The Alya is a luxury-class mega catamaran that was build specifically to offer boat based tours around the Galapagos Islands. She was designed and artisan built in the shipyards of Guayaquil. Alexis Gordillo the owner and his family were part of the entire construction and decoration process. In 2021 this is one of the boats that is offering fixed departures on a regular basis, in spite of the pandemic the Alya remains a popular choice amongst travelers that want to escape the city for the enchanted isles.
Alya Catamaran Galapagos Cruise Programs
The Alya catamaran Galapagos cruises offer travelers a choice of four, five and eight day routes visiting the most important islands and their visitor sites in the Galapagos archipelago. For passionate nature travelers it is possible to combine itineraries and enjoy 12, 13 and even 15 day loops without repeating sites. Each itinerary is well balanced and offers both nature walks and snorkeling opportunities on a daily basis. Sea Kayaking, zodiac rides and nature lectures are other activities the fill out the daily agenda.
Alya Catamaran infrastructure
Extremely spacious for a 16-passenger boat, after a full day of excursions, guests have the choice to relax in the library viewing a movie from the DVD collection, or on the sundeck while enjoying a drink from one of the catamaran’s two bars. Sitting at the bow during navigations creates the opportunity to watch dolphins swimming in front of the boat. This is quite common on the western island programs. The gastronomy on board reflects the diverse Ecuadorean cuisine with interactive experiences such as the anual lobster festival held from July to November when these crustaceans are in season. The chef on board ensures all dietary needs are met with options for vegetarian, vegan and other preferences.
As the night sets in guests are able to retire to rest in one of the nine pleasant cabins, eight of which have private balconies - the perfect place to enjoy sunrises and sunsets in understated luxury, privacy and feeling the ocean breeze. All are equipped with private bathrooms, cold/hot water, air conditioning, safe box and other amenities. Throughout, the Alya is elegantly and tastefully decorated.
Alya Catamaran services
The Alya’s eight crew members and bilingual certified naturalist guide will assure guests a safe and informative journey through the Galapagos Islands. A good guide makes a good trip an amazing once in a lifetime voyage. The Alya also stands apart in this field, offering a unique training program to ensure their guides not only deliver information but engage in meanfull conversation with all guests, leaving them with a crave to protect our planet and its natural wonders. This is part of the companies sustainable tourism mission and awareness programs.