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Ecoventura operates the leading fleet of non-diving tour boats in the Galapagos Islands. The fleet consists of 3 identical high spec steel hull motor yachts: MY Eric, MY Flamingo I and MY Letty.

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Length: 25 metres / 82 foot
Beam: 7 1/2 metres / 25 foot
Cruise: 8 knots
Guests: 20
Galapagos cruises on MY Eric with Ecoventura

They each accommodate up to 20 guests in a range of twin, double and triple cabins with en-suite bathrooms. Guests will enjoy unmatched comfort and service as they cruise around some of the best locations of the Galapagos. Departures are every Sunday from San Cristobal Island, offering 2 distinct 7-night itineraries.

Each cruise includes on-shore visits, educational talks, fabulous snorkelling, kayaking and shoreline dinghy expeditions. With 2 officially sanctioned nature guides on board, you will be sure to be experiencing Galapagos in groups of 10 or fewer - a more personalised service than many other Galapagos tour boats.

Ecoventura has a history of emphasising its ecological credentials and partnered with WWF to establish the Galapagos Marine Biodiversity Fund. It proudly claims to be Ecuador's first carbon-neutral company. Locally owned, Ecoventura has been in business since 1990 and so you can expect a high level of expertise and service on trips, both during excursions and when on board the spacious liveaboard boat.

Other facilities on board include a large air conditioned saloon with flat screen TV, DVD player and music system, plus a library of material both for general interest and Galapagos-based. There is also a well-stocked bar for those unforgettable sundowners!

The saloon is on the main deck and connects to the dining area where you can enjoy the delicious chef-prepared meals. Guests will socialise mainly here or on the sun deck complete with sun loungers and day beds. To experience the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands fully and in great comfort and style, there is no better option than with Ecoventura.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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Special discounted trips highlighted in yellow

October 2014
Dep: 26 Oct Ret: 2 Nov Galapagos North Adventure US$ 3,610
November 2014
Dep: 2 Nov Ret: 9 Nov Galapagos South Adventure US$ 3,610
Dep: 9 Nov Ret: 16 Nov Galapagos North Adventure US$ 3,610
Dep: 16 Nov Ret: 23 Nov Galapagos South Adventure US$ 3,610
Dep: 23 Nov Ret: 30 Nov Galapagos North Adventure US$ 3,610
December 2014
Dep: 7 Dec Ret: 14 Dec Galapagos North Adventure US$ 3,610
Dep: 14 Dec Ret: 21 Dec Galapagos South Adventure US$ 3,610
Dep: 21 Dec Ret: 28 Dec Galapagos North Adventure US$ 3,800
Dep: 28 Dec Ret: 4 Jan Galapagos South Adventure US$ 3,800
January 2015
Dep: 4 Jan Ret: 11 Jan Galapagos North Adventure US$ 3,800
Dep: 4 Jan Ret: 11 Jan Galapagos North Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 11 Jan Ret: 18 Jan Galapagos South Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 18 Jan Ret: 25 Jan Galapagos North Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 25 Jan Ret: 1 Feb Galapagos South Adventure US$ 4,000
February 2015
Dep: 1 Feb Ret: 8 Feb Galapagos North Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 8 Feb Ret: 15 Feb Galapagos South Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 15 Feb Ret: 22 Feb Galapagos North Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 22 Feb Ret: 1 Mar Galapagos South Adventure US$ 4,000
March 2015
Dep: 1 Mar Ret: 8 Mar Galapagos North Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 8 Mar Ret: 15 Mar Galapagos South Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 15 Mar Ret: 22 Mar Galapagos North Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 22 Mar Ret: 29 Mar Galapagos South Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 29 Mar Ret: 5 Apr Galapagos North Adventure US$ 4,000
April 2015
Dep: 5 Apr Ret: 12 Apr Galapagos South Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 12 Apr Ret: 19 Apr Galapagos North Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 19 Apr Ret: 26 Apr Galapagos South Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 26 Apr Ret: 3 May Galapagos North Adventure US$ 4,000
May 2015
Dep: 3 May Ret: 10 May Galapagos South Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 10 May Ret: 17 May Galapagos North Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 17 May Ret: 24 May Galapagos South Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 24 May Ret: 31 May Galapagos North Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 31 May Ret: 7 Jun Galapagos South Adventure US$ 4,000
June 2015
Dep: 7 Jun Ret: 14 Jun Galapagos North Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 14 Jun Ret: 21 Jun Galapagos South Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 21 Jun Ret: 28 Jun Galapagos North Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 28 Jun Ret: 5 Jul Galapagos South Adventure US$ 4,000
July 2015
Dep: 5 Jul Ret: 12 Jul Galapagos North Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 12 Jul Ret: 19 Jul Galapagos South Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 19 Jul Ret: 26 Jul Galapagos North Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 26 Jul Ret: 2 Aug Galapagos South Adventure US$ 4,000
August 2015
Dep: 2 Aug Ret: 9 Aug Galapagos North Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 9 Aug Ret: 16 Aug Galapagos South Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 16 Aug Ret: 23 Aug Galapagos North Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 23 Aug Ret: 30 Aug Galapagos South Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 30 Aug Ret: 6 Sep Galapagos North Adventure US$ 4,000
September 2015
Dep: 6 Sep Ret: 13 Sep Galapagos South Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 13 Sep Ret: 20 Sep Galapagos North Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 20 Sep Ret: 27 Sep Galapagos South Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 27 Sep Ret: 4 Oct Galapagos North Adventure US$ 4,000
October 2015
Dep: 4 Oct Ret: 11 Oct Galapagos South Adventure US$ 4,000
Dep: 11 Oct Ret: 18 Oct Galapagos North Adventure US$ 4,000

