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A sleek, twin-hulled catamaran, Elite is one of the most modern, comfortable and stable small ships exploring Darwin’s enchanted islands.

Elite is an all-suite catamaran with capacity for up to sixteen guests. Suites are split between the main-deck and upper-deck and measure approximately 35m2. Beds can be setup as a king or twin and each cabin has a private balcony, which is accessed through floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Air-conditioning and modern en suite bathrooms are found in each cabin and on the main-deck two of the suites can be interconnecting, making them ideal for families. There is one single cabin on the upper-deck, which although smaller, has all the facilities that the other suites have, including its own private balcony. The single cabin accommodates additional travellers who are part of odd-numbered groups and families and no single supplement applies. Please note this cabin is not available for solo passengers.

When not on excursions, guests can enjoy 180-degree views from the panoramic lounge or in the Jacuzzi or on a sun lounger on the sky deck. Elite’s larger than average size, means there is ample space so guest can always enjoy some privacy, whilst enjoying the breath-taking scenery.

Special dietary requirements are never a problem for the chefs on board and whenever possible, meals are made using fresh and locally sourced ingredients from the islands. A delicious buffet breakfast and lunch is available each day and a more elegant sit-down meal is served at dinner. When weather permits, guests are invited to eat on the sky deck and enjoy the beautiful surrounds and noises which accompany a day in the Galapagos.

Elite, at a glance

  • 123ft catamaran with capacity for up to sixteen guests
  • All suite catamaran, with cabins averaging 35m2 and with private balconies.
  • Option of interconnecting cabins, ideal for families
  • Single cabin available for odd-numbered groups (and with no single supplement)
  • Al fresco dining area, cocktail bar and rooftop Jacuzzi
  • Spacious communal areas and cubby holes for relaxing
  • Transparent sea kayaks and Stand-up Paddle Boards available to use at permitted visitor sites

Click here to download the deck plan

Where will Elite take you?

Elite operates weekly seven-night itineraries, from Saturday to Saturday as well as two shorter four and three-night itineraries, which are part of the seven-night ‘South and Central’ island itinerary.

  • Seven-night ‘Eastern and Western’ itinerary, including Isabela, Fernandina, Rabida and San Cristobal islands (begins and ends at San Cristobal island).
  • Seven-night ‘South and Central’ itinerary, including Española, Floreana, Santa Cruz and Genovesa islands (begins and ends at San Cristobal island).
  • Four-night ‘Central’ itinerary focusing on Santa Cruz, Santiago and Genovesa islands (begins at Baltra and ends at San Cristobal). Operates from Tuesday to Saturday.
  • Three-night ‘Southern’ itinerary focusing on San Cristobal, Española and Floreana islands (begins at San Cristobal and ends at Baltra). Operates from Saturday to Tuesday.

  • We have travelled with TUTC six times, the most recent was to New Zealand last year. The trip was very well organised as usual, with excellent accommodation and a wide variety of experiences. We had booked to go to Australia with them this year but due to Covid this was cancelled, Ultimate handled the situation very professionally and promptly refunded the whole of our deposit without any quibble.

    DN, August 2020