WHY THIS TRIP
This 16-passenger motor yacht provides a first-class experience from start to finish. Enchanted Expeditions, operators of the Beluga, has operated in the Galapagos for approximately 30 years and consistently impresses clients with attention to detail and customer service. Sea kayaks on board make this a more active Galapagos cruise.
Enjoy a visit to the Galapagos Islands on the Beluga, a first-class 110-foot, steel-hulled motor schooner. The Beluga Galapagos Motor Yacht offers fantastic itineraries, comfortable double cabins, and common spaces designed to allow travelers to watch the amazing world of the Galápagos cruise by while relaxing on the boat.
The itineraries are well thought out and designed to provide top-notch Galapagos experiences that showcase the diversity and uniqueness of the Galapagos Islands. They visit some of the farther, less visited, but most desirable sites in the Galápagos.
The Beluga is a spacious and comfortable yacht with lots of deck space, and panoramic windows in the indoor common areas. She is fully air-conditioned and accommodates 16 passengers in eight double staterooms (four with twin beds on the floor, two with double beds and two with bunk beds), each with private bathroom and hot and cold water shower. Cabin #1 has two lower and one upper bed, and can be used as a triple.
The well-trained and experienced crew of 10 take very good care of their guests at all times while onboard and ashore. The cruise features attentive service and delicious cuisine. The Beluga’s top-notch crew includes a multilingual naturalist guide trained and licensed by the Galápagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Two kayaks are available on board the yacht and are free of charge. Wetsuits and snorkeling equipment are also available for a minimal fee.
LOCAL OPERATOR: ENCHANTED EXPEDITIONS
Over its 30 years in business Enchanted Expeditions has built a stellar reputation for enchanting active, conservation-minded travelers with excellent service and authentic Ecuadorian experiences both on land and at sea.
One of the first travel companies in the Galápagos, Enchanted Expedition owns two yachts: the spacious first-class motor yacht, the Beluga, and its tastefully decorated first class schooner, the Cachalote Explorer. In an operation managed by a native of the Galápagos, each yacht has been awarded the Smart Voyager certification for adhering to conservation standards. The yachts accommodate 16 passengers each, a small exclusive group size that ensures an intimate experience.
In addition to the Galápagos Islands, Enchanted Expeditions operates trips throughout Ecuador. With the rich cultural heritage of Ecuador present on every trip, clients can choose where to focus their experience: adventure, culture, nature, markets, wildlife, or one of special interest to explore dining, archeology, education, arts, and important historical sites in Ecuador.
Galen E. –
Our tour on the Beluga exceeded every one of our expectations, from the professionalism of the crew to the quality of our accommodations. Our naturalist guide was incredibly knowledgeable with enough contagious excitement that we won’t be cured for many years. Top marks and thank you for the trip of a lifetime!
Bill V. –
The Galapagos trip was superb! No problems. Juan is a wonderful guide (and human being)–extremely knowledgeable and an excellent organizer. The Beluga is a great boat though they did serve us too much (good) food. We’re not used to eating three gargantuan meals a day. Many thanks for all your help.
Everything about this trip was top quality. Size of group was great. Exceptional: our guide, Darwin, was the best guide you could ever have. He gave us so much information about what we were experiencing and answered questions by providing background information as well as addressing the specific question. Exceptional: The meals and snacks were fabulous! Not the opulent overkill on larger cruises. Just excellent and totally delicious meals day after day. Value of trip: the best. Itinerary: The islands we visited and the snorkeling sites were varied with different highlights on each. We saw every highlighted bird and animal that one could hope for. I will definitely recommend this trip to anyone I know who is considering going to the Galapagos!
It was a good trip, the water was a lot colder that I realized.
My husband and I were on the Tower itinerary for a week beginning May 25, 2012. The entire experience was fantastic, beginning, of course, with the islands and their magical flora and fauna. Everything about the Beluga was great: the crew, our cabin, the food, the public spaces, the activities, the people and most specially our naturalist, Juan. We stayed in one of the cabins with the picture windows, so we lay in bed at night looking up at the swallow tailed gulls chasing the wake. We will be back for certain to tour the other route and would not think of even investigating any other boat!
Ginger P –
The Beluga was perfect in every way. Thank you all so much for a trip I only had dreamed of!!!!
Peter P –
Wah poh nee.
That’s Huaorani talk for hello (and goodbye and a lot of other stuff…kinda like aloha).
Back safe and sound from an incredible, eye-popping, cerebral, physical, intense, immensely enjoyable 3 weeks in Ecuador.
People are asking me: “How was your trip?” I wanna say: “Do you have a bottle of wine and an hour?”
There is no way I can yet relate all my thoughts and feelings; I’m still digesting and processing the adventure, and I will probably be doing so for some time.
I can say that we got my mother Ginger in and out safely, which was a real treat as she has dreamed of going to the Amazon and to the Galapagos since she first learned of them…what, 50 years ago? (Hell, we got all 4 of us in and out safely.)
I can say the following.
