When travelling, how we experience a destination can vary greatly depending on how we decide to approach it. The Galapagos Islands are no different! How can we get the most of it? Will I see more fauna on land or sea? Will I be able to bring my more adventurous side? Will I have the chance to sit back and soak in the Galapagos’ splendour? What kind of activities are available in Galapagos that will allow me to get my money’s worth? For many, it’s a life-long dream to explore the Galapagos Islands. That’s why choosing a Galapagos cruise that offers numerous possibilities in terms of how to interact with the Galapagos environment is paramount in getting the most out your trip. Be it through snorkelling, hiking or more leisurely activities such a glass-bottom boat ride or panga coastal explorations, there are many ways in which you discover and experience this magical place aboard your Galapagos cruise. Stick to your favourite activity or do them all! Aboard the Yacht Isabela II – one the Galapagos’ most experienced expedition vessels – you will be able to unravel the mysteries of the islands via many activities. Learn more about what activities are available in Galapagos and experience the amazing archipelago your way!
The Galapagos’ volcanic origin has given its landscape a look that’s almost worthy of being in a sci-fi movie. Walk across dry lava, scalesia forests, craters, cliffs, brackish lagoons, and different-coloured beaches. Add to that the fact that, across these otherwordly terrains, unique and curious-looking Galapagos animals inhabit this extremely isolated place. Flamingos, Galapagos giant tortoises and marine iguanas are some of the animals you will encounter as you hike through these otherworldly landscapes!
TRAVELER’S TIP: Check out our list of GALAPAGOS BIG15 iconic species and make sure you see the archipelagos’ most representative terrestrial species!
SWIMMING & SNORKELLING
Float atop the Galapagos’ turquoise waters and let the waves move you as you swim in one of the many beaches you will visit through all of Isabela II’s itineraries. Urbina Bay, Post Office Bay, and Pinnacle Rock and just a few of the places where you will be able to take a relaxing bath or go for an invigorating swim.
Want to immerse yourself in the aquatic world even more? Then put that mask on and discover the underwater universe of the Galapagos! You will be amazed by the amount of life that will greet you! From sea turtles, parrot fish, rays, white-tip sharks all the way to playful sea lions, you’ll find yourself accompanied my magnificent creatures as you make your way around. Often times, these creatures are so unafraid to humans that they will get close enough for you to get some epic photos! Just remember not to touch them!
TRAVELER’S TIP: Don’t worry about bringing snorkelling gear. We’ve got you covered aboard the Isabela II with masks, snorkels, snorkelling vests and wetsuits!
If you’re not really into swimming but still want to explore the Galapagos sea, then hop aboard Isabela II’s glass-bottom boat and peek into the ocean from the comfort of a dry seat with a spectacular vantage point. Learn about the aquatic species as your naturalist guide points them out and discover the underwater world in great company!
If you like doing sports, kayaking is another way to discover the archipelago’s coastline. Put on sunscreen, a hat and paddle away as you try to spot Galapagos penguins or flightless cormorants on the rocky shores, where they warm up under the equatorial sun!
TRAVELER’S TIP: If you are on holidays with family or friends and you happen to have different tastes (but still want to enjoy different activities simultaneously), make sure you travel on a vessel with multiple guides. Keep in mind that all activities on the Galapagos must be supervised by a naturalist guide and that single-guided boats don’t have the capacity to oversee more than one activity at once.
PANGA RIDES/COASTAL EXPLORATIONS
If you’re interested in getting a fascinating look at the outlying perimeter of each visitor site, then panga (dinghy/skiff) rides are definitely worth embarking on. On this specific kind of activity in Galapagos, guests will get an up-close and personal encounter with the magnificent geology, terrestrial beauty and the numerous inhabitants of the spectacular alcoves! Your Naturalist Guide will explain and help spot a number of features worth checking out!