We started cruising the Galapagos Islands in 1996 and haven’t looked back since! The islands are popular with anyone who likes wildlife watching with plenty of time in the sun and on the water. Whether you come here to practice your wildlife photography skills or to snorkel, walk and sit with weird and wonderful creatures, the Galapagos will inspire you to think differently about the world.
There’s no doubt that the wildlife sightings are the highlight of a Galapagos cruise. Here’s a few memorable encounters from our staff and travellers:
Albatross and Sea Lions
My favourite animals were the albatross and the sea lions. When the albatross are on the ground they have such a cute waddle and appear to be very clumsy, but in the air, they are one of the most graceful birds you could ever see. I was lucky enough to come across two baby sea lions whilst snorkelling. I think they thought I was one of them! They were so playful. This was probably the highlight of my trip. The snorkelling is absolutely awesome – don’t stress if you’ve not snorkelled before. Our crew are really good at giving lessons! If you’re not 100% confident in the water, you can also wear a life jacket - Belinda Rice, Reserve Travel Consultant
Marine Iguanas, Boobies and Storm Petrels
Las Bachas on Santa Cruz Island is a major egg-laying site for sea turtles, but the highlight of this stop is definitely the marine iguanas, who lounge in black huddles against the white sand and the occasional pink flamingo. On Genovesa there’s also the rare red-footed boobies and on Prince Philip’s Steps, nesting storm petrels make groups of visiting birdwatchers go ‘ooooh’ through their massive lenses. - Becky Wicks, guest blogger.
I have had the experience of snorkelling among sea turtles before, but never this many and never this close. The clear water allowed for so many great opportunities to get up close and personal with these amazing animals. If I were a betting man I would say that we saw between 10 and 20 sea turtles while underwater on the trip, and each sighting was just as special as the next. However, one of the most amazing moments was while snorkelling in some shallow water, when I had the chance to swim next to a sea turtle for about 10 minutes. You can't beat that - Brendan van Son, guest blogger.
If you’re wondering how you spend your time when not snorkelling, bird watching and beach walking, our new boat the Queen Beatriz comes complete with a jacuzzi, sundeck, bar and a comfy lounge. All cabins are large with ensuites, air-conditioning and ocean views (some have private balconies).
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