Galapagos yacht charter

Lying 1,000km (600 miles) off the Ecuadorean coast, the Galapagos is a modern garden of Eden and a living laboratory of evolution.

The islands have never been connected to South America, allowing unique flora, fauna and animal life to develop in complete isolation. Darwin's visit in 1835 inspired his theory of evolution by natural selection and today it’s a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, protected biosphere and marine reserve. Each of the 19 islands is different, so you can wake up to new landscapes and see something amazing every day. It’s the wildlife adventure of a lifetime.

  • Best time to visit
    December - May
  • Getting there
    José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport
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Events in the Galapagos

Explore the Galapagos

Muyu Galapagos
This establishment on the waterfront in San Cristóbal's Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is voted one of the 50 best in Latin America. Avocates of the farm, forest and sea to plate philosophy, they serve up beautifully presented modern Ecuadorean cuisine. Book for sunset.
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FraFre GastroBar
The Galapagos' top-ranked restaurant is on the oustskirts of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz but the fish makes it well worth the walk. Great vegetarian options too.
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Finch Bay Restaurant
Between Puerto Ayora and Las Grietas on Santa Cruz, this resort restaurant celebrates the bounty of the seas paired with endemic produce from its own kitchen garden. Expect international Ecuadorean dishes and don't miss the ceviche.
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Charles Darwin Research Station
The Charles Darwin Station’s mission is to preserve the diversity of the Galapagos Islands through continual conservation research and practices with over a hundred educators, research assistants and volunteers. The site also showcases magnificent giant tortoises which you’ll find wandering about freely.
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Egas Port
Egas Port on Santiago Island's west coast has beautiful, black sand beaches and this is one of the most volcanically active islands in the archipelago. Hike up to the smallest of three craters to see Minas de Sal.
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Punta Espinosato
Off Isabela Island's west coast, Fernandina Island, the youngest of the Galapagos islands, is considered one of the best sites for both marine and terrestrial species. Stop at Punta Espinosato see hundreds of marine iguanas, sea lions, pelicans, Galapagos hawks and finches - several species rarely found anywhere else.
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El Chato Ranch
El Chato is part of a National Park and a tortoise reserve where you can discover giant tortoises in the wild.
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The Interpretation Center
On San Cristóbal Island you can learn about the Galapagos' rich natural history in the Galapagos, the islands' volcanic origin, ocean currents, climate, how different species arrived and evolved. Afterwards hike up Tijeretas Hill through beautiful landscapes and a frigatebird nesting colony to the statue of Charles Darwin overlooking Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
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Tintorenas (Wall of Tears)
The Wall of Tears is one of the most important historic sites in the Galapagos, constructed by prisoners between 1945 and 1979 in the penal colony on Isabela Island.
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Lobos Island
Lobos Island, off the north west coast of San Cristóbal, gets its name from the large colonies of sea lions (‘Lobos Marinos’ in Spanish) that practically fill the entire area. It’s also home to various Galapagos birds such as blue-footed boobies, nazca boobies, and frigate birds.
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Elizabeth Bay
At the front of the ankle on Isabela Island's 'leg' and formed by the union of two volcanoes, Elizabeth Bay is home of many wild species such as penguins due to the cool water, the biggest specimens of marine iguanas, thanks to the abundant supply of algae and sea turtles for resting and feeding. Perfect for kayaking.
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Puerto Ayora
Santa Cruz Island, a large dormant volcano, is the second largest island of the archipelago. Puerto Ayora is the most populated urban centre of the island with a quaint and charming atmosphere.
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Playa Dorada
Bartolomé is the most visited and most-photographed island in Galapagos. The Galapagos penguins, the second smallest penguin species in the world, have established a small breeding colony in a cave behind Pinnacle Rock at the western end of Playa Dorada. Birdwatchers should be on the lookout for Galapagos penguins, herons and Galapagos hawks.
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Buccaneer Cove
On Santiago Island's north west coast, Buccaneer Cove is famous for being a prefrerred anchorage for sailors, pirates and buccaneers to careen their ships, search for fresh water inland and catch giant tortoises for food.
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Cormorant Point
Cormorant Point on the northern tip of Floreana Island, offers two contrasting beaches: the first is a green sand beach, made green by the presence of olivine crystal, and the second is Flour Beach, made of fine, pulverized coral. The main highlight at this site is the flamingo lagoon and others species such as shorebirds, finch, stilts or large-billed flycatchers.
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Tagus Cove
Tagus Cove is scenic area where you can see several volcanoes with graffiti written on the surrounding cliff of the cove, by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries.
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Yachts available in the Galapagos

