Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Galapagos
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Sadly, Jimmy Cornell sold Noonsite about 8-10 years ago when he sold the ARC. The owners of the ARC own Noonsite.
And, although I agree with you on visiting Galapagos when crossing from Panama, there has been some changes since we were there in 2008.
I suggest that you check Noonsite's Galapagos page: https://www.noonsite.com/Countries/Galapagos AND Noonsite's page on the primary port of entry, San Cristobal: https://www.noonsite.com/Countries/Galapagos?a=SanCristobal
In 2008 we stopped at Sanat Cruz: https://www.noonsite.com/Countries/Galapagos?a=SantaCruz
The port captain did not clear us in, but allowed us 24 hours there. I believe if you arrive early one morning, he will allow you to stay overnight. He held our passports while we were there and allowed us to go ashore. We saw "Lonesome George" and bought fuel which was delivered to our boat at anchor. If you do this, I strongly recommend that you get permission from the port captain...find him. We were lucky because 15 minutes after we dropped anchor he came alongside in a small wooden boat. As always, a friendly and courteous attitude toward go a very long way with some official bending the rules.
BTW, when we arrived at the San Cristobal (main island), we had to drop a stern anchor because of the swell entering the bay and because it was very crowded. If you are not familiar with the process, practice before you go. We also had some heavy petroleum substance on our water line. If this happens to your boat, be sure to clean this before it dries...if not, you will have a very difficult time.
I hope this helps, but my personal information is 10 years old.
On Fri, Jan 4, 2019 at 9:13 AM Ric Gottschalk ric@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote: