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Galapagos Wildlife Cruise

from $9,849.00

The best of the Galapagos islands’ scenery and wildlife

  • Reviews 5 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Leisurely
    1/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    2 - 16
All about the Galapagos Wildlife Cruise.

For those with a serious wildlife interest, this 14-night cruise allows for a full exploration of the entire archipelago as we combine the week-long A and B itineraries of the ‘Galapagos Islands’ trip, enabling us to visit both the eastern and western islands. Sailing to the less visited western islands is sure to be a highlight as we spend time at Isabela, the largest and most volcanically active place in the Galapagos, with a rich variety of marine life. The extraordinary archipelago of the Galapagos left a lasting impression on Darwin and is likely to do the same for you. An enchanted world characterised by stark lava fields, cactus forests, volcanic craters, mangrove lagoons and turquoise waters. Step over snoozing Sea lions, watch the courting rituals of Blue‐footed boobies or snorkel with turtles, sharks and rays.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout. Groups of normally 2 to 16. Min age 16 yrs.
* Airport Arrival and departure transfers (at designated times)
* Snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) available free of charge on board

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Compulsory Galapagos taxes USD$120pp, paid locally

Highlights

  • 14 nights aboard a First-Class Boat exploring the Galapagos Islands
  • Incredible wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities with near-tame animals
  • Snorkel with iridescent fish, playful sea lions and turtles
  • Fantastic on-board service with experienced naturalist guide
  • Small group – a maximum of 16 clients on board
  • Travel by internal flight, motor yacht and minibus
  • 14 nights on board a First Class Boat in en suite, air-conditioned cabins, 2 nights comfortable hotel
  • Napo Wildlife Centre extension available after Galapagos Cruise
  1. Day 1 Start Quito.

    The group flight usually arrives into Quito this evening. Land Only clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon/evening. Free transfers are available for all clients. A local guide will welcome you to Quito and explain the schedule for the next few days.Accommodation: Hotel Vieja Cuba (or similar)*Comfortable Hotel*

  2. Day 2 Discover Quito at your leisure.

    Today is free to relax, recover from the flight and explore the fascinating city of Quito. Quito is the second highest capital in the world, standing at 2,850m on the western cordillera of the Andes. It is one of the smaller and more attractive of the colonial capitals of South America. Because of the altitude visitors to Quito are advised to take it easy at first.Accommodation: Hotel Vieja Cuba (or similar)*Comfortable Hotel*

  3. Day 3 Fly to Galapagos; visit Santa Cruz highlands and Charles Darwin Centre. Embarkation.

    Transfer to Quito Airport and fly to Baltra in the Galapagos Islands. We take a short ferry crossing to Santa Cruz Island where we drive to the highlands to look for Galapagos giant tortoises. This afternoon visit the Charles Darwin Centre to learn about the ecology of the islands and visit the centre’s tortoise hatchery. After this we board our boat at Puerto Ayora, the island’s main town. For today’s excursion it’s a good idea to have access to your camera, sun cream and appropriate clothing: comfortable footwear for some short walks (possibly amongst grass), light clothes, a hat/cap and a light waterproof in case of a shower or mist.The Galapagos Wildlife Cruise does both of our two seven-night cruising itineraries back-to-back. Whether the cruise does Itinerary A (eastern islands) or B (western islands) first depends on the departure date of your trip (please ask your sales consultant if unsure). Below we list the schedules for the cruise itineraries A and B for each day.*Accommodation: First-Class Boat*

  4. Day 4 Galapagos Cruise Day 2

    Galapagos Cruise Day 2

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    Galapagos Cruise Day 3

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    Galapagos Cruise Day 14

  17. Day 17 Fly to Guayaquil; end Guayaquil.

    Fly to Guayaquil; end Guayaquil.

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Where you stay

Hotels & First-Class Boat

14 nights on board a First Class Boat, the Cachalote Explorer, in en suite, air-conditioned cabins, and 2 nights comfortable hotel.

Cachalote Explorer: A 16-passenger Motor-Sailer with 8 comfortable double/twin cabins, each with en suite facilities. All cabins are air conditioned and have the following: shower with hot water, toilet, amenities and towels, porthole windows. Max speed 8 knots, size 88ft. Renovated in 2018.

Optional single supplement available in Quito hotel only.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners included.

On board meals are plentiful with a wide choice of international and local cuisine. Breakfasts will usually consist of cheese, meats, eggs, cereal, toasts, yoghurts and fruits. Snacks are provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and for lunches and dinner soup usually precedes the main course.

Alcoholic drinks are available on board (approx. US$4 per beer, US$32.50 for a bottle of wine, around US$10 for selected cocktails) and the crew request that you do not bring your own alcohol with you. Drinking water, tea, coffee and juice is freely available at no additional charge.

The chef can prepare meals for vegetarians and those with other dietary requirements provided advance notice is given – please inform us at the time of booking.

This trip has been graded 1 (Leisurely) with a Safari Rating of 5.

