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Galapagos Islands

Small ships are at the heart of a Galapagos Island vacation as most visitor sites are only accessible by boat. Our selection of small ships, yachts and lodges are the finest available, staffed with expert local naturalist guides to interpret the archipelago's unique environment and wildlife who truly have no fear. Trust your Galapagos cruise to true experts.

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Our diverse selection of sailboats, yachts, small ships and lodges ensure you'll find the right Galapagos cruise or land-based adventure. We offer excellent prices, special offers and the confidence of booking with a licensed and insured US-based company.


National Geographic Endeavour Galapagos Cruises
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From $5490
10 days
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National Geographic Endeavour Galapagos Cruises

The 96-passenger National Geographic Endeavour is one of the best first-class expedition vessels in the Galapagos Islands. The expedition leaders and naturalist staff are renowned experts, providing guests with the perfect blend of activity and education. Enjoy snorkeling, hiking, diving, a glass-bottom boat and more.
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National Geographic Islander Galapagos Cruises
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From $6060
10 days
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National Geographic Islander Galapagos Cruises

The perfect blend of activity and education. With 48 guests in 24 outside cabins, the National Geographic Islander is one of the best first-class vessels in the Galapagos Islands. The expedition leaders and naturalist staff are experts in their field. Enjoy snorkeling, hiking and more on this Galapagos cruise.
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Santa Cruz Galapagos Cruises
From $2495
4 days
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Santa Cruz Galapagos Cruises

The 90-passenger small ship Santa Cruz was built exclusively for Galapagos cruising. Enjoy hikes, snorkeling and a glass-bottom boat, alongside talented naturalist guides well versed in the Galapagos Islands. Activity and cabin options and a stellar crew set this small ship apart.
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Legend Galapagos Cruises
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From $1450
4 days
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Legend Galapagos Cruises

Galapagos Legend small ship cruises bring luxury quality and service in a casual setting. The 100-passenger Galapagos Legend is known for being affordable, stable and great for family travelers. See the entire array of bird and marine life while visiting, hiking and snorkeling in Isabela, Santa Cruz, Plazas, San Cristobal and more.
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Eclipse Galapagos Cruises
From $2500
4 days
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Eclipse Galapagos Cruises

Discover the Galapagos Islands on board the finest boutique cruise ship available, with a diverse itinerary selection from 4 to 8 days. The 48-passenger Eclipse allows the more discerning traveler to experience one of the world’s greatest natural treasures in the comfort of an elegant expedition vessel.
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Isabela II Galapagos Cruises
From $2940
5 days
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Isabela II Galapagos Cruises

The 40-passenger yacht Isabella II offers the efficiency and intimacy of a smaller yacht yet retains the luxury and amenities of a Galapagos small ship. The Isabela II offers an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere for experiencing the full adventure of the Galapagos Islands.
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La Pinta Galapagos Cruises
From $2685
4 days
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La Pinta Galapagos Cruises

La Pinta is a gorgeous 207-foot expedition yacht, with capacity for 48 guests to enjoy a relaxed yet lavish expedition atmosphere. One of the newer mid-size yachts in the Galapagos, La Pinta features plush outside cabins, large view windows, the highest standards of service and the very best international cuisine.
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Eric, Letty, Flamingo Galapagos Cruises
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From $3800
8 days
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Eric, Letty, Flamingo Galapagos Cruises

The 20-passenger Eric, Letty and Flamingo are three sister ships offering talented naturalist guides, easy nature hikes and snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands. These ships have the best guide-to-passenger ratio and are some of the more eco-friendly yachts to ply Galapagos waters. Families appreciate select cruises geared toward active children.
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Coral I & Coral II Galapagos Cruises
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From $1450
4 days
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Coral I & Coral II Galapagos Cruises

