This new catamaran has 9 comfortable cabins, 8 of them with private balconies, 4 cabins on the upper deck and 5 on the main deck. All the beds can be king or twin. All the cabins have an ocean view, exclusive decoration, private bathrooms, cold/hot water, air conditioning, hair dryer, telephone for internal communication on board, safe box and loudspeaker.
Our complete itineraries are developed for the benefit of our passengers, who will have the opportunity to combine hiking, snorkeling, beach and kayaking; our professional guides will introduce you to the most relevant sites on each island.
Reached by bus from Puerto Ayora, the highlands of Santa Cruz are a deep green contrasting beautifully with much of the dry, lower islands. The dominant vegetation in the highlands is the forest of Scalesia trees creating the lush green color. The lava tubes, over half a mile long, are underground and walking through them is a unique, surreal experience.
Moreno Point is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves create a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide pools, green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted. Elizabeth Bay is located on the east coast of Isabela Island. The bay contains many islets which can be visited by dinghy. Penguins and blue-footed boobies can be spotted on the rocky islets. With an abundance of marine life and clear water, the area is perfect for snorkeling and viewing schools of colorful fish, sea lions, and perhaps even sharks.
Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954 causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkeling. No foreign species have ever invaded Fernandina Island, and therefore it is one of the world's most pristine island ecosystems. The volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landspace with lava fields reaching the ocean. The island's highlight features the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.
Tagus Cove is located across from Fernandina Island near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another lovely beach surrounded by mangroves. Located on the northwestern coast of the island and comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (sunfish) may be spotted here. This bay is great for diving and snorkeling.
Espumilla Beach is a popular place for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. The crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eels, and sharks, snorkeling is highly recommended. Also known as James Bay, Egas Port is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur sea lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.
Rabida Island (Jervis) is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago and a great snorkeling site. Its famous maroon sandy beach and stunning lookouts provide wonderful landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance, such as nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans. This small islet is located near the southeast coast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet's summit. This small islet is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tubes and lava flows.
Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, Las Bachas is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest off the beach. In the morning, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.
The Interpretation Center was opened in 1998 as a phase of the project “Interpretation and Environment Education Project.” Visitors enjoy expositions on natural history, human history, and conservation. The conservation efforts represent the movement to protect the wildlife and natural environment through means of population and tourist control. The Interpretation Center has an outdoor stadium, audio-visual equipment, and meeting rooms.
Itineraries are unlikely to change significantly but are subject to change. Weather, wildlife breeding, safety concerns, instructions from the Galapagos National Park, specific abilities and interests of passengers as well as operational matters may cause your guide or captain to change the time or nature of visits. Your guide and captain will always endeavor to select the best itinerary within these limits.
Vessel Type: Catamaran Length: 31.5 metres Passenger Capacity: 16 Built: 2017 Alya Catamaran is a Luxury cruise ship, built in Guayaquil in 2017. It has 2 life rafts, 2 Zodiacs and it has communication with the Galapagos, the Galagents office and the Ecuadorian Marine Service. Alya Luxury Catamaran offers: 9 comfortable cabins, eight of them have private balconies. The beds in the cabins can be king or twin. - There are many social areas for your comfort and relaxation. - Enjoy a drink from one of the catamaran’s two bars. - The nine crew members and bilingual guide provide for a safe and informative trip in the Galapagos Islands. - Certified bilingual naturalist guide - Snorkel equipment provided and wetsuit rental available. - Safety equipment (35 life jackets - 4 lifebuoys 9mm - Flare light, smoke signals, flashlights with SOS signals and other types of visual signals. - 2 survival rafts, 25 passengers each. - Fire extinguishers 10 lb and 2lb. - Fire hoses 15m. - Fire detectors and complete fire protection system.) Upper Deck 4 Cabins 172ft² / 16m² double cabins (all with private balcony & bathroom) - Bridge - Captain’s Cabin - Bar Main Deck 5 cabins, One 205ft² / 19m² double cabin. Four 215ft² / 20m² double cabins with private balcony. - Guide’s cabin - Boutique - Porch - Dining room 27.58m² - Living room 27.58m² - Wine storage - Bar - Coffee station Lower Deck 2 Machine Rooms - Crew Dining - 4 Crew Cabins & 1 Double Crew Cabin - Laundry - Cruise Manager Bar and Restaurant Tasting the food on board the Alya Luxury Catamaran is a unique experience. The mixture of national and international dishes will surprise you. While on board, you can enjoy a cup of coffee, or cappuccino if you prefer. Our coffee machine is available to you during the day. If you prefer something stronger, you can choose from an assortment of cocktails or beer. We offer a variety of dishes, enough to satisfy the appetite of any guest, and we have a little more for those who want a second helping. If our guests have special dietary needs, such as: lactose intolerance, gluten-free, allergies, vegetarian, etc., we can accomodate their needs. However, keep in mind that we need to know about such needs in advance. Our buffet breakfast includes a variety of sausages; cheese and bread are available. On our buffet lunch, you will find accompaniments, along with hot and cold salads. Dinner is a served meal with two options to choose from. Juice or water will be included at each meal. Social Area While you are sailing through the Galapagos Islands we have comfortable areas for your enjoyment. Have a good time with your family and meet new friends in the lounge and bar. In the dining room area we serve the most delicious food on the seas cooked by our professional chefs. You can also enjoy your food in the alfresco area; it’s a great idea to eat with the ocean view. On the sundeck area we have spacious sofas where you can enjoy the best views and sunsets of your life. Relax in the Jacuzzi while you have some drinks or simply take a rest. Activities Having entertainment in the Galapagos is important! We have available four double kayaks, two zodiacs for panga rides, and snorkeling equipment. Wetsuits are available for rent. Our complete itineraries are developed for the benefit of our passengers, who will have the opportunity to combine hiking, snorkeling, beach time, swimming, photography, kayaking and animal watching in their natural habitat. Our professional guides will introduce you to the most relevant sites on each island. If you want to do some extra activities while you are enjoying your cruise, such as diving, artisanal fishing, and more, we will be glad to organize something special for you.
• Islands you will visit: Santa Cruz Island, Isabela Island, Fernandina Island, Santiago, Rabida, South Plaza, San Cristobal Island