Archipel I is a small, contemporary motor catamaran offering 16 guests a superior Galapagos cruising experience a with highly professional crew.
Archipel I is a broad and stable motor catamaran, 26m long with a speed of 10 knots. She caters for just 16 guests, rendering her a good choice for anyone preferring a more intimate nautical experience on a small but roomy vessel. Décor is contemporary and light, white paintwork and furnishings combining with polished wood to reflect the rays of the sun. There’s a lounge and sun deck with loungers and an area where you can shelter from the sun, and indoor or on deck dining. Kayaks and snorkelling equipment are available. With just nine crew members including a naturalist guide, she offers extremely personalised service, and you will feel well looked after. She offers a choice of three easily combinable itineraries from four to 14 days’ duration.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
The range of wildlife to be seen in the Galapagos stood out but there were so many highlights.TH, Colchester
The close proximity of the wildlife in the Galapagos is amazing.DW, Stevenage
The Galapagos Islands are spectacular and we are so glad we had the time to visit. After a busy four days onboard La Pinta it was good to have a days break at Finch Bay. It was certainly a well needed rest for us both.EK, Saltash
The trip to to the Galapagos was the highlight undoubtedly - and the memories will remain with us for a long time -along with the huge photographic archive taken!CG, Stratchcarron
The Galápagos trip was very sympathetic to the environment and local habitat.AD, Dublin
The highlight was always going to be the Galápagos and it lived up to our expectations. It is a unique place and unlike our last visit we came away with hundreds of photographs to remind us of the trip.NW, Wells
The wildlife in the Galápagos was so totally unbothered by our presence.SB, Leyland
The trip around the Galápagos was spectacular and I have never experienced anything like it before.LB, Enfield
We loved snorkelling with marine iguanas, turtles, and the lovely playful sealions.FM, Manchester
So many (highlights) it's hard to single some out. The Galapagos are a joy from start to finish.JC, Littlehampton
The Galápagos Islands are a wonderland. If I say that of all places I have visited in the world only the Grand Canyon is their equal in impact and living up to expectation you will have an idea of how they affected both of us.DW Lingfield
The Galápagos were above expectation – the best thing we have done.DL, Dulwich
Our time on the Galápagos Islands was unique to us, the wildlife was fabulous, we enjoyed every minute of it.BT, Ware
Most Memorable Moment?: The obvious answer is the whole thing! If I had to choose, I'd say the experience of arriving at the top of the Prince Phillip Steps on Genovesa to be confronted by a sea of roosting and nesting seabirds completely unfazed by our presence. Of course I'd read about it in advance but nothing really prepares you for experiencing it for yourself. Another key moment was going snorkelling for the first time at the age of 70 and immediately having underwater encounters with a sea lion and a green sea turtle. My prescience in investing in a GoPro camera ahead of the trip paid huge dividends in terms of lasting memories.DM, Nottingham
Without a doubt, the Galapagos Islands were amazing. We feel very privileged.SM, South Croydon
The Galapagos tour was our highlight because of the proximity and abundance of the wildlife.AB, St Neots
A truly wonderful and privileged experience!RD, Ashford
A truly unique place on earth.KS, Southampton
The most memorable experiences were walking in woodland with wild giant tortoise grazing in clearings, watching wild land iguanas amble through long grasses, peering at eye level into the nests of red footed boobies, watching penguins and sea lions hunting fish whilst snorkelling, and as a finale, watching huge sharks circling in the boat lights during our final evening meal.JW, Newcastle
How close we could get to the wildlife in the Galápagos.DG, Neston
The Galápagos was so amazing - we were not at all disappointed even though we had looked forward to it so much. Every part of our cruise was special, and we loved the Athala and her itinerary.RJ, Kenilworth
Visiting the Galápagos islands and coming so close to so many special species of animals and birds was a memorable experience.JB, Chiswick
The Galápagos cruise was just so good. I don't think I can remember enjoying a recent trip so much.NJ, London
"The Galápagos Islands and the amazing Machu Picchu ruins. A real once in a lifetime experience."MCP Richmond
The Galápagos offer amazing access to stunning wild-life and a great week living on a boat.PJ, London
The Galápagos Islands were fantastic and beyond our wildest expectations.AC
I had wanted to travel to the Galápagos for many years. My husband did not want to go, so I arranged the trip by myself and had a memorable time, whilst feeling very well looked after by JLA.JG
The Galápagos Islands were out of this world.DJ, Chesterfield
No-one should consider a Galápagos cruise of less then 8 days. We both had a holiday of a lifetime.LF
Being able to visit the Galápagos with a reputable company was a highlight - the boat was fantastic and everything about the holiday was first rate.KF, Norfolk
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Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
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Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
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