This is a small selection of the yachts available to charter in the Galapagos. Please contact your Burgess broker for a personalised selection.

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Whether you are looking for a 70m motor yacht to cruise the Caribbean or have your heart set on an adrenaline-fuelled sailing experience, we are on hand to guide you every step of the way.
Frequently asked questions
The charter agreement
After the availability of your chosen yacht has been verified, you will receive a standard MYBA Charter Agreement for signature. If your chosen cruising itenerary necessitates embarking or disembarking from a point other than your yacht’s home port, positioning charges (delivery/ redelivery fees) may be required. These charges, if applicable, will be confirmed in advance and affirmed in the Charter Agreement, together with any taxes that may apply.
Payment terms
A deposit of 50 per cent of the total charter fee is payable by bank transfer immediately on signature of the MYBA Charter Agreement. The remaining 50 per cent, plus an Advance Provisioning Allowance, together with any taxes, delivery/redelivery fees and any additionally agreed charges, is payable by bank transfer five weeks before the commencement of the charter.
Operating expenses

The Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA) is due at the time of the final charter payment. Under MYBA terms, this sum is usually equivalent to 30 per cent of the total charter fee, but may be up to 40 per cent in some cases.

Intended to cover the operating expenses of a charter as explained under Charter Terms, such as fuel, food, drinks, port fees and ad hoc incidentals, the APA will be given to the captain before the start of your charter. The Captain will ensure that the yacht is fully fuelled and provisioned when you step on board. While an up-to-date summary of accounts can be requested at any time during your charter, a full set of accounts will normally be submitted by your captain at the end of the cruise. If, during the charter, the expenditure exceeds the sum already paid, additional cash funds will be required at once.

All outstanding bills from the yacht charter should be settled in cash or by bank transfer before your final disembarkation. Of course, any remaining credit at the end of your charter will be reimbursed to you in full. On request, transfer arrangements to and from the yacht can be made by Burgess or by the yacht’s captain, payment for which will be deducted from your APA.

Every detail counts
Several weeks before you board your yacht, Burgess will ask you to complete a detailed questionnaire describing the preferences and special needs of all the members of your party, such as dietary or medial requirements, details of any allergies, and your sporting or entertainment requests. This will enable Burgess and the crew of your chosen charter yacht to ensure that everything possible is done to make your charter a fabulous experience.

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Charter a luxury yacht with Burgess. We are trusted for our expertise, and it is the first-hand insights of our charter brokers that raise the bar. Our collective knowledge serves to make your superyacht charter experience exceptional. Explore our stunning collection of luxury yachts for rent or hire and speak to our experts about chartering a private yacht to your dream destination.

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Every charter yacht in the Burgess fleet is unique, from interior design and on board facilities, to watertoys and impeccable service. We rigorously inspect every yacht to ensure that when you find your ideal match, it exceeds every expectation.

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A superyacht charter offers life-affirming adventure and little can compare to a tailor-made experience orchestrated by your Burgess broker. By accommodating both your preferences and requirements, no detail is left to chance.

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Burgess charter brokers are involved well beyond the booking stage. We share our intelligence on the best itineraries to suit you, organise private jet transfers, on board celebrations, luxury boat hire, restaurant bookings, spa treatments, fitness instruction and more.

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