Evolution's Playground

Galapagos Islands

June 3 to 21, 2023
Private Trip Available
Cost: $11,600 - $12,700
Leader: Juan Manuel Salcedo
Group Size: 14
Days: 19

Safari Overview

Sail on the most in-depth itinerary possible around this archipelago famous for charismatic wildlife unafraid of you or your camera. Explore Ecuador’s lush cloud forest before embarking on the Samba for a 15-day voyage around the Enchanted Isles. With our expert resident leader, discover endemic reptiles, tropical land birds, breeding boobies, albatross, penguins, marine mammals, sharks, tropical fish, and much more! With early and late landings to coincide with peak wildlife action, this special expedition caters to photographers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. The evolutionary story of the Galápagos Islands has been told many times but only through immersing yourself in its splendor can you truly appreciate the impressive forces that shape nature here.


  • Navigate among 16 islands and experience the diversity of the archipelago.
  • Snorkel with sea lions, penguins, tropical fish, sharks, rays, and rare coral formations.
  • View mating behavior of frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, and waved albatross on Española Island – the only known waved albatross nesting site in the world.
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and learn about conservation and restoration programs.
  • Observe hummingbirds, Andean cock-of-the-rock, and other birds in Ecuador’s cloud forest.

Private Trip AvailableItinerary Updated: July 2021

Ship Info FAQ Print Trip
Date Description Lodge Meals
Jun 3 Arrive in Quito, Ecuador. El Relicario del Carmen, Quito
Jun 4 Explore the cloud forest for bird watching in Yanacocha and Old Nono-Mindo. Observe Andean cock-of-the-rock lek. Watch nocturnal mammals near the lodge. Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge, Tandayapa B, L, D
Jun 5 Watch for many dazzling species of birds. Visit Refugio Paz de las Aves. Possible stop at Mitad del Mundo. El Relicario del Carmen, Quito B, L, D
Jun 6 Fly to Baltra and board the Samba. First landing on Mosquera Islet. Aboard the Samba B, L, D
Jun 7 Genovesa: Darwin Bay and Prince Philip’s Steps. Aboard the Samba B, L, D
Jun 8 Marchena: Snorkel at Punta Mejía and Playa Negra. Aboard the Samba B, L, D
Jun 9 Isabela: Punta Albemarle and Punta Vicente Roca. Aboard the Samba B, L, D
Jun 10 Fernandina: Punta Espinoza. Isabela: Urbina Bay. Aboard the Samba B, L, D
Jun 11 Isabela: Elizabeth Bay and Punta Moreno. Aboard the Samba B, L, D
Jun 12 Floreana: Asilo de la Paz, Cerro Alieri and Devil’s Crown. Aboard the Samba B, L, D
Jun 13 Santa Cruz: Highlands and Charles Darwin Research Station. Aboard the Samba B, L, D
Jun 14 Floreana: Punta Cormorant and Post Office Bay. Aboard the Samba B, L, D
Jun 15 Española: Punta Suárez with waved albatross and Gardner Bay. Aboard the Samba B, L, D
Jun 16 San Cristóbal: Isla Lobos, Kicker Rock, and Punta Pitt. Aboard the Samba B, L, D
Jun 17 Santa Fé: Barrington Bay. South Plaza. Aboard the Samba B, L, D
Jun 18 Sombrero Chino Islet. Bartolomé: Pinnacle Rock. Aboard the Samba B, L, D
Jun 19 Santiago: James Bay. Rábida. Aboard the Samba B, L, D
Jun 20 Last landing at North Seymour, disembark at Baltra, and fly to Quito. Wyndham Quito Airport, Quito B
Jun 21 Fly home. B

Our Trip Leaders

Juan Manuel Salcedo

Juan grew up in the Galápagos Islands where he developed his passion for wildlife while sailing on his father's boat. He received a degree from the University of San Francisco, Quito after studying Applied Ecology, Biology and Geology. Juan also earned a skipper certificate after studying sailing and navigation in Los Angeles. Involvement in Environmental Education projects in the Galápagos Islands and on mainland Ecuador fills his spare time.

Detailed Itinerary

A glimpse into our journey

Arrive in Quito, Ecuador

Jun 3

Upon arrival, our local agent will transfer you from the airport to the hotel.

