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Explore the Galapagos Islands

Discover the incredible nature and wildlife of the Galapagos Islands in an adventurous way. Sail along the islands and explore the most beautiful places.

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Galapagos Islands Cruise

The Galapagos Islands are a great destination for adventurers, wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. Each day you visit another unique site of the Galapagos, from white sandy beaches to volcanic rock formations. On these islands it feels like going back in time to when animals roamed the earth. Our trips take place on board luxury yachts, tailored to cruising in the Galapagos. Travelling on board a yacht with a small group of guests means you can avoid crowds and have the islands, animals and guides almost to yourself.

Exploring the Galapagos Islands

Your days exploring the islands will be filled with exciting moments! From all over the world people come to discover the beauty of the archipelago, and for good reason. Image encounters with sea-lions on the beach, or to snorkel with turtles and manta rays in the clear blue sea.
Led by naturalist guides we go out to find remarkable wildlife and explore the unique islands of the Galapagos. We do this by zodiac rides along the coast, hiking the highlands and snorkeling at the most idyllic beaches. There will also be plenty of time for bird-watching and photographing all this natural beauty.

Galapagos Islands Wildlife

The Galapagos Islands are a true wildlife paradise. Some species are not found anywhere else on earth. Like the Galapagos Marine Iguana which you are almost certain to encounter on this explorer cruise. The most iconic is probably the Galapagos Giant Tortoise. They can reach an age of 100 years old and are mostly found on the greener islands such as Isabela and Santa Cruz. A real highlight of your trip when you see them in real life.

Each ship in Galapagos offers 2 different itineraries, usually labeled as A and B. Both are packed with authentic encounters and wildlife sightings. No itinerary is better or worse, they are simply different. The itinerary you experience will be determined by your dates of travel and the ship of your choice.

Most cruises are 8 days/7 nights and start either from Isla Baltra or San Cristobal. As with any expedition cruise, the daily schedule and activities are weather depending. We do our utmost to ensure you have the best experience possible, however landing sites and excursions may change during the voyage.

During your expedition cruise you will visit some or all of below islands:

  • North Seymour Island

    North Seymour Island is a very popular island which is teeming with birdlife. There are large colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds. You can easily take a walk to explore this relatively flat island.

  • South Plaza & Santa Fe

    Although South Plaza is not a big island, you will find some of the most unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands here. Animals you might encounter are sea lions and different types of iguanas. The vegetation on the island consists mostly of brush plants and huge cactus forest, which provides food for the iguanas. You'll have the opportunity to hike up to the cliffs where many seabirds have their nest.

    Santa Fe Island is known for 2 species of animals that specifically occur on this island, the Santa Fe Island Iguana and the Santa Fe Rice Rat. Furthermore we could encounter Galapagos Hawks, Darwin's Finches, Galapagos Mockingbirds and also Sea Lions.

  • Santa Cruz & Floreana Island

    Santa Cruz is one of the larger islands of the Galapagos and also the place where we will visit Charles Darwin Research Center. Here you can learn everything about exhibits about the geography and geology of the Galapagos and the evolution of the unique animal species. Next to the research center there is also a Giant Tortoise Breeding Center where amazing work is being done to preserve these vulnerable animals.

    At Floreana you will be to snorkel in the beautifull turqoise water around the island. With a bit of luck some sea lions might join you for a swim.

  • Dragon Hill & Chinese Hat

    Dragon Hill is on the northwest side of Santa Cruz island, where land iguanas live in large numbers after being almost extinct a few decades ago. There is a long trail that takes you to the top of Dragon Hill, through the desert-like landscape, past cacti forests and fragrant Palo Santo trees.

    Chinese Hat is an island that is easy to recognise by it's name. This is one of the smaller islands of the Galapagos, but very much worth while as you can hike a trail to the top of 'the hat'. Starting at a beautiful beach you will often see red Sally Lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas. At the top of the hill you will be rewarded with an unforgettable view!

  • Cowley Islet & Santiago Island

    The little island of Cowley is located just off the coast of Isabela. It's a very popular diving location where you find many species of marine life. Here you can enjoy a swim with sea lions, or go snorkeling to see sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, manta rays, and possibly even sea horses!

    At Santiago Island where we will explore Albany Rock and Buccaneer cove. Both great sites for snorkeling and relaxing on the beach.

  • Egas Port & Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)

    There is more to explore around Santiago Island! Ever since the 1600's Egas Port was often used by pirates and other sailers as a layover. In the 20th century there were several attempts to mine salt from a volcanic cove on the island, however these were never very succesfull.

    Sullivan Bay, a bit more to the east, looks as if a volcano erupted yesterday. Even though the last eruption was around 150 years ago, the landscape still consists almost entirely of solidified lava, creating an alien scenery.

  • Rabida & Bartolome

    A deep red sand shore and high red cliffs are probably most striking about Rabida Island. When the island was formed, iron oxidation turned the soil red, creating a unique landscape. Lined by green bushes and trees, this place attracts many species of birdlife. Rabida is one of the best places to spot pelicans and with some luck you might also see flamingos in the shallow waters.

    Bartolome Island is not famous for its wildlife, but it's a place with an incredible landscape and a high peak called 'Pinnacle Rock'. If you like a good walk you can hike up to the viewpoint which give a spectacular sight over the island and surrounding landscape.

  • Mosquera Islet

    Mosquera Islet features a beautiful long white beach where many sea lions come to take a nap in the sun. It's a great place for a nice beach walk.

The Galapagos Explorer cruises have weekly departures and take place year round. The exact rates depend on the ship of your choice and vary as per occupancy levels and seasonality. High season is considered roughly from June to mid August and from mid December to early January.

Cruises are 8 days /7 nights and start either from Isla Baltra or San Cristobal. There are options for 15 day itineraries by combining two 7 night cruises.

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