When Charles Darwin first explored the Galapagos, he did it by boat. He didn’t have any other choice.
Today, Galapagos visitors have a decision to make. There are two options for exploring the Galapagos: Land or water based.
- A water-based tour (cruise) means that you will eat, sleep and rest on-board – either a yacht, catamaran, sailboat or cruise ship. Only land based excursions are off the ship.
- A land-based tour mean you will eat, sleep and rest on land. You will be on the water only during scuba/snorkeling trips and travel between islands.
6 Things to Consider When Planning Your Galapagos Adventure
- Seasickness: This is the obvious one. If you have trouble with sea sickness, you’ll want to think twice before booking a week at sea.
- Cruises Consume More Fuel: Constant idling and motoring of cruise ships consumes significant volume of fuel.
- Greater Environmental Impact: Greater impact is made to the islands with the hundreds of passengers that cruises may host, when compared to smaller land-based tour groups.
- Limited Destinations: Larger boats cannot even send groups to certain locations, like Isabela Island.
- Ocean Pollution / Dumping Grey Water: Pollution possibilities such as disposal of grey water at sea or garbage being thrown into the sea are present on cruise ships.
- Limited Economic Benefits: Cruise ships tend to operate inside of a bubble – buying their supplies from a single location and often hiring mainlanders. Money is seldom spent at the locations visited. In contrast, a land based tour ensures that money spent by visitors ALWAYS benefits the local communities. We support local sustainability through employment and advancement through education, training and sponsorships.