Take a small boat tour and go island-hopping around the Galapagos in style. Choose a smaller vessel for a more private, intimate affair, and enjoy the slick, modern interior with views to enjoy from its panoramic windows. Once you’ve settled into your private ensuite cabin and laid back on the sundeck, the tour will make designated stops at numerous islands: your guide will show you around Lobos Island with its sea lions and Nazca Boobies; Post Office Bay where you can leave postcards as part of a quirky tradition; and El Chato Tortoise Reserve, where you’ll see a variety of unique wildlife – including giant tortoises, of course. But these are just a few of the stops on this action-packed itinerary, with plenty more to see and discover.
There’s not many who can boast that they’ve stayed on the Galapagos Islands, so this tour makes for a unique opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. Rather than fitting in as much as possible in one day or having to retreat back to a boat each day, this tour allows you to experience life on land in the Galapagos. Wherever you choose to stay, whether it’s budget- or luxury-based, part of the package includes an expert guide who will take you out on daily excursions: you’ll wind your way through the likes of Santa Cruz Island, North Seymour Island and Santa Fe Island, before returning to the hotel and enjoying a delicious dinner. If you’re browsing holidays to the Galapagos, this makes for an experience like no other.
Get up close, personal and underwater on a diving tour. This is one of the most immersive Galapagos tours to take, with its healthy marine environment and rich variety of fish and sea animals. The Galapagos Islands is also hailed as one of the world’s top diving sites, so you know you’re in for a treat! The best way to soak up this experience is on a live-aboard boat, so you’re able to cover differing bays and islands in one trip. Spot sea turtles in Cape Marshall, mola mola sunfish on Vicente Roca Point and penguins at Bartholomew Point. Again, you can choose from different sized vessels, so it can be as intimate or sociable as you like. And life onboard can make for a rather glam (albeit temporary) way to live, with deluxe cabins, private bathrooms and a spacious sundeck.
See rare wildlife, make the most of the stunning landscapes and have your breath taken away with an adventure sports tour around the Galapagos Islands. You’ll ideally need around a week to make the most of this tour’s itinerary. Go hiking in San Cristobal, or take it easy on Punta Carola Beach; go biking along the coastlines of Isabela Island, where you’ll see the remnants of a 65ft-high stone wall, a historical site that claimed the lives of thousands of prisoners during its construction; and go kayaking off Estrada Point, where as your oars slice through the transparent waters, you’ll spot all sorts of wonderful sea life. And with an adventure guide to accompany you all the way, it will be as educational as it is fun.
Accompanied by a naturalist guide, this tour will see you go snorkelling off Kick Rock on San Cristobal Island, where you may spot manta rays and even hammerhead sharks. You are then whizzed across by public speed boat to The Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island, which is home to tortoises of all ages, from hatchlings and older giants. The research station works tirelessly to conserve and develop the giant tortoise population. This is a great chance to learn about the wildlife on the Galapagos, as well as modern science and conservation techniques to keep the islands as thriving as they are. This is a perfect tour to take if you’ve seen the wildlife and want to find out more about the future of the wildlife on the islands.