When you start plannig a trip to the Galapagos there are many options for you to consider before booking a trip, these options range from a liveaboard cruise ship to small boats or even no boat at all and just staying at a hotel.
Here we give you an idea of all the variety of tours that you can take before you decide to booa a tour in the Galapagos islands.
LIVE ABOARD GALAPAGOS CRUISE SHIPS
There are not too many cruise ships touring the Galapagos islands ,this big boats have very spacious social areas and all the facilities you might want on a cruise such as jacuzzi , a large saloon and bar , libraries , reading areas , all meals served as buffet, maybe internet, in general they are big and comfortable , also the cabins are comfortable and some offer the chance to book from sigle cabin up to quadruple.
What you also need to consider is that being large it also means lots of people,normally 90 to 100 divided into small groups of 16 each with a naturalist guide and normally the option of laguages other than enlish.
If you want comfort and more stability on your galapagos tour yacht this is your option
LIVE ABOARD GALAPAGOS YACHTS AND BOATS
This is the most popular option for visiting the Galapagos islands. There are about 100 yachts cruising the Galapagos ,according to national park regulations they can not carry more than 16 people on board and they all have an english speaking naturalist guide.
Normally the size of the yachts range from 60 up to 120 feet aprox. ,they all have excellent navigation equipment,of course depending on the size of the yacht you will get a more comfortable cabin and more space on board.The categories go from economy class to luxury , in general food is very good on them, they visit normally two places every day and there is more flexibility with time ,meaning that you are not tied to a schedule like on a cruise ship so you can have more time to visit the islands or maybe snorkel.
DAY TRIP YACHTS IN GALAPAGOS
This is a less common but very popular option for visiting the Galapagos islands, some people are not comfortable with the idea to spend 5 days or even a week on a boat ,cruising the whole night might be a bit noisy , some people are just not made for being on a boat for too long and some others get sea sick.
If you are one of them ,this is your option. Galapagos day trips normally start very early in the morning, around 6 or 7am you leave your hotel to go to the boat,after a short navigation 2 to 3 hours you reach the destination and visit the island for the day with a naturalist guide,lunch is offered on board and after the afternoon activity you return to the comfort of your hotel ,you can choose any hotel of your liking or budget, and you can decide which day to take the yacht.
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS DIVING
The galapagos islands have been declared one of the 7 wonders of the underwater world , there are no more than 10 yachts with a license to dive in Galapagos.All dive yachts yave a high standard of accomodation meaning that all of them are first class yachts,very comfortable cabins and vesy spacious social areas. Dive cruises are all for one week and they take you to remote destinations with amazig diving like Darwin and Wolf islands.Normally there are 3 dives a day , what you need to know is that boats with licens for diving in Galapagos are not allowed to visit the islands so all you will do is dive,if you want to see the islands you need to take a naturalist cruise boat.
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS ADVENTURE TOURS OR ISLAND HOPING
Island hopping is a fairly new modality that started not long ago in the Galapagos islands, mostly as a very economic option for people who couldnt afford the yachts , however it has developed into a very popular option and not it can be wither very economic or not.
This galapagos tour variety will take you only to the inhabited islands and you can do all the activities there such as hiking , mountain biking , horse back riding or kayaking.The transportation from island to island is by speed boat so each trip wont take longer than 2 hours .Most groups are small and we recommend you are in good shape if you want to do all the activities.
At the end of the day you return to a hotel which is mostly waht determines the price of the trip,the category o f the hotel and the tour guide.