Paul Schicke
Written by Paul Schicke Senior Expedition Designer

Updated: August 22, 2022
Published: March 09, 2014

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Galapagos With Kids

Welcome to the Galapagos Islands, a destination that kids seem hard-wired to love!

The Galapagos Islands, certainly appear to be out of this world. They are a land of unpredictable wilderness, filled with extraordinary unique species that surely attract not only adventure travelers but also their children. Galapagos luxury tours are ideal for the perfect family vacation destination with full of activities to offer kids of all ages.

1. Amazing Animal Encounters

Surely kids love wildlife, and Galapagos is all about species, animals and close-up encounters. The Islands provides them with countless opportunities to connect with many different types of animals.

It's hard to imagine a better experience for kids than swimming with friendly sea turtles go by. What many kids remember from their vacation in the Galapagos is basically 90 heavenly seconds of baby sea lions frisking with them in shallow water.

Kid observing Galapagos Tortoise in the Galapagos

2. It's Educational

Kids will have the opportunity to learn about the environment, nature and the different species through close-up encounters without a teacher or textbooks.

Fun educational Galapagos cruises for Families & Kids

3. Activities For Kids

Whether you're traveling with toddlers or teenagers, you'll find activities for all ages in the Galapagos like snorkeling, kayak or long walks. Spend a day at the beach with little ones, or go on a scuba diving safari with more adventurous teenagers.

Kayaking with kids in the Galapagos Islands

4. Cruise Amenities On Board For Kids

Our larger Galapagos cruise ship M/V Evolution has more amenities for kids, and more chance of having other kids on board, with a touch of a personal experience. This cruise option allows more stability on board so the children don't get seasick and are also safer for children, they have more space and social areas.

Young girl using binoculars to see Galapagos Islands afar from a Quasar Yacht

5. Friendly Naturalists And Crew

The crew members and naturalist guides have experience with children and are very friendly and patient with them. Our ships offer family departures that focus on making sure the activities are geared towards the ages of the children on board.

Naturalist Guide with kids on a Galapagos Family Cruise

6. Foster a Love of the Environment

Visiting Galapagos will build a sense of love for the environment, older kids and teenagers can even participate in volunteer conservation projects to help give something back.

Exploring the Wonders of the Galapagos Islands

7. Marine World

Snorkeling and diving expeditions are absolutely breathtaking in Galapagos and kids will explore the underwater world swimming with sea turtles and friendly fish, sharks, penguins and sea lions.

Snorkeling Adventures with Kids in the Galapagos

8. Brilliant Beaches

Galapagos beaches are unique in the world with a mixture of black, white and even green abundant sand, they are ideal for kids to swim, snorkel or sunbathe after a long walk or activity.

Kid and pup posing at a white sand beach in Galapagos

9. Discounts for kids

Be aware of discounted rates for kids, sometimes as much as 50 percent off. It is not so expensive to travel to Galapagos as people might think and not so difficult to get to Galapagos. After flying to Quito, you can take a 2 hour flight to the Islands. View the latest Galapagos Cruise Exclusive Offers for your upcoming trip with the family!

Boy posing with endemic Nazca Boobies in the Galapagos

10. Exposure to a new culture

While you finish your journey at the Galapagos, you can also spend a day or two exploring the cultural capital city or our main port Guayaquil. There you will have many sites to visit for the whole family to enjoy.

Speak with our destination experts about traveling with kids to the Galapagos aboard one of award-winning yachts. Travel+Leisure Second only to Disney Cruise Lines as Travel+Leisure's Top Family Cruise Lines in the World, our Galapagos Family Cruises are filled with days of activities for yourself, your children or your grandchildren so that you can relax together and take in all the wonders that will surround you. Children are especially enriched by the natural living legacy of the archipelago, where science suddenly becomes fun, accessible and unforgettable.

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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