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Galaxy Diver Galápagos Cruise

Western Islands Galápagos

8 Days Galápagos cruise on board the Galaxy Diver

From USD 3,560

Western Islands Galápagos

8 Days, Max. 16 passengers

7 Reviews

First Class Ship

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A 8-day Expedition Cruise

7 Reviews

First Class Ship
The Trip Highlights

Thousands of Marine Iguanas at Espinosa Point

Mars-like landscapes at Rábida

Giant Tortoises in the wild on Santa Cruz

Galapatours 'Plus' Experience

Very friendly, experienced crew

Flawless operations

English-speaking guide for all activities

Lectures in the evening

Get to know the highlights of Galápagos with this Naturalist cruise on board the beautiful Galaxy Diver! On this Expedition Cruise, you will discover the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos Islands: Fernandina, the youngest island, will blow your mind with its rugged lava landscapes. The youngest island in the archipelago, it is still being formed by volcanic eruptions and makes for a wonderful, otherworldly contrast to the other islands. Isabela, the biggest of all islands in the Galápagos, offers you fantastic hikes, views and arguably some of the best snorkeling spots in the Archipelago. During your time spent on Rábida, you will have the opportunity to watch wild Flamingos and walk on a blood-red sandy beach. During your time on Santa Cruz, you will have the chance to observe the famous Galápagos Giant Tortoises in the wild and learn more about the preservation and scientific study of these amazing animals. On Santiago, an island formerly inhabited by pirates, you will be able to enjoy hikes and dinghy rides.

Your ship: Galaxy Diver

  • Spectacular panoramic upper-deck bar;
  • Only 6 staterooms means an exclusive cruise experience;
  • Fantastic bow pulpit and stern swimming platform;
  • Elegant comfort and great value.

Featuring just 6 staterooms, the classic motor yacht layout of Reina Silvia promise a particularly intimate and exclusive Galápagos discovery experience. A crew of 8 gives her one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios of all the boats in the Galápagos fleet. Unique features such as her swim platform and enclosed panoramic upper deck bar set her aside from many of the other vessels in her class that tend to … Read more about Galaxy Diver

Amenities

meal

All meals

transfer

Transfers to and from ship

snorkeling

Snorkel gear (free of charge)

footprint

100% CO2 carbon footprint offset

kayak

Kayaks on board

air conditioning

Air conditioning & private bathroom

drinks

Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices

children

-20% for children ≤ 12

triple

Triple cabins

hotel

1 free night in hotel prior to flight (only if booking flights with us)

EN guide

English guide

jacuzzi

Sundeck with jacuzzi

Food & Drinks

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.

Galaxy Diver Galápagos Cruise
Galaxy Diver Galápagos Cruise
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Reviews

Sonya N.

First Class Ship

Ein unvergessliches Erlebnis Wir sind am 02.12.2018 gut nach Hause gekommen und wir durften eine wunderschöne, geniale Zeit auf Galapagos und der Reina Silvia verbringen. Die ganze Crew, unser Guide Fabian und auch die anderen Gäste waren sehr sehr toll. Ein unvergessliches Erlebnis!!!

TravelingJoy456, Lake Oswego, Oregon

First Class Ship

Der beste Urlaub aller Zeiten Der Urlaub auf der Reina Silvia war der beste Urlaub den wir je hatten. Die Besatzung war super in vielen Hinsichten sogar mehr als das. Mein Mann und ich hatten einige Lebensmittelunverträglichkeiten und ale haben sich rührend um uns gekümmert. Auf uns wurde immer Rücksicht genommen. Der junge Mann, der das Schlauchboot fuhr, hatte immer ein Lächeln im Gesicht und half beim Ein- und Aussteigen. Aber der Guide, Alejandro, spielte eine besondere Rolle. Seine Leidenschaft für dieses Archipel und das Wissen worüber er verfügt, sind sehr inspirierend. Jeder Tag übertraf unsere Erwartungen.

TravelingJoy456, Lake Oswego, Oregon

First Class Ship

Best Vacation Ever We just returned from a trip on the Reina Silvia. It was one of the best vacations we have ever had. The crew was excellent in so many ways. My husband and I have a food allergy and they took great care to offer fabulous food that did not contain milk or cheese. The dinghy operator that took us out on the snorkeling trips always had a smile and was ever so helpful getting us in and out of the dinghy. But, what made the trip absolutely exceptional was our guide, Alejandro. His passion and knowledge of the islands was inspiring. At the beginning of the trip he quickly accessed the group and then gave us a trip of a lifetime. Most days we snorkeled twice a day and hiked twice a day. Every day far exceeded any expectations we had due to the crew and Alejandro's enthusiasm to share with us all that these beautiful islands had to offer.

