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Galapagos Guided Tour – Gardner Bay, Hood Island

During our Galapagos cruise we are delightfully surprised by the turquoise water and the white coralline sand beach that reaches around the point a kilometer away. We see a herd of sea lions all lined up basking in the sun along the beach.

As we round the point to head into the bay a giant manta ray surfaces for just a moment, long enough for us to realize it must be at least four meters from “wing tip to wing tip”. Mantas and other rays do seem to fly through the water. We slow our engines and cruise along beside it amazed at how graceful this sea creature is. With a few flaps of its wings it shoots out in front of us and disappears into the depths.

We cruise in toward a couple of small islets (eroded spatter cones) in the middle of the bay and drop anchor. It’s lunch time! As we eat and enjoy our cold drinks we are able to take in the sights and sounds of this beautiful bay. We hear the bull sea lions barking to defend their territory from other males.

Spotted Eagle Rays, Hood Island, Galapagos

This must be the day of the rays! A group of Spotted Eagle Rays swims by along side the boat and we hover over the railing to get a good view.

After lunch we are into the panga and out to the beach. The sand is wonderfully soft and the water is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Some of the waves are even good for body surfing. Some of us just want to sit and relax with the sea lions, while others start to amble down the beach towards the point exploring. We find remains of sea turtle eggshells and some recent tracks. As we follow the tracks back from the beach we find a discreet pile of sand that hides the nest. This is a very important nesting area for the Green Sea Turtle.

Hatchinhling Green Sea Turtles, Hood Island, Galapagos

The Green Sea Turtles may nest as many as four times in a season, and each time may lay up to 80 eggs. You would think that would be enough to keep the population going. Unfortunately, they are faced with many predators that take a great many of the eggs and young. Feral pigs can smell a freshly laid nest and dig up the eggs. Once hatched, the young turtles are faced with having to make it to the sea from the beach.

Frigate birds and other scavengers consume large numbers before they make it to the water. Once in the ocean they face sharks and other oceanic predators.

I once sliced open a tuna that contained the undigested shells of five baby turtles! If the young make it to adulthood they face predation by man, both at sea and on land. Being a sea turtle is a tough life!

We spend the afternoon lazing around with the sea lions (keeping an eye out for the bull), wandering along the beach, exploring, swimming, and snorkeling.

Sea Lions on the beach, Hood Island, Galapagos

It’s been another wonderful day as we watch the sun sinking down into the sea.

Early in the morning the engines start, we turn over and go back to sleep knowing we are on our way to the next island…

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Planning a Galapagos Family Vacation

 

discoverFor the ultimate adventure, plan a family Galapagos family vacation. Few other places bring you face to face with sea lions, lizards, and rare birds. The area is divided among three island groupings; south, north, and west. Wildlife is best on the northern and western islands. Espanola is the sole place to view the waved-albatross. The north and west are filled with volcanic landscapes. The lava fields of Santiago are interesting.

Shore or Ship?
The biggest decision while planning your Galapagos family vacation is whether to cruise the area or stay at a land hotel. Even though you may book a hotel, numerous sea tours are available. A common place to stay is Santa Cruz, the most populated island. San Cristobal is another destination with many hotel options and boat tours.

Things to Remember
While planning a Galapagos vacation it is important to consider the location and climate. Even when the sun is not strong, you should pack and use sun protection. If you plan on taking a boat excursion, bring something for motion sickness. Snorkeling is a popular activity, so bring your own gear. Although it is possible to rent the necessary items, having a properly fitting mask and wet suit is important. Even during the dry season, the Galapagos water is cool. The most important thing to bring is a waterproof camera. This will help capture precious land and aquatic memories.

Summer is a popular time to visit, but winter and spring bring more solitude. The water is at its warmest January through May, and mating season has started. In April, you can expect to view newborn sea lion pups crawling around.

The Family that Adventures Together Learns and Laughs Together!

Family at GalapagosThere is no denying the many wonderful things that modern technology and modern life in general afford us. Advances in medicine are helping us live longer lives, and advances in communication help us keep in touch with those who matter most no matter the miles. However, modernity has brought some negatives along with it as well. Whereas we were once inclined to truly ‘Stop and Smell the Flowers’, today that quote is more likely to be seen on Facebook or Pinterest than actually in practice. The good news? It doesn’t have to be that way!

You can step away from the computer or smartphone and reconnect in a fun, energizing, meaningful way with yourself, your family, and this beautiful world we’re lucky enough to call home. Just be sure to book one of our Galapagos tours or Galapagos cruises before you logoff!

The Galapagos Islands are truly like no other place on Earth, and the unique land, waters, and animals that surround you will make you feel an inquisitive child again no matter your age. The stresses of your everyday life will naturally melt away as you and your family experience this breathtaking place in an intimate, personal way that books and pictures simply can’t capture. You never truly realize how giant a giant tortoise is until they’re right there before your eyes. Nor do you realize how truly awesome they are! Of course, you’ll also encounter an exciting array of other animals who call the Galapagos Islands home, including adorably charming sea lions and charismatic iguanas.

We look forward to helping you and your family create memories that will last for many, many years, showing you the wondrous sights, sounds and inhabitants of this magical place on one of our Galapagos tours or cruises.

A Galapagos Island Vacation Is Perfect For Any Family

Galapagos Family VacationLooking for the perfect educational family vacation? Forget the amusement parks and thrill rides, and take your family to a destination unlike any other. A Galapagos Island Vacation is educational, inspiring, and a lot of fun for all ages!

Our family vacation packages are specially designed to meet the specific needs of families. Safety and comfort are our top priorities while you and your loved ones experience a Galapagos adventure. Have a large family group? You can charter your own yacht just for your family and receive a special family discount. This has been a popular choice for not only family vacations, but family reunion trips as well.

We can help you select a family tour or cruise package that suits your needs. Don’t worry about bringing your young children along for the journey. Kids love the Galapagos and our programs are designed to help them enjoy themselves.  Have children who want to socialize? Our special family departures allow children to enjoy the company of others their own age as well.

Contact us today to learn more about a Galapagos island vacation for your entire family. Come explore an island chain overflowing with natural wonders that will astound and enrich you more than any beach resort or theme park. Book your Galapagos island family vacation today!