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Island Hopping in the Galapagos

By Viator, April 2016

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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, Galapagos Islands, null
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Galapagos Islands Explorer Package from Santa Cruz Island

4 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

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

Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Duration: Varies

From USD $796.00
Galapagos Islands Luxury Cruise: 6-Day Tour with a Naturalist Aboard the 'Odyssey', Galapagos ... 
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Galapagos Islands Luxury Cruise: 6-Day Tour with a Naturalist Aboard the 'Odyssey'

This 6-day cruise through the Galapagos Islands was tailor-made for wildlife enthusiasts with a taste for luxury. Sail around the western side of the ...  Read more

Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $3,487.50
5-Day Galapagos Island Hopping All-Inclusive Tour, Galapagos Islands, Multi-day Cruises
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5-Day Galapagos Island Hopping All-Inclusive Tour

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 3 Reviews

Located in the Pacific Ocean and made up of 19 islands, the Galapagos are a wonderful natural place and have been called a unique living museum and showcase of ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $937.50
8-Day Galapagos Island Hopping All-Inclusive Tour, Galapagos Islands, Multi-day Tours
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8-Day Galapagos Island Hopping All-Inclusive Tour

This beautiful journey will take you to amazing landscapes located at 1.000 km away from the South American continent in the Pacific Ocean. These 19 islands ...  Read more

Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $2,021.04
Multi-Day Galapagos Budget Island Hopping All-Inclusive Tour, Galapagos Islands, Multi-day Tours
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Multi-Day Galapagos Budget Island Hopping All-Inclusive Tour

This 8-day program takes you to the main attractions of the Galapagos Island with visits to San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela. The islands are the perfect ...  Read more

Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,407.11
Tortuga Bay Tour and Yacht Cruise to La Loberia Island, Galapagos Islands, Multi-day Tours
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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 $158.99
8-Day Galapagos Island Hopping Tour: Land Tour Including 4 Islands, Galapagos Islands, Day Cruises
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8-Day Galapagos Island Hopping Tour: Land Tour Including 4 Islands

The Galapagos Island hopping hotel-based tour features an extensive itinerary which allows you to explore 4 different islands moving by small boats, hiking ...  Read more

Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $2,115.00
4-Day All-Inclusive Galapagos Island Hopping Tour, Galapagos Islands, Multi-day Tours
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4-Day All-Inclusive Galapagos Island Hopping Tour

In this 4-day program you will experience the highlights of the Galapagos Islands, you stay at budget hotels at Lobo de Mar in Santa Cruz and Tintoreras in ...  Read more

Location: Seymour, Ecuador
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $840.23
9-Night Galapagos Tour from Quito: San Cristobal, Isabela, Florena and Santa Cruz Island, Quito, ... 
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9-Night Galapagos Tour from Quito: San Cristobal, Isabela, Florena and Santa Cruz Island

Come face to face with a dizzying array of wildlife on this nine-night tour to the Galapagos Islands, including San Cristobal, Isabela, Floreana and Santa ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 10 days (approx.)

From USD $4,205.00

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