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Rating: Superior Tourist    Price from: £2,015pp for 8 days

Cachalote overview

Cachalote is a small schooner-rigged motor sailer, built in 2002 and pleasantly furnished. She has an average cruising speed of 9 knots. While cruising, guests are free to relax on any of the three wooden decks and enjoy the sun and fine views. 

Cachalote has a friendly crew, and a good naturalist guide, to enhance your visit to these wonderful islands. In appropriate conditions the sails may be hoisted, but please note that this happens fairly infrequently.

Cachalote accommodates 16 guests. There are 7 cabins with upper and lower berths and a further double cabin. All have ensuite bathroom with hot shower. They also have individual air conditioning control. The dining room and lounge has panoramic windows, to make the most of the island and ocean views.


Operates: All year. 

Class: Superior Tourist. 

Specifications: Cachalote is a 96 foot ketch-rigged motor schooner with a cruising speed of 9 knots. Cabins: Cachalote has 8 twin/double cabins and 2 suites, all fully air conditioned, accommodating a maximum of 16 passengers. All cabins have private bathrooms with showers. 

Facilities & Crew: Cachalote has a salon with flat screen TV and DVD systems. There is a spacious dining room and a separate bar area. Cachalote is fully air conditioned. Cachalote has 3 wooden decks with ample seating and sun loungers in both the shade and the sun. The ship’s crew consists of the captain, 3 sailors, engineer, chef, barman and naturalist guide. 

Itineraries: Cachalote offers 4, 6, 8 and 15-day itineraries. 

Children of all ages are welcome. Health: The Galapagos Islands are not a malarial area.

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Mr. Ross Nevin

"The highlight of the trip for me was our 8 day cruise aboard this magnificant scooner. We were joined by five other people which made it 7 passengers and 7 crew! The service by the crew was remarkable and we cannot fault anything; we had excellent meals served by the charming yet very entertaining Richard who would dress in full waiter tails for dinner; the room was actually larger than I had expected and was fully functional with en suite bathroom/shower which is used a lot considering all the swimming and activities we did! We had a great guide and itinerary and things were pretty much done to a timetable that seems to have been carefully planned and executed brilliantly! There were some choices to be made re hikes which we were briefed on every evening after dinner such a the excellent 16km Hike to the Sierra Negra volcano on Isabella which is a must I agree but of course it depends on the type of traveller you are. There is also ample space on the decks to relax/sunbath and most navigation takes place in the evening after dinner, we had generally calm seas and the gentle rocking may take a bit of time to get used too but it was fine and we actaully enjoyed it hugely as did the wonderful people we met on board whom we are all now in contact with :)"

Mrs Sam Taylor
"The yacht, staff, guide were great and the food outstanding. The only down side of being on board was my own assumptions that anyone going to the Galapagos would also be a wildlife enthusiast, some of the holiday makers seemed to be there more for the cruise factor and seemed more concerned with getting their 10.30 tea break than the wildlife! which was a little annoying, but that is not a criticism of Tribes."
Mr. Billy Newton and Mrs. Sophia Newton (nee Apostolou)
"A lovely sailing boat. It looks like it could do with a clean on the outside, but inside it is very clean and fairly plush. It was a nice little bar area and a nice place to have meals all together. The rooms are VERY small, but I assume this is to be expected onboard a boat. However, each had a nice ensuite with a good shower, toilet and basin. We were very lucky as we had a double-bed with a single bunk above. That meant we could lay our clothes out on the top bunk. I was worried I would be sea sick, but I was not - even when it was very rocky one night (lying down is best I found! And we were sailing mainly in the night so that was fine). The staff were friendly and helpful and the chef was good. It was a nice touch to always have snacks ready for when we came back from an activity. "
Ms Lisa Pritchard
"Great crew who really looked after us. Very good vegetarian food."
Mrs. Barbara Hutchinson
"We loved the Cachalote. The cabin was small ( we called it 'cosy') but the facilities were excellent for a small boat. The meals were always amazing. There were only eleven of us in the group and we all agreed that the full compliment of sixteen would have been too cramped. The crew were excellent. I suffer with osteoarthritis in my knees and there was always someone there to help me on and off the zodiacs. We had a lovely group of people with us on the boat which always helps! All in all, this was the best part of our trip."

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