We spent 5 days with the Huaorani: a small group of indigenous people who are trying to change their world. Maybe those are the wrong words. Maybe more accurate is…A small group of people who are trying to preserve their world in the midst of a 21st Century onslaught: their homeland, their language, their customs and culture and history and heritage. The tiny and remote Huaorani Ecolodge, where we shacked up, is a mere 3 years old and is a way for us outsiders to visit, to learn the ways of the jungle, to support their efforts, to help finance their future in a sustainable, self-managed fashion. The longer I stayed there – the longer I listened to the stories and learned of the complex issues facing the region and the people – the more I felt that I was witnessing something special, ground-breaking, globally important.
The Galapagos Islands:
The sometimes homely yet starkly beautiful archipelago lives up to the hype. Sea lions, fur seals, white tipped sharks, Galapagos sharks, waved albatross, blue-footed/red-footed/Nasca boobies, great and magnificent frigate birds, red-billed tropic birds, swallowtail gulls, lava gulls, pelicans, night herons, 13 species of finch, short eared owls, Galapagos hawks, mockingbirds, land iguanas, marine iguanas, lava lizards, Galapagos doves, storm petrel, shearwaters, yellow warblers, stingrays, golden bat rays, spotted eagle rays, huge schools of tropical fish, green sea turtles, giant tortoises, volcanos, mangroves, lagoons, pristine and cream-colored sandy beaches, lava flows, cactus, highland rain forest, blue ocean, soft and hard coral, starfish, snakes, I know I’ve missed something. It’s outta control.
Ramshackle, raw and dirty at times; modern and clean at others; narrow and long and sprawling: the city is one thing (and definitely has its charms). The natural beauty of the setting high in the Andes is another: It is simply stunning. Day-trips from the city to the surrounding countryside abound and further showcase the diversity and dramatics of the region.
I’d like to say: “What a great, once in a lifetime trip!” I think, however, that that’s not gonna be enough. I think I need to return. To Ecuador, and to South America.
I cannot tell you how much we enjoyed the trip you organized for us. From the drivers to the crew of the yacht, it was 100% first class. Professional and fun at the same time, and on time like a Swiss train! Our traveling companions we met along the way could not have been nicer. We were truly a family when we left the boat! I would recommend your firm without hesitation. It was like you read our minds as to what we like and how to put together a complicated trip like this.
Caroline V –
We throughly enjoyed our trip, it was unique and very memorable. The guide was excellent and very well informed. We had just enough activities to keep us happy and entertained. I regretted not being able to kayak even once, but it was a small regret. The staff on the boat were very pleasant and helpful so that despite the food and the accomodations not being first class and the rooms could have been a little cleaner the overall experience and the wonder of the islands more than make up for it. We understood the nature of the Galapagos, the size of the yacht, and came extremely prepared for the trip ourselves. Anything missing on the yacht we brought with us in our gear and so the trip passed without a hitch. I was glad I took the time to do a lot of research and planning before leaving as I am convinced it made a difference. My son who was 16 just loved it and was thrilled with the adventure despite his young age and everyone else being considerably older. We both enjoyed snorkelling, hiking, and the company of our other travellers. . The trip was altogether awesome and simply enchanting. The staff and adventure of the Galapagos islands were delightful and we would highly recommend our trip and boat to any of our friends
Barbara Hilberg –
What a thrill to float and paddle around with a giant sea turtle on Easter Day! The opportunity to be so close to blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, sea lions, iguanas, etc., was an experience we’ll always remember. Another great moment – when a sea lion pup decided to sniff my leg – they’re allowed to touch us, but we’re not allowed to touch them! The staff on the Beluga was great – our guide Monica was very knowledgeable as well as personable.
Dolores L –
Sweet boat, professional crew, peaceable-kingdom islands. It was a dream vacation. We had a great time! We loved the trip sooo much!
Great trip! I took my wife and 14 year old daughter and we had a great time. The naturalist was very informative and the crew and kitchen staff were exceptional. They really went out of their way to accommodate us. This was a once in a lifetime experience and I highly recommend it. Detour was also exceptional in their service and was very responsive to our needs.
I just got back from the Beluga and couldn’t believe what an experience I could have in four days. The service, the crew and the guide, Juan Carlos provided us with amazing service. Each day we visited a different island for a nature walk and went snorkeling twice (if you wanted to).
I had the impression that the islands were somewhat identical, but I soon found out how wrong I was. The landscape was strikingly different and we all soon became fascinated with the new vegetation found in different places. I really appreciated that our walks were in the morning or late afternoon so the light was beautiful and we weren’t too hot.
Every 50 yards, there seemed to be something new: wave albatross laying its egg, a sea lion rolling into the water, or a foggy lagoon filled with flamingos. Our guide was an expert at letting us wander the area on our own and then describing what we were witnessing. For instance, during one walk along a shore, he slowed down just enough so that we all began to notice the broken shells in the sand. It turned out to be a sea turtle nesting area and it felt a bit as if had discovered this miraculous place on our own.
The snorkeling was my absolute favorite- our crew and Juan Carlos were excellent at preparing us for the outing and explaining what we were seeing.
I found the boat comfortable and fun for hanging out. Our cabins were nice, but no one wanted to spend time indoors when there was so much to do! But of course, none of us missed a meal– the food definitely exceeded my expectations.
The only downside was that I had to leave so early! I could have easily stayed another month watching fragate birds, swimming with sea lions, and learning about this great place.