Xavier III, Galapagos


Built in 1998, the Xavier III combines comfort and good service with good value for an intimate small ship cruise around the splendid Galapagos Islands. The boat has eight roomy cabins, each with a private bathroom and air conditioning. Those on the upper deck have a window, whilst those on the lower deck have a port hole. Whether you want to relax or socialise with other guests, the spacious common areas will give you what you’re looking for. The rear deck is ideal for soaking up the sights and you can enjoy the sunshine on the sun deck. There’s a large salon with a bar, and you can sink your teeth into tasty local and international cuisine in the spacious dining room. Daily briefings and the onboard naturalist really help you to appreciate the fascinating wildlife and stunning landscapes. Onboard equipment includes free-to-use snorkelling gear and wetsuits.

Join an adventure around the Galapagos aboard the Xavier III, with fabulous trips available for ten, 14, and 21 days. Domestic flights to and from Ecuador’s capital of Quito are included in the cruise rates, and the price also includes a hotel stay in Quito at the start of the tour. Highlights of the ten-day cruise include Black Turtle Cove, Santa Fé Island, Mosquera Island, and Santiago Island, with heaps of nature-spotting opportunities and water activities. The 14-day expedition combines the splendours of the Galapagos Islands with ancient Inca sites along the Inca Trail in Peru, including the “lost city” of Machu Picchu. For the ultimate discovery, the 21-day trip encompasses the biodiversity of the Galapagos and the history of Peru’s Inca Trail.

The warm and welcoming team members on the Xavier III are ready and raring to go, ensuring you have a fantastic cruise to boast about. Don’t miss out; call us or book online to guarantee your chosen dates.

Choose your departure date adventure cruise | snorkelling only


Included: VAT, Local Flights, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Snorkel Gear, Cabin Towels.

Optional Extras: Gratuities, National Park Fees (100 EUR), Visas and Fees (20 EUR), Airport Transfer, 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

  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Naturalist Itineraries
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Naturalist Guide

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Wine Available

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

Xavier III Deck Plan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1998
  • Length 25m / 86ft
  • Beam 7m / 24ft
  • Top speed 12 Knots
  • Engines 2 x Detroit Diesel 8v71
  • Max guests 16
  • Number of cabins 8
  • Number of bathrooms 8

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
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Xavier III Reviews

  • 7.4 Good
  • 5 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Activities
  5. Value
  • 7.2 Good
  • Glenn M
  • United States United States
7-Day Land and Sea: Cheap but not much value

The Galapagos are beautiful and this is one of the few instances where we would consider a guided cruise given that there are only a few places to stay on the archipelago and the majority of sites are accessible only by boat. However, of the seven days of this trip, we spent only one night outside a populated area/harbor, so the benefits of this trip over a cheaper DIY experience involving day trips from Puerto Ayora and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno seem minimal.

Recommended for
Guide enthusiasm; en-suite cabins; Unique flora and fauna
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Josje S
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Amazing experience in Galapagos

Española Island and Rabida Island, also the photo slide show from Jonathan was very nice

Recommended for
Enjoyed our trip
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Allison R
  • United States United States
We saw and experienced much more than I expected on such a short trip.

Penguins and snorkeling.

Recommended for
Diversity of animals we saw, professionalism of our guide Milton, good mix of people on the boat.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Kurt D
  • Denmark Denmark
Close to animals and nature

Get so close to the animals.

Recommended for
Be Bear the animals. See the difference between the Islands. Snorkling
Origin: US