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The Alba

Yacht | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed

The Alba is a traditionally made wooden 66 foot motor boat that provides full accommodations for 10 guests with all inclusive service, incredible meals, the best chilean wines and international spirits, our guests are tended by 4-5 (fluent English speaking Captain, Coastal Pilot, Engineer, Chef, Seaman) crew members depending on the trip needs. The crew is trained in fly fishing, history, culture and wildlife so as to provide a complete and enriching experience. We have 5 cabins, all of them with a private bathroom, 3 of them with big King size beds and 2 of them with bunk beds, (one of the 3 king size beds can be converted into a twin bed cabin).

Our trips are tailor made to fit the group's interests, choosing the appropriate sites to visit and the menu depending on our guests, yet still remaining flexible throughout the journey in case of any new requirements. We only plan for one group every trip, even if the group is smaller than the full occupancy we will not offer any more vacancies, thus ensuring the group with a private and pleasurable ambiance inside the boat.

Our touring area is between Puerto Montt and Puerto Aysen in Chile, our base port is Dalcahue. We normally provide theme based trips centering on different interests, offering things like fly fishing, whale or other fauna watching, navigational, cultural-historical (Chiloe churches have been declared world heritage) or just relaxing (thermal springs, short walks, etc.), among others.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Castro Chiloé Airport (WCA) 9 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player, Boat available
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Games room
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace

The South Chile region

The Archipielago of Chiloé is formed by one big island, called by local folk "the big island", and a lot of smaller islands mostly due east of the big island and so protected from most bad weather, making it an ideal site for sailing. The Archipielago is known for the "palafitos" wooden houses on stilts, their wooden churches, the quality of their woodwork and of course the boat building abilities of their craftsmen.

Chiloé is one of the highlights of northern Patagonia, colonized first in 1567 by Spanish settlers who lived quite isolated as Chiloé was not in the main traveling routes. The isolation, the abundant rain and fog and the existing aboriginal beliefs made a perfect mixture to provide a unique and rich mythology. Which was, until very recently, fervently believed by most the population on the islands.

Further to the east, on the continent there are deep fjords, carved out by glaciers that provide incredible views and unique habitats to endemic species.

Sailing has been an important part of life for the people of Chiloé as this was the fastest and easiest way to travel from one place to another, the only way to get from one island to another and until only 2 years the only way to get in or out of the Archipielago (now there is an airport).

Chiloe Island, Castro

The Alba has been sailing for the last 10 years from Puerto Montt in the north to Isla Magdalena too the South. Aroundd the base port of Dalcahue we find approximately 30 inhabited islands, only reachable by boat they maintain a lot of the essence of the Chiloé lifestyle. Sailing through these islands we may find whales, dolphins, sea lions, penguins, flamingos, and many other different birds.

Due to the abruptness of the Andean range there are various naturally formed thermal springs in the area.

There are fish, shellfish, octopus, crabs, king crabs and many other local delicacies that can be observed discovered and caught while visiting the area.

We recommend bringing a good camera as the scenery and the lighting of the predominant cloud formations make for incredible pictures.

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3 Apr 2014

5/5

"Toby 2014"

Excellent experience. We had typical March Chiloe weather with a mix of sunny and rainy days. The food and service at the boat were great. In fact the sea food was outstanding, Kayaking and using the small motor boats were pluses. Visit to land locations were well supported. The "grill on the beach" outing was perfect.

1 Apr 2014

5/5

"Amazing experience"

Once again, 2 years after the first trip, the Alba experience was incredible. Food on board is outstanding making intense use of locally sourced seafood and shellfish. New (improved) canoes are really good to explore rivers and go fishing to remote places. Crew was friendly and helpful as always. I'm really waiting for the third trip in 2 years time.

1 Apr 2014

5/5

"Beautifull sight views, excellent dinning and activities from the crew"

A marvelous trip with good accomodations and an exquisit food on board, sometimes barbecues in open places surrounded by exhuberant vegetation. Absolutely recomended to escape from the cities and take a rest.
Excelent service from all the crew including the on board chef.

31 Mar 2014

5/5

"THE way to experience Patagonia and the Andean fjords!"

This was my 9th time aboard the Alba and I can't wait to come back again!

I cannot say enough about how unique this experience is and how well attended everyone was while aboard. The Alba has always been a special place to come to and truly one of a kind. It is a hand-made yacht built entirely out of local lumber for the sole purpose and of pleasure cruising the protected waters of Southern Chile (where the Andes meet the Pacific Ocean) while blending into the Patagonian landscape.

This is not a cheap trip, but compared to the high-end hotels I have been to in Torres del Paine, the Alba provides a MUCH more unique and special experience with access to areas that only few people get to see a year.

Having also been on charters in the US, Caribbean and Europe, this is the best value I have seen from the perspective of crew / guest ratio and uniqueness of experience. I have chartered other boats in the region prior to the construction of the Alba, and they do not compare - Alba has earned its reputation as the best boat and crew.

Home to only small fishing and farming villages, the area is very sparsely populated. As much of the area is primarily accessible by water, one always feels much like an explorer as you approach each town without any other foreigners to be seen.

The food is world-class with the full range of South Pacific shellfish and seafood gathered daily and Don Luis in charge of preparing the region's famous dishes. Note: your only alarm clock will be the smell of his fresh dough rising in the oven every morning

Plenty of activities to do (kayak, hike, fish, beach comb) but navigating solo through the dramatic landscapes is the real highlight of the trip. For those who like to drive, el Capitan makes this a very interactive experience and you can easily find yourself spending the afternoon going through charts and mapping out the next destination while sipping fresh brew and getting the hang of the wheel.

Personal favorites: The natural volcanic hot springs in both Cahuelmo & Porcelana (I have yet to see anyone else visiting when we go)

A Must: "Asado al palo" - spit roasted meat of your choice on a beach of your choice (lamb recommended!)

And always keep an eye out for the dolphins

25 Feb 2014

5/5

"The best way to explore the fiords and channels of Patagonia"

Although they have pre-planned trips, they have a lot of flexibility on where to go and what to do. They have a cook on board, so meals can be adjusted to the taste of the travelers.
Quality of the bathrooms & hot water availability is better to what is usually expected of these kids of boats.

25 Feb 2014

5/5

"Awsom"

we had an amazing time...!!!!! The Jacht isvery cozy and spacious... each room had its own shower and bathroom. The Crew was super friendly... And the Food.... unveliavable... Seafood as fresh as it can be...

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Alessandro D.

Calendar last updated:24 Feb 2014

Based in Chile

Languages spoken
  • English
  • Spanish