Galapagos Island Cruises
TRACING DARWINS FOOTSTEPS
A live-aboard yacht cruise is without doubt the most popular and recommended way to visit the Galapagos islands. Quite simply you are able to see a lot more of what the islands have to offer and can visit the very best of the Galapagos tourist sites available getting further afield from the inhabited areas.
GALAPAGOS YACHT CATEGORIES
Happy Gringo work together with over seventy different Galapagos yacht owners in total, all of whom operate both reliable and trustworthy tours. We sell both the smaller yachts (capacity for 12 to 16 passengers) for a more intimate Galapagos experience, and the larger Galaapgos cruise ships (from 30 up to 120 passengers).
Follow each link for a list of Galapagos yachts in each category and more detailed information on each yacht - specifications, itinerary, past client feedback, prices and more.
Each Galapagos agency has its own system for classifying yachts; our system is unique to others because we have chosen category names that we consider describe the yachts better than those traditionally used, and we classify yachts based not only on on-board services but also on past client recommendations and feedback that we receive. As such we consider that ours is the most unbiased and informative system available in the Galapagos marketplace.
GALAPAGOS CRUISE DURATION
Standard Galapagos cruises are of 4, 5 or 8 days in duration. The 8-day trips are most popular as obviously you get to see a greater variety of wildlife, but the 4 and 5 day trips also give a great introduction to the Galapagos islands if you are pushed for time or budget. Usually the 4 and 5 day trips are joined together to make the full 8-day trip with a return to the central island of Santa cruz in the middle. Starting from 2012 there will also be longer trips available such as 10, 11, 12 and even 15 day combinations - these take you to a great selection of islands for the perfect Galapagos cruise experience!
There are many variations in Galapagos cruise itineraries as tourism is regulated byt the Galapagos Park Authority so each yacht needs permissions to visit different national park sites. Typical variations are the southern loop (may include Floreana, Santa Fe, Plazas, San Cristobal, Espanola islands) which is generally considered excellent for wildlife, and the northern loop (may include Bartolome, Santiago, Rabida, Sombrero Chino, Genovesa, North Seymour) which affords some wonderful volcanic landscapes, and the western loop which heads out to visit Isabela and Fernandina islands too - a great combo of both wildlife and volcanoes. As of 2012 yacht itineraries will vary much more due to new measures taken by the Galapagos National Park Authority to better protect wildlife - no yacht can visit the same site twice within two weeks.
INCLUSIONS / EXCLUSIONS
Galapagos cruise prices include twin-cabin accommodation, 3 meals per day and island excursions with an English-speaking naturalist guide. Price exclusions are airfare, national park entry, ingala card, bar drinks and tips.