VISITS TO THE ISLANDS
There are 2 daily visits to the islands, mornings and afternoons. Our naturalist guides will take you directly to the most stupendous and representative locations in each island and introduce you whether through walking, hiking or snorkeling, to the mysterious and wonderful secrets of flora, fauna and geology. Depending on the itinerary, you will also alternate with swimming on colorful sand beaches, watching the sea lions on a rocky shore.
To get to our various sites, we have two types of landing:
Dry Landings: Passengers step directly from a dinghy to rocks or onto a dock. We recommend: walking shoes, sunscreen, hat, water, insect repellent and a light jacket.
Wet Landings: The dinghy edges up onto a beach, where you step into knee-deep water assisted by crew members and guides. We recommend: swimming suit or shorts, walking shoes or slippers, towel, sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, plastic bag, well insulated cameras and a windbreaker.
Marine life in Galapagos is abundant and varied, so it is a great place for snorkeling. For those who do not have their own be equipment, it may be rented on board. For your safety, here is a list of some of the rules that must be obeyed:
* Listen carefully and follow the guide's instructions.
* Stay together with the group of snorkelers.
* If you do not feel comfortable in the water, always wear a life vest.
* In case you feel tired or insecure wave your hand and the dinghy will pick you up.
FOOD ON BOARD:
Good food is one of the most important expressions of wellbeing. We take into consideration the level of activity our passengers engage while visiting the islands. For diets (such as vegetarian), we will do our best to satisfy your requirements.
Every evening, our multilingual naturalist guides, officially approved by the Galapagos National Park and Darwin Station, will give you illustrated conferences about next day's visits. They will share with you their dedicated knowledge in geology, biology, botany and the very particular history of the islands.
Conscious of the importance of the safety control of our ship and yachts, we count with security systems that are backed up, and regulated under, the strict norms of local and international certifications like ISM and Solas. Once on board, you will receive special orientation in terms of fire and other safety explanations, a procedure necessary for the unlikely event of emergency during your time on board.
The warmest months usually are December to June; January to March can be hot and humid, but also mostly green. July to November are not as warm because it is windy.
The average year-round temperature is 76F (24C).
If you need any special medications, be sure to take enough for the duration of your trip and a little more, for whatever emergency out of our control.
If you have a special diet, please inform your Travel Agent to make necessary arrangements.
Sun rays are very strong in the Galapagos Islands. Do not forget to take with you enough high grade sun block. Also, put your cameras in self-sealing plastic bags to protect them from the water, especially during landfalls.
Tips are at passengers' discretion. However, the suggested amounts are:
Guides: $ 10 per day/per person
Cruise crew: $ 10 per day
WHAT TO BRING
Consider that the Galapagos Cruises are "nature seeking" cruises which include long walks, swimming, wet/dry landings, and other physical activities. Therefore, we advise you to bring comfortable breathable clothes, shorts; T-shirts, swimsuits and good hiking shoes are required to walk over the lava rock paths. During the rainy season (from June to November) it is common to have a light rain called by locals "garua" and a raincoat or light jacket will be required for the evenings. Be advised that evening gowns and accessories are not necessary. At night/semiformal attire is advised. To fully enjoy one of the sunniest and warmest spots of our planet, you should protect yourself with an effective sunscreen, a good hat with a brim, sunglasses, insect repellent, lip balm, eye drops, plastic bags for electronic equipment. Do not forget your camera, plenty of film and binoculars.