Intrepid Yacht Charter: Experience the Astonishing Galapagos aboard M/Y Integrity

December 22, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

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An extraordinary yacht charter with a real difference – this is Galapagos Islands explored aboard M/Y Integrity, one of only a few luxury yachts available in this area. A volcanic archipelago and a province of Ecuador, Galapagos is one of the best places in the world for those in love with wildlife and natural environment, where you can “see the natural habitat, just going about their business and “curious” about us humans”. Numerous plant and animal species found here cannot be found elsewhere, offering you a unique experience and plenty of adventure. A place where you can swim with a multitude of frisky sea lions, amazing orcas or catch a glimpse of the Mola-Mola while snorkelling.

East - Bartolome Pinnacle Rock - Photo Weston Walker-Knoblich

East – Bartolome Pinnacle Rock – Photo Weston Walker-Knoblich

Although mesmerising when it comes to its natural beauty, Galapagos is certainly not your usual charter destination. CharterWorld’s senior broker, Amanda Brillante was invited on board Motor Yacht Integrity to first hand experience the beauty and uniqueness of this remarkable place on Earth: “One special treat about a trip to the Galapagos is the ability, or rather necessity, to disconnect and go on a “digital detox”. Without the ability for cellular, internet, or even TV signal, you are forced into a (probably overdue and much-needed) respite from our wired world, to spend time with and enjoy your friends and family, and get lost in the incomparable beauty of your surroundings and sheer magnificence a and diversity mother nature has created.”

East - Close with Sea Lion - Gardner Bay Espanola - Photo Weston Walker-Knoblich

East – Close with Sea Lion – Gardner Bay Espanola – Photo Weston Walker-Knoblich

Luxury Motor Yacht INTEGRITY

INTEGRITY is a 43-metre (141ft) yacht offering uncomplicated luxury and comfort to up to 16 charter guests in 9 cabins. The master cabin is fitted with a king-sized bed and is equipped with an en suite bathroom. Seven guest cabins boast twin beds and also offer bathroom facilities with a shower and a toilet. All convert into king-bedded cabins, if necessary. The remaining cabin boasts a queen-sized bed and an en suite bathroom with a shower and a toilet. Integrity is air-conditioned throughout to offer a pleasant on board environment for her guests.

East- Integrity at Leon Dormido - Photo Bill Roberson

East- Integrity at Leon Dormido – Photo Bill Roberson

“The yacht Integrity is very comfortable and cabins surprisingly spacious and well-appointed. All cabins on the main deck, the upper deck salon, the Portuguese bridge and the top deck with jacuzzi and bar give guests an opportunity to find quiet time and a place to retreat, but also to gather, share good times, and create unforgettable memories.”

Integrity - Sun deck

Integrity – Sun deck

Interiors are clean, with warm wood tones and white decor. The salon and the dining area are located on the main deck with a formal dining area situated forward and seating 4-6 guests per table. The salon is located aft and offers comfortable seating on two large sofas either side. Huge windows offer spectacular views and allow plenty of natural light to enter on the inside.

Integrity Yacht - Salon

Integrity Yacht – Salon

Integrity - Dining Area

Integrity – Dining Area

Integrity Cuisine

Integrity Cuisine

Integrity is equipped with the popular jacuzzi hot tub to relax in after you have enjoyed a day of snorkelling, swimming or even kayaking accompanied by your private guide who will ensure you are well informed during your trip on local customs, history and the natural environment. Thanks to her stabilisers, Integrity is a stable vessel, very quiet and vibration-free. She was well-maintained with simple furnishings and welcoming atmosphere.

