Optimal use of your scarce time in Galapagos

Our active naturalist cruise programmes are the most efficient way to make optimal use of your scarce time on the Galapagos; combining evening or nocturnal displacements with at least two excursions per full day; there may even be an extra activity! These activities are conducted by the best English-speaking naturalist guides.

Alternative island-based day tours (‘island hopping programmes’) lose a lot of time in moving back and forth, often on an uncomfortable speedboat, and can generally only visit one closer site each day (at noon). Meanwhile the Solaris heads for more exclusive destinations and shows its passengers twice as much in the same amount of time. Also, large expedition vessels can’t enter the shallow paradisiacal bays where we drop the anchor.

Our Bringing nature even more to life

Without doubt your on-board naturalist guide is the crucial pivot for your experience in the Galapagos. Being a first class motor yacht, Solaris has only the best National Park certified guides. Our experts use their wide experience to lead the excursions, to search and identify species and point out interesting details; besides taking care of your safety and complying with indispensable conservation rules.

Above all our guides share their knowledge, love and respect for the Galapagos’ stunning ecosystem. Their inspiring explanations (in English and Spanish) and fascinating stories about animal behaviour, intriguing ecosystems and survival strategies can bring nature even more to life; not only in the field, but also during lectures or daily briefings aboard. Of course you can consult your guide for personal questions or just to share your curiosity

Enjoy a more intimate nature experience

Small groups definitely make your nature and cruise experience more intimate and profound. Thanks to a maximum number of only 16 passengers aboard M/Y Solaris, your naturalist guide can easily respond to different individual interests. You can also hear him/her loud and clear in the field.

Both our smaller inflatable dinghies (‘Zodiacs’ for only 8 passengers each) make boarding and disembarking our yacht much faster, and increases your chances of spotting wildlife during dinghy-rides. On larger expedition vessels, different groups have to keep a certain distance, and lose flexibility and valuable excursion time on the islands.

A once in a lifetime naturalist cruise

Intimacy is precisely what differentiates our catamaran from massive, impersonal cruise ships that navigate the seven seas, and also from a few large expedition vessels on the Galapagos.

Your cruise will be an international rendezvous as well. English/Spanish is spoken on-board. You will share your experience with passengers from all over the world, and may even make new friends!

Our welcoming and helpful staff will do their utmost to convert your once in a lifetime Galapagos cruise into the trip of your life!

Delicious food: Get your mouth watering

Our professional cook and kitchen help will treat you to a substantial breakfast, and mouth-watering warm lunches and dinners, all served in abundant buffet style.

The galley (kitchen) will keep surprising you with a varied menu of local and international dishes with at least two choices (usually fish, chicken or meat), rice/potatoes/pasta and various vegetables and salads.

Our food is healthy and delicious; special meals (vegetarian or other dietary requirements) are available upon previous request at no extra cost. Snacks and juices are served in-between meals.

Meanwhile our captain navigates safely to the next destination

Whilst carelessly enjoying the leisurely ambience on-board, you can rest assured that the captain and his competent crew will make sure you’re safe at all times. They are always there to help you in and out safely when boarding and disembarking, or driving the inflatable dinghies (‘Zodiacs’) prudently.

Many zones of the Galapagos are near the end of the world and require self-sufficiency. As a matter of course all crew-members have first-aid knowledge.

Your naturalist guide and captain are trained to deal with eventual medical or other emergencies aboard. The bridge always maintains radio contact with the outside world.

Think green

Our yacht has been designed to reduce the impact on the fragile ecosystem. We meet environmental requirements in:
  • Optimum group size
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Noise mitigation
  • Fresh water conservation
  • Waste water treatment
  • Waste management
  • Non-smoking interior areas
  • Encouragement of passengers to Think Green themselves

You’re only in the Galapagos Islands once!

Our shortest routes give an excellent impression of this unique ‘laboratory of evolution’ in case you have little time, or if you are on a limited budget. But please bear in mind that it would be impossible to see all the highlights in just a few days. On the other hand you will probably only visit the Galapagos once in a lifetime… Each island is distinctive and well-worth a visit, with different landscapes and an ever-changing spectrum of adapted species.

If you want to get the most out of your cruise and explore practically every corner of the archipelago to enjoy its extremely varied spectrum, we suggest you consider extending your cruise by combining our routes (4-14 nights).