The 36-passenger Coral I and the 20-passenger Coral II are sister ships with ample sun and observation deck space, an outdoor jacuzzi and delicious cuisine. The Corals combine the versatility and intimacy of a yacht with the comfort and space of a small ship at a great value.
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Tip Top II & III Galapagos Cruises
From $2178
4 days
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Tip Top II & III Galapagos Cruises

Tip Top Galapagos Cruises offer island visitors the breadth of sights and wildlife, all aboard the 16-guest Tip Top II and Tip Top III sister yachts. Choose from 4-, 5-, 8-, 11- and 15-day itineraries visiting the Galapagos top visitor sites.
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Tip Top IV Galapagos Cruises
From $2223
4 days
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Tip Top IV Galapagos Cruises

Cruise the 16-guest Tip Top IV for an affordable introduction to the Galapagos Islands. Choose from 4-, 5-, 8-, 11- and 15-day itineraries visiting the archipelago's key sites. Kayaks on board, as well as complimentary use of snorkeling equipment, make activities a priority.
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Athala II Galapagos Cruises
From $4250
6 days
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Athala II Galapagos Cruises

Athala II is an upscale catamaran with the size and speed that allows her to travel farther and visit more islands. Comfortable cabins with balcony options, kayaks aboard and al fresco dining options set this 16-guest yacht apart. Cruise the Galapagos in style on the Athala II.
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Ocean Spray Galapagos Cruises
From $5880
8 days
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Ocean Spray Galapagos Cruises

Ocean Spray Galapagos Cruises offer tailor-made itineraries aboard the 16-guest mega-catamaran Ocean Spray. Visit remote island destinations with top naturalist guides, luxury accommodations and the assurance that your carbon emissions will be offset by this eco-friendly operation.
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Cormorant Galapagos Cruises
From $5880
8 days
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Cormorant Galapagos Cruises

Cormorant Galapagos Cruises aboard the 16-guest Cormorant bring the best in Galapagos catamaran design, offering private balconies in each stateroom, and unique itineraries visiting seldom seen Galapagos sites. Kayaks are carried aboard this small ship for further island exploration.
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Seaman Journey Galapagos Cruises
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From $2310
4 days
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Seaman Journey Galapagos Cruises

A well-rounded itinerary and just 16 passengers set Galapagos Seaman Journey cruises apart. This newer catamaran cruises both the Eastern and Western Galapagos Islands and features sun beds and outside dining, which have garnered it attention as one of the best sun decks in the Islands.
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Odyssey Galapagos Cruises
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From $3020
5 days
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Odyssey Galapagos Cruises

A cruise aboard the Galapagos Odyssey allows visitors to explore and experience up-close encounters with both the land animals and marine fauna of the Galapagos archipelago in comfort and style. Enjoy daily hikes and excursions accompanied by first-rate naturalist guides to enhance the wonderful learning experience.
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Grand Odyssey Galapagos Cruises
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From $3832
5 days
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Grand Odyssey Galapagos Cruises

Combining luxury, privacy and comfort, the Grand Odyssey is among the most spacious and newest yachts to cruise the Galapagos Islands, with two Jacuzzis on board. You will not find another 16-passenger yacht in the Galapagos archipelago that offers more space, comfort or service.
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Evolution Galapagos Cruises
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From $5080
8 days
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Evolution Galapagos Cruises

A cruise aboard the roomy, 32-guest Evolution offers one of the finest Galapagos cruise experiences available. She has all the modern amenities and loving attention to detail in design, yet retains the adventurous atmosphere and charm of a roaring '20s small boat. Experience the full spectrum of Galapagos wildlife that made the Galapagos Islands famous.
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Grace Galapagos Cruises
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From $5880
8 days
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Grace Galapagos Cruises

The 16-guest yacht Grace was a wedding gift from Aristotle Onassis to Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, and it was on board this vessel where they spent their honeymoon getaway. Cruise back in time and lay back in luxury and romance as you enjoy one of the finest cruises available in the Galapagos Islands.
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Beluga Galapagos Cruises
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From $2270
4 days
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Beluga Galapagos Cruises

