A bit of exclusivity and comfort in a magical journey throughout the Galapagos Islands. The yacht has been sailing this chain of islands creating a truly journey experience for those who like adventures without hassle at an attractive price. At the same time navigating the archipelago waterways with a nearly imperceptible ecological footprint.
The Bonita is a comfortable Mid-Range Superior Class Cruise and offers 9 cabins: 4 Cabins in the upper deck, 2 Cabins in the main deck, and 3 Cabins in the lower deck, king and bunkbed options.
Ideal for those who love to relax after a perfect day of adventure with a 360 degrees panoramic view. Artistic decoration based on the astonishing array of the Galapagos wildlife, expose by a local artist. Broad ocean view windows, to delight the most local and international gastronomy as you observe impressive landscapes.
|CREW||7 Members + multilingual naturalist guide|
|IMPORTANT NOTES||*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.
|SPECIFICATIONS||Type: motor yacht
Length: 25 mts / 83 ft
Beam: 6 mts / 22 ft
Cruising speed: 9 knots
Galapagos Visitor Site Activities Itinerary
|DAY||VISITOR SITE||TREK||SNORKEL||PANGA RIDE||PADDLE BOARD||KAYAK|
|7 DAYS CRUISE “A”||SUNDAY||PM||Santa Cruz: Dragon Hill|
|MONDAY||AM||Santiago: Espumilla Beach/Bucanero Cove|
|PM||Santiago: Egas Port|
|TUESDAY||AM||Isabela: Vicente Roca Point|
|PM||Fernandina: Espinoza Point|
|WEDNESDAY||AM||Isabela: Urbina Bay|
|PM||Isabela: Tagus Cove|
|THURSDAY||AM||Isabela: Elizabeth Bay|
|PM||Isabela: Moreno Point|
|PM||Isabela: Humedales/Breeding Center|
|SATURDAY||AM||Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station|
Bonita Real-Time Geolocation
Bonita Deck Plans
|7 DAY “A”||North Western Islands|
|5 DAY “B”||Centre & Southeastern Islands|
|5 DAY “C”||Southern & Genovesa Islands|
North Western Islands
|7-DAY “A” SUNDAY TO SATURDAY|
|SUNDAY||AM: Starts at Baltra airport (GPS).
PM: Santa Cruz: Dragon Hill
|MONDAY||AM: Santiago: Bucanero Cove/Espumilla Beach
PM: Egas Port
|TUESDAY||AM: Isabela: Vicente Roca Point
PM: Fernandina: Espinoza Point
|WEDNESDAY||AM: Isabela: Urbina Bay
PM: Tagus Cove – Isabela Island
|THURSDAY||AM: Isabela: Elizabeth Bay
PM: Isabela: Moreno Point
|FRIDAY||AM: Isabela: Tintoreras
PM:Isabela: Humedales / Breeding Center
|SATURDAY||AM: Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station – Baltra
ITINERARY A (WESTERN ROUTE)
7 DAYS CRUISE – ITINERARY A (SUNDAY – SATURDAY)
SUNDAY: BALTRA AIRPORT – CERRO DRAGON (DRAGON HILL)
➤ CERRO DRAGON: After lunch, our first visit is to Dragon Hill which is located in the northwestern area of Santa Cruz Island. It consists of a 1,600 m long trail running through 3 different environments. In 1975, it was one of the only places on Santa Cruz Island where healthy land iguanas (Conolophus Subcristatus) could be found. That same year, the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation initiated a program to conserve land iguanas. In the lagoons found here, there are shrimp (Artemia salina), the food of the flamingos. At certain times of the year, the shrimp are more abundant and the flamingo population increases. Dinner.
