Galapagos cruise on a yacht or stay in a hotel?

why small yachts are the best way
to visit the galapagos islands
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  • -97% of the land area and 100% of the maritime area of the Galapagos Islands is within the National Park.
  • -The only places not within the Park are the population centers where you will find the hotels.
  • -There are over 40 National Park landing sites throughout the islands where travelers are permitted to go ashore or go snorkeling to see animals up close in their natural habitat.
  • -You must be accompanied by a Galapagos National Park guide when visiting sites within the park.
  • -The only way to access the great majority of these landing sites is on a live aboard vessel that takes you on a cruise through the islands.
  • -Only a handful of landing sites are accessible from the hotels and this is mostly by day boat.
  • -All the hotels compete for spaces on the day boats. If you are lucky enough to get a day boat, you start your day by having to take a power boat ride to the landing site.
    These can be two hour rides each way. Not that pleasant and really a waste of a good part of your day.
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    In contrast, the permitted live aboard yachts arrive at your first landing site before you wake up and you will have the opportunity to go ashore and visit two different sites for up to 2 ½ hours each, along with snorkeling, kayaking and zodiac rides.

  • -Our yachts offer cabins, service and amenities equivalent to and better than many Galapagos hotels.
  • -The hotels are best for those who want to stay on after or arrive before their cruise for some diving or down time as well as families with toddlers too young to travel aboard the yachts.

The entire experience was AMAZING! The friendly and helpful staff were all top notch! The luxury (and very clean) accommodations may well have converted this land-lover to enjoy oceanic excursions just as much as land-based ones. I was worried about how I'd do on a boat for a week. I shouldn't have been concerned at all. It was perfect in every regard!

- KP (M/V Evolution Guest, November 2016)

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