Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, April 19-24, Marvelous Yacht Charter Destination for Racers and Spectators Alike

The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, April 19-24, is one of the worlds premier classic yachting events that brings a fantastic collection of boats and people together in the ideal sailing conditions of the [Caribbean](Location:26). For yacht charter clients, the event provides a unique opportunity to crew on a racing yacht, or luxuriate on a spectator yacht in the midst of all the action.

The race originated back in the 60’s, when classic yachts, gathered in English Harbor Antigua, first began to do charters and the captains and crews challenged each other to a race down to Guadeloupe and back to celebrate the end of the charter season.

By 1987, new yachts largely replaced classic yacht competitors in the Regatta. However, participation was revitalized in 1991 when Elizabeth Meyer brought her newly refitted Endeavour, and Baron Edmond Rothschild brought his 6-meter “Spirit of St Kitts”, and the sponsored Concours d’ Elegance was inaugurated. After a few years, Boat International Magazine took over sponsorship of the Concours d’ Elegance publishing features that brought worldwide recognition to the event. In 1996 the “Spirit of Tradition Class” was introduced, giving new yachts built along classic lines the chance to sail with their original sisterships.

Today the event attracts between 50 and 60 yachts including traditional island craft, classic ketches, sloops, schooners, and yawls, along with the spectacular Spirit of Tradition yachts, J Class yachts, and Tall Ships, resulting in a sensational spectacle of sail, in the ideal trade wind sailing conditions of the Caribbean.

Antigua is a very popular yacht charter destination for the magnificent sailing, legendary Antiguan hospitality, plenty of rum, sunshine, and great camaraderie, in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. All of this places the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta in a destination class of it’s own.

Sunreef Yachts Charter has a wide range of charter yachts based in Antigua, in the Caribbean Leewards. Please contact a Sunreef Yachts Charter expert for detailed information, rates and availability.

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Oceanco’s 205 LADY LOLA: Regal, Refined, Romantic

Sunreef Yachts Charter experts went on board the eminently refined Grande Dame of megayachts, LADY LOLA, while she was poised in Fort Lauderdale for a brief respite before heading to the Bahamas. The tale of this much loved yacht begins with the build in 2002, contracted by Duane and Lola Hagadone, at the Dutch shipyard Oceanco. Conceived as a long range, highly private superyacht, award-winning LADY LOLA features naval architecture and exterior design by Oceanco and interiors by François Zuretti.

The abbreviated story of LADY LOLA is that she was sold by the Hagadones for a fine price in the middle of the decade, fortuitously prior to the tanking economy. She was on the market only a matter of days when a determined new Owner purchased the beloved yacht without a moment’s hesitation or negotiation.

Perhaps it was a small miracle, or an odd stroke of fate, that saw LADY LOLA up for sale for only the second time at the Monaco Boat Show in 2011. It just so happened that Mr. and Mrs. Hagadone were attending an important yet unrelated meeting in the same city. Surprised and delighted at the serendipitous timing of the show, they reviewed the beautiful megayachts lining the docks, and decided it was time to get back on board. But none could quite compare with LADY LOLA. And then they saw her majestically before them, and knew without hesitation, that this was destined to be a perfect family reunion.

To see additional photographs please visit Sunreef Yachts Charter Facebook album of LADY LOLA.

LADY LOLA is available for charter in the Caribbean Islands and Mediterranean ports of call. She is not available for charter to US residents while in US waters.

Please contact Sunreef Yachts Charter professionals for details.

 

Planning a Charter in Florida, New England, Mexico, the Bahamas or the Caribbean? Educational Fun Below the Waterline Begins with Free Fishinars from REEF.org

Maltese Falcon - Caribbean Charter

Luxury charter yachts and their crews lead charter guests to some of the world’s most extraordinary spots for snorkeling and diving. Take your underwater exploration to the next level by attending a Fishinar, presented by REEF, in the comfort of your living room. Fishinars are open to divers, snorkelers, and devout landlubbers alike. Participation is free but you need to register for each session you want to attend. No special software is required, just a web browser. You don’t need a microphone or a

webcam to be able to participate. Great for first-timers or those wanting a review. To see the current schedule and to register for one or more sessions visit REEF.org/resources/webinars.

