkeling, panga ride
• Type of Landing: Dry Landing
• Difficulty: Easy / Moderate

Overnight at M/S Beagle
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 3 – MONDAY

AM: GENOVESA ISLAND – EL BARRANCO (PRINCE PHILIP’S STEPS)
After a dry landing, you climb up the fairly steep Prince Philip’s Steps that take you onto a lava rock trail leading you through Palo Santo forest full of nesting birds. There’s a good chance of seeing the unique short-eared owl at this site.

• Highlights: Fur seals, tropicbirds, storm petrels, great frigatebird, red-footed booby, masked booby, doves, finches, short-eared owls, large tropical fish
• Possible Activities: Nature hikes, snorkeling, panga rides, kayaking
• Type of Landing: Dry landing.
• Difficulty: Moderate

PM: GENOVESA ISLAND – DARWIN BAY
After lunch and a snorkel along the amazing cliff sides, you visit the beach area of Darwin Bay, home to frigate birds, red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, flycatchers, lava gulls, storm petrels and Darwin finches, to mention some of the birds found in this bay, formed from a caldera collapse.

• Highlights: Coral Beach, Swallow-tailed gulls, sea lions, red-footed booby, masked booby, large ground finch, large cactus finch, sharp-billed ground finch, small marine iguanas, great frigatebird, Galapagos Dove, yellow-crowned herons, lava herons, lava lizards, lava gulls, pintail ducks
• Possible Activities: Nature hikes, snorkeling, panga rides, kayaking
• Type of Landing: Wet Landing
• Difficulty: Easy / Moderate

Overnight at M/S Beagle
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 4 – TUESDAY

AM: FERNANDINA ISLAND – ESPINOZA POINT
Fernandina is the youngest island of the Archipelago. As you disembark at Punta Espinoza, you must be careful not to step on the marine iguanas piled up together to retain body heat. This visiting site is rich in wildlife, sea lions, flightless cormorants, penguins, herons, Sally light-foot crabs and much more, all living side by side on this small point with its mangrove forest.

• Highlights: Marine Iguanas, flightless cormorant, sea lions, penguins, Galapagos hawk, Brachycereus cactus, aa lava, turquoise-blue zayapas crabs, blue and lava herons, sea turtles
• Possible Activities: Nature hikes and snorkeling
• Type of Landing: Dry landing
• Difficulty: Moderate

PM: ISABELA ISLAND – URBINA BAY
Located to the south at the foot of the western side of Alcedo Volcano, Urbina Bay was uplifted in 1954 from the seabed leaving coral heads sitting out of the water. There is a large colony of land iguana, which has grown since the feral dogs and goats have been controlled through Project Isabela. It also affords an opportunity to see the Alcedo Volcano tortoise in its natural habitat.

• Highlights: Uplifted corals from 1954, marine iguanas, flightless cormorant, dramatic landscape, tropical fish, sea turtles, land iguanas, giant tortoises
• Possible Activities: Nature hikes & snorkeling
• Type of Landing: Wet landing
• Difficulty: Moderate / Easy

Overnight at M/S Beagle
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 5 – WEDNESDAY

AM: ISABELA ISLAND – TAGUS COVE
The 30-minute hike at Tagus Cove takes you to the top of a cliff to view the volcanic landscapes of Darwin Volcano and Darwin Lake, the latter an uplifted ultra saline lake saltier than the sea. Historically used as an anchorage site by pirates and whalers, this site is again an excellent place for marine and land birds.

• Highlights: Tuff cone formations, ash deposits, salt lake crater, historical graffiti, view of Darwin Volcano, arid zone vegetation, flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguins, finches, blue-footed boobies, brown noddies, pelicans, tropical fish, marine iguanas, sea turtles
• Possible Activities: Nature Hikes, Snorkeling, Panga Ride & Kayaking
• Type of Landing: Dry landing
• Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult

PM: ISABELA ISLAND – VICENTE ROCA POINT
Punta Vicente Roca offers a dinghy ride, excellent for marine life observation, to a snorkel area where underwater wildlife takes full advantage of the nutrient-rich Cromwell current that upswells in this area.

• Highlights: Masked boobies, blue-footed bobbies, flightless cormorants, sea lions, turtles, spotted eagle rays, manta rays, pufferfish
• Possible Activities: Snorkeling and panga ride
• Type of Landing: No landing
• Difficulty: Easy

Overnight at M/S Beagle
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6 – THURSDAY

AM: SANTIAGO ISLAND – ESPUMILLA BEACH
Today visitors to Espumilla Beach come in search of birds rather than freshwater. The short walk up the beach leads inland to a mangrove typically inhabited by the Common stilts. Beyond the mangroves is a brackish lagoon where flocks of pink flamingos and white-cheeked pintails wade in search of mollusks.

• Highlights: Flamingo Lagoon, ducks, stilts, some waders, mangroves, palo santo forest, sea turtle nesting site
• Possible Activities: Walk inland to transition zone vegetation, snorkeling, panga ride, kayak
• Type of Landing: Wet landing
• Difficulty: Easy

PM: SANTIAGO ISLAND – JAMES BAY
After a wet landing at Puerto Egas, also known as James Bay, onto a black beach, an easy stroll takes you near the coastline to observe tidal pools, marine birds, iguanas, and sea lions, and often migratory birds are present in this area. This is also a good place to observe the Galapagos hawk. The trail ends at the fur sea lion grottos and, being nocturnal feeders, the fur seals sleep in and around the grottos during the day. On returning to the beach visitors may snorkel or swim.