MONDAY: BUCANERO – PLAYA ESPUMILLA – PUERTO EGAS
➤ ESPUMILLA BEACH & BOUCANIER COVE: The main attractions include Palo Santo Wood, the beach, and the stunning landscape; the beach is a very important site for tortoises because they use this place for nesting. One time, the pigs were the main predatory of tortoise’s eggs; pigs were eradicated with the creation of the Isabela Project. Lunch
➤ EGAS PORT: Here we find a beautiful black sand beach; to the south of the beach is the Pan de Azucar Volcano, whose volcanic deposits have contributed to the formation of the black sand beach. The crater of this volcano contains a saltwater lake that dries up during hot weather. Between 1928 and 1930, explorations to develop a salt mine were carried out, but it was decided that a mine was not feasible. The workers’ use of endemic woods also damaged the environment and the development was scrapped. Descent to the salt mine is not allowed. Dinner.
TUESDAY: ISABELA – FERNANDINA
➤ ISABELA ISLAND: VICENTE ROCA POINT is comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (sunfish). Lunch.
➤ FERNANDINA ISLAND – ESPINOZA POINT: Fernandina is the third biggest island in the Galapagos and has only one visiting site: Espinoza Point, famous for the large colonies of marine iguanas and the home of the flightless cormorant, the Galapagos penguin, snakes, and more. From Espinoza Point, we can admire the beauty of Fernandina Island and its volcano which last erupted in May of 2005. Fernandina is the only island that doesn’t have mammals and the open areas are extremely fragile. From January to June, the nesting period of the marine iguana, we take great care when walking. Dinner.
➤ ISABELA ISLAND – URBINA BAY: this place is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano between Elizabeth Bay and Tagus Cove. Wet landing. Trail length is around 3.20 Km; during this walk, we can observe land iguanas, hawks, and tortoises. It is also possible to see red and blue lobsters. Lunch.
➤ ISABELA ISLAND – TAGUS COVE: It is located to the west of Darwin Volcano on Isabela Island. While walking, we will find several inscriptions (names of pirates) dating back to the 1800s. From here, we can see Darwin Lake, a saltwater lake with a depth of approximately 9 m. It contains no fish. It is very common to see a variety of bird species. Dinner.
➤ ISABELA ISLAND – MORENO POINT. We will disembark at Moreno Point which is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along a path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves, create a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide pools, green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted. Lunch.
ISABELA ISLAND – ELIZABETH BAY: After lunch, this is one of the island’s breeding sites for penguins. Located on the west coast of Isabela, Elizabeth Point is a marine visitor site. Visit Red Mangrove Cove: Brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays and sea lions are often seen. Dinner.
➤ ISABELA ISLAND – TINTORERAS: Located in the bay of Puerto Villamil, this small island, surrounded by calm, turquoise waters have an easy trail with great landscapes and very interesting fauna. Along the trail, we will see large numbers of Marine Iguanas basking in the sun, lava lizards, herons, gulls, and sea lions. In the coves, it is easy to find Sea Turtles, rays, and even penguins. Among the many inlets and channels on the coast, we sometimes see White-tipped Reef Sharks (in Spanish “Tintoreras”). Following the excursion, we will return to the boat for breakfast and sail to our next destination. Lunch.
➤ ISABELA ISLAND – HUMEDALES: Los Humedales is one of the Isabela Hidden Gems. “Humedales” translates to Wet Lands and this area is characterized by sandy beaches, rocky shores, and mangroves, which have an extremely important role in the Galapagos as they provide a nursery for young marine animals as well as a nesting site for birds. Following the various paths, you will find a fabulous destination for bird lovers, pink flamingos, and migratory birds including black-bellied and semipalmated plovers, whimbrel, osprey, greater and lesser yellowlegs, Wilson’s phalarope, short-billed dowitcher, common tern, blue-winged teal, to name a few. You can also observe young giant tortoises from the Isabela Breeding Center. Dinner
SATURDAY: CHARLES DARWIN – AIRPORT
➤ SANTA CRUZ ISLAND – CHARLES DARWIN
After breakfast, we will visit Charles Darwin Station which is located in the main port on Santa Cruz Island; we will take a private bus to the entrance of the breeding center where we will see tortoises and land iguanas in captivity. This center is the main breeding site on the islands. Animals that were in danger of extinction on the various islands are maintained in captivity. Thanks to the dedicated work of several institutions, some species are being saved. Here lived Lonesome George, the famous last survivor of the giant tortoise species found on Pinta Island.
