16 passengers / Explorer Class

 We are thrilled to announce the recent addition of the Cachalote Explorer to our fleet!  The Cachalote Explorer will be undergoing renovations this Winter and Spring to be operational in Galapagos for Summer 2018. 

Originally a fishing boat, built in 1988 in Vancouver, Canada, this large and spacious motor vessel was converted into a passenger vessel in the early 2000’s.  She will have 8 cabins (16 pax.) each with their own private bathroom equipped with Hot and Cold water shower, air-conditioned throughout, and a large salon/dining area with multiple large deck areas for relaxing, eating and socializing. 

This charming and comfortable First-Class yacht was built for the rough waters of the Canadian West Coast, so it will provide a stable, smooth and relaxing ride while on your beautiful Galapagos small ship tour. 




The Cachalote Explorer is a fully air-conditioned modern motor boat.

The salon is equipped with flat screen TV and DVD systems.


Category: Explorer-Standard First Class Motor Vessel

Capacity: 16 passengers in 8 double cabins

L.O.A: 88' feet

Beam: 24' feet

Speed: 8 knots cruising approximately

Cruise Range: 1500 nautical miles under power

Salon Dimensions: 17.5' x 25' feet

Type: Motor Vessel. Steel hull.


Cabin 1 (upper deck): lower queen / upper single / lower single

Cabin 2 (upper deck): lower double / upper single

Cabin 3, 4 & 7 (lower deck): lower double / upper single

Cabin 5 & 6 (lower deck): queen l

Cabin 8 (lower deck): lower single / upper single


Cachalote Explorer offers the options of  6 day and 8 day itineraries that visit selected sites which are approved by the National Park; each of these is unique, rich and varied and offers the opportunity to experience the Galapagos up close and personal with a small group led by a highly experienced naturalist guide.


The itineraries can be combined to form a 15-day itinerary that we highly recommend for those travelers that would like to have a complete, in-depth experience of the Galapagos Islands.

Fernandina Itinerary

8 days / 7 nights

Highlights: Fernandina and Western Isabela

Hood Itinerary

6 days / 5 nights

Highlights: Tower and Española Island

Tower Itinerary

8 days / 7 nights

Highlights: Tower and Española Island

James Itinerary

6 days / 5 nights

Highlights: Fernandina Island



Mechanical Equipment: 1 main Caterpillar Engine, 3 Generators (110v), 2 reverse osmosis water makers, sewage treatment plant
Safety Equipment: VHF (DSC) & HF (DSC) radios. EPIRB, SART, Hunter satellite tracking device, 2 GPS’s, 2 radars, depth sounder, flares, basic first aid kits, 2 tenders with outboards, fin keels for extra stability, flotation rings, life rafts with surplus capacity for all passengers and crew, fire alarm system.

Crew: All crew are fully trained and certified. Captain, multilingual naturalist guide, cook, engineers, barman, and 4 sailors.
Guest Accommodation: 8 cabins each with private bath. Hot and cold water showers.  Combination of queen, double and twin sized mattresses.


Ecuador and Galapagos Islands