Adventure Cruises in Galapagos

Explore the amazing Galapagos Islands aboard a small ship cruise. Discover the birthplace of Darwins 'Theory of Evolution'.

A Galapagos small ship cruise should be high on most people's destination bucket list. For many, the Galapagos Islands hold a certain amount of intrigue to those seeking one of the few remaining spectacular wildlife encounters on Earth. With its raw, natural beauty and amazing wildlife, the isolated Galapagos Islands are best visited by boat, and more specifically, a luxury cruise or liveaboard boat offering different levels of accommodation onboard. Taking a Galapagos small ship cruise ensures you will gain access to some of the best visitor sites, most of which are close to bigger cruise ships.

To preserve the natural beauty of the Galapagos Islands, the Galapagos National Park has reduced the number of guests to the visitor sites by requiring boats to wait 14 days before returning to the same area. This means that most boats offer alternating itineraries to cover as many of the best Galapagos sites as possible. Escape the crowds and explore the islands on a Galapagos Cruise in small groups and with experienced naturalist guides. All Galapagos small ship cruises have 12 - 100 passengers, ensuring a more personalized service and experience.


The Galapagos Islands were first made famous when British scientist Charles Darwin based his ‘Theory of Evolution’ on his findings there. Made up of a cluster of around 13 volcanic islands, around 95% of this area is now part of the Galapagos National Park system and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A Galapagos cruise will offer a truly unique experience. From the stunning landscapes, which look like something from the Jurassic Age, to the endemic wildlife with up to 26 species native to these islands and in their natural habitat, there is nowhere else on earth like the Galapagos Islands.

Best Galapagos Tours

While there are many things to see and do in the Galapagos, some of the best Galapagos tours involve visiting the below destinations;

Española Island - Expedition cruises to Española Island in the Galapagos offer the unique opportunity to observe the world's only waved albatross breeding site, along with stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife, including the famous blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas.

Baltra Island - The home of the first airport in the Galapagos Islands, Baltra Island is where many Galapagos cruises start and finish.

Charles Darwin Research Station - Located close to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island airport, a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station is usually at the start or the end of the trip. The station is an information center, library, museum, and breeding ground for tortoises that will be introduced into the wild.

Tortuga Bay - located on Santa Cruz Island- gets its name from the black sea turtles that lay their eggs here. With a beautiful white sandy beach, Tortuga Bay also offers amazing snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands.

Fernandina Island - the youngest and one of the most pristine islands in the Galapagos, provides unparalleled opportunities to see unique species like the flightless cormorant and vast lava fields untouched by invasive species.

Darwin Bay - located on Genovesa Island, this white sand coral beach is a great place to snorkel and appreciate the abundant wildlife in the water. It is the perfect way to see amazing wildlife up close!

Rabida Island - enchants visitors with its striking red sand beaches, diverse birdlife, including flamingos and brown pelicans, and excellent snorkeling opportunities among vibrant marine life.

El Chato Tortoise Reserve - Also located in Santa Cruz, the El Chato Tortoise Reserve is divided into 2 areas, Chato & Caseta. During the dry season, the reserve offers visitors the chance to observe Giant Tortoises in the wild.

Floreana Island - located at the south of the Galapagos Islands, Floreana is home to the ‘Post Office Bay’, where whalers placed an unofficial post box in the hope their letters would get sent home, as well as a great place to spot flamingos and sea turtles.

Isabela Island - the largest island in the archipelago, Isabela was formed by 5 young volcanoes joining together. With extensive lava fields in the north, dense vegetation, and unique red mangroves in the south, Isabela Island offers many great visitor sites in the Galapagos.

Chinese Hat - a small islet off the coast of Santiago Island in the Galapagos, offering a close-up view of volcanic formations, a thriving sea lion colony, and a unique landscape shaped remarkably like its namesake.

How to get to the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are located in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, 600 miles (1000km) off the coast of Ecuador in South America. International flights will usually arrive at Quito or Guayaquil international airports on the Ecuadorian mainland. Direct flights from US cities are available, as well as from some European cities. A domestic flight from Quito or Guayaquil is required to get to the Galapagos Islands. These flights are usually not included in the advertised tour cost but can be arranged when booking with Liveaboard.com. It is strongly advised that you make your domestic travel arrangements when booking your Galapagos cruise to ensure you arrive on time for the cruise departure.