Embark upon the Beluga, a very spacious and comfortable yet intimate motor yacht. With panoramic windows in the salon, great deck space, excellent guides and eco-friendly Smart Voyager certification, the 16-guest Beluga is a fantastic way to cruise the Galapagos Islands in speed, style and conservation.
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Cachalote Galapagos Cruises
From $2277
8 days
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Cachalote Galapagos Cruises

Set sail aboard this first-class schooner-rigged sailor accommodating 16 guests for an intimate Galapagos cruise experience. Relax and enjoy any of the Cachalote's three wooden decks on one of the most affordable sailing options in the Galapagos Islands.
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Mary Anne Galapagos Cruises
From $4385
8 days
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Mary Anne Galapagos Cruises

The 16-passenger Mary Anne is a spacious and truly romantic sailing ship that cruises the Galapagos Islands. Ample deck space encourages guests to relax and take in the sights as she cruises gracefully through the archipelago. Experienced naturalist guides reveal all the treasures of the Galapagos on snorkel excursions, nature hikes and zodiac rides.
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Galapagos Discovery
From $1727
4 days
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Galapagos Discovery

The perfect alternative for travelers not interested in a Galapagos cruise. Explore the nature and wildlife of the islands on day trips aboard the Sea Finch yacht. Lodging is on one island (Santa Cruz), with beach access, ocean-view rooms and a swimming pool.
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Galapagos Island Hopper
From $1970
6 days
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Galapagos Island Hopper

Explore the Galapagos Islands by land on our unique lodge based adventure on three separate islands, Santa Cruz, Isabela and Floreana. This itinerary is perfect for those looking for a unique way to explore the islands intimately and actively with maximum time spent ashore visiting sites often missed on cruise based programs.
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Galapagos Multisport Adventure
From $3650
8 days
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Galapagos Multisport Adventure

If you love being active and wish to explore the amazing Galapagos Islands, this Multisport adventure is the trip for you! Combining hiking, bike riding, snorkeling, and horse back riding while touring the hot spots of the Galapagos, you will truly experience the ultimate adventure.
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Galapagos Cruise Package
From $1195
5 days
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Galapagos Cruise Package

Most Galapagos cruise travelers will require pre- and post-cruise accommodations in Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador, round-trip flights, National Park entrance fees & transit cards etc. We have created this Galapagos Cruise All Inclusive Package to give travelers an easy, cost-effective way to book the most popular land package we offer.
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Set along the equator, some 600 miles off the South American coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are a crown jewel of the natural world.

A visit to this enchanted Galapagos archipelago lives up to dreams of a sheltered place far removed from the usual worries of the world.

A visit to this enchanted archipelago lives up to dreams of a sheltered place far removed from the usual worries of the world. The skies are almost always sunny, and the sea breezes create that perfect air temperature that instantly relaxes the body. The ocean is an ever inviting turquoise blue, matched by long sandy beaches of crystal white, pink, black and looking-glass green. There are crystal coves and sheltered mangrove lagoons, as well as towering cliffs and caves. Read our Galapagos By Month blog post to learn more about the seasonality of the Galapagos Islands and the best time to plan your visit.

We reserve only the best small ships and yachts providing unparalleled access to the best sites in the archipelago as well as the highest level of safety and comfort. Our partner vessels specialize in up-close exploration featuring naturalist led shore hikes, swimming, snorkeling and sea kayaking. Naturalist guides will interpret the unique behavioral and physical characteristics that species have evolved to adapt to the unique conditions on each island. Because animals have evolved in the absence of humans and other large predators you can commune closely with exotic and bizarre animals that have no fear of human presence.

Actively explore among cinder cones, lava floes, white and black sand beaches, rocky cliffs, secluded coves and rich undersea environments. You may choose from one of our scheduled Galapagos Islands cruise departures or call us for custom cruise dates and private Galapagos charters.

