Two Amazing Day Trips aboard the Windrose Yacht
We had wonderful experiences on both the Thursday Santa Fe + South Plaza and Saturday Bartolome Island + Sullivan Bay tours.The yacht itself is beautiful - sleek in design, comfortable, and fast. The captain and crew were professional, friendly, and concerned about each guest's experience. Alex, the chef, did an exceptional job. The lunch entree was delicious, filling, and different each day, plus snacks and cold drinks were offered after the excursions, which really hit the spot. The Santa Fe + South Plaza itinerary, while more expensive than other day trips, is well worth it as the only opportunity to visit 2 uninhabited islands in one day. There were 12 guests on our trip, which the yacht easily accommodated without feeling crowded. Our guide Julian was experienced, personable, and extremely knowledgeable. He explained the islands' formation, special features of each island, and all about the animals, birds, and plants we were seeing, while seamlessly switching back & forth between Spanish & English. He was happy to answer questions, and really seems to enjoy his job.On the Bartolome + Sullivan Bay itinerary, we had the yacht all to ourselves, which made the day even more special. On our way to Bartolome, the captain did a navigation past Daphne Island to see the frigate birds, nesting Nazca boobies, & sea lions. Because the Windrose is so fast, we were the first day trip boat to reach Bartolome, so we had time to navigate around in the dinghy looking for penguins (no luck) before going to the landing site. It was incredible to have the iconic Pinnacle Rock view without having to jostle for position with other tourists. We had Julian as our guide, and he again was full of information about the sites we were visiting. We snorkeled at two different sites on this trip and Julian's personal knowledge of the location really showed. The snorkels were excellent - spotted eagle rays, white-tipped reef sharks, and countless fish & starfish. After finishing up our 2nd snorkel on Sullivan Beach, we spent some time looking for penguins and were successful - a perfect end to our time at Bartolome.We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Windrose, and appreciated getting to know the crew a little bit more on our "private" trip. If we are lucky enough to travel to the Galapagos Islands again, we will definitely take another trip on the Windrose.