Guided Nature Walks
The best way to see Galapagos wildlife in these islands is during the guided walks and hikes that are scheduled each day on the various Islands during a 7 night cruise. Every visit to each island involves an easy or moderate walk, which can last between 2 to 3 hours, and are not considered strenuous. On these walks you will be led by one of our expert naturalist guides in a small group of no more than ten guests along clearly marked trails. They will explain in great detail all the wonders of each of our carefully selected itineraries. During each day of your Galapagos cruise, there will be two guided walks on a specific island where you will be able to walk and hike on beaches, lava fields, alongside cliffs and around mangrove estuaries. Our walks and hikes include Galapagos wildlife encounters, birdwatching, scenic views and detailed lectures with explanations from your naturalist guide on many issues concerning the islands. You will be able to get amazing photographs or video of wildlife from up-close because they have never learned to fear humans.
Snorkeling in the Islands is the highlight of the Galapagos cruise for many of our guests. The primary appeal of snorkeling in Galapagos is the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural setting without the complicated equipment and training required for scuba diving. You will have the opportunity to go snorkeling almost every day and you will be amazed at how beautiful is the underwater world of the Galapagos. Snorkeling with marine iguanas and with playful sea-lions are some of the highlights of all our guests. You will also have the chance to snorkel with green sea turtles, the world’s second smallest penguin and an incredible variety of colorful reef fish. We provide snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel & fins) free of charge onboard. We also provide full wetsuits at no additional cost, to make snorkeling more comfortable, especially on the western islands where the water is a little colder but teaming with exotic underwater life! We offer snorkeing from the beach for those with no experience and in deeper water for those guests with minimal experience snorekling.
Ecoventura provides multiple “sit on top” kayaks for our guests to enjoy while on their Galapagos cruise at the kayaking spots designated by the Galapagos National Park. “Sit on top” kayaks, as the name suggests, involve sitting on top of the kayak in an open area. You require no previous experience to enjoy this activity and with a quick 5 minute lesson from your Galapagos naturalist you are off on your own to explore and venture to shores and coves. At our kayaking spots you will be able to see Galapagos penguins, sea lions, blue-footed and nazca boobies, pelicans, marine iguanas and a dozen other magnificent creatures. Not to mention the fact that you will see amazing marine life underneath! Kayaking is also a great way to get some excercise while you enjoy the incredible scenery of the Galapagos. The Island’s turquoise waters are great to go kayaking on, and because the seas are not rough at all, this activitiy can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Dinghies, or “Pangas” as they are known in Galapagos, are inflatable zodiacs that serve as the main transportation method from our Galapagos yachts to the visitor sites. At several times during your week-long Galapagos travel adventure, you will have the chance to enjoy dinghy (or panga) rides in shores, mangrove estuaries, coves and caves. This activity is great to photograph Galapagos wildlife on shores and mangrove estuaries. On itinerary B, we will take a dinghy ride out to the Bolivar Channel where you will have a great opportunity to see whales (such as Orcas and humpback whales) as well as dolphins, sun fish and many other large fish and Galapagos mammals. You will also have the opportunity for an excellent dinghy ride on a mangrove estuary where we will turn off the engines and paddle around the mangrove as we look for green sea turtles mating, golden ray schools, sleeping reef sharks and many other wonderful creatures that inhabit these areas.
This has been a long time coming! We purchased these boards TWO years ago, in anticipation of being approved by the park… and then had them waiting in storage all this time. They have since been removed from storage and transported by cargo ships down to the islands for our yachts. Ecoventura is the first tour boat operator to have SUPs on board in the Galapagos.
The Galapagos archipelago is located where major ocean currents come together — combining cold waters from the south with warm currents from the north and cooler currents from the west. This combination of nutrient rich water has created diverse and beautiful marine life that now makes the islands so unique. Scuba enthusiasts flock to the Galapagos Islands to experience diving encounters unlike anywhere else on earth.
We offer experienced scuba divers the ability to cruise with our dedicated scuba Live aboard – the 16-passenger luxury vessel, M/V Galapagos Sky. The Galapagos Sky is one of just a few dive boats that spends 3-4 days at the northern islands of Wolf and Darwin (on every trip) – known as high-octaine diving for whale sharks, schooling hammerheads, and manta rays.