cruises are a lifetime highlight for most visitors so you will want the
best boat and itinerary to make the most of this very special vacation
experience. The wildlife of the Galapogos Islands is the
most people, especially birdwatchers and photographers, but there are
also interesting lava formations to see, volcanoes, underwater diving
sites and attractive scenery.
Galapogos cruise on a budget boat will set you back around $150 to $200
a day and the luxury cruisers may charge $400 or more for each day of
your cruise. A luxury ship or yacht may be worth the expense
to make the most of this once in a lifetime experience.
Whatever your budget and whichever boat, yacht, catamaran,
ship or cruiser you choose, you are sure to remember your Galapogos
cruise for years to come. On top of the cost of your
cruise, remember to budget for the Galapogos National Park entry fee
Galapogos flights will be
a big part
of your vacation budget, as this is the only legal way to get there,
unless you own a boat and have huge amounts of money for the fees.
There are no international flights directly to the Galapogos
Islands, you will have to fly from either Quito
find the best
time of year for a Galapogos cruise,
you may be interested in
wildlife highlights calendar
which shows animal activity
throughout the year so you can choose the best month for the wildlife
behaviour you want to see.
weather is warm or hot all year
round, but monthly variations
in rainfall, temperatures and sea conditions might affect your decision
on when to cruise the islands. To enjoy your Galapogos
vacations to the fullest, check our tips on what
to take to the Galapogos Islands
before you make your holiday packing list.
of the best diving and rarest and most interesting wildlife are found
on the most
remote, outlying islands, but your Galapogos cruise will be limited by
your vacation budget and the time you have available. Talk to
your Galapogos tour operator or travel agency to find the best
itinerary for your interests, holiday dates and budget. Find
out more about choosing a cruise itinerary and the different categories
for people who suffer badly from seasickness, any kind of
cruise is out,
but you can still visit the islands. If you base yourself in
hotel on one or more of the
islands, you can do day
trips and walking tours and still see and photograph some of
the wildlife, swim and snorkel off the beaches and generally
enjoy a more unusual Galapogos holiday. This type of
land-based island tour package is not really that much cheaper
than the cheapest budget Galapogos cruises, so it's more of a
personal preference than a money-saving option.
volunteers in the Galapogos may
also be land-based and will
have a very different experience than the average visitor. Be
aware that volunteering will still not get you cheap Galapogos
vacations - these don't actually exist - but could be one of the more
economical ways to see the islands and their incredible wildlife.
Remember that you will still have to pay the Galapogos
Park entry fee.
you are cruising the
islands you could still book a few days in a hotel on
cruise in order to walk, dive, kayak or photograph without being part
of a tour group or guided tour. You may even get a discount
including Galapogos flights, cruise and hotel in a package deal - ask
your tour operator for any available Galapagos vacation package
discounts or offers.
most likely found this page because you searched for Galapogos cruises
or Galapogos Islands. The Ecuadorians actually spell it
but, understanding that Galapogos is a more intuitive spelling
to most English
speakers, we have used that spelling here on this page.
you choose to spell them, the Islands are fascinating to visit so take
around the extensive Galapagos
information on this site and
then plan your Galapogos vacations.
Spanish Vocabulary for a holiday in the Galapogos Islands, Ecuador:
Las Islas Galapogos: The Galapogos Islands
Crucero económico: economy or budget cruise
Galapogos: giant tortoise - the Islands are called after them
Tourist information for Galapogos Islands excursions,
Cruise itineraries, Galapogos wildlife, land-based tours and Galapogos
Website www.ecuadortravelsite.org, text and photos by Sarah Clifford.
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