Drive to Yanacocha, Old Nono-Mindo, and visit Cock-of-the-rock lek

Jun 4

Travel from the high Andes to the cloud forest and observe the change in climate, vegetation, and geology while on the mainland. You’ll visit Yanacocha Reserve and drive through Old Nono-Mindo Ecoroute for vibrant bird life. Spend your time observing the Andean cock-of-the-rock lek for colorful displays by the males plus many other special bird species in this area. Experience nocturnal mammals close to your lodge.

Bird watching, including Refugio Paz de las Aves

Jun 5

Spend the morning bird watching a variety of dazzling, colorful birds. Visit Refugio Paz de las Aves for more bird watching and a traditional Ecuadorian brunch. Take in the wildlife around the lodge at Bellavista, including countless colorful hummingbirds that frequent feeders on the lodge grounds. On your return to Quito, if time allows, visit Mitad del Mundo.

Fly to Galápagos and land on Mosquera Islet

Jun 6

After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival in the islands, you’ll transfer to the dock where the Samba, your home for this glorious adventure, awaits.

All routings and visitor sites on the Galápagos Islands are subject to change by the Galápagos National Park Service in an attempt to minimize traffic and impact.

After introductions and a safety briefing, you’ll make your first landing at nearby Mosquera Islet where the beach rises from the ocean floor with sand grains as soft as sugar. This volcanic uplift, dating back 100,000 years, is home to Galápagos sea lions, sally lightfoot crabs, and shorebirds. Once back on board, relax with a welcome cocktail and meet the Samba’s friendly, professional crew. In the evening, you will travel to Genovesa in the outer archipelago. As the moonlight beams on the dark waters, look for phosphorescence from ctenophores (comb jellies) and other plankton on the surface. If you are lucky, you may see them appearing to encapsulate dolphins in a glowing shield as they bow-ride with the boat.

Isla Genovesa: Darwin Bay and Prince Philip’s Steps

Jun 7

Anchor in the huge flooded volcanic caldera that created Darwin Bay. As you approach, observe the walls of the caldera, which provide wonderful ledges for the very rare Galápagos fur seals and nesting sites of red-billed tropicbirds. You will hike up a stony stairway known as Prince Philip’s Steps for great views of red-footed and Nazca booby colonies on the way to the wedge-rumped (Galápagos) storm-petrel colony. The island’s largest red-footed booby nesting site is located here too. Keep an eye out for the elusive short-eared owl that hunts for storm-petrels during the day.

After your first snorkeling of the trip, you’ll end your day with excellent views of red-footed boobies and great frigatebirds nesting with unparalleled density. Following the cliff edge, photograph and observe incoming boobies and frigatebirds. Frigatebirds are ceaseless with aerial displays of kleptoparasitism as they “dog-fight” along the cliffs for scarce nesting material. Genovesa’s four species of Darwin’s finches – common cactus-finch, green warbler-finch, gray warbler-finch, and large ground-finch – show huge variation in bill size, and you can find all four species here (one of the most outstanding sites that you will visit for Darwin’s finches along with the Highlands of Santa Cruz). Unlike trips with shorter itineraries, you’ll have the luxury of anchoring in the calm waters of Darwin Bay for the night.

Isla Marchena: Punta Mejía and Playa Negra

Jun 8

You will have the rare opportunity to visit Marchena, making your experience truly unique. Although landings are not permitted, it is one of the best places to snorkel with tropical fish, rays, sea turtles, sharks, and eels. You may also find hermatypic (reef building) coral formations here, an uncommon sight in the rest of the archipelago. During your navigation to and from Marchena, you sail through some of the most whale-rich waters in the region, so keep your eyes on the horizon and your binoculars ready!

Isla Isabela: Punta Albermarle and Punta Vicente Roca

Jun 9

Punta Albermarle is not commonly visited, but home to one of the loveliest flightless cormorant colonies in the Galápagos. This landing is your first endeavor on Isabela, by far the largest in the archipelago.

The northwest tip of Isabela, called Punta Vicente Roca, sits at the edge of a sharp drop into deep, nutrient-rich waters. You may see Galápagos penguins, brown noddies, sea turtles, marine iguanas, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, marine mammals, and the bizarre-looking sunfish (Mola mola).

En route to Fernandina, keep your eyes out for whales in the cold, deep water on the western side of the archipelago. These waters offer the chance to see orcas, pilot whales, and larger species such as sperm whales. A study by Hal Whitehead, with the help of World Wildlife Fund, found sperm whales particularly abundant west of Isabela where the subsurface Cromwell Current meets land and provides oxygen- and nutrient-rich upwellings that supports a high density of squid that they feed on.

