Galapagos Boat Tours
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Nov 24, 2012 7:15 PM Last Post By: gjbailey
Nov 20, 2012 11:37 AM
Galapagos Boat ToursAll right, it seems that there is an overwhelming array of options for booking a boat tour of the Galapagos Islands. Some say book in advance, but you will pay more, but not have to hassle with trying to book while in country. Others say book in Quito or Guayaquil and save money. Right now I'm being offered some last minute deals that seem like they are severely marked down... some include airfare, some don't.
I guess I'm looking for some names of great boats, operators, specific guides or itineraries that folks out there might recommend. This is one of those too much information out there moments!
My friend and I will be booking sometime between Nov. 26-Dec.5 so we can hussle back to Quito for the Fiesta de Quito. Staying at the Secret Garden for this coming Saturday and Sunday. Look forward to cycling around Quito on Sunday... sounds like it is "the" thing to do!
Anyway, advice on ships, styles, certain places to hit, etc. would be greatly appreciated.
Nov 20, 2012 7:08 PM
1I recommend the Cormorant II which we did in March 2012. It has a 7 day tour that consists of 2 parts:-
1) 4 day tour (starts Saturday) plus
2) 3 day tour (starts Wednesday).
Each tour does different islands and you can choose whether to do the full 7 days, the 4 days or the 3 days. If time is limited just take the 4 day Saturday departure - this includes the iconic Bartoleme Island.
All meals are included and the guides and staff are knowledgeable and helpful. Drinks cost a little (but not much) extra.
The advantage of going on a multi-day (as opposed to individual days) tour is that you will be the first at the islands.
Within the tripadvisor.com website there is quite detailed information including reviews about Galapagos tours including the Cormorant II.
Nov 24, 2012 7:15 PM
2If you will be there during non-peak season, I would just book the cheapest flights and then negotiate the trip upon arrival.
Much cheaper and informative that way. The islands are all different and the routes are all different. Investigating and booking the trip there gets you a ton of information and helps you make a way clearer decision, and at a cheaper price.
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