galapagos

sep 2-11, 2017

$6,100-$7,400 (see accommodation options below)

Our photo adventure trip to the Galapagos Islands will be an experience of a lifetime. Each day will feature a different area of the amazing Galapagos Islands. Our expedition yacht has the ability to anchor close to our attractions and our small group size means that we can be nimble while photographing nature’s splendor. Our trip includes 7 nights on a Galapagos cruise and two nights in Guayaquil Ecuador. 

tour description

The food on our yacht is wonderful and cooked by some of the best chefs on the water. We’ll have access to snorkel equipment and kayaks. We’ll also have the opportunity for underwater photography if you decide to take on that challenge. Our outfitters run some of the best trips in the Galapagos. They are certified with SmartVoyager, a voluntary environmental program developed by Corporacion y Desarollo from Ecuador and The Rainforest Alliance from New York since 2000. This program gives a “green seal of approval” to tour boats that comply with strict requirements to tread lightly on the area’s fragile ecosystem.

Temperatures during our adventure will range from the low 60s F at night to the upper 70s F during the day. 

Galapagos is a sub­tropical destination and most of the seabirds and reptiles nest year round. Because of this, it is possible to see courtship, mating, chicks hatching and rearing during the trip. 

Each day typically begins with an early 7:30am breakfast followed by the first shore excursion. We return for lunch followed by a siesta while the vessel navigates to the next island. Mid­afternoon, we disembark for the second excursion and return to the boat by sunset. 

Before dinner, we hold a briefing for the next day’s shore excursions. In the evenings, we motor to the next island arriving early in the morning for a new adventure. 

We must be accompanied at all times by our naturalist guides who have been trained by the Darwin Station and licensed by the National Park. They know each visitor site intimately and share their knowledge on nature walks during the day and in briefings in the evenings. 

Our vessel will anchor offshore at two visitor sites per day while we are ferried to our landing points in small zodiac­style tenders (locally called “pangas”). The landings are either wet (where one must step into water anywhere from your ankles to your knees and wade to shore) or dry (where one steps from the zodiac directly to the volcanic rock). Your guide and dingy driver will assist you with a steady hand. 

On the Islands, one must follow marked trails set by the National Park walking at a leisurely pace. The guides will interpret and explain the unusual sights you see. You’ll spend 3­4 hours at each site allowing plenty of time to explore and photograph the abundant wildlife. There are opportunities to swim or snorkel almost every day during the week and sometimes twice a day. Kayaks can be used only at designated sites approved by the National Park. 

This is the perfect trip for couples to participate in a safe, yet intrepid adventure together. If you’ve been looking for a time to check Galapagos off your bucket list, then this is it! 

Itinerary

Saturday – Depart your home airport. Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador and check­in at hotel. 

Sunday – Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (airport) to Playa Ochoa (ZN), Leon Dormido 

Monday – Prince Philip’s Steps, Darwin Bay 

Tuesday – Bachas Beach, North Seymour 

Wednesday – Punta Espinosa, Tagus Cove

Thursday – Elizabeth Bay, Urbina Bay 

Friday – Puerto Egas, Rabida Island 

Saturday – Darwin Station, Santa Fe Island 

Sunday – Interpretation Center (airport) Arrive to Guayaquil and check­in at hotel.

Monday – Depart Guayaquil airport. Fly home. 

the yacht, our guides and other information

Our expedition yacht is designed for small, intimate groups. The boat has a maximum capacity of 20 passengers and our group will take 10­ to 13 of those positions. Therefore, we’ll be sharing the boat with other travelers. However, our group will operate as an independent team with our own Academy professional photographer leader and guide. 

The yacht was built in 1991 and was custom designed for Galapagos cruising. It is refurbished annually and features three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors trimmed with brass.

Accommodations include ten double outside ­facing cabins with a window or porthole view. Each room is fully air conditioned with private bath, drawers, intercom and climate controls. We have a dining room, well stocked bar and a conference area with flat screen TV. Every day we’ll be able to relax in a lounge chair on the sun deck enjoying the sea breezes, sunshine or a sky full of stars.

We will have two naturalist guides on board who will accompany us during our shore excursions. Each day we will have intimate access to animals and landscapes as we traverse the island chain. 

PRICE: $6,100-$7,400

 

the ship has various accommodations in different price ranges. see directly below for options.

  • Iguana Deck: $6,100 per person in double room
  • Booby Deck: $6,500 per person in single room
  • Dolphin Deck: $6,900 per person in single room
  • Single Occupancy Room: $7,400

price includes

  • 2 nights hotel in Guayaquil 
  • Airfare from Guayaquil to Galapagos Islands 
  • Cabin accommodation on yacht 
  • Park entrance fees 
  • All transfers 
  • Transit control card
  • All meals on board ship (full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks)
  • Purified water
  • Non­alcoholic beverages (local beer/wine is included with dinner) 
  • Wet suits 
  • Pro snorkeling equipment 
  • Sea kayaks use
  • Professional photography instructors Dean Tatooles and Tim Vollmer

price does not include

  • International airfare to and from Guayaquil
  • Gratuity for yacht crew and guides (typically $175 per participant) 
  • On board purchases (bar and boutique) 
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • What is not mentioned as included

 

tour overview:

  • Dates: September 2-11, 2017
  • Price: $6,100-$7,400 (see accommodation options below)
  • Region: Galapagos Islands
  • Education: field instruction, class instruction and one-on-one critiques
  • Photographic themes: Wildlife, landscape, seascape, nature
  • Points of Interest: Guayaquil, Playa Ochoa, Prince Philip’s Steps, Darwin Bay, Bachas Beach, North Seymour, Punta Espinosa, Tagus Cove, Elizabeth Bay, Urbina Bay, Puerto Egas, Rabida Island, Darwin Station, Santa Fe Island

Photography instructor: Tim Vollmer

Photography instructor: Dean Tatooles

Photography instructor: Dean Tatooles

Tim has everything. He has the knowledge, the eye, the patience. He is an amazing photographer, one of the best I know. A great person and professional photographer. Highly recommended him - he is just amazing.
— Sharon Hahn