While it is possible to island-hop between a few of the inhabited islands, the most common way to visit these magical islands is by cruise, allowing you to go further afield. You’ll start your trip to the Galapagos from either Quito or Guayaquil on mainland Ecuador and fly to either San Cristobal or Baltra in the Galapagos Islands, depending on where your cruise departs from.
The cruise ships used in the Galapagos are small (between 16-100 passenger capacity) and are used predominantly for expedition cruising, meaning that their focus is on exploring the islands and seeing and experiencing as much as possible on land and in the water, as opposed to a focus on the onboard entertainment that you tend to see on large Caribbean or Mediterranean cruise ships. That’s not to say that the expedition ships are uncomfortable or unappealing in any way. In fact, the options that we offer could be described more as large luxury yachts, usually in the form of catamarans or more traditional sailing boats, and the decor & amenities, service and dining options are of excellent quality. While not mandatory (it is a holiday after all!), you should expect to be off-board most of the time during the day, discovering everything the Galapagos is famous for and taking part in activities such as deep water snorkelling, kayaking and flora and fauna walks.