Queen Angelfish - Caribbean

Highlights from the current calendar:

Yacht Charters in the Sea of Cortez:

April 18: QUE PASA? THE TOP 12 FISH OF THE NORTHERN SEA OF CORTEZ. Tropical Eastern

Pacific (TEP) region REEF Fish ID: Learn tips from REEF Expert and fish geek, Jonathan Lavan, on how to ID Sea of Cortez fish.

Lionfish on Bahamian Reef

Southern Atlantic and Caribbean Yacht Charters:

April 25: LIONFISH 101

Join REEF’s Special Projects Director, Lad Akins for an hour long update on the lionfish

invasion, biology/ecology, impacts and what is being done throughout the region. Lad’s talk will be followed by a 15 minute Q&A session.

VICTORY - New England

New England Coastal Yacht Charters:

May 18: THE NORTHEAST’S DIRTY DOZEN

What those die-hard drysuit divers in the North Atlantic are seeing on their dives
A great way to prepare yourself for the Great

Annual Fish Count in July!

REEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the

OHANA - Bahamas

conservation of the marine environment by educating, enlisting and enabling divers and other marine enthusiasts to become active stewards and citizen scientists. REEF links the diving community with scientists, resource managers and

conservationists through marine-life data collection and related activities.

REEF’s marine conservation and citizen science programs currently operate in the coastal areas of North and Central America, the Caribbean and Hawaii. Our specific project regions include the Tropical Western Atlantic (Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, Gulf of Mexico, and Mid-Atlantic States), Northeast US & Canada (Virginia through

Beagle VIII - Galapagos

Newfoundland), West Coast (California through British Columbia),Tropical Eastern Pacific (Gulf of California to the Galapagos Islands), and Hawaiian Islands.

Interested in luxury yacht charters in these regions? Sunreef Yachts Charter has a wide range of yachts with dive certified crew and even dive masters on board. Whether you are seeking a superyacht, luxury catamaran, power boat, or sailing yacht, contact a Sunreef Yachts Charter professional to make to find your perfect yacht and crew in destinations worldwide.

Sunreef Charter Experts Aboard Johnson 103′ Luxury Charter Yacht DIAMOND GIRL: Polished, Poised, Perfection

DIAMOND GIRL, open for viewing at the 2012 Palm Beach International Boat Show, is a very popular charter yacht that repeatedly delights the most discriminating clients. DIAMOND GIRL is supremely elegant yet with a lighthearted disposition and Sunreef Yachts Charter experts were eager to get on board, talk with the crew, and take an intimate look at what makes this a truly dazzling superyacht.

Stepping off the sunny dock up onto the cool shaded aft deck we could easily appreciate the arrangement for al fresco dining on this luxury charter yacht. Here, padded banquette seating strewn with plush throw pillows opposite a row of comfortable, high backed lounge chairs encircles a table easily large enough to accommodate the entire charter party.

Entering the salon aboard DIAMOND GIRL, luminous interiors manifest a feminine, sensual, curvaceousness. The convex curve of the cabinetry perfectly compliments the concave sway of the sofa. In an innovative architectural arrangement the lovely bar, with a backdrop of finely etched glass panels, occupies the center forward position customarily used as a dining area. Dining table and chairs are instead positioned off the starboard side for sweeping side and aft deck views.

Graceful interiors aboard DIAMOND GIRL shimmer and flow as languidly as a summer swell. An artistic use of aquamarine glass bands the perimeter of the ceiling and tops cabinet surfaces, not just in the main salon, but as both a functional and decorative motif throughout the yacht. Ocean waters reflected on the glass, positioned above panoramic windows, create a magical play of light and motion that is mesmerizing.

DIAMOND GIRL features a sumptuous master suite with sweeping forward views through a semicircular swath of picture windows. A few steps lead to the lower level, very private and posh, dual facilities. As in the master, the VIP stateroom is outfitted with a king bed, and both guest suites have queens, making this stylish charter yacht an ideal option for couples chartering together.

Decorating the walls on board DIAMOND GIRL, a diverse collection of artwork includes some outstanding oil paintings by the Owner’s sister in law, Irena Boone, of the very highly rated Boone and Sons Jewelers. Her masterful artwork employs dynamic brushstrokes and a bold color palette to express the beauty and sensuality of the tropics.