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More Trip Details....

Special offers: We have some fantastic discount of up to 15% off the normal prices on selected dates. Have a look at our Ecoventura Special Offers page for more details. Offer expires: 30 Nov -0001

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, Captain's welcome and farewell cocktail, house wine and local beer with dinner, guide service, shore excursions, use of wetsuits, snorkelling equipment and sea kayaks, transfers in the islands between shore and dock, airport transfers for same day arrivals and departures.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory): Galapagos entrance fee US$ 100, transit card US$ 10, departure taxes. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (customers might provide their own where appropriate at no extra cost).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, travel insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid in advance.

How to get there: Eric, Letty and Flamingo I depart from San Cristobal every Sunday afternoon. Guests fly into Ecuador and take a connecting flight, through Guayaquil or Quito, to San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands.

You will need to overnight in Guayaquil or Quito before flying on to the Galapagos. To ensure easy flight connections to Galapagos, a 2 night stop-over is recommended. On the return leg you will probably need to overnight in Guayaquil or Quito since most international flights depart too early to make the connection possible. The flight from Galapagos arrives in Guayaquil (and then Quito) in the afternoon. 5 night and 6 night trips involve the port of Baltra, and entail particular travel arrangements including domestic flights. Land transfers are included but on shorter trips could change slightly depending on the number of guests. Please check with us.

We will place your domestic flight requirements with the liveaboard operator who are responsible for booking the flights. We request your patience with this process since there are often waiting lists and slow confirmations of availability. You must inform us whether you are flying into Guayaquil or Quito before domestic flights can be considered. If you wish to extend your stay in Galapagos to enjoy land tours please decide that early in the booking process to ensure flight availability.

For more information see our Galapagos travel information section.

Non-diver rate: Not applicable.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single traveller may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 50% of the published price.

Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter rate below.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 10,785. Special rates apply for peak seasons. Please contact us for more details.

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 10 cabins available on all Galapagos trips: 2 double bed cabins on the middle deck and 1 on the upper deck, all with windows; 5 twin bed cabins - 3 on the upper deck with windows and 2 on the lower deck. There are also 2 triple cabins on the lower deck with bunk beds and portholes.

