Galapagos Cruise Or Island Hopping Adventure
There are 21 islands in the Galapagos chain. It is located 650 miles west of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. The islands sit on the Nazca Plate, which moves under the South American Plate at a rate of 2.5 inches per year. It’s a great place to visit. San Cristobal and Baltra have airports. There are about 85 yachts and ships ready to take visitors on over-night trips. There are hotels on Floreana, Isabela, San Cristobal, and Santa Cruz. There’s a restaurant as well. Day boats are available. You can also take a cruise tour to see the uninhabited islands. There are 116 visitor sites, 62 snorkeling sites or scuba-diving sites, and 54 land sites.
A typical cruise ship tour lasts several days and takes place on the ship and the islands. The M/V Isabela II Galapagos Cruise Ship is used for luxury cruise tours. It can take 40 passengers on a tour of the islands. There is a crew consisting of various personnel. This one includes a Level 3 naturalist that will take passengers on an excursion. There’s also a medical officer. The ship offers several amenities including Wi-Fi Internet access, however it’s intermittent and low bandwidth. The ship is 183 feet in length and travels at a speed of 10 knots. It is powered by 2 GM Detroit Diesel 900 BHP engines. There are life jackets and life boats on board. There are three tour locations: Southern Galapagos, Central Galapagos, and Northern Galapagos.
Island Hopping Adventure
If you don’t want to take a cruise, consider island hopping. This allows more flexibility and more access to island activities. You can visit the local population and hire them to take you on a tour of the island. Instead of returning to a cruise ship or yacht after a few hours, stay on the island for a few days. The downside may include uncomfortable speed boat rides to the coast that may take hours. It could be an adventure, however. The crossing is described as ‘bone rattling.’
Here’s a helpful review from a tourist that visited the Galapagos Islands. Caroline Marmion is a photographer from England. She’s a naturalist with a passion for endemic species. Here’s what she said about her Galapagos adventure: “It was probably one of the best experiences of my life… as for the places I visited, I hardly have enough words to describe each and every destination, their beauty, their diversity, their wildlife, both on land and whilst snorkeling [are great]…I had no idea that so many wonderful places existed.” She also describes how the Albatross on Española jump of the edge of the cliffs: “[they] have their own “airport” and launch themselves off the cliffs to begin their daily fishing routine.
Galapagos Cruise Or Island Hopping draw your own conclusions before book your holiday in the Galapagos islands.