While on board DIAMOND GIRL we spoke with the Mate, Jeff and Stew, Bethany. Jeff is eagerly anticipating an exciting summer chartering in the Caribbean and Bahamas, waters with which he is intimately familiar. With a brand new towable tender and plenty of gear the yacht is fully set up for snorkeling and fishing. Jeff knows some excellent spots and Captain Tim is equally knowledgeable, both benefitting from many years of yacht charter experience.

Jeff and Bethany

Bethany, the Stewardess, enjoys snorkeling and fishing too, but is a big fan of all types of water toys. She says that growing up on a lake she had every kind of water toy imaginable. DIAMOND GIRL has plenty of toys on board, including two Bladefish circular underwater sea scooters, and Jeff and Bethany are happy to provide instruction as needed.

DIAMOND GIRL is a very impressive yacht, aesthetically and mechanically. Equipped with twin MTU 16V2000 engines, DIAMOND GIRL cruises at a speedy 19 knots, with a maximum of speed of 24 knots, making her an ideal charter yacht for island hopping in the Bahamas or the Caribbean. The highly skilled crew are charming, professional, and like DIAMOND GIRL, are endowed with a lighthearted sense of playfulness and an endearing sense of humor. Charter DIAMOND GIRL and experience timeless beauty, absolute sophistication and sheer pleasure.

Please visit DIAMOND GIRL for additional descriptive information and charter details.

2012 Palm Beach International Boat Show Review: More People, More Merchandise, More Superyachts

The 2012 Palm Beach International Boat Show is being hailed as a success and a sure sign of a general upswing in the economy. With increased traffic and positive sales results, it appears that people are poised to fully express their passions for yachting.

This year attendance was up at the show, which attracted more than 50,000 people. It covered more space than ever, thanks to the addition of 40 in-water slips at Palm Harbor Marina at the show’s north end.

 

Foyer, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

More than $350 million worth of marine merchandise was on display, and the number of yachts with an LOA greater than 100 feet was up 35 percent from last year, distinguishing this show as one of the top in the country. Sunreef Yachts Charter experts toured many of the most distinguished charter yachts, including DIAMOND GIRL, PRIVATE LIVES, BLIND DATE, took copious notes, interviewed Captains and crews and sampled gourmet cuisine on board.

Although it is difficult to estimate exactly how lucrative the show will ultimately prove to be, many sales brokers claim pending sales and the rumor mill is hinting about the sale of

Toys, PRIVATE LIVES

one megayacht considered to be a real gem. Serious charter inquiries from qualified clients, including well known celebrities spotted on the docks, indicate that the future of the marine industry looks very bright indeed.

Please visit Sunreef Yachts Charter Facebook page to view photo albums with additional descriptions of DIAMOND GIRL, PRIVATE LIVESBLIND DATE, GLAZE, FOUR ACES and MISS ROSE, some of our favorite and most popular charter yachts in the show.

 

 

Sunreef On Board Benetti Yachts 200′ Bejeweled Masterpiece, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, Owner John Staluppi’s latest, most technologically advanced and extravagantly decorated megayacht, was the must-see build for everyone attending the 2012 Palm Beach International Boat Show. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER is an outstanding collaboration between John Staluppi, Benetti Yachts, and Evan K. Marshall. Her elegant aesthetics are a stunning interpretation of the exclusivity of luxury yachting, defined by graceful shapes, dynamic lines and a powerful presence.

The in-house technical department of Azimut-Benetti, responsible for naval architecture and engineering, used high-resistance steel for the hull and light weight aluminum alloy for the superstructure. The displacement hull features a bulbous bow and a longitudinal skeg running from amidships to the stern, facilitating the 200-foot yacht’s ability to travel at a remarkable maximum speed of 16 knots, with an oceanic range of 4,800 nautical miles at 12 knots.

The concept design and exterior styling of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER was entrusted to Benetti FB Line’s brilliant Stefano Natucci, who imbued the vessel with the instantly recognizable modern classicism that is a trademark of Benetti motor yachts. Innovative features of this quad-deck design include a VIP master stateroom and an Owners’ master stateroom. The unusual fly bridge, located above the sun deck, creates a spectacular panoramic private Owner’s deck that can accommodate helicopter landings and takeoffs, and can only be reached via controlled access from the main staircase and the central elevator.