Transfer to Baltra airport
** This itinerary is subject to change without notice; due to seasonal changes, weather conditions, or Galapagos National Park regulations. **
Centre & Southeastern Islands
|5-DAY “B” SATURDAY TO WEDNESDAY|
|SATURDAY||AM.Flight to Baltra Airport (GPS).
PM: Santa Cruz: Highlands
|SUNDAY||AM. Floreana: Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown
PM. Floreana: Post Office Bay
|MONDAY||AM. Española: Punta Suarez
PM. Española: Gardner Bay / Gardner/Osborn Islet
|TUESDAY||AM. Cristobal: Interpretation Center
PM. San Cristobal: Lobos Island
|WEDNESDAY||AM. Santa Cruz: Bachas or Daphne – Baltra
ITINERARY B (SOUTHERN ROUTE)
5 DAYS CRUISE – ITINERARY B ( SATURDAY – WEDNESDAY )
SATURDAY: SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS
➤ SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS: After your arrival and lunch on board, we will visit the interesting HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ, where we will hike and encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat, a natural wonder. For this visit, we recommend using sport shoes, long pants, a raincoat, hat, and sunblock. Dinner.
➤ FLOREANA – CORMORANT POINT: Wet landing, snorkeling, and short trekking. This point is located west of Floreana Island and it is famous for its dark green beach (due to the great number of olivine crystals). You can see many marine invertebrates, as well as sea lions, sea iguanas, the frigates, and pelicans.
Second visit: DEVIL´S CROWN: Activities in this place: panga ride and optional swimming. Enjoy a panga ride around a small island, a satellite islet of Floreana Island. Here, we will find a group of rocks that resemble a Crown due to the constant erosion caused by the sea. It is one of the better places to snorkel (shallow diving) in the interior and around the crown. Excellent visibility allows guests to admire a great variety of fish and sea animals. Lunch
➤ FLOREANA – POST OFFICE: (Mail Bay): Wet landing. Activities: short walk, swimming, snorkeling, explanation of the mail system. Description: Mail Bay is located on the north side of Floreana Island. Captain James Colnett installed an empty barrel to be used as a post office for the whaling fleets that stopped at the Galapagos Islands. You can leave postcards to your friends and relatives here and/or pick up mail to deliver. Back at the ship, Delicious snacks and beverages are waiting for you. Dinner.
➤ SUAREZ POINT: Dry landing. Activities: Walking, sight-seeing. We recommend sports shoes, a hat or cap, and sunscreen. There is no color more amazing and outstanding in this tropical desert island than that of the blue-foot boobies. These birds have an impressive form of “greeting” and it is a real thrill to see their mating dance. The blue-footed booby can be seen on several of the islands as nesting grounds and feed is located in several coastal locations. The albatross, an aristocratic bird weighing up to four kilograms, can be observed here. One of the largest birds of the islands, approximately 12,000 couples nest on Espanola Island and a smaller number nest on Silver Island, near mainland Ecuador. This species is considered endemic to this island; during our walk, we will observe these fantastic birds while taking in the beautiful landscapes offered by this island. It is important to note that albatrosses will not be seen between January and March (non-breeding) season. We will also see colonies of marine iguanas, zayapas, masked boobies, finches, Espanola cucuves, and seagulls unique to the islands. Our walk will be on lava rock where we will be able to see lava tubes. Red mangroves are found here. Delicious snacks and fresh beverages are waiting for you on the ship. Lunch
➤ GARDNER BAY: wet landing, activities for this visit: short walk, swimming, snorkeling, and observation of seal colony. The sea lion is one of the animals in Galapagos which gets the total attention of the visitors in the Galapagos: they are curious and playful, but at times aggressive; they are nice and loving, but also lazy. In Gardner Bay, we are going to find many of them relaxing on the beach enjoying the sun. In addition to observing these fascinating animals, while snorkeling, we will be able to swim with sea lions, sea turtles, a diversity of tropical fish, marine iguanas, etc. Dinner.
