Cachalote Explorer, Galapagos

Excellent boat comfort

“The wildlife viewing on land and snorkeling are without a doubt the highlights of a Galapagos cruise. The variety and abundance of…”

Marc M, United States United States
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    • Spacious cabins with ocean views
    • Freshly prepared local cuisine
    • Experienced naturalist guide

Cruise the Galapagos Islands in comfort aboard the Cachalote Explorer yacht. Built for stability and fitted with modern amenities, she offers the perfect small-ship cruise in the Galapagos. Panoramic windows in the salon and open deck spaces create an inviting environment for all guests onboard. Enjoy breathtaking views whilst dining on freshly prepared local cuisine, or relax on the sundeck whilst keeping an eye out for whales and dolphins. Eight spacious cabins are spread out over the lower and upper decks. Cabins 1 & 2 are on the upper deck and feature 1 queen bed plus 1 single bunk bed with ocean views. On the lower deck are 5 queen bed cabins and 1 twin. All cabins feature individually controlled air-conditioning, storage space, and private en-suite bathrooms.

The Cachalote Explorer offers 2 different 8-day Galapagos itineraries. The “Fernandina” itinerary focuses on the Central and Western Islands. Also, it includes visits to Fernandina and Western Isabela, where guests can enjoy spectacular views of volcanoes and get up close to large colonies of marine iguanas. The “Tower” itinerary explores the Central, Southern, and Northern Islands and includes visits to Tower & Hood Islands to visit Gardener Bay and Prince Phillip Steps. Each unique itinerary is led by a highly experienced naturalist guide to ensure a memorable trip.

Book online today to start planning your once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos small-ship cruise.

Choose your departure date adventure cruise | no scuba diving


Included: VAT, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Snorkel Gear, Snorkeling Guide, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries.

Required Extras: Domestic Flight Non-Issuance Fee (50 USD per trip), Fuel Surcharge (55-75 USD per trip), National Park Fees (100-200 USD per trip), Visas and Fees (20 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities (250-350 USD per trip), Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Local Flights (530 USD per trip), Alcoholic Beverages, Alcoholic Drinks at Dinner, Soft drinks, Soft Drinks at Meal Times, Wine with Dinner.

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
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Warm Water Showers
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Cabins
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Leisure Deck
  • Bar
  • Family Friendly Cruise
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available
  • Vegan Options
  • Wine Available
  • Welcome Cocktails

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.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1988
  • Year renovated 2000
  • Length 88 ft.
  • Beam 24 ft.
  • Cruising speed 8 knots
  • Max guests 16 passengers
  • Number of cabins 8

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • First Aid Kits
  • Emergency flares

Cachalote Explorer Reviews

  • 9.0 Superb
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Activities
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Marc M
  • United States United States
Cachalote Explorere Galapagos cruise.

The wildlife viewing on land and snorkeling are without a doubt the highlights of a Galapagos cruise. The variety and abundance of wildlife were incredible. The Cachalote Explorer experience was exceptional. It is a no frills older boat but with considerable charm and ample comfort. The crew was experienced, helpful and friendly. The food was abundant and delicious. The local guide was extremely knowledgeable, very experienced and entertaining. I would have no hesitation to repeat a trip using the same boat.

Recommended for
1. Galapagos wildlife. 2. Fellow travelers, guide and crew. 3. Galapagos scenery.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Julien H
  • France France
Very good trip to have a great view of galapagos

Great to see a lot of places impossible to see without a cruise. Good crew and good ambiance with family!

Recommended for
The guide was a fan of snorkeling so pushing us with marine life but he had an extensive knowledge of galapagos happy to share.