Where do Galapagos Cruises depart from?

Most Galapagos cruises depart from Baltra Island, San Cristobal Island, where two domestic airports are located, or Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz). Your cruise operator will then arrange to collect you from the airport and take you to your ship.

Very few boats sail directly from Ecuador, as most of the action and adventure lie within the Galapagos Islands themselves. So, you will get more out of your trip if you start it in the heart of the action.

Galapagos Cruise Tips

When planning your Galapagos trip, there are a few things to consider. When should you book? How many days? What to take? etc. Below are some tips to help you to get the most out of your trip of a lifetime;

Plan ahead - To avoid disappointment, planning your Galapagos Small Ship cruise well ahead of time is best. Most Galapagos yachts sell out at least 6 months in advance, so try to book early. That being said, sometimes there are good deals due to cancellations. So, if you are planning a spur-of-the-moment Galapagos cruise, checking for some last-minute deals is a good idea. This is one way to see Galapagos on a budget, but you risk the chance of the cruises being sold out.

Arrive early - trying to arrive at least 1 to 2 days before your cruise departure date is recommended in case of flight delays. The last thing you want is to miss a few days of your long-awaited Galapagos cruise and have to join the tour later.

Choosing the right trip - As mentioned earlier, yachts are restricted from returning to the same visitor site within 14 days. For that reason, you will see many different itineraries, ranging from East, West, North, South, A, and B. Most boats have put a lot of effort into scheduling the itineraries, so no matter which one you pick, you will have a memorable experience. Galapagos itineraries can be as short as 4 days, but most are 8 days long. However, the best way to see the Galapagos and all it has to offer is to do 2 back-to-back, 7-night itineraries; his way, you will cover most of the islands and visitor sites. Various boat sizes are available for cruising the Galapagos Islands. See our Best Small Ship Cruises in Galapagos page for more information.

Cruises versus Island Hopping - While you can still explore some of the visitor sites and islands of the Galapagos by staying in a hotel and moving from island to island, only a few areas in the Galapagos National Park are accessible by day boat. Taking a liveaboard is the only real way to explore the 40 National Park landing sites, with the added benefit of arriving early before anyone else arrives.

Snorkeling Gear - most Galapagos yachts will provide a full set of snorkel gear, but it is recommended that if you have your own and it is comfortable, take it with you. Particularly if you have your mask or need a prescription mask, wetsuits are generally not included in the cost of the trip, and it can be a good idea to arrange to rent one of these to keep you warm in the water and to protect you from the sun.

Galapagos Travel Advice - You will need a valid passport to visit the Galapagos, with at least 6 months still available. Most countries do not require a visa to enter Ecuador, but checking with your local embassy before making travel arrangements is a good idea. The local currency is the US dollar, but most yachts accept major credit cards. If taking cash, try to bring smaller notes, as many restaurants and stores do not accept $100 bills. You should also bring US$ cash to tip the guides and crew aboard your Galapagos cruise.


Galapagos Islands cruises FAQ

 

How to book a Galapagos cruise

With so many options to choose from online, finding the perfect Galapagos cruise (at the best rate!) and then booking it (easily and directly!) can feel like a daunting task. Not with LiveAboard.com. With one of the, if not THE, biggest Galapagos small ship cruise catalog found online, a best price promise (we price match!), an effortless and streamlined booking process that comes with a commitment-free "book now, pay later" guarantee, and a dedicated team of international cruise travel experts, you are sure to explore the Galapagos Islands by cruise in no time. Here's how you book your next small ship dream cruise in the Galapagos:

  • 1. Go to the search page for Galapagos cruises

    This will be your main starting point whenever you want to book a trip with us; a carefuly maintained list of small ship cruises and liveaboards, curated for the highest quality in terms of service level, safety, maintanence, customer experience and a whole other slew of indicators to guarantee our customers the best experience. Our inventory is updated frequently to reflect the most current pricing, current deals, and trip availability possible.

  • 2. Decide when to go to the Galapagos Islands

    After you decide what's the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands for you, simply update your desired month of departure to narrow down the list of available options.