The interior design and decoration of DIAMONDS

Designer Evan Marshall

ARE FOREVER are the work of the extraordinarily talented Evan K. Marshall of Usonia V, responsible for the interiors of previous Staluppi superyachts including THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH. Marshall designed sumptuous interiors, including all loose furniture, for comfort and visual impact. Furnishings throughout that epitomize luxury and refinement are embedded with thousands of Swarovski crystals that successfully mimic glittering, prismatic diamonds.

Shimmering foyers on each deck house the central spiral staircase that winds around the cylindrical glass elevator. Each foyer sparkles with reflective glass, thematic works of art, striking combinations of marble and onyx floor inlays, and burl wall panels framed by gold and silver leaf inlays.

The main deck layout includes living and dining areas and the VIP apartment. On this and all deck levels, social spaces incorporate elegant pieces of loose furniture and commissioned works of art with design motifs inspired by the ship’s name. The furniture appears to be freestanding, supported only by slender legs embedded with delicate Swarovski crystals set in polished chrome and gold-plate. The VIP master suite features a split-level layout with large panoramic forward facing windows, his and hers walk-in dressing rooms, an exercise room with adjoining sauna and a beauty salon with massage table. These spaces are self contained and can be separated from the stateroom for use by other guests.

The lower deck layout includes one twin stateroom and three king-size staterooms, two of which have walk-in wardrobes. The materials for the staterooms include elegant Madrona burl woods, gold and silver leaf inlays, rare marbles and onyx, and custom colored and embossed leathers. Notable features include lavish ensuite facilities, commissioned works of art representing Neoclassical, Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods, faux stingray skin walls and trim, and silent air conditioning cleverly ventilated through crown molding.

On the upper deck of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER is the spectacular sky lounge, featuring a unique automated indoor-outdoor dining area. With the flick of a switch electric doors convert the indoor space by opening the area to the aft cockpit, instantly creating an outdoor dining area. The full beam living area boasts a welcoming low bar, plush seating arrangement, a grand piano, game table and four televisions, (we are told Staluppi is a serious Nascar fan) that are concealed by original paintings embedded with Swarovski crystals. In each of the niched corners are four original sculptures inspired by the famous Quattro Fontane in Rome, that reveal John Staluppi’s passion for the sculptures of the artist Erté, renowned as a great master of Art Nouveau and Art Déco. They are reputed to be a very limited edition from the artist’s America Series quartet entitled “Liberty”, “Fearless and Free”, “Peace” and “Justice”, and produced using a bronze alloy casting technique.

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER is superb luxury yacht that meets the most demanding charter requirements; palatial amounts of space, the very best materials and technology, the highest levels of service, and the utmost privacy and security. She will be available for charter through the Mediterranean this spring.

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Elegant Explorer 120′ PRIVATE LIVES, Ramp 8; Slip 829-840 Palm Beach Show

PRIVATE LIVES, a 120’ luxury expedition motor yacht, will be available for viewing to qualified clients attending the Palm Beach International Boat Show this week. Built by the Turkish shipyard RMK Marine with naval architecture, interior and exterior styling by the Dutch design team at Vripack, this elegant yacht is designed and constructed for transoceanic adventure without sacrifice to style and comfort. The yacht, currently based in the Mediterranean, is available for sale or charter.

Distinctive and rugged, PRIVATE LIVES is built for the high seas and decked out for the high life.  The main deck houses the grand salon, dining room, fully equipped office and master suite. Contemporary traditional interiors are arranged for ease of circulation and maximization of space. The handsome color palette is augmented by rich wood paneling that together enhance a nautical theme.

Luxury charter yacht PRIVATE LIVES has a very special layout designed to take full advantage of living at sea with voluminous decks and spectacular views. The main deck master suite features king bed, dual bathrooms and breathtaking floor to ceiling windows. The upper deck houses four other guest suites, two queen doubles, one with shower and one with bath, and two twin cabins with showers. There is a sauna forward on the upper deck. The aft deck is an expansive outdoor area that serves to extend living space.

