Cruising the Galapagos islands is by far the best way of getting to know the Archipelago. Galapagos cruises emerged as a result of limited access to land in the archipelago, making it difficult to offer land based tours. Fast forward to the present day & the islands feature full grown fleets of ships, yachts, catamarans & cruises that offer guests an experience of a lifetime. Perfected over the years, Galapagos cruises provide an all inclusive experience ranging from short to long programs, covering most corners of the islands. An unparalleled experience like no other in the world, catering guests with an unprecedented approach to wildlife & nature. Truly a paradise to behold, walk alongside untamed wildlife & invigorate your every sense, the islands are waiting to enchant you.
CATEGORIES OF CRUISES: Basic / Superior / First Class / Luxury
The perfect amount of time in the islands varies greatly from one person to another, while some may find a 4 day tour fulfilling and long enough, others might find a 15 day tour to short, wherever you may find yourself in it is important to have a clear idea of how much actual time you will have partaking in your scheduled activities and have a better judgment when deciding what tour package works best for you.
WHEN TO TRAVEL : What makes the islands so special is their never ending state of paradise, you can visit the islands any time of the year, & landscapes, wildlife and sealife will always have something in store for you. Adjusting to the seasonal changes that mark the end and begining of the galapagos cylcle called the (warm & dry) season, are a great guideline to know when to visit. Warm Season Jan to June: warmer water & weather, clear skies, short rains, green lush vegetation, calm seas, nesting & breeding season, less marine life. Dry Season July to Dec: colder waters and dry weather, stronger sea currents, great snorkeling with rich marine life, new wildife and offsprings, full on bird life.
DIVING : Cruises that offer diving in the islands are very few & can be numbered with the fingers of your hands, these are not to be confused with regular naturalist cruises that offer (snorkeling-exploratory treks, etc) which are not allowed to offer diving. This is where diving liveaboards play their role for those looking to dive while cruising the Galapagos. Diving cruises main focus will be underwater, which is where you will be most of the time, taking you in most cases to islands unreachable by regular naturalist cruises (Darwin & Wolf Islands) among other sites. Diving permits for cruises in the Galapagos are quite expensive, so liveaboards are priced in the luxury price range and offer tours for 8 days only.