• Highlights: Fur seal, intertidal life, shorebirds, marine iguanas, sea lions, Darwin finches, Galapagos hawks, Galapagos doves, flamingos, vermillion flycatcher, woodpecker finch, sea turtles, occasionally golden rays, spotted eagle rays
• Possible Activities: Walk along the coast to fur seal grotto, snorkeling and swimming, walk to the salt mine
• Type of Landing: Wet landing
• Difficulty: Easy / Moderate

Overnight at M/S Beagle
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 7 – FRIDAY

AM: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND – CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION
The Charles Darwin Research Station is on Santa Cruz Island which is the main inhabited island in the archipelago, with a population of approximately 16,000. A visit to the station will increase one’s understanding of the work being done by the foundation and the importance of preserving the Archipelago’s ecosystems. A series of walkways takes you through the captive breeding program where you will see juvenile and adult tortoises from different islands.

• Highlights: Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, giant tortoise pens, tortoise raising house, arid zone vegetation, Darwin`s finches.
• Possible activities: Walk
• Type of Landing: None (in town)
• Difficulty: Easy

PM: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND – THE HIGHLANDS
A highlight of any trip to the archipelago is a visit to the Santa Cruz Highlands, where the sparse, dry coastal vegetation transitions to lush wet fields and forests overgrown with moss and lichens. Our afternoon destination is the Wild Tortoise Reserve where we will have chances to track and view these friendly ancient creatures in their natural setting.

• Highlights: Tortoise Reserve, lava tubes, Darwin`s finches, vermillion flycatcher
• Possible Activities: Walking and hiking
• Type of Landing: None (visit from town or airport)
• Difficulty: Easy / Moderate

Overnight at M/S Beagle
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 8 – SATURDAY

AM: SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND – INTERPRETATION CENTER
In 1998 the Galápagos National Park Visitor Centre opened for the benefit of islanders and travelers alike, presenting a comprehensive exhibit of the islands’ natural history, human interaction, ecosystems, flora, and fauna.

• Highlights: Natural and Human history of the islands
• Possible Activities: Nature hikes
• Type of Landing: None (In town)
• Difficulty: Easy

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND – DEPARTURE
Transfer to Airport, Your guide will take you to the airport on a bus, a ten-minute ride.

Meals included: breakfast
End of services

Centre & Southern Islands

 

MS Beagle Itinerary Centre Southern Islands

M/S BEAGLE “CENTRAL & SOUTHERN ISLANDS” ITINERARY
SATURDAY PM Isla Lobos – San Cristobal Island (SCY)
SUNDAY AM Punta Suarez – Española Island
PM Gardner Bay – Española Island
MONDAY AM Post Office Bay – Floreana Island
PM Punta Cormorant & Champion Islet – Floreana Island
TUESDAY AM Puerto Ayora/Darwin Station – Santa Cruz Island
PM Highlands – Santa Cruz Island
WEDNESDAY AM Las Bachas Beach – Santa Cruz Island
PM  Chinese Hat
THURSDAY AM Rabida Island
PM Sullivan Bay – Santiago Island
FRIDAY AM Bartolome Island
PM North Seymour Island
SATURDAY AM Black Turtle Cove – Baltra Island
Transfer to the Airport (GPS)
SUGGESTED FLIGHT SCHEDULE
Airline Flight Departure City Departure Time Arrival City Arrival Time
LAN XL1419 QUITO 08H05 GUAYAQUIL 09H00
LAN XL1419 GUAYAQUIL 09H40 SAN CRISTOBAL 10H32
LAN XL1412 BALTRA 12H55 GUAYAQUIL 15H57
LAN XL1412 GUAYAQUIL 16H40 QUITO 17H22

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BEAGLE PRICES 2019
8-DAY A&B High Season
SUITE – DOUBLE $ 4,190 $ 4,609
BEAGLE PRICES 2020 2021
8-DAY A&B High Season
SUITE – DOUBLE $ 4,318 Inquire
INCLUDED Accommodation on board
All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
All guided excursions & activities as mentioned in the itinerary by a National Park certified naturalist guide.
Beach towels & snorkeling gear (snorkel, mask, fins, wet-suits)
Bus ticket Baltra Airport / Itabaca Channel – $5 pp
NOT INCLUDED Round flight to Galapagos.
Soft and alcoholic drinks.
Galapagos National Park entrance fee(currently $100, subject to change).
Personal travel insurance.
Personal expenses, extras and tip.Galapagos transit control card $20pp
Isabela docking fee $15pp *Depending on IT. Santa Cruz Highland Tortoises ranch $5 * depending on the IT.
IMPORTANT
NOTES
Single Cabin option for $6,048
discount for children under 12-year-old (1 child per 2 adults). Not applicable for last minutes
Different rates on peak season, prices are in American Dollars
*Itinerary subject to change in case of unforeseen situations or request by the National Park
*Please note we cannot guarantee the encounter of specific elusive or alien species
*Only travelers are allowed to book a Twin cabin on a sharing basis.

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
February 16, 2020

Did the western tour (the 8 day A trip) in late January 2020 and had an excellent time! The crew was professional and friendly, the boat was comfortable, our naturalist Walter was extremely knowledgeable, our group of travelers got along fabulously, and we saw all kinds of interesting and unique animals, on land and in the water. We had a relatively active tour, with hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking every day. Food was great, cabins were fine, weather was good. Everything was just great; probably the best tour I’ve ever been on!

Huge thanks to Diego Altamirano and Barefoot Expeditions for finding this tour and putting it all together for me. Highly recommended!

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