Whether or not you are a nature fanatic, visiting the Galapagos Islands at least once in your lifetime is a must! The islands offer you an intimate experience with the rawest form of nature unscathed by human interference.
The Galapagos were the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, and they will probably inspire you as well – albeit in different ways. Due to the lack of any natural predators and the unique untamed terrain, the creatures found in the Islands are all fearless. They’re nonchalant about any humans or boats, thus making the experience of really getting up close and personal with nature completely easy!
Thousands of travelers dream of visiting this mysterious unspoiled corner in the world. This is the place where you will come extremely close to some of the rarest species in the world, surrounded by remoteness, nature, and breathtaking terrains.
There are many different ways you can experience the islands, either through day trips, island hopping, motor boats, cruise ships, sailing vessels, or catamarans. However, there is no doubt that the best way to get the full experience is using cruise ships.
Cruise trips usually offer several benefits, and a cruise trip around Galapagos Islands will allow you to have a once-in-a-lifetime voyage! You will be able to visit the prehistoric lands, interact with the wildlife, engage in water activities, and move effortlessly from one island to the other. Being on a cruise in general is a dreamy experience, and this time it will be exemplified by the beautiful islands.
Here are the top 5 reasons you should definitely cruise your way through the Galapagos Islands!
The Diverse Wildlife
People come to the islands for many reasons, but the most important of them all is the incredibly diverse wildlife roaming freely in the islands. There is a lot of different species that you cannot find anywhere else in the world – both above water and underwater, and the place is practically a symbol of biodiversity.
Due to the fact that the islands completely evolved on their own, disconnected from the rest of the world, the wildlife that evolved all have unique features.
Some of the most prominent wildlife:
- The Galapagos Tortoise is probably the most sought-out animal, with shells resembling saddles.
- The Fur seals are incredibly adorable and the world’s smallest types of seals; they can usually be seen playfully frolicking around the rocks
- The Sea Lions are found all over the islands, curious, playful and inquisitive
- The Flightless Birds are an incredible showcase of how the birds lost their ability to fly due to the unnatural setting of the islands.
- Watch booby birds with red and blue feet,
- Swim with marine iguanas.
- And swim along bizarre aquatic species.
- Watch the Galapagos Finches
The best thing about going on a Galapagos cruise is the amount of time you save. Let me explain…When you go a on a day trip, most of your time is spent on journeys from one island to another. So it’s spent in buses, speed-boats, and spending hours moving from one place to another. The day trips waste a lot of time, thus not allowing you to visit a large number of islands.
By cruising, you get the chance to visit more distant and remote islands. The Galapagos are spread over 138,000 Km2 and seeing them all on a day trip (or a cruise of course) is practically impossible. A cruise gives you the promise of being able to see a lot more. So other than exploring the most famous four islands, you will be able to get an exclusive preview of the more remote, hidden ones, and witness even more wildlife. Some islands don’t even allow you to land, so the cruises will bring you as close to land as possible so you can see the wildlife you otherwise would not have seen.
On all types of Galapagos cruise holidays, the time spent going from one island to another is spent comfortably resting on the deck. Imagine reading a book or enjoying hearty meals instead of being on crammed buses or tumultuous speedboats.
Speaking of comfort, cruises are the ultimate comfortable experience offering unparalleled convenience and ease-of-mind. You can forget about bumpy rides, sitting uncomfortably in busses or the bumpy speedboats. You will be floating along the beautiful blue waters from the comfort of your own ship, with a drink in hand and all amenities a step away from you.
You don’t have to worry about packing food; most cruises come with all-inclusive meal options. This makes the trip even more fun since you don’t have to spend the entirety of your time thinking of when and how to eat.
Everything is also arranged for you; you don’t have to worry about when the next bus is, where your tour guide is, how to get from one place to another, whether you have booked the right thing or not…everything is planned for you!
You won’t have to carry your personal items with you, and you can also skip any activities you don’t want to be part in. Want to just have a nice nap in your room on the deck? It’s pretty much completely fine to retreat back to your cabin at any time.
One of the great things about being on a boat is the fact that you have an expert guide on board with you. Expert guides will be helping you at all times, and supplying you with all types of information you would have otherwise not known about.
You’ll be getting all sorts of fun facts, secret access to hidden parts of the islands, and exclusive tours, along with plenty of local information. Those experts usually not only know their away among the islands, but they also know plenty of information about the flora and fauna, making your experience ten times more interesting and informative.
The best thing about cruises is that all activities are collected in one place. So, you can spend your day hiking on land and taking pictures with seals, then snorkeling with diverse marine life and swimming super close to sea lions, then you can be surfing the next minute along Galapagos penguins. Most cruises also provide you with all the equipment you might need!
Tips for Your Cruise
- Make sure you pack light and smart!
- Get sun protection.
- Get proper footwear.
- Make sure you have bug spray with you.
- Do some research before the trip to get a gist of the type of wildlife you will be seeing and the incredible phenomena that has created the Galapagos islands.
- Make sure to record your experience – whether through cameras, DSLRs or your phone, this trip should definitely be documented!
When to Go
There’s pretty much never a bad time to visit the islands, and you can see the marine life all year long! The tourist peak season is from mid-June until early September and from December until January.
Cruising the Galapagos Island is a once-in-a-lifetime experience; nothing will top being on a cruise slowly floating its way through the gorgeous ocean with the backdrop of exotic islands and the constant wildlife viewings. Your vacation will be filled with wildlife sightings, incredibly diverse terrains and an overload of information all mixed with the relaxation and pampering that comes with a cruise! What’s not to like about that?