  • 3. Compare all the cruise ships in the Galapagos

    With over 50 small ship Galapagos cruises to choose from, the odds of you finding a small ship cruise to your liking that's within your budget have never been better! Easily display boats by key considerations, like price range, duration, and facilities available onboard. Always keep potential candidates within a finger's reach by simply adding them to your Wishlist for easy future reference and comparison.

    Please note that if you want to be informed about the latest and most interesting Galapagos cruise deals ASAP, you should sign up for our newsletter. There's no better way to secure those notoriously hard to find last-minute cruises to the Galapagos!

  • 4. Read the Galapagos reviews by other customers

    On LiveAboard.com you'll find both verified reviews by customers about their Galapagos Islands cruise, as well as their honest opinion of the Galapagos itself. This will not only help you decide what is the best cruise ship for you, but also when to go the Galapagos, or what part of the Galapagos islands you shouldn't miss. With the number of reviews covering up to 380 Galapagos cruise trips, you'll have a clear and concise picture of what to expect.

  • 5. Find the perfect Galapagos itinerary

    Small ship cruises in the Galapagos usually offer a range of different itineraries. This includes naturalist tours, snorkelling opportunities, and a whole range of activities and things to see and experience. Consult the itinerary details for more information.

  • 6. Pick the cabin best suited to your needs

    You found the perfect Galapagos cruise ship, picked your date and itinerary, and now it's time to select your cabin! Before actually selecting your cabin, you can inform yourself about the different types of cabin available on the boat page, under Accomodation. When you're ready, simply click "Select cabin" - you will be directed to the next page. Here you'll find information about cabin availability and pricing.

  • 7. Fill out your details and book!

    After you selected your cabin and progressed to the next page, there's only one final step for you to take to book your ideal Galapagos cruise! Simply fill out your contact details and submit the form. Please note that the trip hasn't actually been booked yet at this stage. We will need some time to verify the availability of the cabin(s) on your requested date and tour with the operator of the vessel. Unfortunately this manual action is a requirement due to industry standards in certain parts of the world.

What to pack on a Galapagos cruise trip

Focus on sun protection above all else. Pack plenty of high-SPF sunscreen (reef-safe is ideal), a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses to shield yourself from the intense equatorial sun. Bring breathable, lightweight clothing like T-shirts, shorts, and swimsuits (incidentally, this should also answer any "What to wear during a Galapagos cruise" questions you might have. Since you'll be exploring both on land and in the water, pack comfortable, sturdy hiking shoes or sandals suitable for wet and dry landings, plus water shoes for snorkeling and beach walks. Don't forget a light rain jacket, as showers can pop up, and a sweater or fleece for cooler evenings on board.

Keep your gear safe from the elements with a dry bag or waterproof backpack. It's perfect for protecting your camera, binoculars, phone, and any other essentials during excursions. Consider packing a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated and reduce plastic waste. If you're into wildlife, a field guide or two will help you identify the incredible creatures you'll see. For versatility, a sarong or cover-up is great for sun protection or as a makeshift towel.

Remember, most Galapagos cruises have limited storage space, so pack light! Casual attire is the standard onboard, but you might want one slightly nicer outfit for dinners. Check with your specific cruise operator to see if they provide snorkeling equipment or wetsuits to avoid packing things you don't need. Finally, the Galapagos Islands have strict biosecurity rules, so ensure all your footwear and gear are clean and free of soil or seeds before you arrive.

What is the best time to cruise the Galapagos?

The ideal time to visit the Galapagos depends on what you want to do, see or experience. Here's a quick overview of what to see and what to do in the Galapagos and when:

Warm/Wet Season (December - May)
Weather:
Warmer air and water temperatures, more sunshine, occasional short rain showers.
Seas:
Generally calmer, making for smoother cruises.
Wildlife:
Breeding season for many species including seabirds, tortoises, and land iguanas. Abundant wildlife activity both on land and in the water.
Pros:
Ideal for swimming and snorkeling due to warmer water and great underwater visibility. Lush landscapes.
Cons:
Can be more crowded and slightly more expensive as it's the peak season.

