|My-Quito.com : Galapagos
- Choosing a boat for the Galapagos
- For general information on the
islands, vist our galapagos page.
- Here are a few thoughts on choosing
a boat. Firstly think of size -the larger ones obviously hold
more people, they tend to be less personal and you have less
control over the agenda. However they are more stable and on
the whole are likely to offer better restaurant facilities. Smaller
boats do rock around more so consider this if you suffer from
you wish to just snorkel then most boats will accommodate you,
but if you are a keen diver, then you should choose a boat that
specialises in dive tours -see more on our page on scuba
diving in the Galapagos.
- Ships plying the Galapagos must
have a licence, and are strictly controlled as to where they
can and cannot go. They are also controlled in terms of how many
can visit a spot at the same time. Most run a set route which
lasts seven nights/eight days, or you can do a part lasting three
or four nights -have a look at the itinerary to see which islands are being visited.
- Landings on the islands are
divided into 'wet' and 'dry' landings -wet being those where
it is necessary to wade ashore on a beach, and dry where you
can jump directly from your 'Panga' onto dry land. Check how
many Pangas your boat is equipped with -they are your connection
with the islands.
- People often ask whether is
possible to go to the islands and find a boat there. The answer
is yes, but you have to be flexible in terms of choice of boat
and when you can sail -if you are happy wheeling and dealing
on the spot, then fine, but otherwise you should pre-book.
- Prices vary enourmously, and
the method of defining class is not always clear -we have tried
to group the list of boats below by class. The list is constantly
changing, so there will not doubt be others added from time to
and cruise operators:
- * M/Y Spondylus sank off Genovesa
Island in July 2008
- * M/Y Parranda sank off Bartolome
- * M/Y capsized in 2010
- * M/Y Alta was written off after
running aground in 2010
- Angermeyer Cruises
-specialist operators of sailing vessels S/S Sagitta, M/S Diamante,
and M/S Sea Cloud and Motor Vessels Samba and Beagle; also run
the restaurant Angermeyer Point in Puerto Ayora.
Cruises -eco tourism
specialist running tours on Galapagos
Explorer II and to the Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve.
Cruises -16 person yacht
available for private charter.
- Deep Blue
-specialist dive yacht -site has further information for divers
in the Galapagos.
- Ecoventura -four small vessels -Eric, Flamingo,
Letty and Sky Dancer.
- Enchanted Expeditions -formerly Angermeyer Enchancted Expeditions, they
specialise in Galapagos cruises, as well as jungle and trekking
tours. Boats -Cachelotte I a 96 foot schooner and Beluga, adeluxe
110 foot motor vessel.
- GalaCruises -specialists Galapagos tour operator,
using their own yachts, Sea Man and the catamaran Achipel Eco.
diving boats -site features a guide to diving on the Galapagos.
-tours and yachts on the islands -useful guide information too.
- GalapagosIslands.com -
- Galapagos Tours -Aida Maria Travel -Eden, Rumba
- Galasam -operate the yachts Millenium, Estrella
del Mar, and Cruz de Sur -crewed by Galapaguenos.
Tours -operate two first
class yachts M/Y Coral (20 passengers) and M/Y Coral II (26 passengers),
the superior first class 110 passenger small cruise ship M/V
made luxury tours and cruises worldwide from the UK.
- LammerLaw - claims to be the worlds largest Trimaran
(together with sister ship Cuan Law) offering specialist diving
tours on the Galapagos.
- S/C Nemo I & II
-luxurious catamaran motor sailor offering flexible diving and
Island cruising itineraries for up to 12 passengers.
- M/S Angelique - large sailing boat, with a capacity for 16 passengers,
comfortable, fully air - conditioned double cabins, all with
private facilities and warm water. Operated by Kem Pery.
- Galkapagos Expeditions -owner and operator of luxury and upscale sail
and motor yachts ranging from 12 to 16 passengers and an expedition
vessel for 32 passengers. Boats include M/V Evolution, and M/Y
Wittmer -German operator
of two small vessels -Tip Top II and III.
owner operated motor yacht that accommodates 16 passengers in
cozy double and single cabins.
- See also:
- Galapagos -general information about the islands.
diving -information on
diving in the Galapagos.
Watching -follow the
whales on the islands and the mainland.
- Search this site with Google:
- You really cannot see the
islands properly without a boat -regard it more as your floating
hotel and choose it accordingly.
- Landing on the islands is
carried out with small powered boats known as Pangas.