- Explore the marine wildlife-rich islands of Isabela and Fernandina
- Travel with Jonathan Green, founder of the whale shark project, featured on Blue Planet II
- Spend eight days sailing on the Natural Paradise, with a guide ratio of 1:8
- Photograph iguanas, sea lions, penguins, giant tortoise, finches and two types of booby
Spend eight days exploring the western and southern islands of the Galapagos archipelago in the company of naturalist - Jonathan Green. As well as being a Galapagos National Park guide, Jonathan is a dive master, a passionate wildlife photographer and founder of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project that featured on BBC Blue Planet II. In addition to Jonathan, there will be a resident Galapagos National Park guide on board, meaning a ratio of one guide per eight passengers, you can be assured of receiving personalised and insightful narrative on all the wildlife seen.
Travel aboard the Natural Paradise visiting eight different islands within the archipelago. This includes marine-rich Isabela Island made up of six volcanoes, five of which are still active; Fernandina the youngest and most pristine of islands having never been invaded by foreign species; and Espanola island home to the critically endangered waved albatross. Spend your days off the boat exploring the islands and surrounding waters with your guides, either on foot, by kayak, panga (a small motorised boat) or when snorkelling.
There are few places on earth that can rival the wildlife of Galapagos, with an abundance of colourful creatures seemingly unafraid of humans. During your time in this living laboratory of evolution get close to many endemic species - about 97% of the reptiles and land mammals and 80% of the land birds are endemic, and more than 20% of the marine species are found nowhere but the Galapagos Islands. Highlights should include marine and land iguanas, Galapagos penguins, Nazca and blue-footed boobies, waved albatross, sea lions, giant Galapagos tortoises and the majority of the 13 Darwin finches.
Why should I join this tour?
This is a perfect opportunity to visit the Galapagos Islands with two expert Galapagos National Park guides. This will be the fifth trip Jonathan will have led for Steppes Travel, with excellent feedback from past clients –
‘Jonathan Green was excellent. Very well informed with regards to geology and wildlife. Also an excellent snorkelling guide, pointing out the fish and discovering sharks under rock ledges! Good company at dinner and always happy to inform and educate’
‘Jonathan Green is fantastic! He made all the difference to the Galapagos experience.’
What wildlife can be seen in April in the Galapagos?
- End of hatching season for the giant tortoises
- Green sea turtle eggs begin hatching
- Land iguana eggs begin hatching on Isabela
- Waved albatross continue to return to Espanola Island and begin their courtship ritual
What is the Natural Paradise boat like?
The Natural Paradise is a spacious and stylish yacht providing eight double cabin suites and staterooms, some boast private balconies. She was purpose built to sail around the Galapagos Islands with plenty of space and large picture windows. There is a lounge, both indoor and outdoor eating areas and a generous sundeck with loungers and a hot tub.
Will the sea be rough in April in the Galapagos?
Seas are generally calm at this time of year.
Is April a good month to travel to the Galapagos Islands?
April is a great time of year to travel to the Galapagos islands, it is the end of the rainy season and the islands are looking green and lush. The days are generally clear, warm and sunny with temperatures averaging 25 C. Sea temperatures are also at their warmest at this time and visibility is good so snorkelling can be more enjoyable.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE | GALAPAGOS CONSERVATION TRUST
Steppes is a Gold Corporate Member of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, the only UK charity that is focussed solely on conservation in the archipelago. As such we continue to support ongoing conservation projects in the archipelago and recently donated to the development of a citizen’s science website on which the public can post information about single-use plastic pollution in the Galapagos. When you book a trip to the Galapagos Islands with Steppes Travel, you will also benefit from a complimentary, six-month membership with the Galapagos Conservation Trust.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.