Situated 600 miles from the coast, out in the Pacific Ocean, The Galapagos consist of 13 major islands with many smaller ones. These volcanic islands emerged from the Pacific Ocean around 6 million years ago. The islands are a haven for Giant Tortoises, Marine Iguanas, Blue footed boobies, Albatross and Frigate Birds. The animals here show no fear of man, as they have never experienced man as a threat. There are daily flights from Quito or Guayaquil.
The Galapagos Islands can be visited all year long. During both hot and dry season, the Galapagos wildlife is always on display. Choosing a time to go really depends on your interests.
Warm Season: December through May. Temperatures are hot and humid, and range anywhere from 26ºC-30ºC (79ºF-85ºF), while the water temperature averages 26ºC (79ºF). An average day is primarily sunny, but may experience a short, sharp tropical storm similar to those that dictate Florida summers. At the height of the warm season (March), the islands begin to develop a lush, tropical look. During this season, the waters that surround the islands are much warmer and clearer, with visibility reaching over 30 feet, and; benefitting those who enjoy a more relaxed swim. This season is also marked by increased numbers of tropical fish, as well as the occasional manta ray.
Dry Season: June through November. Sea temperatures drop to 20ºC-23ºC (70ºF-72ºF), cooling the air temperatures to 23ºC-26ºC (72ºF-79ºF). This season is particularly popular among professional divers as the cool waters are also extremely rich in nutrients and attract an astonishing assortment of marine life. The rich waters also provide more food for terrestrial life that depends on the ocean for food, such as sea birds and sea lions, providing an excellent time for breeding and reproduction. Mating rituals are commonly seen among several bird species, not to mention the adorable fluffy chicks that begin appearing in the islands.
From the cruises on offer, passengers are taken ashore in small groups, and there are opportunities for activities such as walking, snorkelling, swimming, painting, birdwatching and photography.
Alternatively we can highly recommend a stay at the Finch Bay Eco Hotel on Santa Cruz Island.
Galapagos Islands Cruising / Sailing Vessels
Vessel: Santa Cruz II
Offering 4 night and 6 night cruises.
Conceived for operations in remote areas, this state-of-the-art expedition vessel affords the perfect infrastructure for Galapagos exploration. At just over 70 metres long, the generous, 5-deck craft holds 50 cabins for 90 guests and features ample, luxury-sized social areas indoors and out. This infrastructure and the crew’s heritage of decades of experience working in the islands allow guests to make the most of their Galapagos cruise experience.
Facilities and Amenities
Bar and Lounge. Restaurant. Outdoor terrace / BBQ. Gift shop. Fitness room. Reading room and natural history library. Multiple purpose room. Hot tubs (2). Air conditioned throughout. Satellite telephone PA system. Wi-Fi hotspot (intermittent/ low bandwidth connection). 24/7 coffee station (free coffee, tea, and water). Safe deposit box (in cabin). Hair dryer. Snorkelling equipment. Wetsuit rental. Glass bottom boat. Kayaks. Pangas (inflatable dinghies for coastal exploration)
Yacht La Pinta
Offering 4 night and 6 night cruises.
A sophisticated, upscale travel experience for 48 guests in 24 cabins that combines modern design, spacious rooms, and gourmet cuisine with top adventure. The ship offers a wide variety of aquatic activities including snorkeling, kayaking and a glass-bottom boat. She’s a distillation of the wish lists generated by captains, expedition leaders, hotel managers, and guests over many years. Join the guides in the lounge for nightly briefings about the next day’s activities. On the following day, visit the National Park on carefully planned excursions. In between outings, it will feel as if your connection with the islands never ends, as panoramic windows in our numerous social areas offer almost permanent visual contact with the island landscapes while you are inside the ship. Or step outside with your camera and make the most of the numerous outdoor social areas, including an outdoor terrace for dining when weather permits and an observation deck that is perfect for equatorial stargazing. Relax in the hot tub, work out in the cardio-gym, or lounge on the sun deck.