It is ideal for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and those with an interest in history or geology. Though you do not need to be particularly fit, you should note that due to the volcanic nature of the Galapagos islands there will be some walking on rough ground and sharp volcanic rocks. The ability to withstand high temperatures and to swim will maximize your enjoyment. Due to local regulations in the Galapagos we have specific time slots for making our landings and site visits. There is usually very little disruption to the schedule, but this can mean little room for deviation in the event of poor weather or other circumstances.

Each day will feature a mixture of walking, snorkelling and exploring the islands by boat. To get closer to the designated landing sites on each of the islands we disembark into small pangas (motorised dinghys). Landings on the islands are divided into two types – wet and dry. For dry landings, the panga will take you right up to a landing stage or rocky outcrop where you can disembark without getting wet. However in some places where there is no landing stage the panga will stop close to a beach and you will be expected to walk through shallow water (generally no more than ankle-deep) to the shore. The leader will always advise conditions prior to leaving and it is possible to skip any particular excursion if you would rather relax on board the boat.

There are plenty of opportunities for snorkelling in the Galapagos and this is one of the best ways to experience the marine life. A mask and snorkel will reveal an exciting underwater world with sea lions, rays, turtles, marine iguanas and a colourful array of fish. On most days of the itinerary there will be one or two snorkelling sessions.

Snorkelling in the Galapagos does not require any special skills, however, at times you will be snorkelling in open water where there are fairly strong currents. Before going into the water, the guide will evaluate the strength of the currents and the general condition of the sea to make sure they are right for this to be a safe and enjoyable activity. The dinghy will remain very close at all times; if you get tired or feel like coming out of the water you only have to raise your arm and they will come to pick you up so you can rest for a while before going back in or stay in the dinghy until it is time to return to the boat. Snorkelling equipment (snorkel, fins and masks) is provided, however, is advisable to wear a wetsuit which not only protects you from the cold but also makes floating much easier without as much effort.

We offer this Galapagos cruise in conjunction with our Ecuadorian partners, and Exodus participants will join an international group, not all of whom have booked through our office. Occasionally some of these may be younger than our minimum age for this trip.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

GALAPAGOS WILDLIFE CRUISE

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many but here are 3. Seeing the Nazca Boobies and Waved Albatrosses still displaying to each other and sparring with their beaks when we visited Suarez Point on Espanola Island. Also the time a Blue Footed Booby decided that it was going to come close to us and investigate - or did it just want to make it's way along the path we were on? Thirdly, the event that was the 'icing on the cake', so to speak, was on our last day, on Seymour Island when we saw Frigate birds with their red pouches inflated. It was not their normal breeding season but 1 or 2 can be seen at most times of the year, we were told.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader, called Darwin, was brilliant. He knows all about the geology as well as the wildlife. He is passionate about conservation, spending some time doing voluntary work for the National Park ,and was able to answer all our questions about it, the wildlife and life in general on the islands. He was caring and helpful and gave us a good idea of what to expect to see and do each day
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There are couple of long navigations that can be a bit rough so be prepared. If you're a particularly poor sailor try the ear patches - like nicotine patches - available from your Dr. Also, if your nervous about snorkelling have a couple of lessons before you go, because, like us, you may have many more opportunities than what is listed in the trip notes!.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just go! A real holiday of a lifetime!

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

a week in the Galapagos

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    there were too many to mention but watching albatross try to take off was highly amusing
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    brilliant
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    go now and enjoy. As there is a fair amount of snorkelling take a waterproof camera

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
4/5

Fabulous holiday, shame about the boat!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So hard to decide as most days exceeded our expectations. I loved the seals, so amusing and entertaining, as were the Penguins but the Hammerhead sharks took my breath away. We saw about 100 Mola mola (sunfish) I also was blown away by the Siera Negra Volcano – so huge.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Very knowledgeable about so many things, but not easy to get a straight answer from, and also rather creepy.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Find out who the local agent is and check their website, it answered many of our outstanding questions. You can wash for yourself, a plug is useful, and hang out clothes on the rail outside.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Galapagos Wildlife Cruise

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Swimming with sealions
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent, could not have been bettered, Gandy was efficient, knowledgible, kind and fun
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you have your own full length wetsuit, then take it with you if you are travelling, as I did in November as the water is fairly cold then and the wet suits provided on board are short ones. On the other hand I understand the sea is much warmer in Feb/Mar.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Galapagos Wildlife Trip

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Snorkelling with turtles, sea lions, sharks, rays, penguins and marine iguanas. OK, this wasn't one moment, but the whole snorkelling experience was awesome!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good, informative, knowledgeable, easy-going, funny.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring plenty of sun cream; bring sandals and flip-flops, as well as good walking shoes; make sure you can stand constant movement of the ship, or take drugs; be prepared to spend time in small spaces. Bring binoculars (for birds mainly) as well as a decent camera, zoom not so important, as the animals are very close! Other that that: just do it!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food was plentiful and varied, although 'surprising' in many ways. Good healthy stuff always available though. Cabins are VERY small and there is VERY limited storage space.

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