Galapagos In Style - Aboard the G8
Celebrating 2013, ExpeditionTrips is pleased to debut the G8 catamaran. Enjoy the wonder of the Galapagos in style onboard a modern luxury vessel with floor to ceiling windows in all cabins giving spectacular ocean views. You'll be greeted by a friendly staff of 11, including your private on-board chef, bartender/waiter, captain, ship crew and a bilingual local naturalist guide certified by the Galapagos National Park Authority.
Discover the benefits and intimate experience of sailing with only 16 passengers onboard. Seven luxury cabins are well-appointed with either queen or twin side-by-side beds all with private bathrooms, air-conditioning, TV and DVD players and ample closets for luggage stowage. Maximize your comfort in the luxury suite which includes a sitting room.
An elegant catamaran, the G8 includes large open spaces both indoors and out, spacious aft porch couch and lounge chairs, an elegant dining room, an observation deck allowing outstanding views, and a bar and lounge for meals and briefings. With outstanding international cuisine prepared fresh daily, the G8 is a wonderful vessel to explore this unique part of the world.
A trip on the G8 is memorable for all ages. Hiking and exploration on land appeal to active travelers with a keen interest in wildlife. Enjoy listening to a professional naturalist's lessons and talks about the evolution and ecosystem of the region. For aquatic enthusiasts, the program will please all senses. Snorkeling in the Galapagos allows you to get up close and personal with wildlife. With top of the line snorkeling equipment, wetsuits and beach towels, the G8 is fully equipped for your Galapagos adventure.
Families will delight in the unforgettable adventures they will share with their children. Getting up close and personal with sea lions, giant tortoises and marine iguanas will surely be a childhood memory forever. Snorkeling and Zodiac excursions will be exciting experiences and allow for some water play. Parents can take comfort in the safety of the boats and daily excursions as they are well-managed by the crew and naturalists.
A typical day aboard the G8 begins with a plentiful breakfast served onboard. Depart for onshore excursions in the morning to allow for a full day of fun. Depending on the island's topography, there is either a dry landing or wet landing (where passengers must exit the Zodiac boat in knee-deep water). Activities may include light hiking, time at leisure on the beach, a nature walk, or snorkeling off the beach and are new and exciting for each itinerary. Return to the G8 for lunch before departing on an afternoon excursion. Sea lions, sea turtles, blue- and red-footed boobies, and other endemic fauna are plentiful. After a day of exploration, return to the boat for a light snack with time for leisure before enjoying an excellent dinner. Onboard there is a large outdoor viewing area as well as an indoor lounge with a bar to create a communal environment to share in the days’ activities. The experience onboard the G8 is certain to be life-changing.
Helping to create sustainable travel experiences, the G8’s tour operator participates in an oil spill prevention program ensuring a comprehensive protection plan for the islands. Since the Galapagos Islands are nature's own museum, involvement in the caretaking of the islands ensures the Galapagos' pristine environment is efficiently maintained. Immerse yourself in the extraordinary and come face-to-face with some of the world's most fascinating islands and awe-inspiring wildlife while exploring in the luxury and modern comfort of the G8 catamaran.