The Galapagos

Isolated exploration at its best

Situated in the Pacific Ocean, the Galápagos Islands is a volcanic archipelago that is widely considered to be one of the world’s foremost cruise destinations for wildlife observation and bird watching. A province of Ecuador, the beautiful 13 major islands boast diverse landscapes, exceptional nature and breathtaking scenery. On a Galápagos Islands luxury cruise you can enjoy optimal up close and personal encounters with the marine creatures and other animals.

The isolated terrain of the Galápagos Islands provides shelter for a diversity of plant and animal species. Many of these species cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The pristine stretches of white sandy beaches are complimented with inviting turquoise blue, crystal clear waters and lush sheltered mangrove lagoons. From the imposing towering cliffs you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views.

Visit between June and October to observe the colonies of sea creatures in their natural habitat, during the favourable dry season. English naturalist, geologist and biologist Charles Darwin visited the islands in 1835, and it’s believed that his observation of Galápagos’ species later inspired his theory of evolution. On a luxury cruise to the Galápagos Islands you can explore the amazing and diverse endemic wildlife and volcanic landscapes, and make your own discoveries.

Best Time to Go  June – October
Capital Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Currency US dollar
Time Difference  GMT -6:00
Expert Tip One of the longest stretches of secluded white sands in the archipelago is found in Gardner Bay, on Española Island. Colonies of sun-basking sea lions and nesting sea turtles cluster on the beach during breeding season. The landscape is dotted with colourful Sally Lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas.

Galapagos Islands Cruises

Galapagos Islands Cruises, Punta Suarez

Punta Suarez

Punta Suarez is easily one of the most popular Galápagos destinations. Situated on Española Island, Punta Suarez features a winding 2-mile trail that leads you along the lava beds to the impressive colonies of marine birds. You’re likely to spot the nesting areas of the albatross (between May and December) and blue-footed and Nazca boobies.

Galapagos Islands Cruises, Punta Pitt

Punta Pitt

At the extreme eastern end of San Cristobal Island sits Punta Pitt, home to sea lions. A 2-hour hike along the long trail will lead you to a prime location, from which you can observe different species of sea lions, boobies and frigate birds dotted along the spectacular shoreline.

Galapagos Islands Cruises, Kicker Rock

Kicker Rock

Kicker Rock (or León Dormido) is the ancient eroded remains of a volcanic cone that juts out of the Pacific Ocean. The monolithic 500 feet rock formation is shaped like a sleeping lion, and has become the nesting place of choice of blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, and small red-billed tropicbirds.