A cruise through
Small groups definitely make your nature and cruise experience more intimate and profound.
Galapagos is an excellent destination for wildlife and bird observation, and of course also for photography and filming. Please discover the wide range of activities that are included in our cruise programs to experience the closest and most intimate encounters with wildlife, and to perceive the unique nature of Galapagos from different perspectives. Some activities depend on local conditions and will be coordinated together with the guide; others are optional, such as strolling around touristic towns or leisure and entertainment on board.
Guided hikes will give you amazing opportunities to get up close with nature during the island visits.
Moreover you can search for Galapagos giant tortoises in moist highland’s forests, set foot on lunar like lava fields, climb volcanic cones, stare into craters that recently have erupted and even entering lava tunnels. Your knowledgeable National Park-certified guide will denominate which species you see, and add intriguing stories about their behavior or about interesting geologic formations or conservation of these islands.
The encounters with unique and fearless animals at very short distances are absolutely one of the most fascinating and unforgettable aspects of your visit to the Galapagos Archipelago. It is like you find yourself in the middle of a bustling nature documentary!
Even the young Charles Darwin continued to be astonished about the tameness and stoicism of lots of species, despite his experiments such as throwing stones to them, and shouting to or even riding apparently ‘deaf’ giant tortoises; experiments which fortunately are forbidden nowadays.
The Galapagos Islands are particularly a bird watcher’s dream: 29 of the 58 resident species of bird are endemic (unique), such as the flightless cormorant, waved albatross, Galapagos penguin, lava and swallow-tailed gull, Galapagos hawk, four subspecies of mocking bird and of course about 14 species of Darwin’s finches, among others.
Follow the footsteps of Sir David Attenborough, Tui de Roy and Pete Oxford. The Galapagos Islands are a paradise for image makers; probably every serious nature photographer or filmmaker – professional or amateur – aspires to visit Galapagos at least once in a lifetime.
And even for those who just want to record a memory of their extraordinary trip, it will be difficult to select which shots will perk up their holiday picture album or home video.
Most of our routes also contain a scheduled visit to one of the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding projects, an interpretive botanic trail or an interesting visitors centre.
These visits are a good introduction, as well as an interesting complement to briefings and field-explanations of your knowledgeable naturalist guide during the cruise, because they tell and show the background stories from a different point of view.
The island tours start and end generally with a transfer by inflatable dinghy (or ‘Zodiac’, or ‘panga’) from your yacht at the anchorage-site to the island. Sometimes there is sort of a jetty or a rocky shore, where you can make a so-called ‘dry landing’.
Otherwise you will land on a beach where you have to put on shorts and sandals or water shoes, and step into shallow water (‘wet landing’). Dry landings however can be slippery or somewhat bumpy when the sea is rough; but the crew is trained and always attentive to help you in and out safely.
Besides so called terrestrial visitors sites the Galapagos National Park offers a host of marine visitors sites, where it is allowed to snorkel, scuba dive, sea-kayak or to undertake inflatable dinghy-rides (by 'Zodiac' or ‘panga’).
Obviously, the naturalist guide again comes into action to give these observation tours more significance. Generally you will not make a landing, but you can observe the wildlife from the waterside, observing the intertidal life, or for example Galapagos penguins and flightless cormorants.
To make the most of your Galapagos trip, we offer an almost continuous well-filled daily program. Longer hikes are usually scheduled in the morning and snorkel and swim activities mostly in the afternoon, when the sea water is warmed-up.
The activities are interspersed with moments to rest. Don’t forget to relax during your stay and realize where you are!
During your cruise there are almost daily opportunities to emerge yourself into the amazing submarine world around. Underwater, a giant aquarium with coral formations opens up to you. Be right in the middle of colourful tropical reef fish, graceful Pacific green marine turtles, huge rays and resting white-tip reef sharks (harmless to humans).
Most emotional highlights are encounters with young playful sea lions or hunting Galapagos penguins. When you have eye for detail – you can even spot star fish, octopuses and sea horses.
TOURISM HAS TURNED THE TIDE AND PAVES THE WAY FOR CONSERVATION
Meet the Members
As the highest authority on board, the captain supervises the crew and is responsible for safety on board and operational management.
Together with his first mate he forms the bridge-team that safely navigates the yacht in shifts around the archipelago. The captain also has first aid abilities and access to the board pharmacy in case of emergencies.
Together with the captain the first mate forms the bridge-team that safely navigates the yacht in shifts around the archipelago.
He also drives the inflatable dinghy (‘Zodiac’) to bring you on shore and back aboard, to keep lookout while deep-water snorkelling, or to explore the shoreline or mangles from a different perspective (and assist the naturalist guide to detect wildlife).
Mostly hidden in the catamaran’s engine rooms, both engineers operate and maintain in shifts all the yacht’s machinery, such as engines, aggregates, air-conditioning, water treatment, among other technical equipment.
They also manage fuel, desalinated water and waste water supplies, with help of the first mate or sailors.
Both sailors assist on the decks when anchoring, on boarding/disembarking or driving the inflatable dinghies (‘Zodiacs’) and assist the naturalist guide to detect wildlife or keep lookout while deep water snorkelling.
They also carry out small maintenance when you are on excursion, help cleaning the social areas and cabins or take care of your luggage during transfers.
Your welcoming barman is not only a master in preparing exotic cocktails or serving your meals, but he is also your English speaking host, who lets you feel at home and is the responsible person to guarantee your service on board. Please feel free to ask him what you need.
Our professional cook proudly treats you with one after another surprise from the galley. Healthy, exquisite and creative dishes are highly important to us.
While you are on excursion, the cook and his kitchen help prepare fresh and healthy meals, using best available ingredients.
The often invisible kitchen help works hard and discretely in the background of the galley for your catering services and supply of ingredients; but sometimes he may come out to serve your dish as well.
While you are on excursion, the housekeeper makes sure that your cabin and the social areas are cleaned spotlessly twice a day. Assisted by the sailors he attributes largely to your comfortable stay on board. Together with the other crew members the housekeeper may also take care of your luggage during transfers.
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