Forget the glitz and glamour of the tried-and-tested yachting hotspots: a luxury Galapagos yacht cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure built for unforgettable experiences.
One of the most remote and untouched destinations on earth, these isolated islands are a nature-lovers paradise. From following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin alongside giant tortoises to enjoying world-class scuba-diving off the archipelago’s remote, rocky islets, there is simply no better way to venture off-the-beaten-track than on a Galapagos private cruise.
Located almost 1,000 kilometres from the rocky coastline of Ecuador, the Islands are one of the most remote places on earth. This ancient archipelago in the Pacific Ocean was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 and is defined by untouched wilderness, volcanic landscapes and a fascinating host of endemic species of flora and fauna.
The Galapagos archipelago is comprised of 19 main islands and dozens of rocks and islets covering an area of more than 44,000 square kilometres. With each island as unique as the last, a Galapagos luxury cruise is the ultimate way to explore all that there is to offer.
Exploration at its Finest
The Galapagos Islands are synonymous with exploration and discovery. Most will know the Galapagos Islands as the exotic paradise that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution during his voyage aboard the HMS Beagle in 1835 – and it’s certainly not difficult to see how the lush biodiversity of the volcanic archipelago inspired Darwin. Marine animals include almost 3,000 different species of which a quarter are endemic to the Galapagos, while more than 180 different species of birds live throughout the islands, from Darwin’s finches to the unique frigate bird, the Galapagos penguins and blue-footed boobies.
When it comes to the most famous Galapagos resident, the giant tortoise confidently takes the title. Measuring up to 1.5 metres and with a lifespan that extends well over a century, the world’s largest tortoise is only found in two locations on the planet. The Charles Darwin Research Centre on Santa Cruz Island is a must-do for anybody wishing to get up close to these majestic creatures and is a fantastic place to dig deeper into the importance of conservation and biodiversity in the Galapagos Islands.
Selection of Yachts Available for a Luxury Galapagos Islands Yacht Cruise
Private Galapagos Islands Yacht Cruise: Highlights
From exhilarating hiking with friends amidst some of the world’s most unique flora and fauna to kicking back with family on white-sand beaches among the remarkably unafraid wildlife, the Galapagos Islands is a destination built for making unforgettable memories. With its iconic red-sand beaches, the Island of Rábida is a must-see when it comes to admiring unique landscapes, while those looking to meet the Galapagos penguins can head for a snorkelling adventure at Pinnacle Rock off Bartolome island.
San Cristóbal Island is home to a whole host of cruising highlights, from the white-sand beach of Witch Hill to the famous Kicker Rock. Also known as León Dormido, the waters of Kicker Rock are teeming with life from manta rays to hammerhead sharks and is a fantastic spot for kayaking, snorkelling and diving. Isabela Island is one of the most volcanically active places in the world and is a great spot to get up close to the Galapagos land iguana as well as visit Darwin Lake, a picture-perfect saltwater lagoon.
Though travel in the Galapagos Islands aboard a private yacht is one of the most remote luxury travel experiences in the world, charter clients still have plenty of opportunities to venture ashore for a fine-dining experience. Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island has many options for world-class dining in a selection of unique restaurants.
Best Time to Cruise the Galapagos Islands
With mild to warm temperatures all year round, a Galapagos luxury cruise is possible any time of the year. The seasons in the Galapagos Islands are divided into the wet and dry seasons. The wet season in the Galapagos Islands is from December to May where temperatures range from 27ºC to 32ºC, and visitors can expect daily afternoon showers. The dry season in the Galapagos Islands is from June to November, where average temperatures range from 21ºC to 27ºC.
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