Our complete itineraries are developed for the benefit of our passengers, who will have the opportunity to combine hiking, snorkeling, beach and kayaking; our professional guides will introduce you to the most relevant sites on each island.
• Islands you will visit: San Cristobal Island, Española Island, Santa Cruz Island, North Seymour Island, Genovesa Island, Santiago Island, Bartholomew Island
The name of this island means "Sea Lion Island." This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.
Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling.
Pitt Point, situated on the northeastern tip of the island, hosts frigatebirds, storm petrels, and all three types of booby birds: the Nazca, blue-footed and red-footed boobies. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area with an abundance of birds. This site is also great for snorkeling and scuba diving.
This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. A beautiful site on the ocean front, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.
Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. It has an ample white sandy beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkeling.
Reached by bus from Puerto Ayora, the highlands of Santa Cruz are a deep green contrasting beautifully with much of the dry, lower islands. The dominant vegetation in the highlands is the forest of Scalesia trees creating the lush green color. The lava tubes, over half a mile long, are underground and walking through them is a unique, surreal experience.
Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lava containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.
This white sand coral beach heads a half mile trail (0.75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view off a cliff.
Also known as Prince Phillip's Steps, El Barranco’s steep, rocky paths leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.
A coral beach landing leads you towards a lava field as far as the eye can see. Hunt and peck over the two distinguished types of lava, pahoehoe and 'a'a, for signs of plant life that have managed to emerge over the past 100 years since the most recent volcanic explosion. A truly amazing volcanic experience…up close and personal!
Home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one of the best views of the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkeling and possible sightings of the Galapagos penguin.
Situated on Santa Cruz Island, Dragon Hill is one of the newest visitor sites accessible to tourists in the Galapagos Islands. One of the lengthier Galapagos walking trails will lead visitors along a beach and up a trail to the lagoon lookout where bright flamingos, pintail ducks, and land iguanas can be spotted.
Black Turtle Cove is situated in the northern part of Santa Cruz. This inlet is surrounded by mangroves and is only accessible by dinghy. The shallow cove is a safe haven for young marine life. Black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.
The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.
Itineraries are unlikely to change significantly but are subject to change. Weather, wildlife breeding, safety concerns, instructions from the Galapagos National Park, specific abilities and interests of passengers as well as operational matters may cause your guide or captain to change the time or nature of visits. Your guide and captain will always endeavor to select the best itinerary within these limits.
This new Catamaran has 9 comfortable cabins, 8 of them with private balcony. 4 cabins in the upper deck and 5 in the main deck, all the beds can be double or twin. Private facilities in each cabin: private bathrooms, cold/hot water; air conditioned, hair dryer, telephone for internal communication on board, safe box, and high speaker.
This new catamaran has 9 comfortable cabins, 8 of them with private balconies, 4 cabins on the upper deck and 5 on the main deck. All the beds can be king or twin.
All the cabins have an ocean view, exclusive decoration, private bathrooms, cold/hot water, air conditioning, hair dryer, telephone for internal communication on board, safe box and loudspeaker.
Galapagos National Park Fee + Transit Control Card: 120 USD pp
Vessel Type: Catamaran
Length: 31.5 metres
Passenger Capacity: 16
Alya Catamaran is a Luxury cruise ship, built in Guayaquil in 2017. It has 2 life rafts, 2 Zodiacs and it has communication with the Galapagos, the Galagents office and the Ecuadorian Marine Service. Alya Luxury Catamaran offers: 9 comfortable cabins, eight of them have private balconies. The beds in the cabins can be king or twin. - There are many social areas for your comfort and relaxation. - Enjoy a drink from one of the catamaran’s two bars. - The nine crew members and bilingual guide provide for a safe and informative trip in the Galapagos Islands. - Certified bilingual naturalist guide - Snorkel equipment provided and wetsuit rental available. - Safety equipment (35 life jackets - 4 lifebuoys 9mm - Flare light, smoke signals, flashlights with SOS signals and other types of visual signals. - 2 survival rafts, 25 passengers each. - Fire extinguishers 10 lb and 2lb. - Fire hoses 15m. - Fire detectors and complete fire protection system.)
4 Cabins 172ft² / 16m² double cabins (all with private balcony & bathroom) - Bridge - Captain’s Cabin - Bar
5 cabins, One 205ft² / 19m² double cabin. Four 215ft² / 20m² double cabins with private balcony. - Guide’s cabin - Boutique - Porch - Dining room 27.58m² - Living room 27.58m² - Wine storage - Bar - Coffee station
2 Machine Rooms - Crew Dining - 4 Crew Cabins & 1 Double Crew Cabin - Laundry - Cruise Manager
Bar and Restaurant
Tasting the food on board the Alya Luxury Catamaran is a unique experience. The mixture of national and international dishes will surprise you. While on board, you can enjoy a cup of coffee, or cappuccino if you prefer. Our coffee machine is available to you during the day. If you prefer something stronger, you can choose from an assortment of cocktails or beer. We offer a variety of dishes, enough to satisfy the appetite of any guest, and we have a little more for those who want a second helping. If our guests have special dietary needs, such as: lactose intolerance, gluten-free, allergies, vegetarian, etc., we can accomodate their needs. However, keep in mind that we need to know about such needs in advance. Our buffet breakfast includes a variety of sausages; cheese and bread are available. On our buffet lunch, you will find accompaniments, along with hot and cold salads. Dinner is a served meal with two options to choose from. Juice or water will be included at each meal.
While you are sailing through the Galapagos Islands we have comfortable areas for your enjoyment. Have a good time with your family and meet new friends in the lounge and bar. In the dining room area we serve the most delicious food on the seas cooked by our professional chefs. You can also enjoy your food in the alfresco area; it’s a great idea to eat with the ocean view. On the sundeck area we have spacious sofas where you can enjoy the best views and sunsets of your life. Relax in the Jacuzzi while you have some drinks or simply take a rest.
Having entertainment in the Galapagos is important! We have available four double kayaks, two zodiacs for panga rides, and snorkeling equipment. Wetsuits are available for rent. Our complete itineraries are developed for the benefit of our passengers, who will have the opportunity to combine hiking, snorkeling, beach time, swimming, photography, kayaking and animal watching in their natural habitat. Our professional guides will introduce you to the most relevant sites on each island. If you want to do some extra activities while you are enjoying your cruise, such as diving, artisanal fishing, and more, we will be glad to organize something special for you.
Special Offers on Galapagos Cruises aboard Alya
US$1000 OFF or free hotel night & 2 transfers. Select departures in 2018 or 2019
Terms and Conditions apply, special offer is subject to availability, please contact us for more details