A twin cabin with large window on the MY Letty Ecoventura cruise All the cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Large windows on upper and middle decks, portholes on lower deck
  • En-suite bathroom with toilet and hot water shower
  • Hand basin, toiletries and towels
  • Reading lights
  • Cabinet, shelves and mirror
  • 2 pin 110-220V electricity
  • Bedding and luggage space
  • Life jackets
  • Fire warning system
No. of bathrooms / showers - 10 / 10 - hot water

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Land Visits, Island hopping, Sightseeing...
Collage of land visit wildlife images from the Galapagos Islands

On Ecoventura cruises you will experience the natural wonders of Galapagos at their very best. There are at least 2 land excursions each day plus dinghy rides to explore the rocky shores of the archipelago. Choosing this liveaboard option means you can explore far and wide and visit many exciting spots that day trip boats cannot reach.

Normally trips include visiting the giant tortoise ranch on Santa Cruz, the volcanoes of Isabela and the flamingos of Floreana Island. There will be a number of dinghy rides to check out shorelines which are alive with sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas and many birds. You can also snorkel and kayak in places where you can spot sea lions, turtles and even sharks. No other cruise option will allow you to visit islands like Fernandina, Mosquera and Espanola in such comfort and style.

Add to this visits to craters, cliffs, a lava tunnel and a visitors centre and you can see why many consider this tour the most comprehensive Galapagos Islands nature experience.

The certified guides on Ecoventura boats are among the best in the business and are a fountain of knowledge about the Galapagos. You will learn about its geology, history and politics as well as its natural history and conservation projects. By the end of the cruise you will be a Galapagos expert too!

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Crew, facilities, dive courses...
Preparing for a Galapagos land tour on the MY Eric The crew of 11 comprise:
  • 2 Nature Guides
  • Captain
  • 2 Cooks
  • 2 Deckhands
  • Engineer
  • Stewardess
  • Maid
  • General staff
2 Motorised dinghies - 3 sea kayaks - Main deck air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD, music system, movie library, books and magazines, fish ID books and games - Dedicated air-conditioned restaurant with bar - 56mē Sundeck and shaded area with sun chairs - Water dispenser

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Menu, cuisine type...
Food on board the Ecoventura boats is a high priority and consists of a mix of Western dishes and Ecuadorian specialties specially prepared by well-trained chefs. They emphasize home-cooked, healthy meals using fresh organic ingredients.

You will start your day with a hearty breakfast including choices of fresh fruit juices, eggs cooked to order, toast, coffee and wide array of fresh fruit. Lunch is a buffet-style affair usually involving salads, pasta dishes, and a range of meat and fish specialties, including local cerviche (fish soup).

  • MY Letty's dining areaA wide selection of local Ecuadorian fare with Italian and international meals.
  • Air-conditioned dining area with buffet meals and waitress service.
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are provided.
  • Snacks include candy bars, biscuits and fruit.
  • Coffee, tea, drinking water and soft drinks, are all provided free of charge.
  • Beer and wine are served free of charge at dinner.
  • Spirits are available for purchase on board.
  • All dietary requirements can be catered for except Kosher - please send advanced notice.
  • Cruise dining service begins with lunch at boarding.
Cuisine samples: Pan seared sea bass with mango salad; Steak with mushroom sauce; Risotto Milanese.

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technical specifications...
  • Galapagos cruise boat, the MY Flamingo - another viewBuilt 1990-3, refurbished every year
  • Size - 25m x 7.5m
  • Weight - 240 tonnes
  • Top speed - 12 knots
  • Cruising speed - 8 knots
  • 2 x 402 HP Turbo D Caterpillar engines
  • 2 Perkins generators - 1 x 90, 1 x 65 KW
  • Electricity 110 & 220V 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 18,921 litres
  • Fresh watermaker - 9,575 litres per day
  • Fuel capacity - 20,435 litres
  • Waste storage tank

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navigation, safety features...
  • MY Eric's double bed cabin2 x life rafts (25 pax.)
  • 2 x 50 HP Evinrude dinghies
  • VHF-MF HF radios
  • Furuno GPS
  • Furuno radar
  • Furuno plotter
  • EPIRB
  • Mobile phone
  • Searchlight and horn
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • CCTV in engine room
  • Medic first aid box & trained staff
  • Full alarm system
  • Fire extinguishers throughout
  • Life jackets in each cabin
  • Customer travel insurance is not provided - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation
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layout plans...
Ecoventura deck plans
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