Galapagos Islands

A Short Recap

Galapagos Islands

22 April, 2024

Hola Amigos! Ahh the Galapagos Islands, where do I start… They truly are a wonder of nature, with their unique biodiversity and geology. The islands are renowned for their remarkable array of flora and fauna, many of which are found nowhere else on earth. From the iconic giant tortoises and iguanas, to birds such as the blue-footed booby. It’s all that you see in any doco.

The Galapagos Marine Reserve is one of the largest protected marine areas in the world, and offers unparalleled opportunities for snorkelling and diving. Its crystal-clear waters host an abundance of marine species, including sharks, rays, sea lions, and colourful fish. I had the most amazing encounter with a playful sea lion – it spent many minutes swimming around me, almost making me dizzy. At one stage it even offered up a shell for me to play with, and would dive down to bring it back to me when I dropped it. What an experience!

The landscape is not too shabby either – it’s spectacular! From pristine beaches to lava tunnels and lush highlands, it has a bit of everything. With Royal Galapagos we had the chance to explore by zodiac, kayak and on foot. No wonder it has a special place in the hearts of travellers, scientists and nature enthusiasts around the world, and sailing with Royal Galapagos was a wonderful way to experience most of what was on offer, even though we only had three nights onboard the luxurious Natural Paradise. Their service was second to none, and the cabins and facilities were first class. With only 14 passengers onboard, it was a very relaxed and friendly feel. So even if you only have three nights, go for it, but my advice is to linger a little longer if you can!

Report by: Camilla Manson, Travel Managers


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