- year built
- 159 feet
- 28 feet
- 10 feet
- cruising speed
- 10 knots
A vessel of great character, the M/Y WildAid’s Passion offers her 14 Galapagos Island guests a sense of refinement and exclusivity while providing all the modern passenger comforts. Originally built in 1989 as a private luxury yacht, she has been refurbished to enhance her onboard experience for individual travelers, small groups and charters. In addition, guests can rest easy knowing their trip to the Galapagos is having a positive effect on the local ecosystem, through the partnership between WildAid and the Passion.
WildAid’s Passion Review
AdventureSmith Explorations’ WildAid’s Passion review includes a detailed description of the yacht including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our Galapagos experts have been aboard WildAid’s Passion firsthand. Please read our WildAid’s Passion review below then contact our experts to compare WildAid’s Passion with other small cruise ships and upscale yachts offering Galapagos luxury cruises and private Galapagos yacht charters.
Choose this ship for her one-to-one guest-to-guide ratio, her dedication to sustainability through the partnership with WildAid and for a luxurious Galapagos experience. WildAid’s Passion is revered for her open spaces, offering four decks for only 14 guests and at least one bathtub in nearly every cabin. She also is unconventional in that she is solidly built of marine steel instead of the more common fiberglass and has two electronic stabilizers that keep her a comfortable and safe option for Galapagos travelers.
Sustainability Aboard WildAid’s Passion
WildAid is a world-wide organization that works with partners to protect marine reserves, supports anti-poaching efforts and works to reduce the impact of climate change. In the Galapagos, in partnership with the M/Y Passion, WildAid works to stop illegal fishing which threatens the livelihood of the local community, the sustainability of its fish stocks and the health of its marine ecosystems. This organization integrates electronic surveillance technology to monitor the reserve, trains park rangers annually, underwrites critical operational expenses and works with the government to enact the stronger regulations to combat illegal fishing. WildAid also provides training and tools to prevent the introduction of invasive species, including educational outreach and effective quarantine measures. For every guest choosing to sail on the WildAid’s Passion, a donation is made towards these efforts.
Common Areas Aboard WildAid’s Passion
Motor Yacht WildAid’s Passion is one of the largest charter yachts in the Galapagos, boasting a length of 159 feet spread over four decks. She has generous space for her 14 passengers, with ample interior and exterior social areas including a panoramic sky lounge with bar and sliding glass doors and a separate dining room. The WildAid’s Passion has an impressive 2,000-plus square feet of fine teak wood decking, with a secluded sun deck featuring lounge chairs and a Jacuzzi.
Dining Aboard WildAid’s Passion
The first-class galley produces gourmet cuisine of international standards, with a stainless steel galley kitchen and walk-in freezer facilitating a great variety of dishes. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be served al fresco if the weather allows, to enjoy the amazing views of the Galapagos Islands where sunsets and moon rises are stunning. Water, coffee, tea and natural juices are all available on board, and vegetarian and vegan diets can be accommodated with advance notice.
Crew & Guides Aboard WildAid’s Passion
With a service ratio of one crew member per guest, she ensures a service second to none. Guiding is in English and Spanish, with supplement options of German, French and Italian. Every guide aboard has level 3 guiding certifications, making them experts in their field and one of the first lines of conservation on the islands. The crew members know the seas and islands well, as many are Galapagos natives.
Activities Aboard WildAid’s Passion
Kayak through mangrove forests alongside iconic wildlife and snorkel to get up-close encounters with underwater treasures. Kayaks, snorkeling equipment and wetsuits are included. Massages (additional fee) are available upon request.
Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard WildAid’s Passion
There are five spacious staterooms and a Master and VIP Suite. All cabins are fully air-conditioned with amenities like hair dryers, high-definition TV systems, 110/220 volt outlets and USB chargers. Light laundry service is available (additional fee).