Archipel I is a small, contemporary motor catamaran offering 16 guests a superior Galapagos cruising experience a with highly professional crew.
Archipel I is a broad and stable motor catamaran, 26m long with a speed of 10 knots. She caters for just 16 guests, rendering her a good choice for anyone preferring a more intimate nautical experience on a small but roomy vessel. Décor is contemporary and light, white paintwork and furnishings combining with polished wood to reflect the rays of the sun. There’s a lounge and sun deck with loungers and an area where you can shelter from the sun, and indoor or on deck dining. Kayaks and snorkelling equipment are available. With just nine crew members including a naturalist guide, she offers extremely personalised service, and you will feel well looked after. She offers a choice of three easily combinable itineraries from four to 14 days’ duration.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
No-one should consider a Galápagos cruise of less then 8 days. We both had a holiday of a lifetime.LF
The close proximity of the wildlife in the Galapagos is amazing.DW, Stevenage
The cabin upgrade was definitely worth the extra money, much more space and good sized windows!LF, Alderley Edge
The Galápagos trip was very sympathetic to the environment and local habitat.AD, Dublin
The most memorable experiences were walking in woodland with wild giant tortoise grazing in clearings, watching wild land iguanas amble through long grasses, peering at eye level into the nests of red footed boobies, watching penguins and sea lions hunting fish whilst snorkelling, and as a finale, watching huge sharks circling in the boat lights during our final evening meal.JW, Newcastle
Visiting the Galápagos islands and coming so close to so many special species of animals and birds was a memorable experience.JB, Chiswick
A holiday in Ecuador/the Galapagos is a once in a life time experience. A four day cruise whilst being an excellent 'overview' is just not long enough. Encourage all your customers to take the longest possible cruise.DW, Lingfield
Galapagos was incredible. We loved it. The guides were all excellent and we especially enjoyed having guides with a naturalist qualification.LE, Poole
The wildlife in the Galápagos was so totally unbothered by our presence.SB, Leyland
So many (highlights) it's hard to single some out. The Galapagos are a joy from start to finish.JC, Littlehampton
Most Memorable Moment?: The obvious answer is the whole thing! If I had to choose, I'd say the experience of arriving at the top of the Prince Phillip Steps on Genovesa to be confronted by a sea of roosting and nesting seabirds completely unfazed by our presence. Of course I'd read about it in advance but nothing really prepares you for experiencing it for yourself. Another key moment was going snorkelling for the first time at the age of 70 and immediately having underwater encounters with a sea lion and a green sea turtle. My prescience in investing in a GoPro camera ahead of the trip paid huge dividends in terms of lasting memories.DM, Nottingham
Highlights?: Snorkelling with green turtles sea lions and penguinsPW, Twickenham
Most Memorable Moment: Swimming with sea lions, following hundreds of dolphins on the boat, diving with penguinsKH, London
We loved snorkelling with marine iguanas, turtles, and the lovely playful sealions.FM, Manchester
The Galápagos was so amazing - we were not at all disappointed even though we had looked forward to it so much. Every part of our cruise was special, and we loved the Athala and her itinerary.RJ, Kenilworth
The Galapagos tour was our highlight because of the proximity and abundance of the wildlife.AB, St Neots
"The Galápagos Islands and the amazing Machu Picchu ruins. A real once in a lifetime experience."MCP Richmond
I had wanted to travel to the Galápagos for many years. My husband did not want to go, so I arranged the trip by myself and had a memorable time, whilst feeling very well looked after by JLA.JG
A holiday in the Ecuador and the Galápagos is a once in a lifetime experience. A four day cruise whilst being an excellent 'overview' is just not long enough. Encourage all your customers to take the longest possible cruise.LF
The Galapagos Islands are spectacular and we are so glad we had the time to visit. After a busy four days onboard La Pinta it was good to have a days break at Finch Bay. It was certainly a well needed rest for us both.EK, Saltash
A couple of days in the Galapagos when we didn't see any other people. Intimacy of swimming with sealions, turtles & being chased in the water by a flightless cormorant!TC, St Albans
The Galápagos offer amazing access to stunning wild-life and a great week living on a boat.PJ, London
Without a doubt, the Galapagos Islands were amazing. We feel very privileged.SM, South Croydon
Impossible to choose between the Galápagos and Easter Island - both are magical, special places.SM, Wandsworth
The sealions were brilliant fun and the pups so cute, and so close. All the wildlife was great and seeing it all up close as nothing is afraid of humans, was amazing.KH, Weybridge
A truly unique place on earth.KS, Southampton
Snorkelling with penguins, turtles, sea lions and marine iguanas. Unbeatable.DJ, Saltash
Being able to visit the Galápagos with a reputable company was a highlight - the boat was fantastic and everything about the holiday was first rate.KF, Norfolk
The trip to to the Galapagos was the highlight undoubtedly - and the memories will remain with us for a long time -along with the huge photographic archive taken!CG, Stratchcarron
Highlight of your trip?: Snorkeling in the Galapagos
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