Paul Schicke
Written by Paul Schicke Senior Expedition Designer

Updated: May 06, 2024
Published: December 18, 2022

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best shoes for galapagos islands

An adventure into the magnificently diverse landscapes of the Galapagos Islands calls for comfortable, practical footwear. Since you’ll be exploring both dry and wet regions of the archipelago, the best shoes for Galapagos trips will be suited for different types of terrain as well as different types of landings. Of course, you’ll also want to pack a little something special for atmospheric al fresco dining on deck!

The list of what shoes to pack for a Galapagos cruise is varied, but in this video we have simplified the process to get you ready. Please note that the specific items we detail in each section of this video have been carefully selected to enhance your Galapagos experience.



For an enjoyable Galapagos experience, you will require 2 types of shoes: one for dry landings and one for wet landings. A dry landing is when you disembark from your zodiac or panga directly onto dry land, without getting your feet wet. A wet landing, on the other hand, is when there are no docks or dry landing disembarkation points on an island visitor site, and you must disembark directly into the water on the shore of a beach. Both types of landings are very common on all Galapagos trips, but especially on Galapagos Islands cruises.


lady with sunhat and sea lion


For the island trails that have a dry landing, you will need to bring comfortable walking or hiking shoes with good traction. These will likely be the same shoes you use for any activities in Mainland Ecuador if you plan to explore the mainland before or after your cruise as well. Depending on how sure footed you are, regular running or trail shoes will often suffice as the ideal footwear for the daily walks and hikes around the islands. However, if you prefer a little more support, you may want to consider bringing hiking shoes, including models with ankle support.


hiking shoes for galapagos


Teva style sandals or water shoes are ideal for wet landings because they allow you to get your feet wet and to continue walking around the island beaches and the lighter trails without requiring an additional pair of shoes. On some trails, in addition to the wet landing footwear, you may also want to consider bringing your regular hiking shoes to change into them for a more comfortable hiking experience.

Crocs and other types of water shoes that can get wet are also good for the Galapagos, but please make sure they have good traction on the sole and that they stay firmly secure on your feet when disembarking in the surf. Flip flops or single strap sandals, although acceptable on deck, are not recommended for when disembarking on the Islands, either on wet or dry landings.

teva sandals for galapagos

Important Note on Shoes While Onboard Your Boat:
On most cruises, the shoes you wear during landings are kept in a bin or in a shoe rack near the boarding zone of the yacht. If you want to wear these same shoes on board, you will need to wash the bottoms. However, we recommend having a light pair of deck shoes or sandals / flip flops for when onboard your yacht. Bare feet are also acceptable in most cruises (although on Quasar cruises, and many other cruises around the Islands, we do require you to wear shoes for dinner).

To summarize, here’s a quick checklist of the footwear required for a Galapagos cruise:

  • 1 pair of Good comfortable walking / hiking shoes
  • 1 pair of Teva-style sandals or Water Shoes
  • 1 pair of Deck shoes or Crocs

For the full list of what to pack for a Galapagos luxury cruise, ready more here - Galapagos Packing List

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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