Boat Information Page2020-06-01T21:11:16+00:00
Check Availability

Check Availability

Approximate Travel Dates
Sending

Checking availability for Galapagos cruises is a manual process. An agent will manually check for space and respond to your request via email.

Cachalote Explorer

Home > Galapagos First Class Cruises > Cachalote Explorer

Cachalote Description

The first class 16 passenger Cachalote I Schooner and its the three main decks of the boat take advantage of the equatorial rays of the sun. Watch passing birds native to the Galapagos or dolphins and whales leisurely swimming by, or simply relax by reading a book or taking a snooze on the large sun decks. What's more is that the Cachalote I is Smart Voyager certified, meaning that they comply with all necessary conservation standards and are also SOLAR certified. The schooner is equipped to cruise with either sail or motor and the crew consists of the captain, cook, engineer, three sailors, and a multilingual Naturalist Guide.

Cachalote Cabins

The Cachalote quarters up to 16 passengers with 7 different cabins to choose from on the upper and lower landings, including one matrimonial cabin. Each has its own private bathroom with hot/cold water showers, and full air-conditioning with units in each room.

icon Prices from: US$2250
(6D/5N)

VIEW PRICES

Cruise Details

  • Category: First Class
  • Type: Small Yacht
  • Year built: 2018
  • Departures: Every Wednesday
  • Capacity: 16 passengers
  • Itineraries: 7, 5 night cruises
View full tecnical details

RATES INCLUDE

  • Accommodation on board
  • All meals while on board
  • Purified water, coffee, and tea available during the cruise
  • Transfers in the islands during operational days
  • English speaking naturalist guide
  • Islands excursions and activities according to the Itinerary
  • Snorkel equipment (mask, tube, & fins)
  • Wetsuit
  • Kayaks on board

RATES NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to/from the Galapagos Islands
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
  • Migratory Control Card
  • Alcoholic & all bottled drinks
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Travel, cancellation and medical insurance

Full Tecnical Details

Main Deck


Lower Deck


Upper Deck


Cruise Speed: 8 knots (appx.)
Safety:
  • VHF (DSC) & HF (DSC) radios
  • EPIRB
  • SART
  • Hunter satellite tracking device
  • 2 GPSs
  • 2 radars
  • depth sounder
  • flares
  • basic first aid kits
  • 2 tenders with outboards
  • fin keels for extra stability
  • flotation rings
  • life rafts with surplus capacity for all passengers and crew
  • fire alarm system
Guest Capacity: 16 passengers
Crew: All crew are fully trained and certified. Captain, multilingual naturalist guide, cook, engineers, barman, and 4 sailors.
Type: Motor Vessel, Steel hull
Beam: 24ft
Year of construction: 2018
Accommodation: 8 cabins each with private bath. Hot / cold water showers. Combination of Queen, Double and Twin sized mattresses.
L.O.A.: 88ft
Salon Dimensions: 17.5ft x 35ft
Mechanical Equipment: 1 main Caterpillar Engine, 3 Generators (110v), 2 reverse osmosis water makers, sewage treatment plant

Prices

Cachalote Prices

2020 prices per person starting at:

ACCOMMODATION 7 NIGHTS 5 NIGHTS
All Cabins
$ 3,000 $ 2,250
Charter $ 48,000 $ 36,000

2021 prices per person starting at:

ACCOMMODATION 7 NIGHTS 5 NIGHTS
Standard Cabin 1-2
$ 4,500 $ 3,375
Standard Cabin 3-7
$ 4,400 $ 3,300
Standard Cabin 8
$ 4,000 $ 3,000
Charter $ 70,400 $ 52,800

Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

These rates are valid all year round, except for high season departures.

