Paul Schicke
Written by Paul Schicke Senior Expedition Designer

Updated: May 03, 2024
Published: October 17, 2013

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Bow of luxury Galapagos yacht cruising the ocean

One of the more appealing aspects of a cruise in the Galapagos Islands is how gloriously removed you will be from the rest of the world. Nevertheless, spending your vacation in the most amazing natural environment doesn’t mean you have to be unreachable. Even though many tourists wish to escape to a remote destination, you can still stay connected on the Grace yacht when you’re out to sea.

Satellite and Cell Phones:

Regular cell phone service is available onboard during specific times throughout your trip. This is normally when your yacht is close to one of the port towns in Galapagos (Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island, Puerto Velazco Ibarra on Floreana Island, and Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island). The availability of this service depends on signal coverage, and requires an additional charge.

Satellite phone service is also available onboard at all times at an extra cost. If you need to make a call, please let your Cruise Director know and they can provide you with details and rates.

Red Man Grove Lodge on Galapagos Santa Cruz Island

Bringing Your Smartphone:

Before bringing your smartphone while traveling in the Galapagos Islands, you should check with your carrier to see if they offer discounted roaming rates for Ecuador. You may consider purchasing a prepaid SIM card for cell phone data, or download an international messaging app like Whatsapp.

So, stop thinking you´ll be in the middle of nowhere without reach of those you love and care and enjoy your vacation while in the Islands!

Internet cafe in Galapagos

Bringing Your Laptop:

Bringing laptops or tablets to your Galapagos vacations is a great tool to upload your photos, store videos, watch DVD movies and more. The crime rate is very low in Galapagos, it is safe and secure to bring camera and gadgets. Certain restaurants now offer free Wi-fi for their customers, though connection is rather slow, the power tends to cut out.

Internet cafe in Galapagos

Wi-Fi and Internet Service

Coming to Galapagos is about getting an immersive experience in nature, disconnecting from the hectic nature of modern life, and connecting with the group around you on a deeper level. This is a huge luxury for the majority of the Guests we welcome aboard. Internet / Wi-Fi connection is included throughout the cruise.

Charles Darwin Research Center in the Galapagos Islands

The Fine Print

  • Internet connectivity in the Galapagos may be intermittent mainly due to its satellite coverage and climate, which affects all Galapagos yachts. This may also affect the quality of Wi-Fi onboard.
  • Wi-Fi signal onboard is only available on the yacht’s interior lounge, inside and al-fresco dining areas and the al-fresco bar.
  • Please take note that continuous connectivity to communication applications such as Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, Google Meetings or others are affected by internet connectivity, climate, or network saturation.
  • There are several access-restricted networks on the yacht for the use of Quasar’s staff and crew only.

Your luxury cruise to the Galapagos is sure to be unforgettable, but it doesn’t have to be entirely unplugged!!

Paul Schicke
By Paul Schicke
Senior Expedition Designer

Hello! My name is Paul. I am a photographer, traveler, teacher and writer. I have extensive experience in travel to Galapagos, Peru, Patagonia and the western seaboard of South America specializing in ways travelers can experience these once-in-a-life destinations like locals on the road. Lover of wine, chocolate, travel, coffee, and helping others plan vacations of a lifetime!

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