The Galapagos Islands have excited the interest of scientists and nature travelers for centuries. This barren, volcanic archipelago is habitat for some of the world’s most unusual animals and plants. Most of the resident birds and reptiles are found nowhere else in the world. Join a naturalist and an expert crew on one of the highest quality yachts for an unforgettable wildlife adventure.
The islands are a world beyond your imagination with its fearless and unique creatures. You can snorkel or dive with sea-lions, sharks, dolphins and manta rays, or float eye to eye with a penguin. The sub-marine world of fishes and colours is like no other.
The Galapagos also offer some of the world's best scuba diving. Dive boats that tour the islands can be reserved on the mainland. Devil's Crown, an atoll near Floreana Island, is a submarine wonderland that shouldn't be missed. The shallows of this sunken volcano are burgeoning with an incredible myriad of corals and fish. Giant tortoises hover over the reef like living balloons, and sharks can sometimes be found at sandy bottoms.
Although directly on the equator and tropical in climate year round, there are still better times than others to visit the Galapagos Islands. The months of June, July and August (and into September) tend to be characterized by cool garua (mist) and temperatures averaging 72 F. This time of the year the sea is at its roughest (but still relatively tame), the highlands tend to be dry, and the palo santo trees leafless.
If possible, it is better to visit the islands between January and May, when the climate is classically tropical: hot air temperatures, wide stretches of blue sky, and occasional - but brief - downpours. The rain brings wet richness to the highlands, making them velvety green and flowery.
Tourist traffic is at its height during summer and holiday months. These peak months can get so crowded that even finding a berth on a boat may prove difficult. Prices are also higher and flights need to be booked in advance. March, April and May, with few tourists and great weather are the ideal months to visit the islands.