Isla Fernandina then back to Isla Isabela

Jun 10

Across the calm Canal Bolivar, separating Isabela from Fernandina, sits Punta Espinoza, one of the most wildlife-rich sites of the trip. Fernandina, the youngest of the Galápagos Islands, is one of the world’s most pristine islands because no known introduced animals have become established here. You’ll have the unique opportunity to observe and photograph marine iguanas sunbathing in piles by the hundreds. The famous flightless cormorant also inhabits this island along with Galápagos penguins, lava lizards, and pelicans. Take a walk along the relatively young basalt (lava rock) to find lava cactus (Brachycereus nesioticus), the only species in its genus, growing directly out of what still seems like fresh lava. To protect the algae-covered coastline that marine iguanas depend on for food, snorkeling is no longer allowed.

This afternoon, you head back to Isabela for a very interesting landing at Urbina Bay. In 1954, this portion of Isabela lifted out of the sea so suddenly that fish and a sea turtle were literally trapped high and dry on a freshly changed coastline. You will explore this unusual site to examine evidence of the geologic forces that continue to shape these islands. Along your walk, you will find rocks full of bleached shells and massive coral heads now far from the sea. Large iguanas, both land and marine, live here as well as a few giant tortoises, the species for which the Galápagos Islands were named. You will snorkel in some of the coldest water of the trip but, thankfully, your full-length wetsuit will insulate as you discover the underwater world.

Isla Isabela: Elizabeth Bay and Punta Moreno

Jun 11

Your morning begins with a visit to Elizabeth Bay, one of the most spectacular locations for panga (small boat) cruising. You cruise with the swimming sea turtles in this paradise, following channels through the verdant green mangrove forests. The endemic flightless cormorant and the Galápagos penguin are in their prime habitat in these cold, rich waters. Then you travel to the wildly stark landing site of Punta Moreno (Dark Point) where raw basalt coats the landscape and rises into the slopes of the shield volcanoes of Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul. Yet amid the stark, seemingly sterile landscape, you’ll discover rich lagoons full of life. This evening, you’ll travel through more nutrient-rich waters excellent for whale watching.

Isla Floreana: Asilo de la Paz, Cerro Alieri and Devil’s Crown

Jun 12

After breakfast, land at Puerto Velasco Ibarra and ride up to the highlands in a chiva (a small open-sided bus). You’ll stop to climb Cerro Alieri where many steps will reward you with a breathtaking view and the chance to see the famous medium tree-finch. The fantastic landscape of the highlands is decorated with lichens and epiphytes. Floreana also holds compelling human history that includes pirate caves, European settlers, the islands’ first citizen birth, and unexplained disappearances. Share a wonderful lunch in the highlands with Claudio Cruz and his family, providers of many of the organic foods that you’ve enjoyed on board. You’ll also have the opportunity to photograph a group of giant tortoises that are kept in a large enclosure. After returning to the Samba, you will sail to one of the best spots in the world for snorkeling – Devil´s Crown. You normally see rays, sea turtles, surgeonfish, parrotfish, jacks, wrasses and many other tropical fish. This afternoon, you’ll navigate to Santa Cruz Island for a quiet dinner in Academy Bay.

Isla Santa Cruz: Highlands and Charles Darwin Research Station

Jun 13

Upon reaching Santa Cruz, you’ll anchor in Academy Bay beside the bustling small town of Puerto Ayora, the islands’ primary population center. You’ll travel to the Santa Cruz highlands to seek out elusive island endemics in beautifully unique habitats. You will explore Los Gemelos, two incredible volcanic sinkholes surrounded by Scalesia forest. The elegantly tall Scalesia trees evolved from beach composites, making it essentially the world’s largest daisy. In the highlands you may see the shy Galápagos rail, short-eared owl, large and small tree-finches, vegetarian finch, and the famous tool-using woodpecker finch. You will also walk through a lava tube left over from Santa Cruz’s active volcanic island-building days.

You return to Puerto Ayora in the afternoon to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, the center of evolutionary science and conservation in the Galápagos. Your visit includes the opportunity to see the resident tortoises and enjoy an intimate look at the captive breeding programs whose goal is to return the Galápagos to a more pristine, pre-colonization state. This is one of your best opportunities to photograph tortoises up close.

