Off the beaten track expeditions in the Galapagos Islands just became a little more luxe, following the re-launch of Pikaia Lodge’s excursion yacht M/Y Pikaia I.
The 105-foot yacht has a new sun deck on which guests can soak in the rays en route to and from excursions to the archipelago’s remote islands, and a new-look dining room for lunch or breakfast on those early morning starts.
Eight staterooms with double or single berths provide a private space for guests to freshen up or relax during time at sea on the Pacific, but with so much going around them, we doubt people will spend much time below deck.
The luxury eco-lodge, perched on the rim of an extinct crater on Santa Cruz Island, has also ended its strict arrivals policy, whereby guests could only arrive on a Monday or Friday.
Visitors can now make the 1,300-kilometre journey from Ecuador’s capital Quito any day of the week, with alternating land and yacht-based itineraries to explore the hidden coves and islets and abundant bird and marine life of the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.