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The Galapagos Islands

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How to plan your Galapagos Trip:

With such a huge array of different Galapagos tour options on offer the planning of your dream trip can be a difficult, confusing and even stressful experience! For most tourists this will be an once-in-a-lifetime experience so above all you want to be sure to make the right choices before you book!!!

This mini-guide aims to simplify and explain the basic differences between the various Galapagos tour options out there, and to clarify the thought process of identifying the most suitable details for your dream trip. We hope it helps!

Some important things to consider when planning your trip to Galapagos:

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Style Pros Cons

Galapagos cruise: live-aboard a yacht that cruises between different islands each day.

  • Reach: gets you to the further away islands.
  • Diversity: visit more islands to see a greater range of wildlife.
  • Choice: large selection of yachts available.
  • Experience: fun of living aboard a yacht.
  • Popularity: most clients choose to cruise.
  • Sea-sickness: you will be aboard a yacht from start to finish so choppy seas can sometimes cause unpleasant moments.
  • Disruption: although uncommon cruises can be susceptible to mechanical issues.

Hotel-package: base yourself in a Santa Cruz hotel with daytours to close-by islands.

  • Ease: a gentle tour for families or land-lovers.
  • Enjoyment: although much more limited than cruises you will of course still visit some incredible places!
  • Limits: you will only visit sites on or close to Santa Cruz thus missing out on far-away islands.
  • Sea-sickness: can still be an issue on the island hops, but at least you sleep on solid ground each night.

Galapagos Island hopping: hop between a combination of the inhabited islands (Santa Cruz, Isabela, San Cristobal, Floreana) with hotel stay and daytours included at each site.

  • Ease: a happy medium, gentler than a cruise, more adventurous than a straight hotel-package.
  • Diversity: visit more islands than the hotel-package (but less than a cruise).
  • Enjoyment: although much more limited than cruises you will of course still visit some incredible places!
  • Limits: you will only visit sites on or close to inhabited islands.

Galapagos dive package: for PADI divers there are specialist tour options which can be hotel or cruise based.

  • Specialty: focused solely on diving – Galapagos is one of the world’s premier dive areas!
  • Flexibility: various options / choices available.
  • Limits: great for underwater life but limited for land visits.

 

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