Cool/Dry Season (June - November)
Weather:
Cooler air and sea temperatures, occasional light mist (garúa), less sunshine.
Seas:
Slightly rougher waters due to the Humboldiv Current.
Wildlife:
Nutrient-rich waters attract whales and dolphins. Penguins are more active. Sea lions are in their breeding season.
Pros:
Excellent for seeing marine mammals. Less crowded.
Cons:
Rougher waters might be an issue for those prone to seasickness. Cooler water temperatures might make snorkeling slightly less comfortable.

So ultimately, the best time to cruise the Galapagos depends on your priorities:

Warm water, snorkeling, lush scenery: December to May is perfect. Whales, penguins, less crowded experience: June to November is a great choice.

 

Book your next Galapagos cruise adventure to the incredible Galapagos Islands online today.


Galapagos Reviews

  • 9.3 Superb
  • 95 Verified Reviews
  • 9.2 Superb
  • John S
  • United States United States

We would highly recommend the Legend. We are prone to seasickness, so we took a large boat. I don't think we missed out on anything compared to the smaller boats except the ship had to anchor a little further out than the smaller boats and tender us in to shore.We also spent 5 days on land based activities in the Galapagos after the cruise. You will see much more wildlife cruising and visiting the uninhabited islands than you will visiting the human-populated islands.

Cruising Galapagos in March on the Galapagos Legend

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • robert F
  • United States United States

5 star! We absolutely loved it

Cruising Galapagos in March on the Infinity

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Laura S
  • United States United States

This trip was definitely a bucket list trip and it did not disappoint! We look forward to returning soon to visit the other islands....

Cruising Galapagos in July on the Monserrat

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Maureen B
  • United States United States

Wonderful, amazing adventure. I would recommend it to all my friends.

Cruising Galapagos in September on the Galapagos Legend

  • 6.8 Review score
  • Michael W
  • United States United States

Snorkeling was good lots of fish decent visibility

Cruising Galapagos in February on the Natural Paradise

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Meng Y
  • United States United States

Didn't dive on this trip, but snorkeling certainly met our expectations. Conditions on the last few days of the trip weren't too good due to low visibility, but the first several sessions were wonderful. Wish I had seen more sharks and hammerheads especially.

Cruising Galapagos in February on the Grand Majestic

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Nancy T
  • United States United States

Didn’t dive but the snorkeling was fabulous.

Cruising Galapagos in March on the EcoGalaxy

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • FRANK L
  • United States United States

Excellent - lots of sitings of the 2 dozen or so must see animals. Even had over 100 galapagos sharks circling the boat one night chasing flying fish.

Cruising Galapagos in April on the Natural Paradise

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Walter W
  • United States United States

The winds reduced visibility a bit, but I would do it all again in a heartbeat!

Cruising Galapagos in May on the Archipel I

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Erica R
  • United States United States

We did not dive. Snorkeling was such a fun adventure that allowed us to see many marine animals in the wild!

Cruising Galapagos in June on the Infinity

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Russell E
  • United States United States

We only snorkeled but that was the highlight of the trip for us. Outstanding adventure!

Cruising Galapagos in June on the Galaxy

  • 8.0 Very good
  • David A
  • United States United States

Not being a diver or snorkeler it was a wonderful introduction to the activity.

Cruising Galapagos in September on the Fragata

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Michael S
  • United States United States

Loved it - everyday we saw new wildlife. It was incredible how unafraid the wildlife was of humans which allowed for relatively close & extended contact with the wildlife. Travel between the islands was very enjoyable on the Nemo III which is a sailing catamaran. The boat had tons of open space on deck for watching the landscape go by and for spotting marine animals i.e. dolphins & whales. Great trip - would highly recommend

Cruising Galapagos in October on the Nemo III

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Ronald B
  • United States United States

The entire trip to the Galapagos was amazing. If you like to see and engage with wildlife in the natural setting, the Galapagos is the place to do it. So much to see and experience.

Cruising Galapagos in October on the Fragata

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • kevin T
  • United States United States

no diving just snorkeling, great

Cruising Galapagos in November on the Eden

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Janice W
  • United States United States

the entire small cruise ship experience was incredible

Cruising Galapagos in December on the Golondrina

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Clayton K
  • United States United States

It was ok, a little too cold for my tastes

Cruising Galapagos in December on the Anahi

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Hassan A
  • United States United States

Snorkeling was amazing

Cruising Galapagos in January on the Natural Paradise

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Robert R
  • United States United States

Snorkeling was a highlight for me.

