Galapagos cruises

“Our bestselling Galapagos holiday uses locally-owned and operated yachts, with a maximum of 16 passengers and an expert naturalist on-board to guide you around the more remote islands for the best snorkelling, volcanic views and wildlife viewing.”


Floreana Island | Española Island | San Cristobal Island | Santa Fe Island | Bartolome Island | Santa Cruz Island | Isabela Island | Tower Island | Hiking | Snorkelling

Description of Galapagos cruises

The Galapagos Islands represent one of the best holiday destinations in the world. A week on a Galapagos cruise brings you to other worldly islands, with stunning volcanic landscapes and coasts where wildlife abounds, with many species indigenous to the Galapagos.

Wherever you go you will be astounded by the natural beauty here. Every day is different, the archipelago comprising over fifty volcanic islands. You can choose your yacht, details below, according to your budget and also the itinerary that appeals best. Although we do have a selection of other boats, so do chat with us about other options.

Each yacht covers two different, week long itineraries, as there is so much to choose from. Isabela, Fernandina and Tower are the most remote islands in the west and north of Galapagos, offering some of the best snorkelling sites, volcano views, pirate histories and birdlife.

The more central islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and Floreana are replete with tortoises, birds and amazing coastal snorkels, some in sheltered bays and others in and around incredible geographic features.

Please note that diving is not available from all yachts and so if diving is your main focus, it is worth considering extending your stay to have a few days based on land, and then taking day trips out from there.

These are just a few of the yachts we have available with approximate prices of 8 day trips:

AIDA MARIA - US$ 3,330 / GBP 2,664 pp (8 days)| US$ 2,745 / GBP 2,196 pp (6 days)
Great value cruise boat, with top guides and great itineraries.

ANGELITO - US$ 4295/ GBP 3, 303 pp (8 days) | US$ 2,945/ GBP 2,265pp (5 days)
Skippered by a family member and with excellent, experienced guides, this top-of-the-range Superior Tourist yacht was recently refurbished and offers twin or double bed cabins.

NEMO II - from US$ 2,928 / GBP 2,342 pp (8 days)
A quality catamaran housing just twelve passengers, offering adventure, intimacy and style as you sail around the Galapagos to sites larger boats can't reach.

MARY ANNE - US$4,200/ GBP 3,230 pp (2021 & 2022)
No single supplement for independent travellers on this beautiful sailing boat that holds 34 but sails with just sixteen people. Spacious, classic sailing holiday on the iconic Mary Anne.

CORALS I and II - from US$3,706 / GBP 2,965pp (8 days) | US$ 2,235 / GBP 1,860 pp (5 days)
Sister luxury ships offering lovely cabins - perfect for special occasions and honeymoons.

GALAXY - US$3,306 / GBP 2,645 pp (6 days) | US$ 4,249 / GBP 3,399 pp (8 days)
Popular, modern yacht thanks to its wonderful crew and variety of cruise itineraries. Choose a 4, 5 or 8 days trip to suit your travel plans.

We also offer some more luxurious and first class options, such as schooner rigged motor sailers and top notch motored yachts aimed at family trips. Enquire for more details.

Below is one of the Galaxy boat's week-long itineraries to give you a rough idea of what is on offer. Please note that prices don't include Galapagos flights or national park entry fees.

Travel Team

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Departure information

Daily departures throughout the year.
Our top tip:
Get sea sick? Go for a posh catamaran.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Solo travellers welcome, accommodated on boats with single berths with no supplement when possible.
Single, double and bunk berths with private bathrooms.
Accommodation, most meals, transfers from Galapagos airport, naturalist guide, snorkel gear.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Galapagos cruises: The Galapagos was the first natural site to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site - 1979. It is also a Biosphere Reserve and Whale Sanctuary. The Galapagos is a worldwide model for eco-tourism. Here you are able to visit an area of great natural beauty and encounter, at close quarters, animal species that have no fear of humans. Strict regulations govern all tourist activities and are rigidly enforced and tourist numbers are restricted.

For every visitor we take on our Galapagos cruises we donate £25 to the Galapagos Conservation Trust ( who work to protect and conserve the Galapagos islands, or choose to take up a free one year membership of the Trust, paid for by us.

We are also now supporting the UK registered chairty Amantani. As this charity is very much in keeping with our ethos of small scale, targetted help which is educational & sustainabale. HuchuyYachaq is the other main Peruvian charity we support by paying a for a full time teacher. A % of all our income goes to support those projects.

The Galapagos Islands are a very fragile environment and the arrival of more and more inhabitants to the islands, as well as tourist have an impact. Please try to minimise your impact:

Take a water bottle to refill, rather than use a new bottle each time;
Recycling your rubbish where possible, not leaving any behind;
Taking batteries back home with you – they cannot be recycled properly in Ecuador;
Saving water where possible; and
Saving energy by switching your lights off when you leave the room. Electricity on the islands comes from a generator, fuelled by petrol. For the same reason, please think about whether you really need to use your air conditioning.

The Impacts of this Trip

The boats we use are all locally owned and operated yachts, equipped to accommodate 10 - 16 passengers and accompanied by professional naturalist guides certified by the Darwin Research Station.

We work directly with locally-owned hotels on the islands, too, and do the same on the mainland of Ecuador.

For every visitor we take on our Galapagos cruises we donate £25 to the Galapagos Conservation Trust ( who work to protect and conserve the Galapagos islands, or choose to take up a free one year membership of the Trust, paid for by us.


12 Reviews of Galapagos cruises

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 05 Feb 2020 by

Outstandingly fantastic, the realisation of one of my life dreams and it exceeded all expectations. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2019 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was the encounters with wildlife on land and snorkelling. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2019 by

We had a fabulous guide. The Yate Aida Maria and its crew were terrific. Each island stop was so cool. The food was great. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 May 2019 by

The most memorable was to visit two locations I have always wanted to visit : the Machu Picchu and the Galapagos. The sacred valley was also exceptional. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Apr 2019 by

Arriving at Machu Picchu in the mid-morning mist & seeing the site for the first time in this atmospheric way was one of the most memorable part of our holiday Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2019 by

The Isla de san Bartolome was the most memorable part of the holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2018 by

The entire trip was great; exceptionally well planned and organized. Ecuador is an amazing country. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 May 2018 by

The Galapagos cruise itinerary was a once in a lifetime experience. The islands we visited were each very unique so we really were able to get an appreciation for the biodiversity of the region. Ending our trip in the cloud forest was spectacular... Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2016 by

Snorkelling with turtles, sealions and penguins was the most memorable. Getting so close to and seeing so many different animals and birds. The crew on the Angelito really looked after us. Galapagos is a special place to visit...I'll never be able to go wildlife watching get ever again, now I've been spoilt! Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Dec 2015 by

We had a fantastic group of people on board so I had a great time although traveling solo. I was very pleased with the itinerary of the cruise which really made the most of the days. During the week we got to see practically everything which honestly made it feel well worth the investment. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2012 by

The first day arriving in Galapagos and seeing the sea turtles, snorkelling, swimming next to sealions was the most memorable part of this holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2012 by

The most memorable parts were seeing and swimming with many of the wildlife including penguins, sea lions, dolphins. Driving through ocean surrounded by volcanoes on all sides. Read full review

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