Golondrina, Galapagos

Excellent diving and guidance

“Snorkeling, tortoises and sea turtles galore! Did the 5 day but really only 3 days on boat, I wouldve booked the 8 day if I co…”

Meredith P, United States United States
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  • Freshly prepared local cuisine
  • Snorkeling, swimming, and hiking activities

Join the Golondrina yacht for an exciting small-ship cruise in the Galapagos Islands. Catering to just 16 guests, she offers attention to detail, a relaxing atmosphere, and personalized service. Eight twin bunk-bed cabins are available, each carpeted with en-suite bathrooms, hot water showers, and AC. Social areas include a comfortable dining room where local freshly prepared dishes are served a la carte style, an indoor salon and bar with entertainment facilities, and a sun deck perfect for relaxing between activities.

The Golondrina yacht offers 5- and 8-day itineraries designed so guests experience the best of the Galapagos Islands and the incredible wildlife diversity. Snorkel with sea lions and penguins, swim with turtles and rays, and hike to spectacular panoramic viewpoints. Itineraries can also be combined back to back to see everything the Galapagos offers.

The experienced and professional crew of the Golondrina yacht is on hand to help during your memorable small-ship cruise. Book online today.

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Choose your departure date adventure cruise | snorkelling only


Included: VAT, Fuel Surcharge, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Cabin Towels.

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

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Local Flights (520 USD per trip), Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Snorkel Gear (25-35 USD per trip).

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
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Naturalist Itineraries
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Bar
  • Naturalist Guide

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Vegan Options

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

  • Length 22.22 meters
  • Beam 5.09 meters
  • Cruising speed 8 knots
  • Max guests 16
  • Number of cabins 8
  • Number of bathrooms 8

Boat Navigation and Safety

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

Golondrina Reviews

  • 8.7 Fabulous
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Activities
  5. Value
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Meredith P
  • United States United States
Basic accommododies but great food, crew and guides

Snorkeling, tortoises and sea turtles galore! Did the 5 day but really only 3 days on boat, I wouldve booked the 8 day if I could go back in time, you see a lot more and is less time on the boat then I thought. Only recommend if you are ok with tight uncomfy sleeping quarters, rest of boat was nice and comfy.

Recommended for
places visted, guide knowledge and food
  • 7.6 Good
  • Amy M
  • United States United States
Safety and comfort were issues

Snorkeling was amazing. However the Boats to take us in to snorkel did not work properly Engines kept failing and was not safe. The crew did their best with what was given to them so not their fault but the owner of the boat needs to update engines and comfort of boat. No hot water for showers after freezing in ocean. Life jackets had a lot of broken clips.

Recommended for
The guide and crew did excellent job
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Ofer Z
  • United States United States
Ok, but switched to another boat

The Galapagos are nice but this itinerary has few highlights, lots of dead time and rather limited marine experience. Highlights were the iguanas and seals, and one of the two snorkeling trips

Recommended for
Nice surroundings, friendly staff
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Nora F
  • United States United States
A lot in a small package

The ship was small enabling the crew to assist each of us almost on a one on one basis. This let me feel more comfortable attempting the lava fields and the ocean snorkeling. The knowledge of our guide about each island and animal species left me feeling as if I had lived in that area for years. I highly recommend the Golondrina and her wonderful crew.

Recommended for
The great support of the crew, the indegenious wildlife, the friendliness of the passengers
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Sheena R
  • Canada Canada
Fantastic experience of a lifetime

Every day brought new experiences and fresh excitement. It was completely stunning to be able to be so close to all the wonderful creatures of the Galapagos

Recommended for
Roberto, our guide; the food; the activities
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Elizabeth M
  • Canada Canada
A fabulous experience!

The scenery and animals (both above and below the water) exceeded my expectations!

Recommended for
The guide (Roberto), the food, the friendly, helpful crew.
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Alison W
  • Australia Australia
Enjoyable cruise but definitely not luxury

For me the highlight of the trip was the early morning boat ride through the mangroves watching the manta rays and turtles gliding by. Just beautiful.

Recommended for
Cruising the Galápagos Islands, wildlife, crew and guide,
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Colleen M
  • Canada Canada
A once in a lifetime trip

Seeing the Galapagos Islands and the wildlife

Recommended for
Access to the islands, crew and guild friendliness, and the small group
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Anna D
  • Belgium Belgium
Would do it again

I loved it. The crew was really nice, the other guest as well. The guide was really good and friendly. Not 100% my style of guiding but that is just really personal. The boat is an old boat and that came with some problems. One of them was that the airconditioning was not working in my room. So I slept some nights with the door open. Half way the trip some some guest got off (they only booked 5 days), then I changed to a room with working airconditioning. My trip on this boat is more for young people or really active older people who don’t mind the problems that can be expected with an old boat.

Recommended for
Wildlife, snorkelling, good company/crew
  • 6.0 Review score
  • Peter R
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
The most appalling unhealthy ship I have ever been on, it should be condemned as a threat to health and your company should not promote it.

The wonderful bird and marine life, the scenery, the guide and crew. What a wonderful experience, but sadly at the end of the holiday it was wonderful to get off such an appalling ship.

Recommended for
The islands, the guide and the captain and crew.