Isla Floreana: Punta Cormorant and Post Office Bay

Jun 14

You will land behind Punta Cormorant for a walk to the flamingo lagoon in search of shorebirds and a few flamingoes. The plant life here is unique and includes another species of the endemic composite Scalesia. The waters around Floreana are great for dolphins so keep your eyes open! These waters are also rich with seabirds, such as waved albatross, three species of storm-petrels, Galápagos shearwaters, and large flocks of diving boobies. After lunch you’ll stop briefly at Post Office Bay, where you can continue the whalers’ tradition of dropping a letter or postcard in the box and taking one to hand deliver to someone else.

Isla Española: Punta Suárez with waved albatross and Gardner Bay

Jun 15

Punta Suárez is unique beyond description and as rich as any spot in the Galápagos Islands. You’ll find huge numbers of breeding birds and iguanas, and most significantly, the majority of the world’s waved albatross nest here. Young adults and birds that recently pair will court each other, a most enticing expression of the lifelong bond that breeding and survival depend upon – an unforgettable site to observe! You will also find the fearless Española mockingbird, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gull, Galápagos hawk, marine iguana, lava lizard, and Galápagos sea lion. The seascapes are spectacular, particularly where the waves force water through a blowhole spouting up to 75ft high.

This afternoon, you’ll sail to Gardner Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galápagos. A nearby snorkel is likely to find you in the water with playful sea lions. Galápagos sea lions populate the surf while the remarkably brave Española mockingbird may peck your water bottle for water. Enjoy photographing shorebirds and sea lions, looking for the large cactus-finch, or walking along the beautiful beach.

Isla San Cristóbal: Isla Lobos, Kicker Rock, and Punta Pitt

Jun 16

One of the oldest islands is home to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital and second largest population in the Galápagos Province. You will travel along the north coast for some excellent wildlife and snorkeling, visiting Isla Lobos and León Dormido (Kicker Rock). Kicker Rock is a volcanic tuff cone that dramatically rises out of the water to about 500ft. Look for frigatebirds, sea lions, sea turtles, blue- and red-footed boobies, tropicbirds, marine iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, and dolphins. The afternoon brings an opportunity to stretch your legs at the geologically striking Punta Pitt and examine some of the island’s vegetation, which includes flowering plants such as Calandrinia galapagosa and Lecocarpus darwinii.

Isla Santa Fé: Barrington Bay, Isla Plaza Sur

Jun 17

This morning, you’ll land on Santa Fé Island. The short hike from the beach to a low plateau rewards you with great views and Scalesia that thrives near a large forest of the amazing giant prickly pear cactus (Opuntia spp.). Search the cacti for Santa Fé land iguanas, which are a separate species from the others in the Galápagos and can grow up to 5ft in length!

The small yet incredible island of South Plaza is your afternoon destination. This beautiful island is home to many land and marine iguanas. The colorful landscape is covered with reds and greens of Portulaca that may have yellow flowers that the iguanas enjoy eating. In the giant prickly pear cactus you can compare the common cactus-finch alongside small and medium ground-finches. At the top of the island bachelor sea lions escape from the competition of stronger males as red-billed tropicbirds fly gracefully by.

The small yet incredible island of South Plaza is your afternoon destination. This beautiful island is home to many land and marine iguanas. The colorful landscape is covered with reds and greens of Portulaca that may have yellow flowers that the iguanas enjoy eating. In the giant prickly pear cactus you can compare the cactus finch alongside small and medium ground finches. At the top of the island bachelor sea lions escape from the competition of stronger males as red-billed tropicbirds fly gracefully by.

Sombrero Chino Islet and Isla Bartolomé: Pinnacle Rock

Jun 18

If the light is good in the early morning, you’ll visit the surreal landscape of Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat), a symmetrical cinder cone. Lava tubes run like petrified rivers and white sand from eroded coral surrounds the black rock. This afternoon, land at Bartolomé and climb to the 360ft-high summit for a gorgeous, iconic view of Pinnacle Rock and the surrounding bays. Then land on the beach for a short walk through mangroves and dune vegetation. Galápagos penguins are often present in small numbers near Pinnacle Rock so you will have a decent chance to snorkel with or near the penguins, and maybe even whitetip reef sharks (harmless but exciting)! Also enjoy colorful starfish, tropical fish, and amazing underwater lava formations.

