Galapagos Yacht Charter Guide

A corner of the world that time forgot, the Galápagos is the ultimate cruising ground for a nature-loving charterer – visit the islands and step ashore for the ultimate natural high.

Reveling in isolation 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos archipelago comprises 12 major islands and a handful of smaller islets, each displaying its unique flora, fauna and rare animal species. Forever associated with Darwin, the Galápagos Islands are a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. The islands are highly protected and the number of yachts able to cruise these waters annually is limited. Itineraries also are provided by the Parque Nacional Galápagos, the governing body of the islands, advising where yachts can cruise and where guests can explore.

An eco-haven off the coast of South America, the Galápagos Islands are a pocket of the world that time forgot. Step back to a world as it may have been before humans walked the earth, where penguins strut alongside tropical flamingos and whales share the waters with giant turtles. The cruising grounds are made up of 12 main islands and hundreds of islets and volcanic rocks floating in one of the most active volcanic regions in the world. A luxury yacht charter through the Galápagos is a remarkable experience for all, but it is the ultimate dream for nature-lovers. From landscapes of wild mangroves, volcanoes, inland lagoons, cliffs and stunning coastlines, the islands deliver a revelation at every anchorage. As you cruise through the gorgeous waters, you will be escorted by a circus of acrobatic birds, including pelicans, boobies and albatross, to name a few. Ashore you will encounter land iguanas dozing among the cactus, while at the water’s edge, you’ll find penguins and marine iguanas – the only sea-going lizard in the world.

The waters also provide excellent opportunities for experienced divers to teem with sharks, sea lions, seals, turtles, rays, mantas and reef fish (authorized diving only). For young adventurers in the charter party, days can be spent spotting all sea life, from dolphins and whales, penguins and giant tortoises, and snorkeling coral reefs amid sea lions, seals and turtles. The privileged insight and appreciation of the natural world are invaluable and the memories are so spectacular they will last a lifetime.

Location Highlights

  • Take the Tortoise Trail through the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin
  • Witness the elusive mating dance of the albatross, Española Island
  • Come face to face with sea turtles, manta rays and whitetip reef sharks, San Cristóbal
  • Ride along the incredible cliffs of Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal
  • Watch sea lions frolicking on the beach at Santa Fé
  • Watch the hunt as the local dragon (marine iguana) catches its lunch, Santa Fé
  • Encounter green turtles, giant tortoises and packs of iguanas
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