Archipel I, Galapagos

Excellent diving and guidance

“Excursions on boat and on the islands. Seeing the blue footed booby and flamingos.”

Patrick K, United States United States
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  • Flexible 3, 4, or 7-night expeditions
  • Stunning sea views from all cabins
  • Delicious buffet food & catering options
  • Exciting activities & up-close encounters

The Archipel I Catamaran offers guests the choice of 3, 4, or 7 nights for their Galapagos Expedition. The 27m Archipel I catamaran ensures a comfortable stay in well-equipped accommodations. Archipel I caters to a maximum of 16 passengers in 8 air-conditioned, en-suite cabins. 6 of the cabins offer twin side-by-side beds, while the other 2 cabins have one double bed. Each cabin has wonderful sea views, reading lights, and wardrobes. The dining room brings guests together at mealtimes to enjoy delicious buffet food, and various dietary restrictions can be catered to. The lounge and bar area is a great place to unwind and discuss the day's highlights while enjoying cocktails, beer, a selection of wines, and soft drinks. Or why not enjoy a cocktail on the top deck with stunning views and sea breeze, or soak up some rays during the day on the comfortable sun loungers?

The itineraries aboard Archipel I offer guests the chance to explore the Galapagos Islands and get up close to nature. Kayaking through mangroves, snorkeling with playful sea lions, visiting Galapagos tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Centre, and much more are all part of the itinerary while on your small ship cruise to the Galapagos Islands.

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Included: VAT, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Kayaks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Snorkel Gear.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (100-200 USD per trip), Visas and Fees (20 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Travel Insurance, Gratuities (30 USD per day), Local Flights (470-510 USD per trip), Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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Boat features

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Nearly 1:1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Budget Friendly Cruise
  • Family Friendly Cruise
  • Kayaks

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Welcome Cocktails
  • Al Fresco Dining

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.

Languages Spoken

The crew speaks English and Spanish.

Gear Rental

There is equipment available to rent on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form.
You will need to pay for the rental gear on board of the boat. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2005
  • Year renovated 2023
  • Length 26.8 meters
  • Beam 10.80 meters
  • Top speed 10 Knots
  • Cruising speed 8 knots
  • Engines 2 CUMMINS / 6CTA8-3MI
  • Max guests 16
  • Number of cabins 8
  • Number of bathrooms 8
  • Tenders 2 Zodiac Caribe 8 pax
  • Fuel capacity 2300 Gallons
  • Freshwater maker 1300 Gallons

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Archipel I Reviews

  • 8.9 Fabulous
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Activities
  5. Value
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Patrick K
  • United States United States
The way to see the Galapagos

Excursions on boat and on the islands. Seeing the blue footed booby and flamingos.

Recommended for
Variety of things to see, food on board and small group
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Chelsea P
  • United States United States

We hit all the major islands and got to interact with all the animals we’d hoped to except the elusive hammerhead. The trip was 5-stars overall, though the boat is starting to show some age.

Recommended for
Breadth of animals seen, passion of guide, helpfulness of staff
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Adrienne C
  • United States United States
We had a great time on the comfortable Archival 1 exploring a variety of islands in the Galapagos.

Highlights of our trip was viewing hundreds of unique birds nesting on Genovese, snorkeling with sharks, turtles and rays, and being together on this adventure. My one negative comment would be that it is not really a 4 day-3 night trip. The 4th "day" consisted of a visit to a tortoise reserve and a 10am drop off at the airport to catch our flight to Quito. I requested a later flight but were given no other option.

Recommended for
Variety of islands and wildlife; Comfort of the boat, crew service
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Richard R
  • United States United States
The experience was full of activity and great hospitality.

Snorkeling with the sea lions

Recommended for
Guide. Food. Service.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Frances B
  • United States United States

Fabulous staff great food amazing walks wild animals good snorkeling

Recommended for
People animals guide
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Timothy R
  • United States United States
Most Amazing 8 Days of my Life!

Swimming with Hammerhead Sharks, seals, penguins, turtles! Seeing the owl eating a bird, seals chilling on the Zodiac with a shark circling in the water. The boat and staff were incredible! Salsa Night! The price being 56% off due to covid!

Recommended for
Amazing Catamaran, Swimming with Hammerhead Sharks, Sharing these incredible experiences with new friends
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Garrett E
  • United States United States
The best one week vacation we've ever taken.

Exploring the islands (twice a day), along with snorkeling (twice a day) and kayaking.

Recommended for
Naturalist, crew, small group.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Emer C
  • Ireland Ireland
The staff were amazing, food was delicious.


Recommended for
Staff service, staff friendliness, food.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Renee T
  • Norway Norway
Beautiful boat

We had a wonderful trip. The boat is beautiful and very well taken care of. The schedule is a bit strange if you stay for more than 4 days as they stopover at different locations and change passengers and guide. It created some confusion and repetitive activities. I missed more vegetarian/healthy options for food and more focus on sustainability (sunscreen use, recycling etc). But all in all very good and highly recomendable.

Recommended for
The upper deck, the cleanliness, the comfort
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Leon V
  • Netherlands Netherlands

The whole trip was a highlight

Recommended for
Galapagos, Snorkeling and snorkeling