Weather in the Galapagos Islands is attractive to adventure travel and small ship cruising year-round. The climate of Ecuador's Pacific coast and the Galapagos Islands are almost entirely influenced by the ocean currents. The warm Panama current from the north warms the water and brings sunny days with sporadic rains from January until April. The rain usually arrives in the afternoon, and often clears up by the early evening.

From May to December both the cool Humboldt and Peru currents from the south arrive and cooler weather predominates, but rain is uncommon creating comfortable hiking weather. Although seas are rarely rough, tradewinds cause the ocean to be choppier this time of year and a misty fog may linger into the day.

June starts the dry season with cooler temperatures (Air: 66-77F; Water 64-70F). Giant tortoises migrate from highlands to lowlands for suitable nesting places. In July, blue- footed boobies and cormorants are active and whales can be observed off the western coast of Isabela Island. In August, masked boobies, swallow tailed gulls and Galapagos hawks nest and court. In September, air temperatures are at their lowest (66F). Penguins, sea lions and marine birds are active. Water conditions may be windy and choppy. In October, fur seals begin mating period. In November, sea lion pups are born.

Galapagos Average Temperature & Rainfall

Galapagos Islands

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (F) 84 86 88 86 82 78 76 74 76 77 78 80
Avg. Low (F) 70 74 74 72 72 68 66 64 62 64 66 68
Water. Temp. (F) 74 76 76 76 74 74 72 66 68 70 72 74
Rainfall (Inches) 1.5 2.1 3.0 3.0 2.7 2.2 1.1 0.7 0.5 0.5 0.8 1.5

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Athala II

Athala II

The 16-passenger Athala II provides a cozy, small yacht atmosphere. This motor catamaran was specifically designed and built to cruise the Galapagos.
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Beluga

Beluga

The Beluga is a deluxe, 110 foot, steel-hulled motor vessel. It is fully air-conditioned and accommodates 16 passengers in double staterooms, each with private bathroom and shower.
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Cachalote I

Cachalote I

Cachalote I is a charming, eco-friendly 96-foot schooner rigged motor sailor offering first-class service in an intimate setting. Passengers can relax on one of the three wooden decks while sailing.
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Coral I & Coral II

Coral I & Coral II

The 36-guest Coral I and 20-passenger Coral II are sister yachts cruising the same itineraries in the Galapagos Islands. Classic yacht style and recent refurbishments make these top Galapagos small ships.
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Cormorant

Cormorant

Featuring large suites, spacious staterooms, private balconies and the bonus of interconnected cabins, the 16-guest Cormorant is, much like its namesake, sleekly suited for Galapagos cruising.
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Eclipse

Eclipse

The 48-passenger Eclipse is the finest boutique cruise ship available in the Galapagos Islands, offering the generous accommodation of a larger vessel while preserving the atmosphere of a smaller yacht.
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Eric, Letty & Flamingo

Eric, Letty & Flamingo

The Eric, Flamingo and Letty are three sister ships with identical characteristics featuring 10 spacious cabins on three decks. Each yacht is 83 feet long and is exclusively custom-designed for Galapagos excursions.
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Evolution

Evolution

This luxurious small expedition ship accommodates 32 passengers for its Galapagos itineraries. A historic feel combined with modern amenities give this yacht the adventurous atmosphere of a smaller boat.
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Finch Bay Eco Hotel

Finch Bay Eco Hotel

The charming Finch Bay Eco Hotel is just steps from the beach on a private seaside location, surrounded by mangroves. Here guests can cherish the privacy, natural surroundings and superb service.
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Galapagos Grand Odyssey

Galapagos Grand Odyssey

Combining luxury, privacy and comfort in the marvelous setting of the Galapagos Islands, the 16-guest Grand Odyssey is the newest yacht to sail these waters.
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Galapagos Legend

Galapagos Legend

Galapagos Legend small ship cruises bring luxury quality and service in a casual setting. The 100-passenger Galapagos Legend is known for being affordable, stable and great for family travelers.
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Galapagos Odyssey

