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Visiting The Galapagos Islands By Cruise Ship

Updated: 10 hours ago

For as long as I can remember, my dream was to visit the Galapagos Islands, after I had been captivated by watching David Attenborough showcasing his adventures and hearing about the great explorer Darwin. The Animals and landscapes looked incredible - a travel photographer's dream! There was never a doubt in my mind, it was always when not if. We were incredibly lucky to be able to go, It was just as seen on the television.

"Think big, dream big, believe big, and the results will be big!" - Unknown

Visiting The Galapagos Islands

Each island is so dramatically different and has so much to offer with a variety of vegetation from the lush green trees to the red dry and dusty soil. Then there is the incredible wildlife including the Galapagos Giant Tortoise and the mesmerising Blue Footed Boobies (birds).

The thing that really got us was that there was no guarantee to see any of the native species, but to our amazement when we got off the zodiac (small boats), low and behold, seals and lots of them.

We were told not to venture too close, they were wild animals! We didn’t have to, they came running to us! We were scared; going into battle with a bachelor sea lion wasn’t high on our list as part of our vacation.

It was just unbelievable to have dreamed of this for so long and to be living the dream and this was only the first day of the cruise we had several more. We were excited beyond words!

Our days consisted of an island stop in the morning and another in the afternoon, this was sometimes the same island but landing on the opposite side.

The luxury of being on the ship was that we didn’t go without breakfast, lunch, or dinner - oh no, we also had snacks waiting for us coming back on board after our long mornings exploring, and afternoon gallivanting sessions too.

Everyone had the opportunity after the informative evening talks to sign up for either a long walk, which started early in the morning, or a shorter walk that started later in the day. Likewise, for the afternoon, a long walk starts soon after lunch or a shorter walk starts later. The deal breaker was that we might not have seen as much of the island and what it had to offer. We were up for all the long walks of course! Couldn’t miss anything, plus we had to work off all that food!