Itinerary Cachalote Explorer

Visit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointGalapagos Map
Wed AM Baltra IslandArrival in Baltra airport and transfer to the boat. Briefing onboard about the boat and the island.
PM Santa Cruz Island: HighlandsThe highlands are located in the northern part of the island and can reach elevations up to 1500 mt. Read more...
Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin StationAn organisation that provides scientific assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galapagos. Read more...
Thu AM Sombrero Chino IslandThe landing is on a beautiful crescent-shaped beach, home to sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Read more...
PM Rábida IslandA bird-watcher´s delight. Species includes Flycatchers, Galapagos Hawks and Brown Pelicans. Read more...
Fri AM Isabela Island: Puerto VillamilA small peaceful town with a laid back atmosphere and long white-sand, palm-lined beaches. Read more...
PM Isabela Island: Sierra Negra VolcanoOn the way up you can see lush vegetation and the summit offers a spectacular view of the lowlands. Read more...
Sat AM Isabela Island: Moreno PointBeautiful rocky shores where penguins and shore birds, including blue herons, are usually spotted. Read more...
PM Isabela Island: Elizabeth BayAs enter you the bay, hawks can soar overhear and schools of fish can be seen swimming underneath. Read more...
Sun AM Isabela Island: Urbina BayIts waters are a good place to see turtles and rays. Ashore you´ll find a short trail leading to a coral reef. Read more...
PM Isabela Island: Tagus CoveAn opportunity to see penguins as well as marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions. Read more...
Mon AM Fernandina Island: Espinosa PointA narrow stretch of land where hundreds of marine iguanas gather largely on black lava rocks. Read more...
PM Isabela Island: Vicente Roca PointThe remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay protected from ocean swells. Read more...
Tue AM Santiago Island: Puerto EgasPuerto Egas, with its black sand beaches, was the site of small salt mining industry in the 1960s. Read more...
PM Bartholomew IslandBartholomew is home of the Pinnacle Rock, the most famous view in the Galapagos, and a beautiful white-sanded beach. Read more...
Wed AM North Seymour IslandExplore the rocky coast, passing colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds. Read more...
Baltra. Transfer to the Airport.
Visit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointGalapagos Map
Wed AM Baltra IslandArrival in Baltra airport and transfer to the boat. Briefing onboard about the boat and the island.
PM Santa Cruz Island: El ChatoA reserve in the highlands where you have the opportunity to observe the giant tortoise in the wild. Read more...
Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin StationAn organisation that provides scientific assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galapagos. Read more...
Thu AM Santa Fe IslandA volcanic uplift that hosts a forest of Opuntia and palo santo. Endemic land iguanas are often seen. Read more...
PM South Plaza IslandSouth Plaza has one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos. Read more...
Fri AM San Cristobal Island: Cerro BrujoA beautiful white-sand beach full of pelicans, blue-footed boobies, sea lions and marine iguanas. Read more...
PM San Cristobal Island: El Junco LagoonA small crater within a large caldera of a volcano, is the only permanent freshwater lake in the Galapagos. Read more...
Sat AM Española Island: Gardner BayGardner Bay has a magnificent beach with turquoise waters. The bay is home of a large colony of sea lions. Read more...
PM Española Island: Suárez PointSuarez Point is one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago. Read more...
Sun AM Floreana Island: Cormorant PointCormorant Point offers a trail overlooking a saltwater lagoon that is a favourite of flamingos. Read more...
PM Floreana Island: Post Office BayA white-sand beach where in the past sailors used to leave and receive their letters in a barrel. Read more...
Mon AM Santa Cruz Island: Dragon HillA hypersalinic lagoon frequented by flamingos, stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. Read more...
PM Santiago Island: Sullivan BayThe lava field has a variety of patterns made by the shapes and textures of trees that once existed there. Read more...
Tue AM Genovesa Island: Darwin BayA coral beach where a 750 mt. trail takes you through more seabird colonies. Read more...
PM Genovesa Island: Prince Phillip´s StepsAn extraordinary, steep path leads through a seabird colony full of life, up to cliffs that are 25m high. Read more...
Wed AM Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle CoveThis shallow inlet is surrounded by mangroves and provides natural protection for a variety of marine life. Read more...
Baltra. Transfer to the Airport.
Visit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointVisit PointGalapagos Map
Wed AM Baltra IslandArrival in Baltra airport and transfer to the boat. Briefing onboard about the boat and the island.
PM Santa Cruz Island: El ChatoA reserve in the highlands where you have the opportunity to observe the giant tortoise in the wild. Read more...
Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin StationAn organisation that provides scientific assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galapagos. Read more...
Thu AM Santa Fe IslandA volcanic uplift that hosts a forest of Opuntia and palo santo. Endemic land iguanas are often seen. Read more...
PM South Plaza IslandSouth Plaza has one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos. Read more...
Fri AM San Cristobal Island: Cerro BrujoA beautiful white-sand beach full of pelicans, blue-footed boobies, sea lions and marine iguanas. Read more...
PM San Cristobal Island: El Junco LagoonA small crater within a large caldera of a volcano, is the only permanent freshwater lake in the Galapagos. Read more...
Sat AM Española Island: Gardner BayGardner Bay has a magnificent beach with turquoise waters. The bay is home of a large colony of sea lions. Read more...
PM Española Island: Suárez PointSuarez Point is one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago. Read more...
Sun AM Floreana Island: Cormorant PointCormorant Point offers a trail overlooking a saltwater lagoon that is a favourite of flamingos. Read more...
PM Floreana Island: Post Office BayA white-sand beach where in the past sailors used to leave and receive their letters in a barrel. Read more...
Mon AM Santa Cruz Island: Dragon HillA hypersalinic lagoon frequented by flamingos, stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. Read more...
PM Santiago Island: Sullivan BayThe lava field has a variety of patterns made by the shapes and textures of trees that once existed there. Read more...
Tue AM Genovesa Island: Darwin BayA coral beach where a 750 mt. trail takes you through more seabird colonies. Read more...
PM Genovesa Island: Prince Phillip´s StepsAn extraordinary, steep path leads through a seabird colony full of life, up to cliffs that are 25m high. Read more...
Wed AM Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle CoveThis shallow inlet is surrounded by mangroves and provides natural protection for a variety of marine life. Read more...
PM Santa Cruz Island: HighlandsThe highlands are located in the northern part of the island and can reach elevations up to 1500 mt. Read more...
Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin StationAn organisation that provides scientific assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galapagos. Read more...
Thu AM Sombrero Chino IslandThe landing is on a beautiful crescent-shaped beach, home to sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Read more...
PM Rábida IslandA bird-watcher´s delight. Species includes Flycatchers, Galapagos Hawks and Brown Pelicans. Read more...
Fri AM Isabela Island: Puerto VillamilA small peaceful town with a laid back atmosphere and long white-sand, palm-lined beaches. Read more...
PM Isabela Island: Sierra Negra VolcanoOn the way up you can see lush vegetation and the summit offers a spectacular view of the lowlands. Read more...
Sat AM Isabela Island: Moreno PointBeautiful rocky shores where penguins and shore birds, including blue herons, are usually spotted. Read more...
PM Isabela Island: Elizabeth BayAs enter you the bay, hawks can soar overhear and schools of fish can be seen swimming underneath. Read more...
Sun AM Isabela Island: Urbina BayIts waters are a good place to see turtles and rays. Ashore you´ll find a short trail leading to a coral reef. Read more...
PM Isabela Island: Tagus CoveAn opportunity to see penguins as well as marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions. Read more...
Mon AM Fernandina Island: Espinosa PointA narrow stretch of land where hundreds of marine iguanas gather largely on black lava rocks. Read more...
PM Isabela Island: Vicente Roca PointThe remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay protected from ocean swells. Read more...
Tue AM Santiago Island: Puerto EgasPuerto Egas, with its black sand beaches, was the site of small salt mining industry in the 1960s. Read more...
PM Bartholomew IslandBartholomew is home of the Pinnacle Rock, the most famous view in the Galapagos, and a beautiful white-sanded beach. Read more...
Wed AM North Seymour IslandExplore the rocky coast, passing colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds. Read more...
Baltra. Transfer to the Airport.

