GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS

Situated in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador, the 19 isolated Galápagos islands and the surrounding marine reserve form a spectacular showcase of diverse animals and pristine ocean. Located at the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galápagos are a melting pot of marine species found nowhere else in the world. Read on for a comprehensive look at the Galápagos Islands, and the best way for you to experience them!

Cruise Based Tours

Why choose a cruise?

 

We believe that a live-aboard yacht is THE best way to see the Galápagos Islands!

Ability to see MORE islands and MORE wildlife than a land-based tour!

The best tour guides work on yachts

A wide variety of different cruising vessels available so you can find the one perfect for your group!

Camaraderie of spending your time with such a small group, whether you charter a yacht with your friends or join with new ones!

Click here to see a sample cruise itinerary!

CRUSIER - Galapagos - Ecuador, South America

Find the Perfect Yacht!

There are almost 100 cruise ship operators throughout the Galápagos and therefore a wide variety in the different sizes, luxuries, and quality of experiences. We highly recommend opting for one of the smaller cruise ships, normally 16-20 people. If you have a group of friends this is a perfect size to charter the whole ship, otherwise you can just book a cabin aboard and spend the evening getting to know other travelers from around the globe.

Our Featured Yacht:

M/C Endemic:

The Galapagos’ newest luxury catamaran

The M/C Endemic is the newest catamaran in the Galapagos, launched in July 2018, with capacity for 16 passengers. Being the first in a new generation of catamarans, the Endemic boasts elegant exteriors, spacious and luxurious accommodations, and a beautiful al fresco dining area. Travel between the islands is fast and offers great stability due to the Endemic’s innovative design. We are excited to share this luxurious experience with you to make your trip to the Galapagos even more memorable and comfortable.

Boat Specs:

Length: 115 ft / 35mt
Beam: 45 ft / 14 mt
Crew: 10 members + Cruise Service Officer + Guide
Capacity: 16 pax
Speed: 12 knots
Suites Size (including Balcony): 344 sq ft / 32 sq mt

Motor Yachts

The most popular way to cruise the islands, single hull cruise boats offer the best of both worlds. Many have luxurious interiors but still maintain that classic boat feel. Knowledgeable guides will show you the best that the Galápagos has to offer, help you get your sea legs, and rejoice with you at each new wildlife sighting. Below are examples of upper-tier, mid-tier, and lower-tier yachts.

Upper Tier
Yacht Galapagos
Yacht Galapagos
Mid Tier
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Yacht Galapagos
Lower Tier
Yacht Galapagos
Yacht Galapagos

Catamarans

Catamaran boats, or boats with two hulls, provide the ultimate cruising experience, combining spacious interiors with a stability unachievable by single-hull boats. Also with a maximum capacity of 16 passengers, you can decide if you want to be with the group or enjoy the Galápagos from the private balcony off your cabin. Below are examples of upper-tier, mid-tier, and lower-tier catamarans.

Upper Tier
Yacht Galapagos
Yacht Galapagos
Mid Tier
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Yacht Galapagos
Lower Tier
Yacht Galapagos
Yacht Galapagos

Land Based Tours

Is a land-based tour right for you?

Pros

  • Great for people prone to sea-sickness

  • Wider variety of activities available

  • More local interaction and support of local economy

  • Less expensive than a cruise-based tour

  • Private tours for any group size

Cons
  • Less wildlife closer to town

  • Less convenient methods for intra-island travel

  • Many additional personal expenses

Explore the Galápagos from its port towns!

Land-based Galápagos tours offer an alternative to live aboard yachts. Stay in comfy hotels, eat at local restaurants and visit nearby islands on day tours by small speedboat. Galápagos multi-sport and island hopping tours are done on the inhabited islands.

PORT TOWNS - CRUSIER - Galapagos - Ecuador, South America
SNORKEL - Galapagos, Ecuador, South America

Multi-sport tours

If you can’t stomach the seas or don’t enjoy relaxing on-board the ship, booking a multi-sport tour of the Galápagos is a great option. Over the course of your stay you will get the opportunity to snorkel with the sea lions, sea kayak the crystal-clear waters, hike and bike the volcanic islands, and spend time relaxing on the beaches. You can include day trips to different islands via motor speedboat to the hot spots of your favorite animals so as not to miss out on all the amazing wildlife!

Land-based tour add-on

If your heart is set on a cruise-based tour but you wouldn’t mind some hiking or biking as well, you can always add a few land-based days onto the end of your cruise! This will allow you to get the best wildlife viewing on the cruise, and also get active on land. A few days on land exploring the port-towns and supporting the local economy is a great way to wrap up your Galápagos experience!

WILDLIFE, Galapagos, Ecuador, South America

Galapagos Wildlife

LAND IGUANA, Galápagos, South America
Land Iguana
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Galapagos Marine Iguana
Marine Iguana
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Galapagos Sante Fe Land Iguana
Santa Fe Land Iguana
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Galapagos Penguin
Galápagos Penguin
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Galápagos Sea Lion
Galápagos Sea Lion
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Galápagos Fur Seal
Galápagos Fur Seal
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