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On the Galapagos Islands you can expect to be rewarded with an abundance of wildlife all year round, therefore unless you have something in particular you want to see (for example the Waved Albatross, is absent from January to March), you can travel there anytime and always look forward to seeing something different.
M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey (formerly M/Y Grand Odyssey) is a luxury boutique motor yacht, ideal for wildlife cruises in the Galapagos Islands.
Diving in the Galapagos is done in one of two ways. You can choose a "livaboard" dive boat which is specifically equipped for diving. On these boats you will dive up to four times daily including night dives. These trips are usually for one week but can be booked for up to ten days. The boats often go out to the remote islands of Wolf and Darwin, both famous for their schools of Hammerhead Sharks, giant Manta Rays and Whale Sharks. The other way would be to base yourself on one of the islands and go on 'day trips' to various dive sites.
When it comes to wildlife, no place on Earth compares to the Galapagos Islands. It must be the only place where you can swim with penguins, snorkel with sea lions and lumber along with giant tortoises. See cormorants dive into the water, dance with the waved albatross and ogle at the feet of the blue footed booby. Like Africa’s Big Five, the Galapagos Islands have their Big 15, which reflects the archipelago’s most unique and fascinating wildlife. Take a look at the Big 15 below and find out about the abundance of wildlife you can expect to see during a trip to Galapagos.
Famous for their incredibly fearless and unique wildlife, the Galapagos Islands are some of the most spectacular volcanic islands in the world. Isolated just off the coast of Ecuador, you can swim with a playful sea lion, plod along with a giant tortoise and ogle at the brightly coloured feet of the blue footed booby.
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Approximately 970km to the west of the Ecuadorian Pacific coastline, the volcanic and isolated Galapagos Islands are home to a plethora of fascinating creatures found nowhere else on earth. From the sun basking marine iguana to the docile giant tortoise, wildlife here is known for being incredibly fearless and tame, where up close encounters are the norm and seeing a huge array of wildlife in their natural habitat is guaranteed.
The islands are mostly of volcanic origin which accounts for the surprising variety of landscape: from barren lunar-like hillsides to lush tropical jungle, damp cloud forest, and spectacular tropical beaches hiking around the islands is the best way to explore its diversity. Each island is home to its own unique set of species and as you explore its rugged terrain, wildlife can be spotted at all angles.
The islands are bathed by the waters of no less than six major ocean currents which attract a vast array of marine life. Snorkelling around the Galapagos is a major highlight of any trip and the dive sites are revered for being some of the best in the world. This underwater world is teeming with life, where sea turtles and penguins glide through the water and curious sea lions swirl around. It is home to an abundance of tropical coloured fish, as well as the odd hammerhead shark and unusual looking sunfish.
Smack bang on the Equator, the temperature remains pretty constant and balmy throughout the year. Sea temperatures can vary but wetsuits are on hand and colder water often means encounters with larger marine animals, making this an ideal year-round destination. From one month to the next, life on the Galapagos is different and each month has a highlight of its own, from the amazing courtship of the waved albatross in April to the pupping of sea lions in August.
This living laboratory of evolution can be experienced in a number of different ways. From embarking on a cruise, to staying in a hotel or getting active and hopping from one island to the next; however you choose to experience the Galapagos, it will open your eyes to a fragile and pristine eco-system where every day is a surprise and the human foot print is kept to a minimum.
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Did you know?
Darwin’s research on the Galapagos is said to have inspired the On the Origin of the Species theory.
Did you know?
Over three quarters of bird life, half of the land species and one fifth of marine species on the islands are endemic to the Galapagos.