Cruising Galapagos in January on the Natural Paradise

  • 9.2 Superb
  • JULIEN C
  • United States United States

The snorkeling was an incredible experience for the sheer amount of fish that can be observed.

Cruising Galapagos in January on the Calipso

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Julie L
  • United States United States

Fabulous!

Cruising Galapagos in February on the Infinity

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Timothy R
  • United States United States

Absolutely Incredible! So many cool animals and experiences

Cruising Galapagos in February on the Archipel I

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Steven
  • United States United States

We only snorkeled but it was really great!

Cruising Galapagos in March on the Eden

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Garrett E
  • United States United States

Fantastic. Hopefully we will return again one day. Highly recommended.

Cruising Galapagos in March on the Archipel I

  • 7.2 Good
  • Anne A
  • United States United States

We haven’t dived yet but our snorkeling experiences were wonderful, a very vibrant marine life exists and you get to see so much from on top of the water

Cruising Galapagos in April on the Bonita

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Marianne E
  • United States United States

Heaven!!!!!

Cruising Galapagos in April on the Galapagos Legend

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Anna Marie S
  • United States United States

snorkeled only. Absolutely wonderful experience swimming with the sea lions, turtles, penguins and beautiful tropical fish.

Cruising Galapagos in April on the Yolita

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Greg J
  • United States United States

other than the freezing water the snorkeling was excellent

Cruising Galapagos in May on the EcoGalaxy

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Henry I
  • United States United States

The snorkeling was superb overall, though there were days when the water conditions were not ideal.

Cruising Galapagos in May on the Galaxy

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • J. Miller T
  • United States United States

no diving but the snorkels rivalled most of the dives I've been on lately....

Cruising Galapagos in June on the Galaxy

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • margaret S
  • United States United States

We did not dive. We were on a snorkel boat. The snorkeling was unbelievable! And I always felt safe because the guide was always in the water with us, and the two dingys were close by with two crew members available to pick you up with the wave of a hand.

Cruising Galapagos in July on the Galapagos Sea Star

  • 5.2 Review score
  • james S
  • United States United States

Not enough variety of wildlife

Cruising Galapagos in September on the Alya

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Mark B
  • United States United States

Did not dive, only snorkeling once or twice a day with great experiences. Separately, for some reason you didn't ask about Santa Cruz island, but I can say the time seeing giant tortoises at El Chata ranch was very special and I think s highlight of anyone's trip to the Galapagos.

Cruising Galapagos in September on the Reina Silvia Voyager

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Edmee F
  • United States United States

Was not so fun! Did it once and can’t tolerate the cold water that it affects my breathing. Maybe I’ll come back during warm weather, water might be a little warm!

Cruising Galapagos in September on the Galaxy

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Julianna J
  • United States United States

We snorkeled rather than diving, and the experience was a bit mixed. We had some days with rough water and poor visibility, but other days that were perfect. We saw sea lions, turtles, penguins, and marine iguanas in addition to the usual cast of fish.

Cruising Galapagos in September on the Alya

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Lisa H
  • United States United States

WE did Snorkling and I felt safe and adventurous. Saw amazing fish and shore life.

Cruising Galapagos in September on the Natural Paradise

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Dennis A
  • United States United States

Snorkeling was great on all days! The best was the snorkel at Devils Crown where a huge pod of dolphins played around the catamaran and also escorted us during our snorkel event! We also saw some whales!!! GREAT EXPERIENCE!

Cruising Galapagos in October on the Alya

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Joshua H
  • United States United States

We didn't dive on Grand Majestic - but the snorkeling and land excursions were perfect!

Cruising Galapagos in October on the Grand Majestic

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Nora F
  • United States United States

I came for the animals as well as the history. Our guide was great with the animal information but he missed on a few of the historical places (mentioned above). After iguanas on every island, you tend to ignore them after a while. Snorkeling was good but again, it was almost the same species at each snorkel site. Too much of any animal, fish, etc. can get old. We stopped on Isabella Island multiple times to the exclusion of other islands. Not sure if we missed anything on the other islands or not, just making a note. Overall, I really enjoyed the entire experience and will highly recommend it others. Thank you! (I am hoping I got my info right on these stops as they are not in the order we did them so my notes may be off a bit.)

