Xavier III, Galapagos

  • from US$ 276 / day
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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.


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Included: VAT, Accommodation, All meals, Naturalist Guide, Domestic Flights, Snorkel Gear

Excluded: Air tickets to/from Quito, Galapagos Entrance Fee (currently USD S100 per adult), Transit Card (currently USD S20 per adult - subject to change), lunch & dinner in Quito, beverages, tips, extras, airport to hotel transfers (from €25pp). Buses from Baltra airport to Itabaca or Caleta dock and vice versa will cost US$ 5.00 per person per way.

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

  • Leisure Deck
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Observation deck

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Selection of wines
  • A la carte

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

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