TUESDAY: SAN CRISTOBAL
➤ SAN CRISTOBAL – INTERPRETATION CENTER: Dry landing. This center is a location in the main port. After breakfast, our first visit is to the Interpretation Center of San Cristobal. This modern and sophisticated architectural space was designed for the natural interpretation of the Galapagos. You will learn about the volcanic formation of the islands, the evolution of the species, the history of human settlement, and complex systems and management models. Lunch
➤ LOBOS ISLANDS: Panga Riding, swimming, and snorkeling. Here, we can walk, swim and snorkel among the seals, frigates, marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the small endemic Galapagos snake. Here, we can swim and snorkel in the same place. Dinner.
WEDNESDAY: DAPHNE – TRANSFER OUT
➤ DAPHNE: Daphne Major is a rather large tuff cone somewhat eroded by the sea. Nazca boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, and blue-footed boobies can be found nesting here. Nearly all of the finches on the island are banded. At Daphne Major, we can also observe sea lions, sea turtles, Eagle Rays, various species of sharks, and other pelagic species.
➤ BACHAS: This beautiful sandy white-coral beach is located in the north of Santa Cruz Island; the beach is one km long. The site was named during WWII (World War II) when the American army left two barges on the beach. The early colonists couldn’t pronounce barges correctly, so they called the area “Bachas”. It is considered as one of the nesting sites for sea turtles. We can also observe, flamingos, seabirds, and white-cheeked pintail ducks.
Transfer to Baltra airport
** This itinerary is subject to change without notice; due to seasonal changes, weather conditions or Galapagos National Park regulations. **
Southern Route & Genovesa
|5-DAY “C” WEDNESDAY to SUNDAY|
|WEDNESDAY||AM.Flight to Baltra Airport (GPS).
PM: Plazas: Plazas
|THURSDAY||AM. Santa Cruz: Black Turtle Cove
PM. Santa Cruz: Highlands
|FRIDAY||AM. Genovesa: Darwin Bay
PM. Genovesa: Barranco
|SATURDAY||AM. Santiago: Sullivan Bay
PM. Bartolome: Bartolome
|SUNDAY||AM. North Seymour – Baltra Airport
ITINERARY C (SOUTHERN ROUTE)
5 DAYS CRUISE – ITINERARY C (WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY)
WEDNESDAY: SOUTH PLAZAS
➤ SOUTH PLAZAS: After your arrival and lunch on board, we will visit Plazas, two small islands, created by an uplifting of the land. The land iguanas are smaller here; they nest during the warm season. The hike goes along an extraordinary cliff where sea birds nest. There are approximately 1000 sea lions (Zalophus Wollebaeki) located on the south side of the Plazas. Dinner.
THURSDAY: BLACK TURTLE COVE – SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS
➤ BLACK TURTLE COVE: Our first visit is to Black Turtle Cove which is situated in the northern region of Santa Cruz. This bay is surrounded by mangroves and is accessible only by dinghy only. The shallow cove is a safe refuge for marine life. Black-tip reef sharks, marine turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here. Lunch
➤ SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS: Here we have a trekking and we will find the giant tortoises in their natural habitat, this is a natural spectacle. For this visit, we recommend good walking shoes, long pants, a raincoat, a hat, and sunblock. Dinner.
FRIDAY: GENOVESA ISLAND: DARWIN BAY & BARRANCO
➤ DARWIN BAY: wet landing, coral beach, activities for this day: short walks, photography, swimming, snorkeling. Genovesa is a small island in the north of the Galapagos. Our unloading in Darwin Bay will be wet. Near the beach is a mangrove swamp where we will find a colony of frigates, marine iguanas, red-footed boobies and mask boobies, the great terrestrial finch, seagulls, herons, and cactus finch. Following the land visit, our passengers can enjoy a swim in the bay. Snacks and refreshments are available. Lunch.
➤ BARRANCO: dry landing, activities: hiking. Also known as Prince Phillip’s stairs. Here, we will go for a walk on the Barranco path. On our journey, we will observe tropical birds, petrels, common frigate, red-foot boobies, mask boobies, doves, and finches. Dinner.