Similar Yachts to the Cachalote Explorer

What people experienced on board of Cachalote Explorer

Hi Maria, thank you so much for your email!

Our trip with the Beluga was fantastic! We thought the boat was quite nice, the staff incredible and David Paez specifically set an extremely high bar.
He was (...)

Alex Scott
USA, October 2017
Posted on:
Beluga Reviews

Hello Maria,

Just wanted to tell you that we had a fantastic time during our eight day adventure in the Amazon aboard the Anaconda as well as the eight days in the Galapagos aboard the Seaman Journey. Thank (...)

William and Valerie Geiger
USA, October 2017
Posted on:
Seaman Journey Reviews

Oh my god, Maria….the trip was amazing. Your planning was impeccable. We loved the Galaxy Two that we were changed to. We actually wished we had done a 7night instead of a 5 night…..but once we were in Puerto (...)

Sally Huntley
October 2017
Posted on:
EcoGalaxy Reviews

Maria

We had a great trip, so thanks very much for organizing. Oscar and Patricio make a great team and they really enhanced our stay.

There isn't a lot we would change. We did amend the itinerary on a (...)

Alastair Murray
UK, August 2017
Posted on:
Natural Paradise Reviews

Dear Francisco Vela,

I wanted to thank you for such a wonderfully memorable trip! My family and I had such an incredible experience and made some really good friends on the cruise too!

