Island hopping packages combine several of the larger inhabited islands (Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela or Floreana) using multiple hotel bases into a single trip. So for example you might start with 3 days on and around Santa Cruz before crossing in speed boat to Isabela for 2 days and then onto San Cristobal for the final 2 days. On each island you stay in a hotel each night and visit close-by visitor sites with a naturalist guide each day for trekking, snorkelling & wildlife viewing.
An additional feature of island-hopping is sometimes the inclusion of activities that you would not get in other types of Galapagos tour such as mountain-biking, horse-trekking, optional diving or photography workshops.
IS GALAPAGOS ISLAND HOPPING THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR ME?
In terms of wildlife diversity island hopping does offer more than the regular hotel-based packages due to the fact that you cover more ground, but it is certainly still no match for a cruise which will get you much further afield.
The popularity of island hopping is that you sleep comfortably in a hotel bed each night - a great bonus if you suffer from sea-sickness- whilst you also get a little more adventure thrown in than the regular hotel-packages. So they are a great middle option if you don't want to sleep aboard a yacht but do want the variety of exploring the islands from various different bases.
HOW TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE ISLAND HOPPING PACKAGES?
To compare the different island hopping options you should consider: budget, which islands are used as base, and which activities are included. The table above provides a simple comparison tool to help you in this process.
We also recommend reading our Galapagos Trip Planning page for more detailed information about itineraries and much more.
SOUNDS GREAT! SO HOW DO I START My GALAPAGOS ISLAND HOPPING PLANNING?
Fortunately that's the most simple part, just contact us to speak to our specially trained team of Galapagos sales gurus. Together we will guide you through the whole process to find your perfect Galapagos Island Hopping package!!!