Cruising Galapagos in October on the Golondrina

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Carly C
  • United States United States

It was great snorkeling. Water is cold after about 30 min.

Cruising Galapagos in November on the Solaris

  • 7.6 Good
  • Amy M
  • United States United States

Next time I would take a nicer boat but like I said staff was wonderful.

Cruising Galapagos in December on the Golondrina

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Warren B
  • United States United States

We snorkeled. The water was cold on the west end of the island chain but that’s where we had the best experience and interaction.

Cruising Galapagos in January on the Grand Majestic

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Tatyana I
  • United States United States

Overall, it was a very good experience. We learned a lot about flora and fauna of Galapagos while enjoying all the fun activities

Cruising Galapagos in January on the Galaxy

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Ian S
  • United States United States

We toured the southern islands and all excursions were fantastic! We kept thinking the next island couldn't get any better than the last one, then it did.

Cruising Galapagos in January on the Samba

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Alexander W
  • United States United States

When the currents were strong the visibility was bad, but most of the time it was really enjoyable. Only needed a wetsuit half of the time.

Cruising Galapagos in February on the Natural Paradise

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Mary Ellen S
  • United States United States

We did not dive, but snorkeled which was amazing! Many turtles, rays, fish, sharks! Also pods of dolphins, killer whales!

Cruising Galapagos in February on the Passion

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Gregg C
  • United States United States

A trip of a lifetime, absolutely amazing, weather was great, sea was calm most of the time. Staff and boat both exceeded expectations

Cruising Galapagos in February on the Reina Silvia Voyager

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Willliam D
  • United States United States

We are world travelers- this trip has been the best we’ve ever taken. Be prepared! It is HOT and the islands treks are long and often rocky. The itinerary pace is extreme. There is very little down time. Everyday you are off the vessel by 8. Often by 6:30. Be prepared - while the ship is a luxury vessel - the activities can be taxing.

Cruising Galapagos in April on the Alya

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Kathy D
  • United States United States

Warm water, pretty clear, playful penguins, what could be better! ( I was snorkeling not diving)

Cruising Galapagos in April on the Bonita

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Bernard D
  • United States United States

We loved all aspects of our cruise except one night of unavoidable rocky seas. We enjoyed 8 days (no regrets) but would have been satisfied with 5 days as things began to repeat.

Cruising Galapagos in April on the Natural Paradise

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Lisa M
  • United States United States

Overall the excursions were informative & very interesting and fun!

Cruising Galapagos in May on the EcoGalaxy

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Malik S
  • United States United States

The snorkeling was really good, clear waters, an abundance of sea life, the different locations with there unique qualities and creatures. Don't remember the excursions on each island. But overall it was one of the best adventures of our lives!

Cruising Galapagos in June on the Reina Silvia Voyager

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • John F
  • United States United States

Very educational and interesting

Cruising Galapagos in July on the Passion

  • 7.6 Good
  • steven G
  • United States United States

Only went snorkeling. Snorkeling is meh; I've seen much better in Caribbean and Hawaii

Cruising Galapagos in August on the Solaris

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Lorenz E
  • United States United States

Excellent. So much amazing wildlife and each island was unique. It really didn't matter where we went. It was all incredibly interesting.

Cruising Galapagos in November on the Bonita

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Stacy O
  • United States United States

Dawrin and Wolf Island were unbelievable!!

Cruising Galapagos in November on the Galaxy Diver

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Michelle K
  • United States United States

Our trip to Galapagos was the trip of a lifetime, spectacular in every way!!!

Cruising Galapagos in December on the Reina Silvia Voyager

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Donna B
  • United States United States

Cruising the Galapagos Islands is an experience everyone should get to have. It provided me with a greater respect of the effect people have on the environment and its creatures.

Cruising Galapagos in December on the Yolita

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Karen W
  • United States United States

I would definitely recommend this trip. It went to multiple islands so we saw a variety of wildlife and topography.

