breathtaking wildlife, untouched nature and stunning beaches; sailing the enchanted islands
A live-aboard trip is the classic way to visit the Galapagos islands. All boats follow specific itineraries of varying lengths and stop for visits on different islands.
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The Galapagos Islands
Arrival day: Fly from either Quito or Guayaquil to the Galapagos (boats sail from either Baltra or San Cristóbal islands, both of which have airports). Met on arrival and driven to the relevant harbour to board, generally in time for lunch.
Intervening days: During all island cruises experienced naturalist guides lead daily excursions to one or more of the approved visitor sites. These can either be land-based or in an inflatable (known locally as a 'panga'). There will also be snorkelling opportunities, and in the evening naturalist presentations are given on board. Many boats also carry kayaks that can be used at certain sites permitted by the National Park. See the itineraries on individual boat pages for specific details.
Final day: After an early morning excursion and breakfast, disembark and fly back to Ecuador (Guayaquil or Quito).
The unique wildlife and geology of the Galapagos can be further appreciated by a stay on one of the inhabited islands. A land-based stay also offers the chance to do some diving.
In the following section you will see our suggested options for possible accommodation.
Top end - $6,500+ per week
- Evolution - a classic small ship for 36 passengers.
- Grace - carries 18 passengers and was a wedding gift to Princess Grace of Monaco.
- Integrity - a luxury motor yacht with stabilisers, carrying up to 16 passengers.
- La Pinta - a deluxe cruise ship with comfortable communal areas, carrying up to 48 passengers.
- Ocean Spray - a luxury catamaran for up to 16 passengers.
- Origin and Theory - a luxury motor yacht, custom-designed for Galapagos cruising, for up to 20 passengers.
Mid range - $5,500-$6,500 per week
- Isabela II - a deluxe cruise ship for up to 40 passengers.
- Letty - a comfortable motor yacht with teak interiors, carrying up to 20 passengers.
- Passion - an elegant motor yacht with original features, carrying up to 14 passengers.
- Tip Top II - a comfortable catamaran for up to 16 passengers.
Good value - under $5,500 per week
- Beluga - a steel-hull motor yacht with comfortable communal areas and cabins, for up to 16 passengers.
- Cachalote Explorer - a steel-hulled motor yacht for up to 16 passengers.
- Mary Anne - a pretty motor yacht with navigable sails, for up to 16 passengers.
- Nemo II - a cosy sail-catamaran for up to 14 passengers.
- Samba - a charming small motor yacht for up to 14 passengers.