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Golondrina Galapagos Cruise

Golondrina Galápagos Cruise

Some of the best itineraries of the Galápagos fleet

A Galápagos Cruise on board the Golondrina

18 Reviews


What we love about the Golondrina

Some of the best naturalist itineraries in the fleet;

Relaxed and fun atmosphere;

Plenty of outside space.

Golondrina Galapagos Cruise
Golondrina Galapagos Cruise
Golondrina Galapagos Cruise

Golondrina is a tourist class motor yacht that offers some of the best cruise itineraries for those who really want to discover the true Galápagos. This makes her exceptional value and she is a popular choice for those who want a comfortable and relaxed way to see the best of the islands.

Golondrina is a motor yacht with classic lines that oozes friendly charm. There is always a great relaxed atmosphere on board and the main lounge and dining area with bar is the perfect place to get to know your fellow guests and relax after your day’s excursions. There is also a TV with DVD player and a music system for entertainment. There are plenty of outdoor areas both under cover and with full sun for socializing and watching the ocean life. For the most adventurous a leap from the top sundeck into the Pacific ocean is recommended!

There are 8 cabins on board, and each has traditional wooden twin bunks. The cabins are individually air conditioned, and each has its own private bathroom with full size hot water shower, sink and vanity. Welcome additional service includes fresh towels each day and plentiful food served in a buffet style to refuel after your adventures.

Her crew of 5 includes a bilingual naturalist guide who will brief you on the islands and their wonderful wildlife and lead you on various excursions. The Golondrina has some of the most interesting itineraries of any of the tourist class fleet, and many people choose her for this very reason. Excursions include island visits, exploring by panga, swimming and snorkeling - with masks, fins and snorkels available for guests.

Golondrina is always a fun boat. Her crew look after everyone really well and they encourage you to relax and enjoy yourself - this is not a formal boat, and if you enjoy having fun in relaxed surroundings whilst seeing the very best of the older Galápagos islands then a Golondrina cruise will suit you perfectly.

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Amenities on board the Golondrina


All meals


Transfers to and from ship


100% CO2 carbon footprint offset

air conditioning

Air conditioning & private bathroom

shared bedroom

Single travellers can share cabin


Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices

EN guide

English guide

Food & Drinks on board the Golondrina

The food on our Galapágos Cruises is among the very best you will find in South America. Most of the on-board chefs are internationally trained and have prior experience working in the best hotels and restaurants in Ecuador and indeed around the world.

You can expect a first-class selection of food, including a good variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, locally sourced poultry and fish/seafood, rice and pasta dishes. Most boats will always include some typical Ecuadorian dishes on the menu during your cruise. If you have specific dietary requirements then these can usually be accommodated by the chef providing you have given advance notice. Please make sure you tell us about any allergies or dietary requirements you have at the time you book with us. If you leave it until you arrive at the dockside, then it may well be impossible to accommodate your needs.

Most boats serve a range of options at meal times in a relaxed buffet-style. At the first class and luxury end of the market, some boats have more formal dining where you will be served at your seat. However the atmosphere is always relaxed on board our cruises, and never stuffy or formal.

Sustainable Tourism

At Galapatours we love and respect the pristine ecosystems and fascinating wildlife of the Galápagos Islands. To protect the archipelago, all vessels in Galápagos must have sophisticated water filtration systems, modern, efficient engines, and strict maintenance schedules to minimize pollution. Furthermore, The Galápagos National Park authority defines exact cruising routes that dictate which ships can visit which highlights at what day and time, as well as limiting passenger numbers.

But at Galapatours we like to go even further: We voluntarily offset all the CO2 emissions of every cruise we sell - at no cost to you. You can also play your part by traveling responsibly and following our Eco Guidelines during your stay. Click here to find out more about these guidelines, our commitment to sustainable tourism, and the Galápagos National Park rules.

Cabins categories on board the Golondrina

Standard Double
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Technical details of Golondrina

Small Yacht
Main Engines
2x Kohler 13 kw, 21 kw
22 m
110 Volts
Cruising speed
8 knots
5 m

Reviews of Golondrina


Edea B

Golondrina Galapagos Cruise


July 2023

This was the trip of a lifetime. The Galapagos Islands are a must-visit for nature and animal lovers. Our crew on the Golondrina were warm, friendly, helpful, and kind. Though the personal cabins on the boat are tiny, you rarely do anything in them but sleep! Everything on the boat is kept extremely clean. We had the opportunity to snorkel every day of the trip - even twice a day, occasionally! Our guide was knowledgeable and always stopped to make sure that no one in the group missed anything, down to the smallest finch. Our agent with Galapatours was always very responsive and helpful. Everything about this trip was amazing!

