Just back from a Galapagos adventure aboard the Cachalote!
As owners and operators we try to join trips whenever possible to make sure everything is working as it should and to keep ourselves up to date with our own product. It has been three years since I personally had the chance to take a trip around the Galapagos Islands on the Cachalote, and it was one of my most memorable. This trip was truly an authentic Galapagos adventure!
During this trip I was reminded that Cachalote offers a unique and completely different experience compared to the majority of other boats operating in the Galapagos. Being a motor sailor, it attracts guests that are looking for a more adventurous cruising experience and are willing to let go some of the amenities offered by the motor boats. Our group was made of of a wide variety of ages and nationalities, but all were energetic and full of enthusiasm. Most importantly, all the guests on board agreed that they wanted to be on a boat like the Cachalote and wanted to feel like they were having a true Galapagos adventure.
The enthusiasm of the guests and combined with our experienced guide allowed us to make the most of the day. Getting up slightly earlier to get on shore was a real treat, as all of the animals are more active in the morning; taking longer hikes gave all of us more chances to get the perfect photo. We also went a bit off track from the regular snorkeling zones, meaning the guide was able to take us into deeper water enabling us to see larger sea life including: hammerheads, dolphins, spotted eagle rays, and many other marine life that are not always seen. Oh, and by the way, this was my first time snorkeling with dolphins! Something I have dreamt about for a long long time.
I now realize how important it is to differentiate between the type of boat that one selects to visit the Galapagos Islands and Cachalote is the perfect boat for the intrepid traveller looking for an authentic Galapagos adventure, wanting to focus on seeing a lot of wildlife and spending as much time as possible on shore or in the water. She also offers a first class service with excellent guides for a reasonable price. At least once during the cruise the crew will hoist up the sails (more for show as we all know how bad the wind actually is in Galapagos for sailing) giving guests the chance to experience sailing in Galapagos with the engines off and enjoying the sounds of the waves hitting the hull.
If you would like to view a photo gallery of this trip please click here.
Thanks to all of you!0