Muggsy0200, Singapore

First Class Ship

Unvergesslich Wir bereisten die westlichen Inseln auf der Reina Silvia im November 2016. Diese Reise übertraf unsere Erwartungen. Wir hatten viel Platz in unserer Kabine und der ganze Rest war auch fabelhaft. Essen, Crew, Guide, alle waren großartig und leisteten tolle Arbeit.

Muggsy0200, Singapore

First Class Ship

Unforgettable vacation of a lifetime We are a couple who travelled around the Western islands of Galapagos on board the Reina Silvia in Nov 2016. This trip more than met our expectations and prompted us to write this review. We bought our cruise just 4 days before embarking on it, having researched that prices go down nearer the date of the cruise. We secured a 50% discount though I believe it's possible to get an even better rate shopping really last minute in Quito. As for the cruise itself, we were lucky to have a total of only 8 passengers on the Reina Silvia, a boat that usually accommodates 12. We were always well looked after - cold towels after our land trips, snacks and refreshments, free flow of soft drinks, tea and coffee, and beer! Our rooms were made up twice a day. Very impressive since there was only one person in charge of this: Ronald did a brilliant job, and also mixed the best cocktails. The rest of the crew were efficient and friendly. The chef must also be commended. One of us is pescaterian and there was always something suitable prepared. Great pains were clearly put into presentation, and the food was hearty and wholesome - I'm still not sure how they managed to whip up 3 course meals in that space. We stayed on the lower deck which was comfortable and spacious compared to other boats. The Reina Silvia is not the newest of boats, but it has been extremely well maintained and is very clean. It has a retro vibe with lots of wood trim and warm lighting. Staterooms on the upper deck come with windows ; while on the lower deck we got portholes which was more than sufficient. There is a small library of Galapagos-related books which we browsed in-between activities. The Reina Silvia also has a long bow which we found handy on the days we observed Orcas and Dolphins! The highlight was the activities. We felt that the Reina Silvia's Western itinerary was good because it included Fernandina, the only place we could observe marine iguanas and flightless cormorants in the water while snorkelling. We had 2 land tours and at least one snorkel every day. Walks were between one to three km long and snorkel sessions were an hour each, which was just nice. The activities were interspersed with a siesta to help recuperate between activities. For a relatively active couple, this was perfect. There was no time to be bored, although on one of the days, we had a longer siesta. We appreciated that as it gave us time to relax and reflect on what we had experienced so far. The wildlife was amazing. We were greeted by at least one different animal everyday. We snorkelled with penguins, sea lions, turtles, rays, fur seals, galapagos sharks, flightless cormorants, marine iguanas (as mentioned of the highlights of this itinerary was that it brought us to Fernandina where we could swim with marine iguanas. Not many itineraries offered this), reef fish, even a mola-mola, just to name a few. On our walks, we came across lots of sea lions, land iguanas, tortoises, blue footed boobies, frigates, finches, mockingbirds, and many more. We also saw a pod of orcas from our boat at Canal Bolivar near the northern tip of Isabella, on 2 consecutive days - it was one of the most awe-inspiring moments. The crew was also great at pointing out wild life from the boat, and would accommodate us by stopping or going to where the action is. We had common dolphins and bottle-nose dolphins come right next to the boat a couple of times. We had not fully appreciated how important the guide is despite reading similar comments on this forum before, so it was fortunate that we got Jan Post as our guide. Knowledgeable and patient, he answered our questions (even the most inane ones!) and kept us enthralled by his descriptions of the animals' behaviors. The Galapagos Islands attract people who are interested in wildlife and in the concept of evolution, and Jan shared lots of information in that respect. He also gave talks spanning geology, the Coriolis effect, and Darwin's life, all of which we appreciated. His easygoing demeanour and fascination with the animals (despite probably having repeated the same information hundreds of times before) helped stoke our own enthusiasm as well. Tips were suggested for the 7-man crew as $150-$180 and $60-$80 for the guide. This was far above the tipping range others have mentioned on this forum and definitely impacted our budget, but we followed the guideline believing that the crew deserved it. Overall the cost of our Galapagos holiday was high but at least the experience turned out to be commensurate with the price - we got what we paid for! Our cruise turned out to be a magical experience and probably the best vacation we have taken so far.


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