Cruising Galapagos in January on the Galapagos Legend

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Marc M
  • United States United States

Fantastic

Cruising Galapagos in February on the Cachalote Explorer

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Sarah A
  • Switzerland Switzerland

Great experience.. good combination with walking, hiking, beach, snorkelling, visiting with Zodiacs and swimming :-) Our guide Enrique was great! We even could use the kayak and the SUP. After each excursion we were welcomed back with a special drink and snacks...

Cruising Galapagos in July on the Endemic

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Thomas C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Amazing, so much wildlife and very close encounters

Cruising Galapagos in December on the Nemo III

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Carlos E
  • Chile Chile

Excellent. Good planning and very good time when we come back to the boat.

Cruising Galapagos in February on the Galapagos Sea Star

  • 8.0 Very good
  • HAN D
  • China China

it is very very good

Cruising Galapagos in March on the Golondrina

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Tjeerd D
  • Netherlands Netherlands

It was an incredible vacation. The captain of Nemo2 was great, the naturalist Marcus was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. The ship was great, we enjoyed the small group environment. Thank you !

Cruising Galapagos in April on the Nemo II

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Arnold Alexander V
  • Netherlands Netherlands

Did not dive but great snorkeling

Cruising Galapagos in May on the Grace

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Rosie M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Snorkelling was incredible

Cruising Galapagos in May on the EcoGalaxy

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Graham
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Really good BUT for us it was the snorkelling that made it exceptional

Cruising Galapagos in May on the Tip Top II

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Kent Man Chun Y
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Excellent. Very comfortable way to explore the Galapagos.

Cruising Galapagos in November on the Grand Majestic

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Karin H
  • Denmark Denmark

I was all very good. It’s an easy and relaxed way to get around. Every thing is maded for the gests. Don’t have to anything just enjoy.

Cruising Galapagos in December on the Fragata

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Anja L
  • Germany Germany

Increíble!

Cruising Galapagos in December on the Monserrat

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Charles L
  • Canada Canada

Overall, cruising in Galapagos is truly an amazing experience. We have traveled and sailed in other parts of the world, but nothing can compare to experiencing wildlife as you are able to do on Galapagos Islands while learning from professional and experienced Naturalists, there to answer any question you may have about what you see or hear. Each Island has it's own unique experience to offer from geology, history, flora, fauna and sea life - fantastic!!

Cruising Galapagos in February on the Nemo II

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Olivier M
  • Switzerland Switzerland

I highly recommend visiting the Galápagos Islands, once in a lifetime experience ! And I think the best way the visit is on a cruise ship! You get to see so much !

Cruising Galapagos in September on the Calipso

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Alex S
  • Italy Italy

Only snorkeled but was very good

Cruising Galapagos in November on the Treasure of Galapagos

  • 6.8 Review score
  • Manuel Oern A
  • Denmark Denmark

It was a nice expirence - water is cold and muddy.

Cruising Galapagos in November on the Bonita

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Julien H
  • France France

Very good even if i would have appreciated to do the tunnels

Cruising Galapagos in February on the Cachalote Explorer

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Vittorio C
  • Italy Italy

Snorkeling was as amazing as the excursions on land!

Cruising Galapagos in May on the Nemo II

  • 9.2 Superb
  • John S
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

We covered alot of area, and were kept nicely busy learning something every day, The trip certainly exceeded our expectations.

Cruising Galapagos in June on the Nemo II

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Dennis P
  • Canada Canada

We did not dive, but enjoyed our snorkelling experiences. The wet suits kept us warm and they were very buoyant. We saw so much marine life, tropical fish, sea stars, sea lions frolicking, marine iguanas feasting, sea turtles in abundance, sharks, stingrays, penguins….a sea lion catching a parrot fish, amazing!

Cruising Galapagos in June on the Passion

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Ram H
  • Israel Israel

Snorkeling was fantastic.

Cruising Galapagos in July on the Golondrina

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Anne G
  • Germany Germany

We have seen so many different islands, fantastic beaches, volcanic landscapes. It was impressive.

Cruising Galapagos in August on the Golondrina

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Lara D
  • Canada Canada

Every island we visited and every activity we participated in helped to make our 6 day cruise in Galapagos one of the best trips our family has ever taken. Galapagos is one of the most amazing places on earth and our cruise with Alya was a fantastic way to experience it.

