These magical islands are like nowhere else on earth. An incredible archipelago with unique creatures unafraid of humans. Perfect for children, and some adults, who lack the patience to sit and wait for wildlife to appear.
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 - pirate caves, sandy beaches, volcanic lava tunnels, dancing blue-footed boobies and nostril squirting, prehistoric-looking marine iguanas.
Family holiday suggestion in the Galapagos
There are endless options of things to do or places to go with a family in the Galapagos Islands. Our Galapagos specialists have put together a suggested family holiday itinerary to give you some ideas.
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
Featured family accommodation in the Galapagos
A beach front property with a swimming pool. Set in a quiet location yet still close to the bustle of Puerto Ayora.
An African safari style camp in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a very family friendly property.
A spacious motor boat with interconnecting cabins. There are kayaks and snorkelling gear for some great exploration
A large motor boat offering a Young Pirates Programme – special games, activities, boat rides, visits to the bridge and earlier meal times.
Advice from Our Family Experts
“ Combine time travelling on a boat seeing a wide variety of wildlife and islands with a national park guide, with time on an island to relax and run wild.”
Roxy Dukes | Steppes Travel Family Expert