Samba Galápagos Cruise
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A Galápagos Cruise on board the Samba
- Lots and lots of land and sea excursions, perfect for active adventurers;
- Family-owned for over 30 years;
- Environmentally responsible vessel;
- Local crew, local guides, local produce;
- Only 14 guests on board.
This family-owned Dutch-built motor sailer offers, in our opinion, the best excursion and activities itinerary in the Galápagos. If you are into snorkelling, book a trip on the Samba because you'll get to jump into the sea at least 3 times every day. Captain Jose is in charge, and chef Ángel will keep you very well fed. All while operating as environmentally responsibly as possible.
The Samba is a wonderful, dutch-built yacht, owned and managed by the Salcedo family of Galápagos. The Salcedo’s have been involved in Galápagos tourism for over 30 years and have a reputation for excellence in everything they do. Walk down the streets and mention Juan, the incredibly knowledgeable guide and you will hear nothing but great respect for his outstanding work as one of Galápagos’ best guides. Samba is the jewel in their crown and is widely considered to be the best ship in this class sailing in Galápagos waters. Because it is owned and operated by people with such a long and close connection with the islands, everything about Samba reflects their deep respect and love for the island and their wildlife. Their passion is evident in the number of excursions they take you on, making sure you’re “hand on” with the Islands more than most.
Experience Galápagos, don’t just see it The yacht, its itinerary and its guides have a unique philosophy - they all want you to absorb some of the magic that is Galápagos and to blend in with the wildlife and the surroundings, not be an alien visitor who rushes through the terrain trying to “see everything”.
Chief guide Juan Manuel Salcedo says that Samba’s main objective is to motivate people to be more ecologically aware. “The interpretation practices on board the Samba will help you understand why the Galápagos Islands are so different from other oceanic tropical islands. The learning of every detail of what makes this Archipelago so special, the driving forces that shaped and are shaping the fauna and flora, their complex and unique volcanic genesis, will enrich your experience.” A trip on Samba will elevate your visit from a mere vacation to something much more unique.
We think Samba provides some of the best activities of any boat in these waters. If you are looking for a truly active adventure then look no further. With up to 3 snorkeling activities every day and 2 land excursions, Samba’s team provide you with one of the most hands-on adventure cruises in the archipelago.
Sustainable comfort Samba is an unashamedly green ship, and is spearheading sustainability and social responsibility amongst the Galápagos small ship fleet. This extends to careful sourcing of ingredients for Angel the chef to turn into wonderful dishes. All the beef, pork and poultry served on board is organically grown by local Galápagos producers. Fish are only procured from local fishermen well known to Salcedo and who use only sustainable methods that don’t damage the marine ecosystem. International and Ecuadorian cuisine will be presented to you, and with advance notice all dietary requirements can be accommodated.
Accommodation Samba is a light, airy and relaxing place to be. Decorated in neutral creams and whites, with natural wood furniture and fittings hand made in the Galápagos from local cigar box cedar to provide a warm, natural contrast. With an indoor lounge salon and dining area giving plenty of opportunity for mixing with your like-minded travellers, Samba is a sociable and yet intimate yacht.
Sleeping a maximum of only 14 guests (2 fewer than standard craft of this class) Samba allows for a very special, more connected and personal experience. Cabins all feature private bathrooms with hot showers, decorated in sympathy with the rest of the yacht. For your comfort, Samba is air conditioned throughout. Comfortable outdoor seating and dining areas make for pleasant al fresco meals or you can head to the expansive open foredeck to simply enjoy the sun, or the magnificent views of the stars appearing in the clear night skies.
Personal service All the crew members onboard Samba are Galápagos residents, and all of them treated very well by the Salcedo’s who have the same philosophy towards their staff as they do towards their islands - look after them and they will look after you. You’re therefore assured of a particularly friendly and warm welcome onboard Samba from Captain Jose and his crew and from Juan Manuel and his guides.
Our comments We believe that this is a trip that the true nature-lover should take. The Salcedo’s unique outlook and their wonderfully understated and ecological yacht make this trip something far more fundamental in its impact than many of the other boats in the Galápagos waters. We can’t think of a better memory than sitting quietly with Juan Manuel while all around us marine iguanas and sea lions act as if we were simply not there. A magical itinerary and a wonderful vessel, perfectly suited for those who want the most time actively exploring in the sea and on land.
Dates & Prices on board the Samba
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Amenities on board the Samba
Transfers to and from ship
-30% for children ≤ 13
Snorkel gear (free of charge)
100% CO2 carbon footprint offset
Kayaks on board
Air conditioning & private bathroom
Standup paddle boards
Single travellers can share cabin
Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices
Food & Drinks on board the Samba
The food on our Galapágos Cruises is among the very best you will find in South America. Most of the on-board chefs are internationally trained and have prior experience working in the best hotels and restaurants in Ecuador and indeed around the world.
You can expect a first-class selection of food, including a good variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, locally sourced poultry and fish/seafood, rice and pasta dishes. Most boats will always include some typical Ecuadorian dishes on the menu during your cruise. If you have specific dietary requirements then these can usually be accommodated by the chef providing you have given advance notice. Please make sure you tell us about any allergies or dietary requirements you have at the time you book with us. If you leave it until you arrive at the dockside, then it may well be impossible to accommodate your needs.
Most boats serve a range of options at meal times in a relaxed buffet-style. At the first class and luxury end of the market, some boats have more formal dining where you will be served at your seat. However the atmosphere is always relaxed on board our cruises, and never stuffy or formal.
At Galapatours we love and respect the pristine ecosystems and fascinating wildlife of the Galápagos Islands, and we insist that our cruise partners do too. To protect the archipelago all our cruise vessels must have sophisticated water filtration systems, modern efficient engines, and strict maintenance schedules to minimize pollution.
The Galápagos National Park authority also defines exact cruising routes that dictate which ships can visit highlights at specific times, as well as limiting passenger numbers. These measures ensure that animals and habitats are not disturbed by too many visitors.
But at Galapatours we like to go even further. We voluntarily offset all the CO2 emissions of every cruise we sell - at no cost to you. And you can also play your part by traveling responsibly and following our Eco Guidelines during your stay. Click here to find out more about these guidelines, our commitment to sustainable tourism, and the Galápagos National Park rules.