Isla Santiago: James Bay and Isla Rábida

Jun 19

This morning you’ll land at James Bay on the western side of Santiago. During low tide, explore the tidal pools that lead you to Fur Seal Grotto, where you are likely to find Galápagos fur seals swimming in emerald pools of the collapsed lava tubes.

In the afternoon you’ll head to the islet of Rábida, with deep ochre red beaches creating a striking landscape. Sea lions playing in the surf make for splendid photo subjects against the red sand in the late afternoon light. Tonight, you head back east to North Seymour, just off the northern tip of Baltra. Sadly, this will be your final evening aboard the Samba.

In the afternoon you’ll head to the islet of Rábida, with deep ochre red beaches creating a striking landscape. Sea lions playing in the surf make for splendid photo subjects against the red sand in the late afternoon light. Tonight, you head back east to North Seymour, just off the northern tip of Baltra. Sadly, this will be your final evening aboard the Samba.

Isla Seymour Norte, disembark, fly to Quito

Jun 20

You’ll enjoy the last landing site teeming with wildlife and wander past many breeding blue-footed boobies and a large colony of magnificent frigatebirds. Hopefully you’ll find males of both species in full display, the boobies sky-pointing and showing off their bright blue feet as they dance and the frigates calling for females with their wings spread wide and their dramatic red throat pouches inflated – an unforgettable sight! You also have the chance to see Galápagos sea lions, marine iguanas, striated herons, brown noddies, swallow-tailed gulls, and lava gulls. The endemic palo santo and low, bushy prickly pear cacti add great scenery to the amazing abundance of Galápagos wildlife. You’ll reluctantly depart for Baltra and bid farewell to the Samba and its crew.

Fly home

Jun 21


Sail on the most in-depth itinerary possible around the Galapagos Islands, famous for charismatic wildlife.

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Ship Information


The Samba is a 78-foot, steel-hulled motor yacht with a stabilizing sail making her the perfect choice to experience the Galápagos Islands to their fullest. This sturdy, stately, and very comfortable ocean-going vessel is a European Dutch classic and best in her class with a specially designed high bow.

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Cost & Payments

Costs (in US$)

Type Description Cost Per Person
Lower Deck Double occupancy, twin-sized upper and lower beds, private bath, and drawers for storage. $11,600
Upper Deck Double occupancy, double bed, private bath, windows that open, closet, and drawers for storage. $12,700

Costs are per person depending on cabin type, double occupancy, not including airfare, singles extra. See Included and Not Included sections for more details.

If you are a single traveler, we will find a roommate for you, but if we cannot find you a roommate, we will not charge you a single supplement. If space is available, some cabins can be booked as a single by adding 90% over the listed cabin cost.

We cannot guarantee a specific cabin number, but if changes occur, we will assign a cabin of equal or greater value.

Payment Schedule

Payment Due Date Amount Per Person
Deposit Due now to reserve your space $500
Second July 15, 2022 $4,000
Final January 1, 2023 Remaining balance

Payments are due based on the schedule above. All reservations require a deposit to confirm reservation of your space.


Refunds are given depending on the time left before departure according to the following table. The cancellation fee of $300 per person can be applied toward another trip if reserved within six months of the cancelled trip’s departure date. Cancellations are non-transferrable. Consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance that could reimburse your trip costs in the event of your cancellation.

Dates Forfeited Amount per Person
On or before October 31, 2022 $300
November 1 to November 30, 2022 10% of tour cost
December 1 to December 31, 2022 40% of tour cost
On or after January 1, 2023 100% of tour cost


  • All leaders, transport, landing fees, and permits for all activities unless described as optional.
  • Fourteen nights aboard the Samba.
  • Accommodations on mainland Ecuador for the nights of June 3 through June 5 and June 20.
  • Meals from breakfast on June 4 through breakfast on June 21, except meals listed in Not Included section.
  • Transfers from Quito Airport to El Relicario del Carmen, regardless of arrival day. The Wyndham Quito Airport hotel has a complimentary hotel airport shuttle to and from the Quito Airport.
  • Snorkel gear and full-length wetsuit on the Samba.
  • The Galápagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100) and Transit Control Card ($20).
  • The Government of Ecuador fuel tax/surcharge that applies to most Galápagos vessels does not apply to the Samba because it is a smaller, locally-based, fuel-efficient vessel, using less than 3,000 gallons of diesel per month.
  • Trip Materials – information about flights, packing, entry and departure requirements, airport transfers, gratuities, etc.