Crewed charter yacht PRIVATE LIVES offers plenty of options for leisure diversions while cruising to some of the world’s most hard-to-reach places. State-of-the-art entertainment equipment allows for excellent audio and visual options. Guests will also enjoy uncluttered and serene deck spaces with plenty of lounging for sun worshippers or relaxing in the shade, as well as options for al fresco dining.

Explorer yacht PRIVATE LIVES offers excitement for guests of all ages, interests and abilities. Sport fishermen will thrill to an aft configuration that houses two fighting chairs and extensive fishing gear. Luxurious superyacht PRIVATE LIVES is also equipped with a 20ft custom Novurania inboard tender, perfect for exciting shopping, dining and exploration ashore, a 19ft Boston Whaler with twin Yamaha engines, two 2-man wave-runners, a Sunfish sailing dinghy, two Hummer mountain bikes, snorkel and dive gear, water-skis and tows.

This elegant expedition yacht with steel hull and aluminum superstructure is designed to go the distance safely and economically. PRIVATE LIVES features low fuel consumption and offers silent and vibration free running with a range exceeding 5,000 nautical miles.

Power yacht PRIVATE LIVES has a top speed of 13.5 knots and cruises comfortably at 10.5 knots. Her talented, dedicated and delightful crew of seven provide superb service and expert navigation. The winning combination of unique expedition yacht and extraordinary crew assure guests of the ultimate charter experience at sea, at anchor and in port.

Follow this link to view luxury charter yacht PRIVATE LIVES detailed information. Contact Sunreef Yachts Charter expert to make an appointment for an escorted to of  this magnificent yacht at the Palm Beach International Boat Show.

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Vote For Sunreef’s Power 70 and Sailing Charter Yacht 114 CHE, Short List Contenders in Design et al Magazine’s 2012 International Yacht and Aviation Awards

DESIGN ET AL: INTERNATIONAL YACHT & AVIATION AWARDS

Sunreef Yachts is proud to announce that two Sunreef luxury catamarans have been shortlisted as contenders for this year’s design awards organized by leading UK-based design magazine, Design et al. The dynamic and energy efficient Sunreef 70 Power is nominated for Best Power Yacht up to 40 meters, and the sophisticated charter sailing catamaran, Sunreef 114 CHE, has been selected for the Best Yacht Interior Design category.

The goal of Design et al in hosting this prestigious event is to commend design, recognize talent, create opportunities and offer inspiration to the many outstanding interior and exterior designers within the yachting and aviation industries and to allow clients and colleagues the opportunity of rewarding the best in designs from around the globe.

The International Yacht & Aviation Awards are not judged by a panel. Short listed entries are presented online, and voting is open to industry professionals as well as Design et al readers, clients and customers.

The glamorous black tie awards reception and ceremony will take place Friday 27 April, at the Splendido Hotel, Portofino, Italy. Set on a verdant hillside overlooking the picture-perfect harbor of Portofino, with elegant luxury yachts bobbing at anchor, Hotel Splendido is one of Italy’s most glamorous retreats. Tickets for the event can be purchased through the Design et al website.

CHE Salon

YACHT CATEGORIES
Power Yacht over 60 meters (Interior / Exterior)
Power Yacht over 40 meters (Interior / Exterior)
Power Yacht over 25 meters (Interior / Exterior)
Power Yacht up to 25 meters (Interior / Exterior)
Yacht Concept Design up to 50 meters
Yacht Concept Design over 50 meters
Yacht Refit / Rebuild / Conversion
Yacht Interior Design

The online voting process is open to industry professionals as well as Design et al readers, clients and customers. Sunreef Yachts will be honored to receive votes from all of our friends and colleagues in support of the two superlative builds, Sunreef Power 70 and Sunreef 114 CHE. VOTE.

Please follow these links to Sunreef Power 70 DAMRAK II, Power 70 ABUELO, and sailing catamaran Sunreef 114 CHE for detailed charter and destination information and to reserve these yachts.

