Galapagos cruise holiday
Late availability on these dates: 05 Oct
Description of Galapagos cruise holiday
Hop aboard a small ship and explore the Galapagos on this 10 day cruise holiday. Discover the Islands’ diverse and exciting wildlife above and below the waves, its bustling bird colonies and its amazing landscapes of forests, lava flows and sheltered bays.
Jump into the ship’s Zodiac to see the sea lions basking on beautiful Cerro Brujo beach, snorkel in the Devil’s Crown, an underwater volcano off Isla Floreana, to see turtles and rays. We’ll also visit a green turtle breeding zone on Isla Floreana. This cruise is a treat for bird lovers, too. Look out for the rare red-footed booby on Isla Genovesa and spot albatross at the colonies off Isla Espanola. There will be plenty of time off the boat to explore on foot, walking in the shade of the largest trees in the Galapagos on a hike through Santa Fe’s Opuntia forest and in the flourishing Scalesia forest on Isla Santa Cruz. You can also step on the 100 year old pahoehoe lava as you walk across Bahia Sullivan, perhaps spotting a marine iguana or two.
There will also be time to discover the human history of the Galapagos on Isla San Cristobal, with a visit to the Interpretation Centre fills you in on the archipelago’s geography, history, conservation projects and more. All in all, this is a rich and varied adventure around the Galapagos, packed with natural wonders, amazing scenery and cultural insights.
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1 Reviews of Galapagos cruise holiday
Reviewed on 23 Oct 2015 by Fiona Muntz
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Seeing such amazing animals (including sharks whilst snorkelling) so close but in the wild still.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Choose a boat that fits your activity levels - I am very active but I appreciate not everyone is! Also beware if you do get seasick - a smaller boat will be a challenge
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
My holiday contributed to the local economy and didn't negatively impact the environment
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Fabulous fun - the crew, guide and group were also top quality
PlanetThe very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travellers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.
Travelling with respect and consideration for your environment is encouraged and supported on all of our trips, however when visiting a conservation area such as the Galapagos Islands it is of utmost importance. Our visits to the islands run in accordance to all regulations enforced by the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park. These regulations are put in place to best protect and maintain this unique environment and ensure its survival for many years to come.
In addition to working alongside the Directorate, we also support the work of The Galapagos Conservancy. The Conservancy is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for Galapagos conservation. It is a membership-based organisation and the largest source of private support for conservation efforts. The 11,000 Friends of Galapagos are individuals and institutions who care deeply about the Galapagos Islands, and understand the scientific importance of preserving this one-of-a-kind ecosystem.
Funds raised by the Galapagos Conservancy support the core operations of the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) and the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS), both located on the island of Santa Cruz. You will get the opportunity to see the work of both first hand on this holiday.
Your base for this trip will be a comfortable, modern catamaran, the M.C. Queen Beatriz. She has a comfortable lounge and dining area, as well as a sun deck where you can view the wildlife or just kick back and relax. She has eight well-appointed, air-conditioned cabins and yet, at 30 metres, she is small enough for a more personal look at this great marine reserve, whilst still protecting the environment.
Accompanying you throughout your time in the Galapagos will be an English speaking, naturalist guide. Our guides in this region are trained by Directorate of the Galapagos National Park and are all Class III Naturalist Guides, which is the highest available qualification making them the best possible individual to accompany your Galapagos journey, from both a knowledge and a conservation perspective. As well as your guide, your boat will have a crew of eight including a Skipper and Chef, all of whom will have been recruited from the mainland by our local partners, ensuring that this trip supports the local economy through employment as well as taking environmental concerns into account.
PeopleOn board, the chef will prepare local and international cuisine daily, using fresh ingredients sourced locally. If dining together in Quito you will find the group leader favouring smaller, traditional, often family run establishments. We know that eating where the locals do offers the opportunity to try regional specialities. Our objective throughout is to offer you, the traveller, a genuine, real life experience of the country while supporting local business and this reflects that ethos.
As a company, our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. We run and support a variety of projects globally, from healthcare, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and environmental and wildlife protection. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 11 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.