Not Included

  • All airfare, airport and departure taxes, and excess baggage fees. Round-trip airfare is approximately $600 to $1,100 between the US and Quito, plus approximately $550 for round-trip flights between Quito and Baltra.
  • Lunch and dinner on June 20.
  • We can arrange extra hotel nights for an extra cost.
  • Gratuities – tipping is always discretionary. However, we suggest budgeting about $650 to $780 total per participant.
  • Mandatory emergency medical and evacuation insurance. For more information see travel insurance.
  • Optional trip cancellation insurance. For more information see travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, medical costs or hospitalization, room service, alcoholic and other beverages, items not on the regular menu, etc. If you have special dietary needs, please indicate them on your Reservation Form.


Average temperatures range from the low to mid-60s°F (15 to 18°C) at night up to the 80s°F (26 to 31°C) during the day. The water temperature averages 70 to 74°F (21 to 23°C). Average temperatures during your mainland excursion range from nighttime lows in the 50s°F (10 to 15°C) to mid 60s°F (18°C) to daytime highs from mid 60s°F (18°C) to low 80s°F (26°C).

Fitness Level

Walks on shore vary from short strolls on the beach to a few miles over uneven terrain. If you are not accustomed to walking long distances, you will still enjoy most activities as your pace allows you to see, appreciate, and photograph the unique nature of the Galápagos. If you anticipate struggling with the walks, do some hiking beforehand to get in good shape. You must be comfortable going up and down stairs on board and getting in and out of the panga (small boat).

Although snorkeling is not mandatory, it is a significant part of the voyage as you are in the water every day, sometimes twice a day. Even though you do not have to have snorkeling experience, proficient swimming abilities will allow you to fully enjoy this activity. Most snorkeling will be panga-based, sometimes over deep water, which is not an ideal place to learn to snorkel, especially if you are uncomfortable or intimidated by these conditions. It’s beneficial to get some experience in advance, however, the Samba crew will always assist you. Please contact us if you have any health concerns that may make this trip challenging.


Airfare is not included in trip costs. Detailed logistical information and the contact information for our recommended flight-ticketing agent are included in the Trip Materials we will send you. Please let us know if you are arriving earlier or staying later as we are happy to assist you with any extra overnights that you might want to arrange.

Flights you (or a travel agent) book: Arrive in Quito, Ecuador (UIO) by 4:00pm on June 3. Depart from Quito, Ecuador (UIO) anytime on June 21.

Flights we book for you: The round-trip flights between Quito and Baltra; we’ll add the flight cost to your final trip balance.


What species and behaviors can I expect to see in May and June?

May and June are the best months to see breeding activity, especially bird courtship. Waved albatross perform their exquisite courtship dance, and some may already have eggs. Frigatebirds will court females by inflating their blood red throat sacs while clattering their bills, quivering their wings, and waving their heads back and forth; great frigatebirds courtship will wind down on Genovesa, while magnificent frigatebirds courtship will be active on North Seymour. Because the well-known blue-footed booby is an opportunistic breeder, it’s very hard to predict whether you will see them courting, but we have reliably seen courtship in previous years during these months. You may even see a few chicks!

In June, as the garua (cool/dry) season becomes more prominent and the water temperatures cool, marine life becomes more plentiful. You may have a better chance to encounter more Galápagos penguins, whales, and dolphins feeding in the nutrient rich, cool waters.

What can I do if I don’t want to snorkel?

Year after year, many of our travelers comment that the beautiful underwater environment was their favorite part of the trip. We strongly encourage you to snorkel even if you are not a strong swimmer. The Samba crew will always assist you! If you elect not to snorkel, you can relax aboard the Samba.



Don’t let a fear of seasickness keep you away! For all but the most sensitive, seasickness is rarely a problem in the Galápagos. Because you are close to the islands most of the time, the seas tend to be gentle and the few open-ocean passages will be overnight. It’s a good idea to bring medication if you get seasick or are unsure, but you may find that you do not need it after a couple days once you have your “sea legs.” Even those who have experienced seasickness reported that the charm and beauty of the islands and their incredible wildlife were well worth the temporary discomfort. Read our suggestions for coping with seasickness at coping with seasickness and contact us if you have any concerns.



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