Galapagos Mary Anne Cruise
The Galapagos Islands are a place like no other, where animals and humans can interact freely.
As you fly in to the Galapagos Islands you will marvel at the striking, untamed beauty of this volcanic setting. The isolated location of these islands has meant that they have become a haven for myriad natural species, and visitors to the region delight in the opportunity to meet the islands’ famous creatures in close proximity. On this traditional sailing ship you will explore Galapagos’ natural surroundings, including visiting some of the more geographically-interesting islands. Discover well-protected flora and fauna and get up close and personal with these friendly, colourful creatures, including:
- Green Sea Turtles
- Golden Rays
- Red-footed Boobies
- Great Frigatebirds
- Nazca Boobies
- Redbilled Tropicbird
- Galapagos Storm Petrels
- Darwin's Finches
- Galapagos mockingbirds
- Yellow warblers
- Brown pelicans
- Greater Flamingos
- Black-necked Stilts
- White-cheeked Pintails
- Giant tortoises
- Sea lions
- Waved Albatross
The Mary Anne (operated by Andando) is a Galapagos Sailing Ship sleeping up to
16. Launched in 1997, this elegant 216 feet (66 meters)
barquentineis the most evocative way to visit these islands made famous by Charles
Darwin. A large and truly romantic sailing ship, she navigates
through the archipelago majestically under full sail. With spacious decks,
experienced crew and passionate owners, she accommodates up to 16 guests, and
was specially designed with sound, environmental-friendly cruising in mind. Accommodations
are located on the Cabin Deck and each cabin features private
bathrooms with hot water. The spacious main and sun decks are
comfortable places to have a drink in the lounge, read a book in
the library or simply relax in a sun chair while enjoying the
view. Both decks are ideal places for wildlife observation. With a
nine-member crew plus a Galapagos Naturalist Guide on
board, you are assured a high-end and educational cruise experience with many
interesting wildlife encounters. See below for an itinerary focusing on the Eastern Islands; additional activities are available.
Mary Anne features:
- More stable than most Galapagos vessels, to help prevent seasickness
- No sound of engines, dolphins and whales more likely to swim alongside
- Dining room
- Library and entertainment centre
- Sun deck with open-air seating
- Lounge area with bar
Price for 7 night/8 day Eastern Itinerary on the Mary Anne: USD 4980 per person. Additional packages
HighLives have a range of cruise ships and choice of
itineraries available, including island-hopping cruises and land-based
itineraries, as well as suggestions for extending your Galapagos holiday with
some time in mainland Ecuador. Please contact us for further information on any
of the above.
Book your Galapagos Mary Anne Cruise trip here
- Day 1: A first impression
PM: After arriving at Baltra airport we will be greeted by an Angermeyer Cruises representative to then board the Passion and have lunch. After lunch, we will navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Pelicans and herons roost on the branches, while marine dwellers such as Green Sea Turtle or Golden Ray may cruise right next to the panga as it makes its way through the mangroves.
- Day 2: Up north
AM: We travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay (wet landing), a unique site lined with red mangrove and soft-haired prickly pear cacti where Red-footed Boobies and Great Frigatebirds perch tamely.
PM: At Prince Philip Steps (dry landing), we climb the edge of a cliff where Frigatebirds, Nazca Boobies, and Red-footed Boobies nest. We will be seeking out the impressive Redbilled Tropicbird amidst Galapagos Storm Petrels.
- Day 3: Contours of Sullivan Bay
AM: Dry landing at Bartholomew to climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this spatter cone for a most breathtaking panorama of the islands’ well photographed Pinnacle Rock, views of neighbouring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance.
PM: We head across to Sullivan Bay (dry landing) in Santiago to walk over a recent lava flow, including very fresh pahoehoe lava formations, lava bubbles containing crystallized minerals, and pioneer plants. Along the shoreline, we may find Galapagos penguins and herons going after small fish.
- Day 4: Mars on Earth
AM: Wet landing onto Rábida’s deep-red beaches to explore the red island’s fascinating interior and saltwater lagoon. Darwin’s finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, and yellow warblers feed off the vegetation; given the right time of the year brown pelicans will be nesting on salt bushes that fringe the beach.
PM: We head across to Cerro Dragón on Santa Cruz’s north-west shore (dry landing); we visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, Black-necked Stilts, and White-cheeked Pintails. Further inland we find a fantastic land iguana nesting site.
- Day 5: Hidden treasures
AM: We will spend today visiting Santa Cruz Island´s most famous highlights. We will have a dry landing in the dock of Puerto Ayora to then board our transportation and head to the Island’s highlands. This area, in contrast to the coastal region, has lush vegetation and forest, due to the humidity that gathers in the higher regions. We will visit one of the ranches of the area, where it´s possible to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. As these animals migrate from the coastal area to the highlands and back, the chosen ranch will depend on the presence of the tortoises, as they roam free and change their locations. This is also a good place to see the Galapagos hawk and barn owl of this island and the surrounding forests are filled of birds such as the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler.
PM: We will enjoy lunch in the ranch to then head back to Puerto Ayora for our second visit of the day, the Charles Darwin research station and the Fausto Llerena breeding centre. Here, we will see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the tourists. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be "repatriated"), and adults. After this visit, we will have some time to explore the town of Puerto Ayora and its many souvenir shops, before boarding the M/Y Passion for dinner and the usual briefing.
- Day 6: Heading Eastward
AM: Dry landing on one of the oldest docks of the Archipelago, colourful Plaza Sur is home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium and coppery-orange land iguanas; impressive seaward cliffs are excellent for a variety of coastal birds. This is also a great place to observe the adult and pup sea lions swimming along the shores.
PM: After a wet landing onto a white beach where sea lions are usually resting, on Santa Fe, we will be looking for the endemic species of land iguana, larger and yellower than land iguanas on other islands. The largest prickly pear cacti in the Galapagos are also found here.
- Day 7: From albatrosses to blowholes
AM: Punta Suárez (dry landing) is a spectacular walk into the intimacies of life at sea, with nesting sites of Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, as well as the fascinating breeding rituals (April to December) of Waved Albatross. Lined with neon coloured marine iguanas (January), and lazy Galapagos sea lions, we walk up to an amazing viewpoint of the famous blowhole.
PM: We will spend the day in fantastic Española, starting with Gardner Bay (wet landing), an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española Mockingbird.
- Day 8: A last goodbye with the tortoises
AM: This is our last day on the islands. After breakfast we will disembark in Puerto Ayora to take our transport to Baltra Airport, making a short stop to visit the Lava tunnels found in the highlands. These intriguing tunnels were formed by lava flow that hardened on the outside while still maintaining its fluid scolding state on the inside, leaving hollow tunnels where it passed. We will walk inside one of these tunnels (that are artificially illuminated to help visitors) to have a close look at the formations and learn more about the origin of these volcanic archipelagos. After this visit we will continue our ride to Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.