Cruising Galapagos in August on the Alya

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Boaz S
  • Israel Israel

interesting and fun

Cruising Galapagos in September on the Galapagos Legend

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • ALAN G
  • Canada Canada

They were well organized with full wet suits, masks etc. We were given free reign with a good overview for safety. For me, the water was still to cold and tended to be murky and too few fish.Others took full advantage of the many opportunities and enjoyed finding the sharks, rays, etc. .

Cruising Galapagos in September on the Galaxy

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Kathy L
  • Canada Canada

The snorkeling was excellent but some spots had more of a « deep sea » feel, which was frightening and exciting at the same time. The crew makes us feel very secure at all times so you really enjoy your experience. Plenty of wildlife to see underwater : penguins, sea lions, rays, sharks, turtles and all the colorfull fish!

Cruising Galapagos in October on the Alya

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Anna D
  • Belgium Belgium

We did snorkel on a lot of different places. On some we were lucky on other less. But all by all seem a lot of different locations with a wide variety

Cruising Galapagos in April on the Golondrina

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • David F
  • Canada Canada

We didn’t dive but the snorkelling was wonderful, felt at times like swimming in an aquarium!

Cruising Galapagos in June on the Bonita

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Alex S
  • Germany Germany

Just WOW! It was absolutely stunning! Especially Darwin and Wolf, therefore I am very happy that these two Islands were the main diving locations during the trip.

Cruising Galapagos in August on the Galaxy Diver

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Sarah H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

I’ve never snorkelled before, but it was all straightforward and very enjoyable

Cruising Galapagos in August on the Solaris

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Xiyu Z
  • China China

Amazing! The condition can be challenging but nothing too crazy, just need to follow the rules and the guide, then you'll be fine! Definitely worth it for everything you see down there!

Cruising Galapagos in September on the Galaxy Diver

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Evelin I
  • Canada Canada

Amazing

Cruising Galapagos in September on the Solaris

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Sascha H
  • Germany Germany

Diving in the Galapagos was hands-down the best dives I've ever done. We saw soooo many sharks from massive schools of hammerheads, and Galapagos sharks, to whale sharks and even only Galapagos endemic sharks. Beyond sharks we dove with Iguanas, saw dolphins and scuba dived with playful sea lions. Also makro lovers will have something to enjoy with sea horses and other makrolife.

Cruising Galapagos in September on the Galaxy Diver

  • 6.0 Review score
  • Jean Francois R
  • France France

Good thanks to the hammerhead sharks!

Cruising Galapagos in September on the Galaxy Diver

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Lynne P
  • New Zealand New Zealand

Fantastic for all the islands - the different unique environments for each one was so interesting.

Cruising Galapagos in October on the Bonita

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • guillermo H
  • Argentina Argentina

We saw whales, dolphins, manta ray

Cruising Galapagos in November on the Nemo II

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Nikola T
  • Germany Germany

The diving was amazing. At wolf and Darwin Island we saq so many hammerhead sharks and also lots of rays and other sharks and tons of fish. Also some dolphins,sea lions and turtles. They all came quite close, it was really awesome. Around isabella island we got to see lots of Manta and Mobula Rays and they passed right above us, I loved those. There we also saw some penguins. Sadly no whale sharks or other whales, but of course November is really not the season for those. We had a really great time and I am really happy to find such a great nature reserve!

Cruising Galapagos in November on the Galaxy Diver

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Agueda M
  • Argentina Argentina

Too good to be real. Most pristine and beautiful place I've dove in the world.

Cruising Galapagos in December on the Galaxy Diver

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Laurie P
  • Australia Australia

Wonderful! Boat size/amount of passengers was perfect. Appreciated that nat parks are so strict with landings and guide requirements, this is a fragile place that needs all the protection it can get.

Cruising Galapagos in January on the Coral I and II

  • 7.2 Good
  • Claudia B
  • Italy Italy

Unfortunately El Nino brought very high water temperature and the amount of sharks was limited . In general a good diving but not amazing

Cruising Galapagos in January on the Galaxy Diver

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Amin K
  • Canada Canada

Very good though we saw only limited fish stock and sea lions

Cruising Galapagos in February on the Alya