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Island Hopping in the Galapagos

By Viator, January 2015

3.5 21 Reviews | Add your review

So varied is the native wildlife of Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands that it inspired Charles Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection and the 19 main islands and numerous smaller isles present a unique microcosm of the world’s spectacularly diverse creatures.  Watch sea turtles hatch on the beaches of Seymour Island, snorkel amidst shoals of tropical fish, shellfish and sharks off the shore of Bartolome Island, or visit La Galapaguera, home of the Galápagos Tortoise on Floreana Island.

Most travelers will fly into the main airport of Baltra but to get around the islands, you’ll need to pre-book a tour by boat or seaplane. The easiest way to explore is on a multi-day island cruise, but if you’d prefer to sleep on dry land, day tours and multi-day island-hopping tours will allow you to get off-the-beaten-track while staying overnight on the 4 inhabited islands  (San Cristóbal, Isabela, Floreana & Santa Cruz). 5-night tours are an ideal way to check off all the highlights of the Galapagos while still having plenty of time to catch your breath, including a 3-night cruise sleeping on board a yacht as you travel out to the furthest islands.

If you fancy attempting a DIY island-hopping trip, you’ll still need to be in the company of a certified tour guide to explore most of the UNESCO World Heritage listed National Park, so opt for a private yacht tour which will allow you to customize your route and spend more time enjoying your chosen activities. Hike on the Island of the Thousand Volcanoes, stop to snap photos of the famous Galápagos penguins, or sail out to some of the lesser-visited isles.

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Galapagos Islands Explorer Package from Santa Cruz Island

4 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Take a 4- or 5- day trip to the Galapagos Islands aboard a yacht! Explore six different islands, and see their amazing array of plant and animal life, ...  Read more

Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Duration: Varies

From USD $686.99

Tortuga Bay Tour and Yacht Cruise to La Loberia Island

3 star rating: Worth doing 6 Reviews

Departing from Santa Cruz island, you'll spend the day exploring two famous Galapagos sites. In the morning, relax on the beautiful Tortuga Bay beach, then, in ...  Read more

Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.99

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