Most excursions begin between 5:30 and 8:00 am, ensuring that you can see the wildlife when it's most active
and the temperature is not so warm, particularly during the wet season. One of the main reasons for the early start is to ensure that the islands' activities can be fully enjoyed throughout the day. By starting early, you can fit in multiple activities and experiences
, such as hikes
, and wildlife encounters
. Additionally, scheduling the visits to the islands between Galapagos cruises ensures that wildlife and conservation are protected, while allowing for a more intimate and private experience.
After waking up early, you’ll fuel up for the day ahead with a hearty breakfast before taking a motorized dinghy to your first island destination. Depending on the location, you may have a wet or dry landing
, where you either disembark onto a pier or wade ashore in shallow waters. Once ashore, your naturalist guide will lead you on a short walk along marked paths while explaining the local flora, fauna, and geology. Along the way, you’ll encounter an array of unique and awe-inspiring creatures, such as mating birds or sunbathing sea lions.
Return to your Galapagos cruise after the morning excursion
for a snack and lunch before sailing to the next destination. If the next location is nearby, you may have the opportunity to snorkel and explore the diverse underwater world surrounding the islands before lunch. Borrowing equipment from your cruise is usually an option, but make sure to check beforehand. Snorkeling with a naturalist guide is an experience you won’t forget, as they’ll point out amazing sights such as sharks, rays, and turtles.
After the planned activity, you’ll set sail again.
Relax on the deck, scan the water for dolphins, or watch frigate birds flying overhead. When you arrive at your next destination, you’ll have a similar routine to your first visit, with the possibility of a walk, a beach snorkel, or some other activity, depending on the location.
If the next location is further away you will have the chance to enjoy some time on board and have lunch first before the next excursion. After admiring the unique wildlife and amazing scenery you will sail back to the ship
for a refreshing shower followed by dinner. Typically, the naturalist guide will brief you on the next day’s activities
after dinner, explaining what you can expect to see and what to bring. Then, you can choose to unwind with a beverage or a book
, you can take the opportunity to meet fellow travelers
, or head to your cabin to rest and prepare for another unforgettable day.
Each day on one of the best Galapagos cruises is unique, however, itineraries will be composed of days as the one described above
. This ensures that you have the opportunity to explore as much of the islands as possible while enjoying multiple experiences. The beauty of a Galapagos cruise is that you never know what you’ll encounter, and each day is filled with endless possibilities.