SATURDAY: SANTIAGO ISLAND: SULLIVAN BAY & BARTOLOME ISLAND
➤ SANTIAGO ISLAND: SULLIVAN BAY: wet landing and hiking. Description: Virtually uneroded lava flows cover an extensive area of this island. Lava pahoehoe (basaltic lava that has a smooth, billowy, undulating or ropy surface), hornitos, and mollugo (a lava colonizer) can be seen. Snacks and refreshing beverages await you onboard the ship. Lunch.
➤ BARTOLOME ISLAND: dry landing, wet landing for the beach. Activities on this island include walking, swimming, snorkeling, and photography. We will follow a path to the top (114m) where we can see pioneering plants such as tiquilia, chamaesyce, and scalesia. The island has been formed by cones, lava pipes where lava once flowed. Following the wet landing at the beach, we will follow a path through mangrove swamps and sand dune vegetation, to the south beach. At the north beach, guests can enjoy swimming and snorkeling. From the top of Bartolome, we will be able to see the islands of Santiago, Rabida, and Isabela. We will see penguins in the Rock Pinnacle. Dinner.
SATURDAY: SEYMOUR – TRANSFER OUT
➤ SEYMOUR: dry landing. Seymour was formed by the lifting of volcanic marine lava. Marine fossils dating back to the Pleistocene period were found on this island. In 1932, Captain Alan Hancock and his crew took 72 malnourished land iguanas from Baltra Island to North Seymour Island so that the iguanas could live in better conditions. In 1934, colonists verified that the iguanas were in good condition. The vegetation of North Seymour is bushy and is host to nesting Real Frigates of the Galapagos.
Transfer to Baltra airport.
** This itinerary is subject to change without notice; due to seasonal changes, weather conditions, or Galapagos National Park regulations. **
|BONITA YACHT PRICES 2020|
|5 -DAY B & C||7 DAY A|
|UPPER OR MAIN DECK||$ 2,287||$ 3,189|
|LOWER DECK||$ 2,087||$ 2,989|
|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 pp2
|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||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
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Since Galapagos is a National Maritime Reserve, when visiting the Galapagos Islands, a National Park and World Heritage Site, all visitors are expected to act responsibly and to treat the environment with respect.
Below 14 rules of the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) that all visitors are expected to abide by while in the Islands:
1. Visitors to any protected areas within the Galapagos National Park must be accompanied by a naturalist guide authorized by the GNPD.
2. Travel only with tour operators and/or boats authorized to work in the protected areas of Galapagos.
3. Remain on marked trails at visitor sites and respect signs at all times for the protection of wildlife, and your safety.
4. Maintain a distance of at least six feet (two meters) from wildlife to avoid disturbing them, even if they approach you.
5. Never feed wildlife, as this can cause health problems.
6. Flash photography is not permitted when taking photos of wildlife. Professional photography and videos recorded for commercial purposes must be authorized by the GNPD.
7. Camping is only allowed in a few authorized areas in the Islands. Request authorization to camp at the Galapagos National Park’s offices at least 48 hours in advance.
8. It is your responsibility not to introduce food, animals, or plants into the Archipelago. Cooperate fully with all environmental inspection and quarantine officials during your visit.
9. Do not take or buy any products or souvenirs made from banned substances, including black coral, shells, lava rock, animal parts, or any native wood or vegetation before leaving Galapagos.
10. Practice “leave-no-trace” principles in order to maintain the beauty of the environment.
11. Pack out all trash and dispose of or recycle it in the populated areas or on your tour boat.
12. Smoking and/or campfires are strictly prohibited within the Galapagos National Park, as fires pose a serious risk to flora and fauna of Galapagos.
13. Fishing is only permitted on recreational tour boats authorized by the GNPD.
14. Motorized aquatic sports, mini-subs, and aerial tourism activities are not permitted in the Galapagos National Park or Marine Reserve
14. Galapagos Naturalist Guides.
Our cruises are always conducted in English languages.
For private charters requiring guided services in a language other than English or Spanish, Barefoot will do its best to find a guide who speaks that language to be hired for the cruise with an additional fee.
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