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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 seasickness.
 
If 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 time.


Galapagos boats and cruise operators:
Economy Tourist First Class Luxury Cruise Ships
Amigo
Floreana
Encantada
New Flamingo
Rumba
Sulidae
Yolita
Aida Maria
Angelique
Angelito
Ahmara
Daphne
Darwin
Fragata
Golondrina
Guantanamera
Lobo del Mar
Reina Silvia
Samba
Sea Man
Spondylus*
Vision
Aggressor I & II
Archipel Eco
Beagle
Cachalote
Coral I & II
Cormorant
Cruz del Sur
Deep Blue
Diamante
Eden
Eric, Flamingo & Letty
Estrella del Mar I & II
Galapagos Voyager
Isabela
Sagitta
Mary Ann
Millenium
Mistral
Nemo
Sagitta
Samba
Sea Cloud
Tip Top II & III
Yolita II
Anahi
Alta*
Athala II
Beagle
Beluga
Eclipse
GPS Adventure
GPS Explorer
Grace
Heritage
Integrity
Isabela II
Lammer Law
Parranda
Queen of Galapagos
Sea Man
Sky Dancer 
Evolution
Galapagos Explorer II
Isabella II
La Pinta
Legend
Santa Cruz
Tropic Sun
Xpedition 
* M/Y Spondylus sank off Genovesa Island in July 2008
* M/Y Parranda sank off Bartolome in 2009
* 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.
Canodros Cruises -eco tourism specialist running tours on Galapagos Explorer II and to the Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve.
Daphne 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.
Galapagos Aggressor -specialist diving boats -site features a guide to diving on the Galapagos.
GalapagosYachts.com -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.
Klein 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 Galapagos Legend.
Kuoni worldwide holidays-tailor 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 Grace.
Rolf Wittmer -German operator of two small vessels -Tip Top II and III.
Yate Fragata -comfortable owner operated motor yacht that accommodates 16 passengers in cozy double and single cabins.

See also:
Galapagos -general information about the islands.
Scuba diving -information on diving in the Galapagos.
Whale Watching -follow the whales on the islands and the mainland.

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Seeing the islands
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.


Featured book:

Marine Life of the Galapagos: A Diver's Guide to the Fishes, Whales, Dolphins and Other Marine Animals
(Odyssey Guides)
Pierre Constant
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Travellers' Wildlife Guides: Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (Travellers' Wildlife Guides)
David Pearson, et al
Interlink Publishing Group
Paperback -Oct 2004
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