No matter how you explore the Galapagos Islands – by land or by sea – you are guaranteed an excellent vacation, full of exciting activities, natural exploration, and the flora & fauna that have earned the Galapagos its identity as a natural laboratory of evolution. There are pros and cons to both land-based tours and cruises, so here’s what you need to know while you’re planning your Galapagos adventure.
Why Choose a Galapagos Cruise?
Galapagos cruises have been the most popular way to experience the Galapagos Islands for decades, and there’s no question why:
- Cruises allow you to access some of the more remote visitor sites, including some of the best snorkeling areas.
- Cruises take advantage of nights and time between activities to travel to the next destination, so no time is wasted on transportation.
- Your hotel goes with you everywhere, so you just need to unpack once and then you can settle in.
- There are a number of options to choose from to fit any budget, and some great ways to save money, like booking a last-minute cruise or planning your trip in the shoulder seasons.
- Cruises tend to have the best naturalist guides, and you’ll get to know them and the rest of your crew very well.
- Cruises are all-inclusive: Once you’re on the boat, all transportation, excursions, meals, and everything else is completely covered. All you have to do is enjoy the adventure!