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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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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.

Get Up Close and Personal to Natural Wonders on Galapagos Island Tours

Galapagos MapThe natural riches of the Galapagos islands are well-known, but every day spent on the islands provides you with wonders you’ll find nowhere else on the planet. On our Galapagos island tours we take you to the famous islands and introduce you to their incredible animal inhabitants.

Each of the islands has their own distinct character, with flora and fauna to match:

Bartolome Island – This young island provides a glimpse into the volcanic formation of the Galapagos islands. Snorkel with schools of tropical fish, sea turtles, and white tipped-sharks. You can also see charismatic Galapagos penguins on the coast.

Tower (Genovesa) Island – One of the most spectacular islands, Tower hosts a bonanza o
f birds. From the nests of Great Frigate birds in the mangroves, to the swallow-tailed and lava gulls in tidal pools, you’ll see some of the most colorful avian residents of the Galapagos here.

Santiago (James) Island – The tide pools display remarkable ocean life including starfish and octopus. Marine iguanas take to the seas looking for green algae, as herons and other wading birds stalk the shoreline. You’ll also see fur sea lions that were once nearly extinct.

Galapagos TortoiseFernandina (Narborough) Island – The youngest island in the archipelago is home to hundreds of marine iguanas, sea lions, and flightless cormorants. Recent lava flows from recent volcanic eruptions stretch around the island’s coast.

Isabela (Albemarle) Island – Isabela is the largest Galapagos island, formed from the eruptions of six volcanoes. Find Galapagos penguins, seabirds, and graffiti dating back to the 1800s. You’ll also see extraordinary scenic overlooks, a salt-water lagoon, lava fields, volcanic formations, and more.

Santa Cruz Island – Explore lava tubes, pit craters, and the homes of our famous giant tortoises. Then you’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station where scientists from all over the world perform research. Get your picture taken with giant tortoises and learn about the successful captive breeding program there. You will also visit Puerto Ayora for all the souvenirs, postcards, and other items you need.

Hood (Espanola) Island – Colonies of sea lions, blue footed boobies, and unique marine iguanas await you. A wide variety of birds are found along the shorelines, the cliffs, and soaring above. You’ll also find Darwin’s famous finches here.

There’s more to see and do on the Galapagos islands than we can possibly state here. Contact us today to learn more about our Galapagos tours.

Booking Your Galapagos Cruise

bartolomeThere’s no better way to explore the Galapagos than by ship. Onboard one of our Galapagos cruise ships, you’ll journey from island to island, visiting some of the most incredible creatures in the world.

With more than 30 years of experience living and working in the Galapagos, we’ve acquired the experience you need for a successful trip, while providing you with the best and most reputable naturalist guides. We offer the lowest rates possible for our best yachts and ships with 4, 5, and 8 day Galapagos cruises and tours—some are even longer!

All of our ships and yachts are available for charter cruises. Families, friends, and other large groups can enjoy their Galapagos adventure together on a relaxing and inspirational voyage. With more personal and customized service, our charter cruises generally cost a little less per person as well. Fully crewed charter cruises are an excellent way to view the wonders of the Galapagos.

Opportunities for scuba diving are also available on certain yachts. Beneath the Galapagos waves, you’ll find biodiversity just as exciting as the wonders you’ll find onshore. With a unique combination of ocean fish, birds, mammals, and reptiles, Galapagos waters are unlike those in any other part of the planet.

Contact us today to learn more about how to book your Galapagos cruise today!

Explore Darwin’s Enchanted Islands with Discover Galapagos Tours!

Tower Island, GalapagosThe Galapagos Islands are among the most famous and exciting places in the world. When you join one of our Discover Galapagos tours we’ll take you on adventures you’ll never forget.  Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin as you visit the sites that helped him develop his landmark ideas about nature.

Come face to face with the most incredible creatures on our live-aboard cruises, tours and scuba diving excursions. Our fleet of ships and yachts, as well as our choice hotels, were specially selected to exceed our client’s expectations. We provide the comfort you’ll need to make you feel at home, while using our decades of experience to make your vacation a memorable one.

Jeff Waugh, CEO and Director of Operations for Inti Travel and Tours, Inc., has been living and working in the Galapagos islands for more than 30 years and guides our team of travel professionals so you can enjoy the trip of a lifetime!

Contact us and we’ll help you choose the right Galapagos tours package for you. Let us focus on making your Galapagos trip outstanding, so you can focus on what a fantastic time you’re having. Learn more about our activities, tours, accommodations, and the incredible animals that call the islands home at DiscoverGalapagos.com today.