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When is the best time for a Galapagos Cruise?

Because they sit directly on the equator the Galapagos Islands are a true year-round destination. Since there isn't really a "best" time to visit it means we can find you great Galapagos cruise prices all year. Although there aren't really seasons on the equator, there are two distinct climate patterns in the Galapagos. The cool/dry season is June to December and the warm/wet season is January to May. During the cool/dry season, more nutrient-rich waters flow around the islands meaning more wildlife can be seen feeding in the water, but visibility isn't as good. Temperatures at this time of year are usually in the low to mid-70s. During the warm/wet season the waters are less nutrient-rich and therefore become extremely clear, which is great for visibility when diving or snorkeling. The disadvantages to the warm/wet season include more people on the islands with you, hotter temperatures (as high as the mid-80s) and and not much shade on the paths from the very strong equatorial sun. Click on the links to read more about the climate and the seasonality of the Galapagos. If you would like expert advice on the perfect time to visit Galapagos for your adventure of a lifetime speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable travel advisers today. They will not only help you to choose the perfect dates and itinerary for your visit but also find you the very best Galapagos cruise prices.

Which ship/category should I choose for my Galapagos Cruise?

There are over 70 cruise ships operating in Galapagos, all of which are tailored to fit different needs. Your options include family-friendly ships, single-traveler friendly cruises, those with more active itineraries, the most luxurious, and more. Galapagos cruise prices will vary depending on the class of vessel, the length of itinerary and the capacity of the ship. Because there are lots of variables and a large amount of choice we recommend talking to one of our friendly Galapagos experts. We know all of the ships we offer on Galapatours personally and will be glad to advise you on boats and itineraries that will suit your budget and what you want to get out of your trip to Galapagos. Read more about some of our frequently asked questions on topics such as motion sickness, child discounts or Single Traveler discounts and more at our comprehensive FAQ. Our website is updated once per day with the latest Galapagos cruise prices and availability, but popular boats and dates can fill very quickly, so be sure to call us to ensure you can secure your perfect cruise.

Which itinerary should I pick for my Galapagos Tour?

We make sure that all Galapatours cruises, whatever their length, will give you a fantastic experience of the Galapagos islands, their unique wildlife and incredible habitats. However, if you are planning a trip to Galapagos as your sole destination, then we really recommend choosing an 8 to 15 day itinerary for your cruise. Because of the longer time you'll have in the islands, a cruise of this length will typically allow you visit up to three times as many islands and visitor sites as a shorter trip.

If you have a particular interest in bird or marine life, Galapagos ecology, evolution in action, and so on, then a longer cruise will allow you to fully indulge in your passions and interests. You may find that a shorter Galapagos cruise doesn't give you enough time to experience all that you can in the archipelago, and you may end up missing out on particular species or habitats that you hoped to see. If you are visiting Galapagos as part of a wider South American trip, or you aren't worried about seeing everything you possibly can, then shorter 4 to 6 day itineraries may be ideal for you. These cruises will still give you an amazing introduction to the marvels Galapagos has to offer, and these shorter cruises can be better for families traveling with younger children, who may find longer periods on a boat a little restricting. 


For more information on Galapagos Cruises, feel free to contact us with any question or visit our FAQ section, where we answer more than 80 frequently asked questions regarding our Galapagos Cruises, such as Which Galapagos Islands should I visit?, What does a typical day on a Galapagos Cruise ship look like? or Why do all Galapagos itineraries have fixed itineraries? Our expert Galapagos advisers will help you to find the best Galapagos cruise prices and the perfect Galaagos cruise itinerary for you.