Ecoventura - Origin / Theory
Family owned and operated since 1990, Ecoventura launched their first luxury vessel the MV ORIGIN in February 2016, the newest and most comfortable yacht operating in Galapagos. Two unique and comprehensive 7 night itineraries start in San Cristobal on Sundays and include the most important islands and wildlife in the archipelago.
The 142 foot Origin features 10 deluxe staterooms, all on the main deck with panoramic windows for ocean views. Expansive indoor and outdoor social and observation areas allow for easy and comfortable viewing of the islands’ unique scenery and topography. On board highlights include locally inspired gourmet menus, an open bar policy, sun deck with Jacuzzi, wet bar, day beds and a fitness center. Modern sophistication with understated luxury await guests, with a crew of 14 including the captain, two naturalist guides and a concierge. The ORIGIN is ideal for family travel, offering connecting cabins and triple accommodation.
ORIGIN also features indoor and al-fresco dining, BBQ, spacious social areas, Apple TV with pre-loaded movies, multiple kayaks, glass bottomed boat, stand up paddle boards, wet suits and snorkeling equipment. There is satellite communication (Wi-Fi) and laundry service available for an additional charge.
There are two expert guides for a maximum of 20 guests ensure a very personalized experience, and the crew offers very high levels of service. The varied menus are gourmet-style and produce is locally sourced. Adventure gear is provided (at no charge) and includes kayaks, stand up paddle boards, wet suits, masks, fins, snorkels and beach towels.
Ecoventura maintains the highest environmental and social sustainability standards, partnering with the Charles Darwin Foundation and WWF to create funding that support marine conservation and provide scholarships to local students.
Ecoventura also own and operate two first class yachts M/Y Eric, Letty and the M/Y Galapagos Sky, a dedicated dive liveaboard vessel. In 2019 M/Y Theory will join the Origin as the second luxury vessel in the Ecoventura fleet!
January 2019 Ecoventura's new twin ship to the Origin, the MV Theory will launch in March this year, also Relais & Chateaux. The yachts will sail together and guests will be assigned to the most compatible (as has always been done with Eric and Letty)
Rendered images of the MV Theory are available to download here
“Why I Love...The Origin”, Naomi’s impressions of the ship from her recent trip…
I feel a special fondness for Ecoventura’s yacht MV Origin, we’ve been on a journey together that started long before my recent trip to Galapagos. I worked on her launch in 2016 and have been sending delighted journalists on press trips aboard her ever since. So it was a real treat finally coming face-to-face with her last October. I could pick out her distinctive bow from the shore and she did not disappoint once aboard. From the friendliness and efficient service off the staff, to the graceful décor, spacious cabins and shared spaces to the excellence of the guides and excursions – everything was tip-top. It’s a high-class ship but with a relaxed and informal atmosphere, which is just as well when you have to squeeze in and out of wetsuits in the company of strangers!! Truly outstanding aspects of the ship include: the picture sized windows throughout, allowing views in all directions and a vast amount of light inside the yacht, the gourmet food, which was plentiful and delicious, and all the well-thought-out little details including slimline life jackets, high quality and design wetsuits, also the systems for getting on and off the pangas with snorkelling kit in individual bags. The diversity of the wildlife and landscapes in Galapagos is so outstanding it is almost overwhelming, but my favourite excursions included spotting waved albatross performing their mating dance and snorkelling at the Crown Of Thorns volcanic islets. I knew we were on to a good thing when I saw the Captain and the Head Chef putting their wetsuits on. Where the Captain leads…..make sure you follow!