Sunreef Experts On Board MI SUENO: 190′ Trinity Luxury Charter Yacht Is Proof That Dreams Do Come True

Claire, the poised and charming Second Stewardess, recently escorted Sunreef Yachts Charter experts on a tour of elegant superyacht MI SUENO, a magnificent 190’ Trinity that launched in 2010. Claire, was so very gracious as to carry my purse for me, which I generally stash in a corner, in

Claire, up top with bag still in tow

order to be free to take photographs. It is an example of the flawless level of service to be found on board MI SUENO by her highly professional, dedicated and endearing crew.

The entrance through the foyer from the main aft deck is flanked by very large capacity, very well stocked, temperature controlled wine refrigerators. Row upon row of wines and champagnes stored here include the MI SUENO label of red and white wines from the namesake vineyard in Napa Valley, California. The inspirational rags to riches story of the Owner gives clarity to a double entendre, his personal dream serves as a true testament to the American dream.

Alice in Wonderland Head

MI SUENO features styling and engineering by the Trinity team and yacht designer Patrick Knowles has applied his extraordinary visual ability to interiors. His soothing and contemporary color palette pivots around tones of earth and sea. The furniture arrangement in the main salon creates a congenial area conducive to conversation. The sophisticated elegance of the formal dining room is enhanced by the original work of modern art that spans one wall. This undulating painting, along with panoramic views on port and starboard sides, intensifies the sensation of being afloat.

We continue forward toward the master compartment, pausing to admire the day head Claire fondly calls the “Alice in Wonderland” bathroom. The master suite includes a full size, walk-in wardrobe and, in a somewhat unusual layout, separate his and hers facilities on opposite sides of the hall. Hers includes a spacious Jacuzzi tub with a view.

The living space is arranged behind and below the forward facing bed. A plush sofa to starboard is positioned for reclining opposite a flat screen, pop up TV and to port is a fridge with a mini bar. This self contained compartment is a privacy option that makes MI SUENO ideal for romantic charters. Claire described laying rose petals across the bed and all the way down the corridor to the delight of a couple that chartered for an amorous weekend.

Guests on board MI SUENO are accommodated in four luxurious king bed suites including a palatial VIP. There are also one queen and one twin with Pullman cleverly concealed behind artwork, which is the best option for children that always dislike sharing a bed with their siblings.

The skylounge bar is covered in striking variegated tiger marble that receives many

Chef Rob Mitchell, Sous Chef Sara Watson

Lobster Mango Salad

compliments. These rich, warm tones of brown and gold are integrated throughout the salon furnishings. The protected aft deck is where guests prefer to dine, it is fully air conditioned and features a flip down television that rotates 360 degrees. Today guests are treated to a jazz duo and an irresistable array of finger foods that include lobster mango salad and Kobe beef sliders. Chef Robert Mitchell, with restaurant experience that includes head chef at Gautreau’s in New Orleans, impressed everyone with his creative cuisine.

High up on the spectacular sundeck guests can enjoy a variety of activities including the practice launch of biodegradable golf balls from a patch of astro turf into the sea. This deck level is also the stage for “tiki parties” that include water balloon fights in which everyone dons pirate costumes and the crew of 14 challenges the guests to battle. The elliptical trainer and other workout equipment is housed on this level, as well as the Jacuzzi, splash pool, and forward facing bar with magnificent views.

MI SUENO is perfectly equipped to make charter guests’ dream a charter a reality. With a highly skilled, professional, lighthearted and fun loving crew of 14, guests are truly given a royal treatment. MI SUENO is currently finishing up the charter season in the Caribbean and will be spending the summer in the Mediterranean, based out of Antibes, France.

Please visit MI SUENO for additional description and charter information.

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Galápagos Islands Luxury Yacht Charter: 8-Days of Unforgettable Adventures

BEAGLE VIII

DAY 1: Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Charles Darwin Research Station

Embark on your private luxury yacht charter through the magical Galapagos Islands from Puerto Ayora. Home to both the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galápagos National Park, Puerto Ayora is the center of the Galápagos conservation efforts. After checking in on your private, luxury charter yacht, take an excursion to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn the history of the islands and future conservation plans. The Research Station offers an excellent opportunity to appreciate closely the giant  sea turtles, land iguanas and other ancient creatures.