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Victoria Tran

Golondrina Galapagos Cruise


We booked an 8 days boat tour of the Golondrina (15 tourists and 8 crew members boat) for our family of 8 (4 adults, 4 boys ages 9-12) from July 12, 2019 to July 19, 2019 with Thomas Richmond from Galapatours. We booked in May 2019 so it was kind of late planning on our part but everything went smoothly and Thomas and Andino were prompt and very helpful, even returning our calls and emails on the weekend. We had a wonderful time on the Golondrina. Everything was easy and was as expected. The crew picked us up at the airport. We booked our own airlines as we were coming from Machu Picchu and Lima, Peru through Quito. We went on a wonderful adventure of the Galapagos on the Golondrina with its fantastic crew for 8 days, hiking and snorkeling everyday and seeing amazing landscape and animals and the kids learned so much and it was great healthy living. The ocean can be rough at night as the boat traveled for 5-6 hours across miles to get to the next island destination but you can't control the ocean and we were deep asleep after all the exercises every day anyway. Kids had no problem with any part of the trip and participated in the hiking and snorkeling in the middle of the ocean fine. We brought our own wetsuits for the kids. All the crew on our boat were fantastic. The other 7 passengers on our boat were 3 adults from Washington state, 2 from Texas, and 2 from Switzerland, and they were friendly, well-educated, fit, and engaging. At the end of our 8 days tour, the tour guide walked us to the correct bus transport at the airport (the only way to do it: bus for 5 minutes, ferry across, then taxi to town), to get into Santa Cruz town as we were staying on this main island for extra days (must do as the town is wonderful!). From the first time I emailed Thomas at Galapatours, he emailed me back and called me right away and he presented me with boat options and all the information was there to make the boat decision. I paid by credit card and everything was set and we just showed up at the airport in Baltra and the crew took care of us from there, as in the itinerary. The 8 days boat tour is the way to see the Galapagos, as most islands are far apart and boat can travel at night. As it is, we only saw the Eastern part of the Galapagos archipelago, but we saw all the animals as expected, so maybe we were very lucky (saw humpback whales too). Next time, we will do another 8 days to see the Western side and we will use Galapatours to book our trip!

Ned Greeley, USA

Golondrina Galapagos Cruise


eine außergwöhnliche Reise Es war sehr schön an Bord der Golondrina. Es hat viel Spaß gemacht und war zudem informativ. Danke an die Crew, ihr wart klasse und habt diese Reise zu einer außergwöhnlichen Kreuzfahrt für uns gemacht. Quelle:

Ned Greeley

Golondrina Galapagos Cruise


once in a lifetime experience "Once in a lifetime experience. It was a fun trip, helpful nice staff, lovely informative guide who helped the whole group out, thanks so much Golondrina staff!" .-Ned Greeley – USA Feedback from:


Golondrina Galapagos Cruise


Greetings to our guide Alex! We just got back from an 8 day cruise on the Golondrina. (January 3-10, 2017) It was really good! The cabins are very small, but adequate. The galley had plenty of room and the food was good. The crew was polite and efficient. There were books about the Galapagos on board, which helped with the history, animals and geography. The boat navigates to the different islands mostly at night and the noise of the engines can be bothersome - bring ear plugs. Also, we got the behind-the-ear seasick patches, just in case. We were perfectly fine. Two people in our group got sea sick, but they did not have any anti-sickness prevention medication. Bring sunscreen for the day treks as well as lounging on the boat. Bring hiking boots, as some treks are over very rough terrain. Also bring a hat, sunglasses and insect repellant. Bring your bathing suit for the almost daily snorkeling (equipment available for rent at a very reasonable cost). Do not forget your camera and an extra SD card!! We met some people who paid $1000 more on a different boat and I can't honestly think of anything that could have been added to our existing trip that would make me want to pay that much more. Our guide (Alex) was absolutely awesome, but he is a freelancer and not always on the same boat.

Jennie, Australia

Golondrina Galapagos Cruise


Highly recommended! My husband and I booked the 5 day/4 night trip very early, and paid a lot more than those who paid later. But regardless of this the whole trip was amazing, the crew went out of their way to ensure that our every need was meet. The food was superb, as was all spaces on board the boat. The days were well organised with both a morning and afternoon excursion, with a few hours each afternoon for a rest. We saw an incredible amount of animals, birds and fish, and were taken to a variety of different islands, nothing was repeated. The whole trip was very worthwhile.

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