Thank you for making the arrangements!

Sincerely,

Le Eiko Hockema
August 2017
Posted on:
Galapagos Legend Testimonials

It was a dream come true. That said, I was really missing taking the kids. there were a few who got tickets for $2500 and still the boat was half empty so they may have gone down further and i could have (...)

Jai
USA, August 2017
Posted on:
Tip Top II Reviews

Dear Pablo,

We are just Flying back home now after our wonderful Galapagos holiday. We had an excellent time and the boat was wonderful.

All arrangements were very smooth, so thank you very much for your (...)

Sarah Wadsworth
British, July 2017
Posted on:
Odyssey Reviews

Maria,
We had a very good time on our trip. Everything went smoothly, including the transfers to the airport. We were able to meet up with the naturalist from the Beluga without any problems. Also, we were (...)

Mary Wood
USA, May 2017
Posted on:
Beluga Reviews

Dear Maria Soledad,

our Galapagos trip was wonderful.
It was perfectly organized.
Everybody of the staff on the Santa Cruz II Ship was very friendly and helpful.
We did a lot of activities and each was a (...)

Andreas Traup
Germany, April 2017
Posted on:
Santa Cruz II Reviews

Dear Mr. Vela,
we are pleased to let you know about our travel experiences to Galápagos and ​the Selva.

One thing to mention before all: Your tour guide, Mr. Harry Jiménez, is of very high value for your (...)

Soraya & Egon Nacke
April 2017
Posted on:
Petrel Reviews

Dear Veronica

I just wanted to send this short note to thank you for all your help in organizing what has been an amazing holiday here in Ecuador. The Galapagos was unforgettable. The Beagle, it's crew and (...)

Tom
Australia, March 2017
Posted on:
Beagle Reviews

Hello Maria

Not sure if there are too many photos here - but I will give it a go.

Well, we have been home one week - what a trip we had - the Galapagos are amazing I have to pinch myself to believe I was (...)

Anne Noonan
Australia, March 2017
Posted on:
Tip Top IV Reviews

Hi Gabriela,

I apologize for the delay in responding to this email. Things got pretty crazy upon returning to work and life in St. Louis.

Thank you so much for everything!!! I wanted to let you know that (...)

Suzanne Gellman
USA, March 2017
Posted on:
Sea Star Journey Reviews

Dear Maria!

Thank you very much for your letter!

Our trip and services were very good as well as experience with you as our agent. All of your recommendations were reasonable. Thats why we chose you as (...)

Andrey Khaykin
Russia, March 2017
Posted on:
EcoGalaxy Reviews

Hello Elena

Thus a greeting from Frants and Lis.
We are very pleased with the entire course of the ride, it's been a pleasure throughout.
Many thanks to you for a good and fast service.

Best regards

Lis and Frants
February 2017
Posted on:
Isabela II Reviews

Dear Maria,

Doug and I wanted to thank you so much for the amazing Galapagos trip that you planned for us. Everything was planned and executed seamlessly. We had a wonderful time touring Quito and of course (...)

Kiran Talvadkar and Doug Butterworth
USA, February 2017
Posted on:
Galapagos Legend Testimonials

Hi, Maria. I wanted to take a few moments to express our gratitude for your work in putting this trip together for us.

Everything worked perfectly. All the drivers showed up on time and where very friendly. (...)

Prof. Sheryl Schoenacher
USA, January 2017
Posted on:
Galapagos Legend Testimonials

Hi Maria,

We've had such a wonderful time in Ecuador - so many unforgettable memories! Your recommendations for the cruise and itinerary were right on, everything worked out perfectible for us with Legend (...)

Igor
USA, December 2016
Posted on:
Galapagos Legend Testimonials

Dear Gabriela

Sorry for that late answer. We really enjoyed our trips to the Amazonas and to Galapagos.

It was everything perfectly organized and the people of the tour very friendly. Very good guides and (...)

Irina and Claudia
2016
Posted on:
Estrella del Mar I

Dear Gabriela,

We just returned home today after an unforgettable trip to Ecuador and Peru.

We have only positiv feedback - every contact with you was a pleasure, you were always very helpful and all your (...)

Tatiana
Germany, 2016
Posted on:
Santa Cruz II Reviews

Why Book With Columbus Travel?

When you book a Galapagos trip with Columbus Travel, you are assured:

World Class Service
Expert Advice
The Best Value

Contact us today for a free personalized itinerary and quote:

Go to Top