WHY THIS TRIP
The Eden is a tourist-superior class yacht, so it’s a bit more comfortable and spacious than a budget-class boat but you don’t pay for the frills of a first-class boat. The local operator is one of the most reputable and long-running amongst the tourist-superior class cruises; its cruises have always been a traveler favorite and they consistently receive glowing reviews.
When you cruise the Galapagos Islands on the Eden you go with locals born and raised in the Galapagos Islands and thus get an inside look at the most spectacular places the islands have to offer. Join a small group (up to 16 people) to explore the Islands or charter the whole boat so you can travel with just your own family, friends, and a certified naturalist guide.
The Eden provides great value, as the yacht is larger and more luxurious than others in its class and price range. She offers comfortable furnishings for the communal areas that include a library, TV with VHS video, a restaurant, bar, and sundeck. There are eight double cabins onboard, each with a window, private bath and hot shower.
The Eden offers full 4-, 5-, and 8-day itineraries featuring nature walks, panga rides, and snorkeling. Each day, you’ll go out to walk and snorkel with your naturalist guide to see the amazing wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
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 tourist-superior class schooner, the Cachalote I. 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.
We went aboard the eden with very average expectations and were overly impressed in every area, especially the guide, reuben montalvo and the crew. helpful, careful, knowledgeabel, cheerful, fun and always sensitive, inclusive and caring as good as could be. We loved it all and were sad to leave. Don’t miss this trip!
Brian S –
This was a great trip. The Galapagos Islands are an excellent destination for nature lovers. The Eden had great guides and staff, but the food fell a little short of our expectations. I’d recommend this trip to all my friends!
Steve R –
People who like natural history will love this trip – it is wonderful. The Eden is really quite good and highly recommended. The food was much better than expected, both in variety and presentation. Our only complaint was there was no brewed coffee in the morning—we always had to make our own from instant.
Our guide was great–a native of the Galapagos and very knowledgeable.
Several passengers on our trip also were on the Aida Maria briefly, and they wished they had stayed on the Eden for the whole trip.
We also did several dives and while nice they were not as colorful as the Caribbean.
The M/Y Eden was great, food fabulous, crew out of this world. Gaby was very helpful with some confusion we had with TAME airlines as well as a boat transfer. We were also pleased with the professionalism that was given to us in regards to the refund in matters dealing with the transfer from Eden to Ada Maria. I have suggested to anyone that will listen that a trip to the Galapagos on-board the Eden is heaven on earth. I hope to use your travel agency again in the future.