We typically go snorkeling 11 times during a week long voyage through the Galapagos. Your guide will give you details on each snorkeling outing during the briefing given each evening on our activities for the following day. We return to the yacht between visits to landing sites and snorkeling so you will have time to change into your bathing suit in your cabin, unless you are already wearing one.
At the beginning of your voyage each person has a chance to pick out a wetsuit as well as a mask, snorkel and fins which you will keep in a mesh bag with your cabin number on it. We have a special storage place for these toward the stern of your yacht. Each time we go snorkeling simply proceed to the designated location where we stow the snorkeling gear. Put on your wetsuit and grab your mesh bag with the rest of the gear and get into the panga. We also bring enough beach towels in the panga for everyone to use when they finish snorkeling, so please do not take towels from your cabin for this purpose.
Your guide will give you further specific instruction about the snorkeling site during your brief panga ride. He or she will also instruct you on how to enter the water from the panga. The guide typically jumps in with you and the panga driver follows along keeping watch. When you are in the water it may seem that the panga is a long way off, but that is just an illusion; the panga can reach you in seconds. The guide will have given you all instructions on how to call for the panga and when you are ready to exit the water. The guide will also instruct you on staying together as a group and with your snorkeling buddy. Enjoy these outings they are gems.
When you get back to the yacht you will hose off using fresh water provided and take off your wet suit and hang it up with the assistance of a crew member. The crew will hose off the suit and allow it to dry in the sun.
A great feature aboard our yacht is the Jacuzzi because it is the best place to warm up after snorkeling.