Galapagos Odyssey

Built in July 2008, the Galapagos Odyssey is a steel-hulled luxury yacht carrying 16 passengers in 10 comfortable cabins. The Galapagos Odyssey ensures an intimate and personal yet spacious cruising experience.
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Galapagos Voyager

Galapagos Voyager

Galapagos Voyager is a comfortable small motor yacht accommodating 16 guests and a crew of 9. Perfect for families and small groups of friends, this vessel allows you to get up close and personal with the Galapagos wildlife.
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Grace

Grace

The 18-guest motor yacht Grace's stellar past includes ownership of royalty, millionaire tycoons and a stint in the British Navy. She now cruises the Galapagos Islands in luxury.
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Isabela II

Isabela II

The 40-passenger Isabela II is one of the most luxurious motor yachts in the Galapagos Islands. She features a sundeck bar, Jacuzzi, snorkeling and a glass-bottom boat.
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La Pinta

La Pinta

One of the newest yachts to sail the Galapagos, La Pinta is a gorgeous 207-foot expedition yacht, with capacity for 48 guests. She offers a relaxed yet lavish expedition atmosphere, with large outside cabins.
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Mary Anne

Mary Anne

Mary Anne can accommodate up to 16 passengers in 12 double, tastefully furnished cabins. Explore all the Galapagos Islands have to offer with a genuine windjammer sailing experience.
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National Geographic Endeavour

National Geographic Endeavour

The 96-guest National Geographic Endeavour is superbly designed for expedition cruising in the Galapagos Islands. Onboard experts from National Geographic, kayaks, ROV video and underwater cameras offer educational exploration.
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National Geographic Islander

National Geographic Islander

A Galapagos cruise on the 48-passenger Islander is one of the finest expeditions in the Islands. Cabins have outside views, and the ship is equipped with a hydrophone, Splash-Cam and Video Chronicler.
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Ocean Spray

Ocean Spray

The 16-guest mega-catamaran Ocean Spray offers premier Galapagos cruising with Jacuzzi, al fresco dining and cabins each with a private balcony. One of the newest boats in the Galapagos.
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Origin

Origin

When the MV Origin makes her appearance in Galapagos in 2015, she will be the newest 20-passenger yacht in archipelago.
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Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge

Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge

The Red Mangrove Aventura is one of the most unique accommodations in all of the Galapagos, situated in a grove of wild red mangrove perched on the sea’s edge in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island.
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Red Mangrove Floreana Lodge

Red Mangrove Floreana Lodge

Located in Puerto Velasco Ibarra, the Red Mangrove Floreana Lodge is built entirely from pine wood harvested sustainably from renewable tree farms in mainland Ecuador.
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Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge

Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge

Separated from the ocean only by a broad, white sand, palm-lined beach, the oceanfront Isabela Lodge is ideally situated for comfortable land-based exploration of the Galapagos. With only 8 rooms, this is a truly intimate way to explore the islands.
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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

The Santa Cruz is a 90-passenger small expedition ship designed and built exclusively for Galapagos cruises. Great for active travelers and families.
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Seaman Journey

Seaman Journey

M/C Galapagos Seaman Journey is a boutique yacht catamaran offering style, stability and adventure in the Galapagos Islands. Comfortable with just 16 passengers and noted for its recently renovated deck.
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Tip Top II

Tip Top II

Tip Top II is a first-class Galapagos Islands yacht carrying 16 guests. The veteran of the family-run three-yacht Tip Top fleet, Tip Top II was built in 1983 and completely redesigned in 2011.
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Tip Top III

Tip Top III

The first-class yacht Tip Top III sails the Galapagos Islands with an intimate 16 guests. Kayaks on board and free snorkeling equipment make it an active choice in Galapagos cruising.
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Tip Top IV

Tip Top IV

Tip Top IV, launched in 2006, is a first-class 16-guest yacht cruising the Galapagos Islands.
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