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Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Cruises

Cruise the beautiful Galapagos Islands and discover the fascinating wildlife they have to offer by boat, your floating hotel.

Fly from Ecuador’s mainland to the famous Galapagos Islands. Your chosen yacht will be your floating home for the week – a place to sleep, eat, relax and learn about the fascinating Galapagos Archipelago during evening lectures.

In the day visit the different islands that offer an eclectic mix of landscapes, from the white sandy low lying island of Floreana to the stark, steep, volcanic black lava fields of Fernandina and Isabela – all brought to life by your specialist guide.

Exterior Front View, Ocean Spray, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Ocean Spray, Galapagos Islands

Galapagos cruises

Choosing a boat for your Galapagos Islands cruise can be tricky with so many to choose from. At Steppes Travel we have done the hard work for you. Between our Galapagos specialist team, we have visited the islands over 15 times and been on all the boats. We can tell you which boats have more cabin space, which is more stable, which have private balconies and those that have interconnecting cabins.

We have access to all boats operating in the Galapagos Islands but below are our favourites based on the quality of comfort, guiding, safety and sustainability.

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Jo Ruxton
Jo Ruxton

Expert-led Cruises

For those looking to get even more out of a Galapagos holiday, our expert-led Galapagos cruises are a great option. These allow a perfect opportunity to explore the Islands with Galapagos National Park guides as well as an expert in their field.

Steppes have previously offered Galapagos expert-led cruises with Richard Dawkins, Charles Clover, Liz Bonnin and Monty Halls. We currently have cruises available with Jo Ruxton, Jonathan Green and Sue Flood.

Expert-led cruises 

About our boat selection

Natural Paradise, Galapagos Islands

Natural Paradise

Exterior, Infinity, Galapagos Islands

Infinity

Evolution, GPS

Evolution

Sea Star Journey, Galapagos Islands

Sea Star Journey

Seaman Journey, Galapagos Islands

Seaman Journey

Origin

Origin & Theory

Isabela II

Isabela II

Exterior, Ocean Spray, Galapagos Islands

Ocean Spray

Petrel, Galapagos Islands

Petrel

La Pinta, Galapagos Islands

La Pinta

Solaris Motor Yacht

Solaris Motor Yacht

Yacht and Kayaking, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands
Yacht and Kayaking, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands

Private Charters

If looking for a really special holiday for a private group – go glamourous and charter your very own yacht for a week in the Galapagos. It may not always be as expensive as you think and will make for a very memorable holiday. We’ve selected the boats we think are best suited to being chartered by private groups of friends or families.

Diving, Galapagos Sky, Galapagos
Galapagos

Diving Boats

Diving in the Galapagos Islands is an incredible experience and considered one of the best dive sites in the world due to the immense diversity of marine life. Dive with whale sharks, hammerheads, rays, sea lions, marine iguanas and even penguins to name a few.

Regulations in the Galapagos National Park mean that occasional diving is not allowed on the naturalist live-aboard cruises, those that make the guided daily land excursions. However, it is possible to arrange a day of diving when in port, forego the regular group excursion and travel with a dive instructor to nearby islands at an additional cost.

Galapagos holidays

Experiences in the Galapagos Islands

Charles Darwin Research Centre

Visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre to learn about the biology, ecology and conservation of the archipelago.

Live the Island Life

Instead of (or in addition to) cruising, stay on one of the archipelago’s four inhabited islands for a slower paced experience and more interaction with the locals.

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Charter a Boat

In the company of an expert naturalist guide and a professional crew, privately charter a vessel to explore the islands with family or friends for a feeling of complete exclusivity.

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Walk Barefoot on Sandy Beaches

Stroll down red or white sand beaches, stopping to sit next to slumbering sea lions and watch penguins frolick in the turquoise surf.

Puerto Fish Market

Visit Puerto Ayora’s little fish market to watch as cheeky pelicans and sea lions wait for scraps.

Kayak in the Ocean

Move around the bays, stopping to watch sea lions and turtles, while kayaking over the tranquil water.

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Snorkel with Marine Life

Don flippers and jump in the water to swim with playful sea lions, curious penguins and resting whitetip reef shark.

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Volcanic Tunnel Adventure

Walk (and crawl) through giant hollow lava tunnels, long tubes left behind by the liquid magma that formed these islands.

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Dine on Deck

Indulge in fresh and tasty meals served al fresco, perhaps washed down with a chilled glass of white wine, while the boat sails past dramatic coastlines.

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Wildlife Spotting

Travel around the islands, totting up the impressive list of species spotted during a single day, from land iguanas and sea lions to blue footed boobies and sunfish.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Roxy Dukes

I love to squeeze as much out of my day as possible. An outdoors fanatic, I love to delve into harsh environments having summited numerous mountains and trail running into the unknown whenever I get the chance – whether at home or overseas. Funnily enough, it didn’t start like that. It took a few years for the burning fire of adventure to truly take light with my eyes opened by the adventures travel could afford.
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John Faithfull

My love affair with travel began in a vintage Italian train carriage at sunset on a hot and sticky September evening in 1983. Sardined into a two-bench compartment, I’d spent five hours sharing sweaty thighs, broken-Italian pleasantries and furtive glances while rattling towards Turin, stopping at every wisteria-draped village along the way.
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Paul Bird

It wasn’t part of the script, career plans were quite different but after four global trips visiting such exciting destinations, travel became a passion that eventually led to me entering the industry. The more I have travelled the greater the desire has been to see and do more.
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James Armitage

Rewind to 1981 (yes a long time ago) where, as a young and naive gringo ready to explore the world, I boarded a plane to Santiago, Chile. My Spanish was limited to “dos cerveza por favour”, but I was eager to discover a new continent and meet new friends – an adventure that has since become a nearly 40-year love affair.
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What a wonderful trip. I especially enjoyed snorkelling with playful sea lions, swimming with penguins, seeing a huge manta ray and spotting the occasional shark.

Destination: Galapagos Islands
Travel Expert: Roxy

Why Choose Steppes?

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