Natural Paradise is a new luxury yacht for those travelers with discerning tastes.
This intimate, customized vessel transports 16 passengers through the enchanted Galapagos Islands on 8-, 5- and 4-day cruises.
To help you explore the archipelago’s underwater world, snorkeling gear, wetsuit and underwater camera are available for your use. After a day of exploring the Galapagos’ unique environment, relax with a cocktail from the bar in the main deck sitting area, or up on the spacious sundeck which has chaise lounges and a Jacuzzi, as well as an al fresco dining area. If you have one of the four upper deck double cabins, you will enjoy a private balcony from where to watch the moonlight slither across the waves. Other double cabins are on the main and lower decks, while a well appointed suite is on the main deck.
All accommodations have comfortable beds, safety deposit boxes, air-conditioning, private bathrooms with hot water, and plenty of space for your belongings. Natural Paradise’s 10 crewmembers are attentive to their guests’ needs. An official, bilingual naturalist guide will lead you on your exploration.
NATURAL PARADISE ITINERARIES
8-DAY 'A' -
AM - Arrival to San Cristobal Airport: Transfer to boat
PM - San Cristobal: León Dormido
AM - North Seymour Island
PM - Santa Fe Island
AM - Santa Cruz: Twin Craters
PM - Santa Cruz: Fausto Llerena Breeding Center
AM - Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay
PM - Bartholomew Island
AM - South Plaza Island
PM - Rabida Island
AM - Genovesa: El Barranco
PM - Genovesa: Darwin Bay
AM - Santiago: Espumilla Beach / Buccaneer Cove
PM - Santiago: Egas Port
AM - Santa Cruz: Bachas Beach
8-DAY CRUISE 'B' -
PM - Santa Cruz: Dragon Hill
AM - Isabela: Vicente Roca Point
PM - Fernandina: Espinosa Point
AM - Isabela: Urbina Bay
PM - Isabela: Moreno Point
AM - Isabela: Sierra Negra Volcano
PM - Isabela: Wall of Tears/Wetlands/Breeding Center
AM - Chinese Hat
PM -Mosquera Islet
AM - Floreana: Post Office Bay
PM - Floreana: Cormorant Point / Champion Islet
AM - Española: Suarez Point
PM - Española: Gardner Bay/Gardner Islet/Osborn Islet
AM - San Cristobal: Lobos Island
PM - Transfer to the San Cristobal Airport
8 DAY ITINERARY “A”
San Cristobal - North Seymour - Santa Fe - Santa Cruz - Santiago - Bartholomew - South Plaza - Rabida - Genovesa
The 5-day cruise itinerary starts on Day 1
The 4-day cruise itinerary starts on the afternoon of Day 5
Day 1 (Tuesday) - SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
Morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands. You will arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by the Natural Paradise staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.
In the afternoon, you will visit Kicker Rock. This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and scuba diving allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life.
Day 2 (Wednesday) - NORTH SEYMOUR AND SANTA FE ISLANDS
In North Seymour you will be able to see Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent frigatebirds which are abundant on this island. North Seymour was formed by a series of submarine lava flows containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.
In the afternoon, you will visit Santa Fe Island (Barrington) which is home to a small, picturesque bay also named Santa Fe. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest.
Day 3 (Thursday) - SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
In the morning, you will visit Twin Craters located opposite to each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.
In the afternoon, you will visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity; this is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years-old and strong enough to survive on their own.
Day 4 (Friday) - SANTIAGO AND BARTHOLOMEW ISLANDS
In the morning, you will visit Sullivan Bay located on the southeast part of Santiago. This place is interesting for its geology because the area is covered by lava flows. This place has elevations in the form of small volcanoes formed by the lava flows.
In the afternoon, you will head to Bartholomew Island, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock. Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see Galapagos penguins.
Day 5 (Saturday) - SOUTH PLAZA AND RABIDA ISLANDS
In the morning, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.
In the afternoon you will visit Rabida Island which is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago, as well as a great snorkeling site. We will start on Rabida’s famous maroon sandy beach, and after an easy hike, you will arrive to a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance such as nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.
Day 6 (Sunday) - GENOVESA ISLAND
In the morning, you will visit El Barranco which is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. It is a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves. In the afternoon, you will visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which heads a half mile trail (0.75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path we’ll find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.
Day 7 (Monday) - SANTIAGO ISLAND
In the morning, visit is to Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and the Sally Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkeling is highly recommended as you could and yourself face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark and a variety of other species of tropical fish.
In the afternoon, you will go to Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island which is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to the coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur sea lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.
Day 8 (Tuesday) - SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
The morning visit, Bachas Beach, is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz which is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on the beach. After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra’s airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.
Upper Deck: 4 double cabins with private balcony
Main Deck: 3 double cabins
Lower Deck: 2 double cabins
All cabins equipped with private bathrooms, hot water, air-conditioning