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Family in the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Family Holidays

Watch the comical nose-snorting of marine iguanas, lie in awe on red sand beaches as flamingos fly overhead and swim with sea lions as they blow bubbles. Some vessels offer special family departures where activities, walks and games are personalised for children, and earlier meal times can be arranged to accommodate their routines.

Whether exploring by boat or from a land base, your National Park guide will show you all the islands have to offer both above and below the water – from pirate caves and sandy beaches to volcanic lava tunnels and dancing blue-footed boobies.

Marine Iguanas, Galapagos, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands
Galapagos giant tortoise and woman tourist on Santa Cruz Island in Galapagos Islands.

Ideas for a family holiday in the Galapagos

  • Charter a small boat with a natural park guide, a special way to explore the islands
  • Stay on one of four inhabited islands in the archipelago for a relaxing, slower paced holiday
  • Explore the many islands on a live-aboard boat the best way to see the greatest variety of wildlife in the shortest time
  • Snorkel with playful sea lions, blow bubbles and see if they do it back
  • Track giant tortoises in the National Tortoise Reserve
  • Go to the Charles Darwin Research Centre to learn about the conservation of the islands
  • Visit the little fish market in Puerto Ayora to watch the cheeky pelicans and sea lions waiting for scraps
  • Kayak around the bays, looking for sea lions, rays and turtles
  • Wander through giant hollow lava tunnels

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.

Paul Bird

The moment a blue footed booby makes its dive and plunges like a dart into the water is special, but to see hundreds do this at once was a breath-taking experience that Paul was not prepared for.

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James Armitage

James first visited the Galapagos Islands in 1981 and has subsequently returned another four times. With every visit, the wildlife both above and below the water is enchanting.

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John Faithfull

Half of the appeal of the Galapagos Islands is underwater, and a few minutes in the company of a five-metre manta ray off the coast of Isabela Island remains one of John’s most vivid memories of this incredible archipelago.

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Roxy Dukes

Wildlife is Roxy’s passion, so where better to immerse than in Darwin’s land? Having stepped on all but one of the islands in the archipelago and having personally visited our hand-picked selection of hotels and boats, there is little she does not know about the Galapagos Islands.

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