I’m confident this Galapagos wildlife photography holiday is unique. A combination of staying on different islands, along with time spent on our own Catamaran, will put us in the very heart of the wildlife action. It also gives us the luxury of spending considerably longer with the animals than you’d normally get here.
We’ll have some locations all to ourselves, with intimate wildlife encounters on land along with daily opportunities to snorkel at your own leisure. Snorkelling in the Galapagos is simply the best in the world. Encounters with sealions, turtles, penguins, marine iguanas, reef sharks and even manta rays and mola mola are divine. This is not a diving trip; for more info about diving in the Galapagos see the section right at the bottom of this page.
Here’s just a tiny clip of some of my recent Galapagos snorkelling encounters.
Along with island hopping, we’ll also spend five days on our own catamaran which will take us to several landing sites in remote parts of the archipelago only accessible by boat. They’ll also be daily opportunities to kayak and snorkel too.
It would be rude not to explore the lush green highlands, where close encounters with giant tortoise are guaranteed.
Sealions – both on land and in the water – will be a daily part of our lives.
There’s so many endemic birds here from the Galapagos hawk, Blue, Red and Nazca Boobies to the many finch species which were key to Charles Darwin developing his theory of evolution.
Back on land we’ll have lots of opportunities to chill with the locals …
Dates and Pricing
Dates: February 1st to 13th 2024 but there’s also an option to stay on afterwards and join me on San Christobal after the trip (more info in itinerary below).
Price: £5250 per person based on sharing twin/double rooms. For people who would like their own room I can get you a price but please note that whilst onboard our catamaran the only option is sharing a room due to limited cabins.
What’s included: All accommodation, all wildlife and Nat park permits, five days on our catamaran which is full board.
What’s not included: Your flights to Galapagos – timings and flights to be advised nearer the trip. When staying on the islands we’ll be on a B & B basis so lunches and dinners will be at our own discretion.
Day 1: Arrive Galapagos and transfer to accommodation in Puerto Ayora. Normally a morning flight is best to arrive on, so afternoon free to relax after journey and later visit the Charles Darwin research centre.
Day 2: Early morning visit to the fish market giving us our first glimpse of how unique the Galapagos are for humans and wildlife co-existing so beautifully. Afternoon wander to the gorgeous Tortuga bay where we’ll spend several hours, giving you the first of many opportunities to see and photograph marine iguanas, turtles, sealions, pelicans and other birds.
Day 3: Another early morning visit to the fish market and afternoon wander into the highlands for first encounters with giant tortoises.
Day 4: Time to leave Santa Cruz by boat to Floreana island. We’ll have our own boat for the crossing which will take about two hours.
Days 4, 5 , 6 & 7 Stay on Floreana island. Less than 120 people live on this enchanting island and there’s several places we’ll visit during our stay along with plenty of time chilling with the wildlife on the beaches and snorkelling whenever people want to. The amount of sealions, turtles, marine iguanas, penguins etc here is off the scale.
Day 8: Afternoon boat back to Santa Cruz and overnight there.
Days 9,10,11,12 & 13 will be spent on board our Catamaran where we’ll sail to the remote parts of northern Isabela island along with several other places including Fernandina. Daily landings, Panga rides and snorkellng.
Day 14: Boat to San Christobal island
Days 14, 15, 16 17: Stay on San Christobal island where we’ll chill out on beautiful beaches with yet more wildlife along with a full day trip to Espanola island.
Price for this part is: £800 per person.
Galapagos diving Darwin & Wolf