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The Galapagos Islands

A luxury cruise on a Galapagos yacht around these enchanted islands is the best way to experience the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Islands are a place apart, a truly extraordinary destination in which a unique wildlife experience is guaranteed. The marine life here is phenomenal, the animals - with no reason to run - are incredibly approachable. One can see how Charles Darwin was able to so advance his theory of evolution here; it feels like the secret heart of the natural world. 
The volcanic Galapagos Islands are remotely located 970km west of the Ecuadorian coast. A multitude of cruising boats and yachts sail these waters, allowing us to explore, experience and learn more about this incredible natural wildlife sanctuary.

What to expect in the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands intersect the equator at a point where six different ocean currents converge, creating ideal conditions for a huge array of marine wildlife and animals that have all evolved in slightly different ways on the differing islands. Your nights are usually spent on a luxury yacht sailing from one island to the next, so that you wake up with new species to discover, and each new day is very different from the last. Any animal and safari-lovers dream!
This is a truly amazing place. The best way to visit the Galapagos Islands is to take a luxury Galapagos cruise around the islands. The islands are rightfully carefully protected and tourists cannot wander off the main routes.  

Exploring the Galapagos Islands

We will recommend comfortable and well-skippered boats and yachts to sail you; you just have to choose the size, usually between medium and large. These will sail a circuit around the islands, and will include all your meals.

What are the best Galapagos yachts?

There are many different yachts, boats and super yachts that cruise around the Galapgos Islands and selecting the best one can be overwhelming.We are here to offer indendent and friendly advice on what yacht would be perfect for your Galpagos cruise.

  • SIZE: Here at Odyssey Travels we are all firm believers that the smaller boats with a capacity of 16-20 people are the best Galapagos cruises. The smaller boats give you a more intimate and private experience of the islands, whereas the larger yachts that hold up to 100 people make sit all very busy with a lot of time spent waiting and queuing.
  • LEVEL OF LUXURY: We only work with boats that we have tried and tested and have built up fantastic relationships with as they always deliver. For those seeking the most luxury and modern comfort then our favourite yacht by far is the MV Origin,which is one of the islands most comfortable yachts with a unique USP that they have a ration of guide to passenger of 1:10, the norm being 1:16. A good value option that is comfortble, with excellent guides is the Seaman Journey.

    Please get in touch for a friendly chat with one of our experts who can talk you through all the different Galapagos yachts and offer independent advice.

    Best time to visit the Galapagos

    Galapagos is a year round destination with a sub-tropical climate located on the Equator. The Galapagos only receive 10 inches of rain per year and much of this falls on the highlands that supports the lush vegetation, the coastal areas are more desert like and the main differences in the seasons are the water temperatures.  Most of the animals are non-migratory and can be seen year round and the “best time” to visit can only be determined by what your interests and priorities are for your Galapagos adventure.

    Mid December to May is known as the warm and wetter Galapagos season.The waters warm as the Central American currents move southwards to the islands.This makes snorkeling a little warmer and wet suits are not always required. There are short, yet strong rain showers during these months. Temperatures are warmer and the days have longer clearer periods. The seas are also relatively calmer, although most of the modern yachts have been designed with stabilizers so not much can be read into the choppy current claims.
    Average daily highs are 29C (85ºF); average daily lows of 24ºC (76ºF); average sea temperatures are 24ºC (76ºF); average monthly rainfall is 71 mm.

    Late June to November is relatively cool with overcast skies as the cold Humbolt current from Antarctica move north which creates a mist (garua), drizzle in the highlands in the afternoons is common and a drought on the already arid coastal locations continues. As it is cooler (August is coolest) in the water plankton flourishes making the underwater activity exciting and busy. Snorkelling in these months in cooler and you may require a wetsuit. It is the breeding season for lots of birds, marine iguanas, sea lions and fur seals. 
    Average daily highs are 25ºC (77ºF); average daily lows of 20ºC (68ºF); average sea temperatures are 24ºC (76ºF); average monthly rainfall is 9mm.

    How to get to the Galapagos Islands

    To get to the Galapagos Islands you will firstly need to fly to Quito or Guayaquil in Ecuador, South America. From the United Kingdom you can fly via Miami with American Airlines, via Amsterdam with KLM, or via Madrid with Iberia. There are currently no direct flight from the UK to mainland Ecuador. If you are departing from the US then there are lots of direct options.

    Once in Ecuador you take a domestic flight from Quito, via Guayaquil, to get to the Galapagos Islands. The flight time is approximatly 2 hours and 15 minutes. Flight from Guayaquil or Quito land on the Galapagos islands of Baltra Island or San Cristobal Island. We will arrange your flight depending on where your luxury Galapagos yacht departs from. 

    Please see our Ecuador map and Galapagos map below for futher information.

    Our Tourist Guide to Galapagos Boats and Galapagos Yachts

    We have written a short tourist guide to Galapagos Holidays which you can download here. Obviously nothing beats a good conversation on the phone but this is a good place to start planning your Galapagos Cruise. 

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