Galapagos Cruises & Tours

The Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s most impressive natural treasures. Most visitors travel to the Galapagos on a cruise, though increasingly travelers book land based tours and stay in hotels which are frequently more economical than a cruise. Occasionally, last-minute deals to the Galapagos are also available, though it’s advisable to book your Galapagos vacation well in advance, especially in the high seasons of summer (in the northern hemisphere) and the Christmas to New Year seasons, as cruises are frequently booked months, or even years, in advance.

Galapagos SCUBA diving is also praised as being some of the best in the world, especially for mega species such as Whale Sharks and Hammer Head Sharks. See a list of  Galapagos diving tour operators here.

Cruise the Galapagos with one of the tour operators or agencies below. Most of the businesses listed below are based in Ecuador and we have confirmed the reputation of each company.

Red Mangrove Hotel by Haugan Cruises – offers highly-lauded Galapagos land tours and SCUBA diving packages out of a spectacular oceanfront eco-luxury hotel. Sleep on solid ground at night and explore the islands with day trips boating to other islands and National Park visitor spots. The hotel is located in the heart of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos. Lounging seaside, you’ll share the deck with playful sea lions admiring the panoramic view of Academy Bay. The Red Mangrove is newly owned by Haugan Cruises, a luxury Galapagos cruise line based in Quito with a longstanding reputation for top-tier service and guides.

Adventure Life Galapagos Tours – offers Galapagos cruises on a wide variety of hand-selected yachts and have US-based Galapagos experts to help plan your trip.  Their mission may say it best: “Our greatest concern is assisting travelers in selecting quality Galápagos tours & ensuring the uniqueness of Galapagos is preserved for future generations.” As active members of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association, part of your travel cost goes directly to grassroots conservation efforts in Galapagos.

Bertini Tours – A wide selection of tours to the Galapagos Islands and mainland Ecuador. They offer mini-tours, customized tours, city tours, and extra services like airport pick-up and drop-off. In addition, Bertini Tours also offers spectacular Galapagos Cruise Tours on outstanding cruise ships. They can also provide information about Ecuador, its climate, and where to go and what to do.

Columbus Travel – is one of Ecuador’s most highly-rated tour operators. They have an excellent reputation and offer a wide selection of cruise boats in  Galapagos, last-minute Galapagos dealstours of the Ecuador Mainland including lodges in the Amazon rainforest. They offer trips in all price ranges from economical to luxury guided trips that use top-shelf accommodation and guides.

Enchanted Expeditions – Specialists in Galapagos Islands cruises and mainland Ecuador vacations. We are pioneers in the Galapagos Islands, operating our own vessels, and offering the highest standards of service and personal attention to all our clients. Our published itineraries and custom made tours for groups or independent travelers consider our clients’ special areas of interest: highlighting culture, nature, adventure, spiritual focus, ecotourism, and much more.

Charter a Private Exclusive Galapagos Cruise by EQ Touring. Travel to the Galapagos Islands with the advantages of a Charter cruise. Reduced costs and privacy.

Galapagos Cruises with EQ Touring – Long-time Galapagos & Ecuador specialists with offices in Miami and Quito have an excellent reputation for personalized service, the best guides and top-shelf accommodations in their tour packages. Spend Christmas and/or New Years in the Galapagos on the Odyssey, La Pinta or Santa Cruz II.

Galapagos Islands .com – the “Galapagos Supersite, offers the easiest way to plan your Galapagos cruise with highly personalized professional service”. Also known as the Galapagos Travel Center, they have conveniently located offices at Plaza Foch in Quito and are one of the top-rated agencies that sell dozens or the top Galapagos boats and operate some of their own mid-range and luxury-class yachts.

Galapagos Destiny – offers a variety of itineraries to satisfy your Galapagos travel needs. Visitors can admire the natural wealth of the Galapagos on an all-inclusive Galapagos cruise, or choose a land-based Galapagos tour for a more intimate and thorough exploration of each island. They also operate the Aquamarine Hotel on Santa Cruz Island.

Galapagos and More – Galapagos and More offers Galapagos cruises for all budgets from economy to luxury, last minute package deals, and details on the best 21 yachts currently navigating the enchanted islands. Also available are full Amazon rainforest itineraries and Galapagos add-on packages of Spanish courses and scuba diving adventures.

Galapagos Last Minute Cruises Tours with Imagine Ecuador, offer a full range of travel experiences in the region including Galapagos Cruises, Scuba Diving, Island Hopping and Land-Based Trips.

Haugan Cruises – are the operators of luxury Galapagos catamarans: the Ocean Spray, Petrel and Cormorant. These are some of the newest, and perhaps the most luxurious vessels to sail the Galapagos. Excellent service, cuisine, and guides.

Galapagos Scuba Diving with Imagine Ecuador  –  tour operator of the Galapagos Islands offers Galapagos Land Based Tours, Galapagos Island Hopping, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, and combined tours Hotel and Yachts.

Luxury Cruises Galapagos .com by Columbus Travel – offer competitive prices on virtually every luxury vessel sailing the Galapagos Islands. They have a very helpful luxury cruise deals page that is updated daily. Their site is an excellent, informative source for luxury Galapagos travel.

Masked Boobies in the Galapagos.

Latin Trails – See, listen, smell, touch and taste Ecuador. Biking, horseback riding, hiking, community stays, and yoga. Soft adventures and off the beaten path travel. Focus on custom designed and interactive travel experiences, so you can immerse yourself in Ecuador and the rest of South America, be it a Galapagos cruise, Amazon adventure, Machu Picchu expedition, a Titicaca lake cruise.

The catamaran M/C ANAHI Galapagos travel at it’s finest – The best travel option for visiting this natural paradise is by taking a cruise on the Anahi, as you visit several islands and visitor sites in the least amount of time possible. Close wildlife encounters, great birding, snorkeling & diving with large marine creatures, enjoying paradise beaches, landscapes with lava fields and spatter cones, stargazing at the equator, carefree cruising and much more…. as you follow Charles Darwin´s footsteps in this magical realm of evolution and change.

Nautica Galapagos – offers excellent deals on Galapagos cruises and Galapagos diving. Also offering Ecuador one day tours in Quito and Guayaquil, two days tours including Otavalo market and Cotopaxi volcano, Amazon jungle tours, and land tours. Experience all of Ecuador and the Galapagos with Nautica, our staff will ensure that it is the vacation of a lifetime.

Scuba Iguana – offering the highest quality scuba diving day trips, cruises, courses, and expeditions in the Galapagos Islands since 1995. Scuba Iguana is your passport to discovering the underwater Eden of the Galapagos. Owned and operated by pioneers in Galapagos diving, Scuba Iguana can show you the Galapagos like nobody else can.

Updated November 3, 2016