Integrity - Suite

Integrity – Suite

Integrity - Twin stateroom

Integrity – Twin stateroom

Standard Stateroom aboard Integrity

Standard Stateroom aboard Integrity

“The crew is discrete and very professional. Manuel and Richard, our stewards, were always available to fill our needs, whether greeting us with cold refreshments after hiking and snorkelling or providing beer and popcorn while lounging in the jacuzzi. We enjoyed a wide variety of delicious fare – some products and produce many of us had never had – all while the Chef accommodated guests dietary requirements including vegetarian, lactose free, gluten free, and shellfish allergies. Captain Pedro knows all the islands by heart and it seems we were always anchored in the best spot at each destination. Our Panga drivers were amazing -not only slowly trailing us and providing security while swimming and snorkelling, but also guiding us on daily excursions through mangroves and exploring caves, around rocky cliff faces and outcroppings to see nesting birds, colourful crabs, penguins, and various other flora and fauna “up close and personal”.”

Giant Tortoise - Santa Cruz - Photo Weston Walker

Giant Tortoise – Santa Cruz – Photo Weston Walker

East - Waved Albatross  - Photo Bill Roberson

East – Waved Albatross – Photo Bill Roberson

West - Land Iguana -  Urbina Bay - Photo Marika Roberson

West – Land Iguana – Urbina Bay – Photo Marika Roberson

SOME IMPORTANT AND INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT CHARTERING IN GALAPAGOS

The yachts in Galapagos work on fixed itineraries which are submitted to and approved yearly by the government. Guest will be taken onto one of the two general routes: the Eastern Route or the Western Route. Within each route, no two itineraries are the same, in an effort to reduce overcrowding in anchorages at islands and to offer a truly unique experience to the visitors.

Two Sea Lions - Photo Weston Walker

Two Sea Lions – Photo Weston Walker

On either of the routes, you will take you will have an amazing time filled with adventure and experiences to last you a lifetime. You are likely to cruise from Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz. On your way (or “en route”) to embark on Integrity, you will see tortoises in the highlands, spectacular lava tubes, the twin craters Los Gemelos, and Charles Darwin Research Station. On the shore visits and snorkels during the cruise, you will see marine iguanas, land iguanas, frigatebirds, Nazca Boobies, Blue-footed Boobies, Galapagos Penguins, mockingbirds, finches, flycatchers, Yellow-crested Night Herons, American Oystercatchers, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls, Galapagos Hawks, Brown Pelicans, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, Lava Lizards, Galapagos Sea Lions, reef fish, sea turtles, sharks, and many more animals, plants and geologic features.

West - Flightless Cormorant Fernandina - Photo Weston  Walker

West – Flightless Cormorant Fernandina – Photo Weston Walker

“I have seen and experienced more things in a week aboard INTEGRITY than I could hope to in years of travel: Giant tortoises, iguanas (both land and marine), penguins, boobies of all types, pods of orcas, even the elusive Mola-Mola (giant sunfish)! Swimming with sea lions and sharks, sea turtles, stingrays and giant manta rays, hiking across endless expanses of lava and high into a rainforest, enjoying a champagne-spurred salsa party while crossing the equator at sunset – there is nowhere else on earth where you will experience so much in one destination.”

Lava flows - Sullivan Bay Santiago - Photo Bill Roberson

Lava flows – Sullivan Bay Santiago – Photo Bill Roberson

READY TO EXPLORE THE AMAZING GALAPAGOS?

If you are ready to set sails towards the enchanting world of the mesmerising natural beauty, learning about different customs and detach yourself from the modern and often very hectic lifestyle of the western cultures, then don’t hesitate to contact us at CharterWorld. Our experienced travel brokers are ready to provide you with all the necessary information you need to know before embarking on this amazing voyage.

MORE ABOUT INTEGRITY

Motor yacht INTEGRITY

Year:1977 (Refit 2004)  L.O.A.:42.97 m (141 ft)  Beam:7.31 m (24ft) 
Max Speed:  Cruise Speed:12 knots  Engines:2 Detroit MTU Series 60 
Cabins: Charter Guest:16  Crew:11 

Photos supplied by INCA International Nature & Cultural Adventures

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