DAY 2: Suarez Point and Garner Bay

Española Island is known as one of the oldest islands in the Archipelago, with an estimated age of 3.3 million years. The Galápagos albatrosses and marine iguana are just two of the species considered endemic to this island. In addition to unique wildlife, located on a cliff is the amazing blowhole named  El Soplador, cpabale of shooting water 20 to 25 feet high, depending on the intensity of the waves.Garner Bay features a wide open beach located on the north coast of Española Island, home to a large colony of sea lions and a great photo opportunity to catch these endearing animals at play.

DAY 3: Santa Fe and South Plaza Island

Also called Barrington Island, is located in the central part of the Galápagos archipelago. The ascending trail takes visitors to the peak of a cliff where the Santa Fe species of land iguana can be seen. After a long hike, there is nothing better than a swim in the calm waters of the bay or snorkeling in the company of sea lions at the base of the rocks. South Plaza Island is off the east end of Santa Cruz Island. Here about 1,000 sea lions and land iguanas are everywhere. South Plaza Island features a breathtaking perimeter trail through that is easy to follow.

DAY 4: North Seymour, Bartolome Island, Pinnacle Rock

Located north of Baltra is a two-mile trail through low level bush that hosts the largest nesting colony of Great Frigate birds in Galápagos. Blue footed boobies nest along the trail and land iguanas can be viewed in their natural environment. This is also an excellent spot for snorkeling.

Probably the most emblematic visiting sites in The Galápagos are Bartolome Island  and Pinnacle Rock due to the dazzling natural beauty and spectacular landscape. Majestic sea turtles and Galápagos penguins favor this location as a nesting site. Visitors can climb all the way to the highest point on the island by means of a wooden stairway that culminates in a breathtaking view. Here too, snorkeling in the bay is an awesome experience.

DAY 5: Punta Espinoza and Urbina Bay

On the northeastern tip of Fernandina Island a narrow ledge of lava and sand dramatically stretches from the base of the volcano into the sea. Punta Espinoza is famous for its large colonies of marine iguanas. The teaming shoreline is also home to hawks, Galápagos snakes, and many other species. For botany enthusiasts, this is an ideal place to observe the lava cactus (Brachycerus nesioticus) overtaking the lava rocks.

Urbina Bay is located at the eastern base of the Alcedo volcano. The yacht will make a wet landing and guests will disembark to hike a fascinating trail that runs through sand substrates, pumice rock, lava, coral and exotic formations of vegetation including brightly colored cactus.

DAY 6: Elizabeth Bay and Punta Moreno

Located on Isabela Island`s west shore, the marine life found here is extremely interesting. The site is considered one of the best places to observe Galapagos penguins perched on rocky coastal formations. A small mangrove-lined canal emerges into a hidden cove where sea turtles, rays, sea lions, and small sharks are abundant. Punta Moreno is located on the sensational north coast of Isabela Island with a panoramic view of three volcanoes, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul on Isabela Island and La Cumbre on Fernandina Island is truly spectacular. There are many species that use the lagoons as a nursery site that often makes viewing especially charming.

DAY 7: Post Office Bay, Cormorant Point & Devils Crown

This historic site recalls the days of the buccaneers, whalers, and the first human settlement in the Galápagos.  Legend has it that in the 18th century a whaling boat captain placed a barrel for mail drop off and and delivery.  Spelunkers will be interested in the cave reached via a lava tunnel.  Cormorant Point is located on the north Coast of Floreana Island. A trail leads up to a viewing site overlooking a lagoon that is home to a large colony of flamingos. Continue back down along the path to a white sand beach that is a nesting area for sea turtles and attracts many rays and sea turtles visible just offshore. Devils Crown is renowned for the plentiful varieties of marine life. Located off the coast of Floreana Island, this hollow crater offers amazing snorkeling around and inside the inner part of the crater.

DAY 8: Santa Cruz Highlands

The final day guests must bid farewell to new friends, their splendid yacht and fantastic crew. For those guests who have extended their charter vacation with a land segment, the 40 minute drive to the highlands of Santa Cruz from Puerto Ayora offers an opportunity to view astonishing transitions in vegetation according to altitude. Or simply take a short stroll from the town center to capture final photos of iguanas, birds, crabs, whitetip reef sharks and gigantic turtles.

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