Discover the pristine eco-cruising grounds of the Galapagos, which remain almost as untouched as when Charles Darwin used these islands as an on-site laboratory where he concocted his theories of evolution, natural selection and beyond.
This archipelago can be found in the Pacific Ocean to the west of South American Ecuador. Here, discover unfathomable natural wonders are you peek into the unspoiled habitats of playful sea lions and penguins. These islands are home to the renowned Giant Tortoise, one of Darwin’s most prized subjects during his exploration and study.
During your Galapagos charter, kayak and snorkel through mangrove-laden lagoons sitting under mountainous cliffs and volcanic ridges. Hike the 18 islands and various rocks and islets to become one with nature. Bartolome Island is volcanic and home to the illustrious green turtle. Here, beautiful white sand beaches are on offer. As you swim, be on the look out for Galapagos penguins, which, too, cool off on the ocean here. Be sure to climb to the peak of the volcano for stunning, “traditional” views of the islands.
While discovering Darwin Island, keep your eyes open for fur seals, frigates, marine iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, sea lions, whales and red-footed and Nazca boobies. On Santa Cruz Island, considered the most important, you will find the Charles Darwin Research Center. Be sure to take the time to visit the Giant Tortoise breeding and rearing program during your Galapagos yacht charter. Also located on Santa Cruz is Puerto Ayora, the most “urban” town of the Galapagos. Restaurants and supplies can be found here. The island also is a hub for diving. Don the yacht’s scuba kit while anchored out and get a glimpse of these iconic islands from below the waterline.
Be aware that the Galapagos Islands are protected and strict controls are placed on tourists who visit. Visitors will be accompanied by national park-certified naturalist tour guides to ensure the peace and preservation of the islands.
With this